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Message 1904099 - Posted: 1 Dec 2017, 14:30:00 UTC

Free Range Chicken? You might want to find out where they are nesting. Winter is closing in. Don't know if you have a good sheltered area for the chickens. I have seen someone use a 55 gallon drum lined with straw as a outside home.



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Message 1904478 - Posted: 2 Dec 2017, 20:23:26 UTC - in response to Message 1904099.  
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Free Range Chicken? You might want to find out where they are nesting. Winter is closing in. Don't know if you have a good sheltered area for the chickens. I have seen someone use a 55 gallon drum lined with straw as a outside home.

I have a smallish dog house and I put some pine shavings inside, but yesterday they left my back yard near sunset and went across the street to the neighbor's house. (He technically owns them.) I suppose that location imprinted on them when they were young. I think the only way to get them to stay in my yard overnight would be to lock them in a coop. I can't do that because that would (technically) be kidnapping (or birdnapping). I'm sort of on the horns of a dilemma. Sure wish the neighbor would sell (or give) them to me so I could invest some money into a proper coop. No reason to do that if I don't own them.

I believe they are spending their nights under a Japanese boxwood hedge across the street. I don't know if they're going back into their owner's back yard or not. I'd have to sit outside and watch. I may do that.

I have a shed in the back yard that I don't really use. I also got some nesting boxes. I'm thinking about putting the nesting boxes up on the shelf (about 4 feet high) in the shed and making that a place for them to spend the night. And I'd have to devise some sort of ladder for them to climb up to the shelf. Again, I don't know if they'll comply due to their going "home" in the evening.

I have found out that these are Rhode Island Reds.

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Speaking of winter; first, I'm in central Texas. Never much of a real "winter" down here; second, I've checked into a website with a forum - site is called Backyard Chickens. There they say it's not really necessary to protect chickens from what would be normal cold (snow and ice) weather conditions since these birds have been around long enough to have been exposed to all sorts of weather without benefit of human-produced heat and electricity. It's only necessary to give them a little shelter, feed them normally, and make sure they have access to unfrozen water.
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Message 1905159 - Posted: 6 Dec 2017, 19:49:46 UTC

A few recent shots around the marina after dark....













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Message 1905162 - Posted: 6 Dec 2017, 19:57:05 UTC

Those are very nice Rob.
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Message 1905168 - Posted: 6 Dec 2017, 20:08:10 UTC - in response to Message 1905162.  

Those are very nice Rob.

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Message 1905170 - Posted: 6 Dec 2017, 20:17:37 UTC - in response to Message 1905168.  

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Message 1905294 - Posted: 7 Dec 2017, 6:25:48 UTC
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Its always had a narrow jetty alongside. The wide walkway is just visible in the second shot. I've been moored "head in" for some time, it's easier getting in when it's windy, and the access to the front cabin is far easier than climbing over the engine covers etc.
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Message 1905365 - Posted: 7 Dec 2017, 19:03:25 UTC

First I saw this:



Then I saw this:



Thelma has been a busy girl! Louise hasn't started laying eggs yet, or she has but they're hidden.

The nest is right outside my "office" window.
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Message 1905372 - Posted: 7 Dec 2017, 19:19:33 UTC

That's unless they might be using the same nest to lay the eggs.
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Message 1905745 - Posted: 8 Dec 2017, 23:13:14 UTC - in response to Message 1905372.  

That's unless they might be using the same nest to lay the eggs.

Do they do that? I'll have to check.
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Message 1905768 - Posted: 9 Dec 2017, 0:52:41 UTC
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Oh yes all the time, when in the hen house they take and empty nest and jump in and lay their eggs.

Then you have some we called Cluks which they quit laying and go sit on any eggs thinking they are going to hatch them. They get file thirteen treatment in short order. They will never lay again.

It's real easy to tell if they are done we called the three finger test, if you can put 3 fingers between the bones in the back end they are laying still but when are done it closes up to 2 fingers wide.
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Message 1905973 - Posted: 9 Dec 2017, 19:02:14 UTC

New mud flaps. I was out in the snow today, and even though there is only an inch at the moment, this beast will go through any amount of snow.
I am still configuring it as a boat, and will study to get my boating license before spring. The top with the screens should be here next week, but maybe not.

I have created very deep mud holes in my back yard, and Juggernaught has no trouble with anything.



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Message 1905975 - Posted: 9 Dec 2017, 19:13:35 UTC

Looks good, did you put in duel hyd. brakes on that to turn?
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Message 1905977 - Posted: 9 Dec 2017, 19:22:44 UTC
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It turns with a skid steer mechanism in low gear, and in high gear, the wheels on one side turn faster than the other side.
The brakes are standard, although I have a fan on them keeping them cool. There are a lot of options on this beast, and I intend to get many, many years of fun out of it. Everything is designed to be as easy as possible as I get older.

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Message 1905981 - Posted: 9 Dec 2017, 19:52:51 UTC - in response to Message 1905973.  

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Message 1905983 - Posted: 9 Dec 2017, 19:58:05 UTC
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When I was in New Mexico in the winter time we had an old WWII track, well I guess it okay for that time but we took it to a few hill tops to radio sites in pretty deep snow.

I had a Packard 6 cyl. motor and boy did that run quiet but the big hang up was the brakes which worked on cables and old style brake shoes. they would freeze up and you couldn't drive it. Well if you missed the road it was 1800 feet straight down.

I understand that someone did roll it after I left but I don't know just where.

I think I would take my chances on a snowmobile over that thing. I have had a ride in a snow cat and man was that cool, it had 2 treads about 4 foot wide each. and best of all it had a heater. LOL
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Message 1905991 - Posted: 9 Dec 2017, 20:48:32 UTC

Mine has a heater, and heated hand grips. These tracks are good to about 2 and a half feet of snow, but I have a winter extension kit that has such jagged edges, it will climb a 45° ice sheet. It is a handlebar steering, and is easily very preciously controlled. I was just out in the snow again, and can't believe how well it works. It even has dual windshield wipers, head lights, and fog lights. I took it out the other night, and had no trouble seeing what was ahead. The one problem it did have, was I couldn't see the dash board, so I will add a dash board light in the next few weeks.

This thing is tremendous fun.

I have wanted one since I was 10 years old, and it's even better than I thought it would be.

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Message 1906010 - Posted: 9 Dec 2017, 22:10:42 UTC

The snow cat I rode in was a commercial brand with a closed in cab, it could carry about 5 people, automatic trans. it had the works on it.

The one I drove had nothing but could carry 7, with a tarp for a top and windshield is about it.

If I owned it I would have taken the time to install disk breaks on it and hyd. hand levers.
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Message 1906019 - Posted: 9 Dec 2017, 22:35:07 UTC

Mine will be closed in, in about a week. The top is canvas, and plastic, but I had screens put in so I could drive in swamps during the summer without bugs taking me out of the cab, and eating me. I can't wait for the top to get here. The snow will fill the back end without the top, but at least it has drain plugs, and a bilge pump.

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Message 1906038 - Posted: 9 Dec 2017, 23:11:27 UTC

WELCOME TO PORT OF LOS ANGELES

With all of the discussion about SNOW I thought it was time to share my day sail yesterday.
So hank on the sail

Raise the Jib

Winch in the line

And let the wind fill your sails.

Head out past the LA light house. Yes LA has a light house.

Or if sailing is not your idea of fun. Book on a day boat and go fishing.

I found Iowa in California

There is other history to be seen, like this Liberty Ship.

Or the current way they carry freight.

It was a great day to be on the water. But then any day is.
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