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Here's a couple of links for feed mixes from before soy was fed to everything: Scroll down to "Traditional Feed Recipes" (1912) http://www.lionsgrip.com/recipes.html What chickens ate in 1945 http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/liv...f/bba01s12.pdf Some fiddling with amounts needed, but gives you an idea of ingredients/proportions.
Here's a useful link on show prep: http://www.poultryclub.org/ACShowprep.htm And here's a link to the American Poultry Association (they sell books & DVDs about showing): http://www.amerpoultryassn.com/ Good luck! Showing chickens can be a lot of fun!
Quote: Originally Posted by hildare is there a good way (without crossing the line into chicken intimacy) to look at these buff orps and pick the pullets from the cockrels? i thought we could tell by looking at general size and comb fullness/color, but now i'm not sure about my choices. hmmmm. How old are they now? At some point between 2-3 months, the chicks will replace their chick down & juvenile feathers & grow adult feathers over their...
That's tough, with the cement in most of the back; I was going to suggest yesterday (before the computer ate my long post!), that what my kids do includes: building stuff out of mud & having little plastic animals/people interact in it, making "pretend" gardens with cups of mud, picked weeds/flowers, catching bugs/caterpillars for pets & watching them in a plastic jar, working on real gardens with trowels & seeds (with supervision), weeding real gardens (bermuda grass is...
Sounds like you're off to a good start! The main thing I'd mention is training - with very large breed dogs, you have very large puppies - in my breed, they're hitting 40-50 lbs by 4 months or so, so you want to start training & manners right away. Definitely be gentle & encouraging - I use food rewards to teach early heeling, sits, downs & recalls, no corrections, just hands & leash on a buckle collar to sort of guide the pup into what I want them to do - lots of praise....
Quote: Originally Posted by Ola_ Sounds like she needs more training and definitely more exercise. .... Is this the roommate that won't teach the dog any commands because it might somehow interfere with showing it later? Definitely more exercise... & training a dog interferes with showing it HOW?! What nonsense! Does she think the dog will know how to gait & stack & so forth, all by itself? Her dog will need to perform & be animated, without...
Can you just throw up some T posts & turkey wire (2"x4" welded wire)? Not real aesthetic, but cheap, & it keeps dogs in - if the neighbor isn't going to get a new fence up in a week (doesn't sound like he will). This is what it looks like (fence behind these sheep): http://www.shahbazinanatolianshepher...s/goat2ewe.jpg I use 5 ft. high fence (6 ft posts) in most places. The posts have a little "spade" end on them, & you just knock them into the ground with a post...
This time of year, I'd guess they're going into molt. Production does gradually decline, but even my 6-8 year olds do all right, & I was still breeding from hens that were 12-14 years old (didn't get more than a few settings of eggs from them, though). If you want eggs in late summer/fall, you need to keep some pullets that were hatched in the current year. Or have enough hens that the early molters can take up some of the slack for the others.
For a while there, we had 8-10 large (100-150 lb) dogs on the ranch where we lived - we dug a big hole with the tractor, dumped waste in the hole until it was full, then dug a new hole. The holes lasted quite a while.
Quote: Originally Posted by Bunnyflakes Things are going really super well for me. I just had to share. Opportunity is knocking and I plan on opening the door. Congratulations!! Haven't seen you post as much, or update your blog for a while, & was wondering how things were going - this is great news!
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