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Meat Rabbit Breed Selection

In the world of rabbits, the number of breeds is astounding. Dwarfs to giants, Netherlands to New Zealand, even some named after LIONS of all things! The names and sizes vary so much that we aren’t going to list them all here. We are going to focus on meat rabbit breeds. If you have an...

The Famous Rabbit Man: Hostile Hare
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The Famous Rabbit Man: Hostile Hare

I am full of myself, I’m kind of a big deal… let me show you how big a deal I am by sharing all the interviews and stories that feature me…The Famous Rabbit Man: Hostile Hare! The Phoenix New Times– Nick Klein is a mass murderer — of rabbits. No, really. Klein is an enterprising...

Bokashi Living Compost Systems
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Bokashi Living Compost Systems

@BokashiLiving is changing the way we compost. Bokashi Living Compost Systems enable us with the smallest space available to get composting with no foul smell, no mess, and no pests. Nature rots down old biomass and feeds it to new life. We, gardeners, LOVE composting! It’s recycling in it’s most natural form. Conventional composting is effective out on...

Arizona Meat Rabbits
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Arizona Meat Rabbits

Arizona definitely is a unique place to raise meat rabbits. The hot summers make outdoor rabbit husbandry difficult, but not impossible. The miserable June through August months can hit 120 degrees, true, but that hasn’t stopped the 2000 years of farming this valley has seen. Ancient Arizona Farmers When modern settlers founded Phoenix AZ, they built it from...

Rabbit Starvation
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Rabbit Starvation

Rabbit Starvation, Or “Protein Poisoning,” is a rare form of acute malnutrition thought to be caused by a near complete absence of fat in the diet. I have heard some funny claims concerning rabbit meat over the years since starting my bunny business. Some of them seem near mythical! On several occasions, I’ve heard, “rabbit...

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Agriscaping: Edible Elegant Landscaping

At Hostile Hare, we are carnivores. We like MEAT! Rabbit, quail, chicken, goat, deer, elk, beef, pork… we love to eat it all!!! Well, you may have noticed that the recipes we share aren’t just dead animals heated up in various ways… we like our spices and herbs and steamed and roasted vegetables and fruits…...

Colony Style Meat Rabbit Husbandry
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Colony Style Meat Rabbit Husbandry

One of the simplest forms of rabbit husbandry is the colony style meat rabbit or colony style rabbitry.  The style best mimics what the European rabbits would do in the wild. The European common rabbit, Oryctolagus cuniculus, is the source of most domesticated breeds. If left to their instincts, the domestic-bred rabbits will follow their European heritage patterns. The Warren...

Looking to rehome my child- free to a good home
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Looking to rehome my child- free to a good home

Due to life-changing events, we are unable to care for our now older child.  We just don’t have enough time to give him the attention he deserves. We are moving to a new residence that does not allow children to play outside and visible. We are afraid of how he may react to the new baby...

In The Beginning of the Bunny Business
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In The Beginning of the Bunny Business

I’m no stranger to the anxiety of starting out. Whether we’re talking about a new hobby, job or business, we experience some “change anxiety.” I’ve found myself asking, “what am I doing? Have I done enough research? Am I making the right decision?” Starting out with rabbits gave me the same feeling. In the beginning of...

Going Off grid with the OffGridBox
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Going Off grid with the OffGridBox

How do you provide water and power for your off-grid homestead? Let’s be honest. It’s hard to live without electricity- even if you want to. A Boston-based clean-tech company explores a unique way of living off the grid with a turnkey solution. You can purify water and generate electricity straight from a small metal shipping container....

Drop My Homestead’s Taxes
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Drop My Homestead’s Taxes

Ya know, I’m not a big fan of paying for things I don’t need.  I don’t like seeing 30-40% of my income siphoned away and spent frivolously on programs I didn’t agree to, wars I wouldn’t have fought, and entitlements I’ll never enjoy… So, I teamed up with The Tax Goddess to help folks keep...

Thinking About Rabbits?
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Thinking About Rabbits?

Are you Thinking About Rabbits yet? You should be! Click the picture to go to “Why Rabbits” page and learn why rabbits are AWESOME urban livestock! Come see us on Facebook, Twitter,  Instagram, YouTube, and Tumblr

Hostile Power – An alternative to the power bill
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Hostile Power – An alternative to the power bill

We at Hostile Hare are all about growing our own food.  It’s hard to miss that point, but did you know that the rabbits were originally purchased as part of an alternative fuels experiment?  In 2009 five female rabbits were purchased for the purpose of pelletizing unorganized biomass I.E. grass clippings and other landscape debris. ...

Muscovy Ducks: 7 Reasons Why Your Homestead Needs Them
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Muscovy Ducks: 7 Reasons Why Your Homestead Needs Them

Living in the city can be a pain in the hind quarters when one is trying to homestead a property.  If you’re familiar with the Hostile Hare, then you know we do like rabbits as an urban livestock. They are quiet, clean, and efficient… But they don’t lay eggs!  For that we suggest quail and/or...

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Urban Farming Worm Bag

INTRODUCING THE URBAN FARMING WORM BAG VERSION 2.0!  THE DURABLE, BREATHABLE, ATTRACTIVE HOME WORM BIN SOLUTION INTRODUCING THE URBAN FARMING WORM BAG VERSION 2.0!  THE DURABLE, BREATHABLE, ATTRACTIVE HOME WORM BIN SOLUTION Create organic fertilizer inside your home or apartment using nothing more than common household waste like newsprint, cardboard, and food waste.  I’m adding...

Full-Semi-Automatic Rabbit Nipples?
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Full-Semi-Automatic Rabbit Nipples?

The Reason Everybody knows that having over 10 rabbits on water bottles is a royal pain in the patootie… And for somebody that’s trying to raise animals as efficiently as possible, water bottles just ain’t going to cut it… the answer? Rabbit Nipples! That being said, not everybody has the facility with indoor plumbing necessary...

Rabbit Feed Considerations
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Rabbit Feed Considerations

Many of us that have entered the cuniculture world (meat and fur rabbits) did so because we want to know where our food comes from. We want to make sure our livestock is treated a certain way, harvested in a humane manner, and that the animals’ diet is free from substances that we would avoid...

Lessons From The Farm
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Lessons From The Farm

Lessons From The Farm You could say I learned a few lessons from the farm, some self-taught, but some were as follows… “I swear you’re about as worthless as tits on a boar! ” My uncle’s words still ring in my ears… “Yes, sir, when God said ‘let there be brains’ you thought he said...

Keep Your Humanity When The SHTF
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Keep Your Humanity When The SHTF

Hypotheticals There’s a lot of hypothetical situations for a grid down, SHTF scenario, and widespread apocalyptic events.  A question that goes along with preparing for such a breakdown is this: how do you keep your humanity or do you abandon it during such an event? I don’t claim to be an expert on sociological for...

3 Pitfalls of Starting Meat Rabbits
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3 Pitfalls of Starting Meat Rabbits

I don’t like starting out a conversation with the negative aspects of raising rabbits.  They truly are the perfect urban livestock.  They are quiet, clean and super efficient.  Chances are you’ve already decided that and agree with me.  Rabbits are easy to raise, as long as you do it right!  So once you’ve decided to...

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Homesteading with Kids

Are you homesteading with kids?  This week on the We Grow Ours show we are discussing homesteading and prepping from a child’s perspective.  Nick and Don have Brandon and Josh (2 of Don’s Kids) are in the studio to share their experiences. Brandon has grown up in a normal subdivision and is a big part of...

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Survival Gear

This week it is all about Survival Gear on the We Grow Ours show, Nick and Don! Tough tested by Tim Ralston of Gear Up. We visit Tim at his store and get to check out some serious gear. Timothy Ralston, is an American inventor, entrepreneur, adventurer, author, movie and television presenter, and renowned expert...

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Beekeeper Dan Punch

Beekeeper Dan Punch of The Punch Honeybee Company joins the We Grow Ours show to talk bees with Nick and Don.  The Punch Honeybee Company has set out to change the way we react to swarms, hives and the like.  Dan Punch not only rescues bees and relocates hives; he participates in public addresses and clubs to...

Solar Cooking in the Sun Oven
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Solar Cooking in the Sun Oven

This week, the guys of We Grow Ours are talking Solar Cooking in the Sun Oven! They review SUN OVENS® and chat with the owner, Paul, all about what we can do with it. Don has put his  Sun Oven through some major testing, and it has really held up! Solar Cooking in the Sun Oven For the past...

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Homeschool Myths Today

There are a lot more myths than truths out there, when it comes to homeschooling.  But on this week’s We Grow Ours, Nick and Don are talking to Tiffany Davis.  Tiffany dispels homeschool myths that are on the minds of those not familiar with this type of education. Dispelling Homeschool Myths Tiffany Davis is an...

Aquaponics from Down Under
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Aquaponics from Down Under

The guys are talking Aquaponics from Down Under on this week’s We Grow Ours show.  Nick and Don welcome Paul Van Der Werf to the show to chat about the aquaponic industry and commercial aquaponic systems. Paul has been setting up some MASSIVE aquaponic systems! We are so excited about his current projects. Paul Van...

DIY Self Sufficiency Projects
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DIY Self Sufficiency Projects

Self Sufficiency Projects don’t have to be expensive or terribly difficult.  If your goal is to live more self sufficient then these DIY Self Sufficiency Projects are for you.  We’ve compiled some of the best DIY projects out there for you to use in meeting your goals.  A self sufficient life takes time and effort to...

Live Show – BackYard Livestock Integration
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Live Show – BackYard Livestock Integration

Let’s talk livestock integration!  This week on the We Grow Ours show, the guys go live for their first broadcast on 1100 KFNX Phoenix.  They are reviewing an earlier show on BackYard Livestock Integration with rabbits, quail, and aquaponics. BackYard Livestock Integration Rabbits Nick does some impressive rabbit math to show us how much meat...

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Farming and Homesteading: Nick’s Awesome Origin

In this episode, Nick’s Awesome Origin: Farming and Homesteading… We all start somewhere…and this week the guy’s are talking to Nick’s dad, Jerry, a farmer, and cattleman.  Following in his own father’s footsteps, Jerry is farming the family acres. Nick, Don and Jerry talk history, conventional farming’s pros and cons and a farmer’s view on...

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Small Livestock Integration

  Small Livestock Integration On this episode of We Grow Ours the topic is Small Livestock Integration.  Using nature as the example this way of raising livestock creates a natural self-regulating organism.  The goal is to create a system that has very little input and produces the maximum amount of food. But this integration is more...

Shield Yourself From The IRS
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Shield Yourself From The IRS

Shield Yourself From The IRS Well, it is that time of year again…IRS Season.  On this timely episode of We Grow Ours, the guys are talking to Shauna “tax goddess”.  An expert in her field, Shauna is an author and business owner that can help you shield yourself from the IRS.  Shauna gives advice on...

Bees and Monsanto
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Bees and Monsanto

Bees and Monsanto Today we bring you the second part of the bee series – bees and Monsanto.  Dan Punch joins Nick and Don on this podcast.  A beekeeper and rescuer, Dan knows bees; including “Africanized” bees. What’s a colony collapse?  What is Monsanto doing to the bees?  What about neonicotinoids and pesticides?  Dan shares...

Prepping with Goats
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Prepping with Goats

Prepping with Goats Goats offer a prepper, with the room, so much; so today we bring you prepping with goats.  Jyl of Desert Dream Farms joins Nick and Don to talk about all that goats offer the prepper and homesteader. Jyl is schooling us on breed selection, care and goat offerings like milk, meat, soap,...

Distill Your Own Fuel or Drink
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Distill Your Own Fuel or Drink

  Distill Your Own Fuel or Drink How would you like to distill your own fuel or drink?  What if it was affordable, renewable and locally produced?  On this episode of We Grow Ours Nick and Don are talking just that.  With a little specialized equipment and know-how, you can turn these materials into alcohol fuel, and...