Beth Mouse

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Several years ago I bought an 8-tray fodder kit and still haven't assembled it. I don't have enough pasture for 2 mini-jerseys (slightly under 2/3 of an acre).   The company said I could feed 70% of their feed requirement from fodder with remaining 30% roughage.  If I had a 500-lb mini Jersey and they eat 3% of their body weight daily, that is 15 pounds.  This would equate to 2/3 of a tray of wheat or barley grass per day and not sure how much hay or grass for the remaining 30% of roughage.  Is anybody supplementing with fodder? Also, wondering about keeping her calf with her until she births again in Spring before selling or butchering.
2 weeks ago
Thanks Leigh...that is a great article.  I've actually decided I will just let the meat birds run around in the pasture with our layers and not try to separate them until bedtime and have a separate area then.  I eventually want a greenhouse and this is great about the vermicomposting!
1 month ago
I am wanting to raise some meat birds in the summer and have a 4 x 8' A-frame chicken tractor I pull around the yard.  Does anyone use this in winter as a greenhouse or hoophouse and plant greens in it?  I will only be raising the meat birds in the winter so it won't be in use then...

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1 month ago
Thank you so much Andrew and Eliot--that really helped and it pretty much tells me I can't have a steer...not even a small one.  For the heck of it, do you mind telling me if it could graze our front lawn?  We have a large front lawn but it isn't pasture grass.  In the past, I have had 2 sheep on my pasture and then butchered in the fall.  Problem is, we end up with alot of lamb in the freezer and nobody likes it except me.  I really wanted a mini-jersey and was thinking I could milk but was told 1/2 acre isn't enough for a mini-jersey (and her calf).  Did Andrew mean there are smaller breeds of cows I could raise for butchering?  I do have a sacrifice area that isn't super large, not sure of dimensions off top of my head.  I have an acre in Boise, but only 1/2 acre in pasture grass and sure I can't butcher here and really don't want to honestly.  So I know that will be an expense and I have how much it cost to butcher the sheep filed and am not sure after buying the lambs if it saves me money by not buying lamb cuts at the store.  
2 months ago
I only have 1/2 acre of pasture and am wondering if that would handle a Dexter steer that would go in the freezer in the fall.  If so, I would need to buy a calf each year and then pay for butchering.  Does it actually save me money when all is said and done to raise a Dexter on my pasture versus buying beef?  
2 months ago
We took blueberry cuttings at the beginning of June and have kept them in a smaller-sized dishpan with unscented garbage bag tied shut in shade.  There is little humidity in Idaho and they need the moisture.  They are doing well and for the past month I have been watering once a week with some fish fertilizer added.  It is time to take them out of bag and I am not sure where to plant them.  It is supposed to be 103 degrees next week.  Should I plant them in pots and set in full shade or part shade?  Also, we used 50% peat moss and 50% potting mix inside the dishpan that cuttings were in.  Not sure if I should use this mix in the pots they are going in?  

We did another dishpan of blueberry starts using playsand and they dried out and died so that was a no-go!
3 months ago
Thanks Karl, great advice.  Thinking we may enjoy them this year but look for a new home this fall.  There are easier berries or something else to put in that area and we already have marionberries on a fence that we weave the long canes through.  They don't send out nearly the amount of shoots as those boysenberries.
6 months ago
So my husband pruned the boysenberries a bit over a month ago.  He pruned them down to 2 simple canes per plant tied to a 3-wire system.  Last year, he did the same and they grew out and covered a path that we need and use.  The same thing is happening this year.  Here are pics of the growth already and soon that path will be totally covered and the canes will go over into that other area.  Can we just prune off the growth coming out toward the paths?  Online websites say not to prune at all during growth period and husband is worried about cutting off all new growth for next year's canes...


6 months ago
Local nurseries don't seem to have the perennial vegetables recommended in  Perennial Vegetables by Eric Toensmeier.  Any ideas on where I can order them online?  Johnny's Seeds doesn't have them.  


8 months ago
I was thinking privet was poisonous to chickens so will have to look into that.  I forgot to say that I prefer this hedge around raised bed to be no taller than 4 feet.  Roses may be good.  I didn't think of chickens eating roses.  The right type of rose might make a tight shorter hedge.  
8 months ago