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Neem oil to control chicken lice – a.k.a. I am such a geek

Yesterday was sunny and ‘warm’ (45 F), so rather than watch the Superbowl, we treated our chickens for lice. After talking with fellow members of the Seattle Farm Co-op, I opted for the soapy bath with neem oil treatment in … Continue reading

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Little Sister: Still mothering at 6 weeks

Calamity Jane was a good momma hen. She taught, she warmed, she protected. And she had a re-integration plan. At week 1 CJ moved the family from the broody box to a nest box in the coop. At week 3 … Continue reading

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How To Plant Bean Seeds

Yes, watering makes all the difference. Last year I planted bean seeds without bother to water them (It’s going to rain tomorrow or the next day anyways…). But it doesn’t. Or not enough. By watering the seeds at planting, and … Continue reading

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Making Bacon Soap

We eat a lot of bacon. Even our vegetarian meals tend to have a strip of bacon. And I save every drop of grease. How could I not? I grew up with a mug of bacon grease in the fridge for frying eggs in the morning. This was ironic because we otherwise avoided animal fats (the fat-free craze was gaining speed at that time). Instead we used Imperial Margarine (Canada’s premier butter-substitute) for baking and ‘buttering’. Except for potatoes and popcorn – those were butter. I guess my parents just made this stuff up… Continue reading

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