Q and A: excess potatoes, problem with chickens, and cheese from store-bought milk — 7 Comments

  1. I lost some chickens to lice last spring. They just died and I checked them for lice and they were loaded with them. I sprayed them and the entire house wire an organic spray and it stopped the chickens from dying and they started laying more eggs. I sprayed the house two weeks later and put in a pan full of wood ashes for them to dust in. It worked well.

  2. I don’t know why it worked, but my grandfather’s chickens never had mites. He would hang the stalks of banana plants in his hen house. What that would do to deter mites, I don’t know. But it worked. Now bananas just come by the bunch, not on the stalks, so I don’t know how a person could get any of them. That man could come up with the most odd ideas, but 90 percent of the time, or better, they worked. He hung them where the chickens couldn’t peck at them. Potassium levels affect mites? My dad and I are totally clueless.

  3. My grandfather always put potatoes and carrots in a sand box in the cellar with all the canned foods.. we ate all winter ..

  4. GA

    That’s a good guess. It sure wouldn’t hurt to dust the flock for mites. If they are bad enough they can cause the birds to die of anemia.


  5. I know when my birds had mites, it looked like they had been plucked around the vent area. Could it be that?

  6. Be careful when getting milk from the grocery store for cheese making that does not say Ultra Pasteurized – after going through every brand here at my local store I called the companies – they don’t “ultra pasteurize” but they pasteurize at a higher temp than normal and it will not make cheese – I found a hint is the date on the carton – if it is three weeks or more out, than it will not make cheese. Good luck, and companies are generally happy to tell you how they treat their milk.

  7. For potatoes what I like to do is can about 2/3 of the lot and then thin slice and dehydrate the remainder. I then take the dehydrated product and crush most of them, say 80% into ‘flakes’ and grind the rest into quick mashers or potato flour.