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  1. donrae

    Found some bulbs in the barn......

    And I'm trying to figure what to do with them. They're tulips and hyacinths. I vaguely recall buying them last fall, intending to plant them in some metal planters to go outside the hay barn. Apparently, out of sight was out of mind , I just ran across them in the barn today. They're starting...
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    That's What I'm Talking About!

    I have two pullets I hatched last year that have taken forever to reach point of lay. They've been driving me crazy! One is my own multi-generational mix, a white sport throwback who basically looks like a pure white Ameraucana--big fluffy beard and muffs, slate legs, etc. I've been so wanting...
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    The Bummer of hatching Sex Links

    Today is hatch day for my first batch of sex links in a long, long time. I have three chicks so far, all with big ol white spots on their heads . I like the theory of hatching sex links, but the reality stinks right now. I guess I liked the denial part...."Oh, they're all female, of...
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    Buff Wyandotte?

    Hello friends.... I've been thinking of getting a buff Orpington cockerel for a sex link breeding project. Cruising CL today and I see this guy.... he's an Oops from the feed store in town, the sellers don't know what breed he is. With the rose comb, I'm thinking buff Wyandotte, but the...
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    Need a New Digital Thermostat.

    Hey all, I've been using my home built cabinet incubator for over a year and it's done a great job overall. The thermostat was The Incredible Incubator Thermostat from Fall Harvest Products. First one had issues after just a few hatches, I can't remember exactly what the problem was (I'll ask...
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    Empty Brooder Syndrome

    After incubating and raising quite a few chicks this spring, I actually unplugged the incubator a few weeks ago. Sold off the last batch hatched. Now one of my brooders is empty and dark, and the other has four lonely looking hatchery bantams wandering around aimlessly. I just moved my breeding...
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    Cardboard as mulch?

    Morning! My garden area is an old-style large tilled area. In the past we've literally lost plants to the weeds . Last few years we've used black plastic sheeting and planted through that. It works beautifully to keep the weeds from starting, but... it's ugly it's hot to walk on it's ugly...
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    Spring 2016 Whatcha Got Swap Chat.

    This is the place to chat about the Whatcha Got Swap. We'll try to keep the swap thread pretty clutter-free, so please use this thread for chatter and feedback, etc. Thanks and you all have fun!
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    Spring 2016 Whatcha Got Swap Thread

    BYC is not responsible for transactions outside the BST area of the forum. All swaps are at the swappers risk and in no way will the Staff be involved in disputes. All disputes should be handled privately as per BYC Rules. No feedback and no feedback threads are allowed in these swaps. Do not...
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    Is a Milk Crate Big Enough to Plant a Tomato?

    Hey all, just looking for some advice. I'm going to have my big garden out back, but I'm wanting a little group of planters with some tomatoes up close to the house. I'm looking around at what I have to use for planters, and a milk crate caught my eye. I could line it with say paper bags? to...
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    So unhappy with Meyer right now.

    I've never ordered from Meyer before. But this spring, I wanted to treat myself to a rainbow pullet pack, and wanted some different breeds than MMM carries so I went with Meyer. Placed my order back in Feb, was charged two weeks ago, everything going well. Chicks are supposed to arrive the week...
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    How much blood in a chicken

    On and off over the years I've seen folks asking how much blood one's dealing with when butchering. I processed two cockerels yesterday and bled them into a measuring cup to find out . About 3 ounces each. Now, these were production type egger cockerels, not even really dual purpose and...
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    Supplement for my older mare?

    I'm looking for advice on supplementing my mare's feed. Daffy is 26 years old. She has a very easy life for the past few years. Eat, poop, sleep, repeat. She's not been used at all, is on pasture April-Oct and dry lot with grass hay the other months. She's always, always been a very easy...
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    First Purchase if you Won the big Lotto?

    All they hype about the Big Lotto has me wondering..... If you won this (or otherwise happened into a Truly Obscene amount of money), what would be the very first thing you'd purchase? Not the biggest, or the most responsible, etc. But if you had that Huge Amount of money available this...
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    Solstice egg

    So I think my hens got together and decided to throw me a bone. Or maybe that axe leaning against the coop is starting to work? Yesterday, on the shortest day of the year, I got an egg. Shouldn't be a big deal, I've got dozens of birds. But am I getting eggs? Nope, not so much. I'm pretty...
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    Monthly Grocery Budget.

    I'm starting this thread to have a place to track how much I spend on groceries/food each month. I figure I'm on byc more than anyplace else, so why not here? Two years ago, before I was diagnosed with leukemia, I was pretty tight with our grocery budget. Not tight as in beans and rice, tight...
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    McMurray Barnyard Combo?

    Has anyone ordered one of MMM's Barnyard Combo? I'm considering one for the spring, to get some ducks and turkeys. I'd just assumed there would be a variety, but I saw in one of the comments a person was disappointed they got all the same breed of duck and of turkey. Just wondering if anyone...
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    Looking for a sausage and apple stuffing recipe

    We have a fresh turkey resting in the refrigerator. I've always done bread based stuffings (cornbread, mostly), but I want to try something different. I'm thinking sausage and apple, something like that. Lighter on the bread would be good for my low-carbers. Any good tips, recipes, etc?
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    Chicken Math Subtraction, or, My First Solo Processing

    I've helped process birds on and off most of my life, but recently decided I need to do at least one bird, start to finish, all on my ownsome. Usually my Honey does the slaughter and butcher, with me assisting with holding a part, etc if needed. Then I do the finish work in the kitchen. But...
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    Silkie and Silkie x bantam Cochin chicks in southern Oregon

    I have 3 cute little chicks I'm offering for sale. They're from a black silkie rooster over a buff silkie hen and a black bantam Cochin hen. They're 3 weeks old, happy, healthy and doing great. I'd planned to keep them, but an unplanned purchase of hatching eggs will leave me short on space, so...
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