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  1. HnkyDnkyZZFarm

    Brick oven

    I heart science. Thinking in cooking, we want heat but not necessarily open flame. I would probably incorporate aspects of kiln design, since a pizza oven is sort of a round about step child of a grill, a forge and a kiln. How close to a wood burning grill are you aiming? How much wood/...
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    Fodder and stinky mold issues please help!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lactobacillus_acidophilus You got me off on a research project, lol. So I got thinking and wandering - sprouting grains, bad smells, bacteria, and stumbled upon BREWERS forums, :D Lactobacillus is a typically beneficial bacteria that produces sulfur as a...
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    Essential Oils In Cleaning & Deodorizing?

    I like the idea in theory, but at the same time, I tend to try to stay as low cost as I can and still be effective. F'ex we have sand baths and naturally dusty low organic material soil, so we don't use diatomaceous earth because they have dust bathing sources that provide some of the benefits...
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    egg eater!

    We has a hen turn into an egg eater when she became a bad flock queen. Just generally a witch to all other chickens, and she wouldn't let the other hens roost up, lay, or sit and she would break THEIR eggs and eat them. Just generally a nasty bit of work. She gets the best and most of the...
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    I've got a bully - please help!

    Every time you pull someone and put them back, they're going to have to fight their way back in. Stopping it just draws out the process. If there were no way the other chicken could get back in without being seriously injured, I would isolate the bully for a few days while the other...
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    Homesteaders

    Everybodys always been outdoors, nothing fancy about it. The buns, the ducks, the chickens and goats, the dog - the cat has recently decided to retire inside to middle age. I remember my uncle teasing me about horse blankets years ago though. Asked me if I was moving out with them, or they...
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    What do you feed a field mouse?

    Not touching him, lol. He's bouncy. Not even reaching into the cage. Watching his little hands, how he eats etc. What exactly a mouse is and does, and then he goes bye bye and the cage gets the treatment. He's not in anything we use for the other animals, buns, chickens etc. Just the towel...
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    What do you feed a field mouse?

    I don't want to keep him as a pet, just long enough for my daughter to observe him (her? Haven't looked that close yet) for a couple days. I'd like mouse to be comfortable in the mean time. It was fleeing a rained out field and may have been played with by a cat, and was crossing the road...
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    First Time Rabbit Raising

    Only problem with uncovered water bowls is that they will throw the food they don't like into the bowl. That's how we learned that pellets were unacceptable.
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    First Time Rabbit Raising

    Don't over complicate. Keep them in separate cages EXCEPT when you want more rabbits. Movable wall is just asking them how bad they want to get at each other when you already know the answer to that. They wont leave each other alone and you'll have a new litter about every 31 days. Oh boy...
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    Goats in the city

    hmmm... so it sounds like a mandatory mini breed, if at all. I don't think you want big mama doing skateboard tricks up and down the sides of your good neighbor fencing. You'd be amazed at the wall scaling and gate latch popping antics.
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    Hen breathing heavy

    Only thing that has me puzzling is why just this one? Is she a low flock member? Would she be roosting up on a lower level and closer to the stirred up bedding? Since she's already hard to hold onto, checking for any hidden injuries isn't exactly easy. When I need to nab somebody difficult...
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    Bloody Bottom and Nest (graphic pics)

    Here's a thought. Our pecking issue was prolapse. Back in the days of trying to experiment and be original we tried a feed that was high in milo and not much else (as opposed to a layer crumble). Lower ranking flock members weren't getting the nutrition they needed, and we had a lady...
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    Bloody Bottom and Nest (graphic pics)

    Isolation cage! Like yesterday. I would do it indoors so you don't have to have a light on her, and you can sort of make it "night time" for a few days to trick her into thinking she should just roost up and keep quiet till she heals. I would make sure she has a low perch in the cage to be...
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    Cattle panel

    We use em to secure the escape points on the pig wire pens where people want to squeeze UNDER. Since we tend to shift and shuffle as need be, we don't cut them down. Since we don't cut them down, they are very heavy and awkward. Since I don't know when I'm going to have to patch a fence gap...
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    So, can living on a homestead change you?

    I would suggest being very careful and considered. You already have a full time job as a Vet; taking on the homestead is a LOT OF WORK and a lot of time. If you're already working forty hour weeks outside of the home, then you can probably add another twenty to thirty hours doing farm stuff...
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    Lets talk about goats!

    The 80% goat, the older one, is a better breeding prospect because her heats are so obvious, but we're shooting for a smaller, spotted goat that's not as dairy. I'm keeping her daughter, the black one with the lights ears and underside for possible diversity later, she's got a potentially nice...
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    Lets talk about goats!

    Mama and the twins. I'm still trying to get more weight on her, but it's just not taking. I refuse to go into heat. I am not pregnant, just in REALLY good condition. Seriously, she passes the spine test, and the butt test, and she's got her winter coat on. She's not as thick as...
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    Lets talk about goats!

    Wasn't that it isn't possible, just that it didn't happen. We got her in early June, and she was supposedly one to two months along. By August I was pretty sure she wasn't, but her heat was so loud and obnoxious that for a second I asked, was she actually in early labor? But the months were...
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