Take a Peek at our Week - Feb 11-17

February 17, 2018

Happy Valentine's week everyone! I hope you shared the day with a loved one - or at least treated yourself to a day that was all about YOU. My husband brought home the most gorgeous rose bouquet for me and I normally cook or we go out to dinner, but this year we decided to treat ourselves to coffee and donuts instead that morning ... and oddly enough, one of my donuts appeared to have chicken feet drawn in icing on it..or maybe that's just how my mind works, but see what you think! 

Beginners Guide to Getting Started Raising Baby Chicks

February 13, 2018

So you've decided to start raising chickens! I assume you've checked with your town or municipality and know the rules as far as how many chickens you are allowed, if you need a permit for either the chickens or their coop (or both), if you can have roosters, etc. And now you're ready to get started.

Behind the Scenes with the Ducklings at Metzer Farms

February 12, 2018

WARNING! This article contains some seriously cute duckling photos, and as such, I take full responsibility if you decide to add ducks to your backyard!  

Take a Peek at our Week - Feb 4th to 10th

February 10, 2018

This week was all about snow. Despite the fact that we're almost halfway through February and the rest of the country is dreaming of planting seeds and choosing their baby chicks for this year, here in Maine, we're still squarely sitting in the middle of winter.  The chickens made themselves scarce, but the ducks didn't let the snow faze them. I used the snow days to work on my next book (we're coming down to the wire now and I should have a cover and title to share with you all very soon!), cook some comfort food, enjoy a lobster dinner (out-of-staters don't hate me, but lobster is under $8/pound here in Maine right now!) and finalize the details for a bunch of book signings and appearances for this spring (more details on that soon too!) Enjoy this peek at our week.

What Makes Blue Eggs Blue?

February 6, 2018

All Eggs Start Out White

All chicken eggs start out with white shells which are made primarily of calcium carbonate. The calcium in chicken layer feed supplemented by crushed eggshell or oyster shell and the calcium in other foods your flock consumes creates the shells.  

Take a Peek at my Week - Jan 28th to Feb 3

February 3, 2018

I love all four seasons, but I think this is one of my favorite times of the year. The rush of the holidays is over, the pressure and time commitment of garden season hasn't started yet. I'm usually in between books, so no crazy deadlines, and I haven't started traveling for spring chick days yet. That gives me time to kind of unwind and relax and enjoy the life we've built here in Maine.

Setting Your Chicken Hatching Eggs by the Moon

January 30, 2018

The age-old practice of setting hatching eggs under certain moon phases is part folklore, part old wives tale. Whether or not you actually believe that chicks hatched under these signs will do better than chicks hatched at other times during the month, what do you have to lose by giving it a try?

Take a Peek at my Week - Jan 21st to 27th

January 27, 2018

Although my trip last weekend to warm, sunny California was a nice change from winter in Maine, I have to admit that I missed the snow a teeny little bit, and I'm super happy to be back home, sitting in front of the fire sipping some hot spiced tea (check out the Hot Cinnamon Spice from Harney & Sons, it's my new favorite!) writing about chickens! Like the chickens, I'm very routine-oriented, so it's nice to be home and back into the family routine. Hope you're staying warm! Why not pour yourself a nice hot beverage and enjoy this peek at my week.

Take a Peek at my Week - Jan 14th to 20th

January 23, 2018

Much as I love being at home, I have to admit that every trip I've been on has been so wonderful! I've had the opportunity to see parts of the country I've never been to before and meet so many nice people. 
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