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REM, I'm pretty close to you, however, going to till the early season garden this weekend. Other than it being a poor propane winter so far it's not been bad.
Are you guys still living in Texas? Or is that place up north ready now?REM, I'm pretty close to you, however, going to till the early season garden this weekend. Other than it being a poor propane winter so far it's not been bad.
Are you guys still living in Texas? Or is that place up north ready now?
All I need to do is paint, still have loose ends here in Texas to tie up and a house to sell. I'm ready to go but can't make the move until we sell our place here and I have to see to some renovations first.
That's a good mix. I also got some Kiowa blackberry plants:All Summer Long Blackberry Plant Collection
A bounty of blackberries! Each collection contains three thornless blackberry varieties — Arapaho, Chester, and Triple Crown. Arapaho bears in mid June, followed by Chester bearing in July, and Triple Crown in early August. Enjoy blackberry harvests all summer long.
And I bought some raspberry plants:Kiowa Blackberry
The world’s biggest blackberry — up to 3" long! This thorny variety blooms earlier and longer than others. Fruit is large enough to make fresh cobbler with just a few. Also great for juice or wine. Summer-bearing floricane. Early season. Ripens in early June. Self-pollinating.
Most of these are going to take 2-3 years to start producing well. In the meantime I have to keep the grass and vegetation out and they have to be watered regularly, so I ordered more drip irrigation equipment. During those really hot days I'll just have to turn a faucet on and off mornings and evenings. Forgetting to turn it off is a real mess. I tried an auto control, but it broke open under the constant water pressure and I really don't trust them anymore.Heritage Red Raspberry
Harvest raspberries your first year. This variety produces abundant crops of large, sweet, dark red berries that are perfect for eating fresh, canning, freezing, or making jams and jellies. Self-supporting, upright canes are hearty enough to grow in poor soil, but requires a well-drained site. Cold-hardy. Fall-bearing (everbearing) primocane with a summer crop. Floricane berries ripen in July. Primocane berries ripen in September through frost. Self-pollinating. A licensed variety of Cornell University.
You CN sex all chicks by their wing feathers pattern easily variety does not matrerI lost all but four of my barred rock pullets... to one of my dogs.
I had trained the dogs to leave the free ranging chickens alone, but the hens started coming up to eat any left over dog food and one of my dogs took exception to that. There were never any marks or saliva. She evidently scared them to death by passive aggressively holding them in a corner.
I had planned on crossing these hens with a Rhode Island Red rooster to make black sex link chicks. You can tell at birth whether this particular cross is male or female and you do not have to waste all the feed and time raising roosters that you do not want or need. I still have four barred rock hens and the RIR roo, so I might try it on a smaller scale I guess when they start laying better.
I have another batch of sex links called Black Stars that I bought as my next batch of laying hens. They are four months old, so I don't have too much longer.
I am moving my poultry out of my fenced yard back under a barn in a feed lot. The poo on porches is just too much. I took some pretty high night predator losses down in that barn previously, so I bought an automatic chicken door. It opens at sunup and closes at sun down and runs of 4 AA batteries. I'm in the process of installing this and soon the Black Starts will have open range to graze on during the days. Clover and rye grass are knee high.
Do you have any links? I've heard that before, but I was not sure if it was true or if it was accurate. Sex links work for sure.богдан;8270089 said:You CN sex all chicks by their wing feathers pattern easily variety does not matrer
Haha, I did open the thread and the OP is missing, but it is functional. I'm not sure how complicated or time consuming fixing that is. If it's too bad the thread is fine as it is. :thumb:Unless He didn't open the thread.. I dunno, my world has been turned upside down.
I hope that's not how my adventure goes. I'm spending some bucks (way more than I probably should) in it and I would hate to see it fail.I've always had horrible luck with growing berries (black/dew/rasp). The dang things grow wild all over the place, but I can't get the store bought plants to stick for more than a year or two before they die. However, Mulberry trees grow very well. They are a lot easier to manage than vines too...
It had a fairly rare 5 star rating from 60 people on Amazon.PS. I'd like to know if that automatic coop door works well for you. I've considered it in the past and never got around to it thinking it would create a bad habit for me.
That's good to know. I cannot identify different species, but I have not had any daytime losses... except for one of my dogs... so I guess that I have Red Tails.You shouldn't have to worry about Red Tails. The Coopers Hawks and the Sharp Shin hawks and the Falcons should be the only chicken eaters unless you have any Owls that stayed up too late.
(at least that is what the biologists told me when I was working with them at Hawk Watch.