Greenleaf Chickens

  (Forest City, Pennsylvania)
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Rainy and gray

Yesterday was bright and sunny.  A glorious day and I was able to get a lot of cleanup in the yard done.  As I lifted some of the broken wood up, I could see the frost and ice underneath.  While obviously Spring thaw is happening, it will be another 3 weeks before you can actually dig and plant the seeds that I am starting in the basement.

The growing season is unfortunately very short so I am looking for making some type of greenhouse outside -- lots of problems there though.  First there is the obvious problem of the chickens, that's always a problem.  Next after them is the wildlife -- last summer we had a large brutish raccoon patrolling the area, fat on garbage, but there are always rabbits and bear lurking about.  Some say that there are also deer though I cannot say I have seen any but all of these critters pose trouble for vegetables.

While getting the wood for the "greenhouse" is not a problem, get the manpower is, so I am looking for something easier to setup instead.  

Today it is a gray and rainy.  A drab brownish day though at 35F, still fairly warm considering the horrendous subzero days we had this past winter.  But with the ground so wet and muddy, not a day very conducive to doing much out there, so I think I will take my seeds and starts some more in the basement.

Sorry I cannot put up any pictures, LH seems to be snarky today.  I guess the weather has gotten it too./sep 


Snowy and cold - 2-25-14

Weather update, February 25.  Wind and few flurries.  [Read More]

Teflon is Toxic to Chickens

from the Healthy Chickens Bulletin.

WARNING: Teflon Coated Light Bulbs Toxic to Chickens

     I live in New Hampshire and keep a small flock of chickens, and have done so since 1980.

On February 6, 2011, GE's light bulb Rough Service Worklight 100 killed my flock. It has a Teflon coating. Teflon is toxic to birds.

The University of NH Extension Service veterinarian, Dr. Inga Sidor, did an electron microscopy of lung tissue from the sample four birds I gave her, to show they were gassed to death. She called them all "otherwise healthy."

I never had birds die before en masse.GE's insurance company paid me $780 to cover the cost of the vet's testing and also for some of my birds. But what I want and need them to do is to label their bulb. I did find that Sylvania with a similar Teflon-coated bulb labels theirs.

I want to be sure other chicken owners will know not to use GE's Rough Service Worklight (some are 100 watt bulbs, but 75 watt bulbs also exist) with birds.

The idea of a bulb that won't shatter when it falls was very appealing; but this GE bulb is a killer, and they are not moving to label it according to any communications I can find.

-Lynn R. Chong

New Hampshire

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