The Survival Homestead

Below you’ll find detailed information on how to set-up a homestead, with detailed information on a wide range of homesteading topics, such as power generation, building, finding homestead property, raising livestock etc… These topics will help you avoid making costly mistakes… Let’s get started…

Chicken Dressing Day or How to Pluck a Chicken…

by M.D. Creekmore - May 1, 2013 • 11 comments

This is a guest post by Ruby R and entry in our non-fiction writing contest. Looking back at my childhood, I think we were ‘preppers’ out of necessity. My father worked in a limestone quarry and would be ‘laid off’ during the colder winter months. My mother canned anything and everything that could be used […]

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Rain Collecting Automatic Chicken Waterer

by M.D. Creekmore - March 27, 2013 • 8 comments

You can order the Oasis Poultry Water Nipples here – 10 for $12.98.

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Path to a Simpler Life

by M.D. Creekmore - March 12, 2013 • 169 comments

Living a simpler life doesn’t mean living an easier life. In reality it is just the opposite. Living a simpler life tends to be a harder life. At least harder in the context of work required to live that kind of lifestyle. Even though it’s a more challenging lifestyle… it’s a more rewarding lifestyle.

I’ll be the first to admit that my consumerism lifestyle has made me fat. I work a job that doesn’t require a lot of physical labor, I pay other folks to do things I could be doing, and as a result I’d added on around 60 pounds of excess weight. If you think about it…. were our grandparents or great-grandparents overweight? I’m guessing probably not. They worked manual labor for a living and/or tended a garden and farm animals for food. Something else to think about…. aside from lung cancer from smoking how many cancers did they have to contend with?

Around a year ago I decided that I needed to wean myself off a consumerism lifestyle and get back to a more simpler time. Like most folks that think about making this leap, I had several reason that moved me forward and got me into researching my desired lifestyle. By living a simpler life, not only am I improving my life but there are other advantages as well. Since this is more of a thought provoking article vs. a how to article… I am going to toss out some things to think about.

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Honey Beekeeping Part 5

by M.D. Creekmore - February 15, 2013 • 21 comments

This guest post by  Petticoat Prepper and entry in our non-fiction writing contest. You can read part one here, part two here, part three here and part four here. It’s now the end of your season and the bees have been hard at work laying in their winter provisions. Depending on your area they may need more than other […]

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Honey Beekeeping part 4

by M.D. Creekmore - February 14, 2013 • 12 comments

This guest post by  Petticoat Prepper and entry in our non-fiction writing contest. You can read part one here, part two here and part three here. The first few weeks have passed and your bees have been busy. You’ve kept the 2:1 sugar syrup in the feeder and they’ve built comb and the queen has laid thousands of […]

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Honey Beekeeping part 3

by M.D. Creekmore - February 13, 2013 • 7 comments

The Drone – the only males in the colony! There are only about 100 in the entire colony of probably 60,000 bees. His only purpose is to mate with the queen. Now before you guys cheer him on, come fall when the weather cools and mating season is over…the girls toss them out to die :-( .

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Honey Beekeeping part two

by M.D. Creekmore - February 12, 2013 • 21 comments

The big day has arrived; your bees are ready for pickup! I was both nervous and excited when mine came. Something I wish I’d had and will for this next group of bees is a sprayer bottle of water. You know those plastic plant misters? It was hot the day mine came and I picked up in my car. The girls rode in the trunk. I was worried about them over heating and stopped often to cool them down. I was afraid some police officer would see me on the side of the freeway fanning my open trunk frantically and think something was amiss….

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Honey Beekeeping (Oh Lord, part one)

by M.D. Creekmore - February 11, 2013 • 44 comments

First let me say, I am no expert. I have been keeping bees for the past year. It’s been fun, frustrating, interesting and challenging. I’ll share what I’ve done and hopefully those interested will find a bit of help. Just keep in mind; it’s rather like herding cats.

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Saving money to live your own life

by M.D. Creekmore - February 5, 2013 • 40 comments

I always wanted to be a “homesteader”. Yes I hate labeling myself or anyone else but I woke up the other morning and thought that must be what I have become. It is hard to live that kind of lifestyle when your drowning in debt. A huge factor in not only getting to the point of being debt free but also to having actual say in your own life and time is saving and spending wisely.

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For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II

by M.D. Creekmore - February 3, 2013 • 25 comments

Persecuted by their own government and fearing for their lives, they took to the wilderness to hide and worship God as they believed – the Lykov family lived in this remote Russian wilderness for more than 40 years—utterly isolated, with very limited supplies (no firearms of any kind) and more than 150 miles from the nearest human settlement. This is the ultimate true survival story and a testament as to what can be done with faith and determination.

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How To Avoid Being Conned Or Stuck When Buying Land, A Home, Or Land With A Home, And Easy Ways To Find And Acquire Them.

by M.D. Creekmore - January 25, 2013 • 29 comments
Land for sale!

About fifteen years ago, when I went to Oklahoma with a friend of mine, we met a man in his mid- to late-fifties that offered to sell us some land that he said he owned. When we went to look at the piece, we saw a small travel trailer sitting there, surrounded by dense stickery brush, and he told us what a good deal he would make us.

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Can You Pluck A Chicken Clean In 90 Seconds?

by M.D. Creekmore - December 21, 2012 • 2 comments
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DIY electricity

by M.D. Creekmore - December 6, 2012 • 58 comments

This guest post is by Papabear and entry in our non-fiction writing contest. The Dallas Observer published a report1 recently that Texas has worst electric grid in the nation. This was based on a North American Electric Reliability Corp report2. That’s not very encouraging. They are also reporting that there is the possibility of rolling blackouts in […]

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Making and selling soap

by M.D. Creekmore - December 5, 2012 • 9 comments

This guest post is by Penny Pincher and entry in our non-fiction writing contest. I made 50 lbs of various kinds of soap to sell one year, it being sort of the beginning of my soap “career” the packaging wasn’t the best and it got the Dreaded Orange Spots after a while (too much fat), but I […]

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SHTF Blacksmithing : What you need to know to get started…

by M.D. Creekmore - November 28, 2012 • 22 comments

This guest post is by J.E. and entry in our non-fiction writing contest. Blacksmithing is a hot, dirty, and hard job, but it is one of the most rewarding things that I have accomplished. The smell of the fire, the sound of the hammer falling on the metal, and the pure enjoyment of forging useful tools, gives […]

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Common diseases and disorders of horses and how to avoid them

by M.D. Creekmore - October 25, 2012 • 4 comments

This guest post is by Victoria S and entry in our non-fiction writing contest . This is the last post in this series of articles on horses! The two big health issues facing horses owners, and the ones that cause them to have nightmares, are colic and founder. These two conditions aren’t really diseases as they are really symptoms […]

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Feeding horses – or how to keep your expensive investment in horseflesh alive.

by M.D. Creekmore - October 24, 2012 • 8 comments

This guest post is by Victoria S and entry in our non-fiction writing contest . Horses are herbivores. There are isolated examples of horses eating meat in extreme situations, but 99.9% of the time, horses will not eat meat. (Horses will eat meat more often if it’s part of something else – I used to feed left over tuna […]

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Basic safety rules around horses

by M.D. Creekmore - October 16, 2012 • 21 comments

This guest post is by Victoria S and entry in our non-fiction writing contest . 1. Never run around horses. While there are occasional exceptions, in most cases, running (as opposed to walking really fast) generally only gets horses excited and makes them misbehave more. Running AT a horse often will result in either the horse running away or […]

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Running the O2 Cool on solar

by M.D. Creekmore - October 8, 2012 • 16 comments

This guest post is by Michael C and entry in our non-fiction writing contest . Recently someone wrote about the O2 Cool battery operated fan. I liked the size of the fan (10 inch) and the battery operation. I was impressed enough with the review (on MD’s web site) that I went through the (MD’s) bookmark and looked at […]

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How to build a solar food dryer that works!

by M.D. Creekmore - August 13, 2012 • 41 comments

This guest post is by Homeinsteader  and entry in our non-fiction writing contest . You will be building three(3) different box-like units, all of which will fit together and work to dry your food in the sun. The finished dimensions of your solar dryer will be two (2) feet by four (4) feet. You will not be building legs from these […]

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