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Greywater wetland in winter
Posted Fri Dec 19 07:39:22 2014 by Anna
Training goats to follow
Posted Sun Dec 14 08:16:40 2014 by Anna
Hanging hay with bicycle storage hooks
Posted Tue Dec 9 16:00:51 2014 by mark
Why ducks stop laying eggs
Posted Sun Dec 7 07:53:22 2014 by Anna
Weight and longevity of row-cover fabric
Posted Wed Dec 3 08:08:51 2014 by Anna
Do goats dream of electric fences?
Posted Sat Nov 29 15:33:48 2014 by mark
Goats in the rain
Posted Wed Nov 5 15:41:51 2014 by mark
Lucy and the goats
Posted Wed Oct 29 15:56:29 2014 by mark
Pros and cons of feeding grain to goats
Posted Sat Oct 11 07:08:44 2014 by Anna
Walden Effect beach vacation 2014
Posted Sun Oct 5 15:22:37 2014 by mark
Trimmer mower line alternative
Posted Mon Sep 29 15:44:05 2014 by mark
Pears as low-work fruit trees
Posted Sat Sep 27 06:55:29 2014 by Anna
Sorghum
Posted Tue Sep 23 15:43:29 2014 by mark
Repurposed freezer
Posted Wed Sep 17 15:49:24 2014 by mark
Steep hill trimmer mowing
Posted Tue Sep 16 15:57:17 2014 by mark
Onion storage
Posted Mon Sep 1 15:43:02 2014 by mark
Mung beans are easy
Posted Thu Aug 28 15:19:43 2014 by mark
Slanted roof ceiling fan installation
Posted Sun Aug 24 16:21:16 2014 by mark
Best chicken cam?
Posted Sat Aug 23 16:23:26 2014 by mark
Chicken tractor predator protection
Posted Fri Aug 22 16:57:22 2014 by mark
Preventing birds from eating sunflower seeds?
Posted Wed Aug 13 14:36:24 2014 by mark
Saying good bye to soil destruction
Posted Wed Aug 6 15:06:35 2014 by mark
Straw bale Tuesday
Posted Tue Aug 5 15:51:30 2014 by mark
Cucumber completion
Posted Sat Jul 5 16:28:03 2014 by mark
Making your own weed trimmer string?
Posted Sat Jun 21 14:02:36 2014 by mark
Yellow Crook Neck
Posted Mon Jun 16 16:04:13 2014 by mark
Is it safe to mulch with paper?
Posted Thu Jun 12 07:03:28 2014 by Anna
How much manure and straw does a garden need?
Posted Sun Jun 8 07:46:18 2014 by Anna
Biochar in the composting toilet
Posted Mon Jun 2 06:47:34 2014 by Anna
Rain barrel workshop
Posted Sat May 31 13:16:54 2014 by mark
16 gauge Winchester
Posted Sun May 25 15:38:20 2014 by mark
Hammock chair update
Posted Sun May 18 15:35:51 2014 by mark
Heat limits of J-B weld expoxy?
Posted Sat May 10 14:59:29 2014 by mark
Cornish cross update
Posted Fri May 9 16:01:15 2014 by mark
How to pick up chicks
Posted Wed May 7 17:33:30 2014 by mark
What do you do with old chicken feathers?
Posted Sat Apr 5 16:10:19 2014 by mark
How to start sweet potato slips
Posted Fri Apr 4 07:50:15 2014 by Anna
Star Plate pyramid pentagon
Posted Fri Mar 21 16:08:39 2014 by mark
Weight lifting chicken
Posted Mon Mar 17 15:54:42 2014 by mark
Star Plate middle support angle
Posted Thu Mar 13 16:23:29 2014 by mark
Planning out a garden to feed two people all year
Posted Mon Mar 10 08:13:58 2014 by Anna
Seed starting window shelf
Posted Sat Mar 8 14:48:17 2014 by mark
Shade trellis tension
Posted Thu Mar 6 15:33:43 2014 by mark
Chicken tractor in the snow
Posted Fri Feb 14 15:41:16 2014 by mark
Do bees like sugar maple sap?
Posted Wed Feb 12 15:51:59 2014 by mark
The best chicken waterer for every occasion
Posted Mon Feb 10 07:46:50 2014 by Anna
Do chickens like coconuts?
Posted Sun Feb 9 15:15:08 2014 by mark
Taller fence part 2
Posted Wed Jan 29 15:43:14 2014 by mark
The Walden Effect diet
Posted Tue Jan 28 08:01:27 2014 by Anna
Chicken tractor capacity debate
Posted Fri Jan 17 16:24:43 2014 by mark
Walden Effect approved vegetable varieties
Posted Fri Jan 17 07:59:14 2014 by Anna
Best small space heater?
Posted Sat Jan 11 14:23:38 2014 by mark
Live trap update
Posted Mon Dec 30 15:59:19 2013 by mark
Biggest flood of 2013
Posted Sun Dec 29 14:11:34 2013 by mark
Testing an old can of fuel
Posted Thu Dec 26 16:31:08 2013 by mark
Refrigerator root cellar power cost
Posted Tue Dec 24 16:15:38 2013 by mark
Window light blocking
Posted Tue Dec 17 16:18:31 2013 by mark
ATV creek crossing
Posted Sun Dec 15 14:04:03 2013 by mark
An average day
Posted Sat Oct 5 07:29:58 2013 by Anna
Remineralization revisited
Posted Sun Sep 29 07:54:58 2013 by Anna
Why you might (not) choose to test your soil
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DIY Kill Cone alternative part 2
Posted Sun Aug 18 15:47:51 2013 by mark
Is horse manure organic?
Posted Tue Jul 16 07:20:24 2013 by Anna
"Why don't you just use a fungicide/insecticide?"
Posted Tue Jul 9 07:13:48 2013 by Anna
Bucket hauler plywood attachment question
Posted Tue Jun 25 15:14:51 2013 by mark
Keeping birds out of the berries
Posted Fri Jun 21 07:22:16 2013 by Anna
Types of top bars for bees
Posted Sat May 11 07:59:43 2013 by Anna
How can you mow a cover crop then plant into it?
Posted Tue Apr 23 08:02:24 2013 by Anna
Remineralization vs. chemical fertilization
Posted Sun Feb 10 08:35:17 2013 by Anna
Can an apple with burr knot be saved?
Posted Tue Feb 5 12:01:22 2013 by Anna
Biological insect control
Posted Tue Jan 8 16:01:09 2013 by mark
How to tell when a mushroom is ripe
Posted Fri Dec 14 07:47:30 2012 by Anna
Inoculated magnolia stump update
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Metal roof acoustics
Posted Tue Sep 18 15:17:02 2012 by mark
Trimmer line vs Polycut attachment fingers
Posted Tue Aug 28 16:53:59 2012 by mark
Potato onion taste and storage
Posted Sun Aug 12 08:23:11 2012 by Anna
Planning a no-till garden
Posted Wed Aug 8 06:31:24 2012 by Anna
The cost of self-reliance
Posted Thu Jul 12 06:56:59 2012 by Anna
No-till soil structure
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Chainsaw carrying bag clarification
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Reusing potting soil
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Brood coop mounting details
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Golf cart vs ATV
Posted Thu Feb 16 15:26:11 2012 by mark
Chainsaw adjustment notes
Posted Tue Jan 24 16:26:38 2012 by mark
How do you hire a good homesteading helper?
Posted Fri Sep 30 16:16:55 2011 by mark
Cover crop questions
Posted Mon Sep 26 07:42:40 2011 by Anna
Name that knot
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How to get free Mexican Sour Gherkin seeds
Posted Tue Jul 12 17:36:05 2011 by mark
Supermarket tomato facts
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Virtual chicken pasture tour
Posted Wed Jun 8 16:50:17 2011 by mark
Best bat box design for guano harvesting
Posted Tue May 17 15:31:10 2011 by mark
Do chickens sleep better with the light off at night?
Posted Sun Jan 30 15:37:32 2011 by mark
Outhouse technology
Posted Tue Jan 18 16:40:43 2011 by mark
How to experience maximum joy everyday
Posted Sun Dec 26 14:29:27 2010 by mark
Difficulty levels of self-sufficiency
Posted Mon Dec 20 06:00:29 2010 by Anna
What to look for in a homestead
Posted Sat Dec 18 06:00:19 2010 by Anna
Pumpkin growing problems
Posted Tue Dec 14 06:00:20 2010 by Anna
Do I need to replant Egyptian onions every year?
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Permaculture interview
Posted Thu Jun 17 16:52:34 2010 by mark
Magnetic ratcheting review
Posted Sat Jun 12 19:51:05 2010 by mark
Honda HP450 Power Carrier
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Backyard deer.com
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Permaculture at home
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Teamwork
Posted Thu Feb 18 09:04:19 2010 by mark
Tool question
Posted Tue Dec 8 16:15:52 2009 by mark
What kind of gun should a home owner choose?
Posted Sun Nov 1 15:34:17 2009 by mark
Sandy soil question
Posted Wed Jun 3 06:33:37 2009 by Anna
Ramshackle mobile home air conditioner
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Cheaper chicken door contraption
Posted Fri Apr 17 14:14:40 2009 by Mark
Avian Aqua Miser question
Posted Mon Mar 30 20:26:49 2009 by Mark
Paycheck and a parking spot part 2
Posted Sun Feb 22 17:03:50 2009 by Mark
Full time ownership
Posted Sat Feb 21 20:37:14 2009 by Mark
Good Surprise, Bad Surprise
Posted Fri Feb 20 07:40:52 2009 by Anna
Can I go back to the land by myself?
Posted Thu Jan 22 08:24:18 2009 by Anna
Topeka question
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Organic gardening question
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Time is on my side
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A crock of water
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Barkside burning
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Seed Saving Question
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Chicken Tractor Question
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The Daylight Saving Candy Conspiracy
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Chicken Danger
Posted Fri Oct 31 11:41:22 2008 by Mark
A Question of Hunting
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Drinking water question
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Emergency Power Question
Posted Fri Oct 10 20:29:00 2008 by Mark
Question of the week
Posted Mon Sep 29 16:04:43 2008 by Mark


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aqua miser & crock pot warmer
Have you tried the aqua miser with chicks at 2 to 3 days old, and if so, how good did it work? I don't know how low it will regulate the temperature, but have you tried a digital thermostat for an incubator to turn the crock pot warmers on & off.
Comment by jp- georgia Thu Apr 23 17:36:24 2009
comment 2
I like your thermostat idea! We haven't tried the avian aqua miser on chicks that young, but one of our customers used it with 3 week old chicks and said that he should have tried it much younger.
Comment by anna Fri Apr 24 07:56:33 2009