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Andrea Graves
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Lead in backyard eggs: Should we care?
I recently shared a Stuff article about lead in NZ backyard eggs on the Keeping Chickens NZ Facebook page . Since then I've read plenty and discussed the issue with some experts. I specifically wanted to find out for you: (1) Is this worth being concerned a...
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How not to feel like a weirdo at the Bin Inn
Soft plastic recycling bins have disappeared! These bins had been present at many towns and cities in certain shops and supermarkets, and many of us saved up our plastic bags and packaging and stuffed them into these often-full bins. It felt virtuous, and i...
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Green gift ideas
The green thing to do is NOT to buy stuff, right - but many of us still want and need to buy gifts for our friends and family. So, what to buy? I have a few ideas that might help with this conundrum, some of which are inspired by lovely gifts I've been give...
Green gift ideas
Green gift ideas
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What a Zero Waste Home tour changed for me
A couple of months ago I was fretting over whether I should do a Zero Waste Home tour. It was to cost $40, and I've had a very spendy year. I'd already read and been inspired by Bea Johnson's Zero Waste Home book, and I felt I was already living a low-waste...
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Help, my chickens are fading!
Actually, ignore the first part of that title - I don't need help. But my chickens are definitely fading. This is a normal part of ageing for brown shavers and Hy-Line Browns. They become less brown and more blonde as they grow older. At two years of age, t...
Help, my chickens are fading!
Help, my chickens are fading!
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The enormous satisfaction of making stuff
At this start of this month, I made a small pot plant cover. It was for Anna's friend, and while we loved the plant we'd bought her, we didn't like the pot colour so much. The plant is a zebra plant. Knitting So, inspired by a knitted pot cover I'd seen on ...
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Carbon capture: Keep doing these easy things!
So often we hear about what we should be doing to heal the planet, and it's hard to know what makes the most difference. So I was delighted to read recently that a few things many of us are already doing really do make a difference. The Drawdown project  dr...
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A chicken's favourite pastime
Most of us chicken keepers are keen to give our birds what they really, really want. Well, this is what chickens love to do. How do we know? In the wild, this is what they do for most of the day, and clever experiments have shown they'll work to get access ...
A chicken's favourite pastime
A chicken's favourite pastime
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The case of the bald head: why pecking isn't always aggressive
It's easy to assume that when one hen pecks another, it's an aggressive act. "Ah, the pecking order," you might think, and feel sorry for the victim. And sometimes it is like that, but often not. And the good news is that by setting up your chicken-keeping ...
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Our tiny power bill and solar panels
Recently there was some uproar about a Stuff article featuring a couple who have an electricity bill of $70 a month in winter thanks to cooking over a wood burner fueled with foraged wood, and taking sponge baths. Some of the readers' comments are fascinati...
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