Sally Munoz

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Trace Oswald wrote:

Amanda Launchbury-Rainey wrote:COMFREY COMFREY COMFREY

Are my chickens the only ones in the world that don't like comfrey?  I've tried it fresh, wilted, dried, ...  They just don't eat it.

Mine aren't overly impressed with comfrey either, wish they were. It's interesting to me that different chickens prefer different greens too. My rooster absolutely adores dandelion greens and while he gets several takers, half the flock ignore his excitement. Of course they all love chickweed!
I've been feeding my chicks in the brooder dandelion greens daily and they all get very excited and gobble it up. I just noticed the comfrey is big enough to harvest a little-maybe if they get introduced at a young age, they'll like it? We shall see.
1 day ago
My bowl runneth over. 😀
2 days ago

Jess Dee wrote:

Sally Munoz wrote:
For pity's sake, if an egg is bad, you will know it!


I'm thinking of trying an experiment of my own this summer - I may put a few dozen marked eggs in the root cellar, and see how long they last.  I may repeat the experiment in the fall, and see how they last through the colder months.  The trick will be remembering to start the experiment - we get so distracted during planting and harvest!

Great idea! I don't refrigerate my eggs and when there are a lot,  they can sit out quite awhile. The only ones I've had go real bad probably had tiny cracks in them,  usually they're just more runny. I appreciate you sharing your experiences here! :)
1 month ago

Jess Dee wrote:Do you have a root cellar, basement, or other cool location?  We haven't formally tested / tracked it, but our (fresh, unwashed) chicken eggs keep for months in our root cellar when it's cold.  We build up a supply in the fall, and they get us through winter without going bad.  Mother Earth News did some tests on keeping chicken eggs that you might find quite interesting:

That was a good article, thanks! I did wonder how much the temperature of my storage area might be influencing the preservation powers of the lime water on my eggs, since our crawl space is pretty cold. It was 26 outside when I last opened the access door and I could tell it was quite cold down there and the eggs felt refrigerated (which was the point of storing them there of course). However, they sat there all summer and we do see some triple digits once in awhile, definitely upper 90s quite a bit, so there's that.
I'm thinking this year I'll do the lime water thing again all summer but fall's eggs would probably be fine down there for a couple months with nothing done to them.
I'm consistently amazed at people's ignorance of how to tell if eggs are good or bad and how they worry they'll be bad past their expiration date "even if they look good".
For pity's sake, if an egg is bad, you will know it!
1 month ago
We've been eating last summer's eggs all winter and they are delicious. The whites spread out and the yolks are definitely flatter but they are fine. I have them stored in the lime water in plastic buckets and tubs in the crawl space under our house. This morning's are from 5/28/18 so stored over 9 months, not bad.
Just for reference,  a 6 quart container fit 43 eggs (only one duck egg in there) with the water sufficiently covering them.
1 month ago

Jay Angler wrote:We have what's called a "lever yard hydrant" in one location on our property and I wish we had more. Eg.

Most of my farmer friends have these, soooo on my wish list! I'm carrying buckets from the bathtub and while I love a good workout, this particular chore ranks pretty low. Especially with all the shoveling using the same muscles!
2 months ago

r ranson wrote:Turning off the taps?

Apparently outside taps freeze and explode or something bad.  They have an extra on/off thing inside the wall (uninsulated wall, I might add).

Since we need the water for the animals we like to keep the taps on as much as possible.  What temperature do you turn off the taps?  Do you have to do anything else?  

What about the hose?  Does it need special care?  

We insulate the taps if it gets below 20f and only use the tap if it's above freezing. Never use a hose if there's a chance ice could be in it, I learned the hard way on that one (could certainly share that experience in Dale's screw ups thread!)
As for hose care, a lot of people drain them and store but I use mine off and on during winter since my climate is pretty mild too. Mine just stay wherever they happen to be. Probably not the best, but it's what I do.
But like you, we have been hit pretty hard these last 9 days.
One really important thing I didn't see mentioned (I might've just missed it) is heat tape on outdoor pipes that are exposed. In my case, the only exposed pipe on our property is the one coming up off the well. It must have that wire tape on it when the temperatures drop to the low teens (rare here but it happens) or we will lose water to the house.
That happened once and we took turns using a hairdryer to thaw it, which worked (thank goodness!) but very tedious and much better to prevent a frozen pipe than have to squat out there in freezing weather thawing it!
2 months ago
I second gaiters; my favorite is old tall wool socks whose heels have worn through. Cut off the foot and pull up over your pants to the knee,  scrunch it up, pull on boot,  pull down cut sock into place. Works great for arms too, between the jacket and glove. I admit to having used plastic bags in a pinch.
2 months ago
We are still buried in snow but looking at my pictures from last year reminds me that we likely have just a few weeks left, hurray! These are from March 13, 2018.
2 months ago