Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Live Releasing the Raccoon that Killed My Chickens

One morning last week I noticed that my chickens weren't outside when looking out one of my back windows.

I have a secure, well-ventilated coop. Hardware cloth is your friend when keeping chickens. I put a lot of thought and effort into the design and construction of my coop. In three years, nothing has gotten in.

I have an automatic chicken door opener. It works great. It is based off of a light sensor, and opens at sunrise, closes at sunset. Chickens intuitively know to go to safety as darkness approaches, and most predators are nocturnal. They have a run area to keep them confined when I don't want them to free range, but it is not secure, just a barn bay with a livestock gate covered by field fencing. It keeps them in.

Raccoons are smart. And one figured out how to slide my chicken door up along the tracks.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Black & White Sunday

Summer is upon us. It's warm, some humidity, some rain. The little guy and I took advantage of early morning coolness, and enjoyed a nice long hike last week. He doesn't tire out easily, but appreciates a break in a shady spot.

Monday, June 12, 2017

20 Reasons Dogs Make the Best Roommates

As a single female living "alone" I have reached a conclusion...

Dogs make the best roommates. 

There are plenty of reasons as to why this true, but I will highlight some of my favorites.

They are always happy to see me. It doesn't matter if I've been gone 20 minutes or 12 hours, my dogs are happy to see me when I get home. Whether or not this is because they are excited because they know they are going to be fed is debatable. 

They are always happy with what I serve them for meals. Be it pork hearts, green tripe, or chicken leg quarters, they do not complain or give me a guilt trip about what's for dinner. Except for Neeko on occasion. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

How I Keep Up with My Active Dogs - Exercise

I previously wrote about how I use food to fuel me to help succeed and keep up with my active dogs. Exercise also helps me to keep up with my dogs, and make the most out of my days. It, like food, contributes to my overall health.

Like everyone else, I am busy. I work, have dogs, cats, chickens, and acreage. I have family and friends. But I choose to take care of myself, and make time to exercise.

I don't workout for hours on end. I don't take time away from my pets or other responsibilities for it. But I make time for it. I workout anywhere from 3 to 6 days per week, for 30 minutes to an hour at a time.

I spend very little time on the treadmill, elliptical, or other cardio machines...but I do lift a lot of weights.

Friday, May 19, 2017

American Journey Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil #ChewyInfluencer

There are not many supplements I offer my dogs, but fish oil, especially wild salmon oil, is one that I have no qualms about giving.

Some question why dogs, particularly those fed a raw diet, need a salmon oil supplement. I supplement with salmon oil for a few reasons:

  • It has natural anti-inflammatory properties.
  • It's good for their skin and coat.
  • To offset the high levels of Omega 6 fatty acids that are present in non organic/non grassfed meat.
The nice folks at Chewy.com sent my crew some American Journey Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil to try out.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Cooking With My Dogs' Food - Turkey Heart Stroganoff Recipe

Organ meats were once a stable of many people's diets. They have fallen out of favor for a variety of reasons, likely mostly due to our squeamish associated with eating something identifiable.

There are many and well-documented reasons to eat organ meat. I am not at all opposed to it; I actually enjoy eating liver on occasion.

Organ meats are typically much less pricey than other cuts of meat, because they are less desirable. I pay 70 cents per pound for turkey hearts. 

One organ meat that I had never had until recently was heart. I decided to change that. 

The turkey hearts I purchase for my dogs are actually processed and intended for human consumption. They come in 30 lb cases which I thaw and portion out. While portioning out the most recent case I received, I put aside some turkey hearts for my own use.