Dana Jones

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They sure are growing. We wound up slaughtering ours ourselves. It wasn't too bad, I would do it again.
1 year ago
I add new hens every year and slaughter the hens in their second molt. I keep them through their first molt, but not their second molt. If you get a new breed or color every year, it is easier to figure out which group is the oldest.
1 year ago
Bermuda grass grows well just about anywhere. My pigs just rooted up an area of almost and acre, going to use a grass and herbal mix to reseed it. Dutch white clover, chicory, burnett, Bahia grass, Bermuda grass, crimson clover, and for winter, rye grass.
1 year ago
I looked up info on violets. One site says they are toxic, the next says how good they are. Go figure. I have had violets in pastures before and no livestock died from them. If you put the goats in with the violets, keep free choice hay in front of them and they should be alright. However, if you REALLY want the violets gone, get a couple of feeder pigs and raise them in the violet pasture. The pigs will root them up, eat them and they will be gone, gone, gone. I currently have 4 pigs in a green briar infested 1/2 acre pasture (it has trees too) and they ate the vines, rooted up the bulbous roots and have effectively destroyed a lot of them. They have turned every square inch of dirt. It will be easy to get the rest of them out after the pigs are slaughtered. Then will come a planting of various grasses, weeds, clovers and herbs. The field will lie fallow until next spring before I put my sheep on it.
Good luck with your pigs! I'm in Texas where it is HOT! I raised my first pigs through the winter, which is mild here. I messed up and am raising pigs in the summer now. Never again! I guess if you had winter pigs, they would use all their feed to stay warm! Nice looking piggies, hope they grow off well for you!
1 year ago
I like your coop! I am inspired to build a coop on my boat trailer now!
1 year ago
https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/search/non%20climb%20horse%20wire

We fenced our place in non climb horse wire. It is 2"x4" and comes 4 feet high or 5 feet high.
1 year ago
What about sheathing the outside with plywood while you dry your cord wood (if you can't find any dry wood)? I don't know about your area, but here in east Texas, in September-October, the sap is flowing and if you cut a pine tree, the sap crystalizes, preserving the wood. We call it rich pine and fenceposts that are rich pine last for years.
1 year ago
http://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/non-climb-horse-fence-48-in-x-200-ft?cm_vc=-10005

This is the wire I used. You need real good wire to keep your animals IN and other animals OUT. Bear in mind the number one predator of sheep is dogs. In a suburban area, there will be lots of dogs. Hopefully people keep them on their own property, but some people are not very thoughtful of others. We have Great Pyrenees livestock guard dogs because of coyotes. On a small acreage like yours, you can probably put your sheep up securely at night and be ok. But you need a GOOD fence. Put up a good solid parameter fence, then cross fence into what pastures you want. You won't put it all up at one time, so buy a roll or two, with T-posts and put it up. Then do the next stretch.
1 year ago
Richard! I didn't know you were on Permies! it's Baymule from BYH! I knew it was you when I saw the picture of your daughter riding the bull. Who else does that? LOL
1 year ago