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Title: Episode-136- The Trillion Dollar Stimulus and Storing Food
Post by: Coyote on February 06, 2009, 03:45:08 AM
Good show Jack.  Curious to hear that you don't keep livestock as there are options for dwellers such as quail or bantam chicks.  Both can be housed in a garage, small shed or even a dry basement.  Coturnix quail only live about a year so you never really form a real bond like you would with rabbits.  The 'jumbo' version grows to ~ 16oz which, when dressed, results in 7-8oz of meat.  These birds are cheap to keep with a better feed conversion than chickens.  Add a small incubator like one of the styrofoam units and you're good to go. Plus, the little birds mature fast.  They start laying at 8 weeks and are very prolific.  A single hen will produce upwards of 300 eggs per year.  If you do the math...say 200 eggs hatch * 1/2 lb each bird = 100lbs meat per laying hen a year.  That's a fair amount of meat.  The eggs are small but they can still be used like regular eggs.  The roos can get vocal but nothing ear shattering. 

Bantams are another good choice.  Most bantams are ~2 lbs full grown.  Here again, the eggs are slightly smaller (size depends upon breed) but these birds can also be raised in indoor pens without much trouble.  They are slower to mature than quail but they are twice the size and produce larger eggs.

As to the well pump crapping out (I think it was the same podcast), consider installing a bypass switch in the pump house.  Basically, this is just a switch which disconnects the controller and applies AC directly to the pump.  The controller monitors the water pressure in the tank and turns the pump on/off based upon the pressure settings.  My controller has crapped out a few times too. You can bypass the controller without hurting anything...as long as you are mindful not to over pressurize the tank.  If the pump is good, the switch will supply power so you can fill containers.  The pump will stop when you turn off the switch.  I would use a push button switch so the pump doesn't get left on accidentally which may overpressurize the tank.  Not a good long term solution but a decent work around until you can make repairs.  Just some thoughts...Coyote