Hatching Your Own Chickens

Hatching Your Own Chickens

Chickens, Farm Animals
It's probably likely that some of you will want to go one step further and hatch and raise your own chicks from your existing stock. Breeding chickens couldn't be easier and it's a worthwhile and rewarding project to get your kids involved in too. If your far enough from your nearest neighbors or lucky enough to have very understanding ones that don't mind being woken at the crack of down by an over zealous cockerel announcing the dawn of a new day then you are already half way towards getting your hens to breed. Firstly, you need make sure you have happy healthy hens in good breeding condition by following the guidelines in my earlier article. A plentiful supply of good food and the appropriate nesting facilities in the form…
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Secrets to Build a Chicken Coop Cheap and Easy

Secrets to Build a Chicken Coop Cheap and Easy

Chickens
If you ever thought about raising chickens or even building your own chicken coup for that matter, maybe it is time you actually did something about it. When you compare the price difference of building your own hen houses versus buying, you will be amazed at the amount of money you can save constructing them yourself. And it will not take as long or be as hard as you may have ever imagined. It is possible to get it done in a weekend or two. Before cutting your first 2-by-4 or nailing two boards together, it is a good idea to come up with a plan. Chickens need a clean dry nesting area along with some room to roam. They will forage for a portion of their own food if…
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Backyard Laying Hens- Free Range Eggs, For Free!

Backyard Laying Hens- Free Range Eggs, For Free!

Chickens, Farm Animals
Keeping your own stock of free range egg backyard laying hens is an enjoyable and rewarding pastime as more and more city folk are discovering with the increasing popularity of 'urban farming'. Hens can be kept in even the smallest of spaces as long as they have suitable shelter, a ready supply of food and small patch of ground to scratch around in. Hens can easily be bought as chicks from local farmers and smallholders. They will produce one egg per day per hen so even a couple of good layers will produce more than enough eggs for a family. They are easy to keep and feed and as long as you don't add a cockerel to the flock you wont get any complaints from the neighbors either! In no…
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Criminalizing Organic and Home Growers

Emergency Preparedness, Food Supply, Healthy Eating, Organic Gardening
UPDATE: Many people were unable to get the text for this bill, or it was simply unavailable. We have obtained the full text and can be disseminated here: H. R. 875 Food Safety Administration Full Text This bill is sitting in committee and I am not sure when it will go to the floor. One thing I do know is that very few of the Representatives have read it. I know it is difficult to read so many laws that go through, but something as important and far reaching as this bill should be read. And we should be encouraging our congressmen to vote against it... So often, when pressed for time, they take someone else's word for what the bill contains. HR875 Bill proponents will be counting on it.…
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H.R. 875 Food Safety Administration Full Text

H.R. 875 Food Safety Administration Full Text

Food Supply
Full Text of the Bill The government site consistently times out and is virtually impossible to find through regular search.. http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/C?c111:./temp/~c111ipZe4Q HR 875 IH 111th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 875 To establish the Food Safety Administration within the Department of Health and Human Services to protect the public health by preventing food-borne illness, ensuring the safety of food, improving research on contaminants leading to food-borne illness, and improving security of food from intentional contamination, and for other purposes. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES February 4, 2009 Ms. DELAURO (for herself, Ms. ESHOO, Ms. DEGETTE, Ms. SCHAKOWSKY, Mr. ENGEL, Ms. CASTOR of Florida, Mr. MURPHY of Connecticut, Ms. SUTTON, Mrs. LOWEY, Ms. SLAUGHTER, Mr. HINCHEY, Mr. MCGOVERN, Ms. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, Ms. HIRONO, Mr. GRIJALVA, Mr. SCHAUER, Mr. NADLER of New…
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