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Livestock / Calf with broken leg
« on: October 22, 2018, 11:07:27 AM »
 We had a  new calf with a  broken hind leg last week. We got the mama ( a fool)  and the baby to the barn so we could splint the leg though. The mama probably broke it because she dances around when the baby tries to nurse and then tries to butt it. We had to separate them of course (with a panel. ) leaving her on one side so she could still sniff and smell it - hopefully lick on it to ( used o no mo). After we fixed the leg and gave him a shot, he was able to stand and nurse her at the chute. ( we did give it a bottle of colostrum as soon as we got it to the barn) . She has the mama moo now, days later, but still wants to knock it down so working on that .  I have a few pictures I'll post of the leg fixing .
  We padded the leg ( with the wide cotton battening used for human breaks)  so the splint wouldn't rub a raw place. Splint is a half piece of pvc pipe that I smoothed off  all the sharp edges. Then wrap with vet wrap and lastly with elasticon tape.  He's walking around pretty good.
 With a female, you have to be more careful  with a rear leg because  the urine will get the inner padding wet. Also keep the animal out of the rain.
 I couldn't photograph some of the steps because my hands were busy.   

 edit: the first picture of the pvc is to see if the pvc is the right size  (we have an assortment on standby)  It was removed and padding (lots) was placed on the leg before hand . It has to extend well beyond the pvc so it won't fall off .  We went past the ""joint that bends like a knee with the padding and tape but the pvc was below that. ."

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Happy Hour / Strange Jet/chem trails yesterday
« on: October 22, 2018, 10:37:11 AM »
 I snapped a few pictures of this strange "cloud"  when I was working in the pasture yesterday . Very strange circular - never seen before. It's on the  western horizon in the picture and unfortunately , so is the sun. If  you enlarge it , you may can see it. So unusual that I just wanted to share.   

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Happy Hour / Howse Disc
« on: October 21, 2018, 10:17:23 PM »
 I was so blessed today because  I was given a Howse disc !   I was working in the back pasture and the fellow that leases my bils land for deer hunting ( a nice guy with good hunter ethics) gave me his disc!  It had been sitting near the road for over a year and I told him I was worried about someone getting it. well he said " oh, you want it- you can have it"  . I couldn't believe it   :). I said "are you sure?"  He said "take it" .
 I had the skid steer loaded  on a trailer and  the bil and I were using it to help  pull this fellow's shooting houses upright . (A little tornado months back had tossed them around.)  Anyways, haha on the way back, I stopped and used the skid steer to load the disc because ..a bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush. and I didn't want him to change his mind. hahaha. judy

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Livestock / Another twin calf
« on: October 10, 2018, 10:11:28 PM »
  It's that time of year again here on the farm. Calves are popping every where and 2 sets of twins already !
   I caught this twin in the picture by the hardest yesterday morning. It was under a  tree that had been blown down and was hiding  in the underbrush there. It was sorta asleep but I decided to take off my boots when I went to grab it. That way , the noise of crackling grass would be less as I walked towards it. Well, I caught it and loaded it in the Kubota. Sis drove the RTV and I held it, but before we got to the catch pen where it's mama was, it tinkled all over me. hahaha  at least it was warm and not from the other end- now that would be not only  stinky but sticky as well .   bordercollie

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General Discussion / Daikon Radish seed on Sale
« on: September 21, 2018, 10:34:17 AM »
I've decided to follow some of ya'll and plant some of these radish seed talked about in another thread, to hopefully improve my soil . They are on sale at Hancocks with free shipping for a limited time. I'm getting 5 lbs for 18.99 - one lb is around $10 there - its the  cost of  free shipping for them reflected in those  I guess. Here's the link- my understanding is that it is a family businessthat has grown and expanded, so that is nice to know in this world of conglomerations taking over moms and pops.    https://hancockseed.com/application-area-239/vegetable-seed-683/

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Happy Hour / Blocking bad calls on Cell Phone for Free
« on: September 20, 2018, 01:17:01 PM »
 I just found this site called "Hiya" thanks to the consumer advocate guy Clark Howard.  I get spam calls during the day and sometimes text messages from a weirdo  in the middle of the night. It has went on this summer until recently.
 Anyway this is a free download and it looks great as far as easy to use. A list of your numbers pops up and you can highlight them and push the block button- Some are already marked as spam because others have reported that same number.  So here the link is if you need something like this for free .     https://hiya.com/     I went to google on my smart phone and just did a search, it popped up and after making sure it was hiya, I downloaded it.  (google tried to put another  company  before  it in the list), so look for that  though and make sure you click on the real one.   

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Happy Hour / snake makes unusual move
« on: July 31, 2018, 09:48:59 PM »
Have any of you ever seen a chicken snake move backwards ? I went to the faucet at the barn to turn on the water and there was a 2 1/2 ft snake coming out from under the slab of the barn. He promptly saw me when he was over 99% out.( I could see his tail's end) and he went backwards lickety split  right then and  there, no curling up at all, just put it in reverse and was "poof"  gone. Never seen that.. never.  so fast too...

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General Discussion / Southern Blight
« on: June 21, 2018, 09:56:32 AM »
  I found this  information after 2 confirmations  (Rabbitproof and Champ) said the tomato killing culprit  was Southern Blight..
  This method involves planting a cover crop of greens and tilling under.    http://www.lewisginter.org/southern-blight/   It sounds promising   and good to eat too.

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Happy Hour / Memorial Day
« on: May 26, 2018, 09:55:20 AM »
 Memorial Day- Remember our fallen soldiers who gave their lives so we could be free.  Just take a moment to tell the younger generation what the holiday is really for.  God Bless America .
   Everyone be safe out there.

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Happy Hour / Hurricane Harvey Folks Check In
« on: August 25, 2017, 08:57:07 AM »
 Everyone in the path of Harvey please check in and let us know you are safe.  Gymgirl , I know you are  down there and others as well.
 My nephew and his wife live and work  in Houston  and are prepared they say... judy

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Recipes / Real tea cake recipe
« on: August 10, 2017, 04:42:29 PM »
 OK ya'll. these are delicious in my opinion and super easy !! I used oil as called for and no butter. Easy, easy,easy. I might make them on parchment paper next time and trim away the fragments of dough since it was so soft ( a little short on flour this rainy day).  They rose a lot because of the sr flour and so I was pleased because that 's what I was looking for. A big glass of cold milk and the lemon flavoring reminded me of the  original Jack's cookies out of the old display jars  which went into a little paper bag at the old country store - on my  daily trips there as a child . ..https://www.southernkissed.com/old-fashioned-tea-cakes/    judy

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General Discussion / National Champs Giant Cabbage
« on: June 05, 2017, 05:58:54 PM »
 Well, I'm honored to post these 2 pictures  of Champs Cabbage  !  Just think how many could eat off of this beauty. :) :) :) :)

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General Discussion / Onion Bonanza !
« on: May 19, 2017, 08:31:02 PM »
National Champ has grown a huge crop of onions .  WOW !!! What are you going to do with them Champ ?

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Happy Hour / Car stolen
« on: December 13, 2016, 09:45:54 PM »
 :( :(  Someone stole my sister's 2014 Honda Accord today. She had locked it upon arrival at a meeting with her key fob clicker. The car has a keyless push button start but...  a thief was in the parking lot at the hospital and had a signal catcher and so duplicated the code when she press her fob. They were able to open the car , start it and drive off  without  the alarm going off.  It may be a good thing to lock your car manually nowadays. ...   judy

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Livestock / Miracle Calf
« on: December 10, 2016, 12:40:03 PM »
..The weekend following Thanksgiving we worked cows and it took all day. We looked at the numbers of those worked and realized we were a cow short.. It was getting dark though so we didn't look for her , thinking she was hidden in the woods with a new calf. The next day, we found her- she was standing beside her calf. It was at least a day old and had never stood up to nurse.so we loaded it up and brought it home to the barn and brought the momma on the trailer. We gave the calf some shots and a bottle hoping for the best..  the following happened.... (cut and pasted from an email I sent to a good friend..)
 I've been working with the calf mentioned in another thread  the past 2 weeks. It would drink from the bottle while laying down and then plop over and sleep the first couple of days. I had several  nights of wideawakes because I knew I had a very short time to get it standing up .. I  had the answer when I woke up one morning and went to work rigging up a hoist for the "little" over 100 lb  thing. I came up with the contraption in the picture and worked with his legs , turning and keeping him on dry hay daily when he was let down . Up an hour  3 times a day in the beginning and increasing time up as days went on. One day, I was exercising his legs back and forth and had very little response ( no pulling back). I was getting discouraged because I have been on the failure end of this situation more than once  in past years.  I was already on my knees and I said "Lord what am I to do"?   "Should I keep trying or should I give up"?  " I need to know  Lord ". then, a definite breeze blew over me and I knew to keep trying.At that instant,  I looked at the calf and his once half open eyes were bright and full- his head was up. I knew without doubt to try another week .
 The vet came by to check our remaining bulls that are for sale and although he didn't look at the calf he gave an  educated opinion about it being impossible to overcome such oxygen deprived injury (birth trauma)- no leg movement etc.. . I told the vet I was giving him another week.. He told me" Knock yourself out  and good luck". I said again, I'm giving  him another week.
 When feeding him in the sling I ratcheted him  up in the sling with a come a long, I would pull back on the bottle and get him to move his legs and before long, he could lunge for the bottle. Use those muscles I told him.This process has been going on for well over a week.He got stronger and stronger.
  I positioned the mother cow's food pan so the udders would be near his sling . I shoved him over to sniff them and  she kicked a bit but not too bad. Then he latched onto one and then another and she let him nurse.
Since it had been around 2 weeks since his birth, I wasn't sure how much milk she had  so after he was finished , I offered him half a bottle and, as he was sucking it down, I reached over and undone his sling. He gently took baby steps and followed me across the stable. He stayed on his feet about about 10 minutes with no support. He fell and couldn't get up on his own but he is improving every day and there is  genuine hope for more improvement. He has come soo far. I think with more therapy  he will continue to improve
I believe in prayers ,miracles  . Yes I do - thanks to the Lord. That wind blowing over me at that moment was amazing   ...wow !!   judy 

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Happy Hour / Cat Scratching post
« on: December 02, 2016, 09:57:16 PM »
 I made this scratch post for my "grand nephew", charley . ;) It's made using a piece of fallen cedar tree limb 32"long ,5"wide  ,3/8 sisal rope -100ft and some small wire staples . I mounted it to a 12" piece of  scrap wood and used the longest lag screw (4") I had for mounting the post to the  base and predrilled  and counter bored  the center (so the lag screw would fit flush) with a drill bit smaller than the lag screw. I also added 2 strips on the bottom because the old board was cracked. I  drilled a hole in the edge of the cedar where it met the base in order to secure the rope's  starting point. I applied glue there, and started the rope- snugging and tapping down  the rope to make it a snug fit .As I wound the rope  I sporadically  stapled it. Charley likes it for scratching and stretching - one day it will get a wider base when I have a larger piece of wood around and a seat on top.
judy

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Happy Hour / TV Warranty
« on: November 18, 2016, 08:14:16 PM »
  Two years ago I was given a tv gift card so ordered one through Ama zon. A couple of weeks ago , I  started having problems with it. Remembering that I had bought an extended warranty  I hesitated to file a claim because of what I thought would be a big hassle.  I  made copies of the receipt  and emailed them to the Square Trade folks. I got an email back on how  to troubleshoot the tv . "Call this number if these possible solutions don't work" the letter said. OK , there I was dreading the conversation to a foreigner but no ! He spoke English -it was great!! and such polite customer service ( American too)  and after going over a small checklist of things I tried he said "  time to get you a new tv on the way can I get you to confirm your address'?  It was that simple !!   Just wanted ya'll to know how nice it was dealing with Square Trade.. just keep receipts and serial /model numbers handy- they like that too.  Anyways, I got the new tv and it is  perfect and a smart tv at that- my old one wasn't.    judy

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Livestock / Calf with broken leg
« on: October 25, 2016, 08:48:05 PM »
 Well, it happens every couple of years and today we found a calf with a broken leg. It isn't a terrible break- the skin is good and the break is low. We dug out the old pvc spint, padded it to protect the skin and taped it up. Then we hauled the mama home and put them under the barn shed. The calf splint  must be kept dry and, with no chance of rain right away , we should have a good start toward recovery- barring any skin breakage  and infection. That first white layer is gauze then some vet wrap,  the pvc rounded edge splint, followed by  more vet wrap and  some duct tape.  I had to use my hands so no pictures after this point.  judy
 

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Happy Hour / Wheww ..what wuz that..think I know !
« on: October 12, 2016, 09:48:37 PM »
 Well I pretty much know what it was I heard  ...... I mentioned this  to   a good friend on here after I got back from working on the old home place this weekend.  Most of ya'll know that I work on the  place anytime I have to spare because  I consider it filled with memories of my childhood in se Ark.
  I was trying to do the 10 ft thing  as I refer to it as -scraping priming and painting 10 ft at a time . I was crouched down painting low behind some dry Azalea bushes- It has been droughty and they are rather brittle. Well, I had just moved the 6 ft ladder and had got down in that low position when I heard some rattling- was it the azalea limbs hitting the ladder or could it be...... ( my neighbor there had killed a rattle snake a few weeks ago) ..... well... that inner Voice said "be still" ! I froze and looked out of the corner of my eye- and prayed.. I didn't see anything but still remained like a statue. After a few seconds it stopped and I waited a bit longer and looked closer.. I never did see anything but then, I didn't stir up the mulch neither.. I gave thanks to the Lord and got to a different location and kept painting. I will look closer next time I kneel down to paint or work on anything.and will keep a phone handy in case I get bit. It has also been suggested to get a pistol that shoots "shot." Yea, I would like one of those. My 20 gauge was in the house on the floor in case of unwelcomed night "botherers" .
The   area where this happened is at the entrance to the crawl space where I need to go every now and then to check on stuff and spray There is 110 year old iron water pipe take offs and such under there too long to pull out..  I won't be getting under there till it gets cold .   judy.
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Happy Hour / Dog Tags
« on: September 18, 2016, 09:53:39 PM »
 I was just thinking back to when I was a young child and was given dog tags as was my sister and others in our area. Do any of you remember that in the early 60's ?   I still have ,or at least had mine. I am going to try and find them. I don't have but a little box to look through . Anyone else?

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