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by Hausenview
Mon Oct 19, 2009 7:25 am
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Keeping Goats
Replies: 23
Views: 12963

Re: Keeping Goats

Hi, Just one other thing to keep in mind is the chemicals that have been used on the goats. We found out that the 2 goats we were interested in buying have been drenched with a product called Q-drench which carries the same warning as Acatak, that it is not to be used on animals that are producing m...
by Hausenview
Thu Oct 15, 2009 8:05 pm
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Keeping Goats
Replies: 23
Views: 12963

Re: Keeping Goats

Hi Sara, The goats we are buying are pixie miniatures. We were interested in the Anglo Nubian goats for their high butterfat content but we decided that because we wanted two milkers with their kids we should probably opt for the miniatures as we don't have much land. We are only looking at milking ...
by Hausenview
Thu Oct 15, 2009 2:05 pm
Forum: Best places to buy - jars, lids, books, cheesemaking products and other preserving products
Topic: Dehydrators
Replies: 8
Views: 8361

Re: Dehydrators

Hi Heidi,

Do you have the 5 tray or 9 tray excalibur? If you have the 5 tray do you find it is big enough to do large batches?

Jodi
by Hausenview
Thu Oct 15, 2009 11:50 am
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Keeping Goats
Replies: 23
Views: 12963

Re: Keeping Goats

Several goat breeders have been extremely helpful answering the many questions we had about buying and keeping goats. Just thought I would post what we have learnt here in the hopes it may help someone in the future. The main breeds of dairy goats in Australia include the Anglo Nubian, British Alpin...
by Hausenview
Tue Oct 06, 2009 11:33 am
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Keeping Goats
Replies: 23
Views: 12963

Keeping Goats

Hi, We are looking at buying a goat to use for milking now that we no longer have the land to keep our dexters. Does anyone know much about keeping goats and what breeds give milk that are best suited for use in making dairy products? I have done a bit of searching on google and it sounds like the T...
by Hausenview
Sat Oct 03, 2009 1:57 pm
Forum: Sustainable 'Green' Living working to self-sufficiency
Topic: waterless, composting toilets
Replies: 15
Views: 11226

Re: waterless, composting toilets

Hi Jo, So you can't see much without a torch then for the natureloo? We can still see down into our chamber without a torch but its defiantly more out of sight than the other toilet we had which all went into a bucket in plain view. I find unless you purposely look down into the toilet when you lift...
by Hausenview
Sat Oct 03, 2009 7:47 am
Forum: 'Under the Udder' - how to make, cheese, butter, ice-cream, yogurt at home!
Topic: For those who get fresh milk
Replies: 15
Views: 14357

Re: For those who get fresh milk

Hi Guys, We have also been looking for an old cream separator. They are not easy to come by particularly in working order for a decent price! Tried all the secondhand places and antique places but the response I usually get is we haven't seen one of those for many many years. I love the look of Vick...
by Hausenview
Sat Oct 03, 2009 7:37 am
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Dehydrating
Replies: 20
Views: 8456

Re: Dehydrating

Thanks Sara :) I have started with the chickpeas so will see how I go with them. I'm hoping that we will enjoy them raw but time will tell. Will have to try the green smoothies!

Jodi
by Hausenview
Sat Oct 03, 2009 7:19 am
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Keeping chickens for meat
Replies: 39
Views: 15286

Re: Keeping chickens for meat

Well you learn something new every day! Thanks Jo :) Yeah that would be it. It makes sense that we have never noticed it before the meat chooks. The meat chooks were fed alot more grain than our layers.

Jodi
by Hausenview
Fri Oct 02, 2009 2:01 pm
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Keeping chickens for meat
Replies: 39
Views: 15286

Re: Keeping chickens for meat

Hi, I'm not sure whether this is normal but does anyone notice if their chooks get a lump in their chests when they are feed a laying mash? We never noticed it before having the meat chooks but notice it with our layers now. They don't get it when they are just free-ranging without additional feed, ...
by Hausenview
Fri Oct 02, 2009 11:52 am
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Dehydrating
Replies: 20
Views: 8456

Re: Dehydrating

Hi Sara,

Would you know if you can use the lentils and seeds you buy from the supermarket or would they have to be fresher than that? I have some chick peas that I wouldn't mind giving a go but they wouldn't exactly be fresh!

Jodi
by Hausenview
Fri Oct 02, 2009 11:44 am
Forum: Sustainable 'Green' Living working to self-sufficiency
Topic: waterless, composting toilets
Replies: 15
Views: 11226

Re: waterless, composting toilets

You can always easily see what goes in. This can often be off-putting to visitors, who then can be known to try to cover their "doings" with reams of toilet paper! Thats another thing that i liked more about the Nature loo over the older style toilet. When the waste is right there in plai...
by Hausenview
Thu Oct 01, 2009 12:06 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Dehydrating
Replies: 20
Views: 8456

Re: Dehydrating

Hi Guys, I have been reading a book called Raw energy which goes into the benefits of eating a raw diet, very interesting book. Has anyone ever tried dehydrating foods in the sun rather than a dehydrator? I have heard most things will take 3 days in the sun to dry out, not sure how long it normally ...
by Hausenview
Thu Oct 01, 2009 11:54 am
Forum: 'Under the Udder' - how to make, cheese, butter, ice-cream, yogurt at home!
Topic: For those who get fresh milk
Replies: 15
Views: 14357

Re: For those who get fresh milk

Hi Hayley, We use 1 and 2 litre glass bottles that we bought from the cheap discount stores. The 1 litre ones in particular are good for pouring whereas the 2 litre ones have a wider opening, better for skimming the milk from the top. We use to have trouble being able to clean the 1 litre ones prope...
by Hausenview
Thu Oct 01, 2009 7:47 am
Forum: Sustainable 'Green' Living working to self-sufficiency
Topic: waterless, composting toilets
Replies: 15
Views: 11226

Re: waterless, composting toilets

Hi Jo, It is a lot of money to spend on a toilet. When my parents first built here they had one of the old style waterless toilets, a wooden toilet box that you place a bucket in, it had the exhaust pipe thing that goes up through the roof rather than a fan. Certainly not as nice as the new styles t...
by Hausenview
Wed Sep 30, 2009 11:45 am
Forum: 'Under the Udder' - how to make, cheese, butter, ice-cream, yogurt at home!
Topic: Raw milk
Replies: 8
Views: 4444

Re: Raw milk

Hi Vicki,

Many thanks for the link. Eden Hope Organic Farm isn't too far from us. We are getting milk from a local guy that has a few jerseys which is good but to find somewhere local that sells organic would be even better.

Thanks again :D

Jodi
by Hausenview
Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:14 am
Forum: Sustainable 'Green' Living working to self-sufficiency
Topic: waterless, composting toilets
Replies: 15
Views: 11226

Re: waterless, composting toilets

Hi Jo, My parents have used a composting toilet since I was 11 years old (long time ago ;) ) They have had the same one now for over 10 years and they haven't had any trouble with it. We have just moved into their place while they are away traveling and don't mind using it at all. Like Vicki said th...
by Hausenview
Wed Sep 09, 2009 8:18 pm
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Keeping chickens for meat
Replies: 39
Views: 15286

Re: Keeping chickens for meat

Hi Guys, Well we have finished "doing" all our meat chicks at last. Noted for next time not to get 20 chicks all at once that will need doing all around the same time :shock: We are leaning more towards getting a rooster in the future and having chicken less frequently! The meat was very n...
by Hausenview
Fri Sep 04, 2009 7:47 pm
Forum: Read all About it - in the News!
Topic: What you can do to keep homebirth legal
Replies: 15
Views: 10608

Re: What you can do to keep homebirth legal

Hi guys, "Midwives who provide homebirths have been given a reprieve that will allow them to practise legally until 2012." It may not be the indemnity insurance we were hoping for the midwives but at least it is a step in the right direction. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/09/04/2...
by Hausenview
Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:27 pm
Forum: Read all About it - in the News!
Topic: What you can do to keep homebirth legal
Replies: 15
Views: 10608

Re: What you can do to keep homebirth legal

Hi Hayley,

I'm pretty sure that is one of the petitions i have already signed. Our midwife has sent us quite a few petitions to sign over the last few months, its hard to keep track of which ones we have done.

Will write an email now though, as you say, the more support the better :)

Jodi

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