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Livestock / Re: Another twin calf
« on: October 14, 2018, 09:20:39 PM »
 Thank ya'll for the kind comments. :) Just wanted to let everyone know that the 2 mamas are taking their calves and licking on both. We'll keep them in eyeshot for several weeks to make sure there is no forgetting  but all looks good.   Now just the  bottle feeding calf waiting on a dairy mama.   :) :)  judy

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: October 14, 2018, 09:15:01 PM »
Thank you jimmiec and Bigboberta.   I had to get a hack saw and cut in like 20 pieces to get that thing off  :o . I hope I've learned my lesson .  Yes, I was very grateful for that cutoff  that I had forgotten about.   :)
Bad thing is a gushing water leak and no cement on a Saturday afternoon with only a round trip of an hr to get it from a big box store. 
 Orange Txn, thats a pretty plant and I think you'll make it , An eggplant can be young and  little but still  delicious.   

Happy Hour / Re: Another good concert night
« on: October 14, 2018, 11:21:16 AM »
What Rabbitproof said . :) :)

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: October 13, 2018, 10:02:55 PM »
1shot, :)  at least the break was above the cutoff. It made me so happy  when I dug down thru the mud and found that beautiful little
 pvc twist handle.   I  then  realized just why I  had added that  "cut off" so many years ago.  :)  There are no coincidences :) . I held my arms up and said thank You! thank You!   :) :) :)  judy

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: October 13, 2018, 04:44:58 PM »
Tilled the garden with the tractor .. On last pass, hooked the water hose I was too lazy to move and so not only ruined most of the hose but broke off the pvc in the ground.. Then the glue had dried up even though stored upside down.  BUT-  I had put a cut off in the ground there that I had forgotten about.   so many blessings today.  :) :)  judy

Livestock / Re: Another twin calf
« on: October 13, 2018, 01:00:25 PM »
A picture of the dairy calf that took care of 3 calves  a few years ago. The 3rd one is hard to see in this picture.

Livestock / Re: Another twin calf
« on: October 13, 2018, 12:51:04 PM »
Thank ya'll  :)  .. and another set was found yesterday. That makes a total of three sets.   We   brought this set to the barn with the mama too but she is being stubborn about the one she had left behind so we have to separate them behind a gate  until we can be there to police her. She can moo and lick them thru the gate panel but not hurt them. That can happen when the unwanted one pesters her for milk. I'm eager for the dairy cows to deliver so we can put the outcasts on her.
 One year, a mature dairy cow took care of 3 including her own.  She was well paid with extra feed.  :).

Livestock / Re: Another twin calf
« on: October 11, 2018, 09:16:49 PM »
Thank ya'll Mr Horse ,Mike ,Maggie and Rabbitproof. :) The mama's are all slick and shiny  . We see to it that they are never neglected when it comes to feed.   In the winter when it's really cold for here, the cows get about 25-30 lbs of feed per day . I  load the feed wagons  with the skid steer  and it is usually amounts to  around 6,500 lbs per day- .. We still have good grass , thanks to the Lord and His rains.
   On the twin situation,the mama has taken the extra calf. What happened was after she had the 2 calves, she went off to graze or maybe get water - one followed her and one didn't . We found one and tagged it that day because it was with her. Then we find a calf the next day all alone under a tree same weight -roughly of 68 lbs<> and belly cord the same age . Now  though ,the tagged calf is missing . We take the mama (Y31) and the untagged calf to the catch pen and see if they  "know" each other. It moos and she mama moos back so that is good. Now we go to look for the tagged calf of hers and find it under that blown down tree. That's when the  I catch it without my boots on. Now they are both together at the barn and  the mama loves both of them.
That is great because a lot of times, the extra is abandoned (like the calf that ran and fell into the pond. ) that mama tried to smear it in the dirt when we took it to her. She said no way, that s not mine"!( Picture of calf being bottle fed by me was abandoned by his mama)
Now, after a good bottle of colostrum(given in the first 24 hrs to be effective) , I'm bottle feeding it at the barn. When our dairy animals calf, we will try and put it on her. Those dairy animals have huge bags of milk  but are really smart about if the calf is theirs or not.. So we will put her in the chute and let it nurse  until she gives in. ( Also use the Orphan no more powder on it because cows love to lick it off the calf and sometimes  grow affection for the calf that way. The other possibility is if a cow had a dead calf. Sometimes the mama will take another calf in that case. We have a few helpful things for encouraging that such as a product I referred to in the past called O no mo (orphan no more) .  That is good stuff - if you are a cow. haha       judy

edit: The nursing calf's posture looks rough but he is just standing like that to get the most milk coming- sorta like bracing himself.
    I mentioned about the pond /calf on an RTV forum, but what happened was the bil zipped by on his 4whlr and the calf ran off and fell in the pond's edge (down a little levee)  I jumped in and got him out before his head went under .. Life on a farm is never dull or boring- always something to do - . 

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

Happy Hour / Re: SIS
« on: October 09, 2018, 10:13:45 PM »
Thank you Monroe for sharing . I loved and miss the "good old days"  :)  Happy Birthday to your Sis !   :) :).

Happy Hour / Re: "These Are Times That Try Men's Souls"----here's why
« on: October 08, 2018, 08:41:15 AM »
Good on you Mr Monroe, I too get extremely agitated with the sticky beak attitude of companies or Big brother ,SO ,I ask the cashiers why do they want my private information Are they are looking for a date, They usually hurry me through.
Regards Pete
  That's  a good one :) :) ..  Maybe I'll just say something like" I'm not interested in dating.  ". -my * whatever* is very jealous so it wouldn't be good for you..

Seriously though, I'm gonna use Maggie's route. 

Happy Hour / Re: "These Are Times That Try Men's Souls"----here's why
« on: October 07, 2018, 01:42:10 PM »
 That's becoming too intrusive.. another form of tracking us too... Next time I'm at Lowe's , I'm going to say "thats private information" and see what happens. I'm a pretty polite person but I've seen many rude acting toughies out there and I  doubt the clerks give them any lip  for a no answer..

Happy Hour / Re: My shop work is under the tree.
« on: October 06, 2018, 09:54:08 AM »
That's grand Monroe. haha I love the picture. That Mrs. Jewel is a  "jewel" for sure  so you must be her prince.   :)

General Discussion / Re: Free tomatoes!!!
« on: September 30, 2018, 10:16:34 PM »
I used the photo resizer Donald shows how to use in the pin at beginning of the forum . It is easy for me  thanks to the step by step on how to do it.  Thank you  Donald .  :)

General Discussion / Re: Free tomatoes!!!
« on: September 30, 2018, 09:37:55 PM »
Update.. 9/29/18    Tomato plants are 5 ft tall have many blooms and a few small tomatoes...  some are round,  some oval and one has a point on the end.(all different plants)  I am eager to get some ripe and gathered before the cold starts.  I may put a hot wire around them tomorrow so the deer won't eat them ..  I want to save those seeds and send some to Ragun Gardener. I have some pictures but will have to reduce the size so they will post. Will try that this week.   judy

Happy Hour / Re: Mr Donald , thank you sir for The Bayou Gardener
« on: September 27, 2018, 09:24:14 PM »
I've been in Arkansas working for the past couple of days and no internet - so am late adding my thanks. This site is wonderful and everyone is like family. I want to thank Donald and the moderators for working so hard so we can have such a fine place to meet . I 'm very grateful to each of ya'll.  :)  :)   judy

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: September 23, 2018, 09:41:39 PM »
I added an edit to my earlier post but thought I might should make a new post  about it in case  somebody could benefit: If you have an older car or truck you might should consider using non ethanol gas in it too.  Ethanol is hard on them and the rubber in the fuel system too. I only use ethanol free in my 24 year old truck  .     

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: September 23, 2018, 09:24:15 AM »
Hey, Harry!
I ordered a new carburetor. It's not a rebuild kit. Got new fuel lines, filters, grommets, and a couple replacement gaskets.

Still looking for wood chips!  If you can get a load this year, please, definitely call me!
Good, that will have a new priming bulb too then. :)  Good fuel, new spark plug  carb and lines  and you should be good to go. The air filter is probably ok. I use that stihl mixing oil  in my chainsaw and blower :) At the end of what I think is the season, I drain the fuel  almost out and let it run till   empty. :) edit : I use ethanol free gas in everything including my 24 year old truck. If you have an older vehicle you need  ethanol free gas for it too !

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.

Happy Hour / Re: Rockn' All Night---We Belong Together---Peggy Sue
« on: September 21, 2018, 08:26:13 AM »
 :) :)   Mrs Jewel is so pretty there waiting for the concert.  I'm so glad ya'll had a good time. :) :)

 edit :  I'm so very sorry for the typo Mrs.Jewel -all fixed now.

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