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Oct 04 2017
23 December 2017 - 21:10

I like this idea

17 January 2018 - 18:21

Here are a bunch of folks that have way too much time on their hands.

Hilarious none the less.

Have to admit I doubt that weight report myself but does that really matter in the least?

I am about 5'10 with a 34" waist and weigh in (fairly old bathroom scales) at around 194.

Of course hot air balloons work so maybe that is what makes him look so big.

30 January 2018 - 05:00

Sounds like a real good way to make money from idiots.

I have a branding oven heating wand (propane flame thrower) that will not actually shoot flame very far but will reach forging temperatures very rapidly if directed into an appropriate enclosure.

Flame throwers are not well regulated simply because it is a pretty easy thing to actually build with little previous experience. People can experiment on them with all sorts of fuels that are readily available. Doing dumb things is quickly cured, particularly if you make a really stupidly designed backpack version. Survivors either quit or learn.

Ubuntu was promising Wayland soon when I started with 8.4.

But now they are putting out an LTS without it being used by default. Probably don't want a version that sounds like a sex toy to crash. That could be very frustrating to users.

14 February 2018 - 02:37

I am a Feb baby. I like The Onion. They do Horoscopes.

Uplifting horoscopes.

Should be another one but will have to wait until next week. They do a good job on their horoscopes but seem to concentrate on the current one.

04 March 2018 - 18:08

I am not a huge aircraft fan but these have been flying just about as long as I have been around. I was "launched" earlier in 52 than they were.

I know at least one member of this forum will probably like the pictures.

04 March 2018 - 19:22

Chickens shown in lead picture are not high price chickens. Background breed is a Barred Rock - wonderful dual purpose breed (meat and eggs) that has been around and popular since the 19th century. Foreground breed is another "Rock" I am sure. The Partridge Rock. All the Rocks are great dual purpose chickens with a very calm personality, good (not great) egg production and really good eating.

I recommend any Rock or New Hampshire or Rhode Island Reds to chicken noobs.

It is getting to be pretty common that you can legally have chickens in towns now as long as you don't have roosters. A lot of feed stores offer chicks in the spring but I don't recommend buying them as you will generally, unless you pre order them and pick them up the day they arrive, have a high mortality rate with them. The very best place to get chicks is from

They are not the cheapest but very competitively priced. Also have a replacement policy if you loose over a couple chicks out of 25.

Animal rights outfits are all the time trying to stop hatcheries from shipping on airlines because the freight holds are not heated. Shipping chicks in heated compartments is actually pretty deadly to them.

Hatcheries take the chicks right as they emerge from the egg and pack and ship them. Time is critical. They need to be watered and have access to food in the 24 to 72 hour range (shorter the better). Used to come on trains and buses when I was a kid. Were shipped on stage coaches early on. This is why most hatcheries are still in the center of the US (and north central US as that gives them access to the Canadian market).

Here in MT when I was on the ranch we bought chickens and had them shipped to Broadus rather than our address. We got mail only 3 days a week at the ranch. Takes about a day for the mail to get from Billings (our Sec Center) to Broadus. We knew when they would be there and then had to do the 108 mile round trip to get them home. We got 3 shipments of 50 chicks each time while up there. I think our biggest loss of chicks was 3 out of 50.

Those were always "straight run" (what came out of the eggs - not sex sorted). Usually 25 each of 2 different breeds (like Silver Laced Wyandots and Buff Orpingtons). We just let them grow and started butchering roosters at about 10 weeks. Do a few and then wait a couple weeks and do some more.

Do the slow growers first and the fast growers last. The fast growers are watched to see who has the better personalities (some roosters are just nasty bastards to both hens and people - but very tasty).

When I was a kid we started growing chickens when I was about 3. We got 100 straight run at a time about every other year. Those were delivered to Lansing, MI buy Grey Hound. Don't think that we ever had many doa chicks then either.

Main way to loose the buggers once they are in your brooder (at home that was a piece of plywood with 2x6 frame around the edge to keep them in on a couple saw horses with 2 or 3 - depending on the weather - heat lamps) is either having them too warm or not warm enough. Pretty easy to tell about that. If none of them are right under the lamp the thing is too close to them. If they pile up in under it the thing is too high. Piling up kills the buggers because they are not built to hold each other up and breath at the same time.

You need to dip their beaks in the watering devices for them to know how to drink. This is generally done as you take them out of the box and put them in your brooder.

Chick feeders are easy to get. I prefer the metal ones if you can get them as they last forever and don't break. First time you fill them it is good to scatter a bit of chick starter on the newpaper liner you put down in your brooder (this needs changed at least every other day) so that the little buggers find it. They are chickens so they will peck at anything and so they will find it.

Need some heat until they are feathered out. You will be constantly adjusting the height of you heat lamps and, depending on the number of them, maybe removing some along the way.

They are packed pretty tight when shipped. 2 reasons - they are fresh out of the egg and if packed fall back into egg behavior saving energy and they stay warm that way. Unpacking needs done as soon as possible.

First week you need to watch them pretty closely. Noobs will tire soon so don't order too many. You can buy them in smaller batches but 25 is about the best number for low mortality rates in shipping. If you get 50 you will get them in 2 boxes or a single box with a divider in it.

You can buy older chicks but they are really harder to ship and are damned expensive.

Other fowl are great to raise too. I have never ordered chicks of any other breeds because you can generally find them locally if you want them. But Murray McMurray sells Pilgrim Geese if you are into geese. They are great damned birds. An American breed. And they are sex linked. The goose is a grey bird. The male is white. Makes selection of your Xmas goose easy.

They are great parents. Goose eggs need humidity to keep the shells healthy and so the goose and the gander take turns sitting on the eggs. Mainly the goose (and she is definitely in charge of who is sitting) but she has to go for a swim now and then to get wet so he takes over. She will holler at him when it is time and push him off the nest when she is ready to get back to setting.

We bought a pair. He was younger than she was. People raised Pilgrim Geese and had to get rid of her. Geese mate for life. She took up with a Canadian Goose on his way to Canada. They put up with this for 2 years and then got rid of her. He flew in, bred the goose, stayed until the goslings were starting to feather and then flew north. Came back the next year and did it again.

She had nothing to do with the gander we got the first year but then they became pretty inseparable. That first year they bred the gander got lonely and when my dad went out to do chores he would follow along for company. Started standing on my dad's foot. He started picking the bugger up and carrying him around. Looked ridiculous.

I think the lowest they hatched out was about 6. Had 10 one year. The biggest threat for goslings is drowning. You have to have a place for them to swim where they can easily get out. Until they are pretty well feathered they are not water proof and if they can't get out of the water they get water logged and sink. We had an old cast iron bath tub buried in the back yard of the farm that we drapped an old piece of carpet carpet over the sloped end of and they went in and out of that pretty easily as long a little Tommy made sure the damned thing was full a couple times a day.

The big geese dive and flap around in the water to get really wet and will pretty well soak anyone in the area. And drain the "pond". In hot weather this is really important. They are covered in goose down under those feathers. Nothing much better than wearing a goose down jacket in August to cook yourself.

We usually had about a dozen geese around the place. Scared hell out of people that drove in and were not familiar with the geese. They would all run toward the vehicle on their tip toes as they flapped to stay partially airborne with necks outstretched and hissing. We thought it was a lot of fun. And anyone that didn't just didn't come back so there was really no down side to it.

I suspect it will be a long time before they are legal to have in town though. I raised geese in WV. Neighbors had some too. Wonderful critters and really quite friendly and good pets. And can be pretty good watch dogs.

05 March 2018 - 14:53

I live in Ndn country. This is actually a way that people pronounce and spell that. First heard it, myself, in the 90s "back east" from a feller from an east coast Nation.

My time in WV separated me from the First Nations a good bit. As did my short stay in Ohio. MI has quite a population though and they were major contributors to building Big Mac (Mackinaw Bridge was called that before there was fast food).

The Northern Cheyenne Nation is accessible quite easily from US 212 which runs from ST Paul, MN to western MT. In doing so it goes through Broadus and then Ashland, the 2 "towns" closest to the ranch I worked on. Ashland is not a town legally. It is a Post Office but there is no town government. The Tongue River is the western border of the non existent Ashland. Is also the eastern border, roughly, of the Northern Cheyenne Nation.

I get to head that way today for the Census. They have a lot of trouble getting people to go there. Pretty scary place. Has Indians in it. "You know how they are."

Yep I sure do. Damned nice folks.

Getting a bit trickier to get cooperation there for some reason. Could be that the Sec Interior is former MT US House Member Zinke and he would like to privatize Indian Lands and wanted the budget to cut 25% from Tribal spending - most of which is required by Treaty obligations. Pres Trump is not real popular there. Really doesn't make it easy to go and try to get people to give personal information to damned flunkies from the Gov. "Hi - I'm from the Gov and I am here to help you" just doesn't go over real well.

What gets me is how hospitable and pleasant they are when dealing with me even in refusals. Certainly more civil than I would be in their place.

But what I wanted to post was a couple links that I have followed since living in WV. Well one of them I have. This first one is pretty new to me and I was happy to find it. Is mainly Ojibway/Cree which is, while a Canadian site, related to the main Rez in MI closely. A couple recent articles

This other site has been a main stay of journalism that lost funding in Sept of 17 and the site kept going by a couple of the journalists until now and it has been picked up for support by the NCAI (National Congress of American Indians). Main guy that kept it going was the author of this article.

I was really happy to read this one

and this

This is very interesting as is the PDF linked in it which I downloaded and haven't finished (looks pretty crappy to me)

06 March 2018 - 18:23

Of course we can ignore Forbes because Pres Trump told us he is worth a lot more than they claim he is. And he is always forthright and honest.