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  1. Purple Power

    RIP Bacon 2/2018 - 9/1/2021

    RIP Bacon 2/2018 - 9/1/2021 Bacon is front right I'm not sure what is going on for my flock between the heat wave, thick choking smoke, or what is knocking my hens down. I checked them often practically daily. When I'm out watering the garden every morning, I watch them and if anything is off, I check them on the spot. This spring after getting the chick, I had 30. Now 6 are roosters and at least 5 have or will go to freezer camp. 2 roosters have gone to the dinner table already. I'm down to 24 chickens now. Bacon was perfectly healthy 4 days ago then she started to act a little odd. She stopped hanging out with her friends, not in her normal spot at night, the roosters lost interest in her, hen below her picking on her, and she stayed by herself. I separated her, but was still waiting for the medicated I needed that was 2 weeks overdue. Yes, I ordered and should of received it last month. It finally came yesterday, but sadly too late. Bacon died around 1 pm this afternoon. Bacon is buried by Sweet exactly 1 month apart. Bacon is bottom left, black body, brown face
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    RIP Sweet 2/2014 -8/1/2021

    Sweet has died, 2/2014 to 8/1/21. rest in peace Sweet. The last thing I said to her was it's ok to go, your wings will let you fly. Yesterday morning I knew when I saw her I'd be saying good bye to my 7 year old hen Sweet soon. She was one of my oldest hens in the flock. She was buff orpington, show type. there are 2 kinds, Sour is the other. A few months ago, I notice Sweet was having memory problems, remembering who were flock members including her best friend, go in the coop at night to her spot. I'd find her sitting on the floor. She was the 2nd top hen in my flock this year, but was the top hen for a few years before. She doesn't run as fast, but I figure that's due to her age. Yesterday morning, Sweet was still in the coop just laying there. Her best friend Sour (7 years old also) was chatting away. I picked her up and she didn't throw a fit like normal. Sweet seemed weak, listless, and her comb has a purple tint that's getting worse. Sweet also has diarrhea that started during her last night while in the coop. Since Sweet died, my other 7 year old hen, Sour, is very depressed. They were raised together and never have been separated before. They'd wait in or by the coop while the other was doing their egg duties. If one got in a fight, the other would join in to help. They watched their flock and corrected any bulling fighting, etc, watch and call out warnings for predators. They were pretty much attached at the hip. They were bonded, hints their names reflected this. With other bonded pets I've had when one dies the other has willed themselves to death in a few months. Not every time, but the surviving one does take a health blow that takes months or a year to get them to recover. My 10 year old cat, Nut Nibbler, is still on medication years later for her loss of her beloved Moose. I had to take Sour out of the coop this morning. She was in her spot in the rafters just standing there quietly. A couple hens were near talking to her, but Sour looked so sad. She's normally the first one out as she is the top hen. I took her out of the coop and put her in front of some water and she did drink and eat the treats I gave her. She did talk a little when I gave her some pets. I've been spending more time with her. I know she is grieving. Yesterday before Sweet died, Sour was guarding her from all flock members even though they weren't picking on her. Sour did move a little when I'd check on Sweet, but stayed close. Sorry Sour, there isn't anything I can do for her except to end life. Sour talked to Sweet until the end. It must of been breaking her heart to watch her best friend in the world die in front of her. Sour demanded to be near when Sweet's grave was being dug and has barely left it all morning. Sour is standing on Sweet's grave now with her head bowed down. I swear it's like a rain cloud is over her. When my other hens are near her, they act depressed. it takes a little time for them to recover after leaving Sour.
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    RIP Feisty

    @EDDIEKIRK This is a tough one to write. RIP Feisty Feb. 2017 - May 14, 2021 I just lost my hen Feisty this morning. She was a silver laced wyandotte that hatched in Feb. 2017. I'm clueless of how this has happened. Yesterday, Feisty was acting and looked normal. She was one of the first hens out in the morning demanding to get her mealworms. She was her normal talkative self. She was eating and drinking like normal. Her comb was bright red. She laid her egg and sang her egg song. She had her afternoon sun/dust bath. My teen chicks are in the old coop now (last night was their first night) and Feisty like normal visited them chatting away. Feisty was my mother hen when she saw babies. During the nightly head count, Feisty was in her normal spot telling everyone to get in the coop like normal. She talks throughout the night and was normal. Then this morning, Feisty was stand offish with the other hens. She's normally one of the first hens rushing out of the coop area. She didn't do her normal reaction when a hen pecked her instead just stood there. Her comb was very pale, but I couldn't find any bleeding. Feisty refused to eat or drink. Feisty wasn't known for being quiet and she was very quiet. She wasn't moving fast. I picked her up and took her in the house and called the vet asap. I was about to call the vet again after waiting a hour for them to call me back when Feisty had a massive seizure. I got her out of the cage and wrapped a towel over her while telling her it'll be ok. Feisty look at me right in my eyes then closed her eyes. I was calling the vet while my son checked for a heartbeat and if Feisty was breathing, she had a heartbeat and breathing but weak. What kind of vet office puts you on hold 3 times when you tell them your hen just had a seizure and is now unresponsive? They are the only vet I could find that sees chickens. When I got to talk to the front desk person again I said I'm bring her in now. When I get there she again puts me on hold. then says the vet will call you. The vet calls shortly after but unaware of what I've told the front desk person. Once I told her my hen had a seizure and is now unresponsive she asked what spot am I'm in, and I'll be right there. The vet ran to my car and tried to find a pulse, but it was too late. An autopsy would start at $300, I can't afford that. Feisty's 1st picture Pic below. Feisty on far right. the 1st field trip outside Feisty's 1st egg Feisty is being mourned by the entire flock. I watched them go to Feisty's grave and bow their heads. Feisty was mother to most of my flock, seen as a daughter by Sweet (mostly) & Sour, and sister by the rest and is already greatly missed. Her youngest babies (pic above) don't understand why Feisty isn't over talking to them like she has daily. My hens knew something bad happened this morning when my son went to dig Feisty's grave. They went from normal talking, eating, drinking to dead silent. Normally, they're allowed in the area and feast on the worms/bug and a large area is being hand tilled. Not this time. The area was closed down, a small hole, chicken sized was dug, and flowers including seeds were planted on top then fenced off. When they saw me carrying Feisty to this area, they all stopped talking and either watched or got closer. All were quiet and most bowed their heads. Some got closer then bowed their heads in silence. I did take some pics of a few hens. Sour didn't want anyone, hen nor human, around when she bowed her head to my old guardian dog's spot of death and then slowly walked to Feisty's grave. Sour bowed her head and stayed there for at least 5 minutes without moving. Cookies isn't just a thorn my side with her mischievous way. Cookies annoyed Feisty to no end and always after her trying to keep her safe. Despite this Cookies has been by her adopted mother's grave most of the day.
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    New Chicks

    I put netting up to keep the chicks from jumping up on the cardboard siding and sticking their head through the bars. This is the first time 'chicken jail' is being used as a brooder. Luckily the young rooster did this in front of me and no cats in the room. I put up a bar for them to roost on last week. It took them a few days to be able to get up on it Caught was sleeping with his head tucked in his wing. My little Delaware hanging out with her buddies. The boys seem to have to do their fighting when they wake up from every nap. I think it mainly 2 or 3 doing most of it
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    New Chicks

    They aren't here yet. They started their trip in Ohio, last night they left Portland. I'd turned on the new brooder plate this morning. It takes a hour to heat up. It's nice and warm now, doesn't burn when I touch it and the shaving are cool. Their water is filled with water and vitamins & electrolytes. Just waiting for my new babies to show up
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    New Chicks

    If you new to chicks, here's a great video for weak chicks. This is one of the places I got my chicks
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    New Chicks

    I have 18+ currently. They do wonders for the compost piles
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    New Chicks

    Update First the bad news. When these chicks were sent, it was 2 day express with directions to call me ASAP. Live animals on the box with air hole and peeps from the chicks. Well the bigger post office in my area held my chicks when they arrived on day two and didn't sent my chick to my local post office until the next morning. My local post office called me asap and I picked them up within in minutes. The heating pack in their box was cold, chicks huddled together. Two chicks were weak, the Speckled Sussex and the Buckeye. I let the hatchery know asap, so I got a refund quickly when they died. I've never ever lost a chick let alone two before this. The hatchery's customer service was great, they gave me info to try to save the chicks and when it failed refunded me without any hassle. They weren't happy what the bigger city post office did. I checked to see when I could get replacements from them, but that's out in Sept. So I looked at other hatcheries. I found one and ordered 4 chicks. 1 each and all girls: Buckeye, Buff Orpington, Rhode Island Blue, and Speckled Sussex. there's a 3 chick minimum order. They will be here next month. Sweet & Sour are 7 years old. They egg laying days are coming to an end soon. Sweet hasn't laid an egg yet this year and never was a good layer. Sour's eggs are a lot smaller now (was large light brown to now medium almost white) and she lays 1 or 2 a week. Their breeds normally lays for 3-4 years, but their 2nd year is the best. Sour was great for 5 years straight. Year 6 is when she started to slow down. Now the good news and lots of cute pictures The Delaware and Buff Orpingtons are thriving. I'm still thinking of a name for my tough little girl. She's going to be tough since she's being raised with 6 brothers. The boys are already practicing their fighting as they figure out their pecking order. I admit, this started out really funny. They first had to master jumping up without falling on their back when they moved their legs forward. then to go forward. Many fell on their backs, went sideways, or straight up. Kinda like popcorn. This has been very interesting to my cats, but really can you blame them? Once the chicks could go forward, they had to work on their aim. I've seen many many misses and the chicks and my cats looking confused as to what just happened. Even my little girl is on this. I think Cookies is going to have a hard time teaching this group quickly that she's above them in the big flocks pecking order. Some of these boys are already very cocky. Once their legs are big enough, they will have a leg band on. This will help us to identify which will go to freezer camp and the lucky one that lives. There will be only 1 winner. My son wants to name him 'lucky fucker'. It is fitting. Roosters developed faster then hens. The Delaware breed matures fast so my little girl is keeping up. Keep in mind this breed was meant to be dual (meat/egg) bird, and was the meat breed before the Cornish cross. She's close in size and feathers are coming in at or a little ahead of the boys. Once the saddle feathers come in, I'll be able to show the difference between male/female. Male feathers are more narrow and pointed whereas female feathers are wider and rounded tips. Some of the boys have started to have their little chests out when walking or standing. This started very cute as they were doing this at first in front of the mirror. They sometimes do this when I bring a hen to look at the babies. My hens watch them then start talking. The boys then stop stunting with their chests out and lay down. Feisty can get them to do this with a look, if the boys see it. If not, Feisty starts talking, might be yelling at them, since they all stop, lay down, and pay attention. Sour, the top hen, tries this, but the boys just look at her stand with their chests out. Sour never went broody and never raised any chicks unlike Feisty. The Delaware is in this pic, do you see her? Below is a young rooster. The wing tips came in first then the upper wing and now the tail feathers Just eat dry oatmeal and/or baby grits (tiny rocks) You can see the chick's ear, the hole behind and slightly lower to his eye. Feathers will grow here soon My Delaware's wings are more developed then most of the boys. She also started her tail feathers days ahead of them
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    New Chicks

    More pics. It seems my Delaware is a brave little girl. She's the bright yellow chick. She's the first one out and last to go under their brooder. She's the top chick least for now. She seems to have a buff orpington that likes to follow her around. She's already started to run around the crate. Here's some facts about her breed: Delawares were developed originally as a commercial, dual-purpose breed in 1940, but later replaced by hybrids (Cornish cross). George Ellis crossed a New Hampshire Red and a Barred Plymouth Rock with the goal of maintaining the egg laying capabilities of both but creating a breed with increased meat potential. Delawares provided table meat to the entire east coast for a decade. In 1952, at about the same time as the American Poultry Association declared them an official breed. By the late 1990’s the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy estimated the total number of Delaware hens at fewer than 400. Many breeders keep them today with the goal of preserving the Delaware as one of America’s heritage breeds. Delawares today make excellent backyard chickens. The hens weigh 6 1/2 lbs. They typically lay four, large, brown eggs a week far into the winter months. Delawares mature quickly and produce a clean, white-meat table fowl. Chicks develop feathers quicker than most breeds. Robust, they handle both cold and heat well. Unlike present day commercial breeds, they do well as a free-range, foraging chicken. Owners describe the Delaware hens as broody but good mothers. On the whole Delawares have a mild, quiet, and calm disposition suitable to the backyard chicken farmer. The Delaware breed and temperament really offers the best of both worlds. They possess all the potential of a commercial breed with all the personality of a backyard chicken. For a slightly larger breed, Delawares have fantastic egg production. You can expect an average of about 280 eggs per hen annually. They start laying around 20 weeks (5 months), so I'll expect her in Sept to start laying. Compared to many other dual purpose breeds, this is a decent step above the rest. One fun thing about Delawares, is you can breed Red Sex-Links from them. If you cross a New Hampshire Red rooster with a Delaware hen, the chicks will be sex-linked. This means you’ll be able to sex your chicks based on the color of their down when they hatch Note every female chick I got are on the endangered list The pic below is the Buckeye. Besides being on the endangered list, I got her so Pecker has a buddy that looks close to her. my son has already started sayiing he'll need 2 little hardhats with a light when they are out foraging in the yard. Here's some interesting facts about this breed. Buckeye chicken is a dual purpose breed which originated from Ohio, United States. The breed was developed by Mrs. Nettie Metcalf and named from Ohio’s nickname of “Buckeye State”. This is the only chicken breed known to have been developed by a woman. And Buckeye chicken is also the only one in the American Class to have a pea comb. In 1896 Mrs. Nettie Metcalf first bred and developed Buckeye chicken in Warren, Ohio. She crossbred Barred Plymouth Rocks, Buff Cochins, and some black breasted red games for producing this breed. This breed gets confused with the Rhode Island Red (Pecker in my flock is this breed). Buckeyes, structurally are very different from a Rhode Island Red. They have more muscular thighs and are more slanted with broader backs. Buckeyes had a similar appearance to the Cornish Chicken during the early 1900's. They are large in size and sturdy chickens with broad breasts and bodies. They have very meaty thighs and strong wings. They have close, tight plumage and the primary color is a mahogany red with black tails. Buckeye chicken is the only pure American chicken breed which has a pea comb. Their small pea combs and relatively large body size make them a winter hardy breed. Comb, earlobes and wattles of Buckeye chicken are of red color. They have featherless yellow legs and the skin color is yellow. Buckeye chickens have their own unique personalities, so I'll keep an eye on her to pick out her perfect name. So far, she is shy. They are very active and excellent foragers. So, they are ideal for free range system. They also do well in confinement as long as they have enough space or run to move around. But they will be much happier and produce better if allowed to range on grass. They are unflappable and calm bird. They are also very friendly and easily handled. Buckeye chickens are extremely winter hardy. Hens produce eggs throughout the winter season. Hens are also very friendly and can be very good as pets. They are good layers and sometimes go broody and raise chicks. But the roosters are aggressive sometimes and can be territorial during the breeding season. Buckeye chickens are slow to grow compared to other breeds. Pullets will start laying eggs at their 6 to 6 and a half months of age. So her 1st egg will be in Oct. They are docile, and both roosters and hens are reportedly very good mouse hunters I lost my hen Speckles last Sept as the result of the fires. The little chick in pic above with chipmunk stripe, is Speckles II, and the only chick that has been named so far. She's a Speckled Sussex. I did learn with this breed is to take a lot of pictures after every molt. Yes, they change that much. I read this breed is low in the pecking order and great foragers. Although Speckle would follow me around like a puppy, enjoyed lap time as she told me what was going in the flock, and help me when I'm in my garden. Yes, she was a talker. If she found something of interest, Speckles would make a noise that none of my other hens make. She wasn't the best forager. She was towards the top of the pecking order and I have many breeds that are meaner and known to bully in my flock. When Speckles would meet new chicks, instead of being very loving like I've read, she would fluff her neck feather and charge into the chicken wire trying to attack new birds. This may of been a personality thing. The Speckled Sussex is so good-nature that she will naturally be close to the bottom of the pecking order in a flock. An eye just needs to be kept to make sure she's not being bullied mercilessly by the less good-hearted types. I'll keep an eye on Speckles II for this. So far she is shy, but they just got here this morning. For Speckles I, this was true until she entered adulthood and started laying eggs. The Speckled Sussex is one of the oldest breed known, 49 A.D. For that reason it's known as a 'heritage' breed. It's one of the breeds that crossed over the pond when people started to settle in the new world. It almost died out in the early 1900's. She can lay 4-5 light brown eggs each week, or around 250 eggs each year. Speckles was one of my winter layers. The eggs are a slightly tinted or light brown color and she will usually start laying at around 20 weeks old. Speckles II should start laying in Sept. They are kid and people friendly, relatively quiet (when not around people they know), curious, gentle, sweet, and are very effective at foraging. They aren't prone to flightiness or nervousness. They do like to talk to their owners but they really are not loud or obnoxious unless your trying to sleep. Least what my son said. Always the first to want to know what's going on, their natural curiosity can sometimes get the better of her. This can be comical at times to watch. Ok, I have Cookies (Splash Hamburg) and she's one of the first ones checking things out too. hens are 6 lbs to 7 1/2 lbs. They can be gluttons, so I had to make sure Speckled wasn't dinning on the feed all day vs being out in the yard. Ok, back to these babies Before they started eating food they all started with baby grit (tiny rocks)
  10. Purple Power

    New Chicks

    @EDDIEKIRK I let Feisty look at the chicks. She talked to them and watched for a bit. When she went back out to the flock, she was talking up a storm telling them about the new babies.
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    New Chicks

    The chicks are here, and chirping loudly when they arrived. My youngest cats (Midnight & Moon) are curious. Nut Nibbler came to look but once she saw chicks, she backed away. Keep in mind she got beat up twice in one month by two different teen hens (Ritz and Cookies). Besides Nibbler's pride taking a big hit, she had two black eyes, a bloody nose, and small upper tiny teeth knocked out both times. only 2 tiny teeth survived. The chicks had a long trip from Ohio and were loud and tired. I put them by the heating brooder. Once they all got under and warmed up they have quieted down a bit. I took a couple quick pics. They are napping, and occasionally pecking the shaving. Once they are rested and adjusted to their new home, I'll take more pics Seems one of the Buff orpingtons is a brave boy already. He's on the far left of the pic below
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    Meatball with seeds Vs Chickens

    One of my friend gave me two meatballs with seeds mixed in for my lady hens. They were frozen. Chickens are omnivores like us meaning the eat both animals and plants. My hens will stalk, catch, and eat sparrows. I put one out in the morning to give time to thaw. At first my hens were afraid to go near it. New things are frightening to them, yet they have no problem being close the blade of a working circular saw. In the afternoon during their second treat time (yes my hens are very spoiled with at least three treat times), I put their scratch on meatball. A few brave hens came over and started to peck at the seed and got some of the meat. They started going after meat and more hens tried the meatball. Feisty has meat in her mouth some hens stayed by the shed. Once the meatball dropped it was a quick game of chicken football
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    RIP Sweet N Sour 2/2018 -2/2021

    I was going to order 7 chicks this year, but now I'll need 8. I'll get another buff orpington and name her Sweet N Sour II. I really hope this isn't setting the tone for this year. 2020 was rough enough on my flock. The soonest I'll get them is next month if I order now. a friend may be ordering chicks too, and wanted me to wait for a bit while she gets her other 1/2 on board with this idea. It'll be cheaper for both of us to order together and split the 50$ S&H charge. I cleaned the coop and reset everything. Feisty is in molt, but looking for her missing daughter. My son still thinks it's weird I cry over losing a hen. A cat or dog he understands, but a chicken he views as food only. kinda right. my hens lay eggs for food for us or sale them. I'm not raising meat bird like when he was little. He still wants little mischievous Cookies on a plate. Cookies showing off stunt of getting out attention, doing a back flip over a 5 foot fence then gloating as she took a big bite of spinach still is under his skin. It is one of his favorite veggies. my thoughts were wow that was amazing, that little s***, and plant that in the front yard next year
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    RIP Sweet N Sour 2/2018 -2/2021

    Sweet N Sour, a 3 year old Buff Orpington started laying again a couple weeks ago. She's toward the bottom of the pecking order, so seeing her hanging out by herself didn't set off any alarm bells. She just finished her molt, but not tending to her growing feathers like normal. She did bow and squawk when I was checking her saddle/tail feather area. Because some of my hens are in molt, I offer more protein to them. Since some are laying, I also leave out oyster shell for them. They are free to choose however Sweet N Sour isn't. She's staying away from the flock which in self was unusual. My hens tend to get more aggressive with another when they start laying eggs again I notice last week, a hen had watery clear and greenish diarrhea and smelled really bad. Clear in spots and green colored in other areas. I ID'ed the hen and watched her. Sweet N Sour would eat but not much. Her crop was fairly empty. I set up chicken jail in the house, so I can keep a close eye on her. Her feather where caked around her vent and the normal fluffy butt feathers. I gave her a nice warm bath with epsom salt. Sweet N Sour got so relaxed in the sink, she laid down in the sink and was fighting a nap. She enjoyed the hair dryer. Her skin was red. Feels full but not hard. She wasn't cleaning her feathers. She's normally running around the yard pecking and scratching. She's a calm lady that usually doesn't run and doesn't mind being picked up. She'll lay on my lap from time to time. Sweet N Sour just stands or lays in one spot. She keep her tail feather bowed down. her tail feathers are moving up/down, trying to push. when she walks around, she waddles like a penguin. I finally found a vet today that treats chickens, more then just feet like my old vet. Sweet N Sour had an egg break inside and caused a massive infection. Her belly was full of fluid. The vet gave her a 25 -30% chance of surviving with treatment, so I put her down. I didn't want her to suffer anymore. RIP my sweet little girl. I'll be burying her out in my dad's farm.
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    RIP Speckles

    RIP Speckles, 2/27/18 to 9/9/2020. She died as a result to the fire set a few blocks from my house on Weds. She was an endangered breed, Speckled Sussex. I raised Speckles since she was 2 days old. She, like all of my pets, are my babies. It doesn't matter if they are a dog, cat, or chicken, I love and spoil all of them more then I did for my human ones. Speckles laid every day and was one of my winter layers. She was one of my lap hens, that would enjoy pets while telling me what's going on in the flock. Some times Speckles would lay an egg on my lap. She'd follow me around the yard while talking up a storm demanding pets. When she'd molt, her feathers would have more white tips then before. Her sisters and the hen that helped to raise her (Feisty) miss her very much. Speckles has been gone for a few days now and they are still looking and calling for her. I know there is a chance that Feisty will go broody once she relies that Speckles is gone as she has done this in the past. I'm researching endangered breeds and thinking of getting one each: Speckled Sussex. Delaware, and 55 Flowery hen. The question is if where I get my chicks is still standing and have them. +5
  16. Note: keep in mind this thread is still a work in progress. This will be linked to other threads that will give more detail on 1 type of beneficial insects and the pests they control and they mostly have not been written yet. Beneficial insects are used to control pest insects in an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. An IPM program has four components: the use of traps to monitor and capture pest insects in their adult stage, the link to that thread http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14331-monitoring-for-pests-skicky-traps/ Management cultural techniques to improve the overall status of the situation, Quarantine: http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14249-quarantine-what-is-it-and-why-do-i-need-to/ How to sterilizes your soil is post 5 of the Quarantine thread Use of beneficial insects to kill pest insects in their early developmental stages The use of insecticides if necessary. Make history. Keep a record of what happens so you know what worked and what didn’t. Not only will this help in planning your next garden, but it will probably save you all kinds of time and money. Why use beneficial bugs? Pesticide Resistance A reason to go natural and use beneficial insect, is that a greater number of insects are now showing resistance to chemical pesticides. For example, in a controlled laboratory experiment, fruit flies were exposed to DDT – a banned pesticide. The research found that not only did the pesticide not kill them, but the fruit flies had developed a way to metabolize it! That is, the “super” flies could use the pesticide as food. Another example is the dreaded Spider mites (the Borg as we call them). About 500 insect species now show resistance to conventional pesticides, so if you use them rotate them when applying. Using beneficial bugs : A quick general idea of when Beneficial bugs are used both as a preventative and as a control measure. An example of a preventative measure DE http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14332-diatomaceous-earth-de/ Mycorrhizae and the roots: http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14315-mycorrhizae-and-the-roots/ If being used as a control measure for maximum effectiveness, beneficial insects should be released when pest densities are low to medium. Keep in mind that beneficial are not pesticides and they are not a miracle cure. Just as it takes time for pest problems to develop, it also takes time before beneficial can resolve them. A little patience can pay off. If the pest population is high, IMO , using the beneficial insects window is closed, Spray with chemical, such as avid, sevin, soaps, etc. Selection of the proper beneficial insect for treating your pest issues will depend on a number of factors including the target pest, temperature range, relative humidity and prior control measures used. Usually all beneficial insects are sent with release instructions and recommendations to maximize their effectiveness ( Once I have the threads up, I'll link them to this one) How to attract beneficial insects Nature is filled with "good bugs", crawling and flying creatures whose diet consists mainly of the pests that ravage our garden plants, be it flower, vegetable, or herb. All these plants are considered good for attracting beneficial insects (I'll go into more detail with each beneficial bug): A useful link: http://www.organiclandcare.org/free-education/plants-that-attract-beneficial-insects.html Fennel calendula caraway coriander cilantro dill spearmint asters cosmos marigolds tansy dandelion parsley wild carrot cilantro alyssum mustard If you have a unplanted areas, be sure to cover them with mulch, or use ground cover. This will shelter your beneficial insects and hold moisture for them, as well as provide food as it decays in winter, some cover crops buckwheat cowpea fava beans sweet clover red clover white clover vetch mustards Instead of tilling these crops under at the end of the season, leaving them in place to provide a safe harbor for beneficial predators. Also, if you overlap your cover crops with your food planting areas, the beneficial insects can easily hop from one section to another. If you leave a gap in between, they may not make it to the area you are targeting for their protection. Parasitic Plants (Yes, you read that right) Broomrape (Orobanche ramose) http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14684-pest-broomrape/ Dodder (Cuscuta campestris and Cuscuta europea) http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14704-pest-dodder/ Before talking about pests and beneficial insects. 1st, The benefits of using Beneficial Insect Food. Most insects need at least two other dietary items: protein and sugar. Protein, which they obtain from pollen-producing plants, aids in their egg development. This is a necessary ingredient if you want your beneficial insects to stay around for multiple generations. Insects also need sugar for fuel, and they primarily get this from nectar-bearing plants with small flowers. Fill shallow dishes with a layer of small rocks or pebbles. Add water to cover the bottom half of the rocks. Place the dishes on the ground around your garden. Beneficial insects will visit to have a drink of water. Beneficial Insect Food Beneficial insect food is a food supplement that contains proteins, fats, fiber, ash, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, amino acids, vitamins, lactose, and sucrose that serves as additional food source for your good bugs. Mix with water and spray wherever you'd like beneficial insects to hang out. Give them the food they love, so they won't go looking for it at the neighbors. This food supplement can be applied on flowers and crops that grown either indoors or outdoors as a sprayable, powder, dry powder, or as the nectar source in butterfly feeders. This will attract beneficial insects to your garden, like ladybugs and lacewings and directs them to certain areas of your yard or garden.These beneficial insects will be helpful to kill insect pests. In addition to the protein sources they get by eating your insect pests Consider using Beneficial Insect Food to supplement Beneficial insects like Mite Predators when mite populations have dwindled. This will help your hired bugs, so they don't starve to death. Remember in their natural setting, when the food source is low to none, they move on. This also helps them in other ways, for example, Ladybugs in particular require a liquid food source when released. (remember they have been put into a dormant state and will be very hungry when they wake up) ; it will increase their egg laying and your control. Some food are general or specialized for a type of beneficial insect. Types of beneficial bugs : There two groups two groups of beneficial insects: Those that eat their prey directly (predators) and those that deposit their eggs on or into their host (parasitoids). ( keep in mind this list will grow over time) Aphid Predators/Midge (Aphidoletes aphidimyza) http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14355-beneficial-bug-aphid-midge-predators/ Fungus Gnat Predators (Hypoaspis sp.) http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14451-beneficial-fungus-gnat-predators/ Hover Fly (syrphid flies) http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14352-beneficial-bug-hover-flies/ Predatory Nematodes (Steinernema/ Heterorhabditis) http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14383-beneficial-predatory-nematodes/ Mealybug destroyers (Cryptolaemus montrouzieri) Spider mite predators ( Phytoseiulus persimilis, Neoseiulus californicus, Mesoseiulus longipes) http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14180-grow-hack-predatory-mites-on-the-attack/ Spider mite destroyers (Stethorus punctillium and more) http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14385-beneficial-bug-mite-destroyers/ Thrips predator mites (Amblyseius cucumeris) Rove beetle (Dalotia coriaria) True Bug Whitefly parasites (Encarsia formosa) Whitefly predators (Delphastus pusillus) Ground Beetle (Coleoptera) http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14351-beneficial-bug-ground-beetle/ Spined soldier bugs (Podisus maculiventris). http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14834-beneficial-bug-spined-soldier-bugs/ Fly Parasites: Braconid wasps, Tachinid flies, Ichneumonid wasps Aphid Parasite (A. matricariae) http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14354-beneficial-bug-aphid-parasites/ Caterpillar Parasites (Trichogramma species) http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14468-beneficial-caterpillar-parasites/ Chalcid wasps (Chalcidoidea Order Hymenoptera) http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14503-beneficial-parasitoid-wasps-chalcidoidea-order-hymenoptera/ Parasitoid wasp- general/ multiple species http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14456-beneficial-parasitoid-wasp/ General, All-Purpose Pest Controls Praying mantis (Tenodera sinensis) http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14335-beneficial-bug-the-praying-mantis/ Green Lacewings/Eggs (Chrysopa rufilabris) http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14337-beneficial-bug-green-lacewing-larvaeeggs/ Ladybugs (Hipodamia convergens) http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14338-beneficial-bug-ladybugs/ Pirate bugs (Orius sp.) http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14336-beneficial-bug-pirate-bugs/ The Pests Insects are the largest class. Twenty-seven orders of insects are currently recognized by entomologists, and half of them attack Cannabis. Mostafa and Messenger (1972) list 272 species of insects and mites associated with Cannabis. Slugs and Snails http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14333-pest-slugs-and-snails/ Aphids (Aphidoidea sp.) http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14356-the-pest-aphids/ Whiteflies (Trialeurodes sp.) http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14362-pest-whitefly/ Mealybugs http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14363-pest-mealybugs/ Thrips (Thysanoptera sp.): Pest or beneficial depend on species: Thrips http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14364-pest-or-beneficial-depend-on-species-thrips/ Scales http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14602-pest-scales/ cabbage butterfly (outdoor plants- bud worms) http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14470-pest-cabbage-butterfly/ Cucumber Beetle http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/16550-pest-cucumber-beetle/?p=129729 Caterpillars and Foliage "Worms" Ant Fungus Gnats http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14427-pest-fungus-gnats/ Grasshoppers Leaf Miners http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14919-pest-leaf-miners/?p=125415 Leafhoppers Crickets http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14902-pest-crickets/ Symphilids http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14637-pest-symphilids/ Beetle Borers http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/15009-pest-beetle-borers/ Springtails http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14653-pest-springtails/ Pest Flies (compost pile) Root and Soil Pests ( Root Mealybugs, Root Rot, Root Maggot, Grubs, etc) Root Aphids http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14830-pest-root-aphids/ Some nematodes that are pests Root knots (Caenorhabditis elegans, Meloidogyne incognita, Meliodogyne hapla, Meloidogyne javanica) Stem nematode (Ditylenchus dipsaci) Cyst nematodes (Heterodera schachtii) Needle nematodes (Paralongidorus maximus) Root lesion nematodes (Pratylenchus penetrans) Types of Mites Spider Mites (Tetranychus urticae) http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14357-the-pest-spider-mites/ Russet Hemp Mite (family Eriophyidae; Aculops Cannabicola) http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14547-pest-hemp-russet-mite/ Bulb Mites (Rhizoglyphus echinopus and R. robini)- attacks cannabis. attacks and kills Garlic and onion http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14509-pest-bulb-mite/ broad mite (Polyphagotarsonemus latus) http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14705-pest-broad-mite/ According to literature at least 88 fungi species attack cannabis.Here's some of them Bud Rot (Botrytis Cinerea) http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14618-pest-bud-rot/ Powdery Mildew http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14591-pest-powdery-mildew/ Hemp canker/White mold (Sclerotinia sclerotiorum) Dumping off (Pythium aphanidermatum and Pythium ultimum (oomycetes), Rhizoctonia solani, Botrytis cinerea, Macrophomina phaseolina, Fusarium (F. solani, F. oxysporum, F. sulphurem, F. avenaceum, F. graminearum) Leaf Septoria/ Yellow Leaf Spot (Septoria species) http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/14669-leaf-septoria-yellow-leaf-spot/ Brown spot leaf (Phoma and Ascochyta species) Downy mildew (Pseudocercospora species) Olive leaf spot (Cercospora species) Pink rot (Trichothecium roseum) (false powdery mildew) http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/15170-pest-pink-rot-false-powdery-mildew/ Brown Blight (Alternaria and Stemphylium species) Anthranose (Colletotrichum species) White leaf spot (Phomopsis ganja) Stem Cankers (Trichothecium roseum, Phoma, Stemphylium, Colletotrichum, Fusarium and Phomopsis species) Root Rot (Fusarium solani, Fusarium oxysporum, Macrophomina phaseolina, Rhizoctonia solani, Sclerotium rolfsii, Verticillium species) http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/16150-pest-root-rot/ Viruses Viruses are very small (submicroscopic) infectious particles (virions) composed of a protein coat and a nucleic acid core. They carry genetic information encoded in their nucleic acid, which typically specifies two or more proteins. Translation of the genome (to produce proteins) or transcription and replication (to produce more nucleic acid) takes place within the host cell and uses some of the host's biochemical "machinery". Viruses do not capture or store free energy and are not functionally active outside their host. They are therefore parasites (and usually pathogens) but are not usually regarded as genuine microorganisms. Viruses also cause many important plant diseases and are responsible for huge losses in crop production and quality in all parts of the world. Hemp Streak Virus (HSV) Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV) http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/16447-pest-tobacco-mosaic-virus-tmv/ There are only 4 types of pathogenic bacteria that cause diseases in cannabis plants Bacteria Blight (Pseudomonas syringae pv. cannabina and Striatura ulcerosa) crown gall (Agrobacterium tumefaciens) bacterial wilt (Erwinia tracheiphila) xanthomonas leaf spot (Xanthomonas campestris) Abiotic Diseases Deficiencies of mobile nutrients (N, P, K, Mg, B, Mb) Deficiencies of less mobile nutrients (Mn, Zn, Ca, S, Fe, Cu) Ph Lockout After disaster hits, some plants are lost (bugs, too much or not enough water/nutes, etc), but what to do with the ones that were saved? They took a beating: lots of dead branches and leaves. Let's face it they are a mess, a shadow of what they were, but somehow survived. The following thread is one of the first threads I posted on this site. It focuses on the worst plant from that lot, I had others that bounced back under 24 hours. This is an outdoor grow, so I couldn't give the plant the extra veg time she needed to fully recover..... oh I never had that 'plant sitter' watch my plants ever again. How to cut back and save a plant after the disaster is over http://freemygreenpdx.com/topic/9733-how-to-cut-back-and-save-a-plant-after-the-disaster-is-over/
  17. Purple Power

    RIP Butterball

    Butterball Feb. 2018 to April 28, 2020 I still don't know how she got out in the yard when Chloe was in there. We both thought we both counted 21 hens in the chicken zone before releasing the dog to the yard. Chloe is still in training and FAILED MISERABLY YESTERDAY. Yes she was severely punished and I'm debated the death penalty for her now or use shock training with her. My cameras caught the death blow and my dog happily running around with Butterball's dead body in her mouth. I wasn't home when it happened. Butterball was happy hen that enjoyed her last day on Earth in the front yard eating grass, clover, and any bug, snail, slug, or worm she could find. Sour is looking for her since she has been grooming her to be a boss hen. She laid her final egg yesterday and a was great layer.
  18. Purple Power

    RIP Butterball

    Right now the hens are very quiet and in shock. Some refuse to leave the chicken only zone. Cookies is hiding under the coop, not talking or getting into mischief. I did find an egg under there too. Spikey was shaking when close to the gate to backyard. Sweet, Sour, and Feisty are where I found Butterball bowing their heads in silents. I think the hens affected more witnessed Butterball being murdered. I opened up the front yard to allow them to relax a little. Few hens have taken this offer and the few that did stayed close to me. I'm going to hung up some lavender in the coop to help calm them. This will effect their egg laying. I'm won't be surprised if most of the hens go broody. As for Chloe, she knows she fucked up bad and the two alphas are pissed at her. She didn't any signs that this would of happened. She wasn't staring/stalking the hens. might sniff a little for a sec then walk off. she never charged the fence, never growled or barked at them. She is in her crate looking guilty now. She'll wear a muzzle when out in the back yard. Once her new collar is here, it'll be on her inside or outside. She'll have the muzzle on and if I see her even look at my lady hens the wrong way she will be shocked asap. She will learn chickens = pain, stay away from them. When indoors, Chloe still messes with my oldest cat Nut Nibbler, so she'll be shocked too with this behavior. I think Nut Nibbler will start to mess with Chloe just to get her shocked as pay back.
  19. Purple Power

    RIP Butterball

    I just bought a shock collar and it'll be here on Saturday. Normally. I wouldn't consider this type of training, but her main job will be to protect the hens, not kill them. My son has volunteered to be shocked first as we set it up.
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  21. Copied from Facebook My public testimony, given today at the public hearing for House Bill 4034 regarding the takeover of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program by the OLCC. My name is Dale Petersdorf. Thank you for hearing my testimony today. I am a resident of Marion County Oregon. I'm a disabled veteran firefighter of the USAF. I separated from military service in 2012 and started growing cannabis for my younger brother who is a medical cannabis patient. I am also a medical cannabis patient, former registered medical grower, advocate and activist. I serve on the patient access and social equity subcommittees for the Oregon Cannabis Commission. I am the current elected Secretary for the Oregon SunGrowers Guild, a grassroots organization dedicated to advocacy and support of small family farms and naturally produced Sungrown cannabis and cannabis products. I am the CEO and founder of Project:Scarecrow. We are a 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to facilitate access to quality of life, products, therapies and other services to Oregonians with debilitating medical conditions. At Project:Scarecrow, all of our patient members are OMMP patient cardholders; all have at least one documented, debilitating medical condition as diagnosed by a licensed medical practitioner. Over half are on some form of disability and have limited incomes. All have found a reliable form of relief from their symptoms by including cannabis or it’s constituents in their therapeutic regimen. Many find that using cannabis not only improves their quality of life, it reduces their cost of care. On behalf of our patient members and all OMMP patients. We oppose the passage of HB4034 and HB4035. Kill this bill now. The proposed legislative language is changing at such a pace that by the time the most affected community members, Medical Cannabis Patients, have formed a rebuttal, the proposed language has changed, rendering the rebuttal ineffective. This effectively muzzles the patients so that only the interests of the regulators and well paid lobbyists are heard when it comes to writing the laws about cannabis. It's important for the needs of OMMP patients be heard and heeded. The passage of these bills will put the State in a precarious position because moving the OMMP under the authority of the OLCC is damning to the OMMP as a viable program. The OHA is bound by HIPAA, the OLCC is not. Housing a medical program under the OLCC would compromise patient confidentiality altogether. Patients are under enough hardship, dealing with their own lives and debilitating medical conditions. They certainly don’t want to be put under a microscope by the state and scrutinized like criminals by the OLCC, arguably the largest law enforcement agency in the state. There is a grisly truth that patients are currently facing. Ever since the state of Oregon voted to regulate cannabis for Adult-use in 2015, the state's existing medical cannabis program (OMMP) began to come under siege. Back then OMMP was serving 78,045 patients registrants while simultaneously supplying the whole Adult-use market in the state of Oregon with "early Adult-use sales." Now, in 2020 there are 24,801 patients left. In recent years, we've seen change after change that has affected patient access. We’ve seen patient transaction limits from OLCC retailers reduced drastically from 24oz to 1oz per visit. The state decided that having a OMMP card was essentially a death sentence for any patient in need of an organ transplant and as recent as last year, the legislature created a new rule requiring all OMMP medical gardens to have a written consent form from the property owner. This put the patients in a position where they are forced to discuss their medical information with their landlord which exposes them to discrimination. Additionally, that information is available to banking institutions and a bank has the authority demand the mortgage be paid in full if they find out that the landlord is complicit with the medical garden on the property. No landlord in their right mind will sign that form. The Oregon SunGrowers Guild opposed that legislation last year and we were essentially told that it was happening, whether we liked it or not and that somebody would have to sue the state to reverse that rule change. This legislation puts the State in a precarious position because you can’t have an Adult-use program without having an existing medical program that functions. The passage of these bills basically overturns everything that was in Ballot measure 74 in 1998. We see that these bills were introduced by committee. Nobody wanted to put their name on these bills. Nobody wanted to take responsibility. We don’t blame you, they are terrible bills. But somebody approved for it to be introduced through committee. The states legal council must have approved it. You can do the right thing right now by stopping the passage of HB4034 and HB4035 right here in committee. Thank you. Dale Petersdorf Brother, Patient Advocate, Activist Project:Scarecrow, CEO, Founder Oregon SunGrowers Guild, Secretary of the Board Omnibudsman Enterprises, Sales Director Please keep calling the members of the House Economic Development Committee who have not yet committed to voting no on HB 4034. 4035 and 4088 Rep. Lively 503-986-1412 Rep.JohnLively@oregonlegislature.gov, Rep. Fahey 503-986-1414 Rep.JulieFahey@oregonlegislature.gov, Rep. Helm 503-986-1434 Rep.kenhelm@oregonlegislature.gov, Rep. McLain 503-986-1429 Rep.susanmclain@oregonlegislature.gov, Rep. Marsh 503-986-1405 Rep.PamMarsh@oregonlegislature.gov, Rep. Bonham 503-986-1459 Rep.DanielBonham@oregonlegislature.gov, Rep. Barretto 503-986-1458 rep.gregbarreto@oregonlegislature.gov
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