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by Monica Melograna-Ward

There is no way to count the ways in which all of us can do this. You have to be practical, since it all takes time, energy and some space. Every bit helps both our little piece of the planet and the whole world.

Ideas run a muck when you visit others with a similar approach to the day. Old buckets can be used as nesting boxes and tin tomato sauce cans can be used to start seedlings.

Our main chicken coop began with newly purchased wood, but the continuation has been produced with reclaimed wood. This is a great way to save money and the environment. If you’d like a consistent look, a bit of brick colored barn paint is low cost and does add its flair to your barnyard.

Our food is not wasted – ever. What does not go into the chicken coops, goes to the compost bins. Although the ducks are vegetarians, the chickens, turkey and guinea fowl are like vultures on just about anything that comes their way. After seeing them in action, I have no doubt that they are closely related to dinosaurs.

So, you can turn your table scraps into eggs. Many residential areas allow a small number of hens, but no roosters.

Fact

The great thing about chickens is that you don’t need a male chicken to motivate your hens to lay. Roosters are sperm donors only. The exception to that rule – we have one little guy (the smallest yet most aggressive to humans) that enjoys raising chicks.

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