Moving Trees, Feeding Chickens, and Keeping your Windshield Clean

Handy tips and tricks from readers help you keep chickens laying, transport trees and keep your car's windshield clear.
By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors
June/July 1993
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Is it a chicken? Is it a dog? Feed dog food to your chickens for increased egg production.
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A Rainy Day Film  

After several days or weeks without rain, the windshield on my car gets a greasy film on it. Then, when it finally does rain and I turn on my wipers, they smear the film, making it even harder to see.

In order to fix this, I fill a small plastic spray-bottle with floor-wax remover. Just a couple of squirts before I turn on the wipers gives me clear vision. This trick is especially useful at night, when oncoming headlights make vision even worse.

—Bud Deunk Fairview
Park, Ohio
 

Taking Trees For A Ride 

My husband and I moved to our new home on five acres last year. We had old nursery stock that needed to be moved and we wanted to put some of it around the house to landscape. Instead of calling a professional to do it at a high cost, we decided to remove the trees ourselves. First we dug around them to loosen the roots. Then we hooked a rope to our 1970 Ford truck and attached the other side of the rope to a wooden-slat platform to be used as a sled. Then we hauled the trees to the selected new spots and replanted them. We got lots of laughs the first time we used this technique, but I'll tell you this: it didn't cost us a thing, except for a little time and patience.

—Mrs. Dale Fowler Glen St. Mary, Florida  

Southern Chicken Diet  

This morning, my wife excitedly collected 40 eggs from our 50 hens. It all started a month ago, while out buying whole corn and Eggette mash for my chickens. I got into a conversation with a farmer who told me that he used to raise fighting cocks. He said that a chicken farmer from down South gave him this method of increasing his egg supply: Each day feed them a little dog food-approximately 25% of their diet. When I told the clerk what I wanted, she pointed out a 25-pound bag of dog food and said it was what other farmers fed their chickens. The first time I gave my chickens a small bucket of the food (a gallon or so), the egg production jumped from about 24 to 40. From that time on the count has stayed in the mid 30s. Yesterday I gave them another half bucket ...and today 40. Because this is something new to me, and generally unknown to most, I felt I had to share it.

—J. Orlando Lawhorn
Mayville, Michigan
 








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4/18/2013 8:54:10 PM

Dodi
2/26/2011 1:57:28 PM
I find this interesting because I have 11 chickens that are free range and I usually feed them just regular laying pellets. Sometimes, however, they will come around when I am feeding my dogs and so I will thow them some dog food too (brands vary). I have noticed that I will sometimes get several more eggs than normal - but didn't know why. Now I am wondering if it is because of the dog food. I will try feeding them dog food today and will see what happens.

End Lane Farm
1/1/2011 12:47:55 AM
I too would like to know if anyone got the name of the dog food used and what is it.

connie houchen
10/24/2010 8:24:57 AM
i would like to know what kind of dog food was given to the chickens also. it's worth a try.

jackie_14
5/11/2009 10:28:59 AM
what brand of dog food do you use?

Ginny_3
1/9/2009 4:15:41 PM
I sure would like to know what dog food is used also.Sounds good to me.

Joseph C.Misuraca_2
11/11/2008 1:07:34 PM
I too would like to know what brand/type of dog food was fed to the chickens to increase their egg production.

J. Johnson
10/16/2008 2:10:10 PM
I would love to know what type/brand of dog food was used. Thank you

carol_4
9/28/2008 9:16:29 PM
I'd like to know, what type of dog food was used to increase egg production? I'm finding this site to be very interesting.








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