leila hamaya wrote:i have been selling on ebay for a while now, off and on for some years. lately they have changed their policies in some ways i dont like, but i still keep at it.
it goes in waves how well i do, some months great (but still thats like relative so say 100 - 200$) and other months nothing.
here's some of my stuff currently, if anyone is curious ---> lani hamaya on ebay
when i first started selling on ebay many years ago it was more expensive to list. you had to pay for listing things, even if they didnt sell. then the final selling fees were much lower. i had some cool stuff but i would just get lost in the huge amount of stuff on there...and definitely didnt like paying for listing fees when stuff wasnt selling...
the way it is now anyone can list up to 50 things for free on ebay every month, i almost feel like everyone should list 50 things for free on there every month...after you get it set up and going you can just keep relisting things and have it run in the background of your life till you get sales.
i like it anyway...i have been doing a little better on ebay than on Etsy.com...but Etsy.com is better for larger more expensive pieces i think...
Andrew Mayflower wrote:I've read quite a bit about why not to mix chickens and turkeys, mostly due to disease risks. I tried to keep them apart, but the turkeys kept breaking into the chicken area. So I gave up and just mixed them. That said I haven't seen any evidence of disease from mixing the nuggets (broilers) and Dollys (broad breasted turkeys).
Amanda Pennington wrote:We’re getting ready to get some more chickens and there’s hatcheries online, but not sure which one to use. We got chickens at tsc last year but they won’t have chicks for a while I don’t think.
Eliot Mason wrote:There is interesting variation here ... my thoughts are that fermentation times will vary with the feed and temperatures. We've found that 24 hour fermentation with our particular mix (Flax, Peas, Oats, Barley) seems best - as determined by the hogs! Some experimentation with times and feeding behavior showed that 24 hours pretty much drove the pigs crazy for the food. The other issue is probably # of feeds per day ... we're doing 2.5 feeds a day for 5 hogs and a partially filled 5 gallon pail is sufficient. I'd think for 14 hogs, you could get by with 3 buckets. Then its a question of moving buckets vs engineering a solution...
Also, we've noticed the hogs do significantly better on this fermented mix than on "feed".
Matt van Ankum wrote: I've been soaking whole grains for maybe 5 years, I like corn and barley and wheat, I also think that peas would be really easy to do , but I do not have a lot of experience with them. Right now I am feeding soaked wheat to a group of 40 - 50 Berkshire's and I like the results.... the wheat ( SRW ) I can grow and store in a bin without drying costs associated with corn. My set up is fairly simple with a 10 tonne bin and a flex auger going up into the barn where I have 3 big freezers . With warm temps in the summer time my soak is between 36 hours and 3-4 days, I rotate through the freezers , it's some shoveling and paling to get it out and right now I might feed 8 pails a day.
In the winter I keep the mix from freezing by using water pipe freeze prevention wrap immersed in 3-4" of cement mix at the bottom of the freezer.
If you could soak the feed in a container with a straight auger underneath it and then deliver it straight to the pigs that would work.... but the whole grains might bung up on top of the auger and you have to figure out how to water proof it, but it would be good as the feed on the bottom would be soaked for the longest as you add more feed to the top.... I envision a hopper style container for the feed soaker.
I am not getting the gains on my pigs like I would by using conventional pig feed , but my costs are low and it suits my marketing.
If you come up with an idea for the hopper I would love to see it!
Kally Goschke wrote:I knew that soaking grains at least 12 hours increases nutrient availability for mammals so I soaked my pigs ground feed and even tried rolled barley.
I noticed the oddest thing. It took me quite a few months to figure out the correlation but when one of the pigs got soaked grain she would start circling! I figured out that in the end it must have caused her some inflammation or swelling in her feet or hooves. It took me a long time to figure out this correlation as it is so odd. I believe it caused her pain. At first I thought it neurological.
I was in subtropics on catchment water and she was a feral pig. May have something to do with it. I think it was mycotoxins or fungal growth. Odd but exact and immediate consistent correlation.
I had to stop soaking the grains. I tried many.
Anyone ever seen this?