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    Simply Sheep

    Got sheep again, so thought I'd start a thread for sheep...we don't have many on here and none that are new. I got a few Katahdin ewes, one 7 yrs and the other 3 yrs. Will be getting a ram lamb from Farmfresh, which a good friend will be transporting for me. He will arrive mid August and I...
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    Happy Mother's Day!

    WV says "you're welcome!" for being the origin of the annual celebration of Mother's Day. ;)
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    Wattle fencing

    After pricing fencing for the sheep paddocks I intend to develop, I am exploring cheaper options that I can do here at home. I'd likely use T posts for my actual fence support but am contemplating making wattle fence panels. Here's a tutorial on it and I'll do further searches for vids on the...
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    Making Cheese

    Here's a great little vid on how to make cheese from sheep's milk...
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    DIY interlocking, portable gun bench

    Going to definitely make one of these this spring!
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    Good deals, good sales, good scores!

    We have a did you get it FREE thread, but couldn't find one about getting good deals at sales, Craig's List, or such, so thought I'd create one. Got any good deals lately? Was tickled to find this yesterday.... Usually retails for $249-$ it for $20, along with the battery...
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    Deep Litter

    The topic comes up on occasion, so thought it would be nice to have a thread on it. Post pics, vids, articles and whatever comes to mind about how you cultivate or manage your deep litter. When most folks talk about deep litter it's often describing using a deep thickness of whatever bedding...
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    Egg and meat production in poultry

    Thought I'd start a thread about goals for a homestead least, my goals, and I assume the goals for many who are trying to produce food on the homestead. Chickens are a big part of that here, as they are our only livestock right now. Last year I didn't keep track of egg numbers...
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    All Cooped Up~the coop and run thread

    Thought it would be nice to have a place to talk about our setups, our seasonal changes, post pics and plans for coops, for the never ending coop tweaks, etc. I have a hoop coop, so each year I do the biannual changing of the tarps, from shade to sun and back again. I also take the feed...
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    Deer Processing Tips to yield good venison.

    Every year we run into the same information on the net at hunting season and it's usually the most misleading information available for insuring good flavor and meat integrity for the venison harvest. Hanging deer for a week or more to "age" it Soaking the meat in brine water over night to...
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    Butchering Chickens~all aspects.

    Thought we should have a thread on butchering poultry so we can discuss different methods, how and when we do it, and how we process the meat for eating thereafter. Today I'm deboning the first batch of stewing hens that I butchered on Monday. The meat will be cut into bite sized pieces and...
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    Free Stickers(wood) from Lowe's

    I've searched and searched the web but cannot find a single reference to things made from the free "stickers" at Lowe's. I don't know if y'all know about such things or not, as they are a recent discovery of my own here in the past few years, but you can get free wood from Lowe's! These are...
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    Stink Bugs EVERYWHERE!!!!

    Suddenly, we've got a million stinkbugs on all the window screens, flying through the air and landing in my hair, in every crevasse and log and window sill. That's been happening for the past few years at this time of year. It used to be the Asian beetles(mock lady bugs) but I haven't seen...
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    What happens to layers when they stop laying~WARNING: GRAPHIC PICS

    I always discourage newbies to chickens from getting the production layer birds. Unless someone is experienced in poultry and practice regular culling of spent layers, they are a poor, poor choice, particularly if someone is wanting to have pet chickens. I know the high production is...
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    Can't quote posts on these forums anymore...why?

    Sumi, for some strange reason, and I haven't changed anything on my computer or anything, but I can't quote posts on these string of forums anymore....neither here nor on TEG. Any suggestions?
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    Collecting seeds for the future

    I know there are ways to collect just about any seed one wants to save and sow later on, so I thought we needed a thread on it. It sometimes is not as simple as just saving what you think is a seed pod or a fruit and taking the seeds from it...some need to be fermented before planting, when...
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    Rooster behavior modification

    Here's something that works and works well for your human aggressive rooster if you follow through and do it with attitude. I work more in a preventative manner with cockerels I raise but many don't have a clue about that or they receive roosters from elsewhere that are already set in their...
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    Livestock Guardian Dogs

    As many of us have such breeds or are contemplating them for future homesteading needs, I thought it would be nice to have a thread dedicated to them and folks who have them or breed them can contribute and teach us things. Here's one of the best vids I've seen lately on LGDs...just a simple...
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    Happy Independence Day, Americans!!!

    Hope you all have a safe day as you celebrate the independence of our country. I thank God for having been born here! :woot