After all, the way we raise animals for meat currently using our factory farming practices is bad for the animals, bad for the planet, and bad for us. If there is a way around all of this, I want to learn more.
I also hope you will be able to join us on Friday at The Briar Patch. The fun begins at 5:30 PM, and we’ll have a poetry reading, an art activity for children in honor of the The Art Walk events, and a signing. I don’t know how well my son is going to sign those books, but, by golly, he’s going to try.
It made me wonder: How much do we need to know about animal intelligence? I’ve been thinking about this for many months and have come to just one conclusion—maybe we just need to know enough that we start treating our animals better.
After two years of living my life more on my own terms and learning to live much more frugally, I have my own list of advice to offer those who may be facing a similar decision or just may want to live more simply. I hope this helps others. I hope you find one or two or six things that will make a difference for you.
I plan to write a series of three posts: one on the beginning of the process, one on the end, and one about how the babies are doing. In this first post, I’ll talk about the signs of a broody hen and steps to take if you want her to hatch some chicks.
It’s that time of year. Our poor girls were walking around this week with their little wings held out, trying to take in any cool breeze they could. Thankfully, watermelon helped, but it got me to thinking about how important it is to keep an eye on your backyard flock’s health during the hot summer months.
So, for now, I’m glad our crows are still around, and apparently, a lot of chicken people love their crows as well. They are excellent at patrolling an area, and people will use the crows as a warning system. If you hear the crows making a scene, it’s a good idea to go investigate.
If you’re like me and really want pumpkins this fall but don’t have the space in your garden, check out how you can easily grow pumpkins in bags. And the process is so easy and fun that it’s a great way to get your kiddos involved in your gardening.
I do spend quite a bit of my time reading research about chickens and telling stories to anyone who will listen about chicken behaviors I observe. Maybe I’m a little bit obsessed with chickens, but they are fascinating.
And there it is. Your ear is ringing; one eye is blurry; you’ve attempted to exchange Black Flies for oxygen, but you still have not been bitten. It’s been one pass around the yard with the mower. You know the bites are coming.