Tips For Raising Your Own Chickens

A person might ask why they would want to raise chickens in the first place? The eggs and packaged chicken can be purchased in the store, after all. There are some great reasons for raising them, though. One of the first would be the monetary savings from raising chickens. For a small family that eats eggs on a daily basis, six hens will produce more eggs than they can usually consume. The only expense is in the feed that is given to the chickens and the larger the area they have to range, the less food that is necessary to feed them. This means that the eggs nearly always cost far less than the current prices charged at the store. In fact, with a reasonable amount of room and with six hens, the cost can be less than 50 cents per dozen. Store prices range from $2.00 to over $4.00 a dozen, so the savings is substantial. The eggs and chicken meat are also a lot healthier than the store-bought variety. It goes beyond this since the chickens love eating pests like insects such as earwigs, slugs, spiders and all sorts of other creepy-crawlies. It may sound gross, but the eggs and meat are higher quality than you can purchase in a store partly because of the additional protein they get from the bugs and at the same time, it means that you don’t need to use chemical pesticides to control garden and yard pests. When raising chickens, it is Continue Reading →

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Understanding what an organic vegetable actually is

People are becoming used to the term, “organic gardening” or “organic vegetables” probably more than ever before in history. This isn’t a bad thing. However, many people have different ideas about what the terms mean. Genetic manipulation and organic gardening To many people, an organic vegetable is one that has never been genetically manipulated in any way. What most people don’t understand is that this would exclude most vegetables and fruits. To name just a few vegetables and fruits that have been genetically manipulated; tomatoes, corn, wheat, carrots, radishes, peppers, squash, pumpkins and other gourds, lettuce, and a great number of others. This doesn’t necessarily mean gene splicing. Genetic manipulation may be simply breeding plants together to get the traits people want. The resultant plant didn’t originally occur in nature however. It came about with a bit of tweaking by man. Use of chemicals Many more people think of organic vegetables as plants grown without man-made or synthesized chemicals. This includes fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides. The problem here is that this doesn’t define “organic.” If people don’t know this, they are likely to be misled by totally legal statements on product packages in stores. Organic tomatoes or lettuce in a store are not necessarily what people are thinking they are getting. Original meaning At one time, organic really did mean something that was totally natural. However, the chemical term has to do with carbon. Carbon dioxide is touted as the current big evil in the world. Yet, without CO2, very Continue Reading →

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