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Supplement your poultry feed during summer months.
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Why Raising Chickens is the best possible hobby for, well, anyone.
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If you live in the country or semi-rural area, take a gander outside and look around on a bright spring morning. Take a walk, let the dew laden grass soak the toes of your shoes. Breathe in that fresh country air. Listen to the wild birds singing their territorial songs and attract their mates. Itís not the city, itís not the grind that most people face each and every day. Itís the country, but is something missing? Itís an opportunity which should not be wasted.
For me, having land in the Pennsylvania countryside, among dairy, horse and cattle farms, brings opportunity. A chance to live better, healthier and more earth friendly than ever before. An ideal setting for children to grow, and to do so, understanding the delicate balance between land use and a healthy environment.
What do we really control in the fast moving world? Precious little actually, but what portion we have, we may make the most of. If youíve read the book, Fast Food Nation, seen the film Super Size Me, or read Natural Cures by Trudeau, youíre already informed. Growing your own food, practicing organic gardening techniques and getting technology out of your life as much as is practical, is a great start to general health and well being.
If you canít imagine constructing and maintaining huge barns, long fence lines, hog wallows or milking cows twice a day, but want to take part in some form of agriculture, chickens may be the answer. On the other hand, if you already raise cattle, chickens may be a great benefit to you and your livestock.
Chickens come in many many breeds and hundreds of types/varieties, which define their appearance and often temperament. They are obtained with very little initial investment (small scale) and require only basic facilities. Gallus Domesticus (domestic chicken) provides animation to the landscape, a diversion from the daily grind, a learning opportunity for children, companionship for the lonely and unbeatable nutrition for the health conscious consumer. They perform natural insect control, may provide eggs year round, fertilize gardens and turn compost piles. May become pets if you desire, can be shown in the oldest judged livestock shows in the United States and fill gaps in our lives we didnít know we had.
Free ranging flocks demonstrate behaviors and social order conspicuously absent from the battery raised hens. Allowing birds their freedom to range, requires less effort than one may think. The flock tender insures they have healthy range (no pesticides, herbicides or industrial fertilizers), clean water and healthy feed rations. Provide a suitable shelter/coop into which the chickens may retreat overnight and during inclement weather conditions. Chickens depart the coops in the morning when the critter proof doors are opened and return in the evening on their own, after which you simply close them in. Stress free living, benefits the chickens, which results in fewer losses due to illness as well as exponentially greater resistance to pathogens and poultry specific diseases. In return, they provide us with healthier food resources (animal and vegetable) as well as reducing our own levels of stress. Observing chickens going about their daily routines, making their own choices and demonstrating natural behaviors, grounds the keeper in the feel good process of providing well for an animal which provides well for us in return.
Think you may want to establish a small flock, but donít know where or how to begin? Donít want to read several books or surf the boggling resources on the net? Then consider a visual learning experience, where everything is introduced at the most practical level possible. Click on the page in the top margin marked Chicken DVD and learn how you may obtain a great visual resource for the small flock poultry enthusiast. There is something for all ages in this thoughtful production. It may serve as a wonderful introduction for elementary aged students about to begin a egg hatching unit or introduce an adult to an amazing and rewarding pass time.
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A recent study conducted by Mother Earth News has found that eggs from pasture raised hens have higher values for a number of nutrients than USDA data for eggs from hens in confinement houses.Pastured eggs contain:50% more vitamin E; 4 times the beta carotene; 35 times the omega-3 fatty acids; and half the cholesterol.And, they contain 10.5 mcg of folic acid (that is 10.5 mcg more than USDAís data for eggs).
A recent study funded by the USDA shows meat from chickens raised on pasture contained:21% less total fat, 30% less saturated fat, 28% fewer calories, 50% more vitamin A, and 100% more omega-3 fatty acids.
A study conducted by James Madison University found bacterial contamination to be lower in pastured poultry:133 colony-forming units per milliliter (cfu/ml) in pastured poultry compared to 3600 cfu/ml in conventional poultry.
A Virginia Tech study found pastured poultry to be 70% lower in fat, and of the fats present, poly-unsaturated were much higher than mono-saturated.
And a study by Pennsylvania State University found 3 times the omega-3s, twice the vitamin E, and 40% more vitamin A in the eggs of chickens on pastured compared to conventional confinement.(ď>
As a person who also raises honey bees, I'd like to share this short video with you. "Silence of the Bees", we are poisoning our food and environment, with our desire to have the perfect green lawn and bug free landscape. Please, won't you consider going organic? We possibly need to alter our thinking, on what exactly a healthy lawn looks like. No weeds? Chemicals are being used... and at what cost?
If you have some time...
Click on the video to the left and watch me install some package bees.
There is also some nice footage of a few of my chickens.
Running time is 9 minutes
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Visit a friend who raises chickens, ducks, guineas or has their own honey bee apiary... be happy for a day. Learn sustainable living practices with your own living space and be happy for a life time! Live healthy, bring joy to others...