Homesteading

New digital microscope, slides, clover slips, and fecal tubes came in yesterday. I had the whole thing set up and read my first fecal in under 20 minutes. I found a fecal recipe pretty easy online. Salt, sugar, water.

The Microscope: Plugable USB 2.0 Digital Microscope with Flexible Arm Observation Stand for Windows, Mac, Linux (2MP, 250x Magnification)

The Slides: AmScope BS-50P-100S-22 Pre-Cleaned Blank Ground Edge Glass Microscope Slides and 100pc Pre-Cleaned Square Glass Cover Slips Coverslips

The Fecal Tubes: SEOH 16 X 125mm Plastic Test Tubes with Caps, 25 Pack

 

Fecal Recipe:

1. Saturated salt solution

Specific gravity: 1.18 – 1.20

General purpose solution.

Sodium chloride: 400 grams
Water: 1000 ml

  • Stir thoroughly before use.
  • May distort eggs.

2. Salt/sugar solution

Specific gravity: 1.28

General purpose solution.

Sodium chloride: 400 grams
Water: 1000 ml
Sugar: 500 grams

Dissolve the salt in water to make a saturated solution.

Add the sugar to the saturated salt solution.

Stir until the sugar is dissolved.

3. Sodium nitrate

Specific gravity: 1.18

This solution is sometimes used for strongyle eggs.

Sodium nitrate: 400 grams
Water: 1000 ml

Add sodium nitrate to water while stirring.

  • May form crystals and distort eggs if left longer than 20 minutes.

 

fecal recipe source: Flotation Fluids 

Finally adding my second deep today. It’s been a slow season with all this rain

With a solid night of rain, Penelope figured it was time to join Lola in motherhood. I walked down to the stalls this morning and thought, weird wonder why Lola is out with only one of her Kids, then I realized, nope. It was Penolope and her first born. We arent sure sex of the kid yet since we where running behind our normal schedule and I only had enough time for feeding the hogs, milking, feeding all the goats, cleaning out the stalls (after birth mess and all) and then getting Penelope set in her stall (we keep the mothers and kids in stall lock-up for the first 3 days. To promote bonding and good milking (at least I think that’s why we do it, Jamie knows all the whys).

Penelope and kid

 

Penelope's 1st kid

Lola had twins last night!

Arrived Tuesday and the post man called me at 7am and asked if I could come ASAP and pick them up at the back door

The Hive and Stand:

pre-sugar water

my lovely wife Jamie beekeeping away:

Jamie keeping those bees
Jamie smoking and feeding das bees. please ignore the messy coup area, this was a learning process, you need 1.5/2″ pvc to use them