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Old 01-14-2008, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Gary, WV & Springfield, ME
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You just gave me an idea I should have come up with on my own.

Forest, I have a mission for you, should you decide to accept it.

Can you design a chicken tractor that one woman who walks with a cane can move on her own?
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Old 01-14-2008, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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You just gave me an idea I should have come up with on my own.

Forest, I have a mission for you, should you decide to accept it.

Can you design a chicken tractor that one woman who walks with a cane can move on her own?
We have problems with ruts and old tree stumps, the ground is rugged and not flat/level. So it must be lifted up and carried, to be moved.

I have seen them designed with wheels so one end could be lifted and carted into it's next position. But that would only work on flat/level packed soil.

Try this: six panels [eight foot by four foot PVC rectangle strung with chicken wire, each panel might weigh 5 to 10 pounds], four of them stood up to form a corral, two on top as a roof, all panels connected together with twine.

Just let the chickens out, and cut loose all twine, it will collapse, and then you move each panel individually.

Set them up in the new location, leaving one corner open. Shake a pail with a 1/4 cup of feed in it, as you walk a circle around the pen, then dump it in through the roof. The chickens will be following you around the pen, and will all go inside when you dump their feed inside.

Would that work for you?
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Old 01-14-2008, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Gary, WV & Springfield, ME
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Sounds workable to a degree, but I have trouble bending over. Well, I can bend over, it's getting back upright that I would have trouble with. I'll keep thinking along those lines. And you're right, the stumps and saplings and such would be a problem for maneuvering it.

Thank you.
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Old 01-14-2008, 09:00 PM
 
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Yet another thing I've never seen in the wilds of nature! I can imagine pulling an apple straight off the tree, brushing it off with my shirt and taking a big bite, juice splattering all over my chin and cheeks! MMMmmmm!!!
apple picking is quite the event and adventure in the fall, the orchards open up to the public and you wander about in the orchard picking your own off the apple trees of your choice.

many orchards offer horse drawn wagons to bring folks from the parking lot to the orchards...kids love this,,and most kids love the apple picking.....

strawberry picking seems to be growing in popularity also,same idea,,take your containers and go picking strawberries, out in the strawberry fields
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Old 01-14-2008, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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... Thank you.
You are welcome, sweet heart.
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Old 04-24-2011, 12:42 AM
 
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I am awaiting shipment of my apple trees this May! I ordered 6 Honeycrisp (my absolute favorite variety) and for cross-pollination, 1 Macoun and 1 Crimson Crisp (the latter is scab-resistant). I ordered them on a semi-dwarf rootstock.
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Old 04-24-2011, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I am awaiting shipment of my apple trees this May! I ordered 6 Honeycrisp (my absolute favorite variety) and for cross-pollination, 1 Macoun and 1 Crimson Crisp (the latter is scab-resistant). I ordered them on a semi-dwarf rootstock.
Sounds great !
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Old 04-24-2011, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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I am awaiting shipment of my apple trees this May! I ordered 6 Honeycrisp (my absolute favorite variety) and for cross-pollination, 1 Macoun and 1 Crimson Crisp (the latter is scab-resistant). I ordered them on a semi-dwarf rootstock.
Last year I purchased 11 trees of various varieties on the Russian Antonovka semi-standard rootstock (for its ability to withstand heavy clay soil).

Unfortunately, the deer have been at all but one of them. I don't know if they are going to survive, I should have fenced them...hindsight is...
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Old 04-24-2011, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Last year I purchased 11 trees of various varieties on the Russian Antonovka semi-standard rootstock (for its ability to withstand heavy clay soil).

Unfortunately, the deer have been at all but one of them. I don't know if they are going to survive, I should have fenced them...hindsight is...
I hope they survive.
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Old 04-24-2011, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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I hope they survive.
I checked them today, the unmunched Wealthy looks like buds are starting to form and perhaps some of the others as well. Time will tell.

Right now they're just heeled-in, I need to build the raised beds and transplant them. I ran out of money for that last year but a number of trees blew down recently so I'm going to cut them up and use them instead of buying lumber.

I had hoped to be able to buy more trees this year, but certain events have transpired which prevented it.
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