Help! It's Winter and my Chicken is Molting!

January 16, 2018

In a perfect world, your chickens would all molt at the end of the summer as soon as the days start to get shorter and grow in nice new feathers to keep them warm through the winter well before the temperatures drop. But we all know that things don't always go as planned, and sometimes you'll end up with a chicken who decides to start molting in the dead of winter. 

Take a Peek at our Week Jan 7th - 13th

January 13, 2018

Well, the big news this week was that my new kids book Let's Hatch Chicks! was released! And I'm happy to announce that it was the #1 new release in Childrens Zoology books on Amazon - even beating out a book published by National Geographic that came out the same day! My new book is getting great reviews so far from kids and adults alike, and I hope you'll pick up a copy from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your local library or you can order a personally signed copy directly from me. 
This week we got some more snow (this is Maine and it's winter after all!), but the weather warmed up considerably and we enjoyed temperatures above freezing for the first time in awhile. That made for a perfect opportunity to squeeze in the last photo shoot with Peg from CoopDuJour Photography (who took this awesome headshot of me and Violet) for my next book which will be coming out this fall. Stay tuned for more details on that. 
We also had swinging chickens and flying chickens this week. Honest! And I think most exciting of all - I finally finished organizing my spice drawer! I have to thank Linda over at Garden Betty for the idea. I love having the little jars in a drawer where I can see them all instead of shoved on a shelf in the cabinet.
Anyway, I'm working on so many exciting things for the coming year! I'll share details in the coming weeks, but think TV show, DVD, product line, more book announcements and hopefully a few book signing dates.  Stay warm and dry, give your girls extra treats and hugs and enjoy this peek at our week!

Will Salt Water Keep my Chickens Water from Freezing?

January 9, 2018

During the cold winter months, I think we all struggle to find ways to keep our chickens' water from freezing. You may have seen on Pinterest a trick that supposedly will keep water from freezing - filling a plastic soda bottle with salt water and the setting it in your chickens' water tub. I had never tried it, but set out to see if it would work.

Take a Peek at our Week - Dec 31 to Jan 6

January 6, 2018

We rang in the new year with more than a foot of snow this week. That meant lots of shoveling and plowing by us humans, and lots of frolicking done by the dogs. The snow was received with varying levels of excitement overall though. Despite the extra work, my husband and I love the snow (it's partly why we moved to Maine, after all!), and our dogs, Bella and Winston, enjoy playing in it too. Bella actually loves to eat snow. Our ducks also seem to really enjoy snow. Then on the other end of the spectrum you have our cat Linus and the chickens. They have gone into hibernation and on strike, respectively, until spring. Enjoy this peek at our week!

Holiday Leftovers Frittata

January 2, 2018

I love making frittatas. They're basically a "lazy girl's" quiche. Think of a frittata as a quiche with no crust. Super quick and easy to make for breakfast, brunch/lunch or even dinner, they are a great way to use up leftovers. Any combination of meat, veggies and cheese will work, along with a few fresh eggs from your chickens, so making a frittata after the holidays is a great way to use up the last of that holiday meal.

2017 in a Nutshell (or Should I Say Eggshell?)

December 31, 2017

2017 has been amazing year! Mostly thanks to YOU my readers who have supported and encouraged me every step of the way and to my wonderfully generous sponsors who make it possible for me to sit at home in my jammies with a cup of coffee in one hand and do what I do! Well, not really, but I always say that a bad day on the farm beats the best day in a cubicle! So I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has made Fresh Eggs Daily not only possible, but a success! So on this, the last day of the year, I thought it would be fun to look back at the past twelve months and recap the highlights.

Take a Peek at our Week - Dec. 24th to 30th

December 30, 2017

This week between Christmas and New Year's was a quiet one that we spent at home enjoying subzero temperatures and lots of snow. I cooked and baked and the girls benefited from all the holiday leftovers.  The Littles are laying eggs for us, which is amazing in this bitter cold. Welcome to winter in Maine! Enjoy this peek at our week!

Extreme Cold Calls for Extreme Chicken Keeping

December 27, 2017

We're heading into a several days long cold snap here in Maine this week. Fortunately, our chickens have been able to slowly grow accustomed to the progressively colder winter weather over the past few weeks and all have a nice new set of feathers after a successful molt, so they can fluff them up to help stay warm. Of course our coop is ready for winter with lots of straw on the floor and good ventilation to let any moisture and ammonia fumes escape, and our and run is winterized with clear tarps wrapped around the sides to serve as a wind block and create a bit of a greenhouse effect, but frigid cold below zero degrees Fahrenheit means a little bit more TLC for our flock.

Christmas Swirl Cheesecake with Sugared Cranberries

December 26, 2017

This delicious Christmas-themed cheesecake is a variation on my Pumpkin Spice Swirl Cheesecake and sure to be a show stopper at your holiday celebration! Fresh eggs from your chickens and berry jelly plus a pretty fresh herb and sugared cranberry garnish will make this dessert a Christmas favorite for years to come.
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