002 Chickens vs Rabbits for meat source on homestead

1st podcast in a long time and today we are talking about chickens vs rabbits for meat source on homestead.

One thing after listening to the show I never mentioned about what to do with animals in heat of summer and cold of winter. The rabbits have been fine over winter down to -10 here in Indiana, and they are under cover, and only covered with tarps over the whole cage area. No issues. The Chickens are in an enclosed coop and only a heat lamp, this is ONLY to keep egg production up. If we wanted to not get eggs over winter this wouldn’t be necessary. Summer, we add frozen 2L bottles of water to the rabbit cages only on really hot days. The chicken coop we take a pannel off and only have chicken wire to allow more air to circulate. So no real big issues.


Side note, ADD makes me all over the place, so be warned. I try to go by an outline and notes…ADD usually takes over. I will get better, I hope.


Links mentioned in the show

2 Midwest Guys

Rabbit waterer

How to build a community through gardening Feb 28th

Details here $20 and lunch is included

Indiana Small Farm Conference March 5th-7th

Details here. $ to enter but varies depending on day(s) and age/situation (adult, student, under 12 etc)

Tree Grafting Workshop March 21

Brambleberry Farms is teaching how to graft. $90 for 4 hrs of instruction all materials provided, and you take home 4 custom grafted trees.

Register and details here only 5 spots left.

March 23 7-9pm Rush Co Fairgrounds

Free class on Aquaponics, Hydroponics, organic Gardening

details will be here


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4 thoughts on “002 Chickens vs Rabbits for meat source on homestead”

  1. Cheers Rick, I appreciate the effort.

    On a different note, we need to have some swales dug in the near future (3, approx 20-25 yards each) as a landscaping element on which to plant fruit trees and various interplants. We’ve never done a “permablitz” or the like but would be interested to use this as a possible catalyst to meet other like-minded folk in the Indy area. Our plan is to have a landscaping contractor dig the swales/berm (and feeding pond) but it would be nice to have company to help plant the trees. It should not be a big effort as there would only be 15-20 trees total to be planted. We’d appreciate the opportunity to discuss our plans and hear about others’ projects.

    Do you think there might be interest in such an arrangement? If not, no problem, we can handle it ourselves….

    1. Hi Adam, While I personally to not do the permablitz, or hands on education as I have been burned by this in past experiences. Hands on learning where they put effort into their own project/product is different. I went to work for a long day of manual labor and got little to no education for my effort, nor meeting too many new people. But knowing that, plan accordingly and maybe breaks and discuss various aspects of what and why the activities were being completed. If you wanted to ask for people to come do it, the Indianapolis Permaculture Facebook page may be the place to get some help and meet more people for your project.

  2. Hey Rick/all:

    One of the hens we bought as a chick in February, turns out is (probably) a rooster. I’d like to find a good home for it before the hens start laying – any ideas or interest out there?

    (S)he is a White Maran, name of “Einstein” (although the feathers on his cheeks make him look more like a Victorian English colonel :-), and seems to have a reasonable temperament as far as we can tell…


    1. Adam, I shared with a few people through connections. No response yet. But you can always keep him as protection for the ladies unless the noise bothers you/neighbors. If you collect eggs regularly shouldn’t be mush of an issue eating fertilized eggs.

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