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Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   09-29-2013, 05:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 658
Posted By olaz-b
What kind of fencing do you have for the horses?...

What kind of fencing do you have for the horses? We use electric fencing for our goats and DS "trained" himself accidentally when he didn't believe me that it shocks the animals.  He was 2.  It...
Forum: Parenting   09-21-2013, 05:41 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,423
Posted By olaz-b
Not really a mess, but a heart attack for me.  I...

Not really a mess, but a heart attack for me.  I left my 3yo DS to watch TV for a few minutes while I put his baby brother down for a nap.  Within a few minutes, I heard stomping outside the second...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   08-11-2013, 01:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 272
Posted By olaz-b
I have fished out so many goat pooplets out of...

I have fished out so many goat pooplets out of my babies mouths, that I can't imagine how many I have NOT found.  They are very healthy children.  To ease your mind somewhat, many worms and diseases...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   08-11-2013, 12:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 455
Posted By olaz-b
Whatever animal you decide on, my favourite type...

Whatever animal you decide on, my favourite type of fencing is electric.  Fairly inexpensive, easy to move around and it works if set up properly.  We don't have problems with our goats escaping....
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   08-11-2013, 11:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 327
Posted By olaz-b
I've never felt comfortable putting them in a...

I've never felt comfortable putting them in a cage just to get over their broodiness. It just seems so unnatural.  I'd rather they just stay broody since I'm not into raising chickens for profit....
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   08-10-2013, 06:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 327
Posted By olaz-b
I have about 20 hens and 3 roosters, with...

I have about 20 hens and 3 roosters, with usually 3 or so being broody at one time or another.  I don't see it as a serious issue at all.  I often take advantage of the situation and buy some day...
Forum: Breastfeeding   08-09-2013, 06:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 416
Posted By olaz-b
I have nursed my friend's baby when she was...

I have nursed my friend's baby when she was having problems nursing herself.  It was a bittersweet moment for us since the baby didn't have problems nursing on me.  I continued to pump and donate...
Forum: Traditional Foods   06-28-2013, 03:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,292
Posted By olaz-b
Some of the best "cream cheese" I've had, has...

Some of the best "cream cheese" I've had, has been made with leaving raw milk out for a couple of days, then straining it in cheesecloth.  I would not do this with pasteurized milk unless I've added...
Forum: Healing Birth Trauma   06-16-2013, 07:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,016
Posted By olaz-b
I, too, had prepared for both of my labours, and...

I, too, had prepared for both of my labours, and both times felt traumatized because of my loss of control, excruciating pain (constant no break pain with my first), and just plain old screaming and...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   02-22-2013, 05:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 289
Posted By olaz-b
My DS is 3yrs 2 months and we have tried...

My DS is 3yrs 2 months and we have tried everything, and I really mean everything.  He just didn't want to use the potty on a regular basis.  We'd try something new and he'd use the potty for a day...
Forum: Breastfeeding Challenges   02-05-2013, 01:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 247
Posted By olaz-b
Could it be overactive letdown?  You could pump...

Could it be overactive letdown?  You could pump off a tiny bit, just to get over the squirting in her mouth, and latch on again.  Both my sons would scream and gulp, but eventually, they grew out of...
Forum: Healing Birth Trauma   12-22-2012, 11:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 399
Posted By olaz-b
Yes!  I had fast labours and I clearly remember...

Yes!  I had fast labours and I clearly remember a strange metallic taste in my mouth.  I thought that I was prepared to have a natural birth, but holy cow, it came on so fast that I freaked out.  I...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   12-20-2012, 02:54 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,076
Posted By olaz-b
My first was 8lbs13oz, born vaginally with 2nd...

My first was 8lbs13oz, born vaginally with 2nd degree tears, my second was 10lbs14oz, born vaginally with no tears and a much quicker recovery.  The ultrasound predicted a 9lb second baby.  Wrong!...
Forum: Breastfeeding Challenges   09-22-2012, 06:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 366
Posted By olaz-b
I think it's different for every woman and every...

I think it's different for every woman and every baby.  With my first DS, things got better at around 8 weeks.  Now, with my second DS, things definitely improved by 6 weeks.  He still gets green...
Forum: Breastfeeding Challenges   09-18-2012, 05:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 366
Posted By olaz-b
You can try pumping a little bit at the very...

You can try pumping a little bit at the very beginning.  This will remove some of the foremilk and possibly avoid the squirting.  For my overactive letdown and oversupply, it worked.  I tried the...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   07-20-2012, 03:48 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,726
Posted By olaz-b
I am a teacher in Ontario, and by law I must...

I am a teacher in Ontario, and by law I must report possible or suspected abuse to CAS.  Your situation is one that I have to deal with more often than I like to admit.  You are doing a wonderful...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   09-28-2011, 05:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 190
Posted By olaz-b
It took a few weeks for our chickens to get used...

It took a few weeks for our chickens to get used to our muscovies, but eventually the chickens accepted the idea.  They don't "hang out" with them, but everyone tolerates one another.  Just give it...
Forum: Traditional Foods   08-15-2011, 03:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 718
Posted By olaz-b
I think that raising meat chickens is a very...

I think that raising meat chickens is a very easy way to try raising animals for meat, and if you really don't like it, then you're done in about 8 weeks.  We raise ours in a portable tractor coop,...
Forum: Traditional Foods   08-15-2011, 12:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 718
Posted By olaz-b
We raise and butcher our own chickens and I have...

We raise and butcher our own chickens and I have learned to very quickly break down the whole chicken into parts.  Most of our chickens are cut up into pieces, but about 1/4 are left whole for...
Forum: Traditional Foods   08-13-2011, 06:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,409
Posted By olaz-b
After many years of having chickens, and losing...

After many years of having chickens, and losing a quite a few in the process, we've found that livestock guardian dogs (special breeds developed for animal protection) are the only thing that has...
Forum: Traditional Foods   08-13-2011, 05:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,055
Posted By olaz-b
The other suggestions given are great!  I think...

The other suggestions given are great!  I think buying loss leader items is definitely the way to go, but also buy in bulk. Large bags of rice and dried beans are quite inexpensive.  Go to farmers'...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   08-03-2011, 07:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,215
Posted By olaz-b
I feel your pain.  One of my does starts off...

I feel your pain.  One of my does starts off this way every new season.  Here are my suggestions.  First, I assume that the kids are still nursing so you don't have to worry about the does drying up...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   08-02-2011, 06:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,664
Posted By olaz-b
Yes, our dogs (brother and sister from different...

Yes, our dogs (brother and sister from different litters) were born in the barn and lived with the goats from day one.  When we went to pick out our first puppy, they were in this giant pile of...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   08-01-2011, 07:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,664
Posted By olaz-b
I just want to clarify the difference between...

I just want to clarify the difference between sheep dogs and livestock guardian dogs.  Sheep dogs are herding dogs, and yes they need training in order to herd properly.  They work with sheep based...
Forum: Gardening   07-25-2011, 11:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,321
Posted By olaz-b
I had this problem last year.  Everything was...

I had this problem last year.  Everything was getting eaten in the garden.  We ended up using the small snap traps baited with peaches because that is what worked.  They were set up under the tomato...
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