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Wild Card / Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« on: Yesterday at 03:13:41 pm »
ALSO: you're always going to have to learn new stuff, forever. Try to make as much of it as you can your kind of jam.

Wild Card / Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« on: Yesterday at 03:12:10 pm »
Really good things from EggMan and The Mayor.

This is a great chance to assess where you are and where you can see yourself going now that you've been in the facility long enough to know shit from shinola. Really, you should be making this king of assessment more regularly than you'd like, it keeps you from running too far down poor pathways.

It's super-duper easy to come out of this kind of review feeling shitty because it's super easy to focus on your short comings. Please realize that your (very good) boss is doing this because he sees enough from you to care to try to help you develop, that there are worthy things about your skill set and approach already.

Hang in there, use what you know to use this time effectively for yourself.

Relax, it's only your life

Wild Card / Re: Shit my ________ says
« on: August 15, 2018, 06:54:26 pm »
I think you need not step in front of the hilarious train wreck.

Science & Nature / Re: Aminals
« on: August 13, 2018, 07:59:40 pm »
TL;DR version: I played bug doctor and won (this time).

Also animal related, I've been so worried about Oakie the last two weeks it's kept me up at night with my stomach hurting.

See, he started passing wet sloppy stool a couple of weeks ago so I went through all the basic stuff you do for them. In order:

Simplify diet and reduce rich grain intake
Purify watering trough to rule out algae toxins
Start course of psyllium fiber feed
Deworm with Ivermectrin (broadest base, least resistant organisms)

So you do each step and wait a few days to see what the results are, and I started to sweat when none of these really had an effect.

I pulled apart some of the stools to see if he was passing sand from the gut (ingested in feeding) or if there was any sign of GI issues (blood, 'goop') and they seemed OK but loose.

I really started to worry when he lost a little weight. That's a terrible sign of something going on in the gut.

I figured I had one more thing to try, then it was time to take a stool sample to the vet for analysis.

I'd noticed that he cleared up for a day or so after the Ivermectrin deworming and resumed sloppy stool with a vengeance. Well, different dewormers are better at killing different bugs, so I do a rotation throughout the year to address the different types. One type, small strongyles, lives in the large colon mostly and as part of it's life stage has a version that encysts in the colon wall. So, when you have the active stage in the colon releasing toxins that make your hoss sick, and you treat with the wrong dewormer, you kill off the active population but in a couple of days all the encystulated ones erupt from the colon walls unharmed and resume their buggy bullshit.

I'd treated the hosss for that type of parasite in the spring, usually that's all it takes in the dewormer rotation to keep them clear, but because a lot of these parasites travel through the feed, where they are ingested, I must have gotten a later load of alfalfa with a lot of the small strogyles larva aboard.

So Friday I treated Oakie and Coco with Moxidectrin, which is controversial in that it is strong enough to kill the encysted larval stage, but you have to be careful with it because of that strength. Most dewormers are lethal at something around 15-20 times more than the standard dosage, which makes it hard to accidently poison a young, underweight or ill animal, Moxidectrin, on the other hand, is lethal at 3-5 times the standard dose. So I was damn careful with my dosage. It seems to have worked, Oakies stool firmed up Saturday and he's been looking better and better since. I'm going to finish off his fiber treatment and slowly reintroduce grains, but it looks a helluva lot better than it did last week.

You learn new stuff every year, all the animals are different and the conditions are always changing.

Science & Nature / Re: Aminals
« on: August 13, 2018, 07:32:13 pm »
Nose boops: Somewhere between Oakie, who tries to taste the boop to see if it's a treat and Coco, who tries to bite it off.

Treats: somewhere in the bajillions, this may rise as he becomes more familiar with our candy-cane scheme of affection purchasing.

Picture of his head: Here he is in his turn-out with his friend.

(don't worry, there will be a gajillion more pictures of him to come)

Science & Nature / Re: Aminals
« on: August 13, 2018, 03:10:03 pm »
Say hello to Geronimo. He's a very good boy who's coming home with us next weekend.


16 years old
Quarter hoss/Draft mix (like Oakie)

Oakie is getting older and needs a little less work now that he's into his mid-20's, so he's going to be the 'family hoss' for our youngest boy and other people to ride.

Coco and Geronimo are both 16 and sprightly, so that's a good match for Spouse and I to rampage about on. Unless things go sideways, these'll be our last hosss.

Science & Nature / Re: Aminals
« on: August 09, 2018, 04:06:15 pm »

Science & Nature / Re: Aminals
« on: August 07, 2018, 08:05:20 pm »

just some birds being deaded, don't click through if you don't mean it.

Custom rub-a-dub-dub, about a tablespoon of everything, cut the cumin down to a teaspoon if that's your jam:

Two chickens in pieces all ready for bagging:

One chicken (minus back/wings) makes an over 3 lb. bag of tasty:

Unlike the turkeys, I piece the chickens out per bird. I save the backs for stock making and the wings of all ten birds are getting clipped and saved together for a smoked chicken wing extravaganza.

Science & Nature / Re: Aminals
« on: August 07, 2018, 07:58:44 pm »
Note: I slaughtered the four Cornish Crosses and took one whole fryer on vacation with me. I put it in the smoker for about 3.5 hours and it came out friggin' perfect.

Ate that sumbitch sitting at a picnic table and looking at the sand dunes of Pismo Beach.

Achewood / Re: LN's hip hop #####
« on: August 05, 2018, 09:18:13 pm »
Lurve it.

Science & Nature / Re: Aminals
« on: July 27, 2018, 03:32:19 pm »
Well, last year 9 made it to slaughter and we donated one to a family New Year get together. Just last week I defrosted and butchered up the last of them*. We figured 16 should give us a good chance to make it through the year this time, considering we have a couple of people that want to buy one from us when they're ready.

A whole turkey is kind of daunting to cook regularly, that's a lot of poultry to eat in a short time. By butchering them out into single meal portions it makes it really easy to eat a couple pounds a week, instead of, like, 15 pounds.

ALSO: The Cornish Cross broilers are ready to slaughter. I've been weighing them the last two weeks and they're now all over seven pounds live weight. I'll do up the four of them this weekend and then do the Red Rangers (who grow a little slower) in two or three weeks.

TOMORROW: CHICKEN is what I'm saying.

*FloppyFoot, the large rooster with the malformed foot. He gave up 8 pounds of breast meat cut into tenders, 7 pounds of ground meat, plus we saved off his legs, thighs and wings whole so I can smoke them for a meal. Big damn bird.

Science & Nature / Re: Aminals
« on: July 26, 2018, 09:59:10 pm »
See you in November, my tasty little gooblers.


Arts & Entertainment / Good (bad) book advice
« on: May 10, 2018, 03:52:47 pm »

Sports & Leisure / This is a loss for me...
« on: March 23, 2018, 10:42:19 pm »

Sports & Leisure / Foods ASH makes from animals he raises and murders
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