no, it leaves the fur intact. Here's how we do it:
http://velacreations.com/food/animals/r ... hides.html
here's a photo of a finished hide:
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We built one last year, and it greatly reduced our firewood use. We burn small diameter sticks in it, so it is easy to get firewood from our neighbors, cause that's the stuff they don't burn! Use firebricks for the burning chamber and internals. Our build has a small footprint: http://www.flickr.com...
- Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:46 pm
- Forum: Alternative Energy
- Topic: thermal store and solar panels
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we have a big thermal store for our hot water system. It's 1300 l, and it stays around 130F year round. We use it for domestic hot water and for radiant floor heating in the winter. We have the tank is a large insulted box, with r-60 insulation all the way around. For the panels, we have 2 big panel...
- Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:35 pm
- Forum: Livestock
- Topic: Do you grow animal or chicken food
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we sprout wheat for our animals. At 6 days old, it resembles wheat grass, and it is called fodder. It is great for them, and significantly reduces the feed bill over feeding concentrates. We also integrate our species a lot to maximize feed/waste cycles. Under the rabbit, we have earthworms, and tho...
- Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:32 pm
- Forum: How do I??
- Topic: ...preserve rabbit skins??
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we tan them using battery acid. I know it doesn't sound good, but it is actually very easy to do. Just soak them in the acid for a week, and then peal off the inner membrane, then soak again. it's just about the easiest way to preserve a hide.
- Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:24 pm
- Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
- Topic: hello from Mexico!
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Hi, We are a family of 4, living off the grid int he mountains of North Mexico. We've built our homestead from scratch and strive to provide our own food, water, and energy. We've been living this way for over a decade, and share our experiences through our website/blog. We are excited to be a part ...