Category Archives: Skills

Raising Chickens – A Complete Guide from Chick to Dinner

chickensRaising a chicken is really not a hard task to do.  Some complicate things with adding math and adding temperatures you have to be in, however a chicken will take care of their self.  There are plenty of reasons why you would want to start raising your own flock from grow house abuse to the marketing nonsense companies use to confuse us.  This podcast is not reasons why to raise your own chickens but more of how to do so.  If you can care for a dog, you can care for a chicken.  There are a few things that you need to know before you get started.  This is why this is considered a complete series.

I have cared for chickens for the past 3 years.  I have seen my own amount of death, life, and culling.  There are short cuts and needs that most tend to leave out when discussing how to raise these birds.  During the podcast I mentioned setting up my coop and the YouTube video that I put together explaining it.  Click here to see Chicken Coop from Old Shed.  This is how I built mine with both comfort and safety in mind.


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How do you care for and raise Chickens?

  • Pre Chick Purchase
  • Day 1 with Chicks
  • Graduation to yard
  • Graduation to Chicken coop
  • Their shelter, or not
  • What to feed them
  • Hatching your eggs
  • Dealing with death
  • Lifespan on the farm
  • Culling process
  • My no waste policy
  • Other concerns regarding raising chickens

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6 Things Solo Backpacking Beginners Need To Know

6 things solo backpacking beginners need to knowBeing a solo backpacker means that you are one that ventures out into the back woods alone to enjoy nature in its silent and raw bliss.  There is not anyone that you can rely on but yourself and your dog that you take with you.  The grit of the trail and the silence of the back country are the only elements that keep your mind from wondering.  Solo backpacking is a wonderful way for gentlemen to be pushed into a whole different mindset that allows you to reset your problems and to really see what you are made of.

I just finished up my first solo backpacking trip a few days ago.  To say that I had a wonderful time is an understatement.  I learned a lot about myself and pushed myself to my limits.  All men should take this opportunity to go out and pick up this hobby for themselves.  It is a great way to learn about yourself.


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What do solo backpacking beginners need to know?

  • What kind of protection should you be concerned with on the trail
  • How to control how much weight you are going to carry
  • What is your mindset, can you handle it
  • Think five steps ahead of yourself
  • Who can find you, let someone know where you plan to be
  • What should you take with you

I mentioned this event in a past episode linked below:

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9 Ways To Be More Independent

independentBeing independent from the systems of support is important for a gentleman to be.  The concept of “the systems of support” should not be confused with “the system” that some people are afraid of.  Systems of support are ways that we get food, water, security, energy, and shelter.  We use these systems to live a life that we want.  We all know, however, these systems can be interrupted with power outages and shortages.

I am going to dive into 9 projects that you can do to make yourself more of an independent person.  You can cook and see when the power is out and you can water your yard with rain you harvest.  Not only will I give you projects but I can make you a more independent thinker.  You should think for yourself and not be manipulated into thinking what others want you to think.  That is a very hard subject to get most gentlemen to come to the understanding that this is necessary to be a more independent person.


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How can you be more Independent in your own life?

  • Why independence is a must in a mans life
  • Building a Solar Oven
  • Constructing a Greenhouse
  • Installing Rain Catchment
  • Building a Smoke House
  • Lighting up your space with LEDs
  • Build your own fernature
  • Solve your own problems
  • Talk to your neighbor instead of calling cops on them
  • Focus on what you can change instead of what you cant

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Surviving a Riot- An Interview with Speaking Apes Pt 2

surviving a riotRecently there was a riot that came really close to myself and more importantly, my family.  I had the opportunity to sit down with a very enlightened podcast and speak about the situation that our nation is in currently.  We can all agree that there needs to be some changes.  Our nation cannot begin to heal it’s wounds before we have a very real and very organic conversation about what is happening.  It is the same effect of putting hydrogen peroxide on a cut.  It is going to hurt and you might not like it, but it is the beginning of the healing process.

Fred and Harlin from the Speaking Apes Podcast sat down with me and discussed surviving a riot.  No matter what opinion you have about the subject, you should know how to extract yourself from a rioting situation.  We dove into the subject in great detail and a little about the philosophy of it all.

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You can find Speaking Apes Podcast in various ways.


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How do you survive a riot?

  • How can you soothe people before a riot occurs
  • What has to happen to heal a community after an incident
  • How to prepare ahead of time
  • What I use to stay up to date on possible riots
  • The use of Facebook live as a tool for staying informed
  • How to get out of a riot and why

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6 Fixes A Homeowner Can Make Themself

6 things homeowner should fixYou might not be a handyman but you can fix a lot of things that break in your home.  As a homeowner you should know the basics.  You should not be calling in the experts to do the simple things that a child can do.  That is my mission today, to teach you how to fix the minor things that break in the house.  By being able to fix minor issues, as a homeowner, you can keep from spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on simple fixes.  Not only are you saving money, you are growing your skill list and ability to work around your house.

However, as a man you should know your limits and when to call someone.  Even though you are the homeowner and you are a man, you have your limits.  Don’t burn your house down because you were too stubborn to call someone.

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What should a homeowner be able to fix?

  • Electrical outlet replacement
  • Light Switch replacement
  • Clogged Sink
  • Sink Disposal Repair
  • Drywall Fix
  • Leaking Toilet
  • Sidewalk Cracking
  • When should you call someone
  • The question of the day

Resource used today in making this podcast:

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Building a Farm on the Cheap

building a farm for cheapBuilding a full sized farm is not an endeavor that most people will take on.  The biggest reason is because it is so expensive to start up.  What if I could convince you that ,regardless of what you call your farm, that you can build one that wont break your budget.  I go through all of the different tactics that I have used throughout the past few years to design my homestead.  Down to the questions that you need to ask yourself.  Then I talk about the projects that you will be doing and how to prioritize them based on your own parameters.  Lastly we discuss how to make these projects cost as little as possible.

In the show, I mentioned that you should listen to the podcast about permaculture zones and watch the YouTube video on the subject, here are those links.


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How can you build a farm for cheap?

    • First steps to designing your farm
    • How to keep it cheap but not crappy
    • The advantages of having a small plot of land versus large
    • Why the experts are looking at the small plot designs

Do not forget that around Christmas 2016 I will be putting a book on the market.  The topic will be covering being an Executive Agent for the Family.  This is a step by step guide to taking your families safety into your own hands.  Making sure that you have done everything possible to keep them safe while you are on trips and out of town.  A lot of the topics covered will be 100% new to you and not mentioned on this podcast!  More details to come later.

Resources used in the making of this podcast episode:

  • All resources used were from the experiences and setbacks from creating my own homestead

 

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How to win the state fair games

how to win state fair gamesIt is that time of year again where you go to the fair and eat food that you shouldn’t eat, ride rides that were trucked in last night, and play games that have been rigged for you to fail.  From the time you walk into the fair grounds and down the midway to the time you walk up to the carny game and pay money, you have been persuaded.  Or should I say that your kids have been persuaded to want the prizes.  Now it is up to you to win that coveted stuffed spongebob squarepants or the awesome over-sided bear they want.

If you are the kind of guy that looks at these games and says “I can win that, all you have to do is blank” you have already lost.  These games are rigged so that you will fail most of the times you play them.  When you loose, your manhood is questioned, you pay more money, the fair wins.  I am going to take you through some of these games and give you that winning edge that you need to win!


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How do your win at state fair games

  • What games should you stay away from
  • How to beat
    • Ball toss into the basket
    • Loony Ladder
    • Machine Gun Star Shootout
    • Hammer Bell Ring
  • What games should you stay away from
    • Ring toss
    • Milk bottle knock over
    • Dart and balloons
    • Basketball shot

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Your First Beer Brew


your first beer brewBrewing beer is not a hard but it can be intimidating to do.  In partnership with HopGoblin I have put together a basic guide to brewing your first batch of beer.  This guide is meant to break down how easy it is to make beer with the right kit and with the right ingredient kit.  I make sure to add in all of my tips and tricks to make sure that you have a successful brew day.

A lot of the homebrew clubs and forms that are around the internet does a really awesome job of getting over your head.  When I started my first brew I was very nervous about all this math that I needed to do and all of the acronyms that I needed to memorize that I messed it up.  I didnt have videos like this that could have made it so much easier to understand and enjoy.  This is why we came together to bring you this series.

This is a video series that goes step by step through the brew day and then day by day through the rest of the process.   Once you are finished with this series you can go to the store, buy you equipment and ingredient kit, and work through each video from brew day to the day you open your first brew.

To make your first brew you will need:

How much does brewing beer cost?

Depending on which recipe kit you go with depends on your total cost for your first brew.  However, we need to break down the cost over the total amount of beer that you will get from a 5 gallon kit.  On average you will get 50 beers out of 5 gallons of beer.  (Your equipment kit + Recipe Kit) /50 beers = 3.62 per beer for the expensive kit or 3.08 per beer for the cheapest kit.  Keep in mind that you pay $4.00 per beer at most bars.  From then on your cost for a craft is cheaper than what you can buy at a grocery store.  You can average a cost between $1.02 and $0.48 per craft.

If you can make a meal with the use of a recipe and not burn your house down, kill yourself or your dog you can brew beer!  This video series proves it.  I do not go into any kind of tests involved, I do not mention specific gravity or temperatures needed because you do not need to know this yet.  You are a beginner, enjoy the process of making homebrew.

 

Emergencies Men Should Know How To Handle

emergencies men should know how to handleOne of the scariest things that a man can endure is witnessing emergencies that involve his family.  The blood pressure rises along with the pulse rate and the brain goes into overdrive.  To the normal person the next step would be to freak out and panic.  To the Gentleman however, the next step would be to calm down and start fixing the situation.  This series that I am starting is going to be an accumulation of the most common emergencies that men face on a day to day basis from the standpoint of an experienced first responder.  My goal for these shows is to help men pull themselves together and start being the fixer that his family wants him to be.  Do you want to be that guy that runs around panicking because something just happened to him and his family or do you want to be able to help the situation?



What kind of emergencies should men know how to handle?

  • what is a first responder
  • why should I keep a medical bag in my car
  • what should be kept in the medical bag
  • How to deal with a car wreck
  • How to deal with Hypothermia
  • How to deal with Hyperthermia
  • How to deal with Major Bleeding
  • Why you do not have to worry about this

No resources were used in the show today, however you might be interested in building your own expert level medical kit.  Click that link to hear that podcast.

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How A Medic Deals With A Snakebite

how a medic deals with a snakebiteAround the world, every single day, someone gets a snakebite.  Rather or not the snake is poisonous or if the possibly poisonous snake actually put venom in you can be figured out later at the hospital.  I am not going to discuss how to figure out the snake but what you should do if it happens.  This is an emergency medical situation that has to be understood because it could potentially be a life threatening situation.  A snakebite can happen in a split second and the first thing that people what do to is run away.  Wrong.  Then they want to use some ancient and outdated information about how to deal with the snakebite like cutting and sucking out the venom.  Wrong.  So what are you supposed to do?  Listen to the podcast today where I, as a trained medic, explain what I would do in this situation and then what the experts say to do.  Along with this life saving information you really need to learn about some misconceptions that people have about snakes.  We do have to make sure we are taking care of our ecosystems and learn how to interact in our environments.  Also I wanted to throw in some “Gee-whiz” information.  I really think you will enjoy the show today and also learn how to keep you and your family save through the summer.



How does a medic deal with a snakebite?

    • What are the most dangerous snakes around the world
    • How do you keep from getting bit
    • How do you treat a snake bite in the field
    • How are antivenoms made
    • Misconceptions about snakes

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