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Wild birds are so fun to watch. We have several species that visit our feeders and we love to identify and watch them. But what about those in our barn or with our chickens? Now that's another story! Birds of course can leave waste in feeders and spread diseases to poultry as they hop around going after stray feed. Birds can as hop on coccidia and then hop in your animal feeders and place their coccidia, e coli , etcetera onto their eating areas. So it's better if they do not mix with your animal feeding areas.
There are a few things one can do to minimize or avoid these things. First is if you like to feed birds as we do, is to keep their feeding stations far from poultry and livestock feeding areas. Another thing is to only feed your poultry and stock what they can consume at that feeding and to feed it in containers that avoid waste. Feeders that can be picked up and moved after feeding should be removed and put in a feed room or other place not accessible to them. Also, most birds will enter your barns or sheds from higher. Closing off gaps between eves and other openings with one inch poultry wire or woven hardware cloth so that fresh air movement is still allowed over head but birds aren't allowed to land and hop in will reduce the amount of birds entering your barn areas. Even old screening can often be obtained for free and be upcycled this way. Keeping barn doors closed when possible also helps. Also keeping a barn cat (keep it healthy & chlamydia free!) in the barn can also reduce wild bird populations. I personally don't do this because of problems with cats using hay for their bathroom. For poultry's safety from wild birds (as well as weasels!) it is best to use a one inch poultry netting for their pens, housing, chicken tractor and supplemental feeding areas. Two inch netting, while cheaper, allows birds and small predators in. It also deteriorates faster allowing foxes and raccoons a greater likelihood of getting to your birds.
Another way to combat this is to be sure your animals and poultry are the healthiest they can possibly be! We achieve this by supplementing poultry with LayNLayer herb mix or BetterDaze herb mix as well as decrease their parasite challenges with DWormA and GI Soother for coccidial challenges and MMune herb mix for any that need that additional support for their immune systems such as weak, old, recovering or senior creatures. For livestock we offer the same products (of course they don't need the LayNLayer!).
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White Horehound (Marrubium vulgare) , Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) and Red Valerian (Centranthus ruber) at Fir Meadow. Photo by Katherine Drovdahl.
We like to say that livestock and humans should eat plants and plants should eat rocks and dirt. Why is this SO CRITICALLY important???!!! When we keep things in that order bodies do well. You see when a plant converts sunlight through photosynthesis it combines nutrients it uptakes from soil (broken down rocks & organic matter) with a carbon atom. It is that carbon atom attached to that nutrient that makes it bioavailable. That nutrient becomes fully utilizable by the body. It's able to uptake it into cells, use it fully for it's intended purpose and it is fully able to eliminate any excess that it doesn't want to utilize. This allows the ability to fully nourish the body and to not store toxic or structurally damaging excesses of copper, selenium, copper, fat soluble vitamins, etc. Some of these excesses can and do build up to cause liver toxicity (which can lead to death), stones such as urinary calculi, kidney stones, enteroliths, gall stones (which form in the liver and are there as well), bone spurs, hardening of the pituitary gland or brain tissue, etc.
So how on earth do we and our beloved critters end up eating rocks? Here are a few considerations.
Our wells and city waters are not soft water- they contain rock mineral particulate. When we lived in southern Oregon I could actually SEE the particulate from our high calcium well whenever water was brewed for tea. It also accumulated at the mouths of faucets etc. There were no dandelions or alfalfa plants growing in our well to contribute to this. The soils in that area contain high amounts of calcium.
Store bought food and feeds that have minerals added or are 'fortified' have rock or synthetic sources added. Read your label- if it doesn't say the magnesium is because whole alfalfa, stinging nettle or another plant is in the product then it's not from a plant! It's from a rock or a formulated fake from a laboratory. Why do companies do this? Because it's much less expensive to mine and purchase rock nutrients than it is to use whole plants that contain the nutrients. I can purchase a whole ten yard dump truck load of several tons of rocks or sand for the same price that some of the herbs that I work with cost me by the pound! Most calcium put into food and feeds in the US is mined limestone from the midwest. Chemical or synthetic derived nutrients are cheap too and are derived from oil. Kodak is or used to be one of the largest suppliers of nutrients for the food industry. Scary or interesting. I'm not sure which it is!
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Here's a few tips on how my husband and I largely avoid coming down with these types of issues...
Keeping your water intake up, even in the winter months is key to helping your entire body work and in helping your body dilute and move out toxins in cells and organs. If your lips feel dry then you are already dehydrated. Caffeine or refined sugar intake will dehydrate you faster.
Foods- even in the winter months try to keep an abundance of raw fruits and vegetables in your diet. Opt for vibrant colored and a diverse collection of colors in your fruit and vegetable choices. If you have a picky family member that only likes just a few choices, be sure and keep those on hand and you enjoy the variety yourself :). This is a GREAT time of year to keep citrus in front of you. My tea right now has squeezed lemon into it- which also aids in cleansing. Your citrus must be fresh squeezed or fresh eaten and not a refrigerated or processed product to retain the vitamin C. In fact, upwards of 60% of the Vitamin C will already be gone just fifteen minutes after juicing your fruit. Sometimes I will just add 1 drop of lemon essential oil per day (not for children under 12) to my quart canning jar filled with water.
Sleep- MAKE SURE you are getting adequate sleep to avoid wearing down your adrenals and immunity.
Exercise- FRESH AIR AND EXERCISE is important in the winter too. Those of us that participate in winter chores usually don't have a problem with this. Be sure you are getting some walking and deep breathing. I have a friend that comes over for yoga 3x per week as well. I have videos but there are good yogas to be found on youtube as well.
Herbal support- The most awesome thing about herbal support is that even if your body doesn't need it (and really, your body will still pull and use nutrients anyhow) these aren't going to hurt you. Products to consider?
Vitalerbs- available in capsule, extract or bulk powder form. This is a must take for my husband and I to be sure we have a wide range of whole herb nutrient bases covered for overall body wellness. We take these year round to be sure cells have what they need to replicate into healthier ones. Also look for Kid-E-Mins non alcohol extract for young children, toddlers, babies and even pets. Either give it by mouth or drop into their water. Nursing moms can drop a drop or two on their nipples for their baby to nurse. Click here for Vitalerbs capsules. Here for the extract. Click here for Kid E Mins. And here for the bulk powder Vitalerbs.
Herbal C - This is a fast way to get high quality whole herb C into your body. I take these every day twice per day and any time I'm heading out into public. This product also offers some heart support for a bonus. Click here.
Super Immune Garlic Extract- Is a must have in our home to keep on hand. Again, I like to have this in my blood stream before I go out in public and again after I return. It's so seldom we feel off like we are catching something, but that is another time to take it up to hourly. If a problem hits definately take it hourly!!! Click here.
Echinacea & Goldenseal capsules- Popluar and time tested to support the body during wellness challenges. If you are pregnant take this in combination with Cayenne so that the goldenseal doesn't use up all of your Vitamin B in your body. Also follow with Cayenne as the last dose of the day to top off your B's. Click here.
Kid-E-Mune extract- Echinacea is really really safe for all including pregnant and very young children. Young children can be allowed to take Kid-E-Mune hourly if wanted. Echinacea in the system helps the body make it difficult for viral activity to capture cells. I also take this before I go out in public. Take every 4 hours during public exposure. After ten days of solid use (3 or more times per day) give your body a three day sabbath from it so that your body will utilize it fully. Click here for Kid E Mune.
Cayenne- is always an option due to it's provision of Vitamin's B and C to the body as well as it's infection fighting ability. I like keeping it in salt shaker in the kitchen. It gets added to much of my meals including salads and in most of my drinks including water. Click here for capsules or here for the extract. Cayenne powder here.
Raspberry tea - drinking several glasses of this in a day often helps one feel remarkably better. Remember to continue to rest though for another couple of days or you'll relapse as your body hasn't finished the interior battle yet. Click here.
Chest Formula , Cold Formula, Lung and Bronchial Formula and Sinus Formula also offer excellent support. Take 3x per day if these are areas of weakness for you and hourly if you are having a problem. Click here.
ANYTIME you see something that creates you concern don't hesitate to consult with your medical provider. There are some real severe flu issues going around right now and you need to catch them early or better yet stay AHEAD of them before and early into exposure for best results. It's way easier to avoid an issue by keeping herbs in your body for viral and bacterial activity to hit the second they are inhaled than to fight a problem that has time to replicate and overwhelm the body.
Starting a whole body cleanse - Bowel, Liver/Kidneys and Bloodstream are a long term strong foundational building approach towards a well body. Never do these without direction from a degreed herbalist. Doing them wrong or out of order can cause serious problems. Done right there are amazing tools! We offer online consultations with our Master's degree in Herbalism practitioner under our services tab for those that don't already have someone to work with.
Here's to PEACE of mind, wellness, blessings and happy herbing! :D
*Non of these statements have been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to cure, prevent, treat or diagnose disease.
Katherine MH, CR, CA, CEIT, DipHIr, QTP has extensive alternative training in Vitalistic (cause oriented) wellness,including a Master's Degree in Herbology and has a heart to share with you so that you, your family and your creatures may achieve abundant wellness.