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PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:30 am 
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Well developed muscles, sounds delicious ..... :thumb:


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:53 am 
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Some more pics of the new chook pen. Also bought 5 Australorp chicks. I have put them in a little area with a fence that they can get through but the bigger chooks cant. Hopefully it gives them a place to hide while they are still small but allows them out to socialise with the others at their own pace. The 2 small chicks were out yesterday so it seems to be working.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2015 4:03 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2015 10:29 am 
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G'day KK I hope you dug your chicken wire into the ground a couple of feet or else the foxes will get in


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:48 pm 
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I had planned to (and tried to)but the ground was to hard to dig. I have put ringlock fencing flat on the ground around the edges and joined it to the walls. It is one of the things i am worried about.

I had my old chock pen which was just pool fencing sitting on the ground for about 5 years and never had any foxes get in. Probably just put the jinx on myself now!!!! Im hoping if the ground is too hard for me to dig without machinery that it will be to hard for the foxes as well and that the ringlock on the ground will be an extra deterent.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 9:52 pm 
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Well we had our first lamb born in the last couple of days.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 9:06 pm 
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I really really want this one! Now!


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2015 11:12 pm 
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Well we have had 5 lambs now. There was a 5 week gap after the first one for some reason? I'm guessing that maybe it is because it was the Ewes first season but I'm not really sure if that would have an influence or not. There would have been 6 but there was a problem with one of the births and the lamb died half way through. I had to get the lamb out the rest of the way. It was a pretty hard thing to have to do but at least the ewe has survived. Of the 5 lambs there are 3 girls and 2 boys.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 12:59 pm 
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Make that 6 lambs! I found the last ewe this morning on her side and I thought she was dead. I went to check on her and there was another still born lamb that I removed and got her back on her feet and she then gave birth to a second lamb without any problems. I'm keeping an eye on her today to make sure mum is going to be ok.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2015 11:50 pm 
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Sounds really good what you got planned, we went for damara sheep (maybe a bit dorper in them)as these are the only ones we are allowed to have in our area.

Your plan with the 3 meals is the same here, we can choose from barramundi, quail, chicken, sheep (by accident) and hopefully in 10 to 12 months the first grown lambs. Especially the barramundi out of the aquaponics are giving plenty, 5 meals from the last fish, weight in at 2.5kg fillets.

I would like to have the trouble of digging into clay rich ground, here it's just red dust and coffee rock.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 3:36 pm 
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Well the plan is sort of coming along. The lamb part is working. We ended up with 5 lambs the 6th one went missing so we are guessing a fox got it. I have got a fox trap out now trying to get it.

We got 3 girls and 2 boys so the boys will go into the freezer and the girls will stay to add to our flock.

The fish side had a set back as I bought some trout at the start of winter and they must have had a problem as they died and also my silver perch as well so I had to start again!! I have now got a separate tank set up as a quarantine tank. There are no small mistakes when it comes to aquaponics that's for sure!! :bash:

The chicken plan has not really come together either. None of the girls have gone broody so far. We are getting 1 egg a day from them which is good but I really want them to breed as well so I can get some meat birds. I have just bought 30 more chicks so I can increase the number of girls from 3 to about 10. The rest of the 30 I will probably butcher up and put in the freezer.

I have also started a dirt veggie patch as well so that's another project on the go. Just got the seeds started now so we should see how it goes. I have never been much of a gardener so I'm sure there will be some lessons as I go here as well.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2016 12:02 am 
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Hi everyone. Merry Christmas.

Its been a while since I did an update so I thought I would do a quick post. The new chicks are doing very well. I have put them in with the older chickens now and they are mixing well. I have started letting them out during the day now so they are getting out and about. Its nice to see 35 or so chickens running around!!

The lambs are looking very nice. Its time though for the first lamb to get butchered up for the freezer. Its a bit of a strange feeling. Exited about the fact that we will have the first meat from our little farm but a bit nervous about doing it for the first time!!

I have also been experimenting with compost tea on the lawn and fruit trees. It will be interesting to see how that goes over the medium to longer term. I'm going to give it a go in the paddock over autumn / winter / spring in a selected area and see if there is a noticeable difference between areas.

I'm away at work at the moment so ill have to try and remember to add some photos when I get home in a few weeks.


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