Monday, September 7, 2009

~ Eco Monday ~

Why Recycle?

Batteries power many parts of our lives from our mobile phones all the way to our hybrid automobiles. Responsibly recycling these batteries saves natural resources and protects human health through reuse of reclaimed materials and by keeping heavy metals out of landfills and water supplies.
Most Radiology departments in hospitals now a days have little bins to recycle them in.
There are many great web sites that have kits. These kits give you great information and help you get started.
Heres a great place to check out!
Its very easy to do! Check your local listings for places near you. If you have school aged children get them involved too. Have them start a Battery drive at school. Its great for the enviroment!
Also, invest in rechargable batteries, its not as expensive as you may think. Honestly you are saving money in the long run!
Heres a link for Residental homes!  They will send you a kit to get started and the shipping is free! So sign up now!
Happy Recycling!

Compost Bin!

Its Finished! Here is my new Compost Bin made from wood pallets. I placed this one next to my chicken coop. That way I dont have to travel half way across the backyard to dispose of the chicken poo when I clean out the cage! Not so fun droping it everywhere!
I have already added some compost to my new bin today! Some wonderful Rabbit poo, Chicken Poo, Veggies, Egg Shells, Newspaper,Leaves & Coffee Grounds! My new compost bin is on its way. Will be adding much more in the next couple of days!
Happy Recycling!

The new Chicken Condo!

My new Chicken Condo is finally done! Im happy to report, my chickens love their new home! Everything used in their new home is stuff I picked up in junk piles or stuff I already had!
This is an old cabinet that was sitting in our backyard not being used. I had my wonderful hubby cut part of the back out. This way the chickens could use the shelves to nest on and sleep. I even had him give them a little ramp, so they could get up and down easily. On the other side is a door that latches. This gives me easy access to eggs and to change the hay out periodicly.
Heres a little bit of the progress my son and hubby made. They made a frame using wood from old wood 
pallets. They also re-used pieces of wood from the old coop too. Are chicken coop has a shaded area and a sun roof area. This way they have more sun to bask in, yet they still have shade when they want it!
We also have an old metal ladder inside that was givin to us (its not sturdy enough for people use) So it became part of the frame. Which is great for the chickens! Each end of the ladder has places they can perch on, one side in shade the other in sunshine. We also have a long branch in the middle for them to perch on as well. We have a green plastic mesh that went around my garden for the roof! This is temporary! Some time this week im getting some free chicken wire from a friend. So the chicken wire will replace the plastic mesh. There chicken area is about 14 feet long & 6 feet wide. Lots of room.
Here they are enjoying there new space! They got a special snack of Crab Apples filled with worms.
Heres all my babies! They will still get there 5-6 hours of release in the backyard daily. But, in our area they have to be in a coop at night!
As you can see, you can make many things by re-using what you have on hand!
Happy Recycling!