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Date:7/29/2014 1:56:48 PM
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We need more chickens... my two oldest aren't laying any more, but I don't have the heart to bonk them as they were my first two hens and my first real "farm" animals, too! They'd be tough, old birds to eat anyway and they still eat plenty of bugs. We have a rooster now, so I'm hoping my Buff Orpington will go broody again this summer and hatch a few of our own eggs. THAT would be really cool to me! Otherwise we'll need to get a few pullets next spring.

Also, we've never done our own meat - not even catching wild fish or game. We get some pork sausage from my sister-in-law as she married into a pig-farmin' family! Also occasionally get some venison from friends/family. Hope to get some wild hog from the ones we're catching on our property, too!

Troy and I have seriously talked about pasture raising our own cockrels for meat, with the understanding that he's the one to bonk them and get them ready for the freezer. Once they are in the freezer I'm good to go with them! It's just the two of us and so I figure if we do two batches of 25-30 chicks (25 being the minimum shipment from Ideal) that will roughly equal out to one chicken per week. Any thoughts, comments and/or suggestions are greatly appreciated!!!

Definately want to breed my does this fall, too. It will be a huge step for me as I've never even allowed my dogs to reproduce. We were military for 20 years and always on the move so my dogs were spayed. Also my dogs are always rescued mutts and there's no point in breeding them! I must admit that I'm nervous in case something, "goes wrong" as I love my does SO much. Luckily I have a goat friend here in town with over 40 years experience in breeding them!!!

What are the minor cons about the Naturally Colored Angoras compared to the Pygoras? We suspect our one doe, Gypsy, as being half Angora and half Nigerian Dwarf. She is a really sweet girl, though, and so I still plan to breed her... it's not as if I'm wanting to show them or anything - I just want their milk for use here on the farm!!!

Well, I certainly hope I have better luck with my feed-sack weed barrier project than you did! I left a layer of sand where the old pool had been, but removed the plastic under-liner so that the soil could drain and micro-organisms could 'breath'. The paper feed sacks are opened up and spread out on top of the sand. Home-made mulch - a THICK layer - then tops the feed sacks to make the garden paths. They are only about half done at this point, and I have noticed some imergent weeds already where there is just sand. I'll get those out before we finish layering the paths and give you a report at the end of summer!

Haven't gotten the tube - YET! But I'd still like to. We can't grow blueberries here because they don't like lime and our soil is full of it!!! This is "Limestone" country, after all... So to grow blueberries they have to be in containers and tubs are nice, BIG containers that (comparitively) don't cost much!!! Just about have hubby
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