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  1. Actually, I got my numbers from the actual cdc statistics and did the math based on the census numbers of U.S. population, but go ahead and "play the game" if you wish. The .00323 %(to be accurate) is confirmed fatality rates against the population of the U.S. I don't care for all the "we don't know the true numbers" talk. While true, it calls for decisions based on fear. Make all the stupidly stereotypical bullshit redneck assumptions you wish, but all that is nothing but the fear and gaslighting you're claiming to be against. Trump is a moron. Bottom line is tbat everyone in this Country has bills to pay. That $1200 check 2 months ago isn't doing jack shit to pay those bills. Until Finland offers to pay our bills for us, I couldn't care less what they think of our citizenry continuing to work. Masks, fine. Shutting down everything is not. How about no? I still don't know a single person who is or was sick, and I know a lot of people. I know that people are and have been sick, but 1/20 is a bullshit falsehood and you know it.
  2. Hey. Been gone a while. Funny you mention the "tired of this crap", Mike. I cut down 90% of my social networking just because I'm tired of all the fighting about masks and whatnot. I've been working pretty solid. Seemed like everything was same as always but now it seems we are going back to shutting things down. Honestly, I'm fine if they want to make face coverings mandatory for a while... however my understanding was the entire shutdown a few months ago was supposed to be so the government and hospital could have time to prepare for an inundation of cases. The virus isn't going anywhere and people have to work and we ALSO need outdoor recreation as a society, so I don't support shutting down businesses. I did the math and .003% fatality rate doesn't equate to shutting everything down. Masks/face coverings I suppose, but I remember during H1N1 everyone was making fun of Japan for wearing masks everywhere. Regardless of that,I've been building infrastructure for the geese and ducks. Pond, bigger pen, etc. They seem happy, but the geese are mortified when I pick them up and carry them around petting them. I try to carry yhem all here and there though so they're all equally mortified.
  3. Bizman, you're talking to Country boys from way back. I know it's real easy to assume only you know what's what about butchering poultry, but considering I grew up with chickens, ducks, pigs, goats, horses, cows, etc and I butchered and cleaned many a chicken, hunted rabbits and squirrels, cleaned them, cooked them over campfires, ate them, fished every pond in town and cleaned and ate the fish... well, I guess I'm trying to say if you keep talking as if you're talking to a bunch of city boys then you're going to get me irritated, and I don't want that. Geese are the only bird I have never actually raised and yes, they will be taken proper care of. So please, drop that. It irks. I'm certainly not going to waste time proving to you that I am not some dickhead redneck being cruel to my animals. The slapchop joke was an obviously facetious response intended to make it plain that particular conversation was becoming tedious. Thank you for your suggestion. Below is a picture of part of my property. Mike. Yeah, gas has been cheap lately. I don't know how much is a political game and how much is an effect of what's going on. Trump has a history of releasing reserves to lower fuel pump prices in times of economic slowdown. His China tarrifs hurt the recycling industry and he used the reserves to create an artificial feeling of deeper pockets in the masses.
  4. The ducks are for eggs. Might kill a couple if they turn out male or if they turn into egg eaters, but if that happens I'll kill them out of sight of the others. Geese are for eating. I really don't care what they think.
  5. Yeah, I know. In this particular case though I get their reticence. Full grown ducks can barely defend themselves. Ducklings are just completely helpless. They don't even have the ability to peck. They're slowly gaining confidence though.
  6. I did all this today. Ducklings got too big for the tub they were in so I increased their area by about 400%. They don't know what to do with all of it. They're sitting in one end like lumps. Sad part is I'm all worried about them. I made it seriously predator proof by putting wire panels in the bottom, then covering that with solid paving bricks, then covered that with clear roof panels. I patched every hole big enough for even a snake I think, but I'm still worried. Shot a possum this morning with my .357. I'm running a zero tolerance policy on possums and skunks .
  7. Got my stimulus check today. Bought fence panels and t posts.
  8. The radio and lights should keep the predators wary, at least long enough to let the geese grow big. Possums don't like lights, in my experience. I should probably put an electric fence around it as well. The goats have been gone a while. I really wouldn't mind goats, but I think geese are easier to keep in a fence. Maybe. I wish there was something really nasty I could put in there. Dogs are effective, but loud.
  9. There will be full time lights and a radio in the duck house anyway.
  10. I don't have a goat. My neighbor had the goats. I know all about possums. They'll probably get goosed anyway.
  11. Just finished my first 8 days in my log book and I'm at 52,218#. So obviously that's pretty light, but it's a start.
  12. Some of these ducks and geese may have a short life, but it will be a 24/7 party for them.
  13. I got some rather awesome video of the ducklings racing around all happy as shit listening to Staying Alive, but it won't load here unfortunately. Now they are all tuckered out from eating and drinking and being merry. I'm working under the theory that if I play the radio at low volume their entire life they will become so used to it that moving outside of earshot of it might make them feel like something is wrong, there by possibly keeping them from wandering off. We'll find out eventually I suppose.
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