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Predator eye photos and chickens

Predator eyesMark is hibernating today as he refills his mind with quiet, but luckily I have about twenty things I want to post about.  Tonight, you get the photos I promised you this morning. 

My predator eyes hanging method is simple --- a wire strung through the hole in the unit which slips over a screw I drove in various posts and tree trunks.  When scaring away deer with the predator eyes, it's essential to move them every few days so the deer don't get used to them, so I'm hoping the easy hang approach will make moving them simple enough that I'll do it in a timely manner.  I appreciate those of you who commented this morning about your good experiences with the product.  I hope I have equally good luck!

On an unrelated note, for those of you who have chickens, I highly
Chicken tracks in the mud recommend that you check out Harvey Ussery's website.  I've noticed recently that whenever I read an article I really like in the Backyard Poultry Magazine or Mother Earth News, Harvey is the author.  Specifically, you must check out his article about a Vermont composting facility which breeds chickens on mounds of compost and manure with no added storebought feed --- this is something I may have to try out on a much smaller scale once our manure source has their next load ready for us!

Tomorrow evening, we'll return you to your regularly scheduled male perspective of the farm.


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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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