Got chickens or dairy cows? We've got a few livestock management suggestions.
Proper livestock management will keep your chickens happy and your milk clean.
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According to a MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader in Roca, Nebraska, Frisbees make excellent impromptu chicken feeders and waterers! When a neighbor presented Margaret Traudt with a banty hen and nine fuzzy chicks, she had quite a time coming up with a temporary waterer that was stable enough not to tip over, yet shallow enough to prevent any accidental drownings. Her children's flying disks did the trick until a permanent setup could be arranged.
Gary Colvin was unable to locate the proper filters for his milk strainer, so the Bunker, Missouri homesteader made his own — from gauze diapers. His wife simply cut new "nappies" into squares slightly larger than the diameter of the dairy strainer, and finished all four edges with rolled hems. Now after straining the cow's daily offerings, Gary washes the filters in soapy dishwater and rinses them well, then boils them for five minutes while he cleans the rest of his milking equipment. The Colvins say they've saved money by not having to buy the usual disposable filters every few weeks.
"During our first attempt to raise chickens, we wound up with birds of different ages," writes Pat Kuenecke of Camano Island, Washington, "and the older ones immediately began pecking at the newly introduced younger hens. Well, a local expert suggested that I coat each chick's back with Vicks Vapo Rub ointment. I still laugh when I think of those mean old biddies scrubbing their beaks on the ground in disgust. It took only one such episode to educate them!"
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