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Rachelle Crosbie commented on Jo Drysdall's group Christchurch NZ
"Thanks Justin, I'll take a look tomorrow at the plum and see if I can see insects (aside from the ladybugs), the nectarine definitely has it and whatever affects the plum tree causes pretty much the same symptoms including leaf and fruit drop…"
Oct 1, 2012
Rachelle Crosbie commented on Jo Drysdall's group Christchurch NZ
"Our nectarine is already showing signs.  I'm busy spraying it every week with seaweed spray which seems to help it fight the disease.    Our peach trees are fine, but both of them are black boy peaches which seem to be…"
Sep 30, 2012
Rachelle Crosbie commented on Jo Drysdall's group Christchurch NZ
"Colleen you could try a seaweed based foliar spray; that's what I use on my fruit trees to combat leaf curl by making them healthier and it works really well.   I think it costs around $30 from Oderings and lasts ages.  You spray…"
Jan 17, 2012
Petra Dirkx replied to Rachelle Crosbie's discussion Killing fowl for eating in the group Poultry in Urbania
"The thrashing around when you kill a chook is a nerve reflex, once you break the neck the bird is dead. It is a bit disconcerting at first when you are new to slaughtering your own stock. But all animals have this reflex. Sometimes I cut the heads…"
Aug 14, 2010
Rachelle Crosbie replied to Daniel Andrews's discussion How do you butcher a chicken? What method do you use and how do you process the birds? in the group Poultry in Urbania
"http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=109583 is the information I used to help me butcher my duck. I think the killing was the hardest part, but that's because ducks have very flexible necks; chook should be fairly easy."
Jul 31, 2010
Rachelle Crosbie replied to Rachelle Crosbie's discussion Killing fowl for eating in the group Poultry in Urbania
"Well, one is now dead; the boy. I'm going to hopefully find a home for the girl as even though DH did the killing the duck seemed to be alive for longer than we wanted. Admittedly it was probably dead before it looked dead, but if we can't…"
Jul 25, 2010
Rachelle Crosbie replied to Rachelle Crosbie's discussion Killing fowl for eating in the group Poultry in Urbania
"Sounds like a good idea, don't want them to suffer no matter what they've done to our lawn."
Jul 22, 2010
Rachelle Crosbie commented on Pete Russell's blog post What's in the Box?
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Jul 21, 2010
Rachelle Crosbie replied to Rachelle Crosbie's discussion Killing fowl for eating in the group Poultry in Urbania
"Thanks for the help guys; might try a combo of both; the ducks are big ones so might do the broom handle and then immediately hang them while plucking. I know my Grandfather always used to pluck while they were still warm and never did the scalding.…"
Jul 21, 2010
Sarah Heeringa replied to Rachelle Crosbie's discussion Killing fowl for eating in the group Poultry in Urbania
"Hi there. We use the stretch and bend method. Keeping the head atatched (at least initially!) and hanging the chook upside down means the blood conveniently collects in the head. It means there's no blood splashing everywhere - so no mess and…"
Jul 21, 2010
Kristen Morse replied to Rachelle Crosbie's discussion Killing fowl for eating in the group Poultry in Urbania
"Hi there we have been using our roosters for several years now and use the axe 'method'. To get the best result do it at night so as not to upset the other birds, if the bird to be dispatched is sleepy it wont be so uptight and the…"
Jul 21, 2010
Rachelle Crosbie added a discussion to the group Poultry in Urbania
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Killing fowl for eating

We've decided we're going to dispatch our ducks and eat them, I was just wondering what method most people use to dispatch their hens/ducks humanely?See More
Jul 21, 2010
Rachelle Crosbie left a comment for Jo Copeland
"You got it right, I'm Sable, nice to see you here Jo."
Mar 2, 2010
Rachelle Crosbie and Jo Copeland are now friends
Mar 2, 2010
Rachelle Crosbie commented on Janet Luke's group Poultry in Urbania
"I'm expecting our first egg from our duck Sam soon, she was getting mounted yesterday by Jay so fingers are crossed that she'll start soon. There won't be any ducklings for a while though, don't want winter ducklings!"
Feb 18, 2010
Rachelle Crosbie commented on Jo Drysdall's group Christchurch NZ
"I'm starting to use a seaweed foliar spray to help my plants fight fungal infections. It's definitely helped my nectarine which has much less leaf curl than normal and my tomatoes and zucchini are so far free of it too."
Jan 23, 2010

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Hoon Hay
Post / Zip Code
8025
Food Growing Skill Level
Confident
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Buying Local Food, Bartering Local Food, Community Gardens, Learning, Preserving, Seed Savers
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At 8:33pm on August 23, 2009, Pete Russell said…
Hi Rachelle. Welcome. Glad you could join us. Feel free to invite any food growing friends and fam. Have fun oooobying!!
 
 
 

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