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I use all forms of composting, open bins, closed bins, tumblers, pits, trenches, piles, rows. I prefer piles, trenches, and rows, depending on the need. Here is site from the U of ILL, Composting Methods
If I had ducks and chickens, I would put them in a yard and put compost over the yard. They spread the kitchen waste, manure, and yard waste. You do nothing but gather it and pour in where you want it. The poultry does the rest.
Daniel, I love the rustic "homemade" look of your duck pen. And to think you will be relocating it. That takes a lot of work.
Daniel, can your ducks fly? If so, how high & how far? Those questions popped into my head when I looked at their new home.
I also wondered how they could stick their bills into the soil this late in the year, when the soil is frozen. I keep forgetting that in the winter, you have much warmer temperatures than I do despite being quite a bit further north than me.
In the summer, I have much warmer temperatures than you.
Longer days is nice, but the days are also getting colder. It was 5F (-15C) this morning.
I don't think I'll order any seeds this year. My freezer has all the seeds I plan on planting this year.
Never hunted in my life. About blew my shoulder off as a kid trying my uncle's shotgun. That was enough to cure me. Oh, I had target shoot in ROTC at IU. No. I'm with you, Daniel. I hunt only mushrooms and golf balls.
Yes, instead of thinking "winter begins today", I say "the days will be getting longer" (and Spring is on the way!). Happy Solstice.
OOPPSS Sorry, I told you already about my flight.
Craig is a computer engineer with Panasonic, working on the new development taking place in Denver.
DOE partners with Xcel, Panasonic, to test smart city ideas in Denver.
Daniel, your murder most fowl tells a dreadful tale of murder by tooth, fang, claw, beak, and duck's feet! Hopefully, a good detective will get on the job and identify the culprit.
Laura had a favorite goose who followed her everywhere and would not let other animals near her. He honked me away from her on one occasion. Laura watched in terror as a coyote came into the yard, grabbed the goose by the neck and killed him instantly. The coyote dragged Mr. Gander off with Laura trying frantically to free her friend.
We, too, have come to the conclusion that the only protection that cuts down the deaths are good fences. The way I can enjoy the wildlife is to build good fences. We have hawks and owls that take on chickens as well.
"Good fences make good neighbors."
~ Robert Frost.
Oh! I know! I got out my favorite seed catalog and filled it out yesterday but haven't sent it in yet. I will take it with me to Denver and think some more about what I want to do in the greenhouse and garden next spring.
I fly out for Denver on Saturday, Dec. 23. Will return to Newport sometime in the spring.
Randy, you reminded me of dear hunting. When I was young, I wanted to fill my freezer with dear meat, so I went hunting for a day, three years in a row. Never got one, so I gave up.
Has anyone else tried or been successful getting food that way?
What's the name of that murder mystery--10 Little Indians? Now chickens. On "the farm", it was both a fox and a red tailed hawk that did damage. We are done with chickens for the time being. Aldi eggs just aren't the same.
To answer your "Preserve" question, Daniel; funny you should ask. I flushed out 3 white-tail deer while in the woods. It was fun watching them "high-tail" it out across the field. I seldom see other animals in there except for squirrels.
Daniel - murder most fowl wins the internet for the day!
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