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Andrea0509

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Posted - Dec 22 2015 :  6:19:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Loved hearing about your memories as a kid Charlene. Cute how you got to ride in the wheelbarrow!

Sounds like a good read Janet! One for me to put on the wish list :) On a related note, I have a book called Traditional American farming techniques, which talks about everything from tools used in those days to how to care for livestock. If I remember correctly I think Mary Jane was listed as a contributing author.

Hobby farming with my husband & two kids in beautiful Michigan ~ 1 Jersey; Miss Persimmon, 2 Olde English Southdown ewes; Lula & Clementine, and chickens to come Spring 2016. Loving the adventure!
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CloversMum

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Posted - Dec 22 2015 :  9:05:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Both sound like good books to have on a wish list! The book BARNS by John Michael Vlach even can be ordered on audio; although, I must say I laughed just a bit as I think you'd miss a huge amount of the book with no pictures.

It looks like MaryJane wrote the introduction to Traditional American Farming Techniques which also sounds good. The first edition of the book was published in 1916. It must have oodles of history in it!

Both are now on my wish list. Thanks ladies!

Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; A few Jersey cows; a few alpacas; a few more goats, and even more ducks and chickens

Edited by - CloversMum on Dec 22 2015 9:06:24 PM
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maryjane

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Posted - Dec 23 2015 :  06:10:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Charlene, I think I have an extra copy I can give you. I'll check. Our main library is in our barn ... and the weather outside is frightful.

MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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maryjane

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Posted - Dec 23 2015 :  06:28:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Janet, is there a type of birdhouse you recommend for a flicker house? I do have several dozen bird houses stationed here and there that get lots of use but they probably aren't big enough for a flicker. It seems like flickers have a need to create a home with their beaks first, just like the smaller birds gather twigs. Wouldn't it be nice if they'd just go into an existing hole to have their babies? I have several of what we call woodpecker snags that house plenty of birds every year. I'll have to observe more closely who specifically the inhabitants are.

It seems to me like we have plenty of trees with the ridge so close. I'm wondering if flickers are evolving to prefer manmade structures like the chimney swift that according to Wikipedia will only nest in manmade chimneys. It's odd though because only 50 miles away sits my 4-story historic flour mill covered in wood siding like on my barn and we've never once had a flicker drill into it. In that area there aren't pockets of forest like around here. So perhaps they don't even go or exist in that area of the Palouse. The critters I battle in my mill are bats, pigeons, and raccoons. I've starting leaving a radio on to deter the bats (tired of cleaning up bat poop). The pigeons are of course messy also but the raccoons move in and are very destructive and endlessly clever about getting in. I've had them scratch their way in through a wooden floor from underneath. Sigh.

MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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CloversMum

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Posted - Dec 23 2015 :  09:23:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'd love to borrow an extra copy, if you find it, MaryJane. But certainly there is no hurry.


Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; A few Jersey cows; a few alpacas; a few more goats, and even more ducks and chickens
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maryjane

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Posted - Dec 24 2015 :  8:30:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm happy to give it to you. Next week's project is to purge some books from my overflowing barn library. We receive about five new adult how-to type books every week from publishers who are hoping for a review in my magazine.

MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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CloversMum

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Posted - Dec 26 2015 :  08:43:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you, MaryJane! Looking forward to it, but no rush.

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CloversMum

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Posted - Jan 14 2016 :  10:02:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Andrea, how is the progress on your barn plans coming? Keep us posted as we all enjoy hearing about all things cows and their needs.

Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; A few Jersey cows; a few alpacas; a few more goats, and even more ducks and chickens
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Andrea0509

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Posted - Jan 17 2016 :  1:24:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Charlene! Haven't been on here much the past couple of weeks! We're waiting on a couple of details but I'm pretty certain we will start building this winter. Will post updates once things get started!

Hobby farming with my husband & two kids in beautiful Michigan ~ 1 Jersey; Miss Persimmon, 2 Olde English Southdown ewes; Lula & Clementine, and chickens to come Spring 2016. Loving the adventure!
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CloversMum

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Posted - Jan 17 2016 :  2:03:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So good to hear progress!

We met with a builder last week concerning a dairy barn to be built this year ... now we are waiting on his bid and some details as well. Exciting times...

Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; A few Jersey cows; a few alpacas; a few more goats, and even more ducks and chickens
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Andrea0509

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Posted - Jan 18 2016 :  10:36:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How exciting Charlene!! Hope plans progress smoothly :)

Hobby farming with my husband & two kids in beautiful Michigan ~ 1 Jersey; Miss Persimmon, 2 Olde English Southdown ewes; Lula & Clementine, and chickens to come Spring 2016. Loving the adventure!
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CloversMum

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Posted - Jan 18 2016 :  12:54:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've decided that a bunch of farming is plain ol' waiting and waiting and waiting. :) Always something to do physically ... mucking is always available! But I'm waiting on a bid to build a barn, waiting for the barn to get started, waiting to hear about a pregnant doe, then waiting on an animal's pregnancy test, waiting for an animal birth, waiting ... ugh, sometimes I'm just not very good at it. But getting better at it and it is just best to go to the next thing while you are waiting. Nothing to complain about at all, just learning how to be patient and content with the waiting and to enjoy it. Good life lesson to learn.

Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; A few Jersey cows; a few alpacas; a few more goats, and even more ducks and chickens
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