8 Key Points to Remember When Building, Selecting and Siting a Chicken House

Remember these essential points when housing your chickens at home and your chickens will be happy and safe.

1.       First, the size of the pen is particularly important. Hens are happiest when the conditions are not cramped. If you want your hens to produce many eggs, they need space.


2.       Next, you should allow about fifteen square feet of space per bird in the run area. This can be smaller if hens are given free-range each week for several hours.


3.      Also, you want to consider height. Though the hens do not fly, they do like to flap and jump. They need at least three feet of height space. More is always better.


4.       Weatherproofing: Hens are outdoor animals and will want to be outside in extreme weather. Your chicken pen will incorporate weatherproofing to accommodate the birds when they are indoors. You will want to waterproof the roof of the nesting area.


5.      The entrances ought to have door or pop holes that can be closed during night hours or in harsh weather. Since hens often will go out in heavy rains, you will want to provide a cover for the run (heavy duty polythene sheeting). This is especially necessary for ex-battery hens.


6.       Protection from Predators: Any plan to keep hens and fowl must consider the dangers of predators. Hen-keepers often have been devastated by the loss of their birds to the growing number of foxes suburban and urban areas. The pen must be animal-proof nowadays. Sly predators will find every weakness in a pen’s defence system. Materials, therefore, must be strong enough to withstand the persistent assault of a predator. You may want to take extra measures in terms of lining the base of your pen with mesh or driving stakes into the ground to anchor any safety features.


7.       Ease of Cleaning: You may be surprised by the amount of waste produced by a few hens. Keeping the pen hygienic is important.


8.       Multiple access points, like rear and front doors into the sleeping quarters, make it easier to scoop out the waste. Also, you need to seal cracks and crevices in the pen to prevent infestation from the red mite. Some experts recommend that top handles be placed on the coop to make for easy moving around the garden. This will allow for cleaning near the chicken house, which provides garden fertilizer.

Source by Jack Corrigan

A Simple Chicken Feet Delicacy – Chicken Feet Kerabu (Chicken Feet Salad)

Although eating chicken feet is an acquired taste, those who love to eat chicken feet will swear by it. It is a delicacy in its own right. Chicken feet can be cooked in many ways. Popular ways of cooking chicken feet are stew and boil. Usually most people prefer the fried chicken feet for their dishes. However, I would like to share another not so common but healthy chicken feet dish. This is a delicacy which is popular in local eateries. Although it looks complicated, it can be prepared quite easily at home. It is an appetizer and is eaten cold. Here the dish need boneless chicken feet. One has to be skillful to take out the bones from the feet. If you are not sure how to debone , get the boneless chicken feet in wet markets or supermarkets.


500 gm boneless chicken feet

30 gm lemon grass

3 red chillies

6 small chillies (cilli padi)

1 bunga kantan (known as Torch Ginger in English and Etlingera elatior in Latin)

4 limes, juiced

salt and sugar to taste


Shred the boneless chicken feet into bite size. Blanche the chicken feet in boiling water, drain and set aside. Slice finely the lemon grass, red chillies, cilli padi and bunga kantan. Sprinkle evenly on to the chicken feet. Mix all ingredients with the lime juice before serving. Kerabu may be served chilled or at room temperature.

If you love chicken feet dishes, Mary Ly is sharing a lot of simple but delicious recipes in her blog at http://www.simplecookingideas.com

Source by Mary Ly

Are You Considering a Homemade Chicken Coop?

Are you considering having a homemade chicken coop? Maybe you are looking to just have a few chickens for your own personal use or maybe your looking to get into more of a business venture? Chicken coops can be built in various sizes, depending on what your needs will be. It’s quiet simple!

A homemade chicken coop, can save you half the price of what you might pay for a pre-built unit and in today’s economy saving any money is beneficial.

The first thing to remember is, this is where your chickens are going to eat and sleep. They will need to be protected from outside predators and the weather elements so you need to take this into consideration and having the proper coop is very important.

If your looking just to house a few chickens, its wise to go bigger to accommodate more chickens down the road. In so many cases the chicken raisers, end up choosing to raise more chickens.

Deciding on the size is very important. If you are just starting out, a smaller coop or mobile coop would be a great one. This can be moved to different locations and it’s a wonderful way to introduce children to raising chickens and to be able to get involved in the experience.

The mid coop, is obviously bigger, but its also not so much cage looking. If your looking more for a better yield of eggs and to house more chickens this is the one for you.

The large coop, is more for a business, when your looking to raise and house many chickens. The larger the coop, the more maintenance it will require.

Source by Obediah Marsh

The Benefits of a Simple Automatic Chicken Coop Door

Are you planning to raise chickens in your backyard? Or are you already doing so but are getting tired of having to wake up early and let the chickens out to get some sunshine? The good news is that you don’t have to be burdened by this.

The answer is a simple automatic chicken coop door. Automatic, you may ask? Wondering if you read it right? Yes folks, an automatic chicken house door can solve your problem.

An automatic door is the trend today in creating chicken coops. There are many benefits if you opt for this and for those who are using this now, they can attest that it’s worth investing in this type of door.

Fast and easy installation. You can actually install the door in a matter of 15 minutes or so and you can already be sure that your chickens remain safe in their coop from sun up to sun down.

No entry for predators. Other animals hunting for chickens such as the rats, dogs, hawks, foxes, raccoons and coyotes will not gain entry to the chicken coop with an automatic door. As this is controlled by the poultry raiser, it is only he or she who can decide the time that door opens and closes.

Sound and continuous sleep. With a simple automatic chicken coop door, you can sleep undisturbed and not have to wake up very early in the morning.

Self timer. With a timer for control, you can set the hour when to open and close the door of your chicken house. Instructions are provided when you purchase a kit.

Stay out late. If you have an important appointment, errands to do or perhaps a dinner to attend, you need not worry about the safety of your chickens. Your automatic door will close at exactly the right time you set it after dark so your birds can rest for the night.

You have two ways to get this automatic chicken coop door. It’s either you create it yourself by following the manual of a do-it-yourself kit or you can purchase a ready-made one from the store. You can save on costs if you are skillful and patient enough to create your own although there are also online stores that offer affordable deals. It’s just a matter of doing your research first instead of ordering one right away from the first online shop you have visited. Shopping and comparing prices is the ideal way to get the best offers.

As for the types of automatic door, you can choose from the sliding one or the flap type. The sliding door normally opens upwards and closes downwards while the flap type can either open downwards or upwards depending on your preference.

Remember that chickens raised in a coop will have an instinct to go out in the morning and go back after sunset to roost. If they are exposed to a routine like this, using an automatic door will help them continue their daily life and will take off the extra burden from you. Just be sure to still check them every now and then.

Source by Gloria Smith

Alcoholic Beverage

The word ‘Beverage’ has been derived from the Latin word ‘bever’ meaning rest from work. Beverages are potable drinks which have thirst-quenching, refreshing, stimulating & nourishing qualities. By refreshing one means the replenishment of fluid loss from body due to perspiration. Nourishment is provided by the nutrients in the beverages.

Alcoholic beverages affect the central nervous system & tranquilize it, thus reducing tension & worries.

Alcohol being a concentrated source of energy, it is absorbed directly by the bloodstream from the stomach & therefore provides instant energy to the body & increases the blood pressure for a short while.


1. Alcoholic beverage: any beverage containing ½% of alcohol by volume to 76% alcohol by volume is considered to be an alcoholic beverage. Those with higher than 76% alcohol are known as medicines, such as anesthetics.

2. Alcohol: these are hydroxides of organic radicals. Ethyl alcohol is the only alcohol which is consumable. All other alcohols are poison.

3. Wine: is an alcoholic beverage obtained by the fermentation of freshly gathered grape juice, the fermentation of which has been carried out in the district of its origin, according to the local traditions & practices.

4. Distillation: is a process of simultaneous evaporation & condensation of a liquid or a mixture of liquids to purify them.

5. Brandy: is obtained by the distillation of fermented grape juice & is suitably matured in Oakwood casks for a minimum of 3 years. Brandies are never colored because they obtain a beautiful amber color from the black Oakwood casks. Brandies can be matured up to a period of 70 years (usually used blending purposes).

6. Liquor: is used for all alcoholic beverages in general, but it has a special meaning in the brewery, namely, it is water used for brewing after the removal of unwanted minerals & salts & addition of required minerals & salts in the manufacture of beer.

7. Liqueurs: are sweetened, colored & flavored spirits with a base of Cognac, Brandy, Scotch whisky or sometimes Rum. The color is obtained from herbs, spices, vegetables or fruit-colored pigments, either

by distillation or infusion. Sweetening is added as & when required.

8. Whisky: is obtained by the distillation of grains, particularly barley, malt & is aged in Oakwood casks for a minimum of 3 years for Scotch whisky, a minimum of 7 years for Irish whisky. Regular Scotch Whiskies are matured for 3-12 years, Premium Scotch or Deluxe Premium Scotch Whiskies are matured 12-20 years & the finest Old ‘Blue label’ for a minimum of 20 years. Whiskies are colored by the addition of desired color caramel.

9. Rum: is obtained by the distillation of fermented molasses or sugarcane juice & is matured in Oakwood casks for a minimum of 3 years. Rum is colored by the addition of dark caramel.

10. Gin: is rectified spirit obtained by the distillation of the fermented mash of cereals & grains in a definite ratio. Gin has a typical flavor of juniper berries, coriander seeds & orange peel. It has in all 108 botanicals. Gin is a colorless drink matured in Oakwood casks for a minimum of 3 years.

11. Vodka: is the national drink of Russia & goes well with caviar. It is a strong alcoholic beverage obtained by rectifying spirit made from potato & sweet potato starch & is passed through layers of sand, vegetable charcoal, coal & quarts to make it colorless, tasteless & odorless. Vodka is not matured.

Source by Dilip Mahadik

Nutrition’s Role in Neuropathy

Neuropathy has a wide variety of causes, and nutritional causes are a major subset of it. Neuropathy is typically your first diagnosis when patients complain with symptoms like numbness, pin-and-needle sensation, burning sensations, pain or loss of sensations. When it affects the nerves supplying the muscles, it may result in weakness of muscle, muscle atrophy, lack of fine muscle control which may result in many symptoms depending on which muscles are affected.

But one cause of peripheral neuropathy that is not readily thought to be associated with neuropathy is food allergy. The association between food allergy and neuropathy is often overlooked because only recently conclusive evidence from research has become available establishing a certain link between neuropathy and allergic response to certain food items.

The most common culprits so far are derivatives of glutamic acid and aspartic acid, gluten, pesticides on fruits and vegetables and food coloring dyes. One very common artificial sweetener, Aspartame, is used in fruit juices, diabetic food and numerous other products, is one of the most commonly recognized allergen triggering symptoms of neuropathy, but this also affects the auditory nerve, causing tinnitus. Consumption of large quantities greatly increases the chances of having the neuropathy. Often, stopping the consumption of aspartame cures the symptoms almost entirely.

Many more agents commonly found in food may cause an allergic response which may present as neuropathy. The ones that are currently believed to be responsible for most of the cases are Azino-moto (Mono Sodium Glutamate) which is commonly used in Chinese foods, gluten found in wheat containing edible items, some coloring dyes used in foods. Not only these, but normal fully natural food items like fruits, eggs, and milk may be the cause of food allergy induced neuropathy. Often it may happen, that the tracking of the allergy causing food item may not be very simple and straightforward.

So what if your neuropathy is suspected to be due to food allergy? The main diagnostic test used is a Radioallergosorbent Test (RAST Test) which detects antibodies against “common” food allergens. Since not all antigens could be detected in 100% of cases, sometimes the treatment may involve just hit and trial in which suspected food items are stopped for few week and observed whether it alleviates the neuropathy. Also it would be advisable to stop common known allergens like aspartame, MSG, food dyes, and gluten and observe if the symptoms are alleviated by this. Also thoroughly wash fruits and vegetables before consuming, as pesticides present on them could be the cause.

Source by Dr. Marc Ott, D.C.

How to Make the Best Homemade Wine

Proper home winemaking is achieved by making wine from grapes, and not from buying ready-made kits from the wine supplies shop, and then adding water! Yes, this is much easier to do, but there’s absolutely no skill in it at all – so let’s make real wine!

Making wine at home can be very successful and rewarding providing you adhere to some basic winemaking rules. It is not just a matter of squeezing some grapes, fermenting them and then bottling them in a hurry, and without a care just to get your alcohol buzz. What is important throughout the entire process is attention to detail – this means that you must undertake the following courses of action.

  1. Make sure that the grapes are fully ripened, so don’t pick the grapes too soon or there will be an imbalance of sugar to natural acid. Consequently, don’t leave them on the vine too long as the imbalance will be the other way – not enough natural acid will mean the wine will not age. A measurement of the natural sugar content should be taken and if possible the acid level too, (a device for measuring sugar content called a refractometer is the best way).
  2. The grapes must be clean and free from insect damage or disease (dirty fruit will result in dirty wine!). This seems obvious but many a wine has been spoiled by poor quality fruit.
  3. High quality equipment and fermentation vessels must be used. It is so much easier to make good clean wines with better quality implements.
  4. Good hygiene is absolutely vital throughout the entire process. This is why many of the worlds top wineries use stainless steel as it is so easy to clean and sterilize.
  5. Measure all the ingredients accurately. This seems obvious, but get your calculations wrong and you will notice it later, to the detriment of the finished wine. (i.e. too much sugar added to an unripe sample will result in a wine that is ‘out of balance’ or too high an alcohol level for the desired style). STICK CLOSELY TO RECIPES.
  6. Regular tasting during the ferment ensures that you are aware of what is going on, and any problem can be spotted quickly, and action taken. This is what winemaking is all about, teaching your palate to detect defects in the young wines. Practice will make perfect as you learn about what shouldn’t be happening in the fermentation just as much as what should be.
  7. After fermentation when the new wine needs to be racked (removal of wine off the dead yeast cells or lees) keep contact with air to a minimum. Failure to do this will increase the chances of oxidation taking place. An oxidised wine is foul to taste, and most probably will have to be discarded.
  8. Use good, sterilized bottles at bottling time, and seal with high quality corks where possible – this will allow you to lay your wine down for many years if required.

Do this and you are well on the way to becoming a competent home winemaker. Also, remember that in the winemaking arena, one tends to learn more from ones mistakes rather than ones successes. So each subsequent vintage should get better and better.

Source by Rob Hemphill

Birthdays Are Special Days – Birthday Cards Are Special Cards!

There are very few days in a person’s life that are more important than their birthday. The birthday is a celebration of the day when a person came into the world and the contributions that person has made and will continue to make. During this special day, people like to be remembered for anything that they take pride in doing or place value on.It is an opportunity to express what a terrific friend, spouse, sibling, or child the birthday person is. While flowers, candy, and gifts will be appreciated, a birthday card can put a smile on its face and make that person feel special.

Birthdays are special days. They are never complete until you’ve sent happy birthday wishes to the one who is celebrated.A birthday truly is a day where the thought does count. So what better way to send your wishes than a birthday card? You can easily find them on the internet and browsing through the variety of categories you can choose the perfect one.

Birthday wishes definitely adds cheer on your friends’ or loved ones’ birthday. With online birthday cards reach out faster to your friends on their birthdays. It’s the best way to convey your birthday wishes for your friend, who deserves to be made to feel special. Birthday cards are a popular accompaniment for birthday presents.The messages they carry are perhaps the best way to express your wishes and at the same time a faster way. You can choose a sentimental message recalling your past memories and wish him/her health and happiness or you can choose a funny message to cheer up their day.

Apart from birthday wishes, cakes and balloons make a birthday celebration complete. So what are you waiting for? If you can’t send them as gift, pick up a virtual cake and send across some bright and colorful balloons to your loved ones through birthday cards.

Online birthday cards offer a lot of advantages. With them, you can save time, money, and effort. If you are a busy person, you won’t have to go on the trouble of spending money and time. The recipient will receive the card within a matter of seconds or you can choose the day when you want him/her to receive it to be sure you won’t forget about that special day.

Furthermore, you can edit the cards personally. Adding images, text, animation, audio or even video to your birthday cards, you can customize them into the exact shape you want them to be. You can always improve upon them using your own ideas and imagination which will make your birthday card very special indeed. Or if you are not so creative you can just pick an animated card which can express better your feelings.

Sending a birthday card is definitely the best way to send your best wishes to someone who is going to have his or her birthday.It can even be better than the usual greeting we give to someone, because it’s more creative and fun.

Source by Adrian Kiwee

Home Baking Business: The Tools Needed

The following paragraphs will inform you how to start your own home baking enterprise, particularly about the tools and instruments needed.

If you would like to earn some income while at home and you do have a talent or interest on baking, then you really should bake cakes, biscuits and cupcakes. A home baking business is without a doubt ideal for more income apart from your own daily job; the best part is, you may actually try this professionally. There are lots of money found in baked products, particularly in pastries like cakes and biscuits.

Before anyone could do the business, you must invest on all the needed equipment and instruments required for baking. Baking can be difficult without having most of these tools and equipments. Generally, before one can start baking, you must get these tools and equipments:

Oven- This is definitely the most vital tool in baking; you will not be able to bake if you don’t buy one. You may want to consider a more compact oven first regarding your baking business before using a bigger one.

Spatula- This is very important especially if you are considering birthday cakes. A spatula is needed for you to level the icing of your cake, giving a smooth surface.

Rubber Scraper- A good rubber scraper is used to be able to fold the mixture of some cake recipes; normally to recipes which involve separation of egg whites.

Baking Pans- It is where one would fill in the blend of your cake and gives the form. One could either be circular or rectangular, heart or floral shaped, you can actually get one customized if you should.

Baking Sheets- Crucial in baking cookies and cakes. One of the most practical of the baking tools and equipments. It is generally placed in the baking tray to provide ease in removing the cake after it has cooled off.

Electric Mixer- This is optional, but having one could considerably help you in your home baking business. Having an electric mixer would definitely lessen the time for you to let the egg whites foam.

Mixing Bowls- Needed for mixing the ingredients of your cake or any baked goods. You can select from different materials; aluminum could be the most suitable option as material.

Measuring Spoons and Measuring Cups- Another instrument that is required in baking. Accuracy in ingredient measurement is essential in baking considering that the only way for you to produce an excellent result is when you know the actual measurement of the ingredients of your recipe.

So generally speaking, you need these equipments and tools if you intend to start a home baking business offering especially baked goods including brownies along with other kinds of baked pastries. Also, all these essential equipment are necessary as without one, any baking business in your home could logically be unattainable.

Source by Anthony Tupac

How to Make Kong Na Mul Gook ( Bean Sprout Soup)

Kong Na Mul Gook is another Korean soup that many people enjoy. This soup is more for the summer time. Even though it’s a hot soup,,it refreshes you by adding some spice in the soup. Here is how to make Kong Na Mul Gook.
Here are the ingredients that you will need to make Kong Na Mul Gook: bean sprouts, lean steak, tofu, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, ground black pepper, and spring onions, and jalapenos.

The first thing that you need to do is to clean the bean sprouts, and cut off the roots. Leave the bean sprouts aside and start boiling water in a large pot. In the pot, add the lean meat and cook the meat until it is tender. Once the lean meat is cooked, pull the meat apart with your hands into think pieces and leave them aside for now as well. Grab the tofu and cut them into bite-size chunks.

Now, grab another pot filled with water and add a bit of soy sauce, sesame oil and ground black pepper. Now add the bean sprouts, lean meat, and the tofu. Cook this mixture for about 10 minutes and while cooking, add in the spring onions.

While this mixture is cooking, also add the soy sauce. Continue to cook the soup until the soy sauce is fully incorporated. Also, roughly chop the jalapenos and add them into the soup as well. The jalapenos are added so that there is a bit of spice in the soup.

You can teach your friends and family how to make this delicious soup today.

Source by Brad P