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Greetings from snowed in Michigan.
First I'm only new here. Old gal, retired for a verrry long time.
Little bit about us. We have lived on our homestead for 30 years. Hubby and I grew up on farms. He claims he was poor. I thought his family was rich. LOL

Our homestead is smack in the woods. State Forest pretty much as far as the eye can see. My grand-father homesteaded this land and we were
lucky enough to buy the 40 acres that was left of his homestead,when it came up forsale.

We could get off the grid if needed, I think. Say this because we always look for better ways to be
prepared to do this.

In fact I hope to get more ideas on here. Perhapes share what we have learned too.

We put up most of our food ourselves. Heat with wood. Very lucky to have our own forest to harvest. Because of our ages we try to always have 3 years wood cut adhead. Never know what may give out at our age.

Forest is over run with deer. Huge turkey flock comes to eat at the goose feeder every day, sometimes twice, three times a day.

Never harvest a turkey close to a feeder. You follow them back to where they roost at night. They are creatures of habit. Always roost in the same place. Turkeys are easy to track. Plunk them where they come to feed they won't come back.

The forest is our fruit market. Tons of black berries, huckleberries etc.

Our geese are our watch dogs and alarm system.
Nothing gets past them day or night. You will always know if something is lurking around.

We have put down 3 wells ourselves. It really is not that hard. The water is perfect and safe too.
All three wells can be switched to hand pumps if the need should arise.

We both know how to hunt, dress and butcher animals.

Have done almost all our own vet work on the animals. Farm vets love to teach you anything. Just give them a good cup of coffee, homemade coffe cake and they will teach you all you need to know. Also tell you what animal antibotics are safe for humans and where to buy them.

I take no doctor's medicine. But do have my own pharmacy of herbs. Get a check up once a year and the doc says I'm in excellent health. The check up is free, and I get to visit a lot of old friends. Last doc. visit she spent the whole time writing down what herbs I take and what they did.She still billed our insurance co. Go figure.

We do have electric but do not depend on it. Because it is not dependable. We have a couple of generators also. But we do not depend on them either.

My vice and thing I stock pile, toliet paper.Have to have my toliet paper.
Hubby and I depend on just ourselves. All work etc. is done by just the two of us. Good healthy work and we enjoy it.

We do keep over a years supply of everything we need.
The green house provides us with goodies year around. My husband and I have built two houses, two pole barns, work shop and garage. You can learn to do anything. Knowledge really is power.
Hubby even built the cutest outhouse. It's a two holer. Now I never met anyone I would want to do my daily reading and business with. So the two holer amuses me.

All that said. Wooo sorry for it being so long. The reason I'm here. With all that is going on and no one knows what will happen. Just got worried and wondered if people were preparing for this. Read a few sites and reallly got turned off. All that bickering about everything except what was important. Found this site and well to say I was impressed is mild. You really get it!

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Welcome. Yes, it's a recent find for me as well and I'm pretty happy with the crowd it attracts, too.

A two holer outhouse... now that really is amusing. Sounds like you have a real nice spread. Getting back to your electrical thoughts, how often do you have wind that's enough to be annoying? Any running surface water on the property?

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Thank you for the welcome. We have our power go out at least five to six times a year. We are the first to lose power and the last to get it back. The longest was nine days. Usually from trees falling on power lines. No running water on our land. The water table is high here. 25 feet down you hit water. Nice creek about a mile away and the Chippewa River is two miles away. Wells only have to be 28 feet to be legal in this area. All our well water has been tested and it is good. It is very easy to do your own well here. You need a well point. This is a piece of pipe that has a point on the end. It has heavy fine screened casing. Made just for wells. It will keep the sand and whatnot out of your water. Then sections of well pipe that screws onto your well point. I believe the well pipe comes in five foot lengths. You just have to dig a hole where you are pretty sure there is water. Just look at the lay of your land. Water veins are pretty much everywhere here. Set your well point in the hole. If you have no other means to drive the point down. Two by four and a sledge hammer works just fine. Takes two people. You put the 2x4 on the top of the well point, hold it and the other person hammers it to make it go down. Once it is down with just a foot up top. You will screw a piece of well pipe on it. Reason for digging a hole to get it as far in the ground as possible to start. Stand on a ladder,swinging a sledge hammer,can get parts of you broken, if you fall.

Just keep doing this and screw on the well pipe.When you are down say twenty feet. Now is time to tie something really really tight on a piece of heavy cord. Make sure the weight is heavy, you don't want it to float. Wait about a hour and drop the weight attached to the string into your pipes.Don't lose the end of the string! Pull it back up and if it is wet you have hit underground water. Now just screw on a shorter piece of well pipe, a brass check valve, and screw on your hand pump. Or hook up an electric well pump. We do have hard pan to go through here. So once you hit that you have to go slow or you will break your well point. The well point is expensive. I have no idea how much current prices are now. But twenty years ago it was less than two hundred dollars for each well. That price included everything for each well, including the hand pump.This can be done in one day.If you only have to go thirty feet. At 3 feet digging you hit water here. Of course if you have better means to pound that pipe in, it goes like butter. We didn't at the time.

The river is close enough to use as a way to leave if we had to. Just less than a hours walk through the woods. We keep inflatable boats and foot pumps. One for each of us, but they hold two people easy and one to tow with supplies. They are light weight and easy to hide or even use as a tent. The best advise I could give to anyone. Know your area well. Not just a couple of miles either. Get on the net and take a look from above. If you had to travel at night on the water, know the areas to slip by. No one of course would travel a river in broad day light.

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Thank you.
Since you like turkey stories. LOL
Here is how to get your very own wild turkey flock. I'm Native American (Cree Nation) so maybe this is why I watch the animals and learn from them.
If you know there is a wild turkey flock in your area somewhere. They can be several miles away. Get a couple of tame turkeys. You can get them as babies in the spring. And name them, oh I don't know, how about Christmas and Thanksgiving. Get a male and a female. In about 4 months, the hen will start to make her I want a man sound and the male will gobble at just about any sound.Because these are the what I call manmade turkeys, the male will not beable to fly. The hen can. So you must clip her flight feathers. The hen will take off with a wild turkey flock. She won't survive the first night. Even without her flight feathers clipped she cannot fly up in the trees to roost at night. So she becomes coyote bait. The big white Tom turkeys cannot breed, is the reason she will leave. You can't let the tame turkeys run free either. The wild toms will kill your store bought fella. Poor guy can't breed, can't fly, can't defend himself either. The noise they make will bring the wild turkey flock to your doorstep. This is why you keep food out there. They will become bored with the tame turkeys but hunger overcomes boredom any day.Cornfed wild turkeys, yummy.
Wild turkeys have a path for comming and a path for leaving. It will be usually a straight line in the foliage.
During the winter the toms and hens usually all meet up and stay together. Breeding season the toms hang out together and the hens do the same. They meet up to breed. The hens with chicks want nothing to do with the toms. Well once they are bred, they couldn't care less if the fellas all died. Turkey flocks all have flock guards. Usually eight of them in a big flock. Two guards on point , North, South, East and West. They eat last and are replaced by eight other guards. You can not sneak up on them. They do this every time they come to the feeder. You must be hidden before they get to where you plan on taking your shot. Don't forget this, turkeys can see colors.
They have excellent eyesight. Their eyes are placed on the head, so that they can see all the way around them.
Ok blabbed enough for tonight.

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Welcome to the site. I think you will like it here. Lots of information as well as good people. I'm most intrested in the vet treatments you mentioned. I've had some animal issues in the last year and some info would have been invaluble.

Oh yeah.............Put me down as a turkey lover also :D
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