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  1. erinszoo

    email notifications stopped??

    I have been getting email notifications for my threads for a long time now and suddenly a few days ago they quit. I noticed when I went into my threads and posted something, that I had to click each one to get notified of responses, so I did but I'm still not getting notifications for them...
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    Processing birds after they're frozen??

    Is it possible or safe to process a bird that has frozen to death? We've had insanely cold weather that last few days so we made sure to put all our birds in their houses but even still their waterers have frozen. This morning one of our meat ducks had frozen in it's water bucket and was dead...
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    duck eggs hatching at 23 days?

    We had it in our minds that ducks hatch at 28 days, but we are still 5 days out from that and they started internally pipping last night. Are we morons and have the days to hatch wrong or are these guys just quick?
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    We've plunged into goat ownershp

    We've been working at this self-sufficiency thing for a few years now with varying degrees of success. We have chickens, turkeys, ducks, and meat rabbits plus a very large garden. We process our own meat from all of the critters and raise our own new stock each year in our incubator. We've...
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    Lychee fruit anyone?

    So, my nephew came to visit a few weeks ago and brought some Lychee fruit with him for us to try. My being the gardener I am decided that I would try growing the seeds. I read up on it and was pretty well convinced it was a hopeless mission since everything said they have really poor germination...
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    Potatoes sprouting while still growing??

    Anyone ever have this happen to them? I planted red pontiac potatoes this year for the first time. Normally I grow Yukon golds but couldn't find any seed potato for them locally so I went with the red ones. So we planted them in containers like we normally do and they sprouted and grew just...
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    what crops do you have coming to the table?

    Curious what garden crops everyone has ripening up and coming to the table and in what zones. I have snap peas, lettuce, spinach, celery, and strawberries right now in zone 6b/7.
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    Tracking Food Production

    So, after seeing several articles and claims by people that they have harvested thousands of pounds of food from small yard gardens, I decided to start keeping a record of all that we grow and harvest. Right now it's just a running log in a notebook that I'll break down at the end of the harvest...
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    what is the appropriate way to ask about extraneous posts in a thread?

    Just wondering how to go about this politely. I am on a swap thread and there is a couple of people that keep posting extraneous posts that go on and on and on and make it hard to keep up with what's on offer and what's been accepted or not. It's getting rather annoying to have to wade through...
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    Some days I just wish things could be different (autism)

    Not that I'm whining. Not that I don't enjoy my life. It's just ... Well, I have a son who is autistic. Luckily, he is not severely so and has managed to get into college BUT ... we had to fight and claw to get him through school, to get him the services he needed to succeed, to find him...
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    Black knight carrots

    I'm looking for a source for heirloom Black Knight carrots. Already searched all of the known heirloom seed companies with NO luck. Would rather not use ebay or sources like that as there is no telling what I'm actually getting or who from. Anyone else ever grown them or know of a reliable...
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    On my soap box ...

    So, I have gotten flack lately for not being 100% blown away sold out converted to using and promoting only non-gmo products and seeds. Every day I am blasted by ad after ad and post after post on FB about banning gmo's. One company in particular has been incredibly vocal about it and a LOT of...
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    Not able to post comments ... glitch??

    After posting several responses and comments on different threads tonight, I went to the hobbies thread, where I am subscribed to one Seed Swap and started to post a comment. The comment box came up but had no toolbar at the top like normal, then when I typed something and clicked submit, it...
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    Some days are just not so great any more

    Don't mean to whine but it's just hard some days to keep going as if everything is fine and is going to be fine. We are and have been for a long time, mostly a one income family. I gave up my career when we were early on married to take care of our son who is autistic. At the time insurance...
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    Green roofs??

    has anyone tried using a green roof for their chicken coop? We are building a new coop. It's round and the walls are cordwood and cob infill. We would love to do a green roof on it both for looks and for heat control in the summer but it would also be neat if we could plant something the birds...
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    Albino plants ... ????

    This is a plant that has come up along with my winter squash. It is identical to the other winter squash except it is albino or blonde. I thought that it would turn green once it was exposed to the light and sun but we've had it under grow lights and even the first true leaves are setting on the...
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    Artichokes anyone??

    Does anyone or has anyone grown artichokes from seed before? I've planted them three years in a row now. The first year they grew great but never produced a bloom of any kind. They even lived through the winter in our greenhouse but never did anything the next year and eventually died in the...
  18. erinszoo

    We have babies hatched!!

    Just got our first batch of new turkeys hatched in the bator. We had five eggs in this run, lost one on day 24, have three hatched and one more still alive and internally pipped. Here's a pic. Already have them sold too, so now that we've got the test run with the new bator out of the way we're...
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    Finally, we hatched an egg in our bator!!

    Here's the sweetie pie. We've had so many problems hatching eggs that I decided to just give it one more go for the year. I threw in whatever eggs we had a few weeks ago so the bator would be full and culled after ten days. I just checked them again Sunday and took out everything that wasn't...
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    Humidity and temp at the right places ... still no hatch??????

    Okay, we were/are having trouble with hatching eggs after they incubate seemingly perfectly. We get to lock down with all the eggs still going and moving chicks inside. We were having trouble keeping the humidity up to the proper level but we've gotten that fixed. They are incubating at 40 to...
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