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We got Chickens!!!! March 11, 2009

Filed under: environment,health,organic food — Thinking Woman @ 5:11 pm

I forgot to tell you! We got chickens a few weeks ago. Well, chicks, to be more precise.

I never really saw the point of having chickens before it was an option so I tuned it out when other people went on about it, thinking them a bit eccentric. Now I’ve joined the ranks!

My mom, who has lived in the city, asked why on earth anyone would want chickens? Like I’d gone nuts on her. I had to laugh; how insulting and we normally get each other on issues of health and environment.

There are so many reasons to get chickens! Here’s my list:

  • we will have access to organic eggs (more on this later)
  • they are inexpensive
  • they will help with the garden (by producing compost)
  • they are inexpensive
  • they are entertaining
  • they don’t take up much room
  • they are a great beginner “farm animal”
  • the girls love them and it’s a great experience for them
  • I needed to overcome a life-long fear of birds
  • they will reduce pests
  • they will scratch up the whole front yard so there will be no need to fuss with mowing
  • we already have a fenced in front yard

So, are the eggs organic? I have been supporting local egg suppliers because their chickens free range, which is awesome. But it turns out, most people are feeding their chickens some kind of dried pellets from the local feed and seed plus any kind of table scraps, perhaps even including chickens and lots of cooked meat, and giving them free access to bugs and plants. The latter part is cool with me, but I just don’t agree with whatever is in that bag from the feed and seed nor feeding cooked meat to any animal and especially I am weirded out about chickens eating chickens. I am sure they probably are meant to as they are not the brightest animal, but it should be raw, and well, raw poultry is a no-no so it’s just off the list for us.

I will be ordering organic feed once mine are off the chick food.

So far, the girls have been very easy. There was all this fuss about keeping them at such a high temperature when they were tiny but to be honest, they were not actually kept that warm and they are just fine. I put them in the coop way too early but they were just too big for the plastic bin and it was time to get them out of the house. They seem to like their coop and are starting to understand to go back in there for food and water, which makes it easier to lock them back up. For now, we only let them out if we are around as they draw hawks and we even saw a barred owl lurking about right in the middle of the day! This was when they were still in the house! The owl must have been seeing them through the window!

 

Why are there not more alternative homeschoolers? March 9, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Thinking Woman @ 4:44 pm

I am always stunned when I see people show up to homeschool events with McDonald’s and Wendy’s bags. If they had enough of an open mind to delve into homeschooling, how come they don’t continue their journey and start making healthful lunches? It’s a mystery to me! And the odors of that crap are so strong, they may as well be showing up with cigarettes (not that I haven’t seen that). I actually find it just plain rude to show up and eat that stuff in front of other people because of the strong odors.

 

So-called “Health” food

Filed under: health,organic food — Thinking Woman @ 2:54 pm

Lots of people, single income families especially, do whatever they can to save extreme amounts of money on their grocery bill.
Little wonder; other than real estate, in a frugal family, this is generally the highest expense and it’s wise to chip away at it where possible.

One such friend proudly posted a photo just now on FaceBook showing her latest shopping trip all proudly laid out on the counter.

I. Am. Stunned.

Well, no, I’m not, really. I’ve seen her post before what she’s spent on grocery trips and how much she saved by using shrewd tricks to get double coupons and BOGOs.

I ignore coupons because, by and large, they are not for anything I’d want to actually use! Here is what she proudly took home, and my opinion of each item:

  • 2 plastic enclosed cases of small bottled water (buy a filter; stop filling environment with plastic!)
  • Multi Grain Cheerios – many boxes (wheat is not healthy but we’ve been brainwashed it is, especially if it says Multi Grain)
  • Honey Bran Cheerios (more processed wheat crap)
  • Ocean Spray juice (full of sugar; we should never drink juice unless it’s freshly juiced. Devoid of nutrients)
  • Pillsbury flour or pancake mix (more wheat)
  • Lots and lots of cheese (way too much – must be having it for lunch and dinner daily)
  • Hellman’s Mayonnaise (sure full of preservatives and other nasties as is everything above – pesticides, antibiotics,  hormones, super processed)
  • Tropicana Orange Juice (again, no juice unless you juice it fresh plus this has additives and extra sugar added even if it says it doesn’t)
  • Gallon of milk (hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, pasteurized and homogenized so dead and not digestible)
  • Chocolate pudding (sugar and chemicals – ick!)
  • 1 pint strawberries (yahoo for something fresh. But oops – this is in the top 10 for Must Have Organic so still very bad)
  • 3 packs frozen spinach (Horrah for a green vegetable! But one that has been blanched and frozen and this in a country with easy access to fresh vegetables in abundance this time of year)
  • 4 pack yogurt (no live probiotics in this non-organic brand)

Okay, I had to get that off my chest since I can’t comment on FaceBook for obvious reasons. There she is, so proud to have come home with $200 worth of groceries for $70. I am sure she would be fine with paying $600/month for health insurance if the plan her husband has isn’t good enough, but groceries are not worth spending any extra on. Or rather, she believes she is feeding her family a healthy, balanced diet. I so wish more people understood what is really healthy food.