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Mostly I've not done anything with the 'paca poo. In the past they just sort of moved the pile along by using the end of it and the weather, chickens and grasses dealt with it. Lately they've been pooping inside :he and just outside the door not moving the pile along so it is building up and STINKY. So I put some in the compost bins. There are 3 - 4' deep and 5' wide. Hopefully something will come of it for the garden. To date the bin we have been using (kitchen compost, weeds, etc) hasn't been doing much. I bought a thermometer and it is running cold, 80° sometimes 90° when it should be like 120°. I think I need to mix it a lot more often.

I would love to see an explanation for that modified egg. :)
The plastic egg comes apart and I guess sometimes a laid egg ends up in one half of the egg. How an egg got BOTH halves I do not know. But it won't happen again with that egg, I put a piece of lead 'something' inside and superglued it.
 

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Paca poo and pee from outside the barn door and from below

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The new "track" on the north side of the pond. Before the work the entire upper 3rd was covered with the pond sludge and weeds sloping to the fence. Note the chicken halfway down the track. They are afraid of Teddy, he chases them.
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The pond is going down a lot with our lack of rain. Got some earlier this week and HS Fay gave us some more this morning
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Some of the hens lounging in the barn alley
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Mr. Bruce, sir!

I was watching the YouTube channel "Colorado Mountain Living" and in one video Miss Amy mentioned that they were visiting her parents who reside near Georgia, VT. If I remember correctly, that is just south of you. Below is the video.

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VERY just south, the next town south!!!

All projects yesterday were a major fail.
  1. Vacuumed the stupid pool - it was murkier after vacuuming than before
  2. Made Champlain sourdough bread per the new recipe, 2.5" high should be 5" :( The only time it was a bit higher was the last time when I doubled the starter AND added some yeast. It was still nowhere near as high as it should be. DSCN2049.JPG
  3. Made the King Arthur basic sourdough ... the top collapsed when I moved it (prior to baking) to make room for the very hot dutch oven with the Champlain bread. I haven't cut it yet. DSCN2050.JPG compare to the first time I made it DSCN1999.JPG
  4. Spent 2 hours getting the front left tire off the garden tractor. I had bought a tube to put in it. After 2 hours I had gotten no further than the bead on one side of the tire being freed. Took another 1/2 hour this afternoon to get the other bead free then 1.5 more to get the tube in.
 

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Sorry for the difficulties and I sure couldn't be of assistance with the pool or bread....unless it was to help eat a "mistake"....I have ate many thru my life....🤣....I could help with the tire, and haven't had too many problems with busting the bead....must've been glued or sealed with something....:idunno....sure hope ya have a much Better day tomorrow....:fl
 

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I think your bread looks great too! I fancy myself sort of a bread baker (is that ambivalent enough?) I used to make some killer sourdough but lost my starter and haven't attempted again for years.

That PacaPoo is very valuable stuff. I used to get truckloads from a neighbor with llamas and alpacas and it was amazing. No need to compost it either. You should be putting it in your garden!
 

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Sorry for the difficulties and I sure couldn't be of assistance with the pool or bread....unless it was to help eat a "mistake"....I have ate many thru my life....🤣....I could help with the tire, and haven't had too many problems with busting the bead....must've been glued or sealed with something....:idunno....sure hope ya have a much Better day tomorrow....:fl
OK, if I ever have to do it again I'll call you and tell you what I'm doing and you can tell me what I SHOULD be doing ;)

Steps
  1. jack up the corner of the tractor
  2. take tire off the tractor
  3. let air out of the tire
  4. cut the valve stem off
  5. put tire on the ground
  6. spray some lube on part of the bead
  7. stand on the tire (holding on to something) heels together near the lubed area and "knead" it with your heels
  8. press & rock harder and say a few choice words
  9. start jumping on it
  10. decide the guy in the YouTube video's 250+ weight might be a factor, I'm only about 190
  11. get out the screwdrivers and tire irons and work and work and work until FINALLY the bead releases
  12. turn tire over and start again at step 6
 
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