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Month: April 2022

Types of depression Major depression and dysthymia

Depression affects everyone at some point in their life. You can overcome depression and find comfort in your friends and family. Those with depression are affected by a chemical imbalance. The imbalance can occur on its own over time or it can be caused by many things. You will find that if you have recently had a traumatic event, you may become depressed.

You may also find that if your hormones are out of balance, your depression will grow more and more until it becomes depression. Those who are going through puberty or those who are going through the change of life will notice that they may be depressed because they are going through a change in hormones. You may also find that if you are on drugs you will become depressed through drug abuse.

Research has been done on depression and through the research it has been noted that there are forms of depression. One type of depression is known as major depressive disorder. This is where someone will have five or more episodes two weeks from now. The depression is always coming back and you won’t feel it all the time, but maybe every other day. It will happen for the rest of your life, but you can stop the episodes with medical help. Through medication and therapy, you will be able to control your depression and feel better. You will find that it never goes away, but you feel that you are under control.

Then there is another type of depression known as dysthymia. This is where you experience the least severe symptoms. You will have trouble eating and sleeping. You may not be getting enough or you may be eating or sleeping too much. Also, people will feel tired for no reason, but still feel the need to get out of bed.

Overcome fear to have creative confidence

From when you were a child until now, how creative have you been? If not, why not? You are already a creative person full of ideas that you are not using to your advantage.

The book I recommend is Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom and David Kelley. These brothers, partner and founder of the IDEO organization look at the idea that people are creative even though many do not consider themselves so.

The bottom line is where you may have experienced a negative event as a child trying to be creative and innovative when other people made judgments or criticized your work. So you became sensitive to what was said and took it seriously. That may have been enough for you to stop showing how creative you wanted other people to see.

On the other hand, at school when your classmates gradually stopped being creative and innovative, you stopped too. This is where Gordon McKenzie, creative director of Hallmark Greeting Cards, documented the fading work of creativity in schools. He observed that children in both kindergarten and first grade felt they were two-handed artists when McKenzie asked “How many artists are in this room?” He found that starting in fourth grade, the number of creatives dropped to about 50 percent. Then, in sixth grade, the number of creative artists was reduced to just 2 or 3 in a classroom of 25 to 30 children.

Since everyone is creative, most people don’t use their creative thinking to push themselves to come up with ideas they can work on. Instead, they believe that they are not creative and keep that inside themselves as a fear. Fear is the biggest obstacle people face to creative success.

In order to reduce and even eliminate your fears regarding creativity and regain your creative confidence, Stanford University psychologist Albert Bandura developed Guided Mastery. This problem helps you analyze your beliefs, their effectiveness, and how to improve through gradual successful activities. These creative activities become more difficult over time. They also address the fears you have and help you move forward. Understand that if you are not confident, your fears will prevent you from being confident.

Creativity and innovation are widely accepted as a driving force behind your business that thrives beyond survival mode. Most employers today hire people who are creative and innovative. They must demonstrate this during job interviews with various creative questions put to them. These go beyond the question that Microsoft posed when they started with Why is a manhole cover round?

By understanding Creative Confidence, you will begin to understand how you can create a better version of yourself by unleashing your creative potential beyond your expectations.

“Creativity is a great motivator because it gets people interested in what they are doing. Creativity gives hope that there might be a worthwhile idea. Creativity gives everyone the possibility of some kind of achievement. Creativity makes life more fun and interesting.
-Edward deBono

Kitchen Cabinet Care Tips

Kitchen cabinets are used more frequently than dishwashers and stoves. And since they take up a lot of space, they are more exposed to elements that can help degrade their quality. Unfortunately, kitchen cabinets are removed less compared to stoves and dishwashers. During cleaning, they are often left unattended. This should not be the practice. Keeping kitchen cabinets looking their best requires regular cleaning and cleaning. Wiping with a clean cloth can help keep your cabinet doors looking original for a long time. Doorknobs should also be cleaned.

There are specific cleaning aids designed for wood kitchen cabinets. Avoid the use of abrasive and caustic cleaners. Aluminum cabinets can be cleaned with warm water and regular detergent.

The ones you can’t see are often more damaging. This is also true with kitchen cabinets. It is often common to leave cabinet tops untouched, leaving dirty the most important part of kitchen cabinets that needs to be cleaned. Avoid this by making sure to start cleaning from the top before cleaning the visible surface.

Basic maintenance of kitchen furniture.

Moisture, dust, and crawling critters can enter your cabinets at any time if drawers and doors aren’t properly closed. Make sure all doors and drawers are completely closed to keep what’s inside. Doors or drawers that do not close completely should be repaired.

Kitchen furniture repainting

If cabinets need to be repainted, choose between latex and oil. Both provide several benefits, but most professional painters prefer oil-based paint as it provides a smoother, more durable surface. Latex-based paint, on the other hand, can be easily and quickly cleaned.

Repainting kitchen cabinets is the most cost-effective way to give your kitchen a new look. But if the task requires more than that, you must choose between resurfacing or replacing your kitchen cabinets.

kitchen cabinet lining

Renovated kitchen cabinets provide several advantages to homeowners, especially in cost. It is usually cheaper to repair kitchen cabinets than to replace them. Updated kitchen cabinets bring a clean, fresh and updated look to the kitchen area. Redefines the kitchen environment. And if you’re planning to sell your home, good, clean, freshly repaired kitchen cabinets are more attractive to potential buyers.

Content Marketing: Make Sure You Avoid These 11 Mistakes

In the almost limitless universe of the Internet, the art of content marketing can be tricky. You have to know your target audience and what they want, and always be one step ahead of the competition. Add to that the constantly emerging new channels for your content, and you have a pretty challenging task ahead of you.

However, before you launch into this war of words, here are 11 pitfalls to watch out for:

1. Not doing the legwork

You can’t build a skyscraper without laying the foundations. What is the purpose of your content? Who are you directing it to? Is it in line with your brand personality? If you don’t brainstorm these questions and come up with a concrete plan, you may fail before you even start. It also helps to double check your content and see what you can do differently than the competition.

2. Not having a clear conclusion

Humorous pieces of fluff are fun to read on the internet, but don’t let their popularity sway you. Good content needs a strong conclusion: a message that was previously unavailable to your readers. Offer them something new through your content and they will be hooked on your every word.

3. Not having a call to action

A final paragraph is strong, but a call to action (CTA) is stronger. Each piece of content should spark something in the reader at the end, whether it be curiosity, happiness, or even fear. Give your reader an action to take after they’ve read your content: it could be liking, sharing, commenting, or going to your hotline or website to learn more about your product. Whatever you do, just don’t leave the reader hanging at the end of your piece.

4. Choosing quantity over quality (or vice versa)

Content marketers today are still faced with this question: produce more content faster, or deliver full content less often? In our experience, a healthy mix of the two is the best long-term strategy for content marketing. Don’t be pressured by the speed and frequency of new posts on the Internet; simply produce the best and most timely content that your marketing plan allows.

5. Not optimizing your content (SEO)

Do you want your content to be the first thing people see in a quick Google search? So don’t let search engine optimization (SEO) be an afterthought in your content marketing plan. Create some strong keywords and strategically distribute them throughout your content. Get this right, and you’ll see your content climb right up the list of search results.

6. Write long paragraphs

Let’s face it: Online reader attention spans have plummeted in recent years. Long paragraphs are a chore to read. On the other hand, dividing your content into shorter paragraphs or bullet points increases the readability of your piece. Each paragraph and bullet point also acts as a placeholder in the minds of readers, which they can refer to at any time.

7. No internal or external links

Don’t you want a visitor to your website to stick around and learn more about your product? Internal links to old content are a good way to ensure audience retention, increased interest in your brand, and better optimization for search engines. External links to related topics also add ranking power to your content, as Google search spiders read them as “third party votes” for your article.

8. Not using relevant images

Your post’s featured image is the first thing a viewer will see on social media. Relevant images and infographics make people want to read your blogs. After all, no one likes to read a continuous stream of text. The content becomes more and more visual every day to keep readers engaged, and you should follow suit.

9. Excessively promotional content

The online audience wants entertaining and engaging content, and they also don’t want to be marketed all the time. You’re not going to achieve the latter by producing overtly promotional content, with words like ‘buy’, ‘sell’, ‘trade’ at the forefront. Creative, engaging content with out-of-the-box images is the current gold standard in marketing.

10. Distribute content randomly

Simply sharing your content across all social media platforms may seem like a good idea at first. However, unless you share it on the right platforms frequented by your target audience, all your efforts may be in vain. Base the online distribution of your content on the social media habits of your audience, as well as the nature of your product.

11. Ignore content metrics

Content marketing is not an open and shut case; there is always more to learn from your existing work. To keep things simple, there are four metrics by which you can analyze the success or failure of your content so far: Consumption, Sharing, Leads Generated, and Sales & Revenue. You can then modify your future content or strategy based on these results.

Marketing your brand through online content doesn’t have to be rocket science – if you do your homework right, work with a communications agency that can get the attention your brand deserves!

Do you know other content marketing mistakes? If so, please leave a comment,

When learning is not easy

From the moment we find out we are expecting a child, our minds and hearts are overflowing with hopes and dreams for them. My son will be the most beautiful, brilliant and talented little person who ever walked the Earth, right? And they are that for each of us!

But sometimes, we discover that there is a “problem”. The last thing we want to admit is that there is something different or wrong with our child. It is a difficult thing to do. Not that we love them any less! But let’s be honest, we’d rather sit down with other moms and share how our 4-year-old can read a chapter book, do multiplication at 6, and paint like Rembrandt at 7. Not to mention, they’re also on their way to the Olympics in two different sports. Or at least it seems that way when you’re the one who silently listens to all the achievements of other people’s children!

So let’s get a few things straight… Chances are those other moms are exaggerating a bit! And there is nothing wrong with your son! Even if your child has a learning disability. He or she just learns differently than the mainstream! And really, that’s great!

Although I didn’t always feel that way. After struggling to teach my daughter to read for 3 years with little progress, I was pretty frustrated and so was she. Every school session ended in tears and some days started in tears at the mere mention of reading. She had always loved books and being read to and she was excited to learn to read on her own. So why was it such a big fight? Was I just a bad teacher? Was he too easily distracted and not motivated enough?

We finally decided to test at age 7. He had noticed a lot of inversion of letters and words in reading and writing, as well as in math. She complained that her head and eyes ached when reading (and an eye test found that he had 20/20 vision). She needed to know what was stopping us. He knew he was extremely smart in many ways, but we were hitting a brick wall. Since we homeschool, we decided to have him tested with a private therapist. He took 4 hours to complete and when he finished we were told that he had visual and auditory processing disorders.

Then I went into mommy research mode! And as I read and searched the Internet and the library, I felt more and more confused and overwhelmed! There didn’t seem to be any really helpful books or websites and the ones I did find seemed to tell me different things! We decided to go for vision therapy, which of course is not covered by insurance, are any of us surprised? But we felt it was worth a try and worth the money. In therapy, he worked on relearning phonics using A Time for Phonics. We also did assigned therapy at home. After 6 months it was over and I could definitely see a huge improvement! We didn’t do hearing therapy with the therapist because of the cost, but I did use a program called Earobics for home. I also found the book, The Out of Sync Child and When the Brain Can’t Hear very helpful.

My search continued to find other ways to help her learn in a way that suited her learning styles. You see, processing disorders and dyslexia don’t have to be an obstacle. There are so many ways to learn. The moment I realized this was when I found a book by Ben Foss, The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan. I encourage everyone to read it! Check out their website too! I hate the word accommodation. He gives the impression that he needs extra or special help, as if he is allowed to cheat. There should be no shame in learning differently. Find out what your child’s strengths are and build on those skills. Don’t focus on the standard way most children are taught to read. I have been so incredibly grateful that I chose to homeschool because my daughter didn’t have to compare herself to others or be labeled in any way. But even if your child is in public or private school, remember that your child is not broken, but the system may be. Advocate that your child has the resources she needs to excel and feel connected.

What resources can you use? Oh, there are many! This is where I felt overwhelmed! I am going to list some of the resources that I felt were the best. But take a closer look around you and explore the options available!

-Audiobooks are your friends! Don’t fall behind in learning because you can’t read the material fast enough! If your child learns well by listening, try Audible. Amazon also has audiobooks, as does your local library.
-A reading focus card. You can make your own or buy one. Also try printing your pages on yellow paper, or try colors other than the usual white.
-Use a text-to-speech app, like Speak It or Talk to Me, and also a speech-to-text app, like Dragon Dictation. Another useful app is Prizmo, users can scan any type of text document and have the program read it aloud, which can be of great help to those who have difficulty with reading.
-I love Snapwords to learn words from the site! Now there’s an app for Snapwords too!
-Fonts and background colors: Software that is used regularly in schools, such as Microsoft Word, is a good resource for fonts and background colors. Changing the background color to green, for example, can help with reading just like wearing green glasses. Fonts can also enable reading and understanding; teachers can download free specialized fonts, such as OpenDyslexic, which are free and can run on Microsoft software.
-All about spelling, this curriculum is great for all kids, but the multi-sensory approach based on Orton-Gillingham methods clicked with my daughter! We haven’t tried All About Reading, but I bet it’s a good option.
-We use Rocket Phonics after finishing vision therapy. It was developed by a dyslexic man, and it’s fun! There are lots of games involved and interesting stories to read, not the usual boring books that are typical easy reading.
-Mathematics has been a struggle for us as well as reading. Memorizing facts is a challenge. I found a math program that uses association learning, employing fact and process mnemonics called Semple Math.
-Let’s do it! Use clay, paints, blocks, magnets, etc. to practice letters, spelling and sounds. Learn to write letters correctly first in sand with your index finger, then move on to writing with a pencil. Make it fun! Use all the senses!
-Play games! Some that we have used and enjoyed are Sum Swamp, What’s Gnu?, Scrabble, Very Silly Sentences, Boggle Jr. even card games like addition wars (place two cards each and add), or Alphabet Go Fish (you have to say the letter sounds), search Pinterest and the Internet for fun games to practice math facts and letter sounds or spelling and sight words. Even if your child is older, there are practical ideas that are fun and multi-sensory.

Moms (and dads), my goal in writing this is to give you some starting points. And so you know you’re not alone! I know it can be disappointing at first to learn that your child is struggling in some way. But it can also feel like a weight has been lifted knowing how your child learns and that there are ways to help and empower your little one. I know that if you are in a school setting, you will have to explain to your child why she may go to a special class or take tests differently from other children. You have to trust yourself to know how to talk to your child. There are children’s books that talk about dyslexia and learning difficulties in a positive way, such as Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco, The Alphabet War by Diane Robb, and for older children May B by Caroline Rose or Niagra Falls, Or ¿ does it? By Henry Winkler (yes, Fonzie from Happy Days!)

Try to emphasize your strengths and similarities and don’t just focus on your weaknesses and difficulties. Remind your child that he can learn, but he learns in his own unique way, and that’s okay! We are all unique and have our own strengths and weaknesses. Love your child for who they are and hopefully they will find the right tools to get the learning going!

I never thought I would see the day when my daughter’s favorite activity was reading! Go ahead, keep connecting, relax and make it fun, and love them no matter what!

Types of shot glasses

The quintessential shot glass, used for 200 years in Italy, and also during the Prohibition era, is one of the most popular drinking devices in any bar. Although these glassware items vary in size, the most common holds an average shot of 1 1/2 ounces. An archetypal glass is made of very thick glass, especially at the base. This is to ensure that the glass can withstand the impact of being knocked (which happens most of the time) on any surface after its contents are consumed.

There are several types of shot glasses available in the market. Here are some examples to help you make a worthy purchase:

1. Standard glasses contain 1 1/2 ounces of alcohol. This shot glass has a very thick base and walls. It is mainly used to drink a single dose of whiskey or rum.
2. Another slight variation would be the “short shot” or “pony shot” glass that takes about 1 ounce of liquor. It is a little smaller than a normal shot glass.
3. The base of a fluted glass is grounded and, when placed on a hard surface, a crystalline ring emanates.
4. The molded shot glass usually has designs embedded in the base and usually comes with embossed labels.
5. The barrel shot glass is unique: the circumference is shaped like a barrel and made of a heavier glass.
6. Cylindrical shot glasses are naturally taller than their predecessors. Shaped like a cylinder, this glass is popular for making “shooters.”
7. Flared shot glass has a raised height of 3″ with a flared body that measures 2″. Their walls are thin and quite a few have molded interiors.
8. A tonic shot glass is usually shaped like a megaphone. Quite interesting to see. The name tonic is a derivative of the larger tonic vessel. It can be said that this is the dwarf version.
9. A cheat shot glass simply has a thicker base that tricks people into thinking it contains more alcohol than is actually being consumed.
10. Edible shot glasses are all the rage these days. They come in flavors like candy cane, chocolate wafer, and mint to name a few. In fact, this is a great way to eat and drink at the same time, and a wonderful and fun novelty for the party.
11. Have you ever heard of a shot glass chess game? Well now you have. A shot glass chess set can be made of glass, silver, or even pewter. Those made of silver and pewter are not recommended as barware due to the lead content. However, playing chess has never been so much fun with vinyl shot glasses. With each capture, you will be rewinding its content.
12. Shot glass wedding favors are an exceptional way to celebrate with guests. There are many beautifully crafted ones ready to buy, complete with photos and words to suit any occasion. They can be made of ceramic, glass, or even votives.

Top Tips for Buying a Pedestal Fan

Today, you can find a wide variety of portable fans on the market. These devices are used to provide drafts, add ventilation, provide personal comfort, and control the climate. The basic components of these fans include the oscillator gearbox, shaft, motor housing, blade guard, lead wires, blades, and fan base, among others. In this article, we are going to take a look at the benefits of these machines and some tips that can help you buy one.


  • multifunctional
  • Portable
  • Easy to use
  • Economically
  • Maximizing air conditioning efficiency
  • Less power consumption
  • Environmentally friendly

sheet sweep

Generally, the sweep of the blades of a pedestal fan is the round area covered by the blades. The blade sweep diameter is calculated by measuring the distance from the edge of the blades. Ideally, the sweep of your pedestal fan should be 450mm or 400mm.

Although these fans have a lot of cooling power, they do not make a lot of noise. Despite the fact, some people enjoy this noise, especially when they are asleep.


Different types of materials are used for the manufacture of these fans. For example, plastic is a common material. Plastic fans look cheap but are quite practical. The reason is that they do not rust unlike stainless steel. Likewise, brass tends to rust and may need to be polished over and over again.

However, metal fans are stronger and stand the test of time. The blades of these fans are made of aluminum.

removable grill

With regular use, fans tend to collect dust. Buying a fan that has a removable grill is a great idea. All you need to do is remove the screws to access the grill, which is quite convenient. On the other hand, some fans cannot be opened at all. Be sure to unplug the fan before cleaning it.


Most of these fans feature a 90 degree oscillation. The grill rotates, and the pedestal itself is fixed. You can also oscillate the fans with this feature disabled. You can also buy fans that have a vertical tilt, which is between 20 and 30 degrees.


Basically, industrial machines are rated by how much air they can move, which is measured in cubic feet per minute, or CFM. On the other hand, consumer fans do not have this rating.

Although the input power (which is in watts) is not a good indicator of the power of a consumer fan, it can give you a pretty good idea of ​​its wind power.

On average, for home use, the power in watts is between 50 and 100 watts. You can find this information on the back or bottom of the device.

fan speed

The fan speed is given in RPM or rotations per minute. To control the speed, you can use the speed regulators.


You can adjust the height of the fan according to your needs.

Remote controls

Nowadays, you can also buy pedestal fans that you can control with the remote.

So make sure you follow these tips when shopping for a pedestal fan.

Free range poultry on an Amish farm

Melvin Fisher began raising free-range poultry on his organic pasture farm in 1997. In 1998, after seeing an article on the poultry system in a magazine, Melvin ordered Herman Beck-Chenoweth’s book Free-Range Poultry Production and Marketing. . He subsequently attended a workshop on poultry production. In 1999, Melvin built six poultry skids using the plans in the book and stocked each with 400 Cornish Cross broilers. He removed the grazing poultry pens and never looked back. In 2002, he produced more than 6,000 chickens and 150 turkeys and prepared them in the only non-electric USDA-inspected poultry processing plant in the United States. This year he hopes to raise, sell and process twice as many birds for sale to restaurants in Indiana and for the many customers they pick up at his picturesque Park County farm.

Melvin’s operation is unique in many ways. His processing plant not only runs on diesel, but uses horsepower to move the skids to fresh pastures (short-grass pastures) twice a week. A 16-year-old trainee uses a two-horse Belgian-Percheron tug to pull the skates. He loads the float valve drinkers and feed pans on board and pushes the skid about 100 feet forward.

Moving the eight skids that house more than 3,700 birds (Melvin also keeps 500 laying hens in coops and puts the pullets out in the field) takes about three hours a week. Melvin claims that this type of operation is much more time efficient than manually moving poultry pens. In fact, an operation of this size would require 46 pens with 80 birds each.

The pasture field itself is surrounded by a secure woven-wire perimeter fence, but the broilers are protected by a single strand of solar-powered electric fence and two guard animals, a Great Pyrenees dog and a llama. These animals are used to spot predators since the crawl houses are not closed at night. Since the introduction of the guard. Animal predator problems have been miniscule. The unique wire of the electric fence keeps horses and cattle residing in the same field out of the skids and chicken feed. Laying hens and pullets spread out more than broilers, so their enclosure is surrounded by electrical poultry netting to keep them closer to home.

White and red clover, orchard grass, Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, and alfalfa provide a good combination of legumes and grasses for pasture forage. Although university research shows that chickens get only 10 to 15% of their diet’s dry matter from grass itself, and turkeys up to 30%, forage plays an important role. In addition, the soil of the pasture, as well as the insects and larvae it supports, contains virtually ALL the vitamins, minerals and trace elements necessary for a healthy bird. This eliminates any need for additional vitamin supplements, all of which contain preservatives. Many people who think they are allergic to meat are actually allergic to the condoms in it. So Melvin buys organic beans from other farmers in the community and grinds and blends them to their specifications with no preservatives.

Poultry is healthier to eat

Recent findings support the view that pasture-raised animals have much higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, conjugated lineolic acid (CLA), and beta-carotene. These animals also have lower levels of fat and fewer calories. Authors and researchers like Jo Robinson (Why Grassfed is Best) and Sally Fallon (Nourishing Traditions) are creating a new type of consumer better informed about the health benefits of grass-fed meats.

field operations

Each skate has a surface area of ​​eight by sixteen feet. All skates have wooden floors and bird wire walls. The initial skids had canvas roofs, but Melvin switched to metal. Since he raises birds well into the season, he has also modified Free-Range Poultry Production and Marketing’s pull plan by installing a combination of collapsible shade and storm panels. In the book, the skates are depicted as having a man gate at each end, but Melvin has turned an end gate into a ramp that runs the full width of the skate. This allows younger birds easier access to the skid and reduces pasture wear. This modification has been recommended by the author. and the revised plans have been included in the updated version of Free-Range Poultry Production and Marketing available on the Back40Books.com website or by calling 573.858.3244.

The skids have rot resistant wood floors covered with hardwood sawdust litter. The berth is purchased in semi-load for the price of the haulage. Manure deposited on the skids overnight produces a high-quality compost that is an excellent fertilizer. At The Organic Grass Farm, this manure has historically been used in the Melvin family garden and with production increasing, future expansion into berry and fruit production is planned.

layer operations

Skids for laying hens have been modified to contain roosts and nest boxes. These skids contain 250 chickens each. Melvin uses hybrid brown egg layers like Golden Comets. ) Every year he buys a different type of bird so he can differentiate the flocks by age and color. In addition, he keeps complete egg-laying records so that when his sons take over the operation, they will know which strains performed best. He raises the layers in a hoop house structure that he also uses for rabbit production and for overwintering chickens.

The laying hen enclosure is surrounded by an electric bird netting and contains a Great Pyrenees watchdog. In hot weather, the eggs are collected twice a day and chilled in the farm’s diesel-powered cold rooms. The eggs are placed in new fiberglass or Styrofoam boxes and sorted by size. Melvin charges his wholesale customers between $1.75 and $1.95 per dozen. In Indianapolis, their eggs retail for between $2.59 and $3.00 a dozen, depending on the size.

At the farm processing plant

During the year 2000, Melvin and his family built a new processing plant on the farm. Planning for this facility began in 1999 and required six months of meetings with the Indiana Department of Agriculture, who provided design input. Construction was progressing during the last three months of the planning period. The building was completed in time for commissioning mid-production year 2000 and is bird-by-bird inspected. Melvin sees inspectors as his partners in producing a quality product and says that when it comes to working with inspectors, “attitude is everything and respect for authority is a must.”

The processing facility includes a 20′ x 30′ processing area, 12′ x 16′ refrigerators and freezers, and an 8′ x 24′ office and bathroom area. Suntubes provide light over work areas on sunny days. The walls are Glassboard (a type of waterproof panel required for use in many dairy and food processing facilities) and painted steel. A poured concrete floor is equipped with floor drains. Process water is provided by a deep well that is tested for purity. The plant cost about $50,000.00 to complete, including used equipment made by Pickwick and Ashley. Organic Grass Farm processes all ages of chickens ranging from 3 to 5 pounds. They also process turkeys in the 14 to 30 pound range.

plant operations

Currently, the plant operates one day a week, processing about 250 birds in a four-hour processing cycle. Of course, additional time is required to bag, cut, weigh, and clean the plant. The crew of five usually consists of Melvin, his wife, and three teenage assistants. Harvesting the birds is very easy due to the nature of the slip shelters. The doors are closed confining the birds to the skid. They are then loaded into plastic crates for the horse-drawn journey to the processing plant.

As previously stated, plans are to double production this year, a task the facility can easily handle. These days, most birds are shipped to the Indianapolis area in rental vans, but Melvin also uses overnight express delivery services like Fed Ex and UPS to fill orders. Due to the fact that your product is USDA inspected, you can ship it anywhere in the United States.

The future for The Organic Grass Farm looks bright. Melvin’s attention to detail and his commitment to sustainable agriculture and animal welfare ensure a continuing market for his high-quality products. His success should encourage all of us who aspire to become leaders in supplying the needs of our local food depots.

Top 5 Pet Snakes for the Beginner Collector

Find out which snake is the best pet for a beginner

Thinking of having a pet snake? For many people, snakes are scary, but for others, they are among the most interesting creatures on earth. These are usually pet snake collectors. Many people would like to have a pet snake, but often don’t know which species of snake will be best for them. There are a number of things to consider when trying to decide which type of snake would be the best to have as a first pet.

Things to consider before choosing a pet snake are how much space is available to keep them, if you plan to handle them, if you are squeamish about their feeding habits, if you plan to have more than one, etc. There are many more but you get the idea.

Here are what we consider to be 5 of the best pet snakes for the beginning collector. They are not in any particular order. These 5 are not the only snakes that will make good pets and not everyone will agree with them, but this will give you a boost to do your own research and decide which snake will be best for you.

corn snake

The corn snake is recognized as one of the best pet snakes for a beginner. They are relatively small, 3 to 5 feet long, and are very hardy. They are not picky eaters and will eat frozen mice, which makes feeding them a breeze. The enclosures to house them do not have to be very elaborate or large. The fact that they are hardy and can take mistakes and rough handling makes them a good pet for someone who doesn’t know much about caring for a snake.

ball pythons

This type of snake is generally docile and friendly. They don’t get very large, which makes them a good choice for a small area. Female ball pythons will average 3 to 5 feet in length and males will average 2 to 3 feet. They are easy to care for and don’t mind being handled. Ball pythons usually feed on mice or rats and kill their prey by contracting and suffocating them, but it is better to feed them frozen food rather than live food. Prospective owners who are squeamish about feeding ball pythons live animals will appreciate this.

milk snakes

These snakes are especially good for beginners as they only grow to 2-3 feet. A 10 to 20 gallon container with a secure wire lid (they’re escape artists) is big enough for them. Just make sure there are places for them to hide, as they are quite shy. Feeding milk snakes is easy as they do not require any special food. Although they like live food, they are best fed frozen mice. Milk snakes are easily startled and will basically abandon you until they are comfortable with handling.

Serpent King

A king snake is one of the best pet snakes for collectors due to its different colors and patterns. They are docile and easy to care for. They grow to between 2 and 4 feet, so they can live in a smaller cage than many snakes. In the wild, kingsnakes will eat almost anything alive that is smaller than themselves. They are famous for eating poisonous snakes. These snakes are very easy to care for, tough and non-aggressive towards humans. Kingsnakes are not picky eaters and will readily eat frozen mice or rats.

rat snakes

Although not as well known as some of the other snakes, the rat snake is also a good pet snake for beginners. They typically grow 3 to 5 feet long. They are sturdy and don’t mind being handled even by children. Although they are constrictors and prefer live foods, they are best fed frozen mice or rats to minimize the danger of being bitten by animal food. They hibernate in the wild during the winter and may stop eating during this time of year. In spring they will return to normal. Over time they can break out of this cycle. They reproduce without difficulty in confinement, so it is not difficult to raise a family of snakes.

No matter what type of snake a beginning pet owner chooses, careful consideration regarding housing and feeding the new pet snake will be vital. Doing a lot of research on the different types of snakes and which ones are best for beginners can help potential owners decide which type of snake will be the best pet for them. While the snakes listed above are all docile, fairly hardy, and can be handled, there may be some lesser-known traits that would make you choose one over the other. Talking to the owners of the snakes you are considering is a good idea. Snakes live a long time, so you will need to choose your pet carefully so that both of you will be happy in the many years that you will be together.

Domain Name Appraisals: Are They Worth the Cost?

Have you ever thought about appraising one of your registered domain names, because you were considering selling it and wanted to know what the fair price would be? Maybe you’re just curious about how much your domain is worth? Did the high fees for itemized appraisal services put you off or are you still considering it?

Here’s a simple fact: domain names, like any other product or service, are worth what the market supports.

What that means is that if a domain appraiser tells you that your domain name is worth $2,500, but the most you can fetch at auction is $50, then your domain is really worth $50, not $2,500. It is basic economics. The market works with a supply and demand system. You are providing a certain domain name, and its value is entirely determined by the demand for that name. If only one person in the world is interested in buying it, it’s going to be pretty low in value (unless, of course, it’s an intruder who hopped onto a domain someone let expire and is demanding an obscene price for it). On the other hand, if thousands of people desperately want the domain name you are selling, the price some people are willing to pay can skyrocket, making your domain name worth thousands.

How domains are valued

Domain appraisal is not an exact science. Various factors are considered, ranging from domain length to domain extension. Here are some of the considerations:

The domain extension: A .com domain is always valued higher than .net, .org, or another extension for the same name.

The length of the domain name: Domains tend to be valued more if you avoid going from 12 to 15 characters.

Hyphens and Numbers – You will receive a higher rating if you avoid using numbers and hyphens in your domain name.

Domain Prefixes – You will receive a lower rating if your domain name begins with any type of prefix, be it an e, i, the, an, etc.

Name Recognition: If you can register a domain that can be easily recognized, such as a common dictionary word, you will receive a higher rating.

Name Relevance – If your domain specifically indicates what services or products your website might offer, you will receive a higher rating.

Marketability – Could the domain name be easily marketed and promoted? Does it end itself in a simple logo and site campaign? Can it be easily pronounced in a radio campaign without being confusing, like having multiple possible spellings? Does it look attractive in print? If the answer to each question is yes, you will receive a higher grade.

Is it worth the cost?

At the very least, you should understand that domain name appraisals are extremely subjective and that you could receive very different valuations from two different appraisal companies. In a general sense, unless absolutely necessary, a domain name appraisal probably isn’t worth it. When selling a domain name, many buyers require you to provide them with one. Some even tell you which appraisal companies they will and will not accept. If that’s the case, agree to get the appraisal, but let the customer know that if they demand one, they’ll be responsible for paying the fee up front, or add it to their bill when you process the sale. Other than that, if you want an honest opinion on one of your domain names, there are countless free forums on the Web where experienced domain buying and selling professionals will give you their free opinion, based on what they’ve seen similar domains sell. . for recently. It might be a better use of your time to get various opinions that way, and decide for yourself what you think your domain is worth. And if you considered getting a domain appraisal just out of curiosity, remember this: Your company’s domain name is only as valuable as you think it is. If you couldn’t run your business without it, it’s priceless.