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Well hello all my favorite chickeners. Greetings to you also Ralphie. Oh! Just kidding - you are one of the favorites too. No pouting now.

 

Jerryse - lookin good. That pear tree, to me, is unbelievable. I do learn alot on this thread.

 

Sorry about your Francis I Love Layers. Why do we get so attached so quickly?

 

And Bogtown - still hoping on Loretta. Why? Wishful thinking.

 

I don't have to mention that it has been incredibly hot! And right now it is getting incredibly dark outside. The storm is moving in. I don't like hail because of the devastating damage it can cause. I don't care if it is to a structure too much. Hail has been very good to my construction business. Often times it is heaven sent because people, who cannot afford it, need to replace their roof and with the hail - besides the deductible - the insurance company does it. I used to climb up on roofs and inspect siding and windows for damage. Met with many a claims adjuster and out of those years of doing said work only had issues with a couple being disrespectful. Used to wear a skort while on the job. LOL. There were alot of men willing to hold that ladder for me. 95 degrees out and I am working on a roof getting ready for an adjuster. Craziness. The things we do to make a buck.

 

I went to church this morning Ralphie. Then breakfast and then back to church for a reception for our priest who has been a priest for 40 years now.

 

Got home, watered the chicks - again - and tore my washing machine apart. The fuse actually melted the circut. DH says he knows how to fix that. When?  I haven't asked it but just plan on going to the laundromat in Monticello tomorrow to wash clothes.

 

Chickens are backing off of laying.  Too hot for them. Got two eggs today. Cleaned the coops yesterday. Gotta dust some more for lice and mites. I think I have an issue starting. Tomorrow will be a much better day for finishing the coops. Tom pecked me when I started cleaning. It made me quite angry. I said some choice words (didn't I just say I go to church - such a sinner - ugh) and laid him down like he was a dog. I said my choice words to him in kind of a loud voice.  Too hot to deal with a cranky rooster. He only pecks me once in a while. It just occurred to me - do you think you thinks I am one of his hens. A bossy one at that.  Anyway, one of the hens has laid two 'cellophane' eggs. Started calcium through the egg shells. I will pick up some at Runnings tomorrow. By the way - I bought the Purina Organic poultry feed. Don't like it. Too much dust.

 

Chickens love their strawberry / blueberry ice cubes and frozen grapes are a hit too on these hot days.

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That's to bad!
My family doesn't farm though. A bunch of our neighbors do though.

Some of our neighbors also have weavles in their best alfalfa patch, ruined a whole 100 acres

 

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That's to bad!
My family doesn't farm though. A bunch of our neighbors do though.

Some of our neighbors also have weavles in their best alfalfa patch, ruined a whole 100 acres


So what doe they do in a case of weaviles? Can they treat that 100 acres and replant and still get a crop? Or do they spray the alfalfa and get a crop off the first planting?

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So what doe they do in a case of weaviles? Can they treat that 100 acres and replant and still get a crop? Or do they spray the alfalfa and get a crop off the first planting?
What they did was air spray it to try and kill them off.
Then a week later they cut it to save what was left.
You only replant alfalfa if it really needs it or if there's none growing there.

They may be able to get a second cutting this fall but with harvest I doubt they will try to.
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The following is a text I got yesterday at 11:32 AM from Coffee night night is here way of saying freezer camp. She has had some problems with James being mean towards her.







Tonight was the big night for James he was going to go night night.. But he won himself his freedom today. I was sitting on the back porch and seen a hawk swooped down land on a hen and James ran and jumped on the back of the hawk and was Pecking and scratching at him and the hawk let go of the hen. The hawk was screaming and trying to turn over and it's wings were flapping and I was running towards them yelling and James let go and took off running for the hen towards the coop and the hawk took off.. Not a single scratch on James . He won't let me get by the girl to take a look at her.. I will look when things calm down..



A little later she send this picture:

 

And said          Girl is fine just missing some feathers.

 

 

 

 

 

Must have been a busy night there this came about 9pm:

 

Was 4 raccoons now there are three..


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She'll need to follow with clean up duty on the other 3.

Have I said I need a rooster. I missed a call last night regarding Roger's boy. I'll let you all know what's happening there.
I love good rooster stories, coffee.

Happy Monday all
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I planted 2 of my potted Boyne raspberry plants yesterday evening . They were all going to the lake but I decided to plant one near the triple crown thornless blackberry for cross breeding next year . The other next to a local wild selection for the same reason . Boyne is a Canadian introduction rated zone 3 . Hope to remove pollen parts on Boyne next year and let the bees do the rest . 

 

My interest in the Himalayan blackberry was due to it being used in the past on these thornless hybrids . I see some of the traits like long canes have persisted generations later . Not going to grow them just curious about the ancestors .

 

I use the Miracle grow moisture control potting mix as it has no weed seed . Not wanting any new weeds at the lake .

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Ralphie, do you have a running count of the number of Chickens, Turkeys and Guineas which you have hatched this season?

 

 

I have not ignored you on this question. I have been trying to figure it out. 

 

I do not keep a tally of the chicks hatched and prior to my NPIP approval I did not have good records of who I sold too, now I have good ones.

 

I am guessing by the number of little Creamers I have running around ready to be soup.  I must have hatched 250 Cream Legbars. Enough were sold so the market price on them will be near nothing next year. They have went all over the state. 

 

I know I have hatched around 200 EE. they get sold as fast as I can hatch them. I hatched mainly blue eggs to the blue egg gene rooster. I do not have any (except) the last hatch for myself yet)

 

I have 4 PC's is all.  I am going to trim the fuzz again and see if I can get more of them. The one I really wanted does not seem to hatch almost every egg is a clear. Of the 4 2 are definitely roosters.  BUT what Beautiful roosters they are with dark heads and unbelievable color. They are super looking birds.  Of the 2 others I am afraid the one might be a rooster.

 

 

I have hatched over 300 BA or MA's.  I was surprised how many of them sold, I think I have 20-25 of them left here is all.

 

I have had around 50 turkeys all are sold.  I have my own coming now.   I did not do well on turkeys, but that is my fault I think.  The young Tom I used was not infertile by very close to it. It might just have been too young this season to trust like I did.

 

I have hatched about 30 Guineas is all.   I have 80 set to hatch on  JUly 1st and I put 30 in last night.

 

 

I did not have a great ratio, but when I was using two incubator I did not cull eggs until day 18. I gave them every chance as I had the room. Now that I am using the one as a hatcher I have been forced to cull.  I have a full incubator now. ( I think I have room for 8-10 small eggs left in the one I got from you)  the other is the hatcher.

 

 

I put in the last of the turkey eggs in last night with the guinea eggs, I think I had about 20.  The one nest was giving me eggs still but I am going to let the hens hatch the rest. I am ending my hatching season.  The only thing I will hatch from now on will be CLB eggs that have the double recessive white gene.   The few chicken people that have seen the white sports have been impressed with them.  They all asked to buy them.  Whether they were just being nice or sincere, who knows. I myself am impressed with there looks.  I like them better than the CLBs.

 

 

So that's the answer and I am sticking too it...LOL

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Ralphie, I think it would have been shorter to type, I do not keep of record of numbers incase it would be discovered by Judy.

 

Bad weather in the vicinity last evening, but I am close enough to Lake Superior so that most of these fronts split and go around us.  Some others were not so fortunate.

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Ralphie, I think it would have been shorter to type, I do not keep of record of numbers incase it would be discovered by Judy.

 

Bad weather in the vicinity last evening, but I am close enough to Lake Superior so that most of these fronts split and go around us.  Some others were not so fortunate.

 

 

Judy is actually semi-supportive of my hatching. She gave me a "short" honey do list and said if I get them done I can build a new hatchery.    I would use a 28x40 garage package (minus garage doors) as my starting point, then insulate and divide as need be.

 

 

 

I am actually the one reluctant to do this, as it makes little sense to start a business venture at my age.

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post #11460 of 14208

Ralphie, we have met in person, and I know that you are many years short of the 100.  If you do not plan to move south for the winters, I say go for the gusto.  These enjoyable life's activities help to keep a person young at heart!

Then again perhaps you do not wish to turn a hobby into a business venture?

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