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Re: "help out"...
« Reply #75 on: September 26, 2017, 04:35:11 PM »
god knows empathy is the foundation for all social species, according to Peter Kropotkin's research.
Most species [excepting a few like cats, bears and other loners] are genetically / evolutionarily based on the basic principle that individuals working together can overcome the interests of loners. This applies to packs, groups, herds and hives. We, as humans, function as part of a group [often referred to as clans]. Evolutionarily speaking, we have evolved [psychologically as well as physically] to support one another. We feel a strong urge toward what's fair because of this.

This conditioning / genetics / psychology extends to other species as well. That's why we see a lamb, for instance, and think it's cute rather than see it as easy prey / dinner... [one of the foundational arguments vegetarians bring forth]. Similarly, according to Kropotkin's research, ants of different colonies will offer up food to ants of other colonies if they are hungry.

That a goat should help out someone in trouble / need is in line with such research.
[Of course, the popular / politically correct take on things is that it's a dog-eat-dog world and that everybody's supposedly only out for their own gain and advantage. The actual science [/ research] concerning such matters, however, shows a very different picture.]
And in line with "helping others" is the email I had re-posted on this PXTH some months ago about how honeybees in this beekeeper's property opened up their hives to hornets and/or other insects during a particularly horrific storm, but then ushered them back out of the hive when the worst was over.  It makes sense when you remember what the honeybees have told Jacqueline Freeman, which she recounted in her Song of Increase, and that is the honeybees are here to help humans evolve a bit to become a better species.

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Re: Chickens
« Reply #76 on: December 10, 2017, 11:01:53 AM »
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i love chickens ánd goats because they're so stupid..

An incident:  I was in Fiji visiting a rural family, sitting outside.  Chickens milling around and pecking at an overturned half coconut shell (outside side up, this way: ^).  A Myrna bird swooped down and deftly flicked the coconut shell over (this way: v), exposing the inside side where the white lining would be.  The chickens then came running to it, but it was empty.

Another case that I read about while I was in Fiji:  One family's goat joined in the neighborhood soccer game, butting the ball around.
A couple of years ago hubby was working on a fence line, and would periodically move his "stuff" which was a box full of his tools, gloves, water bottle, etc. 

Well, one of the times he picked up and moved everything some yards down the line to the next fence post,  he had unknowingly left the gloves.   A minute or so later, one of our free-range goats, Vinnie, walked up to hubby with the gloves in his mouth, and he dropped them at hubby's feet.

That's so cool!
I love these stories.

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Re: Chickens
« Reply #77 on: December 10, 2017, 11:04:52 AM »
Just a short little video, additional links, next post. Hope it helps someone:
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Four stunts to keep your chickens out of the mouths of predators. Plus, I list many of the possible predators (including sasquatches). Then it’s off to gaining several days of grazing land in just 30 minutes. (RESOURCES IN DESCRIPTION):
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Re: Chickens
« Reply #78 on: December 10, 2017, 11:10:19 AM »
Yowbarb Note -
This is the person who put up the video, previous post. Here is more info about chickens, farming in general:
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Re: Chickens
« Reply #79 on: December 10, 2017, 05:10:55 PM »
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I list many of the possible predators (including sasquatches)

We were detoured more deeply than usual into a canyon in Amish country recently, due to a bridge being out, and came upon an unusual sight: a whole line of police patrol cars along the road, and a sign posted at the end of the road warning people to be on the alert for Sasquatches.  Am not sure whether the latter was a joke, and perhaps the two incidents were unrelated, but we encountered them simultaneously which at least made it appear to be a single event unfolding.  One almost never encounters even a lone police car in Amish country (let alone several), as the crime rate is very low due in part to remote location and to the farms often being contiguous, unbroken extended family settlements.  As our own home is less remotely located, I would not expect them to appear in the woods around here and present a threat to the poultry. :)

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Re: Chickens
« Reply #80 on: December 10, 2017, 07:18:46 PM »
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Re: Chickens
« Reply #81 on: December 11, 2017, 09:03:45 AM »
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I list many of the possible predators (including sasquatches)

We were detoured more deeply than usual into a canyon in Amish country recently, due to a bridge being out, and came upon an unusual sight: a whole line of police patrol cars along the road, and a sign posted at the end of the road warning people to be on the alert for Sasquatches.  Am not sure whether the latter was a joke, and perhaps the two incidents were unrelated, but we encountered them simultaneously which at least made it appear to be a single event unfolding.  One almost never encounters even a lone police car in Amish country (let alone several), as the crime rate is very low due in part to remote location and to the farms often being contiguous, unbroken extended family settlements.  As our own home is less remotely located, I would not expect them to appear in the woods around here and present a threat to the poultry. :)


When we get chickens again next year, if Sasquatch gets one or two, I certainly hope to catch the event on a wildlife cam!

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Re: Chickens
« Reply #82 on: December 11, 2017, 09:27:05 AM »
That would make a priceless post on TH!  :D

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Re: Chickens
« Reply #83 on: December 13, 2017, 01:44:38 AM »
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I list many of the possible predators (including sasquatches)

We were detoured more deeply than usual into a canyon in Amish country recently, due to a bridge being out, and came upon an unusual sight: a whole line of police patrol cars along the road, and a sign posted at the end of the road warning people to be on the alert for Sasquatches.  Am not sure whether the latter was a joke, and perhaps the two incidents were unrelated, but we encountered them simultaneously which at least made it appear to be a single event unfolding.  One almost never encounters even a lone police car in Amish country (let alone several), as the crime rate is very low due in part to remote location and to the farms often being contiguous, unbroken extended family settlements.  As our own home is less remotely located, I would not expect them to appear in the woods around here and present a threat to the poultry. :)


When we get chickens again next year, if Sasquatch gets one or two, I certainly hope to catch the event on a wildlife cam!

Yeah! Seems like they should be caught on those cams. :)

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Re: Chickens
« Reply #84 on: December 13, 2017, 01:46:50 AM »
BTW...on another new topic we could compare ideas on Big Foot.
If I get started, I will forget this is a chickens Topic.
I think a big foot was circling around my trailer in the dead of night, in the woods of WA state.
Whatever it was sounded bipedal.

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Whatever it was I am glad we had our dog, "Jaws" to protect us.

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Re: Chickens
« Reply #85 on: December 13, 2017, 04:05:28 AM »
Is Jaws kept indoors or outdoors at night?

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Re: Chickens
« Reply #86 on: December 13, 2017, 10:29:58 AM »
BTW...on another new topic we could compare ideas on Big Foot.
If I get started, I will forget this is a chickens Topic.
I think a big foot was circling around my trailer in the dead of night, in the woods of WA state.
Whatever it was sounded bipedal.

 ;D

Whatever it was I am glad we had our dog, "Jaws" to protect us.
Did you search for footprints the next AM?

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Re: Chickens
« Reply #87 on: December 14, 2017, 03:34:17 PM »
BTW...on another new topic we could compare ideas on Big Foot.
If I get started, I will forget this is a chickens Topic.
I think a big foot was circling around my trailer in the dead of night, in the woods of WA state.
Whatever it was sounded bipedal.

 ;D

Whatever it was I am glad we had our dog, "Jaws" to protect us.
Did you search for footprints the next AM?

I didn't even think about it, partly because it was in a rain forest type area, gravel road under our little trailer.

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Re: Chickens
« Reply #88 on: December 28, 2017, 05:50:54 PM »
A little tidbit from an article (already posted in Coconut Oil Topic.)
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https://draxe.com/coconut-oil-uses/

15.  Prolong the Freshness of Eggs – You can use coconut oil to seal the pores in an egg shell and prolong the life of the eggs in your refrigerator. Try swiping a small amount of oil over the shells of the eggs and leaving it to penetrate, which will help prevent exposure to oxygen. This method should extend the life of your eggs for 1-2 weeks

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Re: Chickens : Eggs
« Reply #89 on: May 02, 2018, 05:01:20 PM »
Posting a photo of some of the eggs we've gathered this week.  The brown ones are from Northern heritage breed hens (Silver Lace Wyandotte, Rhode Island Red, Plymouth Barred Rock) plus a few hybrids, and the white eggs are from the ducks.

If nest boxes are kept well-stuffed with fresh bedding, there won't be as much of a need to clean the eggs, as cleaning removes the protective shiny cuticle that hens place on the outside of the shells.  However, it's not a difficult task to keep a colander near the sink for eggs awaiting a wash.  I like to scrub mine a bit with a brush and then dip them in leftover dish water once the dishes are done, so eggs are the last things to be dipped.  Since I pre-rinse dishes before washing them, the water remains clean enough to use again, and the few drops of added alcohol help to sanitize everything, including eggs that may have been collected with dirt on them.  Once rinsed, they're clean enough to place on the dish drain rack to dry before being sent the fridge.

We use a rotation system to ensure freshness:  newest eggs that are washed go into a box that holds 2 dozen eggs; eggs that are a few days older go into another box of 24 on top of that one, and eggs that are the oldest go into the bowl to be used first.  During the warm season when hens are laying most heavily, I may periodically scramble a batch of eggs for them in lieu of their mash to keep the rotation system moving, and to supplement their diet.  We don't sell our produce, but do give it away from time to time. 
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