Chickens don’t require much room to thrive. I have a postage stamp of a backyard, and that’s plenty of space for my two hens.
I use an old dog house for a coop (where the birds sleep at night), and let the chickens out in my fenced yard during the day. Most chickens don’t fly much, so they never leave the yard. But you might need additional fencing to protect chickens from the dogs and raccoons that will be tempted to prey on them.
Watching the chickens’ interactions and behavior is very entertaining — curious children in my urban neighborhood often drop by my backyard “farm.”
Trading Earwigs for Eggs
Chickens are easy to care for, too. Their principal diet consists of the pests and weeds in my yard. I provide fresh water and feed to supplement their backyard pickings.
Since getting my two chickens, I’ve seen reductions in slugs, snails and earwigs — not to mention dandelions and other weedy plants. I compost the chicken droppings into excellent fertilizer for my garden.
Each hen lays an egg every day-and-a-half. The eggs that my chickens lay are delicious, with bright yolks and strong shells — and they don’t require factory farming, packaging or long-distance trucking.
Raising your own hens lowers your carbon footprint and your slug population — and it’s a whole lot of fun!
via Nature Activities – Everyday Environmentalist: Raise Your Own Chickens.
Researchers believe the destruction of the rainforests kicked off an evolutionary burst amongst reptiles and inadvertently paved the way for the rise of dinosaurs 100 million years later.
And the scientists at Royal Holloway, University of London, and Bristol University warned that the discovery is a chilling message that humanity could be wiped off the face of the earth if today’s Amazon rainforest is allowed to disappear.
The event happened during the Carboniferous Period when Europe and North America lay on the equator and were covered by steamy tropical rainforests.
via Global warming destroyed rainforests 300 million years ago – Telegraph.
We’re in a battle. It’s me against the fleas. In South Carolina, the weather is mild much of the year, which is perfect for fleas. We never get a hard enough freeze to kill the fleas. As a result, we’re constantly battling itching pets, home infestations, and the tape worms associated with fleas. Among the worst states in the nation in terms of flea and tick issues are South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana. The little critters thrive in the humid, moist climates of these Deep South states.
via 6 Holistic Flea Remedies For Dogs that Actually Work – Planet Green.
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How to Treat Your Dog‘s Skin Problems the Eco-friendly Way:
By Sara Novak
Evaluate their diet first off. The skin issues in your pups can often be related to a weakened immunity in their system which can be easily treated with a some changes in their diet. Serve them an all natural brand of dog food, I would recommend Eagle Pack Holistic Select. It’s ingredients include organic quinoa and tons of good fruits and vegetables.
According to Whole Dog, for a topical treatment combine Colostrum with Oxy-Doc to form a paste and apply to sores once or twice a day. New findings show that a hearty dose of colostrum can also be beneficial to your pooch as it ages. Bovine colostrum is available in capsule form and can help your pet fight numerous ailments. Some holistic vets are calling it nature’s miracle. Learn more about colostrum.
Also try mixing ten drops of yellow dock extract with ten drops of Echinacea extract, dilute with four ounces of distilled water and apply. This is said to be a good topical anti-inch treatment to keep your pets from scratching all day and thereby making the skin problems worse.
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