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SamBurton last won the day on June 7 2015

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  • Birthday 10/07/1956

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    Integrated Farming, reading, writing, wife, sled dogs

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  1. Gary, I ordered them from a hatchery and it took a day longer than anticipated for them to arrive. I think that was the problem. Yes, they are under a brooder with good food an water supply. I took photos and have contacted the hatchery about the mortality rates. The thirty some that are left are doing great. They are happy, and are feathering out nicely. In future, I plan to hatch my own.
  2. Cecil, we lived there for 5 years before coming to Georgia. As a long time (30+ years) dog musher, I was in heaven. We feel like we're going home. I just wish all the work I've done on fences, wicking beds, greenhouse, barn and such was going with. But, alas, we're starting from scratch. No worries, though, we'll do just fine.
  3. My source for quail fell through last autumn, and with our situation becoming unsettled, I was not able to get any until late May. I ordered fifty Coturnix day old birds. Over the first three days, about 12 died. It's been two weeks now and they are doing great. Boy Howdy, can those birds jump, or what?
  4. I will spare you the details, but the last 18 months have been incredibly difficult ones, physically and financially. We're not out of the woods yet, but we can see a light at the end of the tunnel. In our darkest days, we had to sell off our large animals; cows, goats, sheep, donkeys. We also shut down the aquaponics systems in favor of DWC hydro during the winter. We kept the chickens, rabbits, turkeys and ducks. Oh, and worms, of course. Our little micro farm has sustained us. Our freezers and pantry have remained full. It's been an incredible journey. By free ranging the birds and proper pasture rotation for the rabbits, our feed costs have been minimal and the results have been incredible. I ran two 50 gallon DWC hydro tanks and several wicking containers in the greenhouse all winter and we had a constant supply of salads, greens, cabbages, onions, radishes and turnips. I owe a lot of our success to this forum. We will be selling this little farm and moving to Northern Maine in the near future. In fact, my wife moves up there for her job this coming Wednesday. I will stay here through the end of the year. But what we've learned will go with us.
  5. Gary, this thread has been inspirational for me. We are going to be moving back to Northern Maine (hardiness zone 4) and we'll probably be on less land. I will be looking at developing a more permaculture environment there. Your journey has helped me see that it can be done.
  6. Harley, The project didn't work out so well. I didn't factor in their climbing ability and when the weather cooled down, I put aquarium heaters in the raft tanks. The Marms climbed the cable and disappeared. Never found a trace of them. My best guess is, they became a snack for my chickens or other free lance birds in the area. They were really cheap so the learning experience didn't cost me much. They didn't get as big as I'd like, either. I also heard that they make duck eggs taste fishy, so all in all it was a learning experience. Once I have a climate controlled greenhouse rather than the unheated version I have now, I'll try red claw again.
  7. I think Jack's 20-20-20 was the first nutrient product I used. It's not a bad all purpose formula. It's especially good for leafy greens and not heavy feeders like okra. Now, I mostly use Sea Grow All Purpose and Sea Grow Bloom, because I like to use the same thing in my wicking beds. I have been experimenting with Hydro-Gardens products, which I also like, but there is a little more mixing. The sea grow works great, starts with seaweed at it's base and the only thing I need to add is some epsom salts. I've found a lot of interesting nutrients, but many of them are priced outside of my budget. I measure mine in a bucket and pour it into the bed. For my flood and drain tables, I just mix it in the reservoir because the biggest one is only 18 gallons. Most have good mixing instructions. Hydro Gardens has a page on their website, but their site is hard to navigate around in. Use the search feature. MHPGardener has some nice comparative videos on his YouTube channel. He even has some Kratky experiments.
  8. So... I could do the same with pig manure. We got rid of pigs a year and a half ago, because the pot belly ones were destroying the pastures. The price of cows has gotten out of sight so we are getting some 'grazing pigs' Gloucestershire Old Spots and Large Black and I wondered what I was going to do with the manure. I doubt the chickens will spread it like with the cow and donkey manure. BSF larvae sounds perfect.
  9. With the worms and water, it's all about the oxygen. I have worms in a constant flow system that do just great.
  10. Why do we never get any workshops in Atlanta, GA? :-(
  11. I've got a Wyandotte rooster who has crossed the line. When I went out to feed the chickens this morning he attacked me. That's the third time in the last two weeks. Here in the land of baseball, it's three strikes and you're out. So the little man will be processed on Wednesday along with our three Pekin drakes. I can't have aggressive animals. Sure, it doesn't hurt me, but sometimes we have children come to the farm and they always want to pet the animals. Mr. rooster can't be allowed to injure or terrify a child. Perhaps it sounds calloused, but it's our policy around here. He would be a year old in May, so we'll cook him low and slow and he should be quite tasty. Any of you have aggressive animal policies?
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