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Lactic Acid Bacterial Serum

Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB) are everywhere. Lactic acid is found in milk. LAB consume the milk sugars (lactose) and utilize enzymes (lactase) to produce a waste product that is lactic acid. I am a huge advocate of raw milk, which has not been pasteurized nor homogenized. The milk exits the cow without any microbial life … Continue reading »

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First loss ever of a Cornish Cross

I have raised these birds for 3 seasons, 20 or so per batch, 3 batches per season. Today, I lost my first bird due to heart attack. A 30% loss happens, 15% is probably typical, 5% is good. I am just over a half percent (0.5%) loss rate now that this one went early. There … Continue reading »

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Chicken Plucker

I hate plucking chickens. I do not mind anything else about them and there is a long list of things I love about them, but plucking them cramps my hands, takes forever, and just generally sucks. So, there must be a better way! Chicken pluckers are nothing new. They sell commercial products with a tub … Continue reading »

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Chickens Final Week

The first batch of chickens is entering their last week. They are about the size of basketballs or soccer balls. The bigger ones are probably over 10 pounds and the smallest is over 8, more than likely. It is obvious from their actions that the bigger males are well into their developmental teens and will … Continue reading »

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Baby rabbits today!

5 new baby rabbits showed up in the house bunny cage this afternoon. I had tomorrow pegged as her due date, but I did add her nesting box yesterday just because you never know. Good timing! Just as a refresher, my two breeding does are setup in cages where one is closer to the house … Continue reading »

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Build a better brooder

The brooder is like a nursery for baby chickens. They should remain in the brooder until they are mostly feathered, then they go outside in the coop and run. Thus far, we have used a cheap $15 kiddie pool with a big old PVC framework to suspend a heat lamp from. This works phenomenally well … Continue reading »

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Hive inspection week 6

The hive looks, smells, and sounds like it is doing well and the bees are healthy, but as a new beekeeper, it also seems like they may be behind on drawing out comb. The queen was spotted on the outside of frame 4, filling a nearly empty frame with eggs. All of the little ones … Continue reading »

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Hive inspection – week 5

Queen was spotted on frame 4. More importantly, frame 2 was mostly drawn on one side. Frame 6 is full and frame 7 has not been touched yet. Sugar water 1:1 was sprayed on both sides of frames 1 and 7-10 to help stimulate more comb. The entrance reducer was set to the larger opening … Continue reading »

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RIP Connie

Connie was part of a pair of Ameraucana chickens we have. They lay blue eggs, but Connie laid tan eggs. Her ‘sister’, Mary lays blue eggs and is still with us. Yes, Mary/Connie were our Ameraucana chickens. Connie was the low chicken in the pecking order, but the rest of the girls out there were … Continue reading »

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