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April 2012 Vol. 2

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April 2012
Vol. 2

no idea it could be worth 75 cents a pound. Three hundred or so pounds of the stuff and we could be out of debt! I am a little concerned by Cockadoodle DOO's prominent label claim that the product is "safe for kids and pets." I can personally attest to the fact that chicken droppings are perfectly safe for pets, because for some unfathomable reason, both of our dogs hold them in high esteem as irresistible delicacies (in the winter months, we refer to them as poopsicles). As to kids, however, I'm afraid labeling really needs to be more explicit in these litigious times. We've gotten terribly accustomed to being told more about what not to do with a product than about its actual use, which is why you can scarcely see the deck of your new lawnmower for all the warning stickers.

I hope you'll forgive me for making light of a very serious topic. The Happiest Chickens in Kansas really have nothing to worry about by comparison with many individuals, families and communities right now. I was talking to my father on the phone the other day. Both he and my younger brother serve on the staff of a church in Michigan. I asked him how the auto industry crisis was affecting their congregation. "Well, it's an interesting irony that when finances are tight, giving to the church is one of the first expenditures to get cut," he told me, "and yet, when families find themselves in trouble, the church is one of the first places they turn for help."

Originally published in Tallgrass Tales, reprinted here with kind permission of Marva L. Weigelt.

Common Sense In The Poultry Yard

A Story Of Failures And Success

Having raised a few backyard chickens some 30 years earlier J.P. Haig found himself with an 11 acre plot and a need to make it earn some extra income if he wished to continue living on it. His plan was to raise some chickens and sell the eggs...

By his 3rd season he had 1,126 hens in the laying yards; 439 young pullets, and between 700 and 800 young chickens - and had produced 9,683 dozen eggs that year!


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