Mother Earth Loves Me

Mother Earth News has picked up another of my blog postings to carry on their site: Brooding Chicks in Winter. I must say that I admire their taste!

Everyone knows that the brooding period is by far the most critical time of a chicken’s life. And it’s important that they do more than stay alive — they have to thrive, or they’ll have problems later in life.

Imagine how heartbreaking it is to not only have baby chicks die during the brooding period, but for the survivors to do poorly later on. Or, even worse, for children to have this experience. I wrote my book, Success With Baby Chicks, so that imagining this heartbreak is as close as you’ll ever get. What you’ll experience is success, with frisky chickens living the happy chicken life and all the good feelings and enjoyment that this will bring.

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Got Windows 7 Installed, Finally

I upgraded my desktop PC to Windows 7, which I’m very happy with, but it gave me more grief than it should have. I’ve owned computers since 1980, when I got my first Apple II, and I’m a bona fide computer wizard, so it should have been easy, right?

Well, not quite. The first hurdle was dealing with Windows 7’s insistence on wiping out your “Documents and Settings” — the only indispensable things on most PCs! Do you have any idea how much data I’ve accumulated over the years? Messing around with backing it up and restoring it was Not Fun. It was just as hard as if I were transferring my stuff to a brand-new computer, which I wasn’t.

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Video: Old-Time Poultry Raising

These two videos document the “Chicken of the Future” contest from 1948, showing what, for the time, were the best chickens and the best practices for raising them (some of which most of us would envy, even today!)

They’re worth watching just for the glimpses they give of good chicken-raising technique, but be careful to take a good hard look at the butchered carcasses! They look just like rubber chickens. And the chickens of 60 years ago grew more slowly, had higher mortality, and were less productive than modern hybrids.

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The Secret of Success

When the economy started nose-diving, I told myself, “During bad times, you want more irons in the fire. This is a great time to expand my publishing business.” So I went from four titles to thirteen in about eight months.

I had it all planned out. During bad times, people start yearning for simplicity and more control over their lives, and there’s always a back-to-the-land movement. So I published three classic back-to-the-land books: Gold in the Grass, Ten Acres Enough, and We Wanted a Farm. These, I figured, would do very well. I also republished a motley collection of books just because I loved them, though in many cases I felt that maybe no one else would.

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Join Us at the Corvallis Indoor Winter Market

The Corvallis Indoor Winter Market starts today, and runs every Saturday from 9 AM – 1 PM at the Benton County Fairgrounds. It’s in a heated building and everything!

Karen will be there with grass-fed chicken and eggs. Plenty of other farms will be there too, along with farm-themed crafts. You’ll be amazed at the variety of produce grown in the off-season in our part of Oregon.

If you’ve got a stack of empty egg cartons that’s getting in your way, bring ‘em in. We’ll reuse them.

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