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Shawn Harper

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since Mar 01, 2012
Portlandia, Oregon
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Hello guys!

I am currently in the process of breeding my own type of chicken, or will be when my rooster comes. I am hoping you guys can stear me towards links or books that might help me better understand the chicken genome. In short I guess I need to know what traits share chromosomes. It’s been difficult for me to track down this info, so I’m hoping someone can help out. Thanks in advance.
1 day ago
Hey guys apologies if I haven’t gotten back to you recently or it takes me a while to reply. Currently on month 7 of no home internet. Perks of rural living huh? Anyways...

Some friends of mine are getting mini pigs this summer. They plan to breed them. I can get a pig or two each summer beginning next spring. However I’m not familiar with the needs of mini pigs and it’s hard to find feed ratios for them online. I’m hoping that some of my permie homies can help me out.

My plan is to paddock it in a largish area to avoid damaging the land. I will of course have a huge surplus of eggs to feed them. I also should have a nice sun choke and potatoe crop by then. I guess what I’m wondering is how much of their diet maximum can be from each single source and still have healthy pigs? The current feed I’m looking at is eggs, sunchokes, potatoes, and anything else I can grow instead of buy. Any advice helps!
1 day ago
Sorry about the delay in reply. My compost pile was about 6 yards in size, flipped daily. I don't know how it handles over winter as I had to move last month and the new pile isn't hot. sucks buying feed.
3 months ago
I've been successful with almost entirely reducing feed requirements by using a compost pile for my 7 birds. I still give them food but they don't seem as interested in it.
5 months ago
I do not do no till with corn yet, but I am working towards it. Currently I am mixing several corn breeds to create a stronger hybrid that withstands stress. However I treat my field the same otherwise and reduce tilling to a small hole big enough for the 3 sisters to be planted in. My advice to you is if you try it expect 50% or greater losses if you don't have strong stock.
2 years ago

Nicole Alderman wrote:

Shawn Harper wrote:What makes you think we have trouble with winter squash here in cascadia? I am not sure of your micro climate, but in my area I almost have enough for 2 seasons.  I personally like the kakai hulless squash. They look and taste like mini pumpkins.  If you are worried about not enough time here is what I suggest. Plant 1 month early and cover seed mounds with a milk jug that has the bottom cut out. Most years winter squash does better in my yard that everything else. Last year sucked though.



I remember when I was little my mom tried to grow pumpkins, and they never matured in time. I have no idea why that is, but I guess I always figured that if my mom couldn't grow them, I probably wouldn't have any success, either (especially as I'm newer to gardening and my property is less ideal than hers. Her property is only 30 minutes away from me, and it has better light and lower humidity)



I have some trouble with large fruit varieties I've trialed. However pretty much any small fruiting type does great. I do grow in three sisters FYI.
2 years ago
What makes you think we have trouble with winter squash here in cascadia? I am not sure of your micro climate, but in my area I almost have enough for 2 seasons.  I personally like the kakai hulless squash. They look and taste like mini pumpkins.  If you are worried about not enough time here is what I suggest. Plant 1 month early and cover seed mounds with a milk jug that has the bottom cut out. Most years winter squash does better in my yard that everything else. Last year sucked though.
2 years ago
I drive around farm country regularly for my work. I rarely see hedges of any kind. In my area even getting normal hedges would be a huge step up.
2 years ago
Pine tree branches fall in my parents yard. We mulch the blueberries with them. They grow well despite partial shade. I assume they like it. In my observation, strawberry, bleeding hearts, ferns, and azaleas like the same.
2 years ago
Honestly it doesn't seem that harsh. He has reasonable complaints; I think they don't get across because of his broken english and sloppy website layout.
2 years ago