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Creek in the Spring – A Photo Analysis of How Time Flies

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These photos are all of the same creek on my friend’s farm. The old tire is half submerged in the muddy bank of the creek.

The Same Creek last summer
This photo is from late last summer when the creek had a little mud but was mostly dry. Is it really a creek?
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This photo is from our weekend trip to visit our friend, taken on Saturday March 23rd, 2013.Wow!! It was hard to believe this is the same creek we saw last summer. We even heard the sound of the rushing water when we were still a few hundred feet away!

This is why my wife and I want our own farm, so we can grow our own veggies, raise our own meat… and know everything that happened to the food (to the best of our abilities)

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French people might enjoy horse meat every now and again, but the British, as a rule, do not. Nor do the Irish. And they certainly do not enjoy the idea that their juicy cow hamburger is actually a juicy horseburger. But when the Food Safety Authority of Ireland tested a bunch of burgers for DNA contents, it found not only traces of pig DNA in a bunch of cowburgers, but burgers that were 29 percent horse meat.

No one’s sure quite how this happened. The pig DNA’s easy to explain: Pork and beef get processed in the same facility, and some pig particles sneak into the beef. But the horse meat? Ireland’s agriculture minister said that at one processor in Northern Ireland, “an imported additive used to make the burger” had horse meat in it. (Sounds a little pink slimy to us.)

Irish people are upset, the Associated Press…

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Who Needs Kim Kardashian?

Yes, I was running outside in my underwear. They were boxers and I’m sure the neighbors could not tell. It was an emergency. Wait, perhaps I should back up and start from the beginning.

So, as I was getting ready for bed when I heard an odd sound from the backyard. What is that? It was just before midnight January 8th. I paused for a moment. And then the sound came again. An animal shrieked!

That’s when I said to my wife, “There’s something wrong in the backyard! The animals are screaming.”
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Happy 4th of July – My Chickens are Stuck in the Trees

My chickens were in the trees again. Happy 4th of July!

They will definitely be getting their wings clipped this week. One trick I learned to get them out of the trees involves a broom handle. Chickens, similar to other birds, will perch on anything.

So if you take the broom handle and press is against the front of their legs, they will almost naturally step onto the broom handle as if it was a branch. By doing this, you can then easily lower them down from the tree. One of them I was able to carry from the tree almost to the door of the chicken coop by using the “broom handle perch” method.

Anyone else had the adventure of catching chickens in the trees?

My Chickens are Stuck in the Tree

My chickens were in the trees again. This time, two of them were REALLY high up. I tried to video them, but the result looks like Blair Witch meets the Chicken Wrangler. It took approximately 30 minutes for me to get all four chickens unstuck from the trees tonight. Two were fairly easy to catch because they were within arms reach.

The other two chickens were a different story. They were both nine feet off the ground, and I made the smart decision to poke them with a stick to get them down. Which, of course, was the wrong decision because they flew higher into the tree. Finally I came up with the idea of pulling the tree branch down and then they were six feet off the ground, and then I snagged them from the tree. Now all four are safely locked in their chicken coop.

So has anyone else had the adventure of catching chickens in the trees?