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Amanda Loving
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  • Draper, VA
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Sue Tirrell replied to Amanda Loving's discussion 'Roost Rejects' in the group Backyard Chickens
"Hi! This is a fascinating discussion --I can't wait to see if you get the purple eggs! I had a problem with my chickens roosting in thier nesting boxes instead of the roost I built them and I read that the roosts should be pretty wide--like…"
Aug 31, 2010
Amanda Loving replied to johna's discussion 'Does anyone have any tips on harvesting your own seeds?'
"I have not had any issues in the years that I have done this with tomatoes. I grow from seed and plant over 30 varieties of heirloom tomatoes each year. By the time I get around to planting what doesn't sell I usually have a thousand tomato…"
Aug 26, 2010
Amanda Loving replied to Larry Snyder's discussion 'Organic Fertilizer'
"If the fertilizer says "organic" then it must meet typical organic standards. I had the same question, but you are safe. I try to make sure that the fertilizer not only says organic but is also list with OMRI or the National List of…"
Aug 26, 2010
Amanda Loving replied to johna's discussion 'Does anyone have any tips on harvesting your own seeds?'
"I save tomato seeds using the fermentation method. I choose a good specimen from the garden (and then force myself not to eat it), I squeeze out the seeds into a small container. I then add enough water to cover the seeds, and put a lid on the…"
Aug 26, 2010
Amanda Loving replied to Amanda Loving's discussion 'Roost Rejects' in the group Backyard Chickens
"I will try the ladders. Maybe that will help. We built the roosts out of bamboo, and made sure that it was the right diameter. I will try anything right now. We kept them up in the coop for two weeks when we got them, and they went inside of it for…"
Aug 19, 2010
Amanda Loving replied to Amanda Loving's discussion 'Roost Rejects' in the group Backyard Chickens
"I thought of that, but the trash can is very big, and won't fit through the small door of the coop. I took over some hens from other flock, but they would never integrate, and did not solve the problem. I will be taking them back next week if…"
Aug 18, 2010
Amy Sirk replied to Amanda Loving's discussion 'Roost Rejects' in the group Backyard Chickens
"My Ameraucanas will go into the coop, but they won't roost. I'd suggest putting the trash can in the coop."
Aug 17, 2010
rachel whetzel replied to Amanda Loving's discussion 'Roost Rejects' in the group Backyard Chickens
"I haven't heard of it! The only colors I've ever read about are brown, white and blue/green in varying shades! I'm interested to hear it you have luck with the idea!!"
Aug 10, 2010
Amanda Loving replied to Amanda Loving's discussion 'Roost Rejects' in the group Backyard Chickens
"I will let you know. We will be rounding up some of our Rhode Island Reds from the other flock tonight to transplant in with the others. Hopefully it will work. Like I mentioned these breeding pairs are for chick production as I read that crossing a…"
Aug 10, 2010
rachel whetzel replied to Amanda Loving's discussion 'Roost Rejects' in the group Backyard Chickens
"I'd be interested to hear if that does the trick! I've only ever had on rooster, and he's in charge of 12 hens. Those numbers seem to work fine, and he's a really nice rooster. I don't know how much competition would keep…"
Aug 9, 2010
Amanda Loving replied to Amanda Loving's discussion 'Roost Rejects' in the group Backyard Chickens
"I did not think of that. I have another flock, and I suppose that the rooster in charge of that one may be overloaded as it is one rooster for 17 hens. I had wanted to keep the pure breds apart from my motley crew, but I suppose I may have to take…"
Aug 9, 2010
Amanda Loving replied to Amanda Loving's discussion 'Roost Rejects' in the group Backyard Chickens
Aug 9, 2010
rachel whetzel replied to Amanda Loving's discussion 'Roost Rejects' in the group Backyard Chickens
"I have no experience with chickens not going where they should at night... but I think your numbers are very off with male to female numbers. I don't think that it's about pairs as much as you should have way more females for every male.…"
Aug 9, 2010
Amanda Loving added a discussion to the group Backyard Chickens
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Roost Rejects

Hi. I bought two pairs of breeding chickens.  A pair of cuckoo Morans, and a pair of black Americauncas.  They are approx.  5 months old, and have not laid an egg, and will not roost on their designated roosters.  Nor will they go into the coop at night.  Instead, even though their wings have been clipped, they somehow manage to fly over their fenced in yard and get into a trashcan where we keep the old bedding when we clean out the coop until it's full enough to take it to the compost pile. …See More
Aug 8, 2010
Amanda Loving is now a member of HOMEGROWN
Aug 8, 2010
Amanda Loving joined Pete and Izzy's Mom's group
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Backyard Chickens

A place to discuss and share the joy and trials of chicken raising! Share your chicken knowledge, photos, coop plans, ask questions, anything chicken related!See More
Aug 8, 2010

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What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
Earth Mama
A bit about me:
I am all about living sustainably, and currently live in a bareback cabin (w/o water/electricity...etc...) I am planning and saving to add some water, and solar wind/power one day, but am very happy with a lantern, and a water jug that is filled freely from local spring. I grow and sell heirloom garden veggie plants/herbs, and then the fruits of the plants at a local farmers market.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
Last night I cooked Turkish Couscous served up with homemade pesto that contained homegrown garlic, and seven varieties of basil. This morning I made triple berry (black raspberry, wine berry, and black berry) thai basil pancakes with sourwood honey. Very good.
Currently reading:
Too many to list, but a few of Mr. Berry's books, and one on Krishna mainly.
Currently listening to:
Carolina Chocolate Drops
My latest DIY project:
Refurbing an old metal storage building into a chicken coop.
Web site I recommend:
http://foodiefarmgirl.blogspot.com

Comment Wall (1 comment)

At 3:21pm on August 20, 2010, Cornelia said…
Hi Amanda,
I'm so glad that you're finding good discussions in the Backyard Chickens group. I hope it is helpful! Your lifestyle sounds incredible! A dream for many of us. So glad you have the internet out there in the wild! :)
Please let me know if you have any questions about the site.

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