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Farmer Liz
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self-sufficiency and permaculture principles in rural Australia
self-sufficiency and permaculture principles in rural Australia

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Farmer Liz commented on a post on Blogger.
Great summary for a new beekeeper, I'll be pinning this post! I had to laugh at your running tights. I have been stung through tight jeans, and then through holes in cargo pants, now I wear my husband's boilermaking thick jeans, but then a bee climbed up my trouser leg and stung me. So I can't win and I swell up pretty bad. I help until the bees get angry, then I stay well back! Great to see your honey harvest, your bees must be very happy there.

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How to choose a rooster
This might sound weird, but we let our hens chose their rooster.  I better start at the beginning (although its hard to tell where that is, chicken and egg and all that).  Here's a summary of how we hatch and dispatch our roosters, and let the hens chose a ...

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What breed of chicken should I get?
When we first got chickens we thought pure-bred chickens were the best option.  We soon found out that they don't lay as many eggs as they used to (thanks to being bred for looks rather than egg-laying abilities) and so we got some hybrid hens.  The hybrids...

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Eggs Aside - Five more reasons to keep chickens
Today I have a guest post from a new blog-friend, Sarah from  Say! Little Hen .  Sarah is based in QLD and keeps chickens, grows a garden, knits wonderful creations and shares her baking recipes.  I was delighted to find out about Sarah's blog when she emai...

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Farmer Liz commented on a post on Blogger.
Great list Ellen! I need to get some tweezers! I would add a small lidded container for any burr comb etc.

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My favourite house cow blogs
I don't know many people in real life who have house cows.  A few acquaintances, but no good friends with whom I can talk regularly about cows.  Like many of my interests, I turn to blogs to find like-minded people who are happy to talk non-stop about cows,...

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Why do chickens stop laying eggs in winter?
Chickens naturally stop laying eggs in winter.  Actually when you think about it, the fact that they lay an egg a day for so much of the year is completely unnatural.  Birds in the wild will only lay a few eggs until they have a clutch to hatch, but we have...

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Supplement feeding your house cow
I wish we had luscious green grass for our cow year round, but like most places, we only have green grass for short periods.  In winter, we don't get much rain at all, and our sub-tropical grass species die off with the cooler weather.  This is when we need...

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What time of year is best to have calves?
Its mid-autumn and our nine angus-cross heifers are currently calving.  This may seem an odd time of the year to have calves, and certainly in the temperate areas you would expect to see baby calves and lambs in spring, but in the sub-tropics we can do thin...
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