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Pruning Apricot trees
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I have an Apricot tree that has been in the ground about 3-4 years and is 6-7 feet high. I want to give it its winter prune but I am confused as to how much to take off. I know these are different to…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carol Duffell Dec 31, 2015.

Was this sour crop?
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I lost one of my young hens yesterday to what I think was sour crop. I noticed she was on the floor of the coop the previous day and her crop was swollen and felt squishy like a water balloon. She…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carol Duffell Nov 15, 2015.

Asparagus smelling strongly.

Does anyone know why my mature Asparagus plant has suddenly started to smell quite strongly. It's almost an onion type smell but it's not very nice. I have not noticed it before this year and it is…Continue

Started May 13, 2015

Yellowing leaves on my peach trees
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I have noticed that the leaves on my peach and nectarines trees are going yellow. I have flood irrigation so they get a deep watering every two weeks. I have already lost several trees this year so…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Beck Nov 3, 2013.

 

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Carol Duffell replied to Carol Duffell's discussion Pruning Apricot trees
"Thank you this is so helpful, I appreciate the advice."
Dec 31, 2015
Powell Gammill replied to Carol Duffell's discussion Pruning Apricot trees
"Never make a cut without a reason.  When in doubt, don't. So it is just starting to be a mature tree with good fruit production. And yes, those thick buds are flower (fruit) buds that have not started to swell (break dormancy) yet. …"
Dec 31, 2015
Carol Duffell posted a discussion

Pruning Apricot trees

I have an Apricot tree that has been in the ground about 3-4 years and is 6-7 feet high. I want to give it its winter prune but I am confused as to how much to take off. I know these are different to peach trees and fruit on spurs but all my main branches seem to finish as a spur with 5 or 6 little branches which I assume are the fruiting spurs? If I cut these off to shorten last years growth and to reduce the height will I lose all next years fruit? I have read that I should cut back last…See More
Dec 30, 2015
Carol Duffell replied to Carol Duffell's discussion Was this sour crop?
"Thank you, this means a lot to me. I felt so bad at the time."
Nov 15, 2015
Karis replied to Carol Duffell's discussion Was this sour crop?
"It sounds like sour crop to me, and I don't think you could have done anything more. You are a good Chicken mama."
Nov 15, 2015
Carol Duffell posted a discussion

Was this sour crop?

I lost one of my young hens yesterday to what I think was sour crop. I noticed she was on the floor of the coop the previous day and her crop was swollen and felt squishy like a water balloon. She also had a little fluid coming out of her mouth when I massaged the crop. I gently massaged it several times and tipped her briefly to expel the fluid. That night she stayed on the floor and did not join the others on the roosting pole. The next morning she was on the floor still and her crop was…See More
Nov 6, 2015
Doris replied to Carol Duffell's discussion Broody hen in the group Micro Livestock
"Hi Carol I had 4 go broody and they were 2 per box when it was 110 outside a couple of weeks ago. I figured if it was too hot they would move and join the others in the shade and misters. Now there are only 2 left and they are all okay."
Jul 8, 2015
Kelly Liston replied to Carol Duffell's discussion Broody hen in the group Micro Livestock
"I had a broody hen once.  I had read that dipping them in a bucket of cooler water will lower their body temp a bit and trick their brain into thinking they aren't broody anymore.  People that wrote about this said they had immediate…"
Jul 8, 2015
Carol Duffell added a discussion to the group Micro Livestock
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Broody hen

One of my Marans has gone broody. I have tried just shutting her out of the coop but when the others want to go in to lay it gets difficult. I put her in a wire crate but can't remove the plastic tray as I discovered the wire on the bottom of the crate underneath the tray is much larger and she would damage her legs if I raise it up. I can't put the crate in the coop run as I feel she would overheat left in one spot. I bought her inside and let her out twice a day to exercise with the others…See More
Jul 8, 2015
Carol Duffell posted a discussion

Asparagus smelling strongly.

Does anyone know why my mature Asparagus plant has suddenly started to smell quite strongly. It's almost an onion type smell but it's not very nice. I have not noticed it before this year and it is about 4 years old.See More
May 13, 2015
Carol Duffell replied to Carol Duffell's discussion Parasites in compost pile. in the group Micro Livestock
"I have just read somewhere that if I treat my chickens with Praziquantil (tapeworm meds) the egg withdrawal is 45 days.  Other research indicates 7 - 14 days, does anyone know? 45 days seems a bit extreme."
May 13, 2015
Alison McKee replied to Carol Duffell's discussion Parasites in compost pile. in the group Micro Livestock
"Silvia is correct, the heat from the composting process should kill any micro organisms.  Make sure you keep the compost moist and turn it often.  Also, a 3 ft deep pile is needed to get the temps where they need to be, 140 - 165 f. …"
May 7, 2015
Carol Duffell replied to Carol Duffell's discussion Parasites in compost pile. in the group Micro Livestock
"Thank you for all your advice."
May 7, 2015
raf evan replied to Carol Duffell's discussion Parasites in compost pile. in the group Micro Livestock
"there seems to be no outright parasites transmissible from chicken poop to humans. Salmonella, and maybe shigella, could be transmitted via chicken droppings, but these are bacteria-- they are not animals. chicken poop on low-lying vegies could pose…"
May 6, 2015
Silvia Messmer replied to Carol Duffell's discussion Parasites in compost pile. in the group Micro Livestock
"The heat from the composting materiel should break down any chemicals that the chickens may have excreted, but you can just exclude the waste if you don't feel comfortable using it.  How long to wait?  As long as the medication's…"
May 6, 2015
Carol Duffell replied to Carol Duffell's discussion Parasites in compost pile. in the group Micro Livestock
"Thank you, that puts my mind at rest. Should I keep their waste out of the compost if they are ever chemically treated?"
May 6, 2015

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I come from the UK and have lived in Arizona for 6 years. I joined and helped create a community garden in Tempe where not only am I learning about gardening in the South West but have also met some new like minded friends. I still have a lot to learn but I am enjoying the challenge. I have got six chickens and three cats.

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