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  • #530155
    gremmblesgremmbles
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    We have Pekins. They are lovely birds with a real quack. They lay like crazy. They also make a wonderful roast.

    #517069
    gremmblesgremmbles
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    Colous, Dom’s site is very interesting but I have heard from people that he is quite slow at sending out the Kefir. I can send you grains for the price of postage if you like. Even though I would send the grains in milk, all you would need to do is give them a rinse in cold water and then place them in soy or coconut milk. water Kefir is another option, someone on here sent me some, can’t recall who. I am terrible with water kefir, I seem to kill it or maybe water kefir just does not like the tropics. Anyway I have given up on that one.

    #517060
    gremmblesgremmbles
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    One ginger beer recipe coming up

    http://www.chelseagreen.com/content/recipe-ginger-beer/

    I don’t think either of the books list a break down of the bacteria in each type of fermented food. I have both books and use them regularly. I don’t know any source that will provide that type of breakdown. I think eating a range of fermented foods is good for health but I am not sure that eating any one fermented food is better than another.

    #516945
    gremmblesgremmbles
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    Turkeys are more curious than chooks and will interact with you more. They have much more distinctive personalities. Intelligent: Sorry, turkeys are pretty thick. I say this an I love my turkeys.

    #517056
    gremmblesgremmbles
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    The easiest and safest to start with I reckon is home made ginger beer. Naturally fermented and it’s something that your family is probably already familiar with. Honey is another easily made drink but perhaps a bit alcoholic for your son.

    It may take a while for your family to become used to pots of stuff bubbling everywhere. 😆

    #516356
    gremmblesgremmbles
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    A list of LETS groups in Australia can be found at

    http://www.ces.org.za/exchparams.asp?country=AU

    If you click on the group it should give you details about joining. I love my LETS groups. The idea that I can buy and sell without using money is wonderful.

    Information on how LETS works can be found on the homepage. http://www.ces.org.za

    #517015
    gremmblesgremmbles
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    Yeah mine does that too. I figure it is because I live in a very hot part of the world anyway. I have never been concerned about it.

    #516346
    gremmblesgremmbles
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    wow you must have been reading my mind over the last few weeks. I am not planning to not spend at all but just to a slow year where we only spend on things that we absolutely need. I will be paying for school uniforms and swimming lessons and such. My plan is to grow all of our own veges, make better use of my LETS group and cut out any excesses in order to save money so that we can get out of debt and finish building our dream.

    My Inspiration is this Riana Carpenter. She lives so well and spends so little.

    http://www.flickr.com/people/81951381@N00/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/81951381@N00/

    I love a challenge and reckon that if other people can do it, why can’t I?

    #516915
    gremmblesgremmbles
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    Also I am not where abouts in australia you are. It is way to hot for beans here now. I only have snake beans growing.

    #516914
    gremmblesgremmbles
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    No that is a rough skinned yellow crook necked squash. The picture on the greenharvest site looks a lot like yours.

    http://www.greenharvest.com.au/seeds/vegetables_w_z.html

    I have seen smooth skinned ones as well. Perhaps you seed supplier just got the 2 confused.

    I buy everything from greenharvest now. They haven’t ever let me down.

    #516857
    gremmblesgremmbles
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    Everyone needs to vent sometimes. I think getting it off your chest helps you get everything clear in your mind. As the others said, don’t live in the past and look to the future which I am sure will be bright.

    #516850
    gremmblesgremmbles
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    If it is sour crop, when you catch the bird and hang it upside down, a lot of foul smelling liquid will run out. You are supposed to then massage the crop to try to loosen the blockage. We have a a turkey with sour crop and we ended up putting him down as nothing we did seemed to help. He never acted sick but had a large pendulous crop and we were forever draining the liqid out.

    Check to see if the nostrils are running too as that could indicated a respiritory infection. I have successfully treated turkeys for respiritory infections with anti biotics from the vet.

    On another note, a single male turkey running with a group of hens is not a good idea. If he tries to mate with them he will either squash them to death or break a few bones. He needs a couple of turkey hens of his own before he hits breeding age.

    #516834
    gremmblesgremmbles
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    Whether your birds will eat laying pellets may depend on what they are used to eating. My lot will not eat pellets for love nor money. Spoilt mongrels. 🙂 Mine will only eat mash and mixed grain, and of course greens and left overs.

    #516755
    gremmblesgremmbles
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    Qld Allows owner builders. We are owner builders to do some renovations. You have to do this course which goes on and on about building financials. Nothing about actual building. Then you are free to go. It’s a bit of a joke.

    #516753
    gremmblesgremmbles
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    Would very much depend on where in Australia you live. Different building codes apply. I live in far north qld and our councils would probably have a heart attack at the thought of a yurt in cyclone prone area.

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