Saturday, December 9, 2017

Nesting Boxes - How Many?

The age-old question, "How many nesting boxes do I need?"  The standard is about 1 box per 4 hens.  Any chicken keeper might be tempted to tell you just 1 or 2, LOL. Why?!  Because everyone wants the same box or the most coveted box anyway!  My silly California White and Leghorn ladies displayed this beautifully this morning.  Neither was willing to give way and they both decided to just share.  Silly things!

Chickens and their antics and personalities give me neverending enjoyment.  They are such quirky, individual personality characters. Bottom line is, it's better to have the 1 to 4 ratio, but just know that in the end, there will be some that just won't get used, or used very little.  In my main big coop, I have 6 nesting boxes and my currently 20 plus laying hens generally use only 3 of them!  What antics are your chicks up to these days?

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

She Crowed!!!

Hazel crowed!!  Oh no, another rooster!!!  We now have 8 roosters again.  We rehomed Olaf and were down to 7 until the other day when I heard Hazel crow.  Sir Galahad, our only other Silkie has been crowing for some time now.  My two barred rock mix boys crowed a lot later than Olaf did, so I knew the jury was still out as to whether Hazel was hen or roo.  I always wondered because Hazel always just looked like a smaller version and different color than Sir Galahad.  I knew the older Hazel got and no eggs that she might be a he.  The good news is that the two seem to get along great, so I hope it stays that way.

I still plan to move the two Silkies over to another coop with the three Frenchies (black copper marans), a SLW (Silver-laced Wyandotte), and the Olive egger trio (two roos and a hen).  It worries me a little because that will technically be 4 roos in one pen with only 5 hens.  I think the Silkies will be ok and it's possible that one of the olive eggers will become dinner in the future (I hope not cause they are both pretty cute).

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Forbrain from Sound for Life LTD REVIEW

Forbrain Sound for Life LTD
7th grader reading out loud during Bible time
Well, here it is, my final review for the Homeschool Review Crew this year.  This interesting headpiece is called Forbrain from Sound for Life LTD. It was an interesting piece of equipment to review.  When I learned that it could help with speech I knew I wanted to give it a try. I have two students with some speech challenges.  It is run by a rechargeable battery that lasts forever and charges pretty quickly.  The unit is lightweight and fairly comfortable to wear.  My 7th grader used it with no problem once she got used to having it on her head.  It's kind of like wearing one of those new type wireless headphones.  It was tricky for her to adjust the mouthpiece at first but she got it.

Forbrain is a unique device that uses bone conduction, dynamic filter, and auditory feedback loop to enhance your speech, memory, and attention.  It is approved for use for ages 4 and over.  It is recommended that you use it about 15 minutes per day, twice a day if possible.  I was wanting to use it for my 5 year old but she fussed about it on her head so we will try again at a later time.  I really think it would help her in clarifying her speech.

It is important to also understand that this device stimulates your brain so your body is getting a workout and will get fatigued if overused.  You can see the best way to use this time-wise on their Program and Protocol page. You can see on this page how the suggested usage changes based on age and what you are wanting to accomplish with it.  The younger the child the less time and the more intense you need, such as quick memorization, the longer the time needed.  It is also recommended that you use it for a 6 to 10 week period of time before taking a break from it.  We have been able to use this for almost 6 weeks.

Forbrain Sound for Life LTD

I was absolutely surprised that I personally saw/heard an immediate improvement in speech with my 7th grader.  She has a kind of delayed type speech that borders on a mild form of stuttering.  She kind of tends to drag out words at times and enunciates improperly.  She will do it sometimes in speech and more often when reading out loud.  I noticed that before we got this unit, if she was reading a difficult passage her brain seemed to have to work harder and she would read more fluently.  When she got to easy words and easy passages of reading the delay would get really bad at times. I was thrilled with the results in such a short time.  The stuttering/delay is almost non-existent when she is using this device.  I have also noticed the carry through in that she does better even when not using the device.

Forbrain Sound for Life LTD

I asked her opinion of what she thought about the device.  She said it was not too cumbersome and was fairly comfortable once she adjusted to it.  Her end feedback on it was that it didn't really help.  She thought she spoke and read better without it.  I was a little disappointed in this evaluation as I could definitely see and hear a difference in her speech for the better after using this device.

Forbrain Sound for Life LTD

I plan to use it next on my 8th-grade son who has trouble concentrating and focusing on the subject at hand.  It is supposed to be able to help him with this so I am excited to get it started once the 7th grader finishes her use of it before taking her break from it.  I will also try it again in a few months with my 5 yr old who needs lots of work on enunciating her words and speaking more clearly so people can understand what she trying to say.

I give this product a thumbs up from us.  While it is fairly pricey I think that if you are in need of a device like this that you would not be disappointed.  There is a 100% satisfaction claim and 2-year warranty offered.  Right now they are also offering free shipping!

Forbrain Sound for Life LTD
You can connect with Forbrain on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, and LINKEDIN.  Thank you Sound for Life LTD for this neat device.

Please take the time to read the other wonderful reviews on this product through the link below.

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