shaunc wrote:Your roses look good Tidathep. We've got a few rose bushes here, but I don't think they're as good as yours. Prices are cheap in Texas. Battery eggs here go for about $3/dozen, but I should be able to get $4-$5/dozen for backyard/organic eggs.
Ayu wrote::smile: Maybe these two hens have other qualities then giving many eggs... Maybe they are the poets among the chicks and giving inspiration and silent songs to the others?
Or something similair. Who knows?
Ayu wrote:But if the chicken don't like to eat it, maybe it is inedible?
I read, they eat almost everything except citrus fruits.
reddust wrote:Shaun I have to dust several of my hens, they have mites that are eating their feathers. That means I have to dust all eleven birds. It's too cold out to give them a bath. I stick them in a big empty feed bag with a couple cups of Diatomaceous Earth flour and ruffle the DE all over their body. It smothers the mites. I also powder their coop with it.... The hens and roosters hate this so much and I end up looking like a ghost, the DE flour is very fine just like wheat flour.
Ayu wrote:I read about a trap to catch the mice living:
Put a bait into a bucket and put some sort of stairs on it. Maybe some kind of branch. So the mouse can reach the bucket, but when it falls into it there is no way out, because the bucket is too slippery and steep. Then you can drive the mice far away.
But the hens will also like the bait?
Yeah, that's the problem with any livestock, sometimes you've got to do what you've got to do. At the moment I have mice. This can create problems with neighbours, the mice possibly moving into my house & they can attract snakes. I've had to lay bait for them today. This can also create problems, if one of the hens or the dog picks up a dead one. There's just no escaping samsara or karma. I like to think that I'm creating less problems than the large commercial poultry operations, but sometimes I'm not sure. To top it off the big Austrolorp hen died today, most probably from heat stress. At the moment it's 38 Celsius. I'm not sure what that converts too but it's bloody hot.
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