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by fredc
Sun Jun 29, 2014 5:10 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Chicks have Hatched!!!!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 1894

Re: Chicks have Hatched!!!!!!

You can test the other eggs by putting them one at a time into a bowl of hot water. If there is a live chick inside it will float to the top and move about. If there are no live chicks then I would move your hen to ground level right away.
by fredc
Thu Jun 19, 2014 2:58 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Corvina incubator issues.
Replies: 1
Views: 1322

Re: Corvina incubator issues.

It's better not to be turning the eggs in the last few days.
by fredc
Mon May 05, 2014 9:46 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Breeding Ducks/Chickens for selling
Replies: 9
Views: 1916

Re: Breeding Ducks/Chickens for selling

Even if you don't make much money it's very rewarding just watching the chicks hatch and grow, I love it.
by fredc
Sun May 04, 2014 10:06 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Breeding Ducks/Chickens for selling
Replies: 9
Views: 1916

Re: Breeding Ducks/Chickens for selling

Yes there is money to be made in breeding poultry and many people do. You have to learn a lot and invest a lot though, easier to just sell the eggs.

Hens are born in debt and they die in debt.
by fredc
Sat Apr 19, 2014 8:37 am
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Brighton seaweed / pollution
Replies: 9
Views: 3163

Re: Brighton seaweed / pollution

I've eaten seaweed from time to time, kelk and we get a red dulse that's peppery. I would avoid eating filter feeders in your part of the world but there are plenty of grazers you can eat. The common limpet is full of protein and zero cholesterol, they have the texture of India rubber but the water ...
by fredc
Sat Apr 05, 2014 10:04 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Tiny Houses any suggestions/advice
Replies: 7
Views: 3928

Re: Tiny Houses any suggestions/advice

In Scotland I would go for a timber frame with cob and straw walls then a turf roof with a good waterproof membrane under it.
by fredc
Tue Mar 25, 2014 5:57 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Free Pig Food
Replies: 6
Views: 1554

Re: Free Pig Food

Your pigs are going to need around 16% protein in their diet which means you will have to beef up their feed with something. I don't know about the legality of fish or bone meal these days.Peas and beans are good. I found pigs did very well indeed on cooked potatoes and milk, I had plenty of goats m...
by fredc
Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:52 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Boggy land and livestock
Replies: 3
Views: 1853

Re: Boggy land and livestock

Goats and sheep would get foot rot on boggy land. You have to consider the health of the land as well as the health of the animal. Pigs wouldn't mind the mud but they would destroy the land, any mechanical action on boggy land puddles it to mud then it dries to clay. The only way to beat it is drain...
by fredc
Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:03 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Boggy land and livestock
Replies: 3
Views: 1853

Re: Boggy land and livestock

I wouldn't be thinking about getting any goats. Some goats are designed to live in deserts and some are designed to live up mountains, there aren't any designed to live in bogs and their hooves will turn into a nightmare. If you can put land drains in, if not plant willow, boggy land is no use to ma...

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