MentalSquint

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  1. Has anyone tried pigeons with their systems? From what I've read it seems that they would be a relatively easy and cheap source of meat, 12-14 squabs a year per breeding pair, and do well in most suburban and even urban settings. Doesn't seem like it'd be too hard to feed them either, especially if one were to let them fly free and secure them at night so they could forage.
  2. I apologize if this link has been posted before. http://www.fao.org/Ag/AGAInfo/themes/documents/ibys/1.htm
  3. I know a lot of you folks are from Aus., and can't raise rabbits. I know the Peruvians have raised guinea pigs for food, and continue to do so. So much that the market has taken off in the US. I know it's a sensitive issue to people who raise them as pets, just like rabbits, quail, fish, chickens, etc. Are they a viable meat option to rabbits? Are there any laws in Aus. prohibiting this? From what I've read they can be kept on a well maintained diet without commercial pellets (although people with winters or a lack of a greenhouse or aquaponics system would have to resort to pellets or put up hay) , and a pair can yield up to 260 offspring in two years. I've also read that they don't dress out very easily, and that their fur is soft and lacelike. Unfortunately due to domestication the US, and I'd assume most of the world outside of areas in South America, don't have the larger breeds they usually use for meat production. I'd assume that like rabbits their droppings can be directly applied to garden plants without burning them? http://www.echotech.org/mambo/images/DocMan/GuineaPi.PDF This is where I found most of the information.
  4. I use old birdcages with no bottoms and sit them in the weedy parts of my garden. I usually only put 3 or 4 in the cage and just keep them close together. It's easier to grab them than a full sized chicken tractor, and easier to move. Ofcourse when they escape into the garden it's tedious to try and catch them. Gary do you pluck your quail or just skin them?
  5. Gary: Do you give the offal to your fish? To Wolf: Do you just toss the roaches in the Coturnix' cage?
  6. I'm not the user who this post was directed to, but thought I'd offer advice. I'd assume a fast-reproducing species like Lobster roaches, turkistan roaches, or German roaches would be ideal for live feeding. Unfortunately all of them are faster than greased lightning, so for coturnix you might have to put them in the fridge or something. They can't swim too well though, so no problems for fish. They are a lot easier than crickets(they don't cannibalize often or lay eggs in sand, most of these species are live-bearing ), but not as easy as mealworms, maggots or termites. As you can imagine they're a lot easier to gutload than any of the above, since they're roaches. Infestation is usually not a problem for the tropical species, ofcourse I'm in the US so it may be different for a warmer area.