Practical Poultry Tips http://www.plamondon.com/wp from Robert Plamondon Fri, 16 Feb 2018 07:11:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.5 Dad’s Advice About Politics and the News http://www.plamondon.com/wp/dads-advice-politics-news/ http://www.plamondon.com/wp/dads-advice-politics-news/#respond Fri, 16 Feb 2018 03:13:46 +0000 http://www.plamondon.com/wp/?p=2071 Sometime in the late Forties, my Dad realized that was worrying about the Mideast Crisis. But why? The odds that Harry Truman was going to call to ask his advice were zero. Nor does the US have a system of national referendum that would allow him to vote “Yes” or “No” on the Mideast Crisis. … Continue reading "Dad’s Advice About Politics and the News"

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How to Get Rid of Rats and Mice http://www.plamondon.com/wp/get-rid-rats-mice/ http://www.plamondon.com/wp/get-rid-rats-mice/#comments Sun, 11 Feb 2018 20:41:39 +0000 http://www.plamondon.com/wp/?p=1956 If you look on the Internet or ask your neighbors, you’re likely to hear a lot of nonsense about rodent control, stuff in the Pied Piper class of implausibility. What really works? Successful Rodent Control: A Personal Example What works best for me, on my farm? Rat poison (or rodenticides, if you’re feeling fancy). Do I … Continue reading "How to Get Rid of Rats and Mice"

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Using Amazon Boxes Instead of Newspaper to Start a Fire in Your Fireplace or Wood Stove http://www.plamondon.com/wp/using-amazon-boxes-instead-newspaper-start-fire-fireplace-wood-stove/ http://www.plamondon.com/wp/using-amazon-boxes-instead-newspaper-start-fire-fireplace-wood-stove/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 20:03:03 +0000 http://www.plamondon.com/wp/?p=2056 Kindling a fire used to be done with newspaper. After all, everyone has tons of old newspapers lying around, right? Not anymore! I don’t, anyway. We stopped taking a daily paper a while ago. You know what we have tons of? Amazon Prime boxes! I once read an extension service report from … somewhere … … Continue reading "Using Amazon Boxes Instead of Newspaper to Start a Fire in Your Fireplace or Wood Stove"

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How Not to Have a Dam Failure http://www.plamondon.com/wp/not-dam-failure/ http://www.plamondon.com/wp/not-dam-failure/#respond Mon, 06 Mar 2017 17:33:52 +0000 http://www.plamondon.com/wp/?p=1798 After the recent failure of the Oroville dam’s main spillway, the question I keep asking myself is, “Where did the engineers go to school?” Back in 1889, the South Fork Dam broke after heavy rains, opening up like a zipper and flooding Johnstown, Pennsylvania, killing 2,209 people. The dam had overflowed, and dams fail catastrophically … Continue reading "How Not to Have a Dam Failure"

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Your Chickens in January, 2017 [Newsletter] http://www.plamondon.com/wp/chickens-january-2017-newsletter/ http://www.plamondon.com/wp/chickens-january-2017-newsletter/#comments Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:53:07 +0000 http://www.plamondon.com/wp/?p=1730 News from the Farm Happy New Year! We’ve been having unusual cold this winter. Not record-breaking, but with more cold and snow than usual: many days with snow on the ground and temperatures down to 17 °F or so. That counts as cold by Western Oregon standards. Before the cold set in, we took our last … Continue reading "Your Chickens in January, 2017 [Newsletter]"

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