Denise Kersting

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The peeps just left to their new home where they will have plenty of acres to free-range. I'm very glad we were able to get them to someone that is knows how to raise chickens and was happy to take them!
4 days ago
Thanks Phil, appreciate that! Sorry to hear people dump cats on your property, I wish none of us had to deal with irresponsible people's discarded pets.
4 days ago
Hi All, I wanted to see if anyone here near south central PA wouldn't mind increasing their flock by 3. Someone dumped 3 chicks (I'm guessing they were Easter "presents" that got too big) at the park behind my house. So, I took them in, because it was too cold and dangerous for them outside, and have had them inside in a large tub for a week now. I can not keep them due to city regs, plus I know nothing about raising chickens. I'm don't know the sex of any of them or the breed. They are getting all their feathers in and they are a mix of cream, light tan, and ochre colored.  Please contact me if anyone close would like to add them to their flock. Thanks for looking!
4 days ago
You might want to try contacting the Canadian chapter of the House Rabbit Society, https://www.vrra.org/wp-beta1/?page_id=2 or the parent organization, https://rabbit.org/. They might be able to give you answers regarding parasites/bugs/etc and they may be able to relocate them to homes for you. That bunny does look like it had been a "housed bunny" before, and during the spring or summer I'm sure it would be fine free-ranging, but I'd worry about it over winter. The parent org link above has some really good info on care and FAQ. Good Luck!
6 days ago
I had to "relocate" a bunny that someone had as a pet and let it be free on a friend's property, it was digging burrows under their front steps. I set a have-a-heart trap out baited with timothy hay, baby carrots, and dried strawberries. Caught it after a few days trial and error, I had to start with the "bait" outside of the trap, and slowly move it towards the inside of the trap. Was able to rehome it with a co-worker. You might want to see if you have a local org that will come trap and relocate for you, I'd suggest doing a few internet searches on bunny and adoption with your respective area to see if there are any close to you that will help. Good Luck!
4 weeks ago
I know in my neck of the woods the conservation sales don't apply chemicals to the seedlings, and with the varieties they sell, a GMO hasn't been created yet (hybrids, possibly) but here are a couple sales I found you might be interested in. Here's a link to the New Mexico conservation seedling sale: http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SFD/treepublic/ConservationSeedlings.html, quite a few choices, but not a lot of nut trees. I'm not sure if a drive to Santa Fe would be too far for you (they offer shipping too), but here is another one: http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SFD/treepublic/ConservationSeedlings.html. This one charges extra shipping for out of state, but might still be a option, for example their price on hazelnuts is 0.40 ea for 25 plants, https://mdc6.mdc.mo.gov/Applications/TreeSeedling/?page=1.
1 month ago
You might be able to fit in some peanuts, they are pretty calorically dense foods. I have been waiting to try them (I'm in z7a, south central PA) but I have to figure out a squirrel proof method to do so. I've read several varieties are suited to your climate.
1 month ago
Here's a place that says they can do some international shipping if you were looking for raspberry plants https://www.tytyga.com/Heritage-Raspberry-p/BERRAS-RD-HERITAGE.html?matchtype=&network=g&device=c&adposition=1o4&keyword=&gclid=CjwKCAiAtdDTBRArEiwAPT4y-7wgPwn3LjGurlzdEY1t0xTT89MjLP8_7mZrpgczZNvyjD6znnlQ7hoC710QAvD_BwE (instead of seeds) but on their help page they say you have to call to discuss shipping rates: https://www.tytyga.com/help_answer.asp?ID=11.

I also found this ebay listing that might be able to ship to Pakistan: https://www.ebay.com/itm/3-x-RASPBERRY-CANES-PLANTS-Autumn-Treasure-BARE-ROOTED/192330023551?hash=item2cc7c3427f:g:gqMAAOSwc1FZ3PBx

Good luck, if I had any to send you I would, but I don't get the chance to eat much of what I grow. The wildlife around me, however, is very well fed! I don't dare bother with berries, they'd all be stolen by little furry thieves exactly 1 day before I thought they might be ready for harvest.
I don't think it's a fawn if a lab already said most likely in the genus Lepiota, again there are several in the Lepiota that are not safe for consumption. The most important rule with mushrooms is when in doubt, throw it out! We tossed a perfectly good old man of the woods earlier this season due to lack of knowledge, but I have no regrets as my husband and I didn't ingest something unknown or harmful.  If you aren't 100% on a mushroom id, then it is not worth the risk (in my opinion for what its worth).
5 months ago
There are some in the genus Lepiota that are listed as poisonous I didn't check all of them, and I can't make an ID for certain for you on that one, there are quite a few that have similar specs and as a newbie to mushrooms I wouldn't feel confident in any ID. I'd pull up all the ones you see and toss them in the trash or compost them. At least with most mushrooms after a short while their flush for the season is over and you won't see them till next year (if they ever do come back). I can understand your concern, I don't have a toddler, but I do have young cat that keeps me on my toes (she likes to chew up and attack mushrooms, and pulls habaneros out of basket if I set it down after picking & carry them all over the house hiding them, and of course she carries them in her mouth!) so I'd play it safe and keep the little one inside till you can do a scan of the yard, and get rid of them if you think your baby might try to sample them.
5 months ago