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March 2012 Blog Posts (7)

Sick Chic,,, I need advice?

Howdy All,

I'm brand new to raising Chic's (for eggs) and have had mine for 2 whole weeks now, I really enjoy the entertainment and caring for them! But recently had (1 out 14) die. Her symptoms were major laborer breathing! Gasping for air with her whole body pulsating including her vent, sneezing, Wings were dropped, loss of appetite, no liquid/blood discharges out of any orifice. No diarrhea. But this one did have poop caked on her vent and that may have prevented from pooping…

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Added by Herb Stephan on March 22, 2012 at 12:37pm — 8 Comments

RE: Barter/Trade

Hello Everyone,

Just wondering if anyone would like to barter for what I am growing in my garden. As of right now I have the following (sorry, no chicken eggs this year):

2 x Buttercrunch Lettuce heads

3x Red Leaf Lettuce

A ton of Mesclun salad greens

2x Red Chard

4 x Kholrabi (only the leaves for now)

5 x Spinach heads

2 x Collard greens (Yate variety)

Some fresh Rosemary

If you are in the area of University and…

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Added by Raul Monreal on March 13, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Oyster Mushroom Kit

You can see the Mycelium really starting to take off.  The day after I set it up there was a slight smell like mildew from the washing machine if you forget to move them to the dryer. However, that dissapeared the next day and it smells sweet and earthy.

I mixed the spawn with an equal part of wet…

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Added by Ryan Mayes on March 12, 2012 at 10:34pm — 17 Comments

Persistent Herbicides

This has some good info on persistent herbicides that take years to break down.  It offers brand names and chemical names.  These DO NOT break down in composting:

http://soildoctor.org/?p=963

Unfortunately people obtain hay, cow manure, and other compostables thinking that thermophilic action will break these down.  What happens is they end up poisoning their land.

Added by Ryan Mayes on March 9, 2012 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Lost our first chicken - so sad

RIP Spot the Barred Rock. She would have been 7 weeks old tomorrow. While I was at Horses Help, Lily (our Shep mix) somehow got to her. We don't have lights in the back so we can't really tell what happened until tomorrow. Before I left, I saw that Lily had started digging under the coop. I brought the dogs in and left Paul a note, but he didn't see it. He DID see the hole and filled it in. But I'd hoped he wouldn't let the dogs out alone until we'd figured out how to better dog-proof the…

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Added by Marilyn Stevens on March 7, 2012 at 7:24pm — 5 Comments

Blaptica Dubia Roach

Hello,

I am new hear so I just wanted to introduce myself.  Living in an apartment, I don't really have the space or means to practice composting or animal husbandry on a scale that I would like to.  I have a Paludarium which is a terrarium that incorporates terrestrial and aquatic elements.  There are fish in the water portion and frogs in the terrestrial portion.  I tried worms but it was a little too noisy under the sink and they all crawled out and died.  The Mrs won't let me keep…

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Added by Ryan Mayes on March 6, 2012 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Compostables in need of compost pile to call home

Hey there permaculturists! I live and work here in Arizona in the field (in the Tonto National Forest), where I am unable to have a compost pile or garden. However, I have been saving my compostables because I would love to contribute to someone else's garden health and I don't want to put them in a landfill. Please contact me if you have a compost pile to which I could add my foodscraps once a month or so.

Thanks!

Added by Hailee Nueva on March 1, 2012 at 8:25am — 10 Comments

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