Monthly Archives: March 2012

Honeybun is Broody!

I am so excited, my Buff Orpington Honeybun is broody!  As soon as I get a lil broody coop rigged up for her, I will give her some eggs to hatch!

The story:  Yesterday Honeybun was sitting in her nestbox grouchily.  Thought nothing of it.  But then, when I went to close up their coop for the night, she was still there.  She puffed up and growled at me when I touched her.  Well, I took the eggs she was sitting on (and felt very guilty) and picked her up to see if she’d pulled out any feathers.  Yes, she had.  I put her back inside and closed the coop.

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Big, scary floofball.

This morning, she had settled in a different nest box.   I petted her a bit but then she got up and ran outside.  I was thinking, Oh no!  I’ve broken her broodiness!  But she was walking around the run all floofed out, and the other chickens (even the boys) were being really polite.  Eventually she went back in and settled down.  Que angry squawking.

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Don't mess with a broody hen!

This is the coolest thing ever!

This post was linked to the Homestead Barn Hop!

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3 Articles You Should Read

I’ve been meaning to do a post about each one of these articles but decided just to give a link and my take on it.

Taiwan destroys US meat laden with growth-boosting drug

Here’s an idea: instead of Taiwan legalizing ractopamine so the USA will play nice, how about we ban ractopamine too?  Otherwise it just sounds like a kid being pressured to do drugs so that their peers will accept them.

Photo credit: Jiri Hodan

5 great reasons to kick your soda habit

With friends like these, who needs enemies?  Not only will soda inflate your dental bills, it can also give you cancer, fry your brain, and pollute your water!

Farming communities facing crisis over nitrate pollution, study says

Industrial agriculture is showing its Mr. Hyde side.  Nitrates from fertilizers and animal manure are polluting California’s Central Valley water supply and causing massive damage to the residents’ health.  Hopefully farmers will realize how dangerous this is and pursue nontoxic methods.

Articles are from MSNBC

This post was linked to the Homestead Barn Hop!

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Cinema Thursday #9: Ammonia Ridden Pink Sludge

If you’ve gone to a news site lately I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “pink slime.” And it’s no wonder!  70% of ground beef in the U.S. contains this pureed, disinfected goop!  Maybe it really is “safe” at least in the sense that it’s been cleaned, but that begs the question: Why does our beef need to be sterilized?!

To the lady in the video below who stated that use of pink slime does not need to be disclosed because “It’s beef.”  The beef has been soaked in ammonia!  Ammonia is the additive!

On the bright side, McDonalds has decided not to use soylent pink anymore.  Because obviously no one would order a supersize McSlime with a large ammonia to go, please.

Read more:

School Children Served Pink Slime for Lunch

McDonald’s Announces End to ‘Pink Slime’ in Burgers

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