G'day from the Riverland SA My names Tim and after Marks cordial invitation I decided to join. Apart from poultry, the rest is old hat to me. I'm a bush-boy. Born at Lameroo. Off the Soldier-Settler Mallee farm. Brought up on white sand. A woolclasser by trade , I've spent most of my life north of Broken Hill in the shearing sheds.. A hard working, hard playing and laconic Aussie lifestyle. My last 3 years were managing a sheep station out of Tibooburra NSW. I arrived at the end of a drought. 1200 sheep on the place. Then we had the wettest year in recorded history. Floodgates, flies, mozzies and fires. Fencing in the hundreds of Kms. Last summer was 48c for a month. The squatter had finished with me, now there were 5421 sheep. So I was sacked with a weeks notice.... Now I'm back looking after Mum, who has well, bad, bowel cancer. She's a tough old bird though, and we couldn't live under the same roof. So I look after a mates block across the river at Cadell. He's been away, working in Joh's/Gods country for the last 3 years. It's 3 acres, mainly scrub, but with extensive(was derelict) irrigation . Red sand over limestone, on the edge of the Murray River Valley. A close-knit and eccentric community, so I fit in well. All the neighbours were over for a squizzy once they saw the lights on. I'm propagating bush tucker and lairy, conversation veg. Colourfuls and unusuals. We've had minus 5c the last 6 nights, so I'm glad for a small plastic greenhouse with an electric blanket in the bottom. Finally some seeds coming through.. I say g'day to all, and apologise in advance for my narcissistic,opinionated and generally offensive prejudices. If I have knowledge it will be offered, opinions attatched. (opinions free!!) But I will try to maintain a gentlemanly stance for the ladies. Any purchased seed or seedlings propagated excess to requirements will be offered at postage. Knowledge is free, despite my many hours of research. Karma is reciprocal. So send your questions to Mark or the mediators if you are uncomfortable confronting me directly. Please don't patronise my opinions, as they are formed through life, not research. I am a bush mechanic, lay physicist, electronics/hydraulics/mechanics/phsycology and genetics GURU. If I don't know the answer, one of my other 36 personalities will. By the way, I never bred poultry, but as a kid I had a 410, and every sunday Dad would take me out shooting Bronzewing and Topknot pigeons, and Mallee Fowl, plus rabbits. We (I) would pluck/skin and gut them all, soak them in saltwater overnight and that was always monday night tea. I can set you right on humane despatch of sheep, goats and Cattle, and "overlanding" a beast- cutting it up on the ground without a gimble or pulley. I look forward to many and positive correspondences. Please don't raise ethics of animal harvest here.