Chickens and Yogurt

There’s been a debate about whether chickens should have yogurt. Some say that chickens don’t even benefit from the probiotics in the yogurt.

 

Well, Sister Chicken wants to put in her 2 cents…

Sister Chicken likes Yogurt

“I LIKE Yogurt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sister Chicken likes Yogurt

It’s COOL and CREAMY…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sister Chicken likes Yogurt

…and FUN to Eat!…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sister Chicken Yogurt

…Nuff said.”

 

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All Things Country

I love The Waltons, a television program about the life and trials of a 1930′s Virginia mountain family. Along with my grandmother, the show influenced me in my love of the mountains and all things country.

My grandmother had a house like theirs in the mountains of Virginia in a place called Headwaters. I loved it there. My mothers family would gather there. We would take friends and family on vacation there. I always longed to live there.

All of us cousins would walk the country roads and explore the countryside and the Cow Pasture river that ran through the property. Grandma would have a country supper and there was always cobbler or pie for dessert.

Each bedroom had 3 or 4 beds in them. The house used to be open to overnight guests. Grandma rented rooms during hunting season to pay her taxes. When the familys stayed there one room was designated the girl’s dorm and another the boy’s dorm. At bedtime we cousins would call out the “good night John Boy” thing.

There was a store like Godsey’s. It was called Miller’s Store. I loved the sound and feel of the wood floors and the creak of the screen door.

The home and property was named Spahr’s River Rest by a former owner. I took the name RiverRest from that wonderful old mountain house and use it for my own mountain paradise.

I feel like I grew up there. I think I was about 5 years old when we first went up there. I was 38 when I drove away from Grandma’s house for the last time. I cried then and 17 years later I still  fight back the tears.

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7 Years of No Poo Hair Care

I’ve been using the “no poo” method for 7 years now. I did not gradually reduce the use of shampoo. I went straight to baking soda & ACV. I have used shampoo only 4 times since then.

My method is to put about a tablespoon of baking soda in a plastic drinking cup. I wet my hair under the shower, hold the cup with the baking soda under the shower, fill 1/2 way, stir with finger and then fill the cup the rest of the way to full. This way it is nice and warm. I then pour it on my hair and continue with the rest of my shower.

At the end, I rinse my hair with water and then rinse it with a ACV/water mix rinse.I usually rinse out the ACV after allowing it to do it’s magic on my scalp.

My reasons for going no poo?

  • It’s simple and inexpensive. Simple ingredients that have so many other uses around the house.
  • There’s no shampoo bottle to recycle. The baking soda box can be recycled and would have less impact on the environment if it wasn’t recycled.
  • My opinion about shampoo is that it strips the natural oils from your hair. The scalp then works overtime to replace the oils and overcompensates. So the next day your hair is oily and guess what? You need to shampoo your hair again! Do you know which 3 words doubled the sales for the shampoo manufacturers? *Rinse*and*Repeat*.

I am very happy with my hair. I have found that I can use baking soda one day and just plain water the next day.  I have short hair and this works very well for me. I even use No-Poo for our dogs.

The ACV rinse is also great for the rest of your body. I make sure to include my ears when I rinse my hair. But I use it all over, if you get my meaning.

The only problem I have with baking soda is that it is mined and processed. It’s not something that I can grow or dig out of the ground where I live. But it is something I use for other things like cooking and cleaning every day. Though I am looking for alternatives. Perhaps growing Soapwort…

Read: No Poo For Pets

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Romena and the Bear Hunters

Black BearOne day last November I heard some dogs barking up on the mountain behind our house. Our land is about 30 acres that borders national forest land. It didn’t concern me right away as I knew it was Bear season. During that time of year we have gotten used to having strange dogs run all over our property and there’s nothing we can do about it.

Now, let me just say this, I am not against hunting. I just think some folks’ idea of hunting is misguided. Hunting is not… sitting in your warm comfy truck with an antennae sticking out the window waiting for a pack of dogs to run an exhausted bear to you so you can shoot it in the road!! The only time I think that method of killing an animal would be acceptable is if you depended on that meat to survive to the next day! Continue reading

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We’re Egg-specting

Imagine this, you must sit in one spot for almost a whole month. You get up maybe once a week to drink water, eat & poop (and, what a poop it is!).  Sometime around the 28th day the eggs, that you have been keeping warm and turning routinely, begin to hatch…duck eggs

Around the last days of June, our oldest Mallard duck started building a nest in the weeds below the chicken house. I suspected she was planning motherhood and by the time I found the nest, she had about 5 eggs. Then, a few days later she and the eggs disappeared. I thought, great, a predator got her and the eggs.

Then, a few days later, our pup Sophie was up in the woods behind the house. I heard her barking and chasing something. It was a duck, quacking in distress. By the time I got outside Sophie had given up the chase and ran over to me. I checked the other ducks. It was not any of them.

I searched many times for her and the nest but have never found them. Did she move the eggs up there? That would be quite a feat. It is at least 50 yards from the old nest to the woods behind the house. Uphill…

So here it is, the last days of July. I am optimistically watching and listening for any signs that she is still up there. Soon, I hope that she will appear with some little web-footed followers.

Meanwhile, our other Mallard duck named Melly decided to (thankfully) make a nest in the duck pen. She’s been there about 2 1/2 weeks.

Not to be left out, Olive, one of our hens decides to go broody. I have never discouraged broodiness among my flock. However,at  this time, we have no rooster. The single egg that she decided to sit on was not fertile. So, I gave her four duck eggs to sit on. She has about 15 days to go. Bless her heart.

Chicken hatches ducksA few summers ago, Red, one of our hens hatched and raised some Indian Runner ducks. It was a great thing to watch as they followed Mama Red around. They stayed with her until they were ready to go it alone. That’s when they realized that they were actually ducks and joined the others of their own kind.

I’ll keep you posted on the developements. Stay tuned…

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Natura Pet Food Recall

Natura Pet Food Issues Voluntary Recall of Specialized Dry Pet Foods Due to Possible Health Risk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 18, 2013 – Natura Pet Products is voluntarily recalling specific lots of dry pet food because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products. Continue reading

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NO Offshore Oil Drilling

http://www.culturechange.org

First Mr. McCain and now Mr. Bush are calling for the ban on offshore oil drilling to be lifted. If this is not good ole’ American politics at work I don’t know what is. Don’t fall for it; the only ones who will benefit from lifting this ban are the corrupt politicians and the greedy oil companies. This is not the answer to our problems; it will only make our problems worse. Global warming is real, both Mr. Bush and Mr. McCain have acknowledged this, so why would they even consider lifting this ban on Offshore Drilling? The answer is clear. This is an election year and they are using fear as a method of gaining support. Continue reading

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