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  1. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    https://spectrumnews1.com/ky/louisville/news/2021/06/08/black-vultures-harming-livestock Kentucky Black vultures are a severe problem for livestock owners in Kentucky. The predatory birds will devour living newborn calves, full-grown ewes and lambs by pecking them to death—first the eyes...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I have a large amount of treated 6x6 (8 foot long) and 4x4 boards from a previous project. I need to fence in a pasture and was wondering about using the 6x6s as corner h-braced corners and for the occasional line post instead of the traditional round posts? It would save me a lot of money to...
  6. 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...
  7. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I have a property that used to be a cattle farm. The man that owned it, retired a long time ago and had removed all the posts and the barbed wire, coiled it up, and put it out in the woods/pastures (ask my tires how I discovered some of that!)... I am in the process of planning new fences. I...
  8. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    http://www.moffa.net/oi-2018.html Diverse Grain Options for Farms and Homesteads Organic Transplant Production: Secure a Stellar Season with Successful Starts Small to Medium Scale Livestock for the Integrated Farm East Lansing, MI January 6th
  9. Wisconsin
    I was wondering about Wisconsin livestock laws. I came across this form: https://datcp.wi.gov/Documents/PremisesRegistrationApp.pdf Somebody told me that if we own livestock, that you must register with the state with the types of animals, numbers of each, etc. Can somebody please shed some...
  10. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Anyone here have goats and sheep, or one or the other? What is good to plant for them? I would like something that I do not have to plant every year. I am looking at getting short haired sheep. Pasture will be around seven acres. There is a lot of underbrush on the area right now. Lots of...
  11. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    We are trying to grow enough feed with enough diversity to winter our livestock next winter. The idea here is to be able to sustain our meat production through the winter from our growing production in the previous months without purchasing animal feed. I have the following livestock to feed...
  12. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I have stated raising Pygmy goats. I have 4 does and 2 bucks. I anyone else raising them? I have one pregnant, I plan on milking them to have milk, make cheese and butter.
  13. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Guineafowl are loud, not as friendly as chickens, not very smart, but for some reason they are fun to have around the farm. In late summer of 2015 I got a dozen guineas along with some chicks. Over the course of the next few months 4 of the guineas went missing or died. I found one guinea...
  14. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Farm supply stores are getting their chicks in, what breeds will you be buying this year? February 11 2016 my girlfriend and I bought: 4 - White Leghorns 4 - Rhode Island Reds 8 - Buff Orpington This is my first batch of white leghorns. They are supposed to be egg laying machines and have...
  15. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    As my flock increased so has my need for perch space. To add room I built a new perch 12 feet long by 36 inches wide then added spacers every 18 inches. The new water system is working well.
  16. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    A few weeks ago my cousins puppies got into the chicken yard where they killed a Golden Wyandotte rooster, buff orpington hen and dominique hen. Two other hens were also injured. Both hens were recovering well, then one of the hens developed an infected spot next on her body next to her leg...
  17. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Next spring one of my projects is to build a cattle field. The area I am looking at fencing off is 3 acres. Actual measurement is 3.21 acres, but a barn is going in there. So lets subtract .2 acres for barn and trees. There is an area next to the field that I was going to plant oak and pine...
  18. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    My wife and I have just gotten into the world of raising chickens. We started off this spring with six chicks. Two layers, two bantams, and two Rhode island reds. Since then our flock has changed. One of the bantams was a rooster and was dispatched since meat wise he wasn't much more than a...
  19. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Awhile back I started a thread on building a new chicken yard. Now that the yard is pretty much complete (for now), the time has come to build the new chicken house. The size I decided on was 16 feet by 16 feet. The laying boxes take up 6 feet on one wall, and the roost takes up around 12...
  20. Ladies Section
    Got a call from the PD this morning. It appears that the little acre I borrow down by the creek and have been trying to purchase for the last two years was sold to someone else and the seller has no recollection of who I am or that she gave me (repeated) permission to use the property. Now I...
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