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  Topic: Layers pellets
dolmen

Replies: 32
Views: 14236
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Sat Jun 30, 12 4:00 pm   Subject: Layers pellets


I think you'll find it's more likely they're getting lots of slugs & other bugs to keep them going, rather than the green stuff.

We've had to lock our girls up after a bad fox day & yo ...
  Topic: Layers pellets
dolmen

Replies: 32
Views: 14236
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Fri Jun 29, 12 10:16 am   Subject: Layers pellets
I keep my own hens so I know the eggs are the best I can get. I would only be cheating myself by feeding anything less than organic (14.25/20kg) and letting the hens graze all day.
I find that they e ...
  Topic: Wanted: not particularly smart phone.
dolmen

Replies: 4
Views: 2360
PostForum: Trading Post   Posted: Mon Jun 25, 12 6:44 pm   Subject: Wanted: not particularly smart phone.
Your brave HL, my old Nokia is only a phone! and gets funny looks when I park it on the table in front of me when out ... sadly I dropped it and the speaker now sometimes sounds a bit tinny? So of lat ...
  Topic: compost toilet
dolmen

Replies: 7
Views: 2736
PostForum: Make Your Own/DIY   Posted: Fri Jun 22, 12 10:52 am   Subject: compost toilet
Personally unless I wanted a permanent solution, for multiple users I wouldn't go to such elaborate lengths.
A bucket under the seat & a bag of sawdust, plus two or three large plastic drums to d ...
  Topic: Options question on housing for cattle?
dolmen

Replies: 36
Views: 15062
PostForum: Livestock and Pets   Posted: Sun Jun 10, 12 12:27 pm   Subject: Options question on housing for cattle?
Good points about future proofing the system. I don't have anyone following in my footsteps so it will be important to get it right, so that anyone (DW) can work the system without it killing them, or ...
  Topic: Options question on housing for cattle?
dolmen

Replies: 36
Views: 15062
PostForum: Livestock and Pets   Posted: Sun Jun 10, 12 12:20 pm   Subject: Options question on housing for cattle?
I'd like to follow a system were they are on fresh grazing everday, but I've seen my ground so wet that it wouldn't hold me up, so would hate to tramp it as I want a low input system, which in turn me ...
  Topic: Options question on housing for cattle?
dolmen

Replies: 36
Views: 15062
PostForum: Livestock and Pets   Posted: Sun Jun 10, 12 11:20 am   Subject: Options question on housing for cattle?
We keep cows like Rob does. Dexters, out all year, rotated round. Totally grass fed. They come in for 5 days a year, for the TB test, and we keep them in for both tests, then send them out again fo ...
  Topic: Options question on housing for cattle?
dolmen

Replies: 36
Views: 15062
PostForum: Livestock and Pets   Posted: Sun Jun 10, 12 11:11 am   Subject: Options question on housing for cattle?
I'd seen that video before Crofter, I felt the system needed a little tweeking to have it working better ... at the very least a yard to run the cattle into while room for a tractor along the back wou ...
  Topic: Options question on housing for cattle?
dolmen

Replies: 36
Views: 15062
PostForum: Livestock and Pets   Posted: Sat Jun 09, 12 8:50 pm   Subject: Options question on housing for cattle?
Thats ok ... I was hoping to learn from this thread too ... If it comes to pass, I'm only going to get one chance to get it nearly right lol.
I thought there was more folks keeping cattle on this for ...
  Topic: Options question on housing for cattle?
dolmen

Replies: 36
Views: 15062
PostForum: Livestock and Pets   Posted: Sat Jun 09, 12 8:00 pm   Subject: Options question on housing for cattle?
Some questions then

Are you planning to scrape out the dung every day/week; or to deep litter?

What are you thinking in terms of machinery (tractors etc)? They'll need to fit through any door ...
  Topic: Options question on housing for cattle?
dolmen

Replies: 36
Views: 15062
PostForum: Livestock and Pets   Posted: Sat Jun 09, 12 4:41 pm   Subject: Options question on housing for cattle?
I'm sure you've noticed ... no slats! I'd like to work with FYM not slurry ... though I'd thought about slats behind the cattle dropping to a dry manure containment area ... might save on scraping out ...
  Topic: Options question on housing for cattle?
dolmen

Replies: 36
Views: 15062
PostForum: Livestock and Pets   Posted: Sat Jun 09, 12 4:36 pm   Subject: Options question on housing for cattle?
interesting the different opinions, a fault I have is that I kinda live in the past, I see many things that have changed for the worse, even with all the modern slant put on it, thats not to say that ...
  Topic: Options question on housing for cattle?
dolmen

Replies: 36
Views: 15062
PostForum: Livestock and Pets   Posted: Sat Jun 09, 12 10:29 am   Subject: Options question on housing for cattle?
Thanks folks, thats an interesting looking house, I think something less expensive would meet my needs.
I remember a small farm from my childhood, the cows were kept in a byre, perhaps 6 big cows it ...
  Topic: Options question on housing for cattle?
dolmen

Replies: 36
Views: 15062
PostForum: Livestock and Pets   Posted: Fri Jun 08, 12 5:07 pm   Subject: Options question on housing for cattle?
If on the off chance I was ever able to get my hands on a few acres I dream about keeping perhaps 4 suckler cows and rearing their calves to beef ... on a less intensive system ...
how many acres (mi ...
  Topic: Look what Chez did!
dolmen

Replies: 18
Views: 4271
PostForum: IT Matters   Posted: Fri Jun 08, 12 11:21 am   Subject: Look what Chez did!
I like it, a touch of tradition in a modern age ...
 
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