Posted on: March 13th, 2013 by

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Frenchman's Bluff Missouri

Frenchman’s Bluff Missouri

ADCA registered Dexter bull calves are for sale as well as Grass Fed and Finished Dexter Beef. Checkout the For Sale Page.


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  1. Deborah Lewis had this to say about that:

    Thank you for the free books! Looking forward to more.

  2. Vicki had this to say about that:

    Thank you for the UTube video about your chicken tractor. Best I’ve seen yet! Any time frame when you will have the plans and material list available?


    • JL had this to say about that:

      I am hoping to have a material list by this spring. I have the rough list on the chicken page. Thanks,


  3. Ken McCubbin had this to say about that:

    Great site. Been gardenng for years. My folks raised broilers commercially when I was growing up. Geat info on coop. What’s capacity for medium hens.? Also want raise about 25 broilers on grass and feed to procss and freeze.

    Been getting my tabe eggs from a local free-range flock. No comparison! I don’t eat Tyson chicken beause of the feed, antibiotics and growing conditions. No taste and mushy texture.

    I’m located in the Arkansas River Valley near Ozark on I-40, 72951. mapquest and let me know how many hours & miles to you.

    Thanks, ken

  4. Burke Mawby had this to say about that:

    Thanks for the design and video. Hope to build one by Spring. 1 Have you done any update to the list of materials? 2 Have there been any design change sugestions you like or have already incorporated?
    If not let me know and I will share back the bill of materials I do this winter – most likely in a spreadsheet.

    • JL had this to say about that:

      I have only built one Ultimate, although another will be in my future. Until I build another I cannot get a better estimate of materials. I had a blog post about the Ultimate with a few small updates I have done with pictures. I would be interested in pictures of your build and a materials list, thanks,

  5. Stephanie had this to say about that:

    If you want to build a “living wall fence” barrier etc, I highly recommend using wood pallets.

  6. Stephanie had this to say about that:

    Does washing eggs have an Effect on hatch rate?
    I have done a lot of research on this very subject. My conclusions are that leaving the natural bacterial bloom that is left on the eggs from hatching is the best thing to do. The shells are very porous and the bloom keeps the bacteria and other organisms in balance. Rinsing off the bloom leaves the surface of the eggs vulnerable to an overpopulation of bad bacteria. Especially for hatching purposes leaving the eggs in a close to a natural state as they were when the came out the back of the chicken is the best practice. Also leaving the bloom on the eggs as long as they are stored in bulk (up to two weeks) until you are ready to carton and sell is also recommended. Hope maybe that helped. There are a few blogs out there I have read from small farmers like yourself that have done experiments and posted their results. I will find the links again and post them here for you soon.

    • JL had this to say about that:

      I didn’t keep good enough track of how many hatched from each group to publish. There is always next year though.

  7. Stephanie had this to say about that:

    Rebuilding the Fruit Stand building on the farm as a chicken brooder and feed storage building.
    Here’s an idea, a living wall brooder/feed storage made with woven switch walls and a living sod roof upheld with a Reciprocal Roof Frame. Structurally sound and sustainable.

  8. Joe had this to say about that:

    I watched some of your videos. I am kcbigjoe. I have a questionn or two about your tractors and equipment if we could email when you gave time. Thanks

  9. Maldonado had this to say about that:

    Do you have video for reassembly Daisy 880 old version?

  10. playstation 4 destiny taken king bundle had this to say about that:

    At this time it looks like WordPress is the top blogging platform available right now.
    (from what I’ve read) Is that what you’re using on your blog?

  11. Sidneyeffix had this to say about that:
  12. Ken Kelly had this to say about that:

    I just finished reading “Ten Acres Enough”. What a wonderful and refreshing documentary of a man and his family escaping the city to become a simple farmer during the mid nineteenth century! I recommend it to anyone wanting a look into the pressures of “making a living” in our society’s past not unlike it is in the present. Thank you JL for having this book available in your library. It has caused me to take a different view to my small operation.

  13. Jodie Ballard had this to say about that:

    Just wondering if we can bring bring our dog to walk around this flea market ??? We are driving 2 hours to come there and would like to know if its pet friendly…

  14. Alberto Muñoz had this to say about that:

    Many thanks for the chicken tractors video and all the info provided. Very useful.
    Check this page for this feeder: http://triggerhappychickens.co.uk/
    Thanks again and best regards.

  15. Aristotle had this to say about that:

    Hi JL, Thank you for all of the invaluable information that you have provided to me over the years. I built your ultimate chicken tractor about 3 or 4 years ago and love it. I would like to add some wheels to it in order to make it easier to maneuver. Will you please give or sell me some plans for ultimate wheels design for my ultimate chicken tractor? Are those lawnmower wheels? Would you prefer a better wheel? I noticed that you only use 2 wheels. Do you think 4 would be better? Do the wheels raise the tractor up just enough to keep predators from getting underneath the tractor? Whenever I move my tractor the front where you have your wheels tend to rise up a few inches. That said do the wheels actually help you move the tractor? Thanks again and have a great October. AB

  16. David Cooper had this to say about that:

    Hi Mr. Lewis, I have a Daisy Powerline 970 that was my grandpa’s. It needs repair/parts, etc. Can you help me,and/or is the seembly or disassembly basically the same as your 880 videos?
    Thanks so much,
    David Cooper

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