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chicken feed



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 7:54 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

rhino wrote:
The guy who won Derby with his highlander is there at great Yorkshire, Headland fold, if you see him or his missis tell em Ged's got 4 of their sheep in the freezer by now  


the show is so big we hardly get to see much other than the pig lines & the beer tent  

change of plan will set off about 4.30am to avoid the heat.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like a plan  
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

our numbers are increasing again:

7 berkshire piglets born to a young gilt with another litter expected any day

10 chicks hatched so far out of 35 set (due to hatch today so on schedule) in our newly refurbed incubator with more pipping.  These are all sired by either Bodgers Indian game cockeral he gave me or our hubbard meat cockeral so am expecting some good meat birds from them.  When its empty and cleaned I have three dozen quail eggs to set (my quail are laying over time at the moment) for both eggs and meat then I will do another hatching with hens eggs all of which will have been fertilised by Bodgers Indian game as we have lost our hubbard cockeral now.
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chicken feed



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Location: cambs

PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

just got back from Yorkshire with another LOY qualifier, 2 1st's, 2 2nd's 2 3rd's a 4th along with another young POY reserve qualifier and a reserve male champion.

and a sow we left behind gave birth to a litter of 14    fingers crossed I have some nice julys for next years show team.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You sure had a good haul there well done    
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A great out come at both show and getting home
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Location: Paddling in the Mersey

PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done, that's a marvellous result!
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chicken feed



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

forgot to mention we came home to our latest litter of pigglets 13 in total.

looks like mum and litter will be heading for a new home in the near future.

just need to pick out next years show stock  
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here we started feeding hay out to-day and found it is time to put mud chucker tyres/wheels on  or we could be having to tow ute out   or use tractor wth no cab  
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My diary at the moment reads KNACKERED every day    wouldn't have it any other way  
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rhino wrote:
My diary at the moment reads KNACKERED every day    wouldn't have it any other way  



Only the diary  
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Rena



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Location: Way out West in Klamath Falls, OR-USA

PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On our nice little Oasis Farm....It looks like I'll have a minimal garden for this year, and devote most of our two acres to pasture for our heifer, Belina.

I'd like to (rotationally) graze her as long from Spring to late Autumn, as possible. So purchased hay will go for the dormant winter time only (we have been having to supplement this spring/summer). I'll now be learning which will be the best 'pasture grass seed' to sow in the 'barren' area that we live.

Our Turkey hen just doesn't *know how* to incubate her eggs. She desperately tries~sat *solid* for 30 days...not one hatched out of 17 fertile eggs. What I noticed was she sat 'on' them. Like sitting in a bowl. Doesn't look like she was getting them up to her skin~never really saw her 'settle' into the eggs. I'm gonna keep letting her try though. (I think I do see more why the Heritage Burbon Reds are on the 'watched' list now though.)

Have an Americauna hen sitting on 12 eggs and 2 turkey eggs. Should be fun. The broody is a real nice bird.

Belina has just been 'bred' by A.I. and if she's settled, the calf is due rougly around the 28th of April next. And I will once again be a Milkmaid. Still have folks wanting to buy milk from us~so yes, there is a 'waiting list'.

The two cats, Wilbur and Flame, are doing an excellent job at at bird and rodent control, as well. The turkeys and chickens are doing extremely well at bug control (happy happy!). And the Ladybirds have just started sending in the troups to conquer the aphids that thought they had won the war over my vegies. <<YAY! Belina keeps me from having to do any mowing or fertilising .

Everyone has a job to do on our little Oasis Farm~and we are all working very well together~it is really amazing when I step back and take inventry of how the first 8 months have gone at our new place.

Growing Yellow Crook Neck squash, Zucchini, Cukes (pickling), Tomatoes, Yellow Banana type Peppers, Anahiem Peppers, Tomatillos, Cantalope melon, Peppermint, Spearmint, Walking Onions, chives and Garlic.  

Its sunny, warm and quiet where we are....think a cup of iced tea on the veranda while listening to the mixed variety birds, sounds wonderful just about now.

(Hope I posted this in the 'right place'.)
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rena sounds like the iced tea with the sit and enjoy is just what you deserve hope you get it  
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep!  that sounds idyllic and you have certainly earned whatever cool and relaxing drink you choose.  

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rena, that sounds great!

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