A Keritz

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Hmm, I notice in that picture that the fence it low enough that the chickens could fly out if they really felt threatened by the goats.  Also, looking at the smaller chicken coop and thinking about goats, I'm wondering if I would need to cement it into the ground to keep it from getting knocked over.  Having said that, maybe I could design the coop in such a way that it could also be a goat fun house.
3 months ago
I keep going back and forth on goats for our new place.  It's semi-rural and every now and then a mountain lion comes through and does some damage.  One of the neighbors lost a goat to one a few years ago.  I would only want pygmy goats, and they are obviously more vulnerable.  The chickens will of course be closed up in an enclosure overnight, and I figured the goats would have to go in one overnight as well.  Can I put them in the same enclosure, as long as it's big enough for the goats?  It would be fully enclosed and possibly electrified.
3 months ago
I had thought about letting them outgas, but then I thought it would be a pain to have a container of water and then have to haul it over to the compost piles.  Then I thought... ah ha!  I will take the container to the piles empty and put it on top, then fill it with water.  Let the water sit (24 hours?) and then just turn it over and dump it.

Now, however, I'm wondering about mosquitos.  We are having our worst year ever, I think, with mosquitoes, and that's saying a lot.  I have heard that once the larvae are born that even if you dump the water out they can still keep going in a sort of suspended animation state.

Do you guys think that, due to mosquitoes, leaving this water out even for 24 hours would be a bad idea?
5 months ago
We live in Texas.  It's been pretty dry the last year, until this past month when it's been super wet.  I have two compost piles -- they are made of wooden pallets nailed together.  I rotate between them -- dump stuff in one, trying for a good balance, until it's full, then start on the other one while waiting for the first one to be done.  I don't turn or otherwise touch it while it's sitting -- I am a lazy composter.  

Anyways, the one that was sitting was just sitting for the longest time, not doing anything, but now that we're getting a lot of rain you can see it finally really starting to compost.  So no doubt it was too dry to compost properly.  

In the past, in the summer, I've tried watering the compost piles because I thought they were too dry.  But it didn't seem to help.  My theory is that it's because it's tap water and chlorinated and therefore it kills the little bacteria and whatnot that are doing the composting.  Do you guys think that's right?  Is watering one's compost piles with tap water just pointless?

We have rain water barrels, but not a lot of them, and that's not too useful in Texas where you tend to get a whole lot of rain at once and then not much for months.  We have three barrels and that doesn't hold enough water to save for the compost piles.
5 months ago
I have a 13'2 hh pony that I have trained to drag stuff.  He has a well-fitting harness and full neck collar.  He's actually a great riding pony, too, but we're getting ready to move out to some acreage in the PNW and I'm trying to think about what he could do around the farm, you know so he can earn his keep.  My problem is that most people who use equines for farm work seem to use big draft horses, although there also seems to be a small but significant minority using minis and Shetlands.  My pony is neither of those.  He is medium-sized, stocky and built like a tank -- he has the body of a very small draft horse.  What could I realistically ask him to do?  Pull logs, I guess.  Would he be big enough to haul a manure spreader, assuming I could find a manure spreader designed to be pulled by a smaller equine?  Speaking of which, where do I find equipment that is pony-sized?