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Season Three – Episode Four – Little Ducks All Over the Floor

Today we discuss mortality rates, which are generally in the 2-3% range over large numbers of ducklings.  We also discuss the breeds we have and identifying them as ducklings.

Sadly one of our ducklings died yesterday and we have one today that doesn’t look like she is going to make it either.  This is a reality when brooding baby ducks.

S3 – Duck Chronicles – Episode 3 – A New Box of Ducks for Me

In Episode 3 of Season Three we start again at the post office picking up the balance of this week’s shipment of ducklings.  We will have one more round of ducks coming next week.

We then move on to the brooder.  Everyone from shipment one did well despite and over night low in the mid 30s.  It was warm enough inside the “Fortress of Duckatude”.  By 8 AM they were up partying at the feeders and waters and welcoming their new brooder mates by 9AM.

We finish with feeding the adult ducks, walking along the swale and peek at an upcoming meal for our Spring Workshop.

Season Three – Duck Chronicles Episodes One and Two Published

Today March 1st is the launch of Season Three of the Duck Chronicles.  In episode one I pick the new ducks up at the post office, talk about a shortage of Silver Appleyards, more shipments coming and the fact that John Metzer of Metzer Farms Personally Called me to Explain the issues.  That folks is customer service!

In episode two we show you the giant brooder set up this year (AKA The Fortress of Duckatude”, our duck poop water catchers on steroids and deal with a few babies that still managed to get wet.  We take everyone to learn where the warm place is, hang out a bit and wrap it up surrounded by baby ducks.




Redneck Venison Pho and New Aquatic System Drains

Couple videos we did over the weekend.  First is what we call Redneck Pho (pho is pronounced fuh) this version is made with venison and quail.  Most of the time I actually do the broth for about 3-4 hours longer, chill over night in the fridge and remove any hardened fat/tallow from the top.  Then use the broth for Redneck Pho or other things.  But for the sake of this video I condensed it into one process.

Items mentioned in this video Items mentioned in this video are Red Yeti Shears  and the Stock Sock



Next up some modifications I made to out aquatic system on Sunday.  I came up with a simple cheap way to create overflow drains that should be 100% fool proof in never clogging.

NOTE – Concerns about the metal tanks, suggestions to try to make this aquatic system into an aquaponics system or fear mongering about PVC will be ignored and possibly deleted.  Sorry but after three years of explaining it, I am just done.  Some day soon I may do one video addressing these concerns one more time, but for the time being I am just done with nervous nillies and people that worry about non problems.



2 Inch Return Lines Added to the Aquatic System

Just some quick video of a modification we did to the aquatic system (note aquatic, not aquaponic).  We plumbed in 2 inch return lines so we can run the flow much faster and turn the entire system over about once ever 90 minutes, or about 16 times a day.

I also explain why the Duck Chronicles Season Three won’t be starting for a few more weeks.  And there are two more bonus videos.

Here are two more videos of some fish we caught and added to the aquaponics system this week as well.

A Lesson in Propaganda and Logical Fallacies

This is a great education about propaganda further you will note that most of the techniques here are actually the application of fallacies on a broad and specific scale.

However, the entire video itself is a form of propaganda!  Leading us to the following reality, the “fallacy-fallacy”.

Which is just because an argument is made with a fallacy doesn’t make the argument invalid, only the means by which it is being argued are invalid.  To logically refute an arguement even one made on a fallacy, one must provide logic and avoid using their own fallacies.

This is work, and people are lazy  and this is why such obvious propaganda in the form of fallacies is so effective.

This video was sent to me by a listener of TSP who noted how often we discuss pattern recognition and propaganda on the show.

While this is a sort of stiff hokey reel to reel video like us old farts used to sleep though in High School, the methods are still being used today.  They may be a bit more polished, but the patterns are the same.  Once you see the patterns, you can never unsee them, ever again.

For those that get the reference, you will be saying, “I see the fnords!” everywhere you look.



Two New Videos On Our Aquaponics and Aquatic Systems

Just a couple of update videos on some of the stuff we are doing at Nine Mile Farm right now.

We cover installing a return line, installing heat tape, the harsh freezes, the plans for a new “Bullhead Hotel” where the new ducks will be brooded and more.

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Okuma Avenger ABF65 Bait Feeder Reel – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Okuma Avenger ABF65 Bait Feeder Reel.  Until last fall I had never even heard of Okuma Reels.  A friend named Jeff was at our fall event and had two he bartered with on the barter blanket.  Another friend and I both acquired one of them.

These reels are amazing and for the price they are flatly fing amazing!  I have used 200 dollar reels that were no smoother than these are.   As many of you know I am a huge fan of Mitchell Reels and I highly recommend the Mitchell 300 for lighter set ups.   Frankly this reel has me pondering trying a lighter version and comparing it head to head with my beloved Mitchells.

The ABF65 is a substantial reel, designed for larger fish like small to medium sharks in the surf or really big catfish.  I have this one teamed up with an Ugly Stick Big Water Series 11100 9 foot rod, and have several trips to the shore planned with it this year.  Also if I do make good on my threat to buy a boat, I’ll be using this one to target trophy cats.

The feature I really and I mean really love on this reel is called the “bait feeder drag”.  What this allows you to do is use a second drag setting for the reel when your bait is out.  You can set this very light, your line all stays nice on the reel but when a fish takes the bait the line feeds out as it begins its run.  Simply turning the reel a half turn engages your standard drag and the fight is on.

Many bait casting reels have settings similar to this, but this is the first spin caster anyway I have seen that does this.  There may be others but I am not aware of them.   Check out the video below to see exactly how it works.

The Avenger ABF series comes in quite a few sizes, they are outlined in this table.

As mentioned above I am seriously considering ordering a lighter version of this reel and it may very well unseat Mitchell reels as my go to and my family has been using Mitchell reels for long before I was born.    I am going to check with some local stores to see if anyone stocks these.  I would kind of like to hold one rather than ordering it blind so to say.  I like to get a feel for my reels and how they will balance with a rod.

My gut is the ABF30 will be damn close to the Mitchell 300 in size and balance, if I can’t find a local store that stocks them I will just order one and I am sure it will pair nicely with one of my rods.  When I get my hands on a smaller reel I will report back and give its’ own spot as Item of the Day.

That said if you want a reel for bigger fish, this one is amazing.  It also comes with a second spool so that you can have a second one all ready to go.  So if big fish are in your future check out the ABF65 and you could do a lot worse than pairing it up with a Ugly Stick Big Water Series 1100 9 foot rod.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to and by shopping at anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – If any of you own a ABF series reel specifically smaller sizes I would love your thoughts  on it, what you have it paired with and would love to see it in a picture with something for scale.



Masontops Complete Mason Jar Fermentation Kit – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is Masontops Complete Mason Jar Fermentation Kit.  Previously I reviewed a product called FermentEm Mason Jar Lids.  A lot of you got them so much so they not been available for over a month!

I have been asked for alternatives and I have researched a lot of them and found another great one to recommend.  I want to point out here while I am reviewing the full kit, you can get…

You can also get these in regular vs. wide mouth jars but I personally prefer wide mouth for most fermenting.   Anyway I am very happy with this product.  The pebbles do a great job keeping stuff under the brine, everything cleans up in seconds with just hot water and they just fricken work, and like the FermentEm lids they are waterless so they can’t dry out, they are about as fool proof as it gets.

For more info see the video below where I give an over view and show a few of the ferments I have going right now.  And consider the Masontops Complete Mason Jar Fermentation Kit or specific components of it for your fermenting needs.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to and by shopping at anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – The endorsement of this product should not be seen as a negative to my previous endorsement of the FermentEm product, both of these items are stellar, that said, so far I would give a very slight edge to the Mason Tops Pickle Pipes, they are just fantastic and store in such a small amount of space.

S2- Duck Chronicles 40 – The Final Sortie

Season Two is over and while I thought we didn’t do as many episodes by hook or crook both seasons ended up being 40 episodes!

Don’t worry though Duck Chronicles is not going away, Season Three will begin about Feb. the 8th.

Today we talk about our full swales, the plans for the geese, new ducks arriving in Feburary, some other plans for the farm and more.

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