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Getting a jump on Spring Veggies- growing from seed

They are cute.  They are fluffy.  They peep and peck.  They make it feel like spring.  They are little chicks and a fun part of having your own backyard chicken flock.

We don’t have a rooster, viagra canada treat so we don’t have chicks hatching from our hens.  You need the noisey boys around to hang with the hens so that the eggs they lay can hatch into babies.  If this vague discription is a foriegn concept it may be worth a Google search of “the birds and the bees”.  So we have to get our chicks from the local feed store.  You can also have them shipped via mail but you typically have to order at least 15 (so they stay warm during shipping).  If you do order your chicks, pharm be prepared to pick them up from the Post Office directly and quickly – the Postmaster does not like to keep a moving, peeping box in the backroom for long!  Also, be prepared that a few may die during transit so you may not want to open the box in front of children unless you are prepared for that discussion.  Regardless, if you order or pick up, you can specify if you want roosters or hens.

In preparing to bring your chicks home, you will need a few things.  First is a rearing pen that has plenty of room for your chicks to grow.  They will be about the size of a volleyball by the time they are ready to go out to the coop with the rest of the girls.  Our pen has two compartments – one where we keep the food, water and heat lamp, and one that is away from the heat source and serves as a dark room.  This allows the chicks to get away from the heat lamp if they start to get to hot.

You also need to have a chick feeder, chick feed (not chicken food which has a different nutritional content), a chick waterer, and lots of soft bedding.  Don’t use an open tray of water.  The small chicks can fall in and drown or get wet and chilled.  We also like to provide some sticks for roosting on.  Chickens, like most birds, don’t like to sleep on the ground.  It also allows them to get closer to the heat lamp if needed.

About the heat lamp – pick the lamp and the shield from a local feed store or purchase online.  Do not put within reach of the chickens as they could get burned.  Keep this on all the time to prevent them from getting cold.

You will change the water and food daily.  Change the bedding every other day or as it gets soiled.  You will do this for 6-8 weeks until the fluff balls turn into mini chickens.  Like teenagers, they will have their grown up feathers and will think they rule the coop.  It is at this point that you can introduce them to the rest of your flock.

If you have full grown chickens, you will want to insert the chicks into the coop at night when the ladies are sleeping.  You will have less chance of the hens picking on the new additions.  If they wake up and find them there, the hope is that they will think that they were there all along.

Enjoy your raising your own chicks and continuing to expand your flock of backyard

   One of our first sustainable living adventures at Camp 4 was to start raising chickens for eggs.  We had it relatively easy given that the prior owners had already put in the coop and there were 8 laying chickens in residence.  We didn’t know too much about raising chickens, viagra usa cialis but we have learned that it is relatively easy and a lot of fun.  

  Having your own backyard chickens is becoming all the rage and is an easy way to live more sustainably.  Now that we have almost 4 years of experience in this, viagra I am always being asked by people how they should get started.  So let’s get started on the A, sale B, C’s of raising chickens. Continue reading

O’ (Live) Christmas Tree


Thanksgiving is coming fast.. And as a family attempting to live a more sustainable life you can’t take a holiday during the holidays. In fact, cialis seek there is no better way to celebrate the riches of Thanksgiving than by setting a place at your table for local foods.

And oh by the way, viagra sale prostate no bigger pressure to deliver the best recipes for your guests than during this blessed time of year. So am I really going to abandon tried and true favorites for an “all local” theme?

Going to try..

Here is the current menu/plan of attack:
- The Turkey: friends at Rolling Bay Farms are growing up a fine Heritage Turkey for our feature presentation – hit the “easy button” on this ingredient (especially since I didn’t have to do the growing or processing)

- The Stuffing (a sourdough artichoke stuffing – my husband’s absolute, make-a-double-batch favorite): sourdough from Pane d’ Amore.. Everything else TBD (this could get complicated; anyone know where to find local marinated artichoke hearts? ’cause guess what I don’t have time to do?!?)

- The Oysters: going to call my friends at Port Madison Shellfish Farm and see if they can hook me up!

- Sweet Potato Puff – should be able to pull this off with the use of local Laughing Crow tubers

- Green Bean Casserole – oh no! Anyone have a recipe for Cream of Mushroom soup and fried onions for garnish? Riots will ensue if this is not pulled off to perfection

- Mashed Potatoes – we managed to grow just enough potatoes this year in our garden for tis dish. Yeah!

- Cranberry Sauce – hmmmm… Any local cranberry bogs around? How do I get that classic “can” shape?

- The Pies (one pumpkin; one pecan): seriously.. The canned pumpkin and condensed milk make this so much easier than the hand forged method.. And I have know idea how to pull off pecan. This will take some work.

More to come food adventurers. Feel free to share words of wisdom or advice!
Since we moved to the Pacific Northwest, viagra healing we adopted a new Christmas tradition involving the centerpiece of the holiday, sildenafil order the Christmas Tree. 

I have always enjoyed the smell and look of a live tree, levitra but it came with guilt knowing that it is harvested for just for a 6 week stay in our home.  Artifical trees have perceived enviro-benefit, but you need to use them for 20+ years to be “carbon nuetral”. They are made overseas with plastic, so there is “green” guilt there as well.

We began exploring a sustainable and guilt-free way to enjoy this holiday tradition.  After doing some research, we chose to go with a live tree that can be planted in our yard when the holiday is over.

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