Category Archives: Rabbits

Searching for information on building rabbit hutches and raising rabbits in the United States? Click here to read more about raising and breeding rabbits for fur and meat on off grid properties in the United States.

How to Build and Insulate a Wooden Floor for an Off Grid Shed, Cabin or Home

Off Grid Living: How to Build and Insulate
a Wooden Floor for an Off Grid Shed, Cabin or Home

Click on the photo to see more pictures:

Off Grid Living - How to Build and Insulate a Wooden Floor for an Off Grid Shed, Cabin or Home

Off Grid Living – How to Build and Insulate a Wooden Floor for an Off Grid Shed, Cabin or Home

Building and Insulating a Wooden Floor for an Off Grid Shed, Cabin or Home

Colorado – One of the important areas that many people skip on insulating are shed and cabin floors due to limited access to the underside of floors because of small crawl spaces or budget problems. One of the main problems, especially in very cold environments is the combination of using propane to heat, cold furniture, and lots of humidity inside a shed, cabin or home.

Propane releases a lot of moisture when it burns and then cold furniture such as metal bed frames, claw feat on a bathtub and even the legs of a wood stove where the metal is cooler than the room or cold because the floor is not insulated causes water to condense, drip down and then saturate the wood underneath.  This will cause the wood to rot and black mold to spread underneath the floor and into the home’s walls. By the time you discover the problem, it will be a giant mess and very expensive to clean up properly. It is much better to insulate as much as your budget will allow.

The best way to protect against moisture build up during winter months is to insulate underneath the floors and all of the walls. Filling the spaces between the floor joists under the cottage with insulation batts is the simplest and most cost-effective method to prevent air leaks and cold air from seeping int. To get the highest R-value, completely fill the cavities between the joists and then seal with plastic sheets or tape all seams.

If you only use the cottage a couple of weekends each winter, adding minimal insulation would be enough to keep your tootsies from freezing solid when you step out of bed in the morning. But if you’re crawling under the cottage to insulate anyway, then make dodging the spiderwebs worthwhile by spending a little extra money and time and getting the most R-value for your efforts.

Cover your insulation with 1/4 “hardware cloth” also called #welded wire.” The size of metal screen should be small enough to keep out nuisance animals, such as mice. Place the insulation batts against the underside of the floor, then cover with the hardware cloth, securing it to the joists with a staple gun. Make sure you haven’t overfilled the space—squishing the batts a little bit is okay, but too much compression will reduce their insulating properties.

It would also be worth your while to either install welded wire all the way around the perimeter of the house and/or run soffit all the way to the ground.  And like the perimeter of a chicken coop also bury the welded wire flat going out 2 ft from the home’s edge. Then bury it and stack heavy rocks all the way around. This will keep skunks, coons, opossums, foxes, rabbits, rats, mice and all kinds of varmints from making a home underneath your cabin.

Source: https://cottagelife.com/design-diy/insulating-the-floor-of-a-cottage/

Want to Learn More? Join our Off Grid Discussion Group on Facebook!

  1. To learn more and discuss off grid topics, please join our free Facebook group at:
    Off Grid Living: Prepping to Live Off the Grid
  2. Or, read more topics in our “Guide to Off Grid Living” at:
    https://LivingOffGrid.Home.Blog/Guide-to-Off-Grid-Living/

# # #

#OffGridLiving #LivingOffGrid #Wood #Floor #Insulation #Batts #Sheds #Cabins #Homes #Pier #Footers #HardwareCloth #WeldedWire #Moisture #Mold #Rot #Joists #Tempered #WaterProof #Plywood

Advertisements

How to Build Sturdy, Long Lasting Fences for Off Grid Properties

Off Grid Living – How to Build Sturdy,
Long Lasting Fences for Off Grid Properties

Click on the photo to see more pictures:
Off Grid Living - How to Build Fences for Off Grid Properties

Off Grid Living – How to Build Sturdy, Long Lasting Fences for Off Grid Properties 

Building Sturdy, Long Lasting Fences for Off Grid Properties

California – Off grid property fencing is a time-honored part of security on the homestead. It’s used for all kinds of purposes. From keeping out big critters, like deer, elk, moose, coyotes, mountain lions or bears, to protecting crops from smaller critters like bobcats, foxes, opossums, rabbits, raccoons and skunks.

Electric fences are one of our favorite types of fencing for off grid properties. Today, solar chargers can be purchased relatively cheaply and prove to be an asset in security on the off-grid homestead. We have used it for such a wide variety of projects and fencing needs.

We’ve used it for protecting our flower, medicinal and vegetable gardens from deer and rabbits. as well as to serve as temporary fencing between pastures when moving livestock.

One of the main drawbacks of an electric fence, for some people, is you must check it daily depending on the use. A limb may be on the fence or grass may be growing up into it causing a short out.

There’s also the possibility of a broken wire which can shut down the whole fence. To help alleviate some of these risks and others, we prefer to use a barbed wire fence in tandem with an electric fence. Especially once you consider upfront cost, upkeep, and reliability.

Hog panel or cow panel fence panels in combination with T-posts can be very cost effective for providing a very sturdy fence that is difficult to knock down and can be used to enclose the entire property or the one acre tract that protects the house and backyard gardens.

Please join our Off Grid Living Discussion Group on Facebook

  1. To learn more and discuss off grid topics, please join our free Facebook group at:
    Off Grid Living: Prepping to Live Off the Grid
  2. Or, read more topics in our “Guide to Off Grid Living” at:
    https://LivingOffGrid.Home.Blog/Guide-to-Off-Grid-Living/

# # #

#OffGridLiving #LivinOffGrid #Howto #Build #Fences #HogPanels #CowPanels #WeldedWire #BarbedWire #TPosts #ChainLink #Solar #Electric

How to Raise Your Own Food for Feeding Chickens, Ducks, Fish and Pigs

Off Grid Living – How to Raise Your Own
Food for Feeding Chickens, Ducks, Fish and Pigs

Click on the photo to see more pictures:
Off Grid Living - How to Raise Your Own Feed Food for Feeding Chickens, Ducks, Fish and Pigs

Off Grid Living – How to Raise Your Own Feed Food for Feeding Chickens, Ducks, Fish and Pigs

Raising Your Own Food for Feeding Chickens, Ducks, Fish and Pigs

South Dakota – How to Raise Your Own Free Chicken Feed with MicroGreens, Black Soldier Flies, Crickets, Meal Worms, Red Wiggler Worms. For people who have 20 or more chickens or ducks you know they can eat a lot, especially in the winter when most grass, weeds and other summertime food sources are not in abundant supply.

Why not grow your own indoors?? Even in the wintertime with LED lights or fluorescent grow lights  you can grow your own micro greens on the inside of a greenhouse or the front room of any home that has south facing windows or any indoor room that is heated.

Micro Greens also known as Fodder will grow to a couple inches high in just 14 days.

Did you know that micro greens are 50x more nutritious than full grown vegetables, which means less will feed more. Not just for your farm animals, but also for you and your family. And you can start trimming the tops off most microgreens and they will keep growing.

And grow lights will keep a room pretty warm, warm enough to raise meal worms, red wiggler worms, crickets and black soldier flies. And when black soldier larvae feed, especially feeding on coffee grounds, they produce a LOT of heat, which can be used to heat greenhouses.

If you want to teach your chickens to roll over and do tricks, start raising these black soldier flies. Chickens, ducks and fish LOVE them.

Please join our Off Grid Living Discussion Group on Facebook

  1. To learn more and discuss off grid topics, please join our free Facebook group at:
    Off Grid Living: Prepping to Live Off the Grid
  2. Or, read more topics in our “Guide to Off Grid Living” at:
    https://LivingOffGrid.Home.Blog/Guide-to-Off-Grid-Living/

# # #

#Growing #Raising #Free #ChickenFeed #FishFeed #PigFeed #BoneMeal #MicroGreens #BlackSoldierFlies #Crickets #Mealworms #RedWigglerWorms #Chickens #Grow #LED or #Fluorescent #Lights #Greenhouse #Fodder

How to Build a Predator Proof Chicken Coop to Protect Against Coyotes, Foxes, Skunks, Opossums and Raccoons

Off Grid Living – How to Build a Predator Proof Chicken Coop
to Protect Against Coyotes, Foxes, Skunks, Opossums and Raccoons

Click on the photo to see more pictures:
Off Grid Living - How to Build a Predator Proof Chicken Coop to Protect Against Foxes, Skunks, Opossums and Raccoons

Off Grid Living – How to Build a Predator Proof Chicken Coop to Protect Against Bobcats, Coyotes, Foxes, Skunks, Opossums, Raccoons and Other Annoying Varmints

How to Build a Predator Proof Chicken Coop to Protect Against Coyotes, Foxes, Opossums, Raccoons, Skunks, Snakes, Owls, Hawks and Eagles

New Hampshire – Raising chickens for meat and eggs has been an important staple for pioneers for thousands of years. We highly recommend researching the links below and use them to plan ahead before building your first chicken coop and chicken run.

Building a predator proof chicken fortress will prevent a lot of worrying and stress about coming home to find all 50 of your chickens with their heads pulled off by a raccoon, fox or skunk that was able to grab them through flimsy chicken wire fences. Welded wire fences, buried hog panels, stones, electric fences and other valuable defense mechanisms will help secure your chicken coop and chicken run and make it safe from all predators.

Click on the picture above to view more photos of precisely how to build a rock solid chicken coop and utilize proactive steps that will help you build a chicken coop that is easy to clean and that will keep all of those dang nighttime varmints out including bears, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, mountain lions, opossums, raccoons, skunks, snakes, wolves and other varmints as well as protect against daytime flying predators such eagles, hawks, owls,

Please join our Off Grid Living Discussion Group on Facebook

  1. To learn more and discuss off grid topics, please join our free Facebook group at:
    Off Grid Living: Prepping to Live Off the Grid
  2. Or, read more topics in our “Guide to Off Grid Living” at:
    https://LivingOffGrid.Home.Blog/Guide-to-Off-Grid-Living/

# # #

#Bears #Bobcats #ChickenCoops #ChickenRuns #ChickenWire #Chickens #Coyotes #DuckHuts #Ducks #Eagles #ElectricFence #Fence #Foxes #Hawks #HogPanels #MountainLions #NewHampshire #OffGridLiving #LivingOffGrid #News #Opossums #Owls #Predator #RabbitHutch #Rabbits #Raccoons #Skunks #Snakes #Solar #SolarLighting #UnitedStates #Varmints #WeldedWire #Wolves

How to Build a Chicken, Duck and Rabbit Butchering Station

Off Grid Living – How to Build a
Chicken, Duck and Rabbit Butchering Station

Click on the photo to see more pictures:
Off Grid Living - How to Build a Chicken and Rabbit Butchering Station

Off Grid Living – How to Build a Chicken and Rabbit Butchering Station

How to Build a Chicken, Duck and/or Rabbit Butchering Station

North Dakota – Here are some pictures that show how to build a Chicken, Duck and/or Rabbit Butchering Station for quick meat processing as well as easy clean and carcass disposal.

The good news is that if you have a bin of Black Soldier Flies (BSF), they will eat everything except bones and feathers and transform all of your carcasses and entrails into free chicken feed.

BSF will multiple your ability to increase waste by a factor of 40x what you started with and are one of the most efficient animals on the planet for turning any kind of feed into a useful source of protein.

BSF can be fed live to chickens, just like meal worms and crickets. Chickens love them. Or they can be frozen and used for wintertime feed when nothing else is growing.

A butchering state right in front of the chicken coop is a  great way to let the flock know that anyone who makes trouble or quits laying eggs will be sacrificed for the dinner table due to lack of egg production. hehehe. I have a cruel sense of humor.

Please join our Off Grid Living Discussion Group on Facebook

  1. To learn more and discuss off grid topics, please join our free Facebook group at: Off Grid Living: Prepping to Live Off the Grid
  2. Or, read more topics in our “Guide to Off Grid Living” => https://livingoffgrid.home.blog/guide-to-off-grid-living/

# # #

#BlackSoldierFlies #BSF #ButcheringStation #Carcass #Disposal #ChickenFeed #Chickens #Ducks #NorthDakota #OffGridLiving #LivingOffGrid #News #Rabbits #Sinks #UnitedStates

Off Grid Living - How to Build an Owl House to Attract Barn and Screech Owls in Order to Control Mice, Moles, Rats and Snakes

How to Build an Owl House to Attract Barn and Screech Owls

Off Grid Living: How to Build an Owl House to Attract Barn and
Screech Owls in Order to Control Mice, Moles, Rats and Snakes

Read, see more photos and learn more at: https://buff.ly/2I0dE5H

If owls live near your off grid shed, cabin or home, building and installing an owl box might attract a pair to your backyard and/or around gardens and barns. Most owl species, like barn owls, are ferocious predators of mice and other rodent pests, and people who live in rural areas know why it makes sense to invite them to keep a night watch over their properties by building and installing an owl house.

#OffGridLiving #LivingOffGrid #Owl #BirdHouse #Control #Mice #Moles #Rats #Snakes #HowTo #Build