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Rachel replied to Carol Duffell's discussion Are these eggs safe to eat? in Micro Livestock
"It depends on the temperature. Eggs degrade and bacteria multiply as a function of time and temperature combined. If the eggs have already been exposed to 12 hours of veerrrry warm daytime temperatures and then go inside to an 80 degree house, they…"
Aug 10, 2014
Rachel replied to Carol Duffell's discussion Chickens and snakes in Micro Livestock
"Yes. She would have killed and eaten a snake that small."
Aug 10, 2014
Rachel replied to Carol Haynes's discussion Quail eggs in Micro Livestock
"Give them a little calcium as others have suggested but quail do have a tendency to lay a soft-shelled egg every once in awhile anyway so don't be alarmed if you see one every once in awhile.
Quail almost always lay in the afternoons; that's normal."
Jul 10, 2013
Rachel replied to Victoria Jordan's discussion Young broody hen in Micro Livestock
"It is possible. I've never heard of a black RIR. You should not let a hen go broody during this weather; it gets excessively hot all puffed up in the nest box. To help break broodiness, normally, you can put her in a wire bottomed cage with food and…"
Jun 29, 2013
Rachel replied to Corey Abramowitz's discussion Starter plants in Seed Group
"We're getting to the end of the season for most of those plants... Hopefully the restaurant owner is also interested in tomatoes, squash, peppers etc... :)"
Mar 13, 2013
Rachel replied to Anson Sarager's discussion Lava rock grow medium in Aquaponics
"I have. It's very rough on your hands and hard to transplant into and out of because of the roughness of the rock. It's also much heavier than hydroton. I much prefer hydroton."
Mar 12, 2013
Rachel replied to Catherine, The Herb Lady's discussion Food Preservation - which is more cost effective? in Growing Gourmet
"I love these kind of data comparison articles. :) I like that dehydrating saves a lot of space too. The figures given for the dehydrated stuff are at the very high end... you can get the mesh air dehydrators at the Asian markets for $10 or so and…"
Feb 9, 2013
Rachel replied to Hassena Kassim's discussion suppliers of tanks in Aquaponics
"Depending on sizes people use free spas from craigslist, 55 gallon food grade barrels or 275 gallon food grade IBCs. There are some tanks made for aquaponics available on different internet sites, but I'm sure you've already seen the high prices on…"
Feb 8, 2013
Rachel replied to Cyndi-Marie Myers's discussion Incubating Duck Eggs in Micro Livestock
"Not to derail your duck hatching thread, but I thought this pic was worth sharing. :) In a pinch, Delilah the Muscovy hatched a batch of chicken chicks. She seemed pretty pleased. Sometimes the ducks accidentally squish the chicken chicks, or lead…"
Feb 6, 2013
Rachel replied to Cyndi-Marie Myers's discussion Incubating Duck Eggs in Micro Livestock
"Fair warning: Muscovy ducks are nearly impossible to incubate artifically. If I recall correctly from all of my failed attempts (I'm not just using my failures as evidence, I have never known anyone in person or online that has had success…"
Feb 6, 2013
Rachel replied to Rachel's discussion A brief memo about pecking and things that cause it in Micro Livestock
"Having an aggressive production red is not an uncommon complaint, unfortunately.
Two weeks is definitely long enough for her to have to be re-introduced to the flock; it can happen after just a couple of days. The fact that she is visibly weak adds…"
Nov 21, 2012
Rachel replied to K. Neil's discussion Thai Red Roselles in Growing Gourmet
"This is my second year with them. I mostly just use them to make Jamaica and similar things. I was thinking about branching out this year, thanks for the idea with the muffins. I didn't know the leaves were edible."
Oct 19, 2012
Rachel replied to Allison Siegel's discussion Coccidiosis and Tapeworm-need to know how to treat... in Micro Livestock
"I'm surprised your vet confirmed the tapeworms but didn't tell you what to do about it. Out of curiosity, how much did the vet charge for the diagnosis?
I would treat all of your birds. I think the cocci-rid is a powder that you mix in with the feed…"
Oct 9, 2012
Rachel replied to Lisa Corprew's discussion Excessively loud Welsummers in Micro Livestock
"Glad they are settling a little. It's not uncommon for birds just coming into lay to be excessively noisy at first. Hormones and transitions I guess. One trait I have observed in Welsummers is that they really like to be high up. Mine likes to perch…"
Oct 6, 2012
Rachel replied to Brian Beck's discussion Grafted black Sapote in Rare & Exotic Fruiting Plants
"I can't answer that specifically, but the people that I know that are growing sapote are growing them in irrigated lots that are densely planted (probably the insulation and shade provided by all of the other plants helps). Have you eaten sapote…"
Aug 28, 2012
Rachel replied to April A Ortiz's discussion Looking to add to my flock in Micro Livestock
"No, you cannot solely raise them outside without a mother hen. They aren't good at temperature regulation (warming up or cooling down) so without a mother they don't do well. Best to wait until they are fully feathered and have them grow into sturdy…"
Aug 14, 2012
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