Originally Posted by ejcrist
Thanks for the info DesertChic. I didn't know Naked Necks did well in the heat. If I decide to try integrating a BR cockerel I'll shoot you a pm for that breeder you referred to. I'm up above Phoenix but I'm familiar with the area down where you're at if the breeder is down there too. I go hunting down around three Points and Patagonia State Park and I have relatives over in Hereford - that's a great area to live in.
Also read your post about the Tilapia. You're doing everything I'm trying to get into. Me and my wife are planning a tilapia pond now but we probably won't get to putting it in till next spring. We just have too much on our plate at the moment. We just planted 110 wine grape vines recently and I still need to string the catch wires. I'm gettin' pooped out. But that would be great to raise tilapia, raise and breed chickens, make wine, and have a good vegetable garden going. What more could a guy/girl want?
That's awesome about the grape vines! I only had room to plant three to try them out. Gardening has been the biggest challenge for me but I've finally reached a point of being able to grow some decent crops for my family and my chickens. The aquaponics has been more challenging than expected too. The fish are doing VERY well, but we've found out the hard way that conditions still need to be just right for the aquaponics to be completely successful.
One caveate about the Tilapia...AZ passed a law at the beginning of this year listing Tilapia as an invasive species and banning the sale of live Tilapia. I know that there's a push from the community and places like EcoGrow in Tucson to make allowances for the self-sufficiency/prepper groups, but I haven't heard how much success they've had in changing the legislation. We were lucky to be grandfathered in since we purchased our fish at the end of last year...and that's why I'm so happy about the Tilapia babies. I can keep our tank stocked without having to bump against the law.