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Duck Chronicles Episode Seven – Swimming is Duck Heaven

The little ducks are now 15 days old and it is time for their fist full on swim.  We hang out and enjoy a bit of 30 year old port.  We talk about how to condition dogs that have prey drive issues to not harm ducks and how to condition the ducks to not run from and there by key up the dog.

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Duck Chronicles Episode Four – Massive Q&A In Store

Today we answer questions from the following folks…

  • Toni – How to they get stuck and die in an brooder? What exactly do yo mean
  • Walt lars – How is processing a duck different than a chicken?
  • v – Will your ducks attract other water fowl?
  • Tea Tina – What about brooding ducks and chicks together? If not can they ever go together?
  • Inarainyplace – How do you protect them from avian predators?
  • Alyssa Mennillo – What about cold climates like CT?
  • Lor Farr – Is “excessive quacking” normal behavior? Why might one duck quack a lot more than all the others?
  • SoutheastPasturedProducts – Could ducks ever work in an HOA? Are there quiet ducks that won’t fly over 6 foot fences?
  • Handy Homesteady – Just a shout out that he will be doing the chicken chronicles soon.
  • Serra Do Japi – How much water a month for 8 ducks?
  • jason cavanaugh – Is it harder to get organic/natural feed with a small flock since you buy less quantity?
  • AnCapSnek – Why did we shut down our commercial operation?

Power is Down but the Podcast Rolls On

Weather isn’t that bad so I assume some dingleberry hit a pole or something. Power company says we will be down until about 2:30. I have Shawn Mills on for an interview at 1:30 so that dog don’t hunt. Back up power FTW!

I find it ironic that I did a Basics of Prepping Show Yesterday.

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New Freshwater Shrimp Tank

I have been looking into other ways to feed my aquaponics fish and shrimp are a great way to do that.  I have also found a variety of shrimp called Mississippi Grass Shrimp (Palaemonetes kadiakensis).  Being native to much of the United States, unlike many shrimp they are very cold hardy.

The ebay seller I got them from, johns796 says he catches them to order from his own pond.  He is in northern Louisiana just barely south of the Arkansas border and that he has had ice on it 3 of the last 4 years.  Additionally in the Pond Boss Forum I have read accounts of them surviving over winter in Nebraska in ponds.

That said surviving in a 200 gallon steel tank is different then in a 100,000 gallon natural pond.  So I am not sure if they will survive my winters.  Hence I have four tanks they are going in outside, 20 each and I will keep 20 in this tank.

The system is explained in the video below but what I did was use a “kritter keeper” to make a very large bio filter which also pacifies the filter so the top vegetation doesn’t get beat up and destroyed.   For now the top vegetation is salvinia.  The wood is chola cactus wood with lots of hiding space for the baby shrimps.  The bottom is a thin layer of baked compost, then a layer of lava sand and last a layer of lava rock.

The shrimp should be here tomorrow and some java moss and marimo moss balls should be here this week, Friday at the latest.

Anyway enjoy the video and ask any questions you have.

Items Used in this Project…

Duck Chronicles Has Returned

After a long break Nine Mile Farm again has ducks.  This time around we are going with “homestead ducks”.  Just a small flock for our personal use.  The new flock will be 8 ducks and 2 drakes (assuming everyone makes it out of the brooder alive).

They are all Rouens so if we hatch any ducklings eventually we know exactly what we are going to get.  I picked them up today, got them into the brooder and made three videos.  From this point forward we will likely put out 3-5 videos a week as they grow and have their first adventures.

Every episode of The Duck Chronicles all the way back to season one can be found at www.duckchronicles.com and the Season Four Playlist is at bit.ly/ducks4

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Parts 15 and 16 of My New 300 Gallon Aquaponics Build

Today we get the mulch layer on and I give a full breakdown of the fertility products I use in my wicking beds and sources for all of them.

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See complete playlist for this project here. http://bit.ly/300gal

Full list of products in this video

Endo Mycorrhizae Fungal Inoculation – http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/aiotd-2-20-17

GS Plant Foods Liquid Kelp Fertilizer –
http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/aiotd-3-16-17

Dr Earth Fertilizer – http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/aiotd-4-10-17

Garrett Juice Plus – http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/aiotd-3-16-18

Epsoma 3-4-4 Fertilizer – https://amzn.to/2CxXe1s

Epsoma Blood Meal – https://amzn.to/2wYmacC – Really any blood meal is fine. I have no brand loyalty with strait blood meal.

Liquid Molasses – https://amzn.to/2wYLejw

Mushroom Spawn – https://mushroommountain.com/products/king-stropharia-clemson-stropharia-rugoso-annulata

 

Dates Announced for the 2018 TSP Fall Workshop

This years TSP Fall Workshop will be from Nov. 7th though the 11th.  Tickets will go on sale on Sept. 29th at 8AM.  This is a Saturday and I thought that would give folks the best chance to get a ticket.

Tickets always sell out every year.  Sometimes in two days, some times in two hours, the record so far was 56 minutes.  This year we may break that record.  Because we are celebrating 10 years of TSP.   We are going to have some special swag, Friday is going to be a day of socializing and good food and drink.  Lots of other fun stuff too.

Cost as always will be 500 dollars and I defy anyone to put together 3 days of better food, drink and fun at that cost.  Also there is going to be an optional “swag bundle” for 50 bucks this year with some really cool stuff.  Details will come soon on that.

For a taste of what you can expect, check out this video below.

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White Nile Tilapia Feeding in One of My Aquaponics Systems

Just a short video of my White Nile Tilapia feeding in my greenhouse based aquaponics system.  The fish are about 15 months old and I would say a bit over 2 pounds on average.  They should be able to feed for at least 3 more months until it gets too cold for them.

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You can find all my aquatics and aquaponics videos in one playlist at bit.ly/9mile-aquaponics

New 300 Gallon Aquaponics System – Part Fourteen

See complete playlist for this project here. http://bit.ly/300gal

Today more questions on this build answered including system maintenance planning, what is Garrett Juice, static vs. flow though beds and more.

Learn all about Garrett Juice here http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/aiotd-3-16-18

Exactly how to make your own Garrett Juice here https://www.dirtdoctor.com/garden/Garrett-Juice_vq1927.htm

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New 300 Gallon Aquaponics System – Part Thirteen

See complete playlist for this project here. http://bit.ly/300gal

Today I answer your questions on this system so far. Including questions on using worms, charcoal, system cycling, pea gravel and system size.

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