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  1. Fruit tree mulch frame in chicken yard

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    After posting in the forum several times about my fig trees not growing, and people recommending to mulch around them, I built a test mulch frame around a fig tree. The frame is built from pressure treated 2x6s and is 4 feet square. I started out with a single 2x6 tall, but as I expected the...
  2. Chicken Snake Acted Like He Was Venomous

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    While leaving the house this evening to make a trip to the store I spotted a rather large chicken snake laying across the road. Rather than running him over I stopped the car, got out, and tapped him on the tail to get him moving. Instead of slithering off the road he coiled up and acted like...
  3. Hatchery sold out from July - December 2020

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Over the past couple of months I have visited 4 different local feed stores, and called several more. All of them have the same story - "They can not get chicks." So I decided to call Murray McMurray Hatchery to get first hand information. Why Murray McMurray Hatchery? Because they are the...
  4. 2020 Prepping Plans

    Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Guys and gals, what are some of your prepping plans for 2020? This is going to be a small political rant mixed in with prepping related topics. The first thing that comes to mind is the typical beans, bullets and band aids. Beans To address the beans, I would like to expand the fruit orchard...
  5. Chickens? Livestock? What Are You Going to Feed Them? THIS

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    A big hole in my preps has been animal feed, as I believe it I for many other people. I only have 6 chickens and 10 ducks, but they provide a critical supply of protein and calorie rich food for my family. When the time comes, how will I feed these guys. I have a relatively small property, and...
  6. Spring - a time for hope, a time for loss

    Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Spring is a paradox. On one hand it is a time of rebirth, life and hope. On the other hand it is a time of loss. March 30th, 2019 my oldest son and I planted several tomato plants, and some melon spouts that were bought from a local big box store. We had not had temps anywhere near frost...
  7. New chickens for 2019?

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Who is picking up new spring chicks for 2019? As yall know I have lost several chickens over the past year. There was a recent incident where I left the gate to the chicken yard open - https://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=912434 I recently picked up: 7 Barred Rocks 7 Rhode...
  8. The Biggle Poultry Book

    Book Reviews
    Title: The Biggle Poultry Book Author: Jacob Biggle Published in 1895 as part of the Biggle Farm Library. Reprinted in 2013 by Skyhorse Publishing (skyhorsepublishing.com) . ISBN 978-1-62636-1147-8 (Disclaimer: of historic / hobby interest & some treatments are out-dated and / or...
  9. Lost a Rhode Island Red to a hawk

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    First, how do I know it was a hawk? The bones were picked clean. If it were a canine or cat, there would have been bite marks. With a canine, chances are the bones would have been eaten. The heart was laying next to the chicken. If this had been a dog or cat, then the heart would have been...
  10. How many chickens are enough?

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Over the past year I have lost a bunch of chickens to dogs and predators. My wife and I rescued two puppies and they killed some of the chickens. Currently I have around 17 or 18 hens and 2 roosters. I am thinking about buying a dozen chickens. Chicken house is 16 X 16 feet, and chicken yard...
  11. Keeping 2 chickens warm in winter?

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Now that the 2 chickens are happy in their new home/my yard, and were already trained to go into their big steel cage at 8:00PM on the dot, how do I keep them warm in Ne winters? My friend moved, and brought them over with their big steel cage, about 3'x5'x6' tall and has locking wheels that...
  12. What Would Chickens Do Without People?

    Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    This is posted in the Disaster Preparedness General Discussion because this article is for people who may flee to the countryside, or who bug out to the wilderness. Let's say there is some kind of event, such as a new plague and there is a replay of the Black Death. Someone happens upon a farm...
  13. 2018 Spring Chicks

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    How are the chicks doing? I have not lost a single one, and they are all doing great. Chicken breeds in this video: Buff Orpington Australorp Barred rock Dominique There are two roosters: Buff Orpington Australorp The rest are hens, a dozen of them. This brings my chicken flock to...
  14. What are your favorite chicken breeds?

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I keep going back to the same four breeds: Buff Orpington Australorp Barred Rock Rhode Island Red If the feed store has them in stock, I will sometimes pick up Jersey Giants and Dominickers.
  15. Prepping is a learning game

    Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    How can prepping be a game? Because sometimes you lose, and sometimes you win. The issue is: To try. Get out there and try something. Some people see prepping as stockpiling, or going to the gun range. It is so much more than that. Plant a garden. Go fishing. Go hiking. Go camping...
  16. Three Broody Hens

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Three of my hens are sitting on eggs. One of them hatched out a chick. What gets me: Two of the hens are Barred Rocks, which rarely go broody. One is an Australorp. which has a reputation of going broody. My first set of chickens was back around 1987 or 1988. My granny kept chickens, but...
  17. Lost some chicks to a snake

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Opened the door of the starter house, and there was a snake in with the chicks. The chicks are a little over a month old. When I built the chicken house, I did everything I could imagine to make sure it was snake proof. I guess it was not snake proof enough. However, the house is around 5...
  18. Geese for Chicken Protection

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I was watching a video with Joel Salatin, last night, and he mentioned something about using geese for "areal predator protection". Has anyone tried this? Does it really stop hawks from killing chickens?
  19. Setting Traps In Chicken Yard

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Using a havahart live trap and a dog proof raccoon trap. The live trap was baited with dog food and peanut butter - nothing. Raccoon trap was baited with marshmallows - caught a coon last night. A bunch of my chickens are missing. The other night I was out walking around and heard...
  20. Something getting in the chicken house

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Last night I was walking around doing some videos for a flashlight review when I saw one of my Delaware chickens outside the chicken house and outside the chicken yard. When you see a chicken on the ground running around at night, they are usually trying to get away from something inside the...
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