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October 2011 Vol. 1

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October 2011
Vol. 1

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Sue and John : Thank you for your news letters. Following on the "Feeding" trend in Septembers issue, we would like to pass on a cheap nutritious tip. Grow loads of Sunflowers! There that was easy wasn't it? Seriously the girls LOVE them. Enjoy the benefits of easy growing and a lovely display, then wait for them to dry out. Pick the heads and store them. Toss them in daily as a lovely treat for them. You will be amazed how much the girls love them . Sue and John Devon England

Toni : Re: the winters in Ohio and keeping your chickens from getting bored. I have 70 + chickens that I pasture. The past 2 winters we had 3-5 ft. of snow in my pastures... too deep for the chickens. So I would shovel paths to our llama barn and hay barn where the chickens like to hang out under the overhangs etc. It took them a bit to learn to stay in the paths and larger areas that I shovelled out. This gave them room to run so they wouldn't go stir crazy. I also shovelled out their runs on a daily basis, as that is where I'd feed them their treats for the day. I have 4 daughters and 2 of my brothers that save me "chicken food" left over rice, stale cereals, potatoes, greens, tops off radishes, carrot tops and peelings, apples, peaches, pears, bananas...other veggies and fruits...etc ,etc (instead of doggie bags when we go to a restaurant, we ask for a container for our chickens...) Our chickens get a variety of good things to eat and my relatives don't feel guilty throwing things away because it's for the chickens. They then benefit from eating wonderful eggs!! I also start my chicks out on grass I cut up small with isn't messy, it's good for them, and it keeps them from being bored. Of course they have their regular chicken
feed available 24/7. In the winter I keep heat lamps on 24/7 and utilize 1 ½gal. heated dog dishes for their water ...which works great. I don't let the chickens out when the temp. is below 20 degrees....I don't want them getting frostbite.

Kim : To Sandra in Camden, Michigan! You are my hero! In the September issue you put up a recipe for the perfect hard boiled egg. Normally if I know I'm going to make deviled eggs, I age my eggs for at least two weeks in the fridge - and still I end up with a mess when I'm trying to peel them. After reading your suggestion to steam the eggs, I headed straight for my chicken coop. My eggs weren't more than a couple hours from hatching and I followed your recipe. I was absolutely amazed how easy they were to peel. I'm sitting here right now eating the perfect deviled egg! Thank you so much for sharing. FINALLY! Someone came up with hard boiled egg perfection! Kim Mattson, Minnesota

Liz : The article about boiled eggs that peel easily was most interesting. I tried the steaming method straight away, except I forgot to put a hole in them. I was amazed that every one peeled easily and perfectly! Wondering if anyone has a scientific explanation for why steaming works so well? Liz Willemsen

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