Annie Sires

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Your web page is down. Do you still do this?
Oh, and I have native bayberry, that we'd normally remove but rather than knock down, I'll pot and sell... This also propagates more natives and increases rarer plants since bayberry is a rare native.

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So, whatever the number is, I have been collecting native trees and bushes from my property, containering them, and plan on selling them in the spring. As long as you provide a quality product and aren't breaking any laws, in many states you can sell on the roadside. I have oaks growing on small pots that I will transplant into cheap plastic pots. One small oak for sale is worth $5-15, depending on size of tree and health. I don't sell anything that appears weak or has a penchant for virus, gal or illness.
As a dog trainer I have to say that shooting a dog is not on my recommended list of training tools... Just sayin'.
2 years ago

Roberto pokachinni wrote:Tie the carcass around the dog's collar, and let the dog suffer with that form of scolding for a few days.  That is often enough to get the point across.  When I saw your thread title, I was wondering what sort of chicken breed you had that it was eating dogs.  Ha Ha.



As a dog trainer with 30 years of experience... this really is an ineffective way to train a dog.  If you want to attempt to train a dog that has eaten a bird, you must make the reward stronger than the reward of killing/eating the chicken.  So, yes, you can train a dog to not kill chickens, but you have to repeat and repeat 4000 times (study showing how long it takes a dog to really get it... and no I don't have the study right in front of me).  You will have to start simple and then add distance and distraction.  Most people aren't willing to do the work involved in order to train the dog to be 100% safe around birds.

That being said, if you want more specific advice on the training, moose me and I will talk to you off line.
2 years ago
Get house chickens and quail for food, grow your own feed for them (mealworms, crickets, sprouted feed is easy to do - https://www.highmowingseeds.com/blog/how-to-grow-your-own-organic-non-gmo-chicken-feed/).  Grow your own vegetables indoors (tower garden - buy one or make your own.  Grow your own herbs.  Save grey water for watering.  Use LEDs in all your lights.  Keep the house cooler/warmer by several degrees - often the other apartments have their homes so warm or cool you get passive environmental control.  Use fans to cool, air circulation even when it's cool outside.  Buy local - Most cities have farmer's markets which will reduce the gas cost of supermarket groceries, plus they taste way better.  Eat stuff that others won't - offal, etc.  Much of that is wasted and is cheaper.  Learn how to make good food from what others think is garbage.  Wear warm clothes in the winter, cooler in the summer - the Amish go all year round without air conditioning and often work long hours in the cold with minimal layers.  They do very well, are very hardy folk and don't suffer.  I have even seen the kids barefoot in weather that would have most "English" scrambling for heavy boots and heavier jackets.
2 years ago
I don't know if anyone suggested this:  take two old car tires, stack one on top of other.  Place two boards or three across bottom.  Fill inside the tires with spray insulating foam from a can (or any other good insulator like bubble wrap) and place a five gallon bucket inside.  insulation will keep water from freezing.

voila.
2 years ago
Goat and Sheep have a similar chemical as does deer... the reason we call it "gamey".  Older sheep (Mutton) tastes stronger than lamb (a young sheep).  Same with goat.    We gelded a young male goat and raised him for 2 years to stock size... he butchered out at over 200 lbs dressed.  He was a Kikobo.. an Australian Kiko mixed with the Boer goat.  Best animal we owned for a bit.  But the reality is that testosterone will flavor the meat some.  But be mindful that people have eaten older goats for a long time.  It's all in how you cook and season it.  If you are planning to eat it, I think you would want to let him be with her for at least 2 breeding cycles (about 2 months.  Then I would geld him and "fatten" him.  Let him live for a few months, up to 6 to let the testosterone come out as much as possible and then you could slaughter him for max weight and flavor.  That would be what I would do if I had no desire to keep him as a breeding buck.  And you can cull for any and all particular traits... like odor, color, aggressiveness, does he have good structure that he passes on to the kids, etc.  Lots of things to consider here.

For your knowledge here's a good web site:  http://www.weedemandreap.com/goat-breeding-101/
We have lots of predators in RI and one thing that Casey Farm does here in Saunderstown is rotational grazing with a chicken tractor that is a hen house and automatic doors.  No one lives on the farm.  They have electric fence and no dogs to guard.

It works for them and they have lots of historic Heritage Dominique Chickens.  JFYI
2 years ago
We cull for attitude. I've trained the dogs to not touch the birds but I never let them loose to try it.  Dogs are predators.  The reason herding dogs work so well is they have high prey drive... the instinct to hunt certain types of prey.  My German Shepherd Dog, my Bassett and my Rat Terrier all have high predatory drive.  They aren't let alone ... ever... with the stock unless the stock is securely fenced away from them.  I'm in an area that backs up to a Native American property with lots of predators.  As far as I'm concerned, dogs are better than coyotes but have many of the same drives.  I have lost many birds to predators and many animals to dogs.  We had a neighbor that had two big dogs, a lab and a pit bull (yes, I know that's not the actual breed) and we lost several animals to them... until I told them that I was sorry, but the next time I saw their dogs I was going to shoot the dog because they were killing small animals and harassing the larger livestock.  I was very sorry, but that was the way it had to be.  Livestock are a protected commodity in the US for the most part.  

You make a choice:  Train and don't trust, or don't have in order to eat what is much healthier than what's in the store.
2 years ago