Filling a meat bird feeder with a tube/chute!

The meat birds are growing fast and I wanted to share my method for adding feed to their feeder.  I made two feeders from a 4 foot section of PVC pipe split lengthwise.  Each half is then suspended from a single rope that goes through two pulleys.  This allows the feeders to remain inside the chicken tractor at all times which is helpful when moving the tractor.  The feed is then poured into each feeder through a long tube that starts at 1 1/2 inches at one end and steps up to three inch PVC pipe at the other end.  This allows me to fill each feeder from the outside of the coop which means I don't have to go INSIDE.  Believe me that's a plus!  The pulleys allow me to adjust the height of the feeders as the chics grow.  The pulleys also allow the feeders to self level.   Overall the system works pretty well and was fairly low cost to make.  Enjoy the video!

Grain field progress - High Summer!

The grain field has really exploded these past few weeks.  The corn really liked all that heat we had!  It went from about knee high to taller than me right now!  The ears of corn are just beginning to form and swell.  The barley has "headed out" meaning that the heads of grain are emerging from the stalks.  The small needle like shoots that are attached to each grain are called "awns".  Awns are pretty interesting.  In barley they aide in photosynthesis.  In some strains of wheat such as "emmer" the awns actually have little hairs on them that contract and move with humidity.  This is important because if the grains were to ever hit ground these little hairs would contract and help to push the little grain into the soil!  Very cool!

How to Eliminate Back Pain from Gardening or Yard Work

How to Eliminate Back Pain from Gardening or Yard Work

Summer yard work and gardening are great ways to spruce up your home, grow your own food, and spend time outdoors. The trouble is, while gardening or working in the yard, we usually work in bent over, unusual positions for prolonged periods of time and can wind up with back, neck, and shoulder pain when we are done. Dr. MacArthur and Dr. McNally of Portland Chiropractic Neurology offer these tips to help keep your body safe before planting and pulling weeds:

  • Stretch your muscles.

Around Town 'Post the Most' Contest Winners

Around Town 'Post the Most' Contest Winners

We have been running a Post the Most contest in a different neighborhood each week. Each winner receives a $20 gift card to Dunkin Donuts.

Winners gift cards are as follows (list will be update each week):

Portland (5/23/11 - 5/29/11) - Luke Pola
Honorable Mention to Meg Stiffler (it was a tie)

Downeast (5/30/11 - 6/5/11) - Jane Sanderson of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital
Bangor (6/6/11 - 6/12/11) - Wendy Smith

Lewiston/Auburn (6/13/11 - 6/19/11) - Monica Millhime of the Lisbon School Department

Bath/Brunswick (6/20/11 - 6/27/11) - Matt Miller

Social Media Day 2011 - Mashable Meetup on June 30th at the Porthole Restaurant

Social Media Day 2011 - Mashable Meetup on June 30th at the Porthole Restaurant

Founded in 2005, Mashable is the top source for news in social and digital media, technology and web culture. With more than 40 million monthly pageviews, they are the most prolific news site reporting breaking web news, providing analysis of trends, reviewing new websites and services, and offering social media resources and guides.

Mashable announced Social Media Day 2011 to be held on Thursday, June 30, 2011. This is a global event that is a celebration of the technological advancements that enable everyone to connect with real-time information, communicate from miles apart and have their voices be heard.

Come join us on the deck on the 30th at the Porthole Restaurant at 7:00PM for some refreshing cold drinks and the opportunity to meet and network!