This is my son Nicholas.
And this is his dog, Ron Burgundy.
On April 20th, 2015, we received the phone call no parent ever wants to receive. My second born son had passed away unexpectedly.
Apparently, it was an unknown issue with his heart.
Nicholas was a tender hearted person. Some would say an empath. He was always there for his friends and loved ones.
He was also a dog lover. Ron Burgundy was his bestest fur friend.
In an effort to keep Nicholas' love and kindness going, we are going to start taking 10% monthly proceeds and donate to a local rescue/sanctuary, Our Lil Bit of Heaven and the Owen County Humane Society.
We will announce donations on our social media pages so you can see how YOU are helping to keep Nicholas' love alive and helping save the furbabies.
With our deepest grattitude,
Jay and Amy
I worked in health care for approximately 25 years. I learned SO much! But, I feel since I have been out of the field and have been doing research on my own, I have learned even that much more.
I have also learned there is a lot more to health than we are taught. I'm not going to get into the politics of this. I believe modern medicine has it's place and time. I also believe we have to be our own advocates and do our own research.
Most of my computer time is spent reading about health and how to improve it. What I have come to realize is, Magnesium. It's our roots to our living tree, the grease to our wheels. It is an essential component of the body.
According to ancient-minerals.com: "Magnesium activates over 300 enzyme reactions in the body, translating to thousands of biochemical reactions happening on a constant basis daily. Magnesium is crucial to nerve transmission, muscle contraction, blood coagulation, energy production, nutrient metabolism and bone and cell formation."
Whew! Pretty heady stuff and maybe a little overwhelming.
How do you know if you are deficient in magnesium?
According to studies, less than (let me say that again, LESS THAN) 30% of U.S. adults consume the recommended daily allowance of magnesium.
That means there is a good chance you are in the percentage that is not getting the recommended daily allowance.
Signs and Symptoms of Low Magnesium
Here is a list of a few signs and symptoms:
This is a SMALL list of how magnesium deficiency can effect you.
Food is one way to increase your magnesium level. You have to careful to buy organic food though! Non organic food is grown in mineral depleted soil meaning the food has less nutrients than it's counterparts.
Foods to increase magnesium:
Food like items that decrease magnesium:
We have experienced improvement in sleeping at night, night sweats from menopause, increased energy and several other symptoms.
Magnesium is our bodies wheel house. In order to keep our health up, we need to keep our magnesium up!
How do you increase your magnesium?
When we moved to our homestead 5 years ago, we both had jobs. As time went by I started to feel like we should be able to make money off of our property! Isn't it the American dream to be business owners and self sufficient? Why, YES it is!
Most of our 13 acres are wooded. We have very little space that is open to grow enough food to sell and make a profit. This led to the question - what else can we do?
We started with chickens. Mainly for ourselves but you know all about chicken math, I'm sure. We ended up with way more eggs than we personally needed. We tried to sell eggs but we live rural so a lot of people have their own chickens! People also didn't want to pay the price we ask. We aren't making any profit and generally don't break even.
We added rabbits next. There are so many things you can do with rabbits. At the moment we only sell breeding rabbits. They are TAMUK New Zealands and are great rabbits for meat production. You can also sell rabbits for human consumption, raw feeding for your animals and you can find places that will buy the pelts.
Rabbits and chickens didn't win us the million dollar lottery though! Haha! I didn't expect it to and that is ok. I do want, though, to be able to pay bills and buy Christmas presents for the kids. We don't ask for much.
A dear friend of mine was growing her own homestead in Missouri at the same time. She beat it into my head that Multiple Streams of Income is the answer.
You know what?! She is right!! We have been on a mission since!
We increased the amount of trees we tap for maple syrup that we sell. Of course the last 2 seasons have been bad but you keep plugging along.
I started to look at everything differently. What can we do or expand to start making money?
We now have goats. Ok, ok. I wanted goats anyway. Because....well...who doesn't?! They are so dang cute!
I regress. Goats will provide: milk to sell, milk to make soap to sell, meat to sell (goat meat is actually pretty tasty!), and we can sell young goats that we can't or won't keep.
We built an outdoor kitchen and had it Health Department certified. Now we can sell our jams, jellies and spices wholesale or retail and on our website.
We have been planting a small orchard. It will take a few years but we eventually will have copious amounts of apples, peaches, pears, grapes, plums, kiwi and blueberries.
Jay has been in the workshop and makes incredible handcrafted items that we sell at markets, fairs and online.
Unless you have a lot of open acreage to homestead, you have to start thinking outside of the box.
I've talked about a few things we are doing around here, what are some things you are doing?!
P.S. Hop on over to our YouTube channel to see our outdoor kitchen video!
Shortly after we moved to the homestead, we received 3 or 4 chickens and a tiny coop as a gift.
I'm sure you all have heard about chicken math! We kept acquiring chickens and before you know it, at some point, we had near 100! Why you ask? Because. Because chickens are SO awesome! So many different chickens out there and they are so pretty. How could you not want 100 of them?!
Our numbers have fluctuated over the years from no fewer than 30 and nearing 100. We tend to go lower in the winter and hatch out a lot in the spring to sell.
When you start reaching those numbers to feed, it can get pretty expensive! Especially if you feed organic, which we do.
You might be asking why we don't free range? Let me explain real quick why we use feed at all!
As I said earlier, we sell chickens. We breed them to keep them from being mutts lol.
If we opened up all of the gaits we would have roosters looking for new dates and roosters wanting to fight. This isn't acceptable.
Our solution is to feed organic layer mash and take turns letting each different pen out to free range daily. So now you know.
When our feed bill stared reaching epic proportions I started looking for ideas to help. I ran across fermenting.
an enzymatically controlled transformation of an organic compound.
Not sure if that helped or not!
Fermenting chicken feed not only saves you some money but the food is even healthier for the chickens and equates to healthier eggs for you!
Here are a few facts:
1. Fermented feed has a higher concentration of lactic acid and a lower concentration of dietary sugar.
2. The amount of intake of fermented feed is lower. This is because the dry food expands. The older the bird, the less food they need daily. Younger birds will need more just like your teenager.
3. Fermented feed increases intestinal health by acidification of the upper digestive track forming a natural barrier towards infection.
Another reason we switched to fermentation is, it's really easy to implement. On the other hand, I have to feed them twice a day but it's another excuse to enjoy some fresh air!
This is what I do for our 40 chickens of all ages. How many you have depends on the amount you use every day.
1. Find a bucket large enough to hold the amount of feed you need, enough water to cover that feed and room for the feed to expand.
We use a trash can because the lid isn't tight and air can still get in, it's imperative for there to be air flow. And, it sits right next to the chicken pens.
2. Add amount of food you expect to use. If you get more in than you would use in a day, no fear! You'll always use it so there isn't any waste. Cover with chemical free water, stir and put the lid on if it's sitting outside.
3. Stir twice a day for 3 days. You will start to see fizzing, that is what you want!
4. After the third day you can start feeding your chickens with your fermented feed! Way to go!
The formula to feed is one half cup per chicken. For every 2 chickens I feed a cup. We have a slotted scoop that measures to a cup. I scoop out what I need and use a bowl to carry it around to each pen.
I have rubber water bowls and flat plastic trays that I use for feeders.
Each morning I add a new scoop of dry feed and water to the can. Since there is already fermented feed and water in the can the new stuff ferments quicker.
It took a few days for the chickens to get used to their new way of eating and we haven't had a problem since. Even the baby chicks can start eating it from day 1. This has cut our feed bill in half!
You can find a little more information over on your YouTube channel.
Thanks for stopping by!