Chicken Laws and Backyard Chickens

Chickens, Farm Animals
Know the chicken laws in your state and city By now, you all know that we are raising our own chickens in the backyard. The idea is to gain more self sufficiency and "buy local".  It is important to know where your food comes from. Some are unfamiliar with the concepts, but for those of you who do and think you are living in solitude, think again. There are many beginning to understand the changes that are going to have to take place for this world to go solidly forward... Here is a new article found in the Chicago Tribune, Chickens earning their keep in Chicago backyards according to the article... More urbanites have animals for their eggs and companionship. "It's exploding all over the country," said Martha Boyd, program…
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A New Kind of Rescue

Our Homestead
I came in tonight to check on everyone and found one tiny little girl kicked off to the side, weak and COLD. I knew the first thing to do was warm her up, but I wasn't quite as certain about what to do about her obvious dehydration, so I consulted the internet. I found  Save a Puppy's Life and  Treating a Sick Puppy What GREAT advice. I'm still not certain that little Bitsy is out of the woods, but thanks to Ed Frawley at http://leerburg.com/ she's got a lot better chance! You can see her here with her spotted brother, "Bonzai" Bitsy is the little black and white on the left. The bottle is four inches long. Bitsy was the first born and Bella chewed her cord off WAY too…
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Puppies are born. They are CUTE.

Our Homestead
We foster dogs for many local rescues. If you love dogs but don't want the long term commitment, you should consider Foster Care for Dogs Anyway, this girl came to us three weeks from delivery. We had no idea what the father could be. The mother is part corgi. We call her "Bella". [caption id="attachment_257" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Bella Starting Labor"][/caption] And we went from that to this .... [caption id="attachment_258" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Half Way Point"][/caption] in two hours. Who could know a little bitty welsh corgi could have SO many. Our highest guess was eight and even that was said with a tongue in cheek. And the total count (as far as we know) is ten. TEN little balls of fur!
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How to Build a Roof Garden

How to Build a Roof Garden

Gardening Methods, Roof Gardening
The concept of a roof garden is not a new one. In fact, it is centuries old!. If you live in an urban area, your dreams of having a garden may be difficult to achieve. Not so if you consider a roof garden! More and more communities are encouraging their residents to plant roof gardens. The environmental and psychological benefits are numerous. Not only is gardening a calming and relaxing activity, which can reduce stress related illnesses, it also has great benefits for the environment. Building a rood garden on your home or apartment building decrease storm water runoff, reduce fire risks, help decrease heating and cooling costs and can protect your roof from the effects of ultra-violet light and frost. There are three types of roof gardens and the…
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Dogs 1 Rooster 0

Dogs 1 Rooster 0

Chickens, Our Homestead
Well, it's a sad day at our little homestead today. I left the dogs outside for what was to be a warm night. I thought they would enjoy it. Mr. Red had been aggravating the hens so badly, that I had turned him out of the chicken coop last weekend. Now, you have to picture this, LOL A big, Rhode Island Red rooster, chasing a big black Labrador around the yard. Molly, our lab does NOT enjoy getting clipped in the back when she's not looking. Red holds his own every single day... until today. I guess, since Molly was trying to sleep and he woke up at the crack of dawn, as usual, he found her napping. You can probably imagine the rest. The worst of it was that…
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Japanese Garden Design

Garden Design
A Japanese Garden is full of mystery, nature and serenity. Just as landscape gardens of the West followed historic points of reference such as Classical Garden Design, Traditional Garden Design, English Garden Design on up threw Modern Garden Design, the Japanese garden tradition has a history that followed the trends and lifestyles of their location and times. It would be very pretentious to copy directly a Japanese Garden, although there was actually a style of Japanese Garden Design that did just that. We will highlight how you could build and apply the Japanese or Zen Garden style to your own home. Japanese Garden History Asuka period (538-710)-gardens were an expression of Buddhism and Taoism. Small gardens were reflections of spiritual themes or miniaturizations of the large mountainous regions of China…
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How Can You Attract Butterflies to Your Garden?

Farm Animals
Butterflies can be attracted to your garden by a variety of methods including planting brightly coloured flowers and bushes, providing food in the form of rotten fruit or by providing other places where they will congregate. Flowers and Bushes To attract butterflies to your garden you need to provide attractive food in the form of brightly coloured flowers and feeders and puddles for drinking water. Leave a part of your garden wild by allowing the grass to grow longer and sprinkling wild flower seeds throughout the area. Choose an area that has sunshine for most of the day but is sheltered from the wind. A few flat stone scattered about will provide resting places. At the edges of the wild area plant flowers and shrubs with brightly coloured blooms. Butterflies…
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