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Chickens after week 9

Weekly weigh ins with raw number in ounces and % of growth from previous week

8/29/2012 10/24/2012 10/31/2012
Small PBR Lil’ Blue 17.8 40.2 10.74% 40.9 1.74%
Large PBR Big Blue 21 43.9 8.66% 46.1 5.01%
Small RIR Ginger 20.6 46.7 9.88% 48.8 4.50%
Large RIR Lucille/Lucifer 24 48.7 7.51% 51 4.72%
Buff Orp Jody 16.8 41.6 8.33% 44.8 7.69%
Buff PR Buffy 21.3 47.3 8.24% 52.2 10.36%
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Finally getting this into the ground. We’ll see how much of a benefit it is around our homestead, as much as it is hyped on the interwebs as a great tree.

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Chickens after week 8

Here are the weekly weigh-ins.  Raw numbers are in ounces and % is gain over previous week.

8/29/2012 10/17/2012 10/24/2012
Small PBR Lil’ Blue 17.8 36.3 11.01% 40.2 10.74%
Large PBR Big Blue 21 40.4 14.45% 43.9 8.66%
Small RIR Ginger 20.6 42.5 12.43% 46.7 9.88%
Large RIR Lucille/Lucifer 24 45.3 9.42% 48.7 7.51%
Buff Orp Jody 16.8 38.4 17.43% 41.6 8.33%
Buff PR Buffy 21.3 43.7 9.80% 47.3 8.24%

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Local bamboo source

There is a bamboo farm a few miles from us that has a huge pile of cuttings. I was able to get several 8 foot sections with the intent to cut them up for tree stakes. They have great strength and should last a while

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Put in the drop slots, the ramp guides and a place to deposit the eggs above the food supply.  Topped off with a coat of linseed oil and filled it with a heap of coffee grounds we’ve saved for about 9 months from Mary’s guilty pleasure (K cups).  I had a bin going already that got neglected in the move and was an anaerobic stink tub. It was, however, still attracting enough BSF to get some “seed” larvae for the new harvester.

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And off we go.

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I got this general design idea from a thread on diyaquaponics.com. The base is 2×4 with the ramped unit sitting on top of those.  Not sure if the 2×4 will reside directly on the ground or if I’ll use a base of 2 cinder blocks. If they are on the ground they may rot but will be easier to replace than the plywood sides.   I had some scrap plywood 53×48 inches and wanted to maximize its usage.  I first drew a scale of my plywood on a sheet of paper and then proceeded to figure out all of the other piece sizes.  I know my base was going to be 16×16 as that would allow me to use the cinder blocks as a base.  The rest was trial and error.  Here is the photo progress.

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The topside of each ramp will have boards running diagonal towards the center of the outer edge and a hole at each end for the larvae to drop into a bucket and eventually fed to the chicks.

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Chickens after week 7

Here is the weekly weigh in numbers.  Raw in ounces and % change over previous week.

8/29/2012 10/10/2012 10/17/2012
Small PBR Lil’ Blue 17.8 32.7 6.86% 36.3 11.01%
Large PBR Big Blue 21 35.3 9.29% 40.4 14.45%
Small RIR Ginger 20.6 37.8 4.13% 42.5 12.43%
Large RIR Lucille 24 41.4 8.09% 45.3 9.42%
Buff Orp Jody 16.8 32.7 8.28% 38.4 17.43%
Buff PR Buffy 21.3 39.8 11.17% 43.7 9.80%

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