Illinois...

Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by mothergoose, Jan 13, 2007.

  1. Jerrysmom

    Jerrysmom Out Of The Brooder

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    So happy to hear that there are chicken people out my way now I just need to find them!!! I have having a hard time [​IMG] Now that I know of at least 2 peeps out my way we will have to have a "peep party" [​IMG] to say hi!! We are new to this so we need all the help we can get [​IMG]
     
  2. NotAFarm

    NotAFarm Embracing the New! Premium Member

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    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/492636/mealworm-farming Here is a link to a thread here on BYC....check the first post...hannakat has links here with condensed info.
    Here's my basic info>
    I got a starter (pupae-the stage between worm and beetle) from a BYCer in Florida a year and a half ago. I have three plastic shoe box size containers, one with small holes drilledi in top and two with a section of the lid cut out and screen duct-taped over the hole. I use Flock Raiser feed in all three. Box 1 has beetles that stay in that container for a month or so...then I move them (with a long handled Dairy Queen spoon) to Box 2 for a month or so and then move them to Box 3 for a month or so. The beetles leave eggs behind each time they are moved, the eggs hatch, the worms grow, I feed some, some I let develp into pupae which I put in a margarine contaier that has small holes drilled in it...they turn into beetles which are then added to whichever box has the beetles in it. The boxes have Flock Raiser and a couple of pieces of brown paper bag laying flat on top of the feed. I slice an apple, potatoe, carrot, or whatever and put them into the boxes directly on the feed. The beetles don't seem very interested in eating but they add some moisture to the box. The worms will eat the apples and leave the skins as dried little pieces. That's about it. When the beetles are ready to move back to Box 1, I take it out to the coop and dump it on the floor for the chickens to clean up. Wash out the container, dry completely, add Flock Raiser and move the beetles.....and so on, and so on....others may do things differently......the chickens LOVE them.....I've bought the freeze dried ones, which they also like, but they are expensive.

    Oh....they live on a shelf in my laundry room....ranch house...no basement....laundry room has the furnace, water heater, pressure tank for well and water softner in it too!
     
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  3. erijn5

    erijn5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm in IL. Clark Co. 15 mi. south of US70 [​IMG]
     
  4. MullersLaneFarm

    MullersLaneFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just a reminder about our Homesteading Weekend June 22-24, 2012. Some members of BYC will be here.
     
  5. Witzman

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    Hello, Im from southern Illinois. I live in Alto pass. I have a bout eight different breads of ducks, and soon to have eight different breads of chickens. I am looking for one showgirl rooster. I don't want to ship them, so Im hoping to find someone here that has them. I am going to a chicken swap the March 17th 2012 at a little feed store in Murphysboro, called Leady's, hoping to sell 4 white flying mallards and maybe find my showgirl roo. Love going to the chicken swaps they get me into trouble. haha
    Thanks for letting me join
     
  6. NotAFarm

    NotAFarm Embracing the New! Premium Member

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    [​IMG] and to the Illinois thread!! No showgirls here but I hope you find one!!
     
  7. ParadiseFoundFarm

    ParadiseFoundFarm Goddess of Good Things

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    [​IMG] Witzman!
     
  8. kfacres

    kfacres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    any IL peeps want Cornish eggs to hatch? My list of buyer's is starting to dwindle.
     
  9. NotAFarm

    NotAFarm Embracing the New! Premium Member

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    How far are you from the Quad Cities?
     
  10. kfacres

    kfacres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    roughly an hour south-- maybe a touch more.
     

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