Archive for May, 2011
We’ve had backyard chickens for two years now. It’s been so wonderful to have pastured, organic eggs, right from our own backyard. I love my chickens and as I’d like to have more in the next few years, researching coop ideas has become a hobby for me. I was very happy to be able to review this book.
Art of the Chicken Coop by Chris Gleason has seven different coop ideas. Four of them are for flocks of six chickens or less, which is a great size for a back yard flock. We get on average five eggs per week from each of our chickens; this gives us enough for our family, as well as some to share occasionally.
If you are planning on keep more chickens, three of the coop designs are for larger coops, if you’d like to have twelve to fifteen chickens. Also included are some guidelines on how to increase the size of any coops in the book. There’s even instructions for a coop made out of salvaged materials.
This is also a great book for the beginning chicken owner, because not only are there coop designs but there are a lot of chicken keeping tips through out the book and explanations for what you need to have in your coop and why.
GMO’s in the News
It’s been quite a while since I’ve put up a news update, so here it is. Hope everyone has a great week. Mom
Organic Consumer Association political director arrested
Tuesday May 17 at Whole Foods in Chicago over protests regarding the sale of unlabeled GMOs
Pesto is so easy to make and as we’re getting into basil season, it’s a great time to make extra and freeze it for later in the year.
I hadn’t made pesto in a long time but when we went to the Asian supermarket a few weeks ago, I got a huge bunch of Thai basil. I used some in a great curry (recipe will be up soon) and was trying to figure out what to do with the rest of it, when I remember how easy it is to make pesto.
This week we have another article by Jeffrey M. Smith, from the Institute of Responsible Technology. Mom
Is Eli Lilly Milking Cancer by Promoting AND Treating It?
by Jeffrey M. Smith
Breast Cancer Action and a coalition of consumer and health organizations have launched a campaign called Milking Cancer, where you can demand from Eli Lilly that they withdraw their dangerous bovine growth hormone from the market. For more on bovine growth hormone, see the 18-minute film, Your Milk on Drugs.