Monthly Archives: July 2016

Update on Chicken Tractor Build

We squeezed about 20 mins of actual work on the chicken tractor. We got the wheels on and the support for the build in chicken coop. It is actually moveable by one person now.

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Chicken Tractor Build

I’m building a chicken tractor out of and old swing set. We got the base on it before the Heat got to use. Yes were wimps. When it gets to temperature gets above 90F we call it quits for the day.

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Building this for Janie. We’ll get all the bugs work out of the setup and maybe I’ll put one in at my place. But in any event, I get a little more experience working with wood. I am seeing big improvements, but I’m not going to be building pretty looking cabinets anytime soon

Had and issue

Seem my internet provider for my wedsite made some change to the login proceeder. It took me a bit to find out what was going on so I could get back into my acct.

It took me a bit to find out what was going on so I could get back into my acct.

Anyhow a bit, of and update on what’s going on.

Lost a breeding male rabbit to the heat. That suck bad.

Last week quail hatch was 1 bird. Of, course it didn’t make it.

Last week I bottle 6 plain and 6 cherry flavor bottles of Kombucha.

Last week I built a new Aquarium stand for a 75-gallon Aquarium that is attached to my 175 gallon Aquaponics system. I’m also reworking all the plumbing on that system. This systems pump is getting old and needs to be rebuilt or replaced. Leaning towards doing both to have a backup pump again.

This week I have had 3 quail hatch out and 2 made it so far. I’m having issues with the heat and baby birds not eating. I’m also working on getting the hatch rate up. Trying to collect the eggs before the heat of the day gets to them.

Also this week I’m working on building a chicken tractor out of an old swing set. Pictures will be coming on that one.

I have a few other things on the list. We will see how that works out.

 

Be safe people

Richard

First Batch of Quail

Well, that didn’t go well. Had 3 birds hatch out and none of them made past the first week.Quail71316

All three of them had digestive track issues. Hope to have better luck this week.

 

Be safe

Richard

Making Kombucha

Here is my Kombucha Making and Bottling System

Kombucha

Kombucha is really easy to make. You can make it for Pennies a bottle.

You can adjust the flavors to suit your taste. This is the Crock that I make mine in. I also bottle my Kombucha from the same vessel.

 

Be safe people

Richard

3 New Baby Quail

Didn’t think I’d have a very good hatch rate. But that ok. I’ll keep hatching them till I get the number of bird that I want.

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I’m putting 20 eggs a week in the incubator. Most of my birds are getting very old. Time for some new ones to replace the old ones.

 

Be safe people.

Richard

Filter Check on – 20-gallon Aquaponics System

Published on Jul 7, 2016

 

Well, I couldn’t stand it I had to check the canister filter on my 20-gallon aquaponics system. I added 4 biofilters and four new filters to catch fine particles It would have been five but I wanted the charcoal bag in there too. I have a canister filter for a 200-gallon aquarium on a 20-gallon aquaponics system. Yeah, I won’t need to mess with this until next year even if then because the water is going through a 20-gallon flood and drain grow bed too with just 11 Guppies in the tank. This setup should be able to handle about 2 pounds of fish with the filtration I have no. I have less than an ounce of fishes at the moment.

Curing your own bacon

Learning how to cure meat is and very old school thing to know.

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I started with bacon. OMG, the taste is amazing. It also extends shelf life

Pork belly

1 part course sea salt by weight

1 part sugar by weight

Pat meat down on all side. Place on a cookie cooling rack and place in fridge with a pan or cookie sheet to catch any liquid the will come off the bacon. every day remove any liquid that ends up in the pan. Check to make sure it is still coated with your rub. You need to flip it every day to ensure and even cure of the bacon. When the bacon is stiff and no more liquid is coming off the bacon it is done. The best way to tell is to weigh you pork belly before you start and when it is finished. It should weight 18 to 25% less. This normally takes 4 to 7 days, From what I have researched up north they rinse off sugar and salt pat it down with cracked pepper, Most people would cold smoke it, some didn’t. In southern climates, everyone seemed cold smoke the bacon then they would hang it up in the kitchen.

There are many other ways to cure bacon. My choice of this method was because it was the simplest and least time-consuming one I could find.

Yea about the hang up in the kitchen thing… I know it will work but, I have plenty of room in the fridge. Besides, my house is a bit on the humid side, because of my aquaponics systems in the house.

Be safe people

Richard

 

Mostly home grown BLT Sandwich

Well, this sandwich has a story. I grew the lettuce, I cure the bacon, (I know the bacon looks burnt, but it really isn’t. It looks darker than it really was in the picture.) I picked the tomato from Janie’s Garden. (I did help her build the boxes for her numerous raised bed gardens.) The two Quail eggs on top are from my birds. To top it all off a Bottle of Homebrewed Blueberry Kombucha.

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Continous Incubation of Quail

I have a friend that hatches, out 20 quail eggs a week. My set up is a little bit different than his. But I’m going to give it a try. I put 20 quail eggs down last Sunday along with 3 chicken eggs. Today I added 20 more eggs. Next Sunday I’ll put 20 more in and pull 20 eggs off of the egg turner and hopefully they hatch out in a few days after that.

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Be Safe People….

Richard