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Dr. Lafayette Granger on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 9:27 AM
Ducks & Chickens By Dr. Lafayette Granger Some people like dogs, cats, cows, horses, and other animals, but my wife love dogs and I love chickens and ducks. If you visit Key West, Florida you will see Bantam chickens free-grazing through the city. While I ate at an outdoor restaurant beautiful hens and roosters came by nibble on crumbs tossed to them. I participated in giving them some of my food. Key West is a sanctuary for these colorful birds. They are given special status and protected by law in Key West because of the part they played in its history. They were brought to Keys West from Spain to cock fight but those horrible days are gone and sanity with respect and love for chickens finally won the hearts of the people. Should you become irritated and kill one of these birds you will be fined $ 500.00 and could serve time in the jail. My heart is warmed every day from seeing my adopted Muscovy ducks at Lake Dell and Lake Menzie, Dundee, Florida. In addition, I will soon have four beautiful Rhode Island hens to visit and care for every day for the rest of my life. I live in the city of Dundee; Florida on two acres enclosed by a block wall gated private community. It is my Garden of Eden. I know some name slayers will have a field day talking about this old quack in Dundee for loving chickens and accuse him of being even a trees hugger because he loves trees; like Johnny Appleseed he wants Dundee to plant 100,000 pine trees and 25,000 live oak trees in the community. I have constructed a home for my four hen. The perching wood is build out of lumber from pine trees grown on my property. We planted five hundred old Florida pine trees and fifty oak trees on our two acre estate. We will be painting the chicken coop green because it will be pleasing to chickens eyes. Did you know chickens have better eyesight and therefore; appreciate colors more than human’s? I like Ducks and chickens because they appreciate the cracked corn I feed them. They are anxious and happy to see me every morning. When I arrive at Lake Dell; blow my horn three times they come flying into to see me. Chickens are thrilled and excited when being fed and both give back delicious eggs to show their appreciation. Martha Stewart said, “I've been enjoying fresh, organic eggs from my own chickens for many, many years. I began raising chickens after visiting a commercial egg-laying plant and being rather horrified by the cruel, inhumane conditions of the facility. I started raising chickens for the eggs, but I also like that they allow me to practice animal husbandry on a modest, manageable, and relatively inexpensive scale. Keeping and caring for chickens means I know exactly how they are housed, what they eat, and what goes into their delicious eggs.” For more about my chickens, read my column, Life and Wisdom From Martha in the April issue of Martha Stewart Living. I agree with Martha. I like chickens and ducks and hope you treat animals kindly, because they can teach us to be happy and glad ever day of ours. I hope to see Dundee become a “Bird Sanctuary City.”
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Waymon on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 11:36 AM
More chickens! Seattle approves urban farming bill Posted on August 16, 2010 | By Chris Grygiel Print0 The Seattle City Council on Monday passed legislation designed to encourage urban farmers. People would be allowed to keep up to eight chickens per house; roosters would be prohibited. The Council allowed a grandfather clause that lets existing roosters remain in the city.
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w on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 11:44 AM
Council approves urban chicken ordinance Posted: Jul 28, 2010 12:02 AM EDT CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Tuesday the Cedar Rapids City Council decided to allow chickens in city limits. The 2nd and 3rd readings of the ordinance passed.
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Ellis on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 12:41 PM
U.S. City Dwellers Flock to Raising Chickens Photo Courtesy Growing Gardens At July’s Tour De Coop, about 600 people visit, on average, 17 backyard chicken farms in Portland, Oregon, during the annual event organized by urban agriculture group Growing Gardens.In the backyard of a suburban home in Denver, Colorado, 22 chickens are hiding out from the law. They arrived when a member of BackyardChickens, an online forum, ordered the birds in the mail this past May. "I actually get my chicks in today hopefully, and I am worried that animal control will be at the post office waiting for me with hand-cuffs," the new poultry farmer wrote. An underground "urban chicken" movement has swept across the United States in recent years. Cities such as Boston, Massachusetts, and Madison, Wisconsin, are known to have had chickens residing illegally behind city fences. But grassroots campaigns, often inspired by the expanding movement to buy locally produced food, are leading municipalities to allow limited numbers of hens within city limits. Cities such as Anne Arbor, Michigan; Ft. Collins, Colorado; and South Portland, Maine have all voted in the past year to allow residents to raise backyard poultry. "It's a serious issue - it's no yolk," said Mayor Dave Cieslewicz of Madison, Wisconsin, when his city reversed its poultry ban in 2004. "Chickens are really bringing us together as a community. For too long they've been cooped up." Raising backyard chickens is an extension of an urban farming movement that has gained popularity nationwide. Home-raised livestock or agriculture avoids the energy usage and carbon emissions typically associated with transporting food. "Fresh is not what you buy at the grocery store. Fresh is when you go into your backyard, put it in your bag, and eat it," said Carol-Ann Sayle, co-owner of five-acre (two-hectare) farm in Austin, Texas, located within walking distance from the state capitol. "Everyone should have their own henhouse in their own backyard." "Buying local" also provides an alternative to factory farms that pollute local ecosystems with significant amounts of animal waste - which can at times exceed the waste from a small U.S. city, a government report revealed last month. In the United States alone, industrial livestock production generates 500 million tons of manure every year. The waste also emits potent greenhouse gases, especially methane, which has 23 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. Meanwhile, advocates insist that birds raised on a small scale are less likely to carry diseases than factory-farmed poultry, although some public health officials are concerned that backyard chickens could elevate avian flu risks.
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m on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 4:45 PM
Day Old White Leghorn Baby Chicks Hatching year round. Turn feed dollars into white eggs! Add White Leghorns to your backyard chicken breeds! Production: White Leghorn pullets are the industry standard white egg layers that produce all of the eggs for the grocery stores worldwide because they most cost effectively convert feed into eggs. They are also the best white egg laying chicken breed for the backyard flock as well. Leghorns lay very large white eggs. Production Leghorns are great white egg layers that are highly efficient at converting feed into eggs for the table. Leghorns will start laying eggs at about 20 weeks old which is very early. Pullets will lay about 300 white eggs per year. Leghorns have yellow skin. Leghorn cockerels can be used as fryers for the dinner table. Temperament: White Leghorns are very active and flighty birds. They are not the most tame and friendly. When you walk into the coop they can be more difficult to catch because they are quick and agile. White Leghorns are non-setters that do not set on their eggs. History: In 1853 The breed was part of the first Standard of Excellence published by the American Poultry Association in 1874. APA Class: Mediterranean Color Description: Some hatcheries use the term pearl white leghorn to make their leghorns seem extra special but really all white leghorns are the white color. Conservation Status: Non industrial Leghorns are recovering which means that there are more than 5,000 breeding stock in the US but is still needs to be watched. Our White Leghorn strain is the industrial strains that are the most popular egg layer chicken breed in the world. Body Type: Exhibition type leghorns have a long flowing tail and long bodies. Hatchery type leghorns are shorter bodied and not being bred for a specific body style. Weight: Cockerel 5 lbs, Pullet 4 lbs
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e on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 4:56 PM
"ublic Health Concerns If avian influenza eventually evolves to infect humans, experts fear that backyard chickens will be vectors of the disease. Government officials have threatened to ban free-range chickens in cities in Thailand, Indonesia, and Hong Kong, where bird flu has spread in the past. Governments around the world are also concerned that wild fowl will infect backyard chickens, leading to calls for similar bans in the Canadian province of British Columbia and in Australia. But several public health officials argue that homegrown poultry are not a disease threat if the chickens are properly maintained. "Make sure the roof of the pen has a solid cover to protect birds from fecal matter that may drop from birds flying overhead," said University of California at Davis poultry specialist Francine Bradley in a statement released in 2005, at the peak of avian flu concerns. "We always tell people, don't let anyone near your birds who doesn't need to be there [due to fears of people carrying the virus]." Sustainable farming advocates insist that backyard chickens are less of a concern than factory-farmed poultry, which the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production has said poses serious risks of transmitting animal-borne diseases to human populations, especially due to the prevalence of antimicrobial resistance. "When it comes to bird flu, diverse small-scale poultry farming is the solution, not the problem," the international sustainable agriculture organization GRAIN concluded in a 2006 report. For urban poultry farmers, a more relevant health issue is whether the chickens, which many owners consider to be pets, can survive urban wildlife, even in New York City. "It's awful how often flocks are decimated by raccoons or hawks or possums," said Owen Taylor, who runs the City Farms livestock program, an extension of the sustainable food organization Just Food. As the backyard chicken movement spreads, urban farmers are finding new ways of experiencing city living, whether their chickens are pets or dinner. "Raising chickens on a backyard stoop, especially if you have children, is agreeable," Smit said. "How you convince the kids you'll cut its neck and eat it is another thing."
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f on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 11:51 PM
Ten reasons to have chickens Great-Tasting, Nutritious Eggs We all love our dogs, cats and fish, but do they actually produce something edible? Or pay their own way? Chickens do, and once you've dined on their eggs you'll never reach for a dozen in the supermarket again. They're so much more flavorful, in no small part because you'll eat them when they're only minutes or hours old, not weeks or months. You'll even see the difference in the yolks, which are a healthy orange - not the pale yellow you're used to. Plus, you can feel good about the organic eggs you'll be feeding your friends and family. All it takes to get organic eggs is organic chicken feed! Research shows that chickens allowed to roam freely and eat grass lay eggs that are higher in Omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E and at the same time lower in cholesterol than store-bought, too. (Think of your hair and skin...) Chickens Have Personality Galore -- Seriously! Each chicken has their own completely unique quirky, kooky and endearing personality. They're stunningly beautiful too, parading around in a variety of colors, patterns, shapes and sizes. You'll name them, spoil them with treats, and pick them up and hug them any chance you get. Get One Step Closer to Sustainable Living Do you find it disconcerting how far removed we all are from the animals and plants we need to survive? How our fast-paced lives and ever-increasing demands are trashing the planet that sustains us? Believe it or not, keeping a few chickens in your backyard equates to taking a stand against all this. Read more about sustainable living with chickens A Healthy Lawn without the Chemicals Chickens LOVE to range freely, and allowing them to do so kills the proverbial two birds with one stone: they'll eat any garden pest they can get their beaks on (earwigs, grubs, beetles, even moles) and they'll turn it all into treasure in the form of fertilizer. Say goodbye to toxic, costly pest control solutions and wasteful bags and bottles of store-bought fertilizer. Chickens will even cut down on the amount of mowing you do because they love to eat grass. That's right -- you sit in a lounge chair with your mint julep while they do the hard work for you. One Man's Unappealing Leftovers are another Chicken's Feast Chickens can eat almost anything people can, and they adore "people food" -- so you can throw those unwanted leftovers into the chicken run. No more feeling guilty about letting them rot in the fridge or throwing them out! Watch out for the garlic and onion, though, unless you want your eggs tasting funny. A Balanced Compost Pile Composting is a wonderful way to reduce your ecological footprint, and a nitrogen-rich compost pile is a healthy compost pile. What better to provide the nitrogen than chicken poo? Eggshells are a great addition, too, especially in areas where there's lots of clay in the soil. At the end of the composting process you'll have "black gold" soil, so called because it's so rich and fertile. Handy Leaf, Weed, and Grass Clipping Removal Leaves, weeds and grass clippings are a treat for Gallus gallus domesticus. They'll happily dig through whatever you give them, eat what they can, and pulverize the rest. Give a small flock a heap of yard and garden debris and a week later it'll be gone without a trace. No need to bag it and pile it by the curb! Save a Chicken from a Factory-Farm Life If you're aware of conditions in factory farms, even in some of the so-called "free range" farms, we needn't say more. If you're not, please research it. Factory farming is terrifyingly cruel. The good news is that by keeping a few pet chickens of your own, you're reducing the demand for store-bought eggs and sending a message to those factory farms that you don't want what they're selling. The Very Definition of Low-Maintenance Chickens don't need to be walked, brushed, or fed twice a day. Essentially all you have to do is gather eggs daily, fill their food and water containers a couple of times a week and change their bedding once a month! (For more on chicken care, take a peek at our free chicken care guide.) Be the Coolest Kid on the Block Despite their many merits, backyard chickens are still relatively uncommon. Wow neighbors, friends and family by being the first person they know to have chickens. Amaze them with the green eggs from your Ameraucana hens. Confound them by scooping up your pet chicken and cuddling it. Astound them when your chicken falls asleep in your arms after you've lovingly stroked its comb and wattles. Make them green with envy at the lawn your flock has made effortlessly fabulous. Chickens are, after all, the most "chic" pet you could possibly have. And we think it's time everyone knew.
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ellis on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 7:57 PM
How to Stop Ducks From Roosting on a Boat Dock By Bjorck DiMarco, eHow Contributor X Bjorck DiMarco Bjorck DiMarco has been the Senior Editor at an independent publishing house since 1994. She holds advanced degrees in teaching, English and creative writing, graduating summa cum laude from Tufts University and the University of Massachusetts. DiMarco has also worked in construction, fine woodworking, graphic design and theoretical mathematics. Share Print this article Keep your boat dock free and clean of ducks with a few easy steps. Ducks and other birds which are commonly found around boats and harbors leave an unsightly mess in the places where they land and roost. Yacht owners and fishermen alike have to contend with the damage that both salt and fresh water birds can do to their boats, equipment and docks. Luckily, there are many solutions to this problem. Most of these solutions are inexpensive and take very little time to implement, and even persistent ducks can be permanently discouraged from roosting on docks. Read more:
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gee on Thursday, February 20, 2014 5:06 AM
5 Favorites: Backyard Chicken Coops for Small Flocks by Janet Hall Issue 80 · Locally Grown · July 10, 2013 Newer.Older.Newer..5 Favorites: Backyard Chicken Coops for Small Flocks by Janet Hall Issue 80 · Locally Grown · July 10, 2013 . Share on email"Because I choose not to listen to you." That is how my 14-year-old daughter explained the fact that we were on the highway the other day, headed to Petaluma to acquire three baby chicks. Now that my daughter mentioned it, I distinctly remembered saying no to chickens. We live in the heart of urban San Francisco where farming is not a natural activity. Fast forward a few weeks: we got the chicks, of course. They were adorable, and thrived in their brooder in our garage. But when it came time to move them to larger living quarters, the debate began: DIY versus a purchased coop? Because this was part of a school project, the DIY coop was the route my daughter took (and she did an amazing job, though we did learn through this experience that we could have spent less and had a higher quality chicken house had we purchased a backyard-friendly coop). Trust me, I did the research. There are many chicken coops that are space efficient enough to accommodate a small urban yard, while still giving the chickens room to thrive. Here's a roundup of our favorites. Next time.
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wem on Friday, March 14, 2014 1:46 AM
Chickens can rule the roost in one Polk county community Commissioners in Fort Meade sign off on chicken ordinance. Last Updated: Thursday, March 13, 2014, 9:43 AM Share on facebookShare on twitterShare on googleShare on emailMore Sharing Services1FORT MEADE -- You can add chickens to your roost in one Polk county community. According to our partners at the Ledger, Fort Meade city commissioners approved an ordinance allowing residents to have up to a dozen chickens on your property. There are a few rules: the chickens have to be caged or in a fenced in area. The new law also allows students to raise chickens within the city limits for 4-H projects or other agricultural programs. The final ordinance still prohibits roosters, geese and ducks. The vote ends months of debate about the issue, which surfaced last fall when residents began flooding City Hall with complaints about chickens pecking in their yards.
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