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Old 09-28-2014, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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I've seen some turkeys in the woods here that are so big they look domesticated!
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Old 09-29-2014, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Every morning we open the chicken coop and let the chickens run loose all day. In the evening, they all go back inside to feed and water and roost, to lay their eggs. The turkeys often wander through and often a couple of them will go in the coop and eat out of the feeder. All I would really have too do is close the door, trapping a couple inside. They are so used to people that you. an walk up to about 15 feet from them before they start milling. They're pretty tame. I imagine they are eating from neighbors chicken yards also. They kind of make the rounds up and down the river and several of us have chickens or other livestock.

Rez, do you suppose the same deal is happening? Neighbors feeding those turkeys? The ones that wander through here are considerably fatter than Tue ones I see in the woods on the way to town.
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Old 09-29-2014, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Probably not, since almost no one around here feeds poultry at all -- they're pretty much on their own. The only guy I know who actually feeds his, he has his own turkeys so maybe they mix with those. But mostly I see these big dudes down by the river, a couple miles off. The deer down there are so fat they can't waddle, so I'd guess there's more'n plenty to eat even if no one feeds 'em.
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Old 09-30-2014, 12:23 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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So I went to get the new toy some tires (Whalen Tire almost matched Costco's price, and was less trouble) and when when I got back, we went mudding.....

Since there's not enough room to turn around in the yard I had to go swing around out in the pasture to get the trailer pointed the right way... HOLY BLEEP IT'S STILL SOFT OUT HERE! slip and slide and don't dare slow down and almost slide into the gate on the way back out, but GOOOOOOD TRUCK! dually's damnear as good as a 4x4 in that mud!

BUT THAT'S ENOUGH EXCITEMENT FOR TODAY!!!!!!!

(And clearly I need to replace the busted mudflap. Had to shovel mud off one side of the trailer.)
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Old 09-30-2014, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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I like getting a little moisture in the fall, but GEEEZE!

Trying to put a new deck on the folk's place, wading in ankle deep mud, there is a real slope away from the house and everytime you tried to walk around you would slide down the hill.

Spent 2 days trying to put the ramp on the deck, couldn't hardly do anything but slip and slide, so yesterday, I took a day off from work as the rain was letting up. I got more work done yesterday morning by myself than Dad and I could do in 2 days

Got the ramp in, just got to put the treads on and a handrail and they will be set for winter. What a pain in the buns!!

Catchup-
Elk, Sorry to hear of your problem and I hope the VA gets it's act together soon.
Rez, Glad to hear you got a new trailer, and tires. I got an old trailer made from a pickup box I put a rack on for hauling wood, that won't work at least not as high as I have it, dang thing just about flipped coming out of the wood lot.

To everyone else, I'm glad everyone is out of the hospital, the weather is getting cooler, and I hope everyone has a great fall!

Hunting season is just around the corner!!!!
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Old 09-30-2014, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Rez, Glad to hear you got a new trailer, and tires.
And the more I look around, the more I think I got away with highway robbery!

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I got an old trailer made from a pickup box I put a rack on for hauling wood, that won't work at least not as high as I have it, dang thing just about flipped coming out of the wood lot.
In SoCal I once saw a weird rig -- seriously lifted truck pulling an almost-as-lifted trailer. And I'm like -- is that thing just decorative? Cuz no way can you load anything into the trailer without a catapult.

I looked at a pickup box trailer the day before I got the flatbed... actually pretty nice, had the whole frame under it with room for a big toolbox in front, nice metal-and-wood high sides, new jack, and she'd go $250 for it. I mighta got that one if the flatbed hadn't come along.

And now...

AARRRRGHHHHHHHHH! More effin' rain!!!!
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Old 09-30-2014, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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I hear you Rez.

The one I have is the frame made into a tounge, lots of room for a tool box and in fact has a tool box using steel mesh welded to the bottom of the frame, and a steel lid. Not a great setup as moisture and mud get up in there through the mesh.

It's a bed off an old early 1960's Chevy 1/2 ton. Nice little unit, pulls like a cat by the tail.

It has the narrow box with the flared fenders on it, so it makes it top heavy for any tall loads.

Hasn't been raining in Helena since last night. I figure snow won't be far behind if this keeps up. Going to make the first day of Antelope season a muddy mess if this keeps up!
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Old 09-30-2014, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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What a dark and dreary day. Had to have the living room light on all day.

Darn guenny hens have the chickens spooked and they stopped laying. 9 chickens and we're getting one egg a day, sometimes. So we built a second coop for them, but them and the chickens run loose all day, So we'll see how it goes. Kind of miss those free range eggs. I've gotten to where I can really tell the difference and I hate paying the high prices at the store for the better eggs.
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Old 09-30-2014, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Feed your cooped chickens some alfalfa flakes, some bone meal, and a high-protein ration and they'll be as good and as dark as the eggs from yard chickens. I always fed mine dog food! (Once they'd had dog food, they wouldn't eat chicken food anymore!)

Chickens lay according to the amount of light they get -- hang 'em a light bulb and it helps. Also different breeds lay different numbers of eggs. It varies from as few as six (yes, six!!) eggs per year to almost 300. My chickens that came from a Mexican flock only laid about 3 months of the year, and then only when they were young. When they got past 3 or 4 years old they'd lay one clutch a year and that was it. I kept them mostly to control bugs (and cuz they were purty to look at) so I didn't really care.

The chickens here are mostly good layers but they all pretty much stopped during that last prolonged cloudy binge.
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Old 09-30-2014, 11:18 PM
 
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We've had these chickens for years and they have been good layers. Very consistant unless bothered. For instance, a guy up the road has a half wolf/half huskechicky that for loose. Luckily the chickens were in their coop, but the his damndest trying to get in the coop. Snarling, snapping throwing itself at the fence, etc... No eggs that night and only about half the next night.

But we just got the geunney hens and now they have matured into watchdogs and make that terrible racket when disturbed. They also run in a pack, they stay together and will chase the chickens. Suddenly no eggs and they are not molting, so we suspect the g hens are scaring them.
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