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  1. Jan 19, 2018 #31

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    My laying boxes are separate and moveable. I use flats that soda’s come in. They are heavy duty. I soak them in Clorox twice a year and give them a good scrubbing. I use golf balls in the nests. They encourage laying and kill chicken snakes. Sometimes when I move hay I'll find a snake skeleton with a golf ball inside it.

    Also, I can take the whole layer apart for a good scrubbing and a good coat of diatomaceous earth any time. Fire ants are a big problem when an egg gets broken which always happens. The DE usually takes care of them but if they get too bad I can drag the layer elsewhere.

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    There is another benefit I wasn’t aware of when I built the pen. In the photos of the laying boxes you can see an eastern red cedar tree (Juniperus virginiana). It is a highly medicinal tree. One year I noticed the berries from the tree falling in the chicken water. A few weeks later I saw that their overall heath and appearance improved noticeably. I asked a few of my herbal friends who had livestock about this. Now I always put the berries in their water! I haven’t had a sick chicken in years.
     
  3. Jan 24, 2018 #33

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    I always thought those were snow shovels.:dunno:
     
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    Snow shovel.

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    They both look like snow shovels to me. Of course I use one to clean the barn so I guess now a barn shovel.
     
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    Ugh peanut I can't see your pics. I really want to see your set up
     
  7. Jan 26, 2018 #37

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    That's what a city slicker thinks is a snow shovel! In these parts that plastic toy wouldn't last a day.
     
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    I've never owned a snow shovel! Tried to wear out a few corn scoops tho, ha.
     
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    I think our cedars are red. anything good about them?
     
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    I don't think I've ever seen a snow shovel.

    Nice chicken pens :thumbs up:
     
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    Do they look like this? If so yes, a beneficial tree. The little berries are blue but covered by a white powder. The whiteish powder is yeast, you can make bread with it. You might have to try the powder from several trees before finding one that works well for bread.

    Other than that the tree has an ancient history of helping all sorts of medical issues, even diabetes. :) Cedar sm 071_v1.jpg
     
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    I've never seen a berry on them so must not be that kind. Or maybe they are missign somethign to make them produce?
     
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    The trees (Juniperus virginiana) are either male or female. The berries only appear on female trees. :)
     
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    My sister in law swallows 9 cedar berries per day whole during allergy season and never has a problem anymore.
     
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    Well I wish I could find a female somewhere. I'll have to take a walk on the wild side and see if any are in the woods.


    Peanut, how can there be so many male plants and trees and no females here? same thing with muscadines, not a female to be found. There is an old vie here must be at least a few hundred yers old but no muscadine on it. Could it be missing something?

    This one is 400 yr old.

     
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  16. Feb 16, 2018 at 10:14 PM #46

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    Muscadines are a little different. Both male and female vines produce muscadines. Sometimes the vines are hermaphroditic having both male and female flowers.

    Maybe your male trees drink to much beer and forget to bathe? :D
     
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    Now that's funny! goofy-bear-animated.gif
     
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    Around here bearing mulberries were banned because of the mess so even though there are tons of them planted they are pretty useless except for shade. Maybe the females were pulled out because of something similar.
     
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    I'm saving this pict. I'm pretty sure we have those all over our mountain place.
     
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