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Chicken Coop Decor for the Posh Flock

Of course, the main purpose of a chicken coop is to keep your flock safe at night from predators, cool in the summer and warm in the winter, but adding a little "cute" factor never hurts. I've been having fun decorating our coop and wanted to share some of the coop decor elements, as well as explain why they're functional, as well as decorative, in many cases.

A Week in Farm Photos - July 17th - 23rd

As a blanket of heat continues to hover over nearly the entire nation, we're still thankful we are here in Maine where it's at least a bit cooler than other parts of the country. Everyone is doing well, our gardens are thriving, the Littles are growing up ... and  I'm working on some new and exciting projects for the fall and beyond. I'll share more details in the coming weeks hopefully. Because when I say exciting ... I mean really exciting! In the meantime, enjoy this peek at our week, keep your waterers full of cold water and stay cool!

10 Tips for Keeping Bees (without Becoming a Beekeeper)

Beekeeping is all the rage lately. The majority of the top-selling books in the homesteading category on are beekeeping books. If chickens are the gateway livestock, then bees are quite easily one of the next few stops along the path to self-sufficiency.  But not everyone feels confident enough to don a suit and start messing with a bee colony. Not only that, buying the hives and requisite equipment requires a bit of an investment, as does the time caring for and maintaining the hive and collecting the honey.

Beekeeping isn't a venture you should dive into without any previous knowledge or research.  Queen bees die, colonies can starve over the winter, bears ransack the hives looking for honey... in short, stuff happens. 

A Week in Farm Photos - July 10th - 16th

Like much of the country, Maine was in the throes of a heatwave this past week. Unlike our home in Virginia, our home here in Maine isn't air-conditioned, so when the mercury rises above 90 degrees, we seek refuge outside in the shade on our front porch, take the dogs to the lake to swim, go for ice cream and make sure we kept drinking lots of cool, crisp water from our well. The chickens and ducks weren't too happy about the heat, but we reminded them that it's still far cooler here than it is in the South. The garden is producing delicious fresh veggies, we've been picking wild Maine blueberries, and of course we have fresh eggs. Life is good. Stay cool and enjoy a peek at our steamy week!

All about Chicken Crops and Poultry Digestion - Sour, Impacted and Pendulous Crop

A chicken's digestive system is very different from a human's. Since chickens don't have teeth, they need a way to grind up the food they eat so their bodies can digest it. And that is the purpose of a chicken crop.

A Week in Farm Photos - July 3rd through 9th

This holiday week finally brought us some much-needed rain and the garden is thriving. We harvested our first peas, radishes and collard greens, all started from seed this spring. Someone told me that Maine summers are our reward for braving Maine winters, and isn't that the truth! The weather has been just perfect. Warm and sunny by day with a bit of a breeze and then cool and crisp at night. Perfect for sleeping. We're enjoying watching the wildlife that shares our farm with us, including snowshoe rabbits, red squirrels, wild turkeys and an abundance of song birds. Enjoy this peek at our week!

Egg Yolk Ravioli on a Bed of Basil Marinara Sauce

We love eating breakfast for dinner, and do so often, considering all the eggs we collect from our chickens. This recipe comes together pretty quickly, making it a perfect middle of the week dinner. It's the perfect opportunity to use both fresh tomatoes from the garden and fresh eggs from your coop! 

7 Natural Non-Toxic Weed Control Methods for a Chicken-Friendly Yard and Garden

When you start raising chickens, you soon realize that they can - and will - eat just about anything they can reach or grab. Unfortunately though, they won't eat ALL the weeds in your yard or garden, although they do love to eat lots of common weeds - and weeds are super nutritious for them! But ultimately, there will come a time when you need to kill some weeds.

A Week in Farm Photos - June 26th - July 2nd

As we head into this July 4th holiday weekend during which we celebrate our country's freedom from tyranny and oppression, I'm reminded how grateful I am for the freedoms allowed us. The freedom to raise chickens and grow our own food, the freedom to own firearms to protect our animals and families, the freedom to think and say what we like, state our opinions, and live life on our own terms. However those freedoms have an inherent dark side. Freedom of speech can evolve into haters and trolls spewing their garbage publicly online, and of course guns in the wrong hands sometimes leads to mass shootings and other hate crimes. So this weekend, appreciate your freedoms and use them for good not evil, be kind to others and always, always raise a backyard full of chickens.

Easy Windowsill Herb Garden in Eggshells

If you enjoy cooking with herbs like I do, keeping a variety of fresh herbs close at hand is a necessity. This easy herb "garden" is so simple to create and puts your herbs right at your fingers tips on the kitchen windowsill. Not to mention, it makes a pretty addition to any kitchen. So start saving those eggshells!

A Week in Farm Photos June 19th - 25th

It's been an absolutely gorgeous week here in Maine. Nice way to herald in summer! I've enjoyed wandering around our property finding new native flowers and weeds, a hidden blueberry patch that we cleared of debris, another patch of wintergreen, and lots of wild black raspberries in addition to lots of perennial herbs and flowers. We have corn, tomatoes, garlic, eggplant, hot peppers, peas and pumpkins growing in the vegetable garden. Our Littles are almost a month old now and thriving under Annie's tutelage and the Middles are almost ready to join the Big Girls in the run, as they are nearly three months old. Enjoy this peek at our week.

Announcing my New Partnership with Blue Seal/Kent Feeds

As many of you know, my family and our two dozen chickens and ducks moved to a farm in Maine last August. As native New Englanders, we were so excited to finally move back "home" after more than a decade in the South (Pensacola, Florida and Norfolk, Virginia) due to my husband's job with the Navy.

Chicken Keepers Hand Salve with Grapefruit Essential Oil

If you raise chickens, you likely know that there is the potential for them to transmit salmonella and other germs to humans, so washing your hands after handling your chickens is critical. All that hand washing can dry out hands, but this smooth, rich salve feels wonderful rubbed into your hands after finishing coop chores and washing up.  Not only will the coconut oil and sweet almond oil in the salve moisturize your hands, the addition of uplifting, energizing grapefruit essential oil has its own benefits - in addition to smelling wonderfully citrusy.

A Week in Farm Photos - June 12th to 18th

While much of the country is sizzling under heat warnings, Maine remains cool and comfortable. We are so happy to have moved here from Virginia - and so are our chickens.  They're much more comfortable in temperatures in the 70s than in the 90s or higher.  We had a leisurely, slow-paced week just enjoying our chickens and ducks, flowers and all the goodness our farm has to offer. Take a peek at our week! And stay cool, my friends!

7 Ways to Improve your Garden Soil Naturally

Instead of using commercial fertilizers and plant food, why not use some scraps from your kitchen that would otherwise end up in the trash or compost bin to amend and improve your garden soil naturally? Inexpensive and easy, these are my favorite ways to get my garden ready for spring planting.