Monthly Archives: November 2014

Sad news…

14_1026 DharmaDharma, our beloved Papillon, was recently diagnosed with mast cell cancer.  It started with 3 tumor like growths.  Our regular vet biopsied them and gave us the diagnosis.  They offered to do surgery to remove the 3 tumors.  The problem with this option as a solution is the following week, 3 more tumors may pop up.  Mast cell cancer can pop up anywhere.
We found an alternative medicine vet who is doing immune system support, acupuncture, medicinal mushrooms, and homeopathics.  She currently has her good days and bad days.  Not bad for a 12 year precious pup!

 

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What to do with a jacuzzi that you don’t use…

And the answer is…
Turn it into a tilapia pond!
Here’s our jacuzzi with hydroponics beds over the top ready to be filled with bags of clay pellets.  The plan is to pump the fish water up to the plants, allowing the plants to clean the water, then flowing back into the fish pond.
14_0831 aquaponics 5To protect the fish, we decided to build a geodesic dome greenhouse over the top.  We used PVC due to its ease of cutting and construction.  Here’s the 1st row being laid out.
14_0831 aquaponics 6The 2nd row going up.

 
14_0831 aquaponics 10Looking over the finished framework.

 
14_0901 aquaponics 4The covering is solar rated plastic covering.  We have a door cut on the north side.  And we ended up cutting two windows towards the top on the east and west sides to create more air flow.
14_0901 aquaponics 6Here’s the 10 or 12 tiny tilapia coming home in the ice cooler.

 

14_0901 aquaponics 9And here are the babies home in their new pond.
We completed this project over a month ago and the fish have grown tremendously.  About 2 weeks after this first group, we purchased 10 or so more.  And since then, we have 2 or 3 new babies.  In 14 months or so, we will have dinner!

Waterer our girls prefer…

I know we have had lots of questions about which watering system to use for our chickens.  We have tried a couple, some have gone by the wayside, some we still pick up some at the feed store and then put them right back down again.  Our girls will drink out of the gravity-fed, nippled barrels that we posted about earlier.  But, they are definitely not their preferred method of drinking.

This is our chickens’ favorite waterer… Ours holds between 2 and 3 gallons.  They do make them bigger.  The only drawback we have found is we cannot put cider vinegar in it since it is aluminum.