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Old 07-03-2012, 12:54 PM
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Greetings & Salutations,
Iím generally poor at introductions, but figured itís only fair that you know who has been reading your posts on this forum.
We have a pretty varied background; been there and done that, but finally bought 40 acres near Stockton Lake in SW Missouri and discovered we had a natural talent for raising ticks. I have a fair amount of experience in the woods and grew up on small dirt farms. The Tick Farmerette has extensive city experience.
Our place was a working farmstead that was abandoned back around 1960. The brush and smaller trees left after they logged off the saleable timber has had 50 years to turn the place into a tangled jungle. We have been clearing a driveway and made a small opening to build a 2 room cottage. Hopefully it will be completed sometime this century. No water, no electricity and no openings big enough to grow a garden, yet. Just the kind of place we wanted!
If you are in the neighborhood stop by for a cup of coffee. We usually have some on and could use the break from digging stumps in this heat!
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Old 07-03-2012, 03:35 PM
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Tickfarmer and Farmette

Its great to have you and your lady--
AND your sense of humor.

I would love a cup of coffee--Tks
Sounds like a tough beginning but
a wonderful begining--Good Luck
with that new crop of ticks--or
the extermination there of--LOL

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Old 07-03-2012, 07:00 PM
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HMMMM.sounds like goat paradise. Great little helpers to get the tangle out of the way. Keep us posted on how you are faring.
Ihave not had a tick on my for a few weeks. so that's where they went.
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:55 PM
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Ya'll keep posting now tickfarmer - we want to hear more from ya.

You be a bit far south for me to drop in for coffee - but if ya & the farmerette make it north of the border, I'll put the kettle on.
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:37 PM
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Thank you for the welcomes!
Our ticks are doing fine, so far. We have come up with a value - we charge $1.00 each, rebate 50 cents if one is returned and a flat $10.00 if they get caught rustling our stock.
I might have to come up with a brand though. The last visitors claimed they had them before they got out to the Tick Farm and wanted proof that they were ours...

I'd be happy to let someone run goats on the property, or portions thereof. Only 2 sides are fenced (barbed wire), there is no ponds or creeks and we aren't there full time so a few minor details would need to be figured out.

The TickFarmer & Farmerette
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Old 07-04-2012, 06:47 AM
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Hello and welcome! I hope you will post a lot as you improve/build your place. There is a certain pride in building from scratch, which if the place has been abandoned that long, it's almost back to real wilderness but not quite. Pictures would be real nice too if you can swing it. I like your sense of humor about ticks, it's really the only way to deal with them. Once you get your cabin space cleared and a garden put in place, ticks will be easier to deal with. Good luck to both of you and by all means keep us posted
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Old 07-05-2012, 12:27 PM
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Welcome from Dalton, GA. Sounds like you are right where i want to be! Keep us posted!
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Old 07-09-2012, 07:06 PM
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Welcome to the forum TickFarmer.
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Old 07-09-2012, 09:51 PM
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Howdy and welcome from southern Oklahoma.
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:13 PM
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I'll try to keep y'all updated as we labor along. Give you something to smile and shake your head at, if nothing else.

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Old 07-10-2012, 05:40 PM
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Welcome tick farmer! If you find the need for new blood lines in your ticks, we have nice big ones in Illinois that I would be happy to send you all that you want. Always glad to help fellow farmers!-sher
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Old 07-11-2012, 01:16 PM
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Thanks for the offer, Sher! We will keep that in mind if we start noticing any inbreeding problems.
I've (attemped, anyway) to attach a picture of the beginnings of the Tick Farm. This is the Cottage & Shed from this spring, along with a good chunk of the 'front yard'. No roof on the porch yet but that will happen this fall after it starts to cool back down.

http://www.backwoodshome.com/forum/v...&pictureid=626
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Old 07-12-2012, 02:10 AM
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Hello The Cabin...
Mr Tick Farmer,

seriously... ticks are a horrible problem!! Do you have any plan in mind how to erradicate your property from this plague?? Id like to know cus Ive been working on research to figure this out??

Sulphur coating...but it is expensive and not workable?
Guiene Hens... I dont know, but Ive heard they will work?
Controlled Burns... Ive heard that will work, but good grief?

Ticks really suck... how can we get them erradicated from a property?
I feel for you my friend. I pray for your solution.

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Old 07-12-2012, 02:43 PM
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I also thought about ways to get rid of them but soon decided that I needed to figure out how to make my natural tick herd an asset instead of a liability. Livestock without a startup cost!
I'm thinking some lab needs a good supply to test posions & repellants and my plan is to be right there when I find out who that might be.
Blood sucking parasites should fit into the political landscape somehow, too. It's all a matter of finding the right market.

(Clear brush & free range guinees. I haven't come up with anything better)
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Old 07-13-2012, 01:21 AM
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Welcome TickFarmer, we live just outside of Lebanon, MO. If you have the market on the ticks, then I might have the market for CHIGGERS. If you want to swap or barter, I'll let you have all the CHIGGERS for FREE, no monthly payments and I will delivery.
Guinees do work. But boy they are STUPID birds, at least the ones my neighbor USED to have. They chased the cars down the road, and forgot to look both ways before crossing the street. My Guinees do fine at ticks and grasshoppers. And the coyotes enjoyed the fresh fowl feast. So I'm down to one Guinee and he stays up in the tree until I let the turkeys out of the coop. I think he thinks the turkeys are really chickens on Miricle Grow, he'll come out of the tree when the Big Bird comes outside.
We also grow one heck of a great crop of ROCKS each spring. If you run low on them, give me a holler, my garden produces them overnight.
So welcome, there are great people on this forum and many are full of very useful knowledge.
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Old 07-13-2012, 02:43 PM
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You are just right down the road, over the hill and around the corner from me. I'm just a little outside of Arcola.
I always thought that the chiggers were the guards for blackberries. The bigger and better the berries, the more chiggers were guarding them. But I'm not real knowledgeable on the subject - perhaps they have some effect on the berry production? If it is causation and not just a corralation between the number of Chigger Guards and the blackberry production I just may take you up on your offer. I really like blackberries.
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At least chiggers are seasonal, ticks are around all year. Cold weather makes them hide somewhere but let it warm up to 50 in Feb and I'll see at least one crawling around and around on the top rim of a bucket or something.
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Old 07-13-2012, 11:15 PM
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Mr. Tickfarmer,
Thanks for the laughs.
Bad day at work.
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Old 07-14-2012, 01:26 AM
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Your pic is great! Such a peaceful place for you and your family. Keep up the good work, you have a great start for a wonderful home!
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Well what do ya know. Finally some one else that isnt getting any rain and has a bumper crop of ticks and rocks.

Welcome to the board. Maybe you could stop by for a cup of coffee some time. I will be home in a few weeks
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