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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Little changes become big changes :)

As we are work our way towards a 'green' lifestyle...
Once you learn a little about the damage that the everyday household products and foods are causing, it's tough to ignore it and going on using those products. So you learn a little, you change a little, you learn a little more and you change a little more. Along the way you are possibly stopping the cause of something as major as heart disease or as minor as peanut allergies by tossing out that bottle of Windex and using straight ole vinegar. You are making sure the polar bears have icebergs to swim to and slowing their extinction by simply turning off the light in a room you are not in. These are simple things that make a big difference.
The more simple things I learn, the more difficult things I learn too.
The difficult stuff is the meats you get in the store. I won't even begin to tell you how horrific that stuff is, you can investigate that on your own(the book The Omnivore's Dilemma is a great place to start) and no...ignorance doesn't make it any less true. But here is one very minor reason (which should suggest how bad the rest is) why we now get our meats from local farmers. (see http://www.meat.org/) The local farms are easy to find, just google farms in your area. It's pretty cool to get to meet the people behind the food you will eat and actually know where your food came from.
So...then next reasonable conclusions is, 'why not have our own farm?!'
Well, I do understand that we live on a very small piece of land and a farm really isn't an option...

But our own eggs are totally an option!!!!! Actually they are an option even on pretty dang small a pieces of land.
I will now introduce you to our source of 100% cruelty free, natural, farm fresh eggs!
I have read every book the library has on chickens...selecting the breeds to get (I chose Ameraucana, Speckled Sussex, Rhoad Island Red, and Barred Rock if you wanna know!) the space needed, the number of eggs to expect and coop designers (thank goodness for my handy dandy contractor hubby who will help me build it!)
Aren't they sooo cute?! (sorry for the red glow...that's their heat lamp!)


At 3:09 PM, Blogger Alyssa said...

We had chickens when I was little. Those were the best tasting eggs. Have fun with your new brood.

My dad always joked that our cats counted the chickens by "breakfast, lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc." Watch out for those cats!

At 6:29 PM, Blogger emicat said...

Luckyyyyyyyy! That's great! Look forward to hearing about your adventures in chicken-ing :)

At 7:49 PM, Anonymous Dani said...

Be sure to handle you birds fairly often (even as adults) so they're comfortable being around you and don't mind you picking up their eggs. Even the calm ones can bite/poke/scratch when frightened.

Enjoy the birds -- fresh eggs are absolutely the best.

At 7:18 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

Love the new kids. Now you just need an angora goat to do the yard work.

At 4:39 PM, Blogger Angela said...

yep...I have already been bringing that up in conversation-to plant the seed :)

At 5:15 PM, Anonymous Sylvia said...

OK you are making me jealous we have lots of land but cannot have chickens any more because they will tie us to home. Did you get a Rooster? if you did you can have your own chicks next spring. also your own alarm clock.

At 5:18 PM, Blogger Angela said...

We are worried about being tied to home too, but my hubby is a McGuiver of sorts and plans to rig up some automated stuff! We also have great neighbors that I am pretty certain will be easily bribed with fresh eggs!!!

At 8:14 PM, Blogger Pretentious Wombat said...

Just one little thing - seeing as how I was born in that tiny little State - it's "Rhode" Island Red.

I'm making small steps toward going "green" also. The baking soda consumption around here has definitely taken off, as well as good old vinegar. Good work!

At 11:41 AM, Blogger Vanessa said...

Love your new babies, Angie!!
You are gonna have some pretty coloured eggs to eat! You chose many of the same breeds I have!! And I'm so glad you are supporting local farms!
Make sure to post pix of your babies as they grow!

At 3:15 PM, Blogger radioactive girl said...

I am JEALOUS! We are prohibited from having chickens by our homeowners association. I have seriously considered moving at some pont because I am DYING to try raising chickens and having eggs.

At 11:47 AM, Blogger Jennifer Finch said...

I read A Better World Handbook, a book that goes in hand with being green. It's about our choices and how powerful our dollar is, living with a concience and towards the greater good.
Love the chicks btw!


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