Pioneer Woman at Heart

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One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Monday, June 25, 2012

Yarn Needles, Chickens and Health

Use an over-sized safety pin to hold yarn needles.  I can pin this to just about anything when I am working on a project.

We lost one of our Araucana pullets yesterday.  Such a sad loss.  My 15 year-old daughter has been working with them and they are very friendly with us.   She started to feed another hen with a dropper, in hopes to solve the issues.  We believe they have worms and we are treating them with apple cider vinegar.  They enjoyed being outside yesterday.

After 6 hours of weeding and tilling  and harvesting the garden, I spent the night in bed with my foot up.  Yep, I did it again.  It hurts so bad I can't walk on it.  Between that muscle (I can't remember what the doctor called it) and my sciatic nerves, I won't be able to do much this week.  This is not a good thing.

I did start another batch of goat's milk ricotta cheese. It will need to be rinsed today and put in the refrigerator.  I hope to make (or have a daughter make) lasagna with it.


Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

stay off that foot if you can. I guess you'll be getting to knit a little bit more too. sorry to hear about the chick.
We started out with 13 and are down to 11.
The people on the corner had about 35 or so ravaged by a bobcat! That is so close to home. I try to make sure mine are put up early and let out late!
take care, Pat

Carolyn said...

I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter's chickens. Although I've been ripping on chickens lately, I readily admit that I have set up chicken infirmaries int he barn, brought sick chickens in the house, soaked chicken bums in warm water to try and relieve egg bound hens and probably a ton more wacky things that my husband would roll his eyes at me.

We use most of our goat milk ricotta in lasagna or Hillbilly lasagna (spaghetti noodles instead of the lasagna noodles).

Unknown said...

I lost chciekns to worms too. NOw I use a natural wormer mixed with their food. Do you have plantar fascitis? Me too...

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Susan said...

I use Diatomaceous Earth in their feed, once a month, to tackle worms. It seems to work well. I also sprinkle it in the nesting boxes to help with mites.

Candy C. said...

Sorry about your chicken, it's always so hard to lose one of the animals.
That's a bummer about your foot and sciatic too! Take it easy and hopefully it will start getting better.

Kristina said...

Thank you for all the advice for caring for the chickens. I'll let my dd know. Yes Nancy, that is what I have, I just couldn't remember the name.

Sam I Am...... said...

I think our bodies let us know when it's time to rest or have more balance in our lives. Maybe 6 hours was a bit much and next time maybe take more breaks, work out there every day for a shorter amount of time? I have arthritis and I have found the best shoes are my Asics. They are the only ones I wear...all day, every day and it has alleviated any foot pain I used to have.
Good luck! Hope you feel better!