Poultry Power: Raising Chickens

If you are interested in raising chickens for a hobby farm, then you probably, already know the legality of raising livestock in your area and have attained your proper permits. After that, well, you just get a bunch of chickens and let them roam. Actually, chickens can be a finicky part of your hobby farm. They have distinct needs, and you need to have a specific business plan laid out if you are planning to make money-raising chickens for a hobby farm.

First, you need to plan how many chickens you need to have to earn back money spent investing in them. If you have 6 laying hens that create 7 eggs a week for $3.00 a dozen, then you only make around $11 a week. However, chickens live an upwards of ten years, produce sellable eggs at around a year, and produce year round if temperatures do not drop too low in winter and they are properly cared for. They also create possible sources of revenue with fertilized chick eggs, day-old chicks, provide nitrogenous fertilizers, and can be a source of meat if you want to go that way.

However, you need to put down some money when raising chickens for a hobby farm. Once you have decided on your average number of birds, you need to create a coop and a run with space enough for them. You can let the chickens roam free for a certain period of the day, but be sure to lock them in their coop at night to ward off predators. A number of coop plans are available online to build coops or you can order a coop from $300-$2000. You should also invest in a chick rearing box, which consists of a cardboard box, a 250-watt light bulb, a chick feeder and Waterer, bedding, and chick food. If you plan on hatching eggs, you will also need an incubator.

Once you have housing arrangements for your birds, then you need to pick out your chickens. Do some research on the right birds for your needs. If you live with extremely hot summers or cold winters, choose your breed accordingly. Also, look to which chickens are better egg layers. You can either order day-old chicks from online, or find a breeder in your neighborhood. When you are first looking after your chicks, you need to check them around 5 times a day to see if they are at the appropriate temperature and if food available. Check to see if they have clogged “pasted over” anal vents and clean them off if they do. Do not give them bowls of water or they will drown. Place the lamp in one corner of the box, and monitor if the chicks are too cold and huddle in a ball under it or if they are too hot and spread out to the farthest corners of the box. Raise and lower the lamp accordingly. At 4-6 weeks, you can move them outside to their coop. It will take about 6 months for chickens to start laying eggs, and their first eggs will not be sellable. The shells will be very weak. Some may not have shells.

Despite the initial costs of raising chickens, they provide multiple benefits. Having farm fresh eggs both at your table and on the market means better taste and a better profit. Selling high-quality baby chicks or fertilized eggs is a great spin-off profit. You can cut prices on fertilizer by using chicken droppings, and cut prices on pesticides as chickens eat bugs in your garden. Just be willing to put out the first costs to get the authentic farm experience.

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The Wisdom of Patricia Ann Peters Jenkins

The Wisdom of Patricia Ann Peters Jenkins.

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What are the Health Benefits of Celery Juice?

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Celery has long been underestimated in the hierarchy of vegetables and has been doomed to the life of a seasoning in too many a fridge. Despite its underdog status in our culinary hearts, it has remarkable heath benefits. Juicing gives celery the opportunity to showcase its talents as a genuine health food.

Loaded with Nutrients

All parts of the celery stalk are edible. The stem contains Vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C, potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, and essential amino acids. The leaves are high in vitamin A.

Juicing is the easiest and arguably the tastiest way to consume all of those nutrients in sufficient quantities to make a difference to your health. Cooking greatly diminishes the quality of the vitamins and minerals available in vegetables and fruits.

Health Benefits

Research shows that celery contains coumarin and other cancer fighting compounds that prevent the growth of tumors and prevent free-radicals from damaging cells. These compounds help to prevent the development of colon and stomach cancers.

Celery is full of nutritious fiber released during juicing that relaxes nerves making bowel movements easier and flushing out toxins.

Raw celery has also been found to contain a chemical that can reduce LDL cholesterol, or bad cholesterol, levels by as much as 7 points just by eating 2 stalks a day.

The potassium and sodium in celery combine to make a perfectly balanced electrolyte regulator. So you can skip the sports drink and juice and combine another fruit or vegetable to make a delicious and powerful sports drink.

The nerve calming chemicals in celery also relieve inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, asthma, and bronchitis.

Drinking celery juice regularly can significantly lower blood pressure.  Its relaxing properties relax the muscles around the arteries allowing blood to flow smoothly. It also reduces stress hormones that cause blood vessels to constrict and raise blood pressure.

Benefits of Juicing

You get the most out of this healthy vegetable by juicing. Try it with apple, carrot, tomato, or leafy greens of your choice. Its subtle flavor blends well to make either a savory or sweet nutritious drink.

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What are the Health Benefits of Blueberry Juice?

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During the month of May fresh trays of blueberries begin to appear on grocery shelves, and although these delightful treats are best fresh you can find them frozen year round. So there are no excuses for failing to incorporating these powerful berries into your juices all year. Not only are they delicious, but the health benefits are astounding.

Health Benefits

An antioxidant powerhouse, blueberries are well known for their ability to neutralize free radical damage to the collagen of cells and tissues. Improving the supportive structures of the veins and the entire vascular system, blueberry juice helps to prevent cataracts, glaucoma, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, cancer, and heart disease. Blueberry juice contains the same antioxidant that has given red wine its reputation as a cardio-protective substance. However, blueberries contain an alarming 38% more of these free radical fighters.

Blueberries are also known for being a brain power booster. Studies have shown that blueberries help reduce the degenerative effects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Diets rich in blueberries can greatly improve the learning capacity and motor skills as you age.

A diet rich in blueberries also provides protection against colon and ovarian cancer. The phenolic compounds found in blueberry juice have also been found to decrease the ability of colon cancer cells to progress. Blueberries are at the top of the list of ovarian cancer fighting foods including broccoli, leeks, tea, spinach, and kale. The soluble fiber found in blueberries also works to prevent bile acids from being transformed into potentially cancer causing form as well as lowering cholesterol.

Blueberries contain tannins which have an astringent effect on the digestive system, alleviating inflammation and reducing the occurrence of bowel disturbances. Both cranberries and blueberries are great at preventing urinary tract infections. They both reduce the ability for the bacteria E. coli to adhere to the lining of the urinary tract which prevents the infection from occurring.

Benefits of Juicing

Most nutrient properties are preserved when you consume raw foods. And there is no easier way to serve up you daily serving size of fresh foods than through juicing. Blueberries are a treat your tastes and health no matter how you decide to serve them up.

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What are the Health Benefits of Almond Butter?

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Almond butter is a delicious way to take advantage of numerous health benefits of almonds. Almonds are actually the seeds of a close relative to the peach. Crack the pits and inside you will find the almond. Almonds are at the peak of freshness during the summer months but are available year round. Almond butter is an excellent way to access the health benefits of almonds all year long.

Heart Health

Almond butter is also a great source of vitamin E, magnesium, copper, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), and phosphorous. It is a great source of monounsaturated fat, protein, and fiber which are essential for heart health.

You can reduce your risk for heart disease and lower your LDL-cholesterol buy introducing more monounsaturated fats into your diet. It may sound counter intuitive that consuming more fats could lower your risk of heart disease and lower cholesterol, but the same type of health promoting fats that are found in olive oil are also present in almonds. Substituting almonds in place of traditional fats provides the body with the beneficial antioxidant action of vitamin E that is responsible for making monounsaturated fats so healthful.

Almond butter is also rich in magnesium that relaxes the veins and arteries improving blood flow and the circulation of oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. Studies show that magnesium deficiency is also attributed to be a leading cause of heart attacks. 

The mineral potassium is a heart healthy electrolyte, key in combating cardiovascular disease. Its role is to improve nerve transmission and muscle contraction, two aspects that help to regulate blood pressure and heart function.

Weight Loss

An almond enriched low calorie diet may also help you lose weight more effectively than a low calorie diet high in complex carbohydrates. The addition of almonds to the diet has been found to lead to a slimmer waist line and lower body fat levels than those on a low calorie/high carbohydrate diet.

A protein powerhouse, almonds are one of the most nutritionally packed nuts. Almond butter provides a perfect way of incorporating them into your diet.

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What Are the Health Benefits of Saponin?

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The name saponin comes from the Latin word sapo which translates to soap. Saponins are phytochemicals that when coming into contact with water, bubble and foam making soap. Many plants have saponins and some are better cleansers than others, but some are receiving attention for their use medically than for cleaning.

Saponins have been used for centuries by many indigenous people for soap and the poison for arrows. Saponins are highly toxic to snakes, fish, and other cold blooded creatures. Saponin is botanically diverse and examples of it are found naturally in several plant families. There are concerns over its medical use due to its potential toxicity. As research continues there is more and more evidence that saponins will live up to their history as being a versatile and useful phytochemical.

Commercial interest in saponin is a result of its structural relationship to steroid hormones, vitamin D and cardio actives. Further research is being done to determine its use as a contraceptive hormone. The topical use of saponins has been widely ignored by modern medicine. The saponins found in food like beetroot, asparagus, oat, spinach and legumes are known to aid digestion by allowing for better absorption of minerals, improving overall digestion.

Saponins tend to have different effects based on their botanical origin. Figwort and Bupleurum are anti-inflammatory while silver birch and corn silk are diuretic. The saponins found in horse chestnut and lime flowers have also been used to treat vascular disorders such as varicose veins. Ginseng , jujube, and dang gui all contain saponins and have long been used in Eastern medicine as harmonizing tonics that are believed to balance energy, metabolism, and mood. It also holds promise in the areas of Blood cholesterol levels, bone health, cancer, and charging the immune system.

Another note worthy application of this diverse phytochemical is actually its ability to make soap. For people with skin problems, allergies, or are that are just chemically sensitive, the saponin found in soapnut berries is especially beneficial because it is hypo-allergenic. In fact it is recommended that people with eczema use soapnut berries as an alternative to normal laundry detergent, which tends to be harsh and irritating.

Saponin is already in widespread use in the form of foods, and has numerous non-medical applications.

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The Profitability of Growing Flowers on Sunnysidelane Hobby Farm

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Profitability of growing flowers on your Hobby Farm will always be profitable due to following through with basic simple gardening practices and rules. Hobby Farms can be of small acreage or consist of many acres.  If you want to reap profit from growing cut flowers for market, you will have to plant on a larger scale and therefore need more acres for planting. It will initially be expensive to begin with, but the return on your investment when you harvest and sell will be profitable. You can still find profit with smaller gardens, although not as much, but the money that you do make will both be sufficient for added income and still leave you with enough to be ploughed back, ensuring an all round yearly seasonal harvest. There are so many outlets where you can sell your flowers; florists will always support you and if you have a surplus, supermarkets will gladly snap them up. Many Hobby Farms have their own roadside stalls. If you are organic, farming it will be in your best interest to advertise the fact, the public pays homage to this type of farming.

Nurture Your Plants

The old wives tale that states, talking to plants will improve their growth is a tale of truth. Whether, the plants sense your tender care or not, they definitely glow with pride under all the attention. Growing periods are mainly from spring through to fall, again that depends on particular climates. Tropical and Sub-tropical regions will have a longer growing and harvesting time. Your flower garden can be planted with perennials and annuals, tall grasses and vines. Perennials will give you many years of blooms, while annuals will have to be replanted each year, but will produce an abundance of flowers. Florists for their creative bouquets and arrangements need Grasses and vines.

How Does My Garden Grow?

Seedlings are more expensive to buy, but saves you time and effort and you have the added advantage of choosing healthy ones. Seeds are cheaper, but can be resistant to germinating for many different reasons. It is well worth to try to grow your plants from seeds as it will give you more profit in the long run. Plants and their root systems will prosper in a topsoil of about 90cm deep. The top soil must be well nourished with nutrients before planting and depending on type of flower might have to be fed more during growing and flowering period. Good drainage is important as flowers can literally “drown” when rainfall is high. Do not allow your flowers to dehydrate and they thrive better on pure rainwater. Hobby farms should all have catchment tanks or dams for this purpose. The essential ingredient to produce photosynthesis is sunlight, morning sun and light afternoon shade is the perfect medium.  This will although, depend on the individual specific requirements of each plant. If the Hobby Farm has excessive wind, you will have to give your flowers some sort of protection. You can plant quick growing hedges or cordon off with built structures that will break the winds direction

In-Conclusion

Gardening with flowers initially will be a hobby of trial and error, but after each error, you will learn more and more until you will be proficient and eager for experimenting. It is beautiful and richly rewarding.

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Poultry Power: Raising Chickens

 

If you are interested in raising chickens for a hobby farm, then you probably, already know the legality of raising livestock in your area and have attained your proper permits. After that, well, you just get a bunch of chickens and let them roam. Actually, chickens can be a finicky part of your hobby farm. They have distinct needs, and you need to have a specific business plan laid out if you are planning to make money-raising chickens for a hobby farm.

First, you need to plan how many chickens you need to have to earn back money spent investing in them. If you have 6 laying hens that create 7 eggs a week for $3.00 a dozen, then you only make around $11 a week. However, chickens live an upwards of ten years, produce sellable eggs at around a year, and produce year round if temperatures do not drop too low in winter and they are properly cared for. They also create possible sources of revenue with fertilized chick eggs, day-old chicks, provide nitrogenous fertilizers, and can be a source of meat if you want to go that way.

However, you need to put down some money when raising chickens for a hobby farm. Once you have decided on your average number of birds, you need to create a coop and a run with space enough for them. You can let the chickens roam free for a certain period of the day, but be sure to lock them in their coop at night to ward off predators. A number of coop plans are available online to build coops or you can order a coop from $300-$2000. You should also invest in a chick rearing box, which consists of a cardboard box, a 250-watt light bulb, a chick feeder and Waterer, bedding, and chick food. If you plan on hatching eggs, you will also need an incubator.

Once you have housing arrangements for your birds, then you need to pick out your chickens. Do some research on the right birds for your needs. If you live with extremely hot summers or cold winters, choose your breed accordingly. Also, look to which chickens are better egg layers. You can either order day-old chicks from online, or find a breeder in your neighborhood. When you are first looking after your chicks, you need to check them around 5 times a day to see if they are at the appropriate temperature and if food available. Check to see if they have clogged “pasted over” anal vents and clean them off if they do. Do not give them bowls of water or they will drown. Place the lamp in one corner of the box, and monitor if the chicks are too cold and huddle in a ball under it or if they are too hot and spread out to the farthest corners of the box. Raise and lower the lamp accordingly. At 4-6 weeks, you can move them outside to their coop. It will take about 6 months for chickens to start laying eggs, and their first eggs will not be sellable. The shells will be very weak. Some may not have shells.

Despite the initial costs of raising chickens, they provide multiple benefits. Having farm fresh eggs both at your table and on the market means better taste and a better profit. Selling high-quality baby chicks or fertilized eggs is a great spin-off profit. You can cut prices on fertilizer by using chicken droppings, and cut prices on pesticides as chickens eat bugs in your garden. Just be willing to put out the first costs to get the authentic farm experience.

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How to Raise Goats on a Hobby Farm

When it comes to having a hobby farm, goats are a good investment as they provide dairy and meat as well as companionship. So one of the first questions would be how do you raise goats on a farm like this? You have to get a lot of information and make a lot of plans before you purchase your goats. Asking advice of other goat farmers is a good idea. You have to consider all the things such as cleanliness, hardiness, eating habits, size and temperament. These are vital to the success of raising goats.

Living areas, feeding areas and proper housing should all be considered. Remember that you u need a secure area to keep your goats in. A vet should be consulted as vaccinations and feed are an important part of taking care of your goats. Knowing all the signs of malnutrition and eating habits can be a lifesaver if you have a sick goat. You will also be able to have a price as to what it would cost to feed your goats. Going to someone that is already in the hobby goat farm business is a great idea.

There is much that you do need to know about goats in order to raise one properly. Each breed will be different and you may want to decide if you want a dairy goat or a meat goat. Some hobbyists have both types of goat in their herds. You need at least two goats as they are social animals. Having one alone will not do the job. They are social animals and get lonely so two or more is often a good idea. Making sure that you have a secure place for the goats to eat and live is also a top priority.

A lot of knowledge is needed when it comes to raising goats on a hobby farm. You would be advised to do a lot of research in order to determine several defining factors about having goats on your farm. Having the wrong type of feed or goat can make things really tough, so make sure that you talk to someone that is already raising goats on a farm. Their input can be most helpful when it comes to the selection of goats, feed, vets and other selections that you will have to make when it comes time to choose goats.

Researching the different breeds and making sure that you have the right breed for what you want to accomplish is a great idea. Remember the more information that you have, the better decision that you can make. Raising goats as pets, dairy or meat is a rewarding process but can be a lot of hard work. Usually goats will need about 5 acres to be happy. Making sure that the goat is properly taken care of will allow for you to keep a healthy goat no matter what the reason. Proper feeding and medication should also be researched with a vet for best results both for your farm and your goats.

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Preserving the Bounty from Your Hobby Farm

Hobby Farms have a bounty that should be preserved. It will depend on what you are farming as to how best to preserve the bounty, which is available. If it is vegetables you are farming, then canning and preserving them cannot only give you food for the winter, they can also be sold at a profit. Freezing, dehydrating and canning are all ways to preserve the bounty of your garden. This is just one avenue for preserving the bounty of your garden. Now if you are dealing with milk or meat, you have different options.

Diary can be turned into milk or cheese. Depending on your options that are available, the extra cheese can either be sold or aged for later selling. Preserving milk from milk animals requires the process of refrigeration and pasteurization in order to keep it from going bad. Making ice cream can be an option to freezing milk. Milk can be used in many different recipes as well as being dried to make powdered milk options. Cheese making allows you to age the cheese until it is ready for sale or consumption. Storing it in a dark and cool place will keep it from going bad.

When you are talking about meat, you need to be able to freeze meat after the slaughter in order to preserve the bounty.  This pertains to goats, hogs, beef and other meat bearers. Keeping it in the freezer marked with the date is the best way to preserve meat unless you want dried meat such as jerky for example. Pemmican can also be made with several different meat products. You can also dehydrate it as you can with vegetables for storage and later use. So there are many different ways to go about doing this.

Now if you are raising flowers and herbs, you can dry them or freeze dry them. Having a greenhouse can be a good way to have them year round. Also taking care of the soil as well as the plant will keep the plant coming back around time and time again. Herbs and flowers are very popular when it comes to hobby farms. This makes a good bit of money so knowing how to store properly your herbs and flowers after they are cut can make all the difference in the world.

When it comes to fruit, you can dehydrate, can or freeze fruits for later usage. Canning, dehydrating and freezing are all ways to preserve the bounty of your hobby farm. Taking care of your farm and its resources is another way to preserve the bounty. Rotate crops, use land conservation and organic matter to fertilize, as well as pest control naturally can all help the land to be able to give you the bounty that you want. Taking the time to conserve your land, your seed, your animals and your farm provides great rewards. This is how you preserve the bounty of the hobby farm. It is easy to do no matter what type of farming that you do.

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