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Old 2 June 2019, 21:54
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They will be back, don't worry. Now it's a fixer upper, the new beavers don't have to build from scratch.....

I'm sure you're right. So far the BSA has been responsive to my requests to fix it. I'm keeping an eye on the creek and the wetlands where they got cleaned out. Next time I may just trap them myself.
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Old 2 June 2019, 21:57
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Old 2 June 2019, 22:40
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I've got all the shit if you need to borrow some steel.
I just may. Fucking beavers.
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Old 3 June 2019, 09:05
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Yes. And then you never came back, fucker.... LOL

The 3 horses aren't here. They are boarded about 15 miles away. Everything else is though.
I drank all of the scotch soooo

Thatís a serious animal shelter you have out there, I wish I would have seen it. Let me know when you have more scotch and Iíll come check it out
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Old 3 June 2019, 09:36
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No chickens myself, but one of my good friends has 25 and has several ducks. Teaches his daughters responsibility. He brings me a dozen eggs a week. They are so good....cannot even compare to even the store bought organic. Just thick rick yolks, full of flavor.
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Old 3 June 2019, 11:09
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I drank all of the scotch soooo

Thatís a serious animal shelter you have out there, I wish I would have seen it. Let me know when you have more scotch and Iíll come check it out
Yeah all of that happened after. I'm clearing 7-8 acres around end of June to establish a pasture and build a small pond so a lot of the woods that you saw when you were there will be gone. Next Spring will be building a barn with stables so will move two of the horses to the house.

I have scotch....you just have to show up.
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Old 3 June 2019, 11:29
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Stop now.

(Sorry, that's a cry for help from deeply buried memories of shoveling five inches of chicken shit out of the barn/coop in the middle of summer when I was a kid)
Amen to that. Happiest day of my eight year old life was the day the chickens were sent off to the slaughterhouse.

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I have 9 hens and a rooster. And 3 ducks. And 5 guineas. 5 goats. 2 cows. 3 horses. Etc etc....
One hen, two ducks, three squawking geese, four limerick oysters, five corpulent porpoises...
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Old 3 June 2019, 15:13
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I had a Bantam Rooster as a kid. It would lay on my head, on it's back, while I walked around. The Siamese cat next door got ahold of it. I thought that I could help by putting the bird in the oven, I didn't close the door and set it on low. Bird expired. Small satisfaction, my Uncle kicked the cat over a fence.
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Old 3 June 2019, 15:28
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They are my mobile/roving CT force.
I grew up around guineas. Chickens are like vacuum cleaners for cockroaches and palmetto bugs, but guineas are voracious and eat a wider variety of critters. They make for an effective burglar alarm system as well, because anything approaching the house will set them to squawking like crazy. I've never eaten a guinea, but their eggs are good.
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Old 3 June 2019, 19:21
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I have started out my journey with some Rhode Island Reds. Anyone out there have any chicken raising wisdom other than varmint control? I may be adding some Plymouth Rockís down the road.
Do you want them for eggs or meat?

We have 13 chickens for eggs only. They are dumb creatures, and will happily lay, and shit, anywhere. Close your doors, because they WILL come into the house and shit everywhere.

We have 2 acres, and they still ignore all the grubs and worms in the ground, and their own feed, to shit in the house.

I love fresh eggs, but I hate chickens.
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Old 3 June 2019, 19:53
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Do you want them for eggs or meat?

We have 13 chickens for eggs only. They are dumb creatures, and will happily lay, and shit, anywhere. Close your doors, because they WILL come into the house and shit everywhere.

We have 2 acres, and they still ignore all the grubs and worms in the ground, and their own feed, to shit in the house.

I love fresh eggs, but I hate chickens.
Eggs only...and if they crap in the house, then they are nuggets.
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Old 3 June 2019, 20:20
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I love fresh eggs, but I hate chickens.
Truer words have not been spoken!
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Old 4 June 2019, 17:51
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Happiest day of my eight year old life was the day the chickens were sent off to the slaughterhouse.
I had an aunt who farmed chickens to market the eggs. She had 200-300 chickens on the farm.

Two good paybacks:

1. Turning over the brood every few years. Dad apprenticed as a butcher so when it was time to move the pullets into production we would grab the old ones and bring them to him, sitting in front of a chopping block with an axe. The yard in front of the house would be filled with headless chickens. Must have been a sight for anyone driving by on that old country road. We would be eating chicken for months *southern drawl* "fried chicken, chicken gumbo, chicken soup..."

2. Same time frame - moving the pullets from the pullet house into the barn. You wait until evening time when they're all huddled up. At first you can just reach in and grab a couple, take them to the barn, repeat. Then they start to wake up and you use a chicken hook to get ahold of them. Always comical and fun when it came to chasing around those last five or six who were then fully awake.

With all that fun, still didn't make up for having to shovel that barn out. The only "good" part was the barn was built on a hill so you just had to open the back door of the coop area, tie a rag around your face, and start shoveling.

Today you'd probably need an EPA permit or some such.
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Old 4 June 2019, 19:12
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I was going to say harem.
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Old 4 June 2019, 22:20
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I was going to say harem.
I was wondering if the goats were for personal use, or for bait.....
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Old 4 June 2019, 22:57
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Old 7 June 2019, 15:05
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You can use 5 gallon buckets for laying nests by attaching them side ways so that the lid is facing out horizontally; cut the lid so that there is a 2-3" 'lip' on the bottom to prevent eggs from falling out. If you REALLY want to get high speed, you can cut he bottom, saving the cut out and use hinges to create 'hatches' to collect the eggs from outside the coop.
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Old 7 June 2019, 15:22
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You can use 5 gallon buckets for laying nests by attaching them side ways so that the lid is facing out horizontally; cut the lid so that there is a 2-3" 'lip' on the bottom to prevent eggs from falling out. If you REALLY want to get high speed, you can cut he bottom, saving the cut out and use hinges to create 'hatches' to collect the eggs from outside the coop.
...food lion has them for a buck per dozen. Less mess and no head lice.

Also, try using those plastic easter eggs in your laying boxes. They help with the laying hens, but they'll put a black rat snake is a serious conundrum.
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Old 7 June 2019, 16:05
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Several years ago this couple of "hoarders" asked me to come pour them a patio and a floor in their chicken coop, which was huge! Freaking crap hoarded all over the daggum place, the chicken coop had never been cleaned out since it was built.....I just walked away and never lost any sleep over it! Phuque that!
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Old 9 June 2019, 00:12
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The latest hatch. Some turkeys that some wild ones came and bred and looks like a few of the eggs she let a broody hen hatch. Had a cold spell lately so they had to come into the brooder. Actually had fresh snow above me yesterday...
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