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This month, I'm again going to toss together several unrelated items that I've seen. None of these items warrants a whole article, but each offers some value.

Keeping the Flies Under Control

I built a room for the chickens in the barn, but most prefer to roost in the rafters - so much for parking my truck in the barn. But they rarely roost right over the goats. I sweep up their "offerings" each morning, so I'm not tromping thru the crap daily. Its a bit of a pain, but a lot less so than having a zillion flies. I might add that since I got the chickens, I have not been stung by yellowjackets while mowing. These are ground-dwelling wasps that are absolutely ferocious when riled. Before I got the chickens, I'd run over a nest at least twice a season. The chickens apparently clean out the nests, because I've not seen one nest since my little eating machines arrived.

Treating Snakebite

You can use Dexamethasone Solution (1cc. per 10lb) to treat snakebite. You have to get this medication from your veterinarian. It can also be used on humans (check with your doctor first, tho).

Kidding Tips

Online Veterinary Manual

Merck and Merial jointly launched the online version of The Merck Veterinary Manual, the world's best selling and most trusted veterinary reference. The manual is now available online at www.merckvetmanual.com. A comprehensive reference on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of animal disease, the online Merck Veterinary Manual is free of charge, accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. First introduced in 1955, the reference book is published by Merck Publishing Group, in cooperation with Merial. (company press release).

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