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by Farside
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Daily Steps
Topic: Chicken Poultry Husbandry
Replies: 9
Views: 588

Re: Chicken Poultry Husbandry

The brooder is built (I used cardboard boxes cut and shaped into a big circular enclosure), the heat lamp is in, flat rocks, feeders and waterers ready to go. Today I will install the finishing touches (like the floor), and turn on the heat lamp so everything is warm an toasty for the big arrival. W...
by Farside
Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Daily Steps
Topic: Chicken Poultry Husbandry
Replies: 9
Views: 588

Re: Chicken Poultry Husbandry

I learned today that baby chicks will eat sawdust and get sick, which is why the shop sells wood shavings. Good thing I learned this before the baby chicks arrive. :shock:
by Farside
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Daily Steps
Topic: Chicken Poultry Husbandry
Replies: 9
Views: 588

Re: Chicken Poultry Husbandry

I have a very simple chicken watering system constructed: watering system_sm.jpg There will be two of these in my pastured poultry enclosure, and they are made from simple components. I used those snap connecting garden hose connectors and garden hose to connect the 5 gallon pail to the watering cup...
by Farside
Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Grow Grow Grow
Topic: Efficient Animal Systems
Replies: 1
Views: 304

Re: Efficient Animal Systems

Pastured poultry systems are designed primarily for the rejuvenation of pasture through the natural behaviour of chickens. There are many different styles of pastured poultry setup, and combinations of animals too, but in the simplest case it involves a movable enclosure that has no bottom on it: <i...
by Farside
Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Eye on Events
Topic: Corn
Replies: 2
Views: 29

Re: Corn

Here is a chart of last year's global corn consumption in millions of bushels:
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Recall that 5,000 million bushels worth were not planted in the US this year.
by Farside
Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Eye on Events
Topic: Corn
Replies: 2
Views: 29

Re: Corn

Here is a map of China's corn belt:
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If you're into black swans then I'd be looking into the spring planting conditions over there.
by Farside
Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Eye on Events
Topic: Corn
Replies: 2
Views: 29

Corn

30 million acres not planted in the US. At 165 bushels per acre that's about 5,000 million bushels.
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Check out the chart about to get some perspective on that.
by Farside
Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Grow Grow Grow
Topic: How does your garden grow?
Replies: 21
Views: 1133

Re: How does your garden grow?

A few years ago I noticed some chives growing wild in a corner of the property, and last weekend I went over with a spade and transplanted them into my ribes guild that currently contains blackcurrant, jostaberry, asparagus, and rhubarb. This property has a lot of quackgrass, and keeping it at bay i...
by Farside
Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Grow Grow Grow
Topic: ARE YOU PLANTING YOUR SPRING GARDEN?
Replies: 20
Views: 423

Re: ARE YOU PLANTING YOUR SPRING GARDEN?

...Hives and electric fencing are expensive. Anyhow, we'll be discussing it further on Monday... That's just awesome! I did a huge amount of reading a while back on the different hives. I'm not sure what your primary purpose of your beekeeping is (honey, wax, pollination, etc) butI do know the stan...
by Farside
Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Icebreakers
Topic: Converting pool to underground storage
Replies: 4
Views: 79

Re: Converting pool to underground storage

So check out this image. It's essentially a hole dug in the ground, with whole tree trunks laid over the top. pit cellar.jpg If you do this up on a slope, you can lay a pipe down the hill that provides ventilation and allows moisture to condensate and drain away. You can cover those logs with a thic...