Purity Lopez wrote:I am 75 now and have lived in extremely rural areas since I was 19. I have always lived alone. I have lived in wilderness in a tent, and now live in a cabin I built myself in the High Desert of California. I have never had help, everything I have always done myself....and I am 5'4", 120 pounds. I still do everything myself. I have electricity and solar. I can live entirely without it if I needed to...I use electricity as the back up source. I grow a good deal of my own food.
There are certain pieces of equipment that I think of as enough of a unique entity, that I actually give them names. Like the modular scaffolding (which, to be honest, I'm still collecting parts for) that can be assembled into all kinds of configurations. It's name is Steve.
I wonder if saying the name out loud might help get people to back off? "Thanks for the offer, but no. Steve and I can handle it ourselves."
(I must be tired. My brain is stuck in Silliness mode.)
Trace Oswald wrote:Those chick feeders that are long red rectangles with a lot of holes in them with really well for it. If it's too runny, you can scoop the fed out with a slotted spoon to get some of the liquid out, but it still tends to spread out all over if it isn't contained in something. Those chick feeders work well to stop that too.
Trace Oswald wrote:
Lori Ziemba wrote:
Do you ferment the crumble? How?
This is very simple. Take a bucket of any size you like (I use a 5 gal bucket, but you can make any amount you want) and fill it about 1/2 way with crumbles. Add water until it's a couple inches above the feed. It will soak up water for a couple days, so just add a little water as you need to in order to keep the water an inch or so above the feed. Take some apple cider vinegar that has mother in it, I usually use Bragg's, and put a couple glugs of it in. Stir is once a day or so. Then wait a few days. You'll know from the smell when it's ready. It gets soft and smells really good. It doesn't matter if you use it after one day or after two weeks, it doesn't get bad. If you use it before it is all the way fermented, it doesn't hurt anything. When you want to use it, just give it a stir and scoop some out. You can just keep adding feed and water to keep it going. It may take them a day or two to get used to it, but when they do, the birds (at least chickens) love it.
Susan Wakeman wrote:I tried different deep litters in my quail setup and the best was the following:
I had big planters I grew tomatoes in during the summer. In the winter, I'd let them dry out, then sieve out the bits larger than 1 cm or so. This used soil I put in the quail pen. I'd take out the "pooped" soil when it got too full, back into the tomato planters for next year!
Fermenting the feed also helps.
If I get quail again though, I'd make a quail tractor that I can move around the lawn. They eat a lot of grass when they get the chance. I'd make a dry space part of the pen, with deep litter of compost.