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The Roostosterone Problem

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      My feral brother William spent several of his younger years on a rooster farm in the Florida swamp, so  the year I first raised chickens at Dog's Plot and the roosters became a problem, I brought  William here, to try and get them under control.       See here, with video and free popcorn:   http://dogs-plot.blogspot.com/2010/11/rooster-problem.html Dim lights Embed Embed this video on your site


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