Poultry & other Animals Feeds – We are what we eat

We keep a small clutch of hens, just over half a dozen, for eggs.  They are a variety of breeds, from Bard Rock, Marley, Light Sussex, Rhode Island Red and rescued battery hens.  I think their breed is a hybrid Rhode Island Red X.  They are old breeds and pets more than anything.  It’s lovely to see and hear them forage in the garden.  We keep them in a small enclosure, with nest box and roost ark, with open mesh caged space that can be wheeled around on new grass everyday.  When it was sold to us we were told it could house 10 hens, we had 6 at the time and we felt that they still didn’t have enough space, so we doubled the outdoor caged area.  Their food is given to them in a suspended feeder, and we tacked a small tray onto the inside of the mesh to feed them crushed egg shells to help them with their calcium intake.
For drinking water we have two 1 litre bottles hung up inside the run, with poultry drinkers (chicken nipples), we laugh at that, but that’s what they are.  These ingenious little devices allow the hens to get a clean drink of water, that isn’t contaminated by their often dirty beaks, and the pecking on the nipple, helps reduce the instance of them pecking each other.  These can happen if they are confined in a tiny space, unlike our run which is spacious and has difference areas.  It makes it convenient to add apple cider vinegar or silver water to help maintain their good health.  We were so impressed by them, we imported a limited stock to sell on, we also make a Silver Water Generator.  Silver is a great natural antibiotic.
We let them out to roam the garden whenever possible, when avian flu bans are not in place. 🙁
I can’t tell you the shock and horror we felt when we discovered that the layers pellets we got recently contained 20% GMO and two additives to turn the yolks yellow. We had also been feeding them wheat, but it wasn’t labelled, so we had no idea if it was GMO or not. It has forced us to take action and source guaranteed organic feed. Delighted to find a good fit, a family run, organic grower and supplier in Kilkenny #RobinsGlen of organic poultry and other animal feeds.
Robin's Glen - Organic Produce
With expansion of understanding in terms of health, the negative effects of GMO and chemical additives and their contribution to leaky guy syndrome, food intolerances and allergies, inflammatory conditions, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Type II Diabetes, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Diverticulitis and general fatigue and Depression etc.  Non organic feeds may contain Glyphosate a herbicide routinely sprayed on some food crops.  Currently in Ireland, growers don’t have to declare what chemicals have been used, when growing.  So if in doubt leave it out of the trolleys.  We are what we eat.

We have been giving the new feed, these past few days and the hens are delighted with it.  We chose the most popular product, their Whole Organic Poultry Mix.  It contains mixed grains, peas.



Spring is almost over – New life

For a Spring its been a mixed bag, but now the weather is picking up and the growing season is in full swing.  Sorry for the lack of posts recently, the workload has ramped up of late.

There is so much to do and it’s a blessing to have the good weather and longer days to do it.

We have been propagating and planting seeds.  Growing a wider variety of fruits and vegetables than last year and introducing new medicinal herbs for home remedies such as the the burdock plant.  A fantastic detox herb, we plan to harvest the root with dandelion root and make our own root beer/soft drink.  This year we are introducing courgette, squash, gerkin and aubergine to the variety of vegetables we already grow.

We set a Rhode Island Red hen, on 9 eggs and hope on Monday 2nd May 2016, we will have adorable baby chicks.

Here is the proud Mammy to be, Reddy Penny, nicely snuggled up in her box of straw.  We separated her from the other hens to prevent them from laying in her nest and disturbing her clocking.  She ventures out into her separate run only very occasionally to eat, stretch and do her business.

Reddy Penny on her nest

     Reddy penny clocking chicks

Hen Ark

      The hen ark where Reddy Penny lives

The red grape vine we brought back from Romania is thriving and hopefully before too long will be supplying us with lovely homegrown grapes for juices and wines, salads and snacks.

The rhubarb is flourishing and it will be ready soon to harvest and make the first wine of the year.  We have been gathering up wine bottles from friends and family, enough to hold about 125 litres.  We prefer the swing-top bottles, but they can be expensive.  Aldi/Lidl do have natural lemonade/soft drinks in swing top bottles, so we buy a few of those from time to time to have them for wine.

Red Grape Vine from Romania

   Red Grape Vine from Romania

The kiwi plant has survived the Winter, as have the asparagus and it has 14 spears sprouting already.  We are excited, as it will be our first time to harvest them.  Steamed and sprinkled with cilantro or coriander leaves, mmmm.

Cilantro is a new herb for us.  Despite the misunderstanding that its another name for coriander, which it is too, it is slightly different in its properties.  It tastes and looks the same, but has more active/potent chemicals that are good for liberating toxins/heavy metals from the body.  So it’s a welcome gift from two lovely people.

The parsley has burst into life in the polytunnel, so it’s time to dust off the de-hydrator, a great buy last year, that dries from the top down as oppose to the bottom up, avoiding juices dripping down into the fan/motor and then breeding germs to blow onto the food your drying.  It’s BPA free, a rarity in domestic appliances, I think.  Here is the one we bought. BPA Free De-Hydrator

We have a few homebrews on off late, and recently we have tried a high specific gravity beer, called the “Hammer of Thor” it’s a 6%, so a strong one at that.  Thanks to Matty for the suggestion and the trial.

We don’t drink much despite the fact we make our own drinks.   Mostly the wines are used in cooking and we bring them with us to barter and exchange as gifts, when we visit friends.

A friend from Mullingar, County Westmeath is setting up a homebrew company, with a physical shop and online presence.  He has a real passion for quality, and customer satisfaction and will only stocking products and kits he has tried and tested.

At the end of this year, we hope to have enough material to publish a book of off-grid/self-sufficient living and publish the book in hard copy and e-copy formats.  It will cover herbalism and home remedies, growing, keeping poultry and bees, off grid electricity, home preservation of foods, off grid transport, spirituality and homebrewing.

Another project is to get the 4kw off-grid system assembled and wired in, there is a few things to get to be ready, but most of the equipment is there.  Exciting times ahead. 🙂

So it’s going to be another wonderful year, growing ever closer to the goal of self-sufficient living.


Silver Water – Some Practical Applications

For our years of experience using silver, we have learned a few tips from others and some of our own.

Around the Home

When you get a wine to a desired sweetness/specific gravity/alcohol content, add a half a cupful of silver water to halt the fermentation process and fix the wine at this level.

Cleaning – Use silver water in a spray bottle to clean down work surfaces and protect against germs.

Health & Well Being

Athlete’s foot – place your freshly washed socks in a bowl and pour silver water over them, wring them out and place on a radiator to dry.  Wear your silver embedded socks, changing them daily until the yeast infection has cleared up.

Jock Rash – if you drive a lot and are prone to an itchy rash around your intimate jewels then put your freshly washed jocks in silver water and again dry on the radiator/hotpress and wear as normal, continue this until the rash has cleared.  This can take about a week or two depending on the severity of the infection.

Sinusitis (blocked sinuses) – we use a teaspoon in a nebuliser twice a day, breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth, in the morning and later afternoon for three days, and it always clears up.

Chest infections, flus and colds – Usually taking silver water orally is sufficient to stave off a cold or flu, holding the silver water in your mouth for more than 15 seconds allow more of the active silver pass through the thin membrane under your tongue into the bloodstream and around your body, to fight off the infection.  This is by far the most effective system for getting silver particles into the blood.  For chest infection or blocked sinuses, use a teaspoon of silver water in a nebuliser twice a day, breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth to target the sinuses and in and out through the mouth to target the chest, works best for us.  We don’t suffer cold and flus as others do, if we feel a cold or flu coming on, its straight for the silver water, we might get the aches and pains, sniffles or wheezy chest for a few hours, but generally it passes within a few hours to a day or day.

Conjunctivitis – A few drops from a dropper into the eye, or sprayed as a mist into the eye, apply each day until the condition clears.

Acne & Spots – A friend uses this one.  From a young man he has suffered terribly with spots/acne.  He went down the mainstream route of steroidal creams and medicated shampoos, they helped alleviate some of the symptoms, but not completely.  He now has stopped all medicated products and using a mister, mists affected areas after a shower or a wash.  His skin is spot free.

Rhinitis/Hay Fever – Taking silver water orally over the year as a maintenance dose prevents the occurrence of rhinitis.

Diverticulitis/Colitis/IBS – Some other friends use the silver water in the treatment of these conditions and have found it to be effective.  Alleviating the cramps, trapped wind, and any infection/overgrowth of non-beneficial microbiota that might be present.

Burns/Insect Bites – Spraying the affected area, seems to relieve the pain, and remove any infection.

Genital/Oral Herpes (Coldsores) – Taking silver water continually for some friends, seems to initially shortened the duration of outbreaks and then eventually stop outbreaks altogether and the infectious cycle.  Others have reported a complete cure to herpes when using silver water in conjunction with protocols such as the “The Bob Beck Protocol”, as there is no conventional treatment available, many are forced to just live with the condition.

Ulcers – Depending on where the ulcer is, silver water can be taken orally to alleviate the ulcer, some find spraying the affected ulcer helps with healing and external ulcers, such as leg sores.

 Veterinary Health

Peritonitis in Dogs – Some pedigree puppies can develop an infection in the stomach or abdominal area, causing the puppies stomach to become hard and swollen.  They are in constant pain and cry continually.  My friend tells me prior to using silver water, he could lose most of a litter as there is no surefire way to cure the condition.  In his experience, he would call the vet, be told there is little to no chance of a recovery, I can give you an antibiotic and hope for the best, but you just might just as well face the fact, they are lost.   My friend took matters into his own hands, feed a tube into the stomach, administered 3 ml of silver water at 10 ppm diluted in 10 mls of water.  Within 20 minutes the stomachs had softened, the puppies stopped crying and they all survived with no lasting effects.

Listeriosis in sheep – I’m not familiar with this condition, other than to know it is caused by a corkscrew shaped bacteria or spirochete and can eventually within a short period cause fatality in sheep.  My same friend who used the silver water in the puppies, visited a brother in law in Scotland, a large sheep farmer and sceptic of silver water.  Two of his flock came down with listeriosis, one more advanced in the condition than the other.  My friend administered 30 mls via tube into the stomachs of both sheep, left them overnight, the following day, there was no change/progression in either of the sheep, but neither were any better, so he upped the dosage to 300mls.  The following day the sheep that was more advanced, showed no improvement, but the other sheep couldn’t be identified from it symptoms, and made a full recovery.  Unfortunately the other died.  This farmer is currently conducting trials using the silver water to test its efficacy, so far the results to date have been promising.

Bee-keeping – To help maintain good bee health, protecting against American/European Foul Brood, etc place a tray filled with glass marbles/pebbles, fill the level of the water to below the level of the pebbles/marbles, so that the bees can land and drink water without getting wet.

Poultry – Add silver water to the drinking water to help poultry fight off infections in the crop and other systems.  Using a dropper or mister spray in their eyes to clear up eye infections.  Down through the years we have had a number of hens, whose eyes sealed closed, using this method, worked for us every time.  None of our poultry suffer with lameness, infections or have much problem with mites/parasites.

Conjunctivitis in dogs/cats – A few drops from a dropper into the eye, or sprayed as a mist into the eye, apply each day until the condition clears.  This works great for dogs and cats as well as humans.


We would love to hear and value your practical tips on the use of silver water.  Please share in the comment boxes below.

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Colloidal Silver

Colloidal/ionic silver liquid is a powerful mineral, antibiotic / antiseptic. It is a safe and gentle way to boost your immune system. It is a powerful detoxifier and taken on a regular basis it strengthens ones resistance to infection and helps to maintain well-being. As an alkalising mineral it helps balance the body’s acid/alkaline levels.

Colloidal/ionic silver consists of ionic and microscopic, electrically charged particles of pure silver suspended in water. It is well known in orthodox and complementary fields of medicine. It’s uses have been well researched and documented, it was widely and successfully used before the discovery of penicillin.

In an age were antibiotics are becoming less and less effective, people need to have some means to protect themselves against infection.  Despite billions of years, few if any pathogens have developed a resistance to silver.  Historically silver has been used by people for thousands of years.

It is very easy to prepare pure silver solution at home for yourself and family. All you need is a CS Generator and some water. The water should be either distilled or you can use Purified water (sold by pharmacies for clinical use).

First hand knowledge of using Silver Water have proven its  benefits to us.  We were introduced to it several years ago and we have used it for conjunctivitis in poultry and dogs, sore throats, colds. flu, rhinitis, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, burns, dermatitis and there are so many more conditions it is useful for.

There is an excellent report compiled by Zoe Adams on this topic and it is available to download here.

Colloidal Silver Report

We recently acquired and are delighted to be able to continue the good work John & Brenda Lett have done in promoting this empowering tool for wellness.  John an electrical engineer designed the SG6 Silver Generator to work off the mains and give a constant current to produce a homogeneous sized silver particle for effective use.

The Silver Generator is available to purchase from this website by visiting the shop Our Products