Friday, April 05, 2013

Panic Grows in China as Bird Flu’s Death Toll Now at 6

With confirmation that a sixth person has died from the mysterious avian-borne virus H7N9, Chinese officials escalated their response on Friday, advising people to avoid live poultry, dispatching virologists to chicken farms across the country and slaughtering more than 20,000 birds at a wholesale market in Shanghai.

Chicken Bird Flu
Bird Flu Kills 6  in China

Friday, February 22, 2013

Barred Plymouth Rock Chicken

Here's a Great Bird for the Small Farmer or Backyard Chicken Owner  - Barred Plymouth Rock Chicken

The Barred Plymouth Rock, also known as the Barred Rock, is the most popular variety of the Plymouth Rock breed, and it is also one of the most popular brown egg layers for small farm and back yard chicken farming. 

They will lay between 200-300 eggs in a year, and when they no longer have any laying utility they are large enough to produce a good amount of chicken meat. They are very hardy, so good for cold weather climates

They can be tamed easily and thus are great for children

Facts (from

  • Adult Weight - Male: 8-9 pounds ; Female: 6 pounds
  • Color - Black and White Barred, Yellow Skin, Smaller Comb
  • Purpose - Dual Purpose - Egg Laying and Meat Production
  • Egg Production - Excellent
  • Egg Color - Brown
  • Country of Origin -United States

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Preppers Storage of Emergency Food

Dry Food Storage
These pails are one of the ways we store our dry food for emergencies.

They stack so there's little unused space.

They are rodent proof.

They provide a dark area for the foods stored inside.

They are easily labelled with markers. We label with the name of the food item, the amount and the date stored. We also use a symbol to indicate that oxygen absorbers have been placed inside.

These pails are great for such items as bags of pasta, wheat, corn, oatmeal, Kraft dinner, beans and so on.

We buy in bulk, then we open the containers and pour them into these pails. The only items we don't open before placing inside is bags of pasta.

All opened food items get oxygen absorbers and I'll talk more about those important items in a future blog post. 

These sealed pails are waiting to be moved to our storage room. Remember many of your food items need to be kept cool and in the dark if possible.  Pasta can survive extreme temperature changes but most dry foods cannot.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Abandoned farm becomes chicken hell

Dozens of dead chickens have been found at an abandoned free-range egg farm where starving birds are suspected of turning to cannibalism.

About 50 carcasses were found at the rural Martinborough property last month after council inspectors were tipped off by a concerned neighbour.

The few surviving birds were found living without supplied food, in manure more than half a metre deep, according to a neighbour.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Urban Chicken Backlash

At this point in the locavore narrative, urban chicken-keeping has vocal advocates and an adamant opposition. Some cities welcome backyard poultry with open arms, while others are more skeptical. As the practice grows, the two sides seem prepared for a long, drawn out war on the value and propriety of chicken-keeping within city limits.

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Thursday, February 02, 2012

The Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival April 13th through the 15th.

The Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival will be held in Moulton April 13th through the 15th.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Choose chicken. Not beef.

A study published in the journal Stroke concluded eating lots of red meat raises the risk of having a stroke while eating poultry lowers it.

Need chicken recipes? Try Ollies Yummy in Your Tummy