Thursday, May 20, 2010
I have been using my homemade deodorant for just over a year now. Occasionally when I run out and am too lazy to whip some up on the kitchen I'll reach for a commercial stick. I ALWAYS regret it... because I feel like I stink.
I would highly recommend the 2 parts baking soda to 3 parts cornstarch recipe as I always feel fresh, and even at the end of the day I never smell (but I do if I use the commercial deodorant). The only drawback is that if I wear dark clothing I often get powder under the arms - actually because I'm so clutzy I usually end up with powder everywhere. I have quickly learned to wash my hands before getting dressed. I put my mixture in a spice jar, shake out some on my hands and apply to underarms. SIMPLE and CHEAP and HEALTHY!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
This is the ill hen sunning herself while in the duck's quarters.
We have a lot of fox in our area so we don't let the hens or ducks out of their pens to free range unless we are out working in the yard.
Here are the ducks exploring the swale that diverts water off our property.
The hens dust bathing. Yes that is a naked butt... they are still in the molting phase, but I can some are finally getting their feathers back.
Friday, May 7, 2010
This morning is it sunny and 2c. My daffodils and some of the tulips are blooming. The first hummingbird of the season came by for a visit and drink of the daffys.
Husband has the garage full of plants he started - tomatos, eggplant, peppers, cabbage, lot of flowers, cucumbers, broccoli and I don't know what else. It's a jungle out there!
I haven't contributed to the garden preparations at all this year. I'm hoping it will warm up soon as in this area we normally plant on the May long weekend (3rd week in May).
I had to separate one of my hens the other day. The chickens are molting and look half naked. This particular hen must have been picked on and her back end was bleeding quite badly which, of course, only leads to more picking. I put her in with the ducks which she is not happy with, but at least she has stopped bleeding and has begun to heal. Tonight or tomorrow with husband's help I want to try to wash her up and get all the icky stuff away. I don't want to put her back with the other chickens until the sore is healed.
I'll try to take some photos over the weekend and get them posted.