What To Do When Your Friend Is Really Sick

So I’m recovering from that nasty cold that’s going around. It hit me pretty hard, so I’m taking prescription medications, and over-the-counter remedies, and herbs, and rest, and plenty of fluids. And that’s just fine: I’m getting better.

But a friend of mine, who had the exact same thing, was spending the weekend with some very nice people who told her that her prescription meds were nasty, and the Gatorade she was drinking because it was the only think she could keep down was nasty. It took her a while to shake off their influence and go back to doing things that actually worked. I’m not saying that she’d have avoided that trip the the ER if she hadn’t listened to them, but she might have.

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Practical Chicken Feeding Tips

There’s so much hype around nutrition these days that it’s easy to lose track of the basics. I’ve heard of poultry farmers who wanted to feed their poultry “naturally” and did so by feeding them nothing but whole organic grain — and were surprised when their poultry (turkeys, in this case) started keeling over and dying. What went wrong?

Well, everything!

So let’s review some practical chicken feeding tips, which will apply pretty well to ducks and turkeys as well:

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How I Slept Through Sleep Apnea

My father, Dan Plamondon, was a champion snorer.

My father, Dan Plamondon, was a champion snorer.

Updated Dec 1, 2014.

My dad was a champion snorer, could fall asleep anywhere in a minute or two, and had enormous difficulty getting up in the morning. He almost certainly had a severe case of sleep apnea, but he passed away before sleep apnea was widely understood.

You can see where this is going. I snore. I have trouble getting up in the morning, and, worse, my level of energy during the day has been plummeting. This has been going on for some time now. Sorta hard, when I have a full-time job and three businesses!

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This Big Piggie, Cougar Attacks, and Fall Eggs

Robert Plamondon’s Poultry Newsletter, October, 2014

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News From the Farm

This BIG Piggie Goes to Market

Karen with pastured pigs from Norton Creek Farm.

Mmm, bacon! Got room in your freezer? If not, it’s time to buy another freezer, because we’re about a week away from converting our pigs into pork. These happy outdoor pigs have been moved to fresh patches of pasture as they wreck the one they’re on, and have been fed on high-quality feed, whole grain, and the many cracked and stained eggs that are a yummy byproduct of our free-range egg operation.

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