Moving Trees, Feeding Chickens, and Keeping your Windshield Clean

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ILLUSTRATION: MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF
Is it a chicken? Is it a dog? Feed dog food to your chickens for increased egg production.

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 FowlerGlen 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