Category: Country Living

Online and Offline Predators

by Robert

I logged into the blog the other day and was informed by the blog software that I had a quarter of a million comments awaiting moderation! Of course, none of these comments seemed to have anything to do with my blog. I was just being victimized by on… more »

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Pre-Season Work

by Robert

We're gearing up for a busy year in 2013 and are catching up with repairs and upgrades before the busy season starts, with contractors doing the difficult parts. The upper part of the barn roof has been redone. In the Seventies, corrugated roofing h… more »

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Every Farmer Needs a ... Used iPad?

by Robert

My old first-generation iPad has mysteriously become the property of my son Karl, so I took a look at the price of a new one. Yikes! On the other hand, used, first-generation iPads have fallen to around $300, or about one-third the price of a new one… more »

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Read my November Newsletter

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My November poultry newsletter tells you how to sell eggs to grocery stores, how to keep mud at bay during the wet season, and more! more »

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Comment from: the yakima kid [Member] Email
How did the California Grays and Barred Rocks from Privett work out as far as productivity and profitability? What do you think of Black Sex Links vs. Red Sex Links? We've been happy with our backyard home flock of Black Stars and utility Barred Rocks, but wonder if we could squeeze out a little more efficiency. Also - does adding a grain hopper make an economic difference if you are using 16% feed? Locally 20% is found only in broiler raiser or Purina Flock Raiser or in very expensive organic laying chow.
12/12/11 @ 02:16

Google: Are the Smart People Leaving?

by Robert

There's a stage in every company's development when the smart people leave and the company runs on autopilot from then on, in a zombie-like half-life. It happened to Hewlett-Packard when Dr. Hewlett and Dr. Packard passed on; it happened to Apple when S… more »

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See my New Autism and Diabetes Blog

by Robert

My 17-year-old autistic son Karl was hospitalized with Type 1 diabetes in July, and I've started a blog about what we're doing about it. Karen and I are both engineers and are relentless about doing our research, so this ought to be worth following i… more »

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Get Your Hens Ready for Winter

by Robert

Winter is right around the corner, and what does this mean for your chickens? For me, in the mild Pacific Nortwest climate, only 40 miles from the ocean, winter is not that big a deal, all things considered. The waterers freeze sometimes, and we get… more »

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Feeding Scraps to Chickens

by Robert

It's harvest season, so gardeners have more produce and garden waste than they know what to do with. A few neighbors see my flock of chickens as a handy way to ensure that nothing goes to waste, without having to actually eat over-ripe or oversized prod… more »

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Why Chicken Feed?

by Robert

People often ask me if chickens on free range need to be fed, or can they get what they need by foraging? And if they do need feeding, what kind of feed to they need? Just grain, or what? In the old days, when people in town threw their garbage into… more »

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Comment from: rancholiebe [Member] Email
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We have 10 Buff Orpington hens that are about a year and a half old. Last year they were GREAT layers and we got tons of eggs - high point was 9 in one day. Earlier this year we were doing "ok" - maybe 4 a day but now we're at best 2 a day. The hens molted and I expected the production to go back up. They get a good layer feed and scratch. I'm lost!!! Oh - we live in Central Texas and it was REALLY HOT this year and dry but it's cooled off some - highs of upper 80s and lows in the 50s and 60s.
10/17/11 @ 07:19

Finally Back in Print! Gardening Without Work by Ruth Stout

by Robert

After many years out of print, I'm proud to reissue Ruth Stout's organic gardening classic: Gardening Without Work: For the Aging, the Busy, and the Indolent." I've been a fan of Ruth's since I was ten years old, when her column was the first thing I… more »

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