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Darin Jensen
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Darin Jensen replied to Allison Siegel's discussion New chicks-need advice in the group Micro Livestock
"Let the mama hen raise them. She'll gladly do all the work and save you the time and effort. Plus it's great to watch her teach them to scratch, eat, etc."
Nov 1, 2012
Darin Jensen replied to Erica (Dawnfire)'s discussion Nocturnal Chickens in the group Micro Livestock
"Oh no! What you have is a rare case of zombie chickens! Be very, very careful! And always have a large, sharp knife with you when you're around you. If they attack, the only way to stop them is to remove their heads. But don't let them…"
Oct 2, 2012
Darin Jensen replied to Darin Jensen's discussion Muscovy Ducks, Coturnix Quail & NZW Rabbits for Sale! in the group Micro Livestock
"Sounds great! We plan on always having some available. The hens are always sitting on some eggs, so we hope to have a consistent batch hatching every month or so. We tried incubating them but have found that it's easier to just let the mamas do…"
Oct 2, 2012
Catherine, The Herb Lady replied to Darin Jensen's discussion Muscovy Ducks, Coturnix Quail & NZW Rabbits for Sale! in the group Micro Livestock
"Thank you for the info Darin.  We have been talking about getting either Muscovy or chickens for a while - have not made up our minds, but I've had the muscovy before and we loved them.  I will keep your contact info."
Oct 2, 2012
Darin Jensen added a discussion to the group Micro Livestock
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Muscovy Ducks, Coturnix Quail & NZW Rabbits for Sale!

If anyone is interested in purchasing baby Muscovy ducks, Coturnix quail or New Zealand White rabbits (from the Ozark line - purchased from Texas A&M in Kingsville, TX), I always have plenty available.We have 16 ducklings only a few weeks old and another couple dozen that should be here in a couple weeks.They come from 2 males and 11 females. They sell for $10 eachI'm also hatching out close to 180 Coturnix quail every week too. So we have both newly hatched chicks and fertile eggs always…See More
Oct 1, 2012
Darin Jensen replied to Donna Hamill's discussion Poultry meat as tough as tire rubber in the group Micro Livestock
"It's probably a white meat thing. I've cooked old roosters and used this method and they were as tender as a young hen. I've never used sugar. Remember, the salt is to prepare it to be tender. After you soak it in salt sufficiently,…"
Jun 15, 2012
Darin Jensen replied to Donna Hamill's discussion Poultry meat as tough as tire rubber in the group Micro Livestock
"It's rigor mortise. Either soak your chicken in salt water for 24+ hours in the fridge, rinse and cook it or freeze it and then thaw it and cook it. That offsets the rigor mortise effects. Same goes for rabbit and other like meats. Doing this…"
Jun 14, 2012
Darin Jensen replied to Frances Keltner's discussion Keeping eggs in the summer in the group Micro Livestock
"I collect mine once every evening. In the summer, at least once a day is wise."
May 24, 2012
Darin Jensen replied to Karen Krauss's discussion 5 adult chickens wanted in the group Micro Livestock
"Quarantine means to keep them completely separate, in a separate area so you can monitor them and make sure there are no surprises (sickness, disease, etc.). Keeping them quarantined protects your current flock from getting sick from the new herd if…"
Apr 28, 2012
Darin Jensen replied to Karen Krauss's discussion 5 adult chickens wanted in the group Micro Livestock
"I have 5 that were born March 1st. The roosters were a RIR and a Columbian Wyandotte and the hens were RIR, Easter Egger, Barred Rock, Golden Buff. It looks like these young hens will be RIRs, Easter Egger (was a green egg), Golden Sex Link and…"
Apr 28, 2012
Darin Jensen replied to Shelly Martin's discussion Broody - in the group Micro Livestock
"I just put a dozen fertile eggs under my broody cochin. I put her to use when she gets that way. In fact, I look forward to one going broody to save me the work of hatching them with an incubator.I have a tiny little coop that is set up just for…"
Apr 22, 2012
Darin Jensen replied to Kate Rutz's discussion Chicks...I have chicks for sale in the group Micro Livestock
"Do your Ameraucanas lay blue or green eggs? And are they bright colored eggs are very faintly colored? Thanks!"
Apr 1, 2012
Volunteer Manager left a comment for Darin Jensen
"Hi Daren, Thank you for choosing to join the Valley Permaculture Alliance, a local 501C3 non-profit education organization that offers classes, training, activities, tours, events and demonstrations on various aspects of sustainable living around…"
Mar 19, 2012

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I have a rabbitry and teach others about self reliance and raising rabbits for meat. I also teach about emergency preparedness and some survival. I raise chickens, Coturnix quail, Muscovy ducks, Ring neck pheasants, do gardening and am getting into a few other things as well. I also own my own preparedness online store, blog and have some forums.

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At 6:05pm on March 19, 2012, Volunteer Manager said…

Hi Daren,

Thank you for choosing to join the Valley Permaculture Alliance, a local 501C3 non-profit education organization that offers classes, training, activities, tours, events and demonstrations on various aspects of sustainable living around the Greater Phoenix Valley. You can read more about the VPA on the ‘About Us’ page, sign up for our newsletter,  and explore the many groups and resources this Ning “social networking site” has to offer, as well as customize your own Profile Page and connect with new like-minded friends. Please browse the discussions, blogs, videos, comments to get a feel for our incredibly resourceful community, and to share your interests as well.

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