It was larger than this but while on vacation our Chicken Babysitters were given them as our thanks for checking on them.
During the month we also lost one of our White Leghorns. We are unaware of what happened to her but the rest of the flock is looking healthy and happy.
We have been on vacation and are trying to get caught up with all that is going on in our City Farm.....including canning the harvest. More info and photos will be coming in the next few days so stay posted!!!!
There are so many amazing things located in your backyard if you are just looking. Here is a farm I discovered while driving by this week. It is called Day Farms and they offer some amazing produce.......and some that you get to pick yourself. Here are a few pictures of my Asparagus Adventure.
Take advantage of these opportunities and produce that is located all around you. By relying on local farmers we will not only enjoy amazing food but we will help our local economy.
I will be posting pictures and a recipe about how I enjoyed this yummy asparagus :)
If you are located in the Ogden/Layton area check out Day Farms at 2500 W. Gentile St. and call 801-546-4316 to find out what they have to offer right now.
Part of being prepared is alternative fuel. How are you going to cook, heat your home or do anything else you need to do if the power is out or not an option. This will be a several part blog series featuring options for alternative power sources. First on the list is solar. We will be reviewing solar cookers, solar panels (for the home and portable) and other things that will be a blessing on any sunny day. Stay tuned for pictures and videos coming soon.......Plus product reviews! Let me know of any other items you would like us to review in this alternative power series.
Do you feel like every time you go to the grocery store you are paying more for less? Well it is not just you who feels that way. Take a look at the following CBS video below. Take the time to read the fine print and clip the coupons the next time you go to the grocery store.....it can really make a difference!
These are just a few advantages to having chickens. They naturally till our garden and will eat any unwanted pests....ours especially love ants.....but some local governments want to control who can have these resourceful creatures.
Here are the laws for some areas in UT:
Brigham City, UT. Definition of domesticated animal includes 'fowls' Section 4:01.16 defines that the pets can be kept in humane enclosure not larger than 50 cubic feet. It also states that 'household pets' will be no more than 6 birds. Ogden, UT. It is unlawful for any person to keep any chickens, ducks, pigeons or other fowl in the City limits unless the same are at all times kept confined in proper pens or enclosures. All such pens or enclosures shall be kept in a clean and sanitary condition and shall not be placed or maintained within 75 feet of any dwelling. Orem City, UT. Limit of poultry/fowl: 20 on a lot under one acre, and must be kept 40 ft. from dwelling on same lot or 85 ft. from neighboring dwelling. Currently you must have at least one acre of property to have any chickens at all, legally. Salt Lake City, UT. You can keep up to 25 chickens (no reference to roosters) with a permit, and the coop must be placed 50 feet from nearby houses.
You can find out more about different cities/states at the following website:
As a City Council Member I know the importance of the opinion of the residents I serve. If you don't like your city's current regulations contact your City and ask to speak at the next City Council Meeting. Then go and start collecting support from others in your city that want the same right to become self sufficient. Have them come to the meeting as well or collect signatures. The more support you have the better the chance to get it changed. Also contact the media. City Chickens have been hot topics in our local news......put some pressure on your council by having the media present. Plus you must remember to be persistent. With most government issues it will most likely not change quickly but don't give up!! Let me know how it is going in your area!
Below is a video of what you can run into when trying to find out about or change city regulations :)
Some food storage items really get a bad rap. You can just say their name and people will shiver. Spam is one of those items. It seems to have a love or hate relationship with most people. Even if you think you might not like Spam I encourage you to give it another try. It is a great food storage item that will give you the added calories you will need in the event of an emergency. Here is how our family enjoys them the most!
Scrambled Eggs Galore
1 doz eggs scrambled
1 can Spam - Diced
1/2 cup Thrive Freeze Dried Onions
1/4 cup Thrive Bell Peppers
Garlic Salt - to taste
Mrs. Dash - to taste
Pepper - to taste
1 cup Thrive Freeze Dried Cheddar Cheese - Rehydrated
Combine the Spam, Onions, and Peppers in a pan with oil. Heat throughly. Then add the eggs and seasonings to taste. Scramble all together and add the cheese right before serving. Serve and enjoy.
I would love to know of any other recipes you enjoy that use food storage. When a disaster hits is not the time you want to figure out how to cook with your food storage!
Take a look at my website to find some of the best food storage I have ever used. I will be using it in all of my recipes that will be coming in the next 3 months while I challenge myself to create an amazing food storage cookbook that I can use everyday. I will be sharing these recipes so check back often. Below you can find my Food Storage Recipe #1.
No matter if you want to spend $5 or $5000 on your food storage let me help you get what you need. Many amazing programs....including a way to get yours for free. Contact me with questions!
Have you ever wondered what it would really take to live off your food storage?
Well my family is going to put it to the test. We are going to live April-June without going to the grocery store. I will be recording our meals. What we haven't stored enough of and what we really didn't need to store. I hope that this helps take the mystery out of food storage.
So here are the details:
April-June -- No Grocery Shopping The Family -- 2 adults 4 kids - 13, 10, 8, and 4 months The Pets -- 11 Chickens 3 Cats 2 Bunnies Exceptions --
We will enjoy produce from our garden and from the farmers market because that will still be available even in an emergency situation
We will also barter for items needed from things we can produce (eggs, etc.)
We will also continue to have a budget for dining out for date nights.....those are really important! :)
So here we go on this amazing adventure......I would love any comments or questions.
Have you ever wondered about the difference between a store bought egg and a home grown egg? Well now you can see the difference.
You can notice that the home grown egg has a orange yolk due to the variety of things a "free range" chicken eats. This is only one of the many differences you will find between the two eggs. I encourage all of you to do this experiment as well.....you will be shocked to see the results in person.
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#8 This winter Brazil was hit by some of the worst flooding that nation has ever seen. This has substantially hampered food production in that country.
#9 Russia, one of the largest wheat producers on the entire globe, is still feeling the effects of last summer’s scorching temperatures. In fact, Russia is actually importing wheat this winter to sustain its cattle herds.
#10 China is busy preparing for a “severe, long-lasting drought” that is projected to have a huge impact on several provinces. In fact, Chinese state media says that the eastern province of Shandong is dealing with the worst drought it has seen in 200 years. The provinces being affected by this severe drought grow approximately two-thirds of the wheat in China.
#11 It appears that Chinese imports of corn will be about 9 times larger than the U.S. Department of Agriculture originally projected them to be for 2011.
#12 Approximately 1 billion people around the world go to bed hungry each night.
#13 Somewhere in the world someone starves to death every 3.6 seconds, and 75 percent of those are children under the age of five.
#14 As food has become increasingly scarce around the world, many companies have started using whatever kinds of “fillers” that they can think of in their “food” products. For example, Raw Story is reporting that some companies in China have actually been mass producing “fake rice” that is made partly of plastic. According to one Chinese Restaurant Association official, eating three bowls of this fake rice is the equivalent of consuming an entire plastic bag.
Let us pray that this is not the beginning of a major global food crisis, because hunger and starvation are horrible things.
Starving to death is a fate that nobody should ever have to go through.
So, let us hope for the best, but let us also prepare as if we will be facing the worst.
Approximately 10 billion animals (chickens, cattle, hogs, ducks, turkeys, lambs and sheep) are raised and killed in the US annually. Nearly all of them are raised on factory farms under inhumane conditions. These industrial farms are also dangerous for their workers, pollute surrounding communities, are unsafe to our food system.
As sad as this statement is most children could not tell you. Their answer.....the supermarket. If you have not yet seen the movie FOOD INC. I would encourage you to sit down as a family and watch it. (available on DVD or Netflix) Our country is loosing it's foundation and roots when it comes to agriculture
I have broken it down into monthly amounts as well. You will notice that in the end of 2010 our chickens molted so the egg count was much lower. Hopefully this information helps you decide if you would like some backyard chickens this year!!!
January - 284
February - 261
March - 268
April - 290
May - 254
June - 225
July - 174
August - 208
September - 157
October - 130
November - 50
December - 75
Chickens are once again healthy and egg production is on it's way up again.