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You don't need a lot of space for chickens. MIL keeps 3-4 in a small coop and they have maybe 10-15 m2 to sh*t on. Once they stop laying she sticks in the pot.
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And if you have more space have more chooks. There's always people who will buy the eggs you can't consume.
I'm fortunate as I have 2 acres (seems like more coz its smack in the middle of a farm). I have about 12 chooks usually and along with 3 pigs they have about 1.5 acres to play about in. I unload 5-6 dozen eggs to co-workers each week. After factoring in cost of chooks (I buy them in as pullets) and feed, etc. the profit is about $1000 a year.
The pigs don't root up the grass as their snouts have been ringed. Some might argue that that's a bit mean but they're happy enough. And when its time the home-kill man will make a visit and two days later I have a freezer full of pork.
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Pigs are a problem generally - they root around a lot and can turn a field into a ploughed quagmire in a remarkably short space of time. They are also smelly - not the pigs themselves, they are lovely, clean animals - their urine is really quite nasty, and one of those "leek-like" smells which travels a lot. Neighbouring properties generally complain a lot about them, and that interests the local council. There are also problems with security (they are very smart creatures!) and slaughter. Our local small abattoir (attached to the butcher shop) had to stop handling pigs about 7 or so years ago as they were too big to hang once slaughtered without drastic changes to meet EU and British regulations. You need to look for a good, small local abattoir (as there are even more rules on transporting them)
How do I know this? One of my friends keeps pigs...and tends to swear a lot about regulations.
If you get an email telling you that you can catch Swine Flu from tinned pork then just delete it. It's Spam.
If the delivery services ever get their acts together properly, then the era of
large supermarkets certainly will be.
I doubt that will happen.
Clothing follows the same model and it has a delivery model that works yet there are many more clothing stores than supermarkets.
And at least where I am most super markets have large customer traffic basically from 9am to 9pm with that tampering off into the wee hours. But with enough traffic that they remain open 24 hours almost every day of the year.
The delivery model is based on the premise that the consumer knows what they want. That can work with a flat screen TV and perhaps even a movie, but it doesn't work with chips, beer and fruit loops.
As soon as it is more expensive to sell food than they make showing it at it's
"best" they will shut stores so fast it will deafen the staff!
And exactly how long do you think that the direct delivery model for supermarkets has been in place? The answer is - a very long time. It wasn't just thought up last year. And yet the market remains.
There have been some very large advertised rollouts in about the past 1o years. And yet the market remains.
It doesn't matter why people go to the supermarket to buy their food. What matters is that they do. Cost has nothing to do with it because the profit margins for supermarkets in any market with competition has been razor thin for a very long time. Probably close to 20 years. And competition exists in all metropolitan areas which is exactly the area that would be most likely to adopt a delivery model. Except people don't adopt it. They keep going to the store.
The reality is that the market accepts whatever the consumer wants. If consumers wanted the delivery model then it would have already happened. There is no technological break through possible with food itself that would change the existing market dynamics. It would take something completely unrelated to alter it.
I must admit I have recently started using them since I moved round the corner from one. My missus has started a uni course so it gives me something to do when she's studying and the kids are in bed. I've tried Netflix but their choice is very limited especially with current films. I've also tried movies2K but am not impressed with all the pr0n pop-ups. Sky offer films but for roughly the same price as Blockbuster.
Another thing I like about Blockbuster is the staff are nice near me and they always recommend films they think I would like based on my past choices, they have a very good success rate with this. Although if it wasn't on the way home I probably wouldn't bother.
If anybody can point me to better alternatives I'd be all ears.
I never have a problem finding films on Sky with the Anytime+ or whatever they are calling it now, although I am not a big film watcher and definitely not bothered about seeing things as early as possible.
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I need to upgrade to sky+ I've only been meaning to do it for something like 3 years now and never got round to it. Apparently the way to do it is phone up to cancel as you haven't been offered a new box and when you get through to the cancellation team they are the only ones who can authorise a free upgrade. It's going through this hassle that has put me of but this might be the push I need.
As for the wind or Rain, I pass by the store on my way home, so if anything it gives me a chance to get a break from the weather for 5 mins.
And sadly, that will be a shame when it happens. Amazon is nice, but wandering around a book store and browsing is a treat. I have found books that I never would have thought to pick up if I were using Amazon to only get what I knew I wanted.