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Turcken or Chirkey?

Here we have a picture of our turkey (who disappeared a few days ago) sitting on a clutch of chicken eggs.

I Wonder how this will turn out.

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The Real Reason Wheat is Toxic (it’s not the gluten)

Chemicals have their place, but some should not be covering my food! ***

The stories became far too frequent to ignore. Emails from folks with allergic or digestive issues to wheat in the United States experienced no symptoms whatsoever when they tried eating pasta on vacation in Italy.

Confused parents wondering why wheat consumption sometimes triggered autoimmune reactions in their children but not at other times.

Is Your Home Making You Sick?

In my own home, I’ve long pondered why my husband can eat the wheat I prepare at home, but he experiences negative digestive effects eating even a single roll in a restaurant.

There is clearly something going on with wheat that is not well known by the general public. It goes far and beyond organic versus nonorganic, gluten or hybridization because even conventional wheat triggers no symptoms for some who eat wheat in other parts of the world.

What indeed is going on with wheat?

For quite some time, I secretly harbored the notion that wheat in the United States must, in fact, be genetically modified.  GMO wheat secretly invading the North American food supply seemed the only thing that made sense and could account for the varied experiences I was hearing about.

I reasoned that it couldn’t be the gluten or wheat hybridization. Gluten and wheat hybrids have been consumed for thousands of years. It just didn’t make sense that this could be the reason for so many people suddenly having problems with wheat and gluten in general in the past 5-10 years.

Finally, the answer came over dinner a couple of months ago with a friend who was well versed in the wheat production process. I started researching the issue for myself, and was, quite frankly, horrified at what I discovered.

The good news is that the reason wheat has become so toxic in the United States is not because it is secretly GMO as I had feared (thank goodness!).

The bad news is that the problem lies with the manner in which wheat is grown and harvested by conventional wheat farmers.

You’re going to want to sit down for this one.  I’ve had some folks burst into tears in horror when I passed along this information before.

Common wheat harvest protocol in the United States is to drench the wheat fields with Roundup several days before the combine harvesters work through the fields as the practice allows for an earlier, easier and bigger harvest.

Pre-harvest application of the herbicide Roundup or other herbicides containing the deadly active ingredient glyphosate to wheat and barley as a desiccant was suggested as early as 1980.  It has since become routine over the past 15 years and is used as a drying agent 7-10 days before harvest within the conventional farming community.

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Broody hens

Recently, we had one of our “older” girls return to the yard with a clutch of chicks, with her. 

Remember this picture, from a few days ago?

Well now, we have not one, but two, more broody hens. This hen (now called Ms. Broodypants1), 

is sitting on 14 eggs. ***I just now moved her into this enclosure to make her more transportable, and to free up the “favorite”  nesting box of our egg laying girls. 

This hen (Ms. Broodypants2), 

is actually sitting on nothing. I don’t think she realizes. She gets very mad and pecks my hand when I look to see if she is sitting on anything. Haha, silly girl.
I am going to take a few of Ms. Bp1’s eggs, and give them to Ms. Bp2, to give her something to take care of.

Just another day, down at the Taylor Farm. Gotta love it. 

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Hatching Day

Today is day twenty-one  of January and we have 6 new hatchlings.

~ go go chickies, go.

Being an Accidental Farmer can be fun

— uhh…wait…what did I just say? Haha

We received their parents this past spring, by mail order, and these little ones,  are the first born of those chickens. 

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ARIZONA AND HAWAII DON’T “DO” IT! When will it be time for all of America – – Oops, I mean the whole world, to do the same?

Most Americans don’t see the benefit of Daylight Saving Time: only 37% believe it to be worth the hassle in a 2013 Rasmussen poll (down from 45% in 2012). Are you one of them?

It also appears to cost us money. In 2010, Utah State University economist William F. Shughart II suggested that turning the clocks forward and backwards each year costs Americans $1.7 billion of lost opportunity cost each year. His calculations assumed that each person over the 18 spent about 10 minutes changing clocks instead of doing something else more productive.

It’s time to move clocks up one hour for daylight-saving time, Start DST: Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 2 a.m. – See more at:

Brief: Time to spring forward

How much do you know about DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME?

Be Careful! Workplace Injuries Spike Following the Switch to Daylight Saving Time

I have always hated stupid daylight “savings.”

Logically, it should be as some as get up and go to bed with the sun, as it was pretty much done from the beginning of time.

My animals do not know that 6 am is 7 am now. Neither does my body.

Smartphones which change time on their own are the new alarm clock of the day, but those of us old-fashioned people will have to remember to move the little hand one hour ahead this Saturday night.
It is time again to lose an hour of sleep so we can gain an hour of daylight. Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday at 2 a.m. and that means the sunny days of summer are coming soon.

But why do we observe Daylight Saving Time from March to November?
Common belief is that by gaining an hour of daylight the country is more productive, using less light and saving energy.

However a 2008 study from the University of Santa Barbara found that there was little evidence showing any energy savings, and in some cases daylight savings actually increased energy consumption. Indiana could potentially cut $9 million per year from household energy spent if they stopped observing Daylight Saving Time, according to the study.

The California Energy Commission finds that Daylight Saving Time cuts 0.1 to 0.3 percent from the state’s energy consumption. However the energy commission also suggests that observing daylight saving in winter would increase energy savings to 0.5 percent.

The origins of the daylight saving concept are centuries old considering that people have been waking with the sunrise forever, but it is fairly young as a government practice.

Benjamin Franklin wrote a satirical essay to the Journal of Paris more than 200 years ago suggesting Parisians institute daylight saving time to save on the cost of lamp oil and candles, but it wasn’t until Germany enacted an official daylight saving time during World War I that the United States and Europe adopted the practice as part of their war strategies.

It was called Fast Time when daylight savings was adopted by the U.S. in 1918, only to be repealed seven months later. Daylight saving initiatives were later created again during World War II, but it wasn’t until the Uniform Act of 1966 that Daylight Saving Time was officially adopted by the U.S.

So it may not be all it’s cracked up to be. It may not save on the cost of lamp oil. But here in coastal California, Daylight Saving Time means an extra hour of surfing and sunsets.


Accidental Farmer Update

Incubating eggs

So our neighbor down the road, is in the market for some chickens. It looks like we will be putting our incubator to work. The sad thing is, my wife isn’t even charging her. I don’t have a problem with helping a neighbor out, (it’s only a dozen) mind you, I just hope the local supply store doesn’t catch wind of it and get upset over the monetary loss. LoL
Oh, and our geese have started laying again. No, those aren’t being hatched out, just the chickens.