Sunday, February 1, 2015

Autopsy Report...#3

In continuation of possible ways I could die while homesteading...

Am I the only one who is blown away by the cost of feed at the farm stores? I mean, surely their main buyer is a small hold who needs to at least break even. Aren't the "big buyers" getting their supplies in bulk somewhere? How are us little guys making it? This is one part of being sustainable that is just a dream on a distant horizon for me. Maybe your mileage varies....maybe my critters are spoiled gluttons...maybe I need to take out a loan...

I've started looking into fodder but I don't know if it's doable while I'm on the road so much. I also have been planning to put more critter feed in my garden this summer. And I'm looking forward to the springtime return of the natural weeds  rabbit food.

But for now, I have to stock up on feed this week. In one trip to the feed store I'll be loading up 8 bags of alfalfa pellets, 1 bag of chicken feed, 1 bag of rabbit feed, and 1 bag of boss. I can see the receipt from all this leading to my demise in 2 different scenarios:

Autopsy Report #3
Subject was the victim of justifiable homicide. Her DH snapped when he saw the feed bill. 

Or
Subject was handed bill and immediately collapsed at cashier stand. Unable to revive.


3 comments:

  1. Yep. Only thing that saves us from being in the red each year is the fact that all of our hay is at least our own so we don't have to buy that. Of course the four useless nags are the big feed drain so once they are gone keeping up with the sheep will be much easier. As it stands right now my Mother shells out almost 500 a month for feeding her animals here. I have been trying to figure out a more sustainable way of keeping the sheep at least fed without frequent feed store visits.

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  2. Our locally made chicken feed has been stable the last 3 years. We only have hens, so no other critters to feed. With more space I would only consider goats for milk, no rabbits or bigger critters. I'm not in rabbit meat myself ....

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  3. In the summer and fall, when our chickens can free range for part or all of a day we sell just enough eggs to cover the cost of feed. (13 hens + 1 rooster) In the winter - not so much. We're gritting our teeth and just dealing with it. Right now the layers are the only critters we have, Meat birds are next, but likely in 2016. Bees maybe the year after that, and goats (and maybe a couple of small pigs in the summer) will likely wait for retirement from my "day job" in 2019 or 2020.

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