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waymon on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 8:20 AM
Allow the keeping to chickens within the city limits of Dundee Turn your signature and dozens more by sharing this petition and recruiting people you know to sign: Need name, email, ‘phone number. Backyard chickens allow for fresh, extremely local food production on a small, manageable scale. The reasons cited for banning these animals from within city limits are unfounded. They pose no greater health risk than cats and are not anywhere near the noise disturbance of dogs. Responsible pet ownership makes urban chickens not only efficient food producers, but sensible animals to allow within the city limits of Dundee, Florida. Waymon Meadows (863) 287-5981
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Waymon on Thursday, February 20, 2014 3:32 PM
For Sale:Handmade Chcken Walking Harnesses(Both a Standard and Bantam Size now Available!) Will Ship To: Anywhere Next Prev For those of you looking for chicken harnesses look no further. Finally a way to restrain your birds without making them uncomfortable or constricting their movement. They don't even seem to notice that they are wearing the harnesses! Here is a slideshow with lots of information about the harnesses. Just click View Slideshow to view it and get the information. Also, you can find me on Facebook here,!/pages/Kozy-Orchard-Farms/174538919324299 I designed these harnesses specifically for chickens and ducks to take them for walks. These are not diaper harnesses, but walking harnesses made for walking your pets. The design is simple and altered for birds so that the harness doesn't interfere with the crop, like a dog or cat harness does. The birds are able to preen, flap, scratch, and do all the things they would normally do without a harness. If put on correctly the harnesses are very secure and safe for your birds. The harness design is simple. There are two loops connected together by a strap. Each loop is completely adjustable with 4-5" of adjustment. Each Loop has a clip so that it is easy to put on and take off. The Chicken Leashes are 5' in length and are lightweight and easy to clip on . At the back of the harness is D-ring for easy use with the leashes. These harnesses are very easy to use and great for kids and adults alike! Simply put one loop behind the wings, one loop in front of the wings, clip it, adjust it, and attach the leash. The strap goes on top and the D-ring goes at the back. Each harness comes complete with a 5ft Chicken Leash and a complete set of instructions for use. They come in two sizes, Bantam and Largefowl. Largefowl size also fits ducks. I now have a new design for the Bantam Harnesses that allows them to fit a range of small birds, even tiny Seramas! If you are unsure which size you will need, just let me know the breed and age of the bird you are buying it for. The price per harness is $15.00 for Large Fowl and $7.00 per harness for Bantams. Please allow up to 20 business days for your order to be processed and shipped. Each harness is hand-stitched and I generally have other customers ahead of you. Please be patient with me. Shipping is $6.00 for up to 6 harnesses. I can ship anywhere in the U.S. for the same shipping price. I am only able to accept either Paypal or Money Order for payments. To order simply tell me the breed of chicken you are ordering for and I will send you a bill. Really that simple.
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waymon on Thursday, February 20, 2014 4:04 PM
Feed your backyard chickens for free with garden produce, common weeds Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer Tags: chicken feed, garden produce, common weeds 1,897 255 (NaturalNews) One of the biggest complaints people who raise backyard chickens have is that commercial feed costs are often prohibitively expensive, especially when trying to raise chickens naturally without genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and pesticides. But did you know that many common garden weeds make excellent feed for chickens and that these weeds are probably growing right now for free in your garden or yard? In a recent article published in Backyard Poultry Magazine entitled "Feeding Chickens for Free: Weeds, Wonderful Weeds!," poultry farmer Lisa Murano shares tips on how to naturally supplement chicken feed with common garden weeds. Otherwise nuisance plants like dandelion and clover, she explains, are actually a chicken favorite and can go a long way in helping to keep them fed at minimal cost. As it turns out, those beautiful, thick, orange yolks that every egg connoisseur looks for in quality, pastured chicken eggs is often the result of chickens chowing down on dandelion. According to Murano, chickens love to feast on every part of the dandelion plant, from its roots to its stem and all the way on up to the flower. All that nuisance dandelion, in other words, is free food for your chickens that just so happens to be loaded with beneficial nutrients. "The chickens think dandelions, pulled up with their long tentacles and all, are the best food on earth," explains "[S]ince the chickens love dandelions and turn them into brightly yolked high nutrient eggs... I'm more than happy to let them convert my weeds into even better homegrown eggs for me." Another weed favorite for chickens is clover, which, like the dandelion, is notorious for popping up all over the yard. The same goes for bittercress and smartweed, both of which are easy to uproot and grow like weeds (because they are weeds!). Murano also lists fat hen and chickweed as two other common weeds that chickens love to eat, and that can help dramatically reduce feeds costs. "I have no better motivation for weeding the garden than those cute little fuzzy faces begging for treats," she writes. "If you're weeding just to feed the chickens simply pull off the leaves and most grow back shortly for a new treat. That way you'll have a never ending supply of free treats!" You can view Murano's full article, with pictures, here: Leftover garden veggies another great option for reducing chicken feed costs In the same vein, taking advantage of leftover garden produce can help substantially trim chicken feed costs as well. Murano recommends salvaging all those extra cucumbers, beans, corn and broccoli that you and your family do not plan to eat and tossing them in your chicken run. Not only will the chickens go crazy for these foods, but they will also get an added nutrition boost at the same time. "I feed anything we won't eat straight to the chickens," explains Murano in a related article. "Apples, cucumbers, tomatoes, beans, peas, corn, zucchini, broccoli and more. They love every bite of it! The only thing I do to doctor it up at all is cut off moldy spots. Otherwise I just chop it up and feed it to them." There are only three things Murano does not feed to her chickens: onions, rhubarb and green potato peels. These items are toxic to chickens, she says. You can check out Murano's full article on garden produce here: Sources for this article include: Learn more:
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BigW on Thursday, February 20, 2014 4:15 PM
"Leghorn: The best egg layer available, these chickens lay extra-large white eggs, producing over 300 a year. Even with their smaller size, they make a good dual-purpose chicken; using them for meat, once their laying production declines. If you want a meatier chicken go with the Plymouth Rock. Their egg production is lower but they are a large chicken, with an average weight of 10 pounds..."
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Ben on Saturday, February 22, 2014 12:30 PM
Sent from my iPhone On Feb 21, 2014, at 5:50 PM, wrote: Thanks for signing the partition: F-chickens allow Allow the keeping of chickens within the city limits of Dundee Turn in your signature and dozens more by sharing this petition and recruiting people you know to sign: Need name, email, and ‘phone number. Backyard chickens allow for fresh, extremely local food production on a small, manageable scale. The reasons cited for banning these animals from within city limits are unfounded. They pose no greater health risk than cats and are not anywhere near the noise disturbance of dogs. Responsible pet ownership makes urban chickens not only efficient food producers, but sensible animals to allow within the city limits of Dundee, Florida. Waymon Meadows (863) 287-5981 Joanna Moyse 434-9169 Benjamin Moyse 434-5184
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w on Thursday, March 06, 2014 5:15 PM
2013 CONTEST WINNERS Broad Breasted Bronze Tom Turkey raised from poult from Cackle Hatchery. Reserve Grand Champion –San Benito County Fair, Hollister CA October of 2013, Tyler age 14 4H youth. I won Grand Champion and Best in Show with Edith my partridge cochin bantam from Cackle at the Lake County 4H Fair. Meghan, Wilmette,IL Faith, Memphis Mi. She loves her chickens from Cackle Hatchery. 2013 $100 Prize Winner for Best of Breed 2013 $100 Prize Winner for Poultry Show Ribbon 2013 $100 Prize Winner for Funny, Cute, Originality or Artistic Photo Watch Virtual Tour of 2013 Cackle Hatchery Photo Contest Winners and Runners Up Click Here (Best viewed using high speed or DSL is slow to load)
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Waymon on Friday, March 07, 2014 5:27 AM
March 7, 2014 Acid Reflux and Chickens By Waymon To: My acid reflux has sent me to the emergency room; I have been rushed to the hospital because I thought I was having a heart attack to find out that it was acid reflux. I have been plagued with dierriah; gas enough to blow up a ship, and constipation because of acid reflux. It had become unbearable. I would wake up several times at night with a hurting throat and the most awful taste in my mouth as the result of reflux from acid in my stomach. I brushed my teeth with baking soda, tooth paste, gargled with salt, and washed my mouth out with Crest mouth wash, but the awful taste would not go away. I found it necessary to stay very close to home and try to deal with this matter as best I could but the outlook was not very exciting so say the least. My medical doctor only prescribed Nexium; no other advice. I realized this was a road leading to disaster from what I had read about the purple pill; so I did not take many of them. The sad thing is that most good doctors only treat symptoms and not the disease; usually not the cure; however, thank the Lord for doctors who prescribe medicines that keep us going until our bodies cure itself or we find home a “old time remedy” that works. I am seventy-seven years old and I realized that unless I found a way to cure acid reflux or at least control it better my life would not be very pleasant. It made me look forward to the resurrection and my new perfect body so I could run like lighting and people would call me by my former nickname in sports: “Lighting Meadows.” I was told by friends to use “Apple Cider Vinegar” in water. I started drinking lots of it. It did help but I needed a cure, if possible. It would take your breath if you mixed too much with not enough water but it was worth gagging to help with my problem. I found out Cold Pressed Apple Vinegar cured everything-even cancer because the Internet Al Gore invented said so. I searched the internet and so many people mentioned using Flax seeds and other natural foods to help, but it seemed almost impossible to believe so much of what is written on the Internet. Every “Snake Oil” remedy is displayed by crooks that take advantage of the ignorant (Me included) who are desperate for help with some major illness; emotional and physical condition in life. I hope they enjoy their time in hell to pay for their sins unless the come to Jesus and repent. I keep searching until I finally believed I had stumbled onto something that made sense: Taking fiber to help my digestive system and a probiotic for long time cure; eating the right foods that helped reduce acid reflux seemed to make sense to me. I went and talked with a pharmacist (I found they give good free advice at the drug store and he recommended align and Benefiber. I started taking them along with lots of Fax seeds and I learned how to bake make good muffins with flax seed. I know my muffins are good because my wife, Judi, said so and she don’t lie. I started a good acid reflux diet. My bowels reacted with diarrhea but my constipation was gone. Half of my dilemma was cured. What a relief; trips to the head twenty-four a day; every hour or so for days. I stayed very close to my throne. This persisted for about a month or so. I then cut back on so much Benefiber and Flax seed and my system stabilized. I am positive my system needed to clean itself out and evidently the probiotic supplement is fortifying my digestive system with good bacteria that is fighting the bad ones in my gut. I am having regular BM every morning, the terrible exploding gas is gone, and my acid reflux is under control; no more bad breath or hurting throat. I am concentrating on eating more green vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Salads are my main dish: breakfast, noon, and evening meals. Meat sparingly: Turkey, Chicken and a little lean beef and pork occasionally. Vinegar, olive and flax oil is my dressing on my vegetables. I use my blender to make smoothies. I mixed up vegetables (a ½ cup) add a cup with apple juice or almond milk; adding a little Splender to sweeten the drink if needed but have found that I do not need the need to add a sweetener most of the time. I have come to the conclusion that processed foods and chemicals are our worse enemy. I am not an extremist; my wife disagrees because I experiment with some of the most unusual things. I tell my wife that I am normal because if I have headache I rely on two Tylenols. I am very concerned about eggs and the way biddies are given injections when they are hatched to make them grow so fast and produce eggs in a short period of time. The food they are given has chemicals in it. My supplier complains that it is impossible to get most grains without chemicals. I plan to produce my own corn in the future to feed my chickens. I am circulating a petition to get an ordinance change in Dundee, Florida to allow us to have a few chickens to lay our eggs and chicken manure to fertilize our gardens. I am told to mix chicken manure with gypsum to eliminate the odor of chicken manure. “Gypsum is a mineral found in sedimentary rock formations in a crystalline form known as calcium sulfate dehydrate CaSO4•2H2O. One hundred pounds of gypsum rock contains approximately 21 pounds (or 10 quarts) of chemically combined water. Gypsum rock is mined or quarried and transported to the manufacturing facility.” I not only believe it will give us good eggs and meat but will create unity in our town with neighbors sharing eggs and tips on growing a small garden in their back yard using chicken manure from their pets. See and post comments about chickens on my website.
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w on Thursday, March 13, 2014 5:48 PM
TAVARES -- Move over doggies, chickens may soon become man's best friend in Lake County. TAVARES---MOve over doggies, chickens may soon become man's best friend... The Lake County Commission approved an ordinance Tuesday allowing residents to raise chickens in their backyards. The ordinance allows no more than five chickens -- no roosters -- to live in a fenced enclosure or a coop. The owners have to have special bins for food and manure that keeps pests out. And residents cannot kill the chickens. In the ordinance, the county said it "recognizes the role chickens play in developing a more viable urban environment." They also said, "chickens are social, can make good pets, and findings indicate that three to four chickens are sufficient to meet the needs of the average family's egg consumption."
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waymon on Friday, March 14, 2014 2:18 AM
Residents Proud to Be Urban Farmers Samuel Rollins, 7, holds one of the chickens his family keeps in a coop in the back yard of their Lakeland home. RICK RUNION | THE LEDGER By Eric Pera THE LEDGER Published: Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 12:40 a.m. Last Modified: Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 12:40 a.m. Stephanie Rollins has been through the initiation. Facts BACKYARD CHICKEN BASICS Hens lay an average 200-240 eggs per year, and do not require a rooster. For housing, plan on giving each bird a minimum of three square feet of floor space. The top of the enclosure needs to be covered. Sturdy, wire mesh, such as hardware cloth, provides optimum protection against predators. Expect to pay between $3 to $5 apiece for baby chicks. At age 18-20 weeks, birds require a nesting box, one for every five hens. For more information, consult the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences basic guide for the backyard chicken flock at:; or call Polk County extension agent Mary Beth Henry, 863-519-8677, Ext. 110. There have been hours of feeding and nurturing her flock. Standing guard, rain or shine, against dogs and the occasional hawk as her free-range hens do their thing, chasing through the grass, pecking for insects. She even cajoled her husband into building a coop solid enough to withstand nighttime onslaught from raccoons and other predators. Now she's waiting for the payoff of fresh eggs free of hormones and antibiotics. She'll have to wait a little longer. Three months into her budding, clucking enterprise, the Lakeland mother of two has yet to serve up a single omelet. The dozen or so birds she's raised from chicks are only now entering the age of egg production, which can be a year for some breeds. Undaunted, Rollins has leapfrogged into the world of locavorism, a growing trend among urbanites and city slickers alike, fueled by the green movement and a yearn to gain control over the food supply. "I'm not trying to live off the grid," said Rollins, a perpetually smiling woman who oversees a church day care when not tending to livestock. "We just want healthier food." She's not alone. Urban chicken coops are trendy enough to be found in the online catalogue of housewares giant Williams-Sonoma, starting at $660. For an additional $400 you get a framed run "so your hens can enjoy fresh air, exercise and foraging opportunities in a safe, enclosed space." Interest in backyard chickens has fueled Facebook groups like Florida Kickin Chicken, a members-only forum to buy, sell, swap and share information. A group called Chicken Swap of Frostproof plans a June 9 event featuring a $5 chicken lunch to raise awareness of the hobby and help the local FFA. "We are trying to bring backyard chicken raising to the forefront," said Ramona Waibel, organizer of the swap event, in an email. "We want to create an environment where people can socialize, educate each other and buy and sell quality birds from local breeders." For more information on the swap, visit Last weekend's Chickens 101 class in Largo, hosted by the Pinellas County Extension office, drew 100 students interested in the basics of raising chickens at home. Sixty people attended a similar class in Bartow in February, and with interest so high, more are planned in the fall and spring, said Mary Beth Henry, a county extension agent who oversees Polk's new small farms program. A video of the presentation is archived at Search for Raising Chickens 101, dated Feb. 2. Interest in everything from backyard chickens to bee keeping is at an all-time high, Henry said. "It's a combination of factors; the economy and a concern for being self-sufficient, to have food security. There's kind of a back-to-basics trend." Many communities across Central Florida, including Lakeland, have surprisingly lax restrictions on keeping fowl in urban, residential settings. Lakeland code forbids roosters, but it's OK to keep hens as long as their pen is within 50 feet or more of a neighbor's home. There are no restrictions for roosters in unincorporated Polk, but all manner of fowl must be kept in pens or fenced areas at least 50 feet from property lines on parcels of a half acre or less. Shawna Wilson, 26, a stay-at-home mom living on a half-acre in North Lakeland, just outside city limits, got into the act of chicken farming with an initial investment of less than $300 in building materials for a coop, feed and a dozen or so chicks. "It's fun," she said. "I figured it would be fun for the kids. And selling the babies covers feed costs." Wilson uses organic, all-vegetable feed for her flock consisting of egg layers like silkies, bantam cochins and the colorful mille fleurs. She also raises Cornish X rocks, a hybrid prized for its broad breast meat that's ready for slaughter in less than eight weeks.
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wem on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 9:02 PM
I have two Barred Rock or Plymouth Hens. They are laying beautiful eggs. I have ordered 6 leghorns baby chicks. They produce more eggs than any other chickens I am told. The produce large white eggs. Leghorns are good layers of white eggs laying an average of 280 per year and sometimes ... Leghorn White Leghorn Hen Conservation status Recovering Country of origin Italy Traits Weight Male: 2.4–2.7 kg Female: 2.0–2.3 kg Skin color Pink Egg color White Comb type Single or Rose Classification APA Mediterranean ABA Yes Notes Layer breed Chicken Gallus gallus domesticus They lay a good number of cream coloured eggs averaging around 200 per year. Plymouth Rocks do tend towards broodiness though so regular egg collecting Plymouth Rock A Barred Rock hen as part of a small backyard flock (with eglu in background) Conservation status Recovering Nicknames Rocks or Barred Rocks Country of origin USA Traits Weight Male: 8+ lbs. Female: 7.5 lbs. Skin color Yellow Egg color Brown Comb type Single Classification APA American
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