Friday, March 19, 2010

Backyard Chickens...2

This guy is great! Chicken Whisperer

Backyard Chickens...

I wanted to share this article from  edible RENO-TAHOE a new magazine that celebrates the local food culture, season by season.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

UH OH, COUNTRY SAVE! I found out I can make my own Detergent-Cheap!

A friend of mine just gave me a recipe for making your own detergent, and I found out that you can use this recipe with cloth diapers.... and now I'm following a blog I stumbled upon when I googled the ingredients... TreeHugginMomma She learned how to knit and makes great stuff, including very cute longies and patterns available for soakers- I am there! Thank you TreeHugginMomma


Sometime early last month my husband was in Reno so I sent him on a quest for ecoreno an environmentally friendly store in Reno. He had a good conversation with the owner and bought me the laundry detergent I asked for, Country Save. It's been great! Thank you cloth diapers, thank you Little Smudgeez, I love laundry now!

4 Little Chicks

We got our chickens on Friday. Our oldest daughter wanted four because she's 4 years old. The first one I picked was probably the dumbest choice but has definitely been the most entertaining. We ended up getting Easter Eggers because they have a variety of colors and the eggs are colorful. The first one I saw was all by itself standing away from the crowd (red flag one). He (even though they're all girls-this one is always referred to as him) was dark brown and black and didn't seem concerned at all by the situation. So the guy scooped him up and he was really easy to catch (red flag #2). Then I picked a yellow one and two multi-colored ones that almost look like twins, but one has puffy cheeks and the other has more dark area on her head.
Right now they are in a dog kennel with a heat lamp and their food and water... I've since swapped out the carpet and the towel for shredded newspaper (not really liking this temporary solution). They'll be in our sun room for 4-5 weeks then they can go outside. My husband is building them a chicken coop from pallets (pictured in progress).

Sunday, February 28, 2010



Ok, Carson is a lot bigger than my town so I think I'll be ok with getting Chickens...
Read this article if your interested in the thoughts of a politician pro-backyard chickens...

I'm convinced and so is my husband, I think that he's mostly looking forward to building something! He's going to build a chicken coop out of pallets and the chicken wire we have left over from our pallet compost bin! You may think that we're going overboard but I personally love the idea of Chicken's for pets because, they are one of the few pets that actually provides something of value!

Check out YouTube for the Natural History of the Chicken a great documentary that we saw one night on PBS, very well made and truly shows the broad ends of the spectrum in a humorous and engaging way! Don't worry our chickens will be outdoors only... :)

While researching the subject I found this great site and chicken coop for under $5.
Our daughter can't stop talking about our chickens that we don't have yet.

Friday, February 12, 2010


1. Compare bills. Has my family reduced our utility consumption compared to last year?
2. Take pictures of picked up cluttered areas, so I don't look like such a slob.
3. Purchase Eco friendly dishwasher detergent, look into hard water solutions.
4. Continue to recycle by collecting and taking in all recyclables weekly.
5. Compost heap not breaking down need to find out what to do differently.
6. Post more consistently...