Beau Davidson

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Mike Haasl wrote:Much debate among certifiers. Points for roundwood work, points for "get er done", negative points for plastic roof. Final score is 7.5 oddball points.



Thanks, Mike. I understand the negative points bit. Plastic was a bit if a stop-gap until I can install a living roof next year.  I had a heap of it laying around that someone just dropped off here one day.  

So, I should qualify for the Oddball Sand Badge at this point then.  Huzzah!
2 days ago

Mike Haasl wrote:Ha, I just went to comment in Animal Care that you made that BB and I realized the one Penny needs is for rabbits.  wa wa waaa



Shoot, how about this one: https://permies.com/wiki/145832/pep-animal-care/Harvest-Rabbit-animal-care-sand
5 days ago
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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Animal Care.

Rabbits are widely considered to be one of the most generous meat returns for grass inputs.  

But to harness their great reproductive power for your larder, you must know how to harvest them safely, efficiently, and humanely.  

Here's one write-up depicting three humane methods of slaughter: https://www.raising-rabbits.com/killing-rabbits.html

Here's another good step-by-step: https://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-method-to-butchering-Rabbits/

And one more: https://morningchores.com/how-to-butcher-a-rabbit/

If you still want more information, choose your favorite search engine and go to town.

For this BB, you need to process 1 rabbit for meat and provide documentation in the form of pictures or video.
Requirements are:
-1 Live Rabbit
-Killed in a humane manner
-Processed and either prepared or properly stored within an hour

To document your completion, provide proof of the following as pics or video (less than two minutes):
-Living rabbit.
-Rabbit after slaughter, depicting the method used.
-Rabbit ready for cooking or freezing/preservation for a later date.
5 days ago

Beau Davidson wrote:I’ll scare up the Chicken Harvest BB real quick.


And here it is: https://permies.com/wiki/145776/pep-animal-care/Harvest-Chicken-animal-care-straw#1138380
6 days ago
pep
This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Animal Care.

Chickens are great!  A staple meat virtually anywhere in the world.

It's important to learn not just how to properly harvest a chicken, but why it matters.  

There is a heap of good information about how to maximize nutrition, minimize cruelty, and increase efficiency in the process. This thread has a few good approaches: https://permies.com/t/47528/butcher-chicken

If you watch just one video tutorial, make it this one (parts 1 and 2):



For this BB, you need to process 1 bird for meat and provide documentation in the form of pictures or video.
Requirements are:
-1 Live Chicken
-Killed in a humane manner
-Processed and either prepared or properly stored within an hour

To document your completion, provide proof of the following as pics or video (less than two minutes):
-Living bird.
-Bird after slaughter, depicting the method used.
-Organs separated into suitable for human consumption / not suitable for humans consumption, next to plucked bird.  
6 days ago
I’ll scare up the Chicken Harvest BB real quick.
6 days ago
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Mike Haasl wrote:I'd say it's up to you Beau.  I'd say either here in the Oddball badge is fine, or in the Homesteading Oddball thread.  

Oddball is scored for the time it would take a pro to do it with a bit of luck.

Homesteading Oddball is scored for the time it would take a talented newbie to do it.  IE more points

But, Homesteading Oddball only counts towards Straw/Wood level Homesteading.  So if you want to work ahead for that badge, I'd put it in there.  If you want to get Oddball Sand first, I'd keep it here.  It's up to you.  If you want to move it, just reply here and I'll cut/paste your thread over into the other thread.



I’m ambivalent as I’ll got for both eventually. I guess I’ll just leave it here. Thanks Mike!

Time was probably 2.5 to 3 8-hour days (plus 6 hours with a 5-person group) including demo, cleanup, sorting, felling and limbing standing dead trees, designing, arguing, changing plans, building. Probably could have been done in less than two now that I know a bit better what I’m doing with roundwood.
6 days ago
So this seems like an oddball bb, but it has certain overlap with roundwood building, homesteading, and community. Let me know if there’s another place this ought to go.

Our early 1900’s root cellar has been a dilapidated animal habitat since the 60’s. I organized a work day with my coworkers to come out and help clean it up. We scared out the vermin, removed old brooder boxes, equipment, and mason jars for sorting, cleaned out debris.

Then I built a new roof from Easteren Red Cedar logs for the stairwell to keep rain out.

For the time being, I’ve secured the roof with corrugated plastic sheathing. Still to do is:
1) permanent back hatch roofing
2) entry door
3) intermediate partition wall and door
4) shelving

The full thread on the restoration may be found here: https://permies.com/t/143595/Restoring-Root-Cellar#1137298
1 week ago

John C Daley wrote:It does not look that deep!
Can you fabricate the stirrups yourself?Some hoop iron diagonally across the roof frame both ways should be a great help in creating lateral stability of the new posts.




Hoop iron reinforcement is an interesting idea, new to me. After a brief internet search - Is there a strong advantage over timber cross-bracing? I suppose they are easier and quicker, for one. And can be embedded into the wall and hidden if placed properly. I have some learning to do.
1 week ago

John C Daley wrote:You may need to lower the floor area if and earthen floor is used, they need a fair bit of depth for the layers.



I’m currently 14 inches below the floor of the existing structure. My plan is to build up 4 inches of gravel or other drainage/stabilizing media, then add 3 inches in subsequent layers of earthen floor, to ultimately arrive at a plane 7 inches lower that the original floor. I’ll incorporate some wooden threshold at the connecting doorway to step down. That’s the plan, at least.
1 week ago