my very own micro farm

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by attimus, Jan 2, 2015.

  1. attimus

    attimus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Been busy working on a bench to go around my wood stove for the summertime both to protect my best flock member(lol) from any accidental face smashes and to provide a little more seating.
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    Also rebanded the baby dottes. They are looking awesome new feathering coming in. Can't wait til they are full grown.
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    As this thread has been 100% mobile posted I have been trying to keep up but my phone is on its way out. 5% battery after an hour of being on. Started with a full charge. Gets frustrating. Camera isn't as good as the one I started with either. Also frustrating.
    Apologies again. I'll be back up to a strong sprint soon enough.
    Onward and upward.
    Attimus.
     
  2. attimus

    attimus Chillin' With My Peeps

    A quick up cycle for the chick bin.
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    And new gravity feed for main coop.
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    Got both of these done yesterday. The bench is on the side burner momentarily, getting ready to head to Santa Cruz for a few days so I've been busy getting everything together and making sure the birds are all set while we are away. Tho my mother will be coming by to check up on them and take care of the dog I wanted to make sure they wouldn't be wanting for feed or water.
    Here's the dottes, much happier with the added shavings.
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    And now to stalk the lorps for a few mins and get some good pics.
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    Some of the mixed flock
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    No matter how much space they have they always want out.
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    Here's the broody kelso, she gets so angry. Lol
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    Only about another 2 weeks before the ducklings and not long after the chicks. I've also let the swedes build up a substantial amount of eggs in their nest. A bakers dozen currently and I'm sure still wanting to pop some out, I havent seen any signs either are planning on sitting any time soon. But it will be interesting to see what happens.

    Taste.smell.listen.see.feel.
     
  3. birdman55

    birdman55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    looking great....keep up the good work...im almost done with the hoop coop...transferring all the young chickens out there if i get it done...well see...hows the quail thing going...did you get them yet...if not i have a good breeder out there in cally for you...that is where i got my quail eggs from....good lines as well.....and great packaging...with the eggs....unlike my other breeder i just got eggs from...not to happy about that shipment....over 10 percent were broke and when we cracked them some of them were rotten...so im not to excited to see what hatches from the other breeder...but keeping my fingers crossed...
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Sweet!!
     
  5. attimus

    attimus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Here's what we were most recently doing with quail at work.
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    Grilled quail lemon zest couscous carmalized summer squash spicy plum ddmi glaze.
    Don't think I'm anywhere near raising my own quail yet. I'll just wait for yours to grow out and start breeding :) then BAM known wholesale supplier. Lol
    Still can't believe we get things like the venison and lamb from new zealand. It seems so far. Couple of organic farms in the area I want to work with this summer for specials and our farmers market is OK most of the time so I want to make that a go to as well.
    I put my lorps out a little earlier but it has been a lot warmer here. 81 yesterday. Not good considering the time of year. And I've heard there is a town near here that's gone dry. Heavy stuff.
    The dottes are going to be on their way outside soon as well to take over the broody condo. Gotta kick the lorps out, out some low roosts in the main coop for em and some higher up for when the feel brave enough to share space at bight with the rest of the girls.

    I'm off for now.
    Walk softly but carry a big stick.
     
  6. attimus

    attimus Chillin' With My Peeps

    so good mini vacation. the beach was nice, the weather was fair. wont see my birds til the morning tho. but i havent gotten a phonecall so i am assuming everything is fine, maybe i should call just to see. the duck has about a week before the eggs hatch and the kelso isnt much further. gonna be some interesting additions to the place and some new pens will be in order. now that the trip is done its back to the grind stone and really making it happen on the property. the pond in about a month, grow out pen for the males to come. and i think im going to start mass producing the gravity feeders from my scrap lumber in various sizes as the materials are available. im also on the fence at this point about planting my main garden this year. there is a heavy drought in my area this year and i feel the need to do my part. i do want to plant some stuff still but i am not in a hurry to finish off all 16 boxes at this point.
    enough for now and onto a productive day tomorrow.
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  7. attimus

    attimus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Home and happy to see everyone. The silver dotted are so much bigger and its only been a few days. Same goes for the lorps. The silvers heads are starting to feather in white against the blacker bodies, it looks really cool. I'll get pics in a bit. I put them in broody condo for the day to clean out the small bin. They'll be to big for it soon.
    Rebranded the lorps this morning, didn't need it quite yet but I had a minute and like the breathing room. I'll get the silvers today as well.
    Watered the garden and filled feeders. Picked some strawberries
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    After a few days of being gone I've got to figure out where I need to start again.
    Just keep swimming.
     
  8. birdman55

    birdman55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    man i want some strawberries...we have wild strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries on our ten acres....we even have morel mushrooms....if you want some i can send you some...you should ask your boss on fresh morels...we will be hiking the woods for some....and i can find many lbs worth...last year i pick over a pound right on our property....we find two kinds of them....blacks and blondes....just let me know your thoughts....as these are some sawed out foods
     
  9. saltandpepper2

    saltandpepper2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Subscribing :)
     
  10. attimus

    attimus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks

    When I planted 73 strawberries earlier this year I thought it was a lot now I want to plant 75 more. Lol.
    My goal is to just add plants every year. More raspberries and blueberries, strawberries, fruit trees and herbs. Trying to help my thornless blackberry along to propagate more rooted runners( up to 5 currently). Can't have local strains around it tho, something about the mold one gets killing the other.
    I would love some of those morels and my boss seemed just as interested when I mentioned your post. Definitely need to bring some on your trip, getting really ansy to start on the pond. One duck is a week out and the other has finally figured things out and isn't to far behind. On top of that I decided a bit before our trip to let the swedes lay in their own spot uninterrupted. 15 eggs and counting at this point so we'll see soon if one of them gets an incling to sit as well.

    Everyone is doing well. Chicks second day outside for the after noon.
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    They were happy to have the space to run around

    Got rid of one of the lorp roos today too. My boss needed one after an unfortunate incident with a dog.
    Think I'm going to be keeping one for sure as long as he gets along with Rosco. So that leaves one more and a questionable that I'm keeping my fingers crossed is really a pullet.

    Took a quick peek on Athena. She is hunkered down on those eggs like a champ.
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    She's not due much past the ducks. Lol. About to double my numbers within the next month.
    Wow to actually say that, I mean I've always known that was the plan but, hahaha its happening right now.
    Speaking of multiplying, my mealworms are doing fantastic. Pulling beetles from both pupae bins and moving more pupae in. The 1st batch is close to done with original worms, kinda crazy to think about going from 1100 down to a hundred or so. Second catch is still moving strong, added more oatmeal and always adding fresh carrots.

    Gonna leave it here for now. I'm sure there's more.
    Love peace and chicken grease.
     
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