Archive for August, 2016

Timberfeast Local, Woodland Raised Meats


Check out this farm, which I learned about on the Sugarbeet Co-Op Edible Garden Tour:

Timberfeast is the love project of Mark Brady and Katie Kennedy, two young farmers proudly and compassionately raising pastured animals and pesticide-free vegetables in the small town of Chatsworth, Illinois where Mark’s family has been farming for over six generations. We are honored and humbled to co-create with the animals and the Earth to provide the best, most nourishing, nutrient dense food we can for you and your families.

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Rodent issues?


 

Do you have mice in your coop? Those pesky little visitors stop by looking for spilled feed, a dry place to hang out (or even worse, to make a nest – and produce more pesky little visitors).

Many rat and mouse baits are toxic to cats, dogs, and chickens – and all of these animals will happily make a quick snack of a rodent who’s had a bit too much toxin. So what to do?

A few ideas:

  1. Put your feeder at the height of the chickens’ backs. This will prevent them from swishing food onto the ground.
  2. Switch to a pelleted feed to minimize spillage.
  3. Purchase a weight-activated feeder. These feeders will open for chickens — but not for mice, rats, or sparrows!
  4. Try keeping your feeder in the coop all the time – and make sure to close the birds – and their feeder — in at night. Rats and mice are nocturnal (out most often at night), and this will limit their access to prime-time feeding.
  5. Mix hot pepper into your feed. Birds cannot taste capsaicin, the compound that makes peppers “hot,” but mammals sure can! Just be sure you don’t breathe in the pepper dust or touch your eyes while handling the feed.
  6. Build a better (nontoxic) mousetrap. Check out this idea from Backyard Chickens: Drill a hole in the bottom of a soda can. Place can on a dowel rod so that it spins. Drill holes in the top of a 5-gal. bucket so that the dowel rod (with the soda can on it) fits in the holes and spans the diameter of the bucket. Smear peanut butter on the soda can. Place a ramp up to the bucket. The mice will smell the peanut butter, run up the ramp, try to get the peanut butter on the spinning soda can, and fall into the bucket. Dispose of rodents as you see fit!

Silkie roo looking for home


Contact Kathryn Humphreys, kathrynhumphreys4@gmail.com

Archimedes, 5 month old white Silkie rooster, vaccinated, in need of new home. Contact before 8/20/16.