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Tuesday

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November 2013

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Housing Turkeys on a Farm

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The aim of housing turkeys is to protect them from sun, rain, wind, predators and provide comfort. In hotter areas, the long axis of the house should run from East to West. The distance between two houses should be at least 15 meters and the young stock house should be separate from the adult house. The width of the open house should not exceed 9 meters. The height of the house may vary from 2 to 3.3 meters from the floor to roof. An overhang of one meter should be provided to avoid the rainwater splash. The floor of the houses should be cheap, durable and safe, preferably moisture proof concrete. When turkeys are reared under deep litter system, the general housing conditions are similar to those of chicken but care should be taken to provide adequate floor space to accommodate them, water containers and feeders. Turkey is a large bird, therefore 0.4 to 0.5 square meters per bird is recommended. Usually a turkey house has a rectangular or square floor-base and made from wooden planks, roofing sheets, wire mesh and light fittings. In some cases, 0.75 meter height of block work forms the base of the house and the remaining […]

Friday

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November 2013

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Friday Morning Ramblings on the Hobby Farm

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After my first pot of coffee this morning, I will again become awake. My husband is building a small fire in the livingroom fireplace to knock the chill off the air this morning. He worked the nightshift again last night and will be snuggling into the bed soon. I am glad he has the next two days off. He needs some rest and we still have some winterizing to do around the farm. After feeding all the animals including myself this morning, I will start raking and cleaning the yard today. Removing some of the dead plants from the flower and vegetable beds around the house itself will help to add to our compost bins today. There is plastic to hang over the Rabbit Houses, chicken coop, duck pens, and the goat house. When my husband gets up he will be running some of the wiring for the new heat lamps we have for all the animals housing. We plan to keep them all warm this winter. Reminds me of the Aviary we had. It was warmer than our own house at times and I loved spending hours in there with the animals just watching and listening to them. I […]

Tuesday

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January 2013

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The Better Decking Material – Composite Wood Or Organic Wood?

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Proper deck construction takes solid planning.  Important to that planning process is the decision between organic and composite decking material.  Once the material of choice, natural wood is being pushed aside by composite materials that offer lower maintenance and higher durability.  Gone are the days of plastic looking composite decks.  Technology has improved greatly, and the composite materials now in use rival real wood in appearance so much that most people cannot tell the difference between the two.   The Pros And Cons Of Organic Wood   Real wood is still the most commonly chosen material for decking.  It is the most economical choice for installation and will last for decades if maintained properly.  Most decks are made from pressure treated Southern yellow pine.  This is one of the least expensive of wood decking materials.  The pressure treating process makes the wood resistant to weather, water, and insect damage.  Other types of wood like redwood and cedar do not need to be pressure treated because of the natural preservatives they contain.   The average price of materials and labor for Southern yellow pine is $15 per square foot.  For higher end wood materials like cedar and redwood, the average price […]

Wednesday

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December 2012

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New Year’s Day Southerners Traditional Foods: Collards, Pork and Black-eyed Peas

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As with many of the superstitions, there will be several ways to answer a question.   In general, it is the belief that black-eyed peas are a lucky entrée for the New Year’s meal. It is especially popular in the southern United States. Much of the belief is stemmed from our history. The Future and Peas   Most Southerners will tell you that it dates back to the time of the Civil War.  Black-eyed peas were considered Slave or animal food.   Most field peas such as black-eyed peas or purple hulled peas were not worthy of General Sherman’s Union troops.  When the Union soldiers raided the Confederates food supplies, the legend says they took everything except the peas and the salted pork.  The Confederates considered themselves incredibly lucky to be left with those meager supplies, and they survived the winter on the peas. This is why Peas became a symbol of luck.  Another version of the belief in the lucky black-eyed pea is the Southern belief that black-eyed peas are lucky because the eyes are always looking forward to the future.  Money and Greens   More traditional New Year’s Day foods served in the south are collard greens and corn bread. These […]

Sunday

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October 2011

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October Fruit Tree Swap

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Here at Sunnyside lane we are holding a fruit tree swap. If you are interested in swapping fruit tree and you are in the USA or Canada please let us know by leaving a comment below. This fruit tree swap will only last for the month of October, so please hurry to get on our list. To start the swapping, Sunnyside Lane Hobby Farm is swapping 50 Lemon Tree saplings. These are saplings we have taken from under our own lemon trees which are pictured here. We are not sure of the variety as this was an existing tree when we moved here. The lemons were small this year, but was neglected until our arrival. We have since pruned the trees and mulched them.   If you are interest in a few of these please let us know what you have to swap and how many. Thank you all in advance for participating in this October Fruit Tree Swap. Stan and Teresa Fikes, Owners of Sunnyside Lane Hobby Farm   Related articles Can you grow fruit trees in pots (wiki.answers.com) Fruit Sharing (blogher.com) The tree update – the lemon trees. (7topics.wordpress.com) Growing Lemon Trees as Patio Plants (backyardgardeningtips.com)

Sunday

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October 2011

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Get Off The Grid With Solar Energy California

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If you are like most Americans, you are concerned with rising energy costs. All different fuels are going up and you may be searching for a different answer. More and more people are turning to solar energy to efficiently heat and power their homes reducing their costs for electricity. If you are looking for such a system for your home or office, then  Socal-solar-energy.com is the best  solar energy california to contact. They have the services and products needed to make your home energy efficient and less reliant on commercial sources of energy. A solar electric system is a cost effective way to bring your energy costs down while ensuring a reliable source of electricity that is efficient. Socal-solar-engery.com offers  solar energy california designs and builds large scale electric generation solar electricity grids for both home and commercial usage. If you want to save money on your power bill and get off the grid at the same time, why not contact them for a free analysis of your business or home? The value and quality of the construction cannot be beat. Look at our offerings to the public and notice the change in your power bill and your electric costs. […]

Saturday

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September 2011

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Grumpy old Men at the Grocery

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Guest post written by Joseph Finch I end up going to the grocery store at least three times a week. I am not good a making grocery lists and planning meals for the week. At our local grocery, there is a coffee shop and deli with a rather large seating area. Each time I go to the store around lunch, there are always the same to old men sitting in the café chairs that they have moved to the porch. They are eating lunch and always seem to be having a heated discussion. Sometimes I feel like they are just short of arguing. The chemistry between the two remind me of “Grumpy Old Men”. Each day they are talking about something different. Today in passing I overheard them talking about logging onto www.expertsatellite.com. The day before I heard them arguing about how to make the perfect Kansas City style bar-b-q.. Even though they are probably ninety, they are passionate about how they think and feel. If you overheard them you may think that they were enemies, but when you see them, it is obvious that they are lifelong friends.

Thursday

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August 2011

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Alpacas hobby Farming – Advantages of tax

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There are many advantages of owning an alpaca when a person files a tax return. Virtually all costs associated with running a farm of alpaca are deductible from your income tax return. Some states even exempt you from having to pay VAT on these costs. This article gives the details. There are many alpaca breeders who are in it for the money, because it is a good investment with a return that is stable and secure. In addition, if they have experience breeding herds, like sheep, they have already landed and set up what is required, making it easy for them to embrace alpaca life. In this article, I pointed out some facts and figures on the breeding of alpacas. There are many advantages of owning alpacas for a person who files a tax return. Tax laws change every year, and you can consult a qualified accountant who specializes in agriculture and livestock. Fortunately for you, the value of the herd will gradually increase, as female alpacas only deliver CRIA years. This means you do not have to pay exorbitant taxes on the increased value of their capital. For example, suppose you buy a pregnant dam of $ 20,000. After a year, will give birth to a calf, which can be a female. In three years, Eric could lead to another female shouted. Meanwhile, the mother of the original dam would have had two deliveries, if you have fully three […]

Friday

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August 2011

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Scrubs Uniform: Not Just For Medical Wear

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Scrubs uniform is usually worn by surgeons, nurses, and other personnel especially when it is referred to surgery purpose. It is a kind of trouser shirt with different style. In some countries, they are popularly recognized as “Theatre Blues”. Generally, in many hospitals  use the scrubs for the surgery purpose. Scrubs are very much cheap; its design is compatible with the hospital environment, easy to laundry. In the 19th century surgeons  as well as nurses, did not dress in any sort of specific garments although it was very important for them. The surgeon used to dress in with his personal clothes, with an apron to save his clothes from blood. On the other hand, now a day’s perception of surgery has been totally changed that highlighted carefulness and cleanliness. In this era, any medical scrubs are mainly referred to any pants or short-sleeve shirt. In the USA, almost all nurses and surgeons at hospitals put uniform scrubs while they are on duty. Surgeons in the USA may dress in their personal garments with a white apron apart from for surgery. Staff such as unit clerks and custodians also dresses in scrubs uniform in some conditions. Not only in the United States but also in the Europe, […]

Tuesday

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July 2011

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Being Prepared

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Guest written by our friend Katie Callahan Being a single woman has never really affected me too much until my friend Sadie got robbed on the street about a year ago. We live in New York so things like that definitely happen but it just shook me so much I was terrified something like that would happen to me as well. I went to a website for More Information on alarms and even took a self-defense class at the YMCA so I was better prepared but something about being alone on the streets at night still gives me the heebie jeebies. I love living in this city and I’m rarely scared in my neighborhood but hopefully I’ll snap out of this paranoia soon because I’ve gotten to where I don’t even like to visit my friends in other neighborhoods! New York is so much less dangerous than it ever has been but I’m glad I’m taking precautions to keep myself as safe as possible, especially when I’m walking around alone at night which is when I feel most vulnerable.

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