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    Barred Rocks tend to die off or get eaten before other birds?

    And sometimes rather stupid.
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    Homesteader's paradise in Colombia, South america

    Hello and welcome from S.W. Oregon. We have rattlesnakes, cougar and bear around here and I know that others here are probably dealing with copperheads and cottonmouth, so we have things that are poisonous to deal with, seems to me that Australia has more dangerous creatures than Columbia may...
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    Barred Rocks tend to die off or get eaten before other birds?

    I've had the best results with Barred Rocks. Before I screened the chicken coop coons got all my Road Island Reds, however I have lost a few barreds to fox lately. The barreds seem to do a little better in the winter.
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    Adding solar to an old on grid homestead

    My friend is having some real problems finding deep cycle batteries and those she is finding are ending up twice the price they were earlier this year, 245 amp-hour batteries are going for $200 a piece plus a hefty core charge, 205 AH Costco batteries may be months out for attainment and...
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    Goldenrod

    Years ago I had a horrible case of bronchitis, dang near coughed my lungs out, Goldenseal knocked it out once I got wise to use it. It was during deer and elk season and some of them came out of the woods to see what was making all the noise, no bucks or bulls though.
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    Dumb things I did as a kid!

    When I was in my mid teens my foster dad told me that if I scraped all the old paint off of an old flat bottom row boat and repaint it, I could have it. I took that boat out into some pretty rough storms where the waves were almost lapping over the sides, to boot, I wasn't a good swimmer...
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    What are you paying for gas?

    $3.99, just over the mountain, that's the lowest within 30 miles south of us
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    The other side of bird season

    This brings the remembrance of an old joke that ends with, Wam, Bam, damn a decoy.
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    Food storage while you build

    It definitely pays to get things while you can, it's really getting crazy, sometimes when I go for PVC fittings for water projects, ones I need are not always available, pot and hemp growers are using huge amounts of PVC pipe and fittings around here, strange thing going on is that sheriffs and...
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    Adding solar to an old on grid homestead

    Looks good, nice job, what's your peak sun voltage? Depending on where the solar array is placed to where the battery box will be I might consider doing a series/parallel hookup for the panels and use the higher DC voltage to keep voltage drops between them to a minimum, I will definitely then...
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    Food storage while you build

    The thing I like about a shipping container is that it gives a higher security factor for me, the main lock has a 1/4" steel box where the heavy duty lock goes up into as well as lockable closing bars. The other factor is that I couldn't build a building with as much storage the container has...
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    Food storage while you build

    We bought a 40' shipping container with an insulated ceiling and added vents, it gets pretty warm inside but by adding a separate roof over it, I'm sure it would be much cooler. The main thing is keeping large temperature swings to a minimum, along with that roof, tarp the sides exposed to the sun.
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    The night they drove ol' Dixie down

    When I lived in Colorado I considered John Denver a pimp, selling out Colorado, didn't like him all that much, but then I also had a bumper sticker that said, "Don't Californicate Colorado". I don't think it made any difference, Colorado turned into a left leaning state anyway.
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    Adding solar to an old on grid homestead

    believe me, you are far closer to the truth than you think, I'm in the process of putting some things together for a dear friend of ours for a backup water supply in case the grid goes down. She, her daughter and son-in-law have a good well, but I told her to get a large above ground tank, she...
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    Dumb things I did as a kid!

    Sounds like you're talking about us guys, I tried not to be manipulative, but one time a girlfriend told me I had a magnetic personality.
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