Luckily, there are plenty of options available to you since policies differ greatly from one to the next.
Costs and coverage will vary dramatically, depending on a host of factors.
For example, it’s best to use aggregator sites to compare prices of homeowners insurance premiums.
Every company is different; some are financially solid and others aren’t.
When it comes to shopping around, don’t limit yourself to one or two options.
Go the whole 9 yards and check with direct writers, captive sellers, and independent agents.
You’ll be surprised how much you can save when you shop around.
Boost Your Credit Score
As peculiar as this seems, it’s a guaranteed way to reduce the costs of the terms you get for mortgage rates and the attendant annual fees you pay for homeowners insurance.
Everyone knows that people with high credit scores get preferred rates on home loans, credit cards, and vehicle financing.
It comes as no surprise that a great credit score will also help you with insurance companies who look towards your risk profile before insuring you.
There are many ways to boost your credit score, including paying down credit card debt, reducing the outstanding principal on your existing loans, making payments on time, limiting the number of new accounts on your profile, and generally being a fiscally responsible citizen.
Home Security Systems with All the Bells and Whistles
Homeowners insurance policies protect your home and its contents from theft, damage, and unforeseen events.
One way to lower your homeowners insurance is to add protections to your property which can help to lower your premiums.
Essential security systems with burglary detection and fire monitoring are great, but you can couple that with additional smart home protections in the form of video cameras, leak detectors, and low-temperature sensors.
You may be surprised to learn that your homeowners insurance policy makes accommodation for deep discounts on these additional protections.
If you upgrade your home security system to include all these features, you may enjoy discounted rates on your homeowners insurance policy.
Choose a Higher Deductible to Lower Your Premium
At first glance this looks like you’d be cutting your nose to spite your face, but there is merit to this method.
Much like health insurance plans, you can get a really affordable homeowners insurance premium if you choose a high deductible.
If you’re the type of person who hardly ever claims, you may want to consider increasing the size of your deductible (your out-of-pocket expense) in exchange for a much lower premium.
Many insurance deductibles fall in the $100 range for premium-grade homeowners plans.
If you increase your out-of-pocket expense to $1000+, you will see a significant decrease in your premium.
If you make several small claims with your insurance company, you will quickly see your homeowners insurance costs arising, or your policy being cancelled outright.
Rather than risk all of that, pay out-of-pocket and keep your low premium.
Bundle Home and Auto Insurance Policies
When you combine policies like automobile insurance and homeowners insurance, this is known as bundling.
These package deals are designed to save you money in the long term.
Many different insurance companies offer discounts when you bundle, anywhere in the region of 5% – 15%.
Once again, go back to point #1 and shop around for the best price at multiple companies before you simply accept a bundled price when you combine policies.
If this is your first time applying for a homeowners insurance policy, you may qualify for a new policy discount.
Be sure to tell the insurance broker that you are a non-smoker and would like that added to your policy since you are less of a fire risk.
Homeowners Insurance Policy Final Thoughts
Remember: your homeowners insurance policy covers your home and your property.
There are a lot of benefits of growing with hydroponics, but none of them will matter unless you use the proper food and water as well as a proper feeding schedule.
In fact, once you are done building your hydro garden, you will need to figure out what works best for you and your plants.
Hydroponics Feeding Schedule
We are going to take a look at what you should be feeding and watering with, as well as give a general hydroponics feeding schedule (your schedule may differ a little depending on the plant, but this schedule will be a good place to start) that will help you end up with a high yield of healthy plants.
But first what is hydroponics?
Why grow hydroponically?
And what tools will you need to execute this general feeding schedule?
What is Hydroponics?
If you are just starting out and doing a little research, you may want to understand what hydroponics is.
This a method of cultivating plants by using a water-based system, coupled with nutrients.
There is no soil used; instead, in the planters, you will use a plant medium like Perlite to act as the plant’s root bedding.
The roots of the plant will be in direct contact with the nutrients that are delivered into the water reservoir, which in turn stimulates growth.
Why Grow Hydroponically?
There are many pros (and cons) that come with growing your plants hydroponically.
So, with that said, before we get into the feeding process, let us take a quick look at them, so you know what you are facing.
Here are the pros and cons of hydroponic growing:
Increased growth rate (+25 % faster)
Plants will grow larger due to their not having to struggle to get to the nutrients they need to grow.
It conserves water through the recycling of water from its enclosed set-up.
It creates a sustainable and eco-friendly system to grow your plants. Less waste and pollution are created by runoff from the soil.
The set-up and maintenance of the system may cost more than the traditional way of growing.
It takes more time to set-up and maintain than using a soil-based system.
A high risk of failure due to relying on mechanical systems that may malfunction or break.
Knowing the basics is important to understanding the whole construct of hydroponic growing.
So, armed with a little basic knowledge, let’s look at the tools you will need to have with you in preparation for the feeding cycle.
Hydroponics Tools You Will Need
Knowing when to feed will be no good to you if you do not have the right tools to do it.
So, here are a few things you will need to have on hand when getting ready to serve dinner to your plant children:
You will want to make sure the pH of your water is perfectly suited for growing.
To do this, making sure that you have a pH tester handy is a great idea.
Poorly balanced pH can cause a lot of problems you do not want to deal with.
This will be used to divvy up the nutrients and Epsom salts to build your feed solution.
You can buy many types and should make sure that the ones you choose are designed for growing in a hydroponics atmosphere.
You will want to add ¼ of a teaspoon in every feeding of Epsom salts.
This will help with the magnesium levels and in turn, help with growth.
A container of water will help you dissolve the nutrients and Epsom salts before adding it to your plants, so it is easier to absorb.
Okay, now you know what you need to gather together to get ready to feed your plants properly, let us look at what and why you need to feed them.
What to Feed (and Water) Your Plants With
With the proper tools at hand, you are ready to start the process of choosing the right nutrients to use when feeding your plants.
Just as important as that is the water you use in the entire process.
There are other factors like temperature and lights, but those will not impact the feeding schedule but rather the entire grow cycle.
All the factors combine to create the perfect growing environment, so let’s look at the two chief components in the feeding process.
Making sure you use the highest quality water, both in the reservoir as well as when watering, is crucial to the health of your plants.
Using water from the tap or other sources that have not been distilled can lead to issues with overfeeding by introducing nutrients from an outside source you are unaware of.
You will want to use the best filtered water possible.
To do this, we suggest using a multi-level filtration system that takes the water through its paces before expelling it into your reservoir and misting system.
This will negate any chance that stray salt, chemicals or nutrients make their way into the water before you adding them yourself.
Hydroponics Feed Nutrients
There are many nutrients available for growing plants, but the first thing you will need to pay attention to is that you are getting one specifically crafted for work with hydroponics.
The typical nutrients you may get from simple soil growth will be lacking certain key nutrients as they rely on the soil to lead a bit of help.
When you are growing hydroponically, you will not have that assist so you will need your interest to cover everything you are losing from not having soil.
There are two styles you have: liquid and dry options to choose from.
The liquid is easier to use but can be a bit pricey.
There is the dry option which is cheaper and requires a few extra steps to get it ready for delivery.
Once you have chosen the nutrient that seems like it will work for you and your plants, you will want to (if dealing with dry nutrients) also pick up those Epsom salts we talked about in the tools section.
Once you have all your gear together, you are ready to start developing your feeding schedule and starting the rowing process.
Understanding the importance of both the nutrients and the water is key in making your hydroponics crop come to fruition the way you envision.
Making sure you never over water and keep clean water flowing through the system is essential.
But to ensure the plants grow the way you want means feeding them on the right schedule with the nutrients that work for them.
The first thing that you should do is pay close attention to the suggested feeding schedule given to you from the nutrient’s manufacturers.
This means not skipping feedings and giving dosages indicated on the bag.
The only time you should vary from that schedule is if you see adverse effects.
Once you have done this, you will find that your schedule may be slightly different than the one the nutrients manufacturers suggested.
So that you have an idea of a good general feeding schedule for your hydroponics we have put together one (note this is just a general and may not work for all plants or hydroponic gardens, not every nutrient mix):
1st Week = 5ml
2nd Week = 10ml
3rd Week = 10ml
4th Week = 10ml
The remaining schedules are all 10ml.
Even with this general feeding schedule, we still highly suggest following the nutrients chart available on whatever brand you use for the best results.
Some Tips to Help Your Plants Grow
Once you have the water, feed, and schedule down, there are a few other essential factors that play a key role in the success of a hydroponics garden.
So, we thought we would give you a few small tips that may help you out even more.
Tips to Help Plants Grow:
You will want to make sure that your plants get at least 6 hours of sunlight (or grow light) a day.
If you want to make things a little easier, start with a plant that has already begun the growing process.
Make sure to check the pH and adjust accordingly and regularly.
Make sure your pump timer is set for the perfect cycle.
Final Thoughts on General Hydroponics Feeding Schedule
In the end, the schedule that best suits you will be the one that takes into consideration everything from the plant’s you are growing, to your hydroponic set-up, to your climate, and everything in between.
Once you have decided all of that, you can begin to craft the perfect feed schedule for your own individual needs.
Starting with the suggested schedule, you will want to pay close attention to the plant looking for signs of both over and underfeeding.
If you are overfeeding, you may see your plants wilting or turning yellow, slow growth or even leaves dropping off.
If you are underfeeding, you may see the same issues arise.
So carefully adjusting your feeding schedule will help you combat either problem.
There are a lot of things to consider when raising rabbits for meat, though.
In this guide, we are going to take a walk through the different steps you will need to take for raising rabbits for meat.
Let’s start with where and move on from there.
Where to Raise Rabbits?
You don’t want to get in trouble with the local officials, so first and foremost you need to make sure that you can raise those rabbits on your property for meat.
You may be able to have that little fluff ball as a pet, but when you are raising it as livestock, there are a whole different set of rules.
So, take the time to investigate where you can raise your rabbits and the rules you must follow to do so.
Here are a few options for where:
Am I allowed to Raising Rabbits for Meat at My Home
As we said above, many places allow you to have a rabbit a pet, but there may be rules about raising animals for food sources.
Make sure you check with your county or city what the rules are for this aspect of rabbit rearing.
Another thing to consider is that though it may be legal for you to raise rabbits on your property for food purposes, the county or city may not permit the butchering and processing.
If you can raise rabbits for meat on your property, then the next thing to take into consideration is which breed you will want to raise and the set-up you will need to do to prep for this new venture.
Community Gardens and Farms For Raising Rabbits
If, however, if you are not able to raise the rabbits legally on your property, but still want to try your hand at rabbit raising, you may want to investigate community gardens or communal farms.
These are an area of land that has been set aside by the city to allow the people of a given neighborhood the ability to grow an urban farm and help build a sustainable communal area.
These areas will not allow for the processing and butchering of the animals which you will have to do at a third-party processor, but you will be able to raise the rabbits to that point.
Now that you have an idea where you can begin your rabbit farm, you will be ready to figure out the set-up.
If you are using a communal garden, there may already be places build so this next section is really for those that can manage a backyard set-up.
What You Need To Raising Rabbits for Meat
There is a bit of prep that you must do before you rush out to get your rabbits.
Setting up their shelter and having the things you need to make them comfortable is the first step in starting your new business.
Here are the things you will need to have for a proper rabbit raising farm.
Rabbit Hutch (male and female)
The first part of the hutch proposition of this set-up is to craft a hutch plan.
Many counties or city ordinances will require you to file a copy for approval.
This is to ensure it meets all the standards set by the city itself regarding small livestock enclosures.
The rabbit hutch is the small wooden house where your rabbits will end up spending a lot of time.
Like a chicken coop but smaller and easily moved from place to place.
There are pre-made hutches available, or you can DIY one.
To determine the right hutch set up for your rabbit farm, you will want to consider how many rabbits you are looking to raise.
The bigger the herd, the bigger the hutches.
That’s right each sex will need their own hutch (after all you don’t want them breeding when you aren’t ready).
Here are some things to consider when deciding on your hutch design:
What to do with Rabbit Waste
You will want to make sure that there are a place and a way for the poop and other waste to be removed easily from the hutch.
If you get a pre-made one, you will find a floor constructed of wire with holes and such to allow for it to escape into a tray below.
If you are building your hutch, make sure to include this in your plan.
Nursing a Rabbit
Once you have bred, you will want a place they can go after giving birth.
The nursing compartment allows for them to take care of their young away from the rest of the herd.
Just like with the waste removal system, both pre-made, and DIY versions should have this as a feature.
If you are in an area that experiences extreme temperature fluctuations, you will want to consider adding extra pieces for better climate control.
Rabbits are tough animals, but extremities of temp can cause health problems.
So, if you are in a hot climate, you may want to consider installing fans to help with the heat.
On the flip side, if you are in a climate that experiences low temps, a heater may be needed.
Rabbit Run (male and female)
You will want to build a place for your rabbits to stretch their legs and have a little hopping time.
That means attaching an enclosed pen to the hitches.
One for each sex as well, so there is no fraternizing unless you want them to.
The size of the run depends on the number of rabbits and the space you have available.
How to Protect Rabbits
Even in the city, other creatures may look at your rabbits as food and try to get to them.
So, make sure you have protection around your open enclosure – this is key.
The last thing you want is to have some other creature enjoying your rabbit before you do.
So, making sure your rabbits are protected from all sides, both ground and sky will help make your farm just a bit safer.
You will want to lay down bedding of some sort in your run so that you can maintain a level of sanitation.
The type of bedding is up to you, but you will defiantly want one that is easy to remove and is good at absorbing the waste from these bunnies.
Inside the hutch itself, bedding is optional. That is if you have a waste removal tray. If you do not, then you will need the same qualities as the bedding for the run in the hutch. Using the same for both areas is fine.
Food/Water & Containers
If you want good quality meat, you will want to take care of your rabbits by making sure they have plenty of clean water and the right food.
Water is important, and your rabbits will need a lot of it.
The bigger the herd, the more water and so making sure that the pens are fitted with a large bottle of good clean water is a must.
You are what you eat, and that means that you are what your food source eats as well.
There are a few options when it comes to feeding for your rabbits.
When you are looking for the containers, you want ones that have a tight latticework frame or even a feeder that has a sifting capability.
This is so the rabbits can’t get into the container itself and contaminate their food with waste.
By getting the right container, you will be able to decrease the risk of illness amongst the herd.
As for the food itself, you will want to utilize a nice balance of hay, fresh veggies, and pellets.
The best hay for your rabbits according to many rabbit farmers is Timothy Hay.
This should be about 80% – 90% of their overall diet.
The rest of that percentage should go to the protein-fiber pellets and fresh veggies like carrots and lettuce.
You will want to stay consistent with your feed as rabbits have very delicate tummies and you do not want to upset them.
Slaughter & Processing Rabbits For Food
If you are planning to do the whole thing, then you will need a place where you can break down the rabbits once slaughtered.
You will want this area to be stocked with the knives and implements required for the process, as well as and tools you may want to use to take the processing further (i.e., sausages).
They should have a nice flat surface, be completely sanitary, and have some sort of refrigeration close at hand.
Now you have your rabbit farm set up it is time to meet your herd.
Choosing the right breed is the next crucial part of the puzzle.
You cannot just pick up any old rabbit for your rabbit farm if you are looking for a good meat source.
Rabbits good for eating tend to be longer, plumper, and have more fur.
Here is a list of the best rabbit choices for your rabbit farm:
These rabbits can top off the scales at close to 12 pounds and are usually pale orange in color.
Palomino’ may well be the best choice for inner-city rabbit farming as they are quiet and quite docile.
The chinchilla rabbit is a super fluffy and plump breed that can be kept as a pet or as livestock.
They can weigh in at up to 12 lbs. when fully grown.
Champagne D’Argent Rabbits
This is one of those breeds that is less common to find amongst rabbit farms.
This breed goes all the way back to the 1600s and is great for its meat and has a stunning black coat as well.
Flemish Giant Rabbits
These are the largest breed that many farmers raise for meat.
These behemoths can top the scales at 20 lbs.
The fur is prized but not more than the meat.
This breed is super docile and can be great for urban areas.
New Zealand Rabbits
These rabbits come in a variety of colors and can get up to 12 lbs. in weight.
When prepared, it does have a pinkish color, and some may think it isn’t cooked, but it is fine.
There are many other rabbit breeds that are out there in the world, but these six are by far the most popular when it comes to raising rabbits for meat.
Any of these will work, but the ultimate decision comes down to how much space you have and how much meat you are looking to produce.
Once you have chosen the breed you want, you may want to do further research to ensure you are raising these animals with just the right care.
Once you have everything set-up and the rabbits chosen, now it is time to think about the next few steps.
The actual business of rabbit farming which has to do with dating, birth, and aftercare of the rabbits.
Each step of this process is important to get a good idea, and so we are going to look at each.
The first step of successful mating is already done.
Making sure to keep the ladies and men separate until you feel the time is right.
There are, of course, other things you can do or need to know about the mating process.
You should always take the doe to the buck’s pad. This will decrease the chance of a flare-up over territory and make her a little more open to the bucks move.
Keep track of each does birthing dates for optimal fertility.
You will know that the deed is done when the male rabbit stiffens and falls of the female. You may think the poor guy has passed on to bunny heaven (what a way to go, right!) but he is fine and will return to normal in a few minutes.
Raising rabbits for meat is a time-consuming feat with many levels of things you need to know.
But one of the most important things to understand is what happens after the breeding.
Birthing cycle of rabbits are:
Rabbits take 30 days to gestate. The new mother will have a few pregnancies before learning how to care for her kits properly. This means that you may lose the first few litters before being successful with breading.
The big day is getting closer when you notice the momma pulling out her underbelly hair and adding it to her hole. This is done by them to ensure there is enough warmth for the kits.
After Birth Care For Rabbits
Once you have successfully mated and kept a litter, you will want to understand the aftercare system and what to expect from the other.
Here are a few key things to keep in mind:
You will not want to be loving all over the kits. This could interrupt the bonding process of the mother and babies and increase the chance of the mother not caring for the kits.
You can lightly check if they are still alive but no heavy petting or removal from the rabbit hole.
You may never see the mother feeding the babies, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t. In nature, it is natural or them to hide their babies and only fed them when no one is looking. In the wild, this is meant to save them from predators.
The mom will relax once the babies have fur and begin to hop on their own.
You may want to build a new hutch so that when the babies are big enough, you can move them to their own space.
Now that you have some idea of the entire process, we want to make sure you are not doing anything that will detract from all your hard work.
So, check out what not to do when raising rabbits for food.
Things to Not Do When Raising Rabbits
There are some distinctive things that you should stay away from doing regarding your rabbit farm.
Here a list of no-nos:
Do not use straw in the rabbit’s hole section in the hutch. Straw can carry mites, and your herd is very susceptible to these little parasites.
Use wood shavings as bedding only in places where newborn kits will not be present. The scent from the shavings is bad for the little one’s breathing system and can be the cause of death if not careful.
You want to make sure to keep the pens and hutches free of flies. So, install fly strips or rub everything down with vinegar. This is so that you can keep the flies from laying eggs in the babies and eating them.
Health Considerations for Rabbits
Rabbits, in general, are very sturdy and easy to take care of animal.
There are a few things regarding health that you need to be knowledgeable about to keep your herd as healthy as possible.
You want to raise healthy rabbits, and one of the things they are most liable to get is ear mites.
This can be combated by making sure that you keep their hutch and pen clean and with just a few preventative measures.
You can use a tincture of olive oil and tea tree oil to fend off the small fiends.
A couple of drops in each ear of each rabbit will help decrease the risk of mites being an issue for your herd.
The other big thing you must do is to clean their pens and hutches weekly.
This is done by removing the rabbits (setting them up in a temp pen) and removing all bedding.
Then you need to scrap any waste off and wash the hutch down with a diluted bleach mixture.
You will want to let the hutch completely dry and air out before replacing the bedding and letting your rabbits back into the structure.
While you do this, making sure that the food and water containers are also waste-free and clean is also a task that should be done.
Pros/Cons of Raising Rabbits For Food
Raising rabbits for meat is not something that is suited for everyone.
So, understanding the pros and cons that are associated with this venture.
Let us start with the pros:
Pros of Raising Rabbits For Food
Commercially processed meat can have things pumped into the meat via the feed they feed their animals.
Then there is the treatment of the animals themselves.
If you are someone who actively opposes overcrowding in pens and unsanitary conditions, then raising your own meat is a better ethical choice for you.
You will also be able to manage what they eat and end up with a cleaner, healthier product.
Everything happens so fast with rabbits.
The doe is always fertile, and the gestation period brief.
They wean quickly and are mature enough to slaughter quickly as well.
With this cycle, you can have plenty of meat year-round for your family plus some.
This means that though you may be intending to keep the meat, you could also have enough to make a little money as well.
Less Food Needed
Rabbits do not take as much food as other livestock you may consider for your backyard farm.
This means you can save money on free and on your groceries.
It is a win-win situation.
They do not require much too feed, nor do they require a special diet either.
They are not picky.
Mostly they eat hay and some pellets with a few fresh veggies.
All of which in the end is cheap.
You can even use fresh vegetables from your garden if you have one, and that saves even more money (and just like the meat itself, allows you to control what chemicals if any, you use on it).
Rabbits are Sturdy
Rabbits can be bred and farmed anywhere, and except for a few extra considerations when it comes to extreme heat or cold, they can pretty much survive anything.
Rabbits are Quiet
Unlike chickens or even pigs, rabbits are quiet.
This makes them great for settings where your neighbors are close to your back yard.
If you make sure to keep up on the cleaning and build a pen and hutch that is safe from their escape and the entrance of predators, there should be no noise and even less fuss.
Cons of Raising Rabbits For Food
Now that you know all the good stuff, it’s time to lay some of the disadvantages on you.
Here are the main drawbacks of foraying into the world of rabbit breeding:
Some animals that you may consider raising for meat in your back yard have extras that come with them.
We are primarily talking about any fowl that you chose.
Each of these will come with the extra gifts of egg production.
Unfortunately, with rabbits, the only by-product that you will be able to take advantage of is one you get only after the animal has met their maker and that is the fur.
Start-up Costs of of Raising Rabbits
The initial start-up cost of this venture is quite an investment.
From the rabbits themselves to the feed, you will be set back a pretty penny.
You will have to shell out cash for a hutch and run too.
All in all, the money saved on groceries may not be worth it unless you are in it for the long haul.
It will take a month or two to negate the cost of starting this new business or hobby.
You will need to spend time making sure that the enclosures you built for the rabbits are cleaned regularly as well as make sure that they stay in tip-top shape.
This will take time away from other areas of your life, and though it is not an all-consuming project, you will need a lot of time, up to several hours a week to maintain the set-up and take care of your herd.
Susceptible to Predators
They are small and easily picked off by anything from birds of prey to snakes.
Knowing the predators that live in your area is essential, and by acting when building your pens, you should be able to negate this problem with little to no issues.
If you are unable to butcher the rabbits yourself due to regulations, then you may have to deal with a third party, and this can mean an extra added cost.
This tacked-on cost could make this venture a little too costly for some, but if you are not raising a big herd, it should be easily managed.
Now that you have a few ideas of what the advantages and disadvantages of are raising rabbits for meat you may be able to more easily decide if this is a good fit for you and your family’s meat needs.
Rabbit Raising FAQs
To help you, we have also taken the time to check out some of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to raising rabbits for meat.
Here are just a few:
How Many Rabbit Does & Bucks Do I Need?
A small set-up only needs one buck, and two does to get their farm started.
This is good because a lot of city ordinances only allow for this in their regulations.
What Age Can You Slaughter Rabbits?
There are two ages that work, and this depended on the method of which you plan to cook them.
At about three months old, the rabbit should weigh between one and a half to three and a half pounds and is labeled as a fryer.
This means that this rabbit is great for frying.
If you wait until the rabbit is eight months old or 4-pound, then this is a roaster.
Either age is acceptable or will hear a different texture of meat.
How Much Does a Rabbit Cost?
When you are looking at the cost of breeds, it all depends on the type and age.
Typical good meat rabbits can range from $10 to $50 apiece.
How Much Can You sell Rabbit Meat For?
If you are looking to sell your extra meat and have processed it on-site, you can easily charge $5 – $7 per pound.
If you are dealing with a third-party processor, you may only be able to get $3 – $6 per pound.
Now that some of the biggest questions have been answered we thought we would sum up the steps that you need to take to create your rabbitry.
Steps to Create Your Rabbit Farm
With all that information put together, you should have a pretty solid plan for executing your rabbit farm.
Here is a breakdown of the steps to follow using the information above to help you along:
Determine how big you want your rabbit herd to be
This will play a key role in deciding how big your set-up needs to be.
It will also help you estimate the overall costs of this venture.
Plan out the rabbit facilities
This is when you either choose your pre-made set-up or build your own hutch and run.
Apply for any legal permits you need
You want to make sure that you do everything on the up and up, so getting the proper permission and following the guidelines set by your city or county will help you do just that.
Build your rabbit farm
Now that you have the right permission, you can start the process of building out your farm.
Prep the space
The buildings and runs set up you will want to make sure you have the food and water system set up as well as any bedding laid that you want.
Buy Your Bunnies
Now that your rabbit farm space is set up, you can head down to the local breeders of whatever breed you chose and pick up your herd.
Set up a schedule
Once your herd is settling in, you will want to begin crafting the correct feed schedule for you and your little furry livestock.
Female rabbits are always fertile, so that is why you need to separate pen structures.
Once you are ready for your chores to change, you can begin to let them mingle.
If you decided on having more than one, make you may want to keep track of who your buck is breeding with so that you can keep a close eye on who the male has the best results with.
Once the does are pregnant, you will know exactly when they are getting ready to have the babies as they will start pulling out hair and making a nest with it.
The kits will be born naked and blind and will not be seen really until they are completely weaned from their mother.
You can still check them to make sure they have survived just be cautious.
The babies are easily susceptible to bacteria, so make sure you do everything you can to minimize contact.
Also, do not be worried if you lose a few of the kits.
It is common for does to lose most or their entire first few litters.
Decide on the endgame
You will want to decide who you will be sent to slaughter and what you intend to do with them.
The perfect time to do this is between 3-4 months.
Then all you must do is keep repeating step seven through nine to your heart’s content.
Guide to Raising Rabbits
This is a big venture to undertake in the beginning and may not be well suited for everyone.
Those that do take on the chore of raising rabbits for meat will have to pay close attention to the cost, requirements, and all the other stuff that comes with building a small backyard rabbit farm.
Before diving in, ask yourself if you are ready for the commitment and if all the hoops you must jump through before you can get started are worth it.
These are all questions and considerations that you must answer for yourself.
We just hope that with this comprehensive guide about raising rabbits for meat, you now feel better equipped to make the right decision.
This antenna from Amplified offers a multi-directional HD quality picture with little to no work.
Amplified HD Digital TV Antenna Product Highlights
Not only do you get an HD quality picture, but you also can move the Amplified HD Digital TV Antenna in the direction you need for the reception of whatever channel you are looking to pick up.
The multipath protection and excellent reception will only enhance the picture and makes for fewer interruptions.
With extra accessories like the wireless remote, the team at Amplified has assured that this is going to be an excellent decision for any rural TV lover no matter which direction the channel is broadcast from.
Amplified HD Digital TV Antenna also has the following features too:
Enhanced range of 150 miles
Ability to receive multiple frequencies
Designed with two TV outputs
High reception sensitivity
Created with a low noise amplifier
Wireless remote included
Built-in motor for better mobility
Amplified HD Digital TV Antenna The Good
If you do not go with an HD antenna, you will have to invest in a digital converter as all television channels are now broadcast in digital format.
So, this antenna from Amplified is a great way to save a little money.
This system is super easy to set up well built high performing option when you are looking for an option for your rural television viewing.
Amplified HD Digital TV Antenna The Bad
The only drawback when you are looking at this as an option is the overall design.
Unlike some of the other models that have trimmed down their build over the years, this model has kept the bulkier build of the classic antennas.
Though it may be hard to hide when mounted and installed, it does offer a high level of performance.
This means that you trade style for function and in a piece of hardware that is all you can ask for.
Pros of the Amplified HD Digital TV Antenna
Easy to install and setup
High gain for UHF/VHF reception
Built-in rotor for easy mobility
Cons of the Amplified HD Digital TV Antenna
Design is a bit clunky
Pinbingding Outdoor Antenna
The Pinbingding Outdoor Antenna unit is a multi-directional remote-controlled antenna that is built for optimal amplified digital reception.
Pinbingding Outdoor Antenna Product Highlights
This easy to set up an antenna with two outputs for TV connections are built to make your life a little easier.
Pinbingding Outdoor Antenna features include:
Built-in double TV outputs
Long-distance range of 150 miles
Easy to set up snap-on installation
Includes wireless remote control
Mobility of 360 degrees with built-in motor
Superior high gain and low noise amp
40’ coaxial cable included
Resistant to weather
Pinbingding Outdoor Antenna The Good
The Pingbingding Outdoor Antenna is a tool that comes with everything you need including an easy to setup and install multi-directional coverage.
Its long-range reception is one of the best on the market.
The best thing about this whole setup is that there are no tools needed due to its snap-on mounting system.
The fact that you don’t need tools, or a more splitter and an adapter will have you saving plenty of money.
Pinbingding Outdoor Antenna The Bad
If there is one thing that most recent buyers find flaws with it is the motor’s flexibility.
Though it has a 360-degree motor, its option is not as smooth nor as fast as it should.
If you can overlook the motor issue or do not have much use for moving your antenna, then this first entry from Pingbingding could be the perfect option for you.
Pros of the Pinbingding Outdoor Antenna
Easy to install and setup
Greta multi-directional coverage
Long-range of reception
Cons of the Pinbingding Outdoor Antenna
Motor rotor is not very flexible
ViewTV Outdoor Amplified Antenna
Another multi-directional long-range antenna this model from ViewTV is chock full of great built-in features that make this easily one of the best options on the market today.
The ViewTV antenna is a well-built high-quality option that has a lot of great features to aid you in your television needs.
Being able to handle multiple HD resolutions makes this a versatile choice.
And the ease of setting up numerous televisions attached to this unit gives it a wide range of use if you have many TVs in your home.
Some of the features that are built into ViewTV Outdoor Amplified Antenna:
Long-range reception (150 miles)
Multiple HD capabilities
Wireless remote included
Built with dual TV outputs
Protected from weather including lightning
Coaxial cable (40’) included
ViewTV Outdoor Amplified Antenna The Good
The box comes with a lot of great things like a wireless remote and a coaxial cable.
With its excellent range of 150 miles, you will be able to enjoy your shows with ease.
The antenna is easy to set up and install and will last even in the most torrential weather due to the attention to detail in creating a weather-resistant unit.
ViewTV Outdoor Amplified Antenna The Bad
Some people may want an antenna that can be used both indoors and outdoors, but that is not what this antenna is all about.
So, if that is something you are looking for, then you need to keep reading.
The only other drawback of this unit is that you will have to purchase a mounting rod separately, which makes this not as budget-friendly as other options.
Even with the few issues that have arisen this antenna is still an excellent choice for anyone looking for rural television capabilities that offer high-quality HD options.
ViewTV Outdoor Amplified Antenna Pros
Good range (150 miles)
Comes with wireless remote
Multiple HDTV capability
ViewTV Outdoor Amplified Antenna Cons
Not suitable for anything but outdoor use
Mounting rod not included
Safstar 360 Rotor
The Safstar 360 Rotor is a lesser ranged option for those that are not far from the tower.
Safstar 360 Rotor Product Highlights
The Safstar 360 Rotor is crafted with a lightweight, durable design that is stocked with tons of features.
Safstar 360 Rotor features include the following:
High-grade performance reception
Range up to 62 miles
Ability to pick up VHF/UHF with a channel booster
Designed to be waterproof
Safstar 360 Rotor The Good
The Safstar 360 Rotor is a budget-friendly option that is easy to set up and installs.
With a shorter range of others on the list, this unit is still a viable and high performing antenna that will give you a lot of channels to choose from.
Safstar 360 Rotor The Bad
Though it is durable, many user reports having a problem with excessive sunlight damage after extended use as well as some of the parts being easily broken.
The rotation is another issue that some people have a problem with.
None of the issues that trouble users are universal, and in the end, when looking at the overall quality of this antenna, you can easily see why we chose it as one of the best.
Pros of the Safstar 360 Rotor
Easy to set up and install
Good frequency reception
Price is affordable
Pics up a lot of channels
Cons of the Safstar 360 Rotor
Issues with sunlight wear
Durability of product
Problems with rotation capability
Pingbingding Outdoor TV Antenna
Amplified digital reception and an optimal multi-directional capability are all controlled by wireless remote control.
Pingbingding Outdoor TV Antenna Product Highlights
Our next entry from Pingbingding is just as high quality as the last one and has similar features as well.
They stick true to what makes them a great brand.
Pingbingding Outdoor TV Antenna features are:
Built-in double TV outputs
The long-distance range of 150 miles
Easy to set up snap-on installation
Includes wireless remote control
Mobility of 360 degrees with built-in motor
Superior high gain and low noise amp
40’ coaxial cable included
Resistant to weather
Pingbingding Outdoor TV Antenna The Good
When you are getting your television antenna up and running, the last thing you want is an antenna that is difficult to set up and use.
So, this unit is the perfect option for you.
Not only will you have it up and running in no time but the high-quality functionality of this antenna.
The versatility of direction also ensures that you will be able to capture the most channels possible with the best reception of many of its competitors.
Pingbingding Outdoor TV Antenna The Bad
Much like many of their units, the flexibility of the rotation system is less than desirable.
This may make the rotation slower, which may play a part in less clear images being obtained.
Though it suffers just like the previous model with the flexibility of the rotation, it performs at the same level.
This makes it an excellent option for anyone looking for the best outdoor TV antenna for rural areas.
Pros of the Pingbingding Outdoor TV Antenna
Easy to install and setup
The long-range capability of reception
Uses multi-directional coverage
Cons of the Pingbingding Outdoor TV Antenna
The rotation system is not as flexible as customers would like
Antennas Direct 8 Element Bowtie
Of all our options, this is by far the most uniquely designed with its bowtie design and multi-directional capabilities.
Antennas Direct 8 Element Bowtie Product Highlights
His small antenna is excellent for your outdoor needs and is fitted with a few of the best features needed to give it a strong ability in a small package.
Many of these features may seem like small assets, but they combine to offer high-level functionality.
Antennas Direct 8 Element Bowtie features include the following:
Bowtie antenna with2-element design
Range up to 45 miles
Wide range of channels received
Designed with a multi-directional element
Lightweight, compact design
Comes with amount
Antennas Direct 8 Element Bowtie The Good
This small but mighty entry on our list is excellent for a home that is rural but not so far away from the towers as it does have a limited range.
Even with that limited range, you still get by far one of the best compact antennas for your outdoor installment on the market today.
It offers a 2-element design that increases functionality and overall reception.
This bowtie unit is a great choice and will have you watching your favorite shows in no time.
Antennas Direct 8 Element Bowtie The Bad
The only issue with this antenna is the range.
Having only 45-miles as the range means that those that live rurally will not get much use out of this unit.
The lack of range will not affect everyone, and those that are about to take advantage of the benefits of this piece will find themselves with a high-quality receiving piece of equipment that looks kind of cool too.
Our guide and recommendations for the Best Cell Phone Booster for Rural Areas.
Cell phones are a way of life nowadays, and having no signal or weak signal can be frustrating.
This is especially true if you live in a rural or remote location where you already must contend with a limited signal.
A lot of different issues can cause this.
Things like distance from cell towers, landscape interruptions like mountains and the materials your home is built with.
So how do you solve this problem?
One way is a cell phone signal booster.
These electronic devices will help boost your signal and allow you access to your cell phone service easily.
But there are so many to choose from that finding the one that will work right for you may cause you unwanted stress.
So, which one should you buy?
Best Cell Phone Booster for Rural Areas Reviews
In this guide, we will be giving you a few of the best cell phone booster for rural areas broken down into reviews and comparisons so that this decision doesn’t have to be so stressful.
To help you out even further, we will also impart a few factors and features you should use to weigh your options carefully.
Hopefully, by the time all is said and done, you will feel equipped and ready to pick up those dropped calls.
Let’s start with some of the best options on the market.
weBoost Connect 4G Indoor Cell Phone Booster
Our first entry is from a company that will show up on our list quite a few times, weBoost.
This indoor 4G cell phone booster is a great way to enhance your reception and make sure you don’t lose any important calls.
weBoost Cell Phone Boost Highlights
When you want an all-round super compatible booster, this model from weBoost is a great option.
Designed with features and benefits that will help you live a connected life even in the most rural areas, the 4G indoor booster is crafted with attention to the minutest details.
The benefits and features that make this model of weBoost a great choice is:
Ability to be used no matter what carrier you are with
Capability to boost signal up to 32x
Extended area of coverage (5000 sq. Ft.)
All parts for easy installation included in the box
Technology built-in to sense signals and their strength
Tech that maximizes performance up to 75 OHM impedance
Enhanced battery life of devices with minimized consumption of phone battery
weBoost Cell Phone Booster ~ The Good
The team that designed this cell phone booster wanted to make a piece of equipment that would be able to help the most people possible, and with the inclusion of smart technology and high compatibility with multiple devices and carriers this model certainly does that.
This model is easy to use and set up while being a high-performance booster.
Its ability to detect the signal strength and intelligently adjust its settings to get the optimal boost is a feature that simply makes this one of the best options out there today.
weBoost Cell Phone Booster ~ The Bad
Though it is mighty when it comes to boosting strength and all its specialized technology, there is still one flaw that we need to address.
The booster may have a little problem obtaining the required signal to do its magic when it is dealing with a weak signal of poor quality.
Even with this small flaw, which is not a universal issue, you can look at the specs, listen to the reviews and know that you are getting a high-quality piece of equipment that will help you stay connected.
Pros of the weBoost
Compatible with all US cell providers
Works with multiple devices
Able to detect signal quality around the building
Cons of the weBoost
The booster may struggle with weak signals
weBoost Home 4G Cell Phone Signal Booster
The second entry from weBoost has many of the same features and benefits as our last but is in a class all its own.
It is designed to help with multiple room enhancement of your cell phone service; the Home 4G is an excellent option for those families with multiple phones that simply want a little alone time.
weBoost Cell Phone Signal Booster Highlights
The tiny computers we all hold in our hands or keep in our pockets can be the answer to many of our questions, but only if they work.
That means finding a booster that is compatible with your service.
The Home 4G from weBoost amplifies 4G LTE and 3G signals allowing for a smoother browsing and less chance of issues with your service.
weBoost Cell Phone Signal Booster is fitted with the following features and benefits:
Service coverage enhancement (1500 sq. ft.)
Compatible with all US carriers
Works with multiple devices
Everything you need for set-up is included in the box
Improved connection of up to 32x the source signal
Built-in smart tech to sense signal conditions
Optimized signal gains up to 60 dB
weBoost Signal Booster ~ The Good
This weBoost model is fitted with some of the best technology.
They ensure that what you get is a piece of equipment itemized for the most range and best signal enhancement possible.
With the easy-to-setup and use of the system, you get an extended range that will allow boosted service in multiple rooms in your home.
This means that everyone can be in their own corners while having those private calls or as they browse the web trying to find a great gift for the ones they love.
weBoost Signal Booster ~ The Bad
Though this model has everything you want and then some, many feel that it is a bit more expensive compared to similar models from other brands.
This may make it a poor choice for those looking to work on a little tighter of a budget.
If the price is not a concern for you, then making this the booster you choose for your cell phone needs is a great choice.
It is a well-constructed optimized piece of equipment that will help you out if you are living that quiet rural life.
weBoost Home Signal Booster Pros
Enhanced high-grade signal boost
Easy to set up and use
Helps extend your cell phones battery life
Automatic reception improvement
Works with all carriers in the US
weBoost Home Signal Booster Cons
SureCall Fusion4Home Cell Phone Booster
Our next entry is a tremendous whole-home solution for anyone living a rural lifestyle.
The SureCall Fusion4Home is fitted with tons of great aspects that make this one of the best cell phone boosters available.
HiBoost 15K Smart Link Cell Phone Booster Highlights
When you want to boost your bars, this system from HiBoost is an excellent option.
Constructed with tons of features and benefits solely designed to create the optimal signal-boosting no matter where you live.
Features and benefits of the HiBoost 15K Smart Link Cell Phone Booster include:
Multiple signals boosted (2G, 3G, & 4G LTE)
Works with all North American carriers
Downloadable app for easy install
Extended signal coverage (15,000 sq. ft.)
Fitted with an easy to read LCD
Built with a heat dissipation system
HiBoost 15K Smart Link Good
The installation using a downloadable app may be nothing new to some industries, but it is when it comes to signal boosters.
The fact that this system includes that capability as well as an easy to read LCD screen makes the HiBoost 15K Smart Link stand out above the rest.
Then when you think of the square footage of coverage, you soon realize that this is the perfect option for large homes or even offices and businesses that are rural but still want ultimate connectivity.
HiBoost 15K Smart Link Bad
Though it does cover a large area, it does have one minor flaw in its design.
This is that the more people that use this system at the same time, the slower the system will work.
If you are a small company or family, then this unit will be a fantastic option for you.
HiBoost 15K Smart Link Booster Pros
Installation is easy
Enhanced and optimized cell phone signal
Ability to be used by multiple devices
Works with all North American carriers
HiBoost 15K Smart Link Booster Cons
Speed may vary depending on how many are using it
Cel-Fi GO X Cell Phone Booster
Our last entry is from Cel-Fi and is an extensive coverage booster that is designed with the highest efficiency in mind.
Cel-Fi GO X Highlights
Built to be a single carrier booster with the capability to work with whatever carrier you use, this cell phone booster is created with the highest level of features and benefits that you can get.
Cel-Fi GO X features and benefits include:
Multiple carriers compatible with one carrier use
No wired internet connection required
The kit comes with everything you need for installation
Extended coverage up to 15,000 sq. Ft.
The Good Cel-Fi GO X
Another great choice for rural businesses or large floor plan homes the Cel-Fi GO X offers an elevated performance of multiple devices.
The enhanced signal allows for faster browsing and less cell phone interruptions when trying to get your work done.
The Bad Cel-Fi GO X
Though the benefits of this unit are great, there are still some things that some recent buyers took issue with.
The first and biggest is the actual set-up.
Many feel that it is too complicated and may end in some serious manual adjustments needed to get the most out of the unit.
The last issue is that where it is compatible with multiple carriers, you will only be able to set it up for use with one.
Even with the complicated set-up, choosing this cell phone signal booster will leave you, and your cell phone needs more than covered.
Cel-Fi GO X Booster Pros
Optimized enhancement of signal
Faster browsing speeds
Great customer service
Cel-Fi GO X Booster Cons
Set up can be complicated
May need to adjust the setting for optimal use
Not able to use more than one carrier
Cell Phone Signal Booster Buyer’s Guide
Technology can be a great tool to help you with your daily lives and any hurdles you develop along the way.
But choosing how to do this and which piece will give you the best results can be quite tricky.
There are so many new concepts and features that, for most, seem confusing and foreign.
Even with the permeation of technology in our society, there can still be a little stage fright when you start reading all the complicated terminology and trying to dive in deep to make your decision.
That’s why we have carefully curated a list of some of the most essential features and factors that you, as the consumer, should keep in mind when considering which cell phone booster is right for you and your location needs.
Finding one that meets the requirements of your situation can be easily determined by paying close attention to the following:
Wireless vs. Cradle Cell Phone Signal Boosters
This feature comes into importance when you are looking at the ability to boost one or many cell phones.
The wireless models are, of course, wireless and use this signal to be able to provide a beefed-up signal to multiple devices all at the same time.
These models will tend to be more expensive, but if you are living in a house with more than one cell phone user, then that expense may be worth it in the long run.
The other option is a cradle model.
These, as the name infers, use a cradle as the boosting source and are only useful if you are intent on boosting only one cell phone.
They work well to amp the signal, but if you are a family or a small business in a rural area may not be the right choice for you.
Signal Booster Band Coverage
Cell phone bands need to be another consideration when looking at which cell phone booster will work for you.
This can be affected by your phone make as well (but we will talk about that in just a moment).
Typically, newer models go up to 4G, and some are even starting to do 5G.
Depending on your cell phone carrier you will have access to multiple bands all with different frequencies, and that means making sure that your booster works with the carrier’s band coverage is vitally important to get the most out of it.
Signal Booster Cell Phone Compatibility
Making sure that your cell phone model will be compatible with the booster is the first piece of this compatibility process.
Not all phones are created equal, and if you have a phone that isn’t supported by the above band coverage, then your cell phone booster won’t be able to interact and boost that cell signal.
The second part of the compatibility quandary is making sure that it works with your carrier.
Once again, every carrier has different frequencies and bands and choosing a cell phone booster that doesn’t coincide with their specs will render our choice useless and a waste of money.
Cell Phone Signal Strength
There are two main signal strengths when you are looking for your cell phone booster.
You can choose between high-gain and low-gain antennas.
Neither is worse than the other, rather better equipped for specific situations.
You will want to go with the high-gain option if you are in a rural area, not near any towers.
Try looking for one that has at the very minimum a 5dBi signal strength; this will increase your chance of uninterrupted service and make for a better all-around performing cell phone booster.
Now if you are rural, but not that rural, and live where there is a tower close, but there are a lot of buildings and obstructions like mountains, then trying a low-gain option would probably work best for you.
Home vs. Vehicle Cell Phone Signal Boosters
The last thing you need to consider is just where you will want to put this booster.
The most obvious is in your home.
If you are just doing it for downtime cell phone time or even if you work out of your home, this may be the perfect fit for you.
However, if you are on the move all the time in that rural community, for instance, you run a small farm and are continually needing to check the fields you may want to consider a cell phone booster for your vehicle.
If you are really in need of better service, then maybe one of each is a good idea.
Cell Phone Booster FAQs
The terminology you are unfamiliar with.
Concepts that you learned about in school but have never used since.
These are all things that you may run into when you are looking to purchase any new piece of technology.
That is why, as you begin your research, you may find yourself full of questions that you just know need to be answered before you make that final decision.
So, we have gathered together some of the most commonly asked questions and answered them below so that we can make this process as quick and painless as possible.
Without further ado, here are some FAQs that we think will help you out:
What is a Cell Phone Booster?
This piece of phone equipment is designed to take the already existing cell phone signal and amplify it.
It does this by using its three main elements: an outside antenna, an amplifier, and an inside antenna.
These three pieces combine to increase the gain and power of reception.
Do Cell Phone Boosters Work?
The answer is yes if you have a few things present.
The first is you must have some sort of signal already there for the unit to amplify.
The second is to make sure that you have purchased a cell phone booster that is compatible not only with your device but your carrier as well.
Then make sure to use the rest of our buyer’s guide to making sure you get the right one for your needs.
Are Cell Phone Boosters Worth it?
If you are anything like the rest of us, then yes there is a lot of great reasons to purchase a cell phone booster when you are living in a rural area.
The biggest and probably the most obvious is the uninterrupted service.
That means no more dropped calls or hard to understand calls that keep cutting in and out.
Plus, you will be able to live on that charge longer.
The enhancement of your signal will help your phone not have to eat so much battery up while roaming for service.
Plus, a cell phone booster is not only good for calls; it can help you be able to browse faster as well.
Then there is the important stuff like a boosted signal that will allow you to have access to emergency services if needed.
So, these simple to install and use tools are worth it if you want to stay connected as much as possible.
Are Cell Phone Signal Boosters Safe?
You may wonder if these little lifesavers are safe?
Do they emit some sort of radiation we should worry about?
Many people ask these questions, and the answer is there is a small amount, but no more than your cell phone emits on its own.
In fact, by using a cell phone booster, you may be decreasing that radiation as well.
You see a weak signal will cause your cell phone to use more power looking for that signal, and that means more radiation is present.
As a note the radiation emitted by your cell phone is less than 1 watt, and so it is not something that you should worry about.
So yes, a cell phone signal booster is perfectly safe.
How Does a Signal Booster Work?
Understanding how a signal booster works could help you determine where to house it and which one you should buy.
So, here is a stripped-down idea of how cell phone signal boosters works:
The outside antenna searches the airwaves for the band coverage from the carrier’s tower and brings it to the amplifier.
The amplifier then takes that signal and boosts it. This takes the signal from the tower and enhances your reception to your cell phone.
Through this boosted connection, your device can more smoothly interact with the signals being delivered via that cell phone tower that is so far away.
Why Do Signal Strength Weaken?
Three big culprits may be causing you to lose, or experience interrupted service.
The first is that you may be too far from a tower.
Though as the reliance on cell phones become more and more important, this becomes less likely as most carriers have built several and are continually building cell phone towers.
Still, some rural areas just aren’t serviced by every carrier (or any) yet.
The next reason for the weakened signal is the materials used to construct some buildings.
Depending on what materials are used, you may find certain buildings are better for your service than others.
Buildings made of thick concrete or heavy metals sometimes interfere with service.
The last of the three significant contributors to cell phone signal degradation is good old mother nature.
Certain natural structures can interfere with signals.
Most commonly mountains.
These have the same issue as the man-made structure, as radio signals cannot always penetrate them or follow those curving paths, we have crafted through them.
Final Thoughts on Best Cell Phone Booster for Rural Areas
In the end, having access to a strong signal is a crucial part of everyday life nowadays.
That is why even when you are living the quiet life out in those rural areas that you may want to invest in a cell phone booster.
Hopefully, with the six different for best cell phone booster for rural areas options and information that we have taken the liberty of pulling together for you in this guide, you now feel better armed and ready to make a choice that will bring better reception and no more dropped calls into you, your family or your business’ life.
Best Personal Protection Dog – Anything can happen at any time in today’s world, which is why people must be vigilant about their personal safety and the safety of their family.
Whether you’re relaxing at home or out for a walk, a personal protection dog is a great way to keep you out of harm’s way and to give you peace knowing you’re safe.
Don’t mistake these dogs for ones that only guard the front door or the gate.
They are smart, and with proper training, can defend their owners from virtually any threat.
What are the Best Personal Protection Dog Breeds
If you’ve thought about a personal protection dog before, or are intrigued by this article, let’s look at the top 5 dog breeds from which to choose should you decide to take the next step for your safety.
The German Shepherd was originally bred to be a herding dog.
The German Shepherd is easily trained and views protection as its purpose.
While these dogs look fierce, they’re extremely loving and loyal, which makes them the perfect companion animal for people and agencies who need protection.
German Shepherds get along well with children and aren’t afraid to fight to defend their ‘family’ without giving up.
If you’re in the market for a loyal, hard-working protection dog that follows commands and bonds with you and your family, you can’t do much better than a German Shepherd.
The Rottweiler is a stout, muscular dog that has incredible strength for its size.
Like the German Shepherd, this animal is bred for protection, which makes it highly sought after for people and agencies that need its service.
The Rottweiler is both loyal and affectionate but won’t hesitate to defend and protect with everything it has when faced with a threat.
Because of its intelligence and defensive capabilities, agencies like the FBI and police forces often choose the Rottweiler.
Rottweilers, like the German Shepherd, have the advantage of scaring off potential threats because of its intimidating looks.
The Dutch Shepherd is a lean, muscular animal that wards off threats simply due to its intimidating appearance.
This animal, like the others on our list, is highly intelligent and easily trainable to follow commands.
This dog is very loyal to its adoptive family and loving but also won’t hesitate to jump into action to protect them when needed.
The Dutch Shepherd likes to be active and loves to play, which makes it a good dog for a family with kids.
This animal is distinctive because of its long mane, and it’s been bred to offer protection mainly in cold climate areas.
If you live in a warmer climate, however, you can shave them down to keep them cool.
Like the German Shepherd, the Tervuren is also bred to be a herding animal, so protection comes naturally.
The Belgian Tervuren has a high IQ, follows commands, and loves to please their masters.
The last dog on our list, the Belgian Malinois, is a popular breed often chosen by military police, FBI, and police forces.
The Belgian Malinois needs a lot of activity due to its high energy, so make sure you give it plenty of playtime if you choose this breed.
The Belgian Malinois is very affectionate and will fight to the end to protect its family.
Most importantly, you can consider buying a rural property for your long-term goals.
This is caused by the continuous growth in urban and suburban populations every year.
You may invest in a very cheap rural property then sell it in a much higher value in the future.
If you are thinking of a property in Austin, Texas, you can take advantage of offers from Paradisa Homes and other real estate development teams to help you plan and construct the rural property of your dreams.
Disadvantages Of Investing In Rural Properties
Since the population is scarce in rural areas, you might not enjoy the same quality of public services that one might get in the metropolitan cities.
This means that there will be fewer hospitals, shopping centers, or federal offices near your location.
Also, investing in rural properties can be a risky move due to the small property market in the area.
The economic opportunities could also be very limited because of the fewer demand in these parts of the country.
In fact, you might have to think twice if you are planning to loan a huge amount to buy a property in the rural area.
This is because it is not advisable to have the property rented and depend on its revenue to pay for the loan.
In addition, rural areas have limited tourist attractions compared to bigger urban cities.
This could be a disadvantage for those who are planning to invest in a property in these areas.
These advantages and disadvantages will allow you to have an idea about what it is like to own a rural property.
It will also let you decide if you want to push through with the plan to own a property in the rural areas or not.
One of the benefits to rural living is seeing wildlife. When we set up our homestead in Tucson, Arizona, we didn’t expect to see desert wildlife on our property daily.
Mammals, reptiles, birds and amphibians are right outside our window. Once there was a lizard in our kitchen sink.
We’ve seen a mountain lion snatch a rabbit. Another time, we watched a Gila monster amble by.
In addition, we’ve seen a variety of snakes, javelinas, bobcats, coyotes, roadrunners, packrats, kangaroo rats, ground squirrels, raccoons, a variety of toads and lizards, quail families, hawks, roadrunners, rabbits, bats, and owls.
While Tucson is a thriving city, we live in an area of town very close to the base Mt. Lemmon. It’s northeast of downtown Tucson in an area called Tanque Verde.
There is abundant wildlife in this area of native desert habitat. We see fauna on our property, traveling through dry washes in search of prey, and when we are out driving or walking along the dirt roads and paved streets.
We will continue to update this is pictures and videos of wildlife.
Desert wildlife Tucson
Many types of wildlife thrive in the desert. Here is some of what we’ve seen.
Snakes in Tucson
We’ve had our fair share of snakes on our property, including several western diamondback rattlesnakes. There was even a rattlesnake in our pool which we relocated to outside our pool wall with a snake grabber.
No matter what, we keep a safe distance from all snakes. About half the time they’ve been western diamondback rattlesnakes. The other times they were the very similar-looking, non-venomous snakes.
A few times we’ve seen (non-venomous) Sonoran Mountain Kingsnakes on the road. They resemble the Sonoran Coralsnake which is venomous. There are many varieties of snakes in the Sonoran Desert.
Desert dwellers love having non-venomous snakes on their property. (More reptiles below.)
Mammals in the Sonoran Desert
Before moving to Tucson, we didn’t expect to see so many desert mammals. We see coyotes and bobcats regularly.
We see bobcats often, but there is one we see regularly taking the same path.
The bobcat comes out and walks under along the front of our shaded house to where we can no longer see it to hunt. We see it on his/her way back with something in its mouth.
We’re not sure if they are packrats, ground squirrels, kangaroo rats or other small mammals.
One time, we scrambled to video the baby bobcats when we saw a bobcat with her babies. They were so cute!
We see coyotes galore outside our front window and in our neighborhood.
Coyotes cross Catalina Highway, Tanque Verde Loop Road, and Soldier Trail at dusk. We see them in the washes and often trotting down the street.
Once, when I was walking behind a residential neighborhood approximately two miles from my home, eight coyotes crossed the road. They were half a block ahead of me — they just kept coming, one after the other! They didn’t pay me any attention, however, I turned and walked back from where I came from!
White tailed deer and mule deer
While we’ve seen deer within a mile radius of our home, this past spring and into early summer is the first time we saw them on our property. We saw them five different times.
Sometimes they were just passing through and other times, they stayed awhile to eat from the tops of the barrel cactus and from some bushes.
Twice we’ve seen mountain lions. Each time, there was just one of them.
While it was in different years, the mountain lion was in our property in June, before the monsoons.
Both times, at first we thought it was a very large bobcat. However, mountain lions stand taller and are larger. When we learned there were mountain lion sightings in the Tanque Verde area, we realized that’s what it was. There were several posts about mountain lions on the neighborhood NextDoor site.
We see javelinas often around dusk. Homeowners know to keep their garbage cans secure so the javelinas don’t tip them over.
Like with all wildlife, residents here know not to approach javelinas.
Other desert mammals we’ve seen around are black-tailed jackrabbits, a badger, Harris’ antelope squirrels (we thought they were chipmunks), pack rats, kangaroo rats, ground squirrels, a coati, bats, and raccoons.
We saw raccoons with a toad. My husband shined a light on them to see them better. A few minutes later, the raccoons came back, stood on their hind legs, and peered into our window. They wanted to see what the light was! It was incredible to see how smart they were.
So far we haven’t smelled or seen any skunks near our property though I did see one while camping at Molino Basin on Mt. Lemmon.
Arachnids in Tucson
Spiders in the Sonoran desert
Most of the spiders we’ve seen have been “good spiders.” These include wolf spiders and tarantulas. We leave these spiders alone — transport them outside — because they help with pest control.
We’ve had wolf spiders in our home — including our stove-top!
There are tarantulas as well. You will especially see them active at night.
So far we haven’t seen brown recluse spiders or black widows.
We learned the more residential the area, the greater chance scorpions will be inside your home.
The more rural your property, the less likely you will find them inside. This has been the case with us and our Tucson scorpion experience.
Our first home in Tucson was in a gated community — not very rural — and we had scorpions in our pool, out on our patio, and inside our home frequently. Now that we live in a rural setting, we’ve only had them a few times inside our home.
We’ve seen bark scorpions and whip-tailed scorpions since living here.
Reptiles in Tucson
We’ve already written about desert-dwelling snakes. In addition, we see various types of lizards daily.
We see them so regularly we don’t think to take a picture. Soon we will add some pics.
We’ve seen Gila monsters along the side of the road several times, in different locations in our local area.
In addition, we’ve had three sightings on our property in different places in two years.
Turtles and tortoises
When we visit Agua Caliente Park, we are sure to see turtles in the ponds.
In addition, many people are custodians of Sonoran Desert Tortoises outside their homes. The Sonoran-Desert Museum has a Tortoise Adoption Program and offers a lot of information.
Birds in the Sonoran Desert
Roadrunners, quail, hummingbirds, and hawks are a few of the birds we often see. We see cardinals, wrens, doves, and woodpeckers. There are other desert-loving birds as well.
We see woodpeckers on the high reaches of saguaro cactus. Hawks soar through the sky. At dusk, there are different bird species that swoop down by our pool.
Depending on the time of year, we see quail families — the adults quail shepherding their little baby quail. It’s common to see them crossing the road.
We see great horned owls also. Twice we’ve had mallard ducks in our pool.
Nearby Agua Caliente Park has many bird-watching opportunities. They have a board outside which lists all the bird species common to the Tucson area. It lists which birds are present year round, which are present in the winter and summer, and which are migratory. It also lists if the birds are common, uncommon, or rare.
Visitors and staff can mark off the birds they see in the park that month.
There are many bird species in Tucson.
Amphibians in the desert
Frogs and toads
We see tadpoles in the washes in the spring. In the summer, we see frogs and toads galore — some big, some small.
Some are outside our patio doors at night and some we find swimming in our pool during the day.
Common Sonoran desert toads include the Colorado river toad. We see them often. They are harmful to dogs. We don’t touch any toads (or any other living thing).
Insects in the desert
There are many types of insects in Tucson. What we see depends on the temperature, season and weather.
A lot also depends on how much rain we did or didn’t get. We’ve seen so many different insects living here.
After a rain, our pool will be filled with flying ants. When we turn on an outside light, we attract many different species, including many beetles.
There is always something interesting coming or going!
Desert wildlife in Tucson
There are many places to visit in Tucson to see wildlife.
If you enjoy seeing them in their desert habitats, you may get to see them when you visit Saguaro National Park, Sabino Canyon, or driving out to Redington Pass.
In addition, the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum is 21 acres of desert in which you can see animals in a desert setting. You can also see the pollinator gardens, walk through the aviary, and see other animals such as the Mexican gray wolf, Black bear, Bighorn sheep, javelinas, and more.
Taking a drive up Mount Lemmon will take you to additional eco-systems, depending how far up you go. Starting off, there are opportunities to see wildlife in a desert setting. The higher up you go — it reaches 9,157 feet — you will see different wildlife.
There is also the Reid Park Zoo.
Tucson desert wildlife
Our property feels very rural. Over time, we’ve set up solar, a water harvesting system, gardens, a woodworking area, hydroponics, and more.
Our two-acre homestead affords us privacy. However, everything we are doing to have a more rural experience we could do with much less land. We love seeing the wildlife and try to keep as much of the property native desert so we can encourage wildlife habitats.
It’s important to note, we don’t feed any wildlife. We don’t have bird feeders. Also, our garbage cans are in a secured area so javelinas can’t get to them.
In addition, we don’t have pets. So there isn’t a barking dog to scare away wildlife. Animals come and go — able to pass by undisturbed.
We had no idea there were so many species of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and insects native to Tucson. On any given day, we can see 10+ different types of animals and other wildlife. It’s really an incredible experience.
Desert fauna abounds here near the base of Mt. Lemmon. It’s truly the Sonoran desert wildlife experience.