I’ve been toying with the idea of backyard chickens for a while now. When we lived in Seattle our neighbors kept chickens, but at that time I wasn’t really considering it. In Tacoma a gal up the block from my mom keeps a number of chickens and this seems like it might actually be a good idea.
Many people now are keeping a few chickens for fresh eggs and we would be allowed to keep up to 5 in our area, but no roosters of course.
Not only do chickens keep the bug population in check but they also provide your family with fresh eggs that are surprisingly more nutrient filled than the batch you get at the grocery store. I had no idea about that.
If you aren’t yet ready to have a small flock at home you might consider the local farmers market or co-op to purchase your farm fresh eggs.
If you think chickens might be right up your alley, did you know many farms actually let you lease chicks to see if you want to go ahead and have your own flock. Maybe you’ll decide the chicks are only for Easter pictures or perhaps you’ll adore them and want more, either way the try before you “buy” idea is a good one.
Read this.. I found it on Mother Earth News after grabbing a couple of their magazines I was hunting around the site and I think they are an amazing source of information.
Please help us spread the word — eggs from hens raised on pasture are far more nutritious than eggs from confined hens in factory farms.
LATEST RESULTS: New test results show that pastured egg producers are kicking the commercial industry’s derriere when it comes to vitamin D! Eggs from hens raised on pasture show 4 to 6 times as much vitamin D as typical supermarket eggs. Learn more: Eggciting News!!!
RESULTS FROM OUR PREVIOUS STUDY: Eggs from hens allowed to peck on pasture are a heck of a lot better than those from chickens raised in cages! Most of the eggs currently sold in supermarkets are nutritionally inferior to eggs produced by hens raised on pasture. That’s the conclusion we have reached following completion of the 2007 Mother Earth News egg testing project. Our testing has found that, compared to official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs, eggs from hens raised on pasture may contain:
• 1⁄3 less cholesterol• 1⁄4 less saturated fat• 2⁄3 more vitamin A• 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids• 3 times more vitamin E• 7 times more beta carotene
These amazing results come from 14 flocks around the country that range freely on pasture or are housed in moveable pens that are rotated frequently to maximize access to fresh pasture and protect the birds from predators. We had six eggs from each of the 14 pastured flocks tested by an accredited laboratory in Portland, Ore. The chart in Meet the Real Free-range Eggs (October/November 2007) shows the average nutrient content of the samples, compared with the official egg nutrient data from the USDA for “conventional” (i.e. from confined hens) eggs. The chart lists the individual results from each flock.
Watch the news clip about the World’s Best Eggs.
***The original article was found here http://www.motherearthnews.com/eggs.aspx ***
I got a great set of Re-Pac bags in the mail today. These bags come in bright bold prints and have a zipper instead of velcro, they have a LIFETIME warranty, a nylon leak resistant liner and are machine washable. These Re-Pac bags are so cute Bethany has already been eyeing them.
These bags come in 3 sizes for all your lunchtime and snack needs. They do mention you do not need to only put your food in the bags, you could use them for other items in your handbag or gym bag.
Zulily has a great deal on Go Green Lunchboxes today. Not only are these cute but what a wonderful idea. The cute little insulated bag holds a compartmentalized box so you can keep Juniors lunch from getting soggy or smashed. There is a 9 ounce thermos to carry a beverage of your choosing and a mini white board to write a note to remind Junior to “Be Brilliant”. Toss in one of those Fabkins and you have a waste free lunch! Go Green Lunchbox also sells extra boxes and extra thermos bottles so you could potentially have one in the box and one to wash.
This cute little box would do well with all of the Bento Box lunch ideas.
Another of my favorite Daily Deal sites, I check Zulily daily to see what items they have deals on.
Sometimes I wish I could un-know some of the things I’ve learned recently… because you know how it is, after you know something you actually have to make a change, or at least take steps in that direction.
We have so much plastic at both houses to get rid of, it seems like it will take forever to replace all of it with glass.
I did actually pack up all of my cute melamine Cinco de Mayo dishes and the cute beach dishes I had as well as all the plastic we had replaced from both houses and I gave it all to my best girlfriend (she did actually want it), and what she does not keep I believe she will pass along to others.
At Walmart recently I noticed that both Rubbermaid and Ziplock are getting into the glass trend (wouldn’t want to lose that market share). I’m glad about this because it means we all have more options as far as sizes, shapes, lids etc.. Love it! Ziplock has orange, green and blue lids.. I love that!
We have also seen the glass Rubbermaid at Fred Meyer, so it seems to be spreading. Rubbermaid is basically using the same lids as they did for the Premiere Collection (which is also pretty new). I’m still on the lookout for the larger sizes in the glass so we shall see what I can find next.
We got another group of stainless steel (not aluminum) water bottles to replace all of the plastic ones we had in the water bottle bin. This changeover is taking a little longer than I had expected it to take. Somehow (I have no idea why) I was thinking it would be snick, snack, snort and it would be done… but NOOO. Oh well…it will be done eventually right?
Earth Day 2011 is right around the corner. Why not make a green pledge on The Earthday Network, there a many small things you can do to help the planet. You can pledge to bring your own bags to the grocery store, give up plastic water bottles, use less water, plant a tree etc.
To get into the act Target is giving away reusable bags on Sunday, April 17th to the first million customers that make a purchase. One per customer. If you want one of these bags, be there early they go very quickly!
Zulily has STOPstart bags up today. You would not only be getting a fabulous and very unique reusable bag made from rice/seed bags but you’d be helping women to start a new life. You can read more on the STOPstart website.
We did get the 10-piece Pyrex Storage set that I talked about here. We are changing out all of the plastic with glass, piece by piece at both houses. On the plus side I was able to store all of the things I made in glass last weekend. Now I really need those larger 11 or 12 cup pieces for the larger dishes I prepare. I have been saving all the glass jars I can get my hands on to use in the interim. Great to store (and reheat) soups in.
I bought a set of these reusable produce bags from a gal on Etsy. They are so cute. There are six mesh bags in a little carry pouch. These bags can be washed in cool water with mild soap and then line dried.
If you purchase from Etsy you’d be supporting a small business, and we really want to support those folks anyway.
The gal I bought from has a store called AMK Designs and you should go check it out because these bags are so cute in the little pouch.
While at Cost Plus World Market today I noticed there were having a 50% off sale on all of their reusable water bottles in both glass and stainless steel. I purchased two and after tax the total was under $7.00. The sale will be on for a couple of weeks. This would be a great item to add to those Easter Baskets!
I did go to the online site but only the aluminum flask was available. Well, I think I’d skip that one since it was aluminum and not stainless.
Recently I purchased a Jasmere voucher for a company called Baggu. I chose a set of 5 of the standard size Baggu bags in blue. The set comes in a handy carry pouch that can easily fit in a handbag. Each bag weighs less than 2 ounces but can hold 50 pounds. They hold what 2-3 regular plastic grocery sacks would carry. They are made of ripstop nylon and are guaranteed for a year.
Baggu bags are available individually or in sets, and in several styles and sizes. I can’t even tell you how many people stopped me today to ask about my bags. I stopped at Petco, Cost Plus World Market, Saars and Albertsons today before heading home. One bag did carry 20 pounds of chicken all wrapped up from the butcher block with room to spare.
Head on over and check them out.