Take a Peek at My Week at Tractor Supply Co. Chick Days - March 19th-25th

This week I'm in Michigan. it's only my second time visiting this state, so I'm really enjoying doing some sightseeing and sampling some of the local cuisine.  But the real reason I'm here ... I was asked by Tractor Supply CompanyManna Pro and Blue Seal Feeds to help promote this years's Chick Days, so I'm visiting a bunch of stores in the Grand Rapids area this week and then next week I'll be heading to Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut to finish up my trip. 

I'm featured in the Special "Martha" Issue of Down East Magazine!

One day last summer I was contacted by Down East Magazine about being featured in their magazine. As a new subscriber to the magazine since we moved up here to Maine in August of 2015, I knew it to be an extremely well-respected, well-written regional publication that's very popular in the state.

Brooding Chicks on the Cheap - How to Get Started Raising a Flock For Less


Chickens, a coop, run, fencing, feed, supplements, waterers, feeders, first aid supplies ... the costs can add up when you're preparing for your backyard flock. But getting started with baby chicks doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg. Here are a few clever hacks to help you get started for less...but you'll need to start stockpiling some things (if you don't already have them around the house) in advance of bringing your chicks home this spring.

Take a Peek at our Week - March 12th - 18th


You would never guess that spring is right around the corner. We got another foot of snow dumped on us earlier this week, along with most of you who live along the northern part of the Eastern seaboard. But that's why we moved to Maine, right? For the snow. We got the snow cleaned up and are now enjoying sunny, warm(er) days.

How to Make an Edible Infused Bouquet from Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden + Enter to Win a Copy!

I've been an avid follower of Erin Benzakein's gorgeous floral-centric Instagram feed Floret Farm for quite some time now, so when I first heard that she had a book coming out, I was excited. I was even more excited to be asked to participate in the virtual book tour for Cut Flower Garden

Garlic-Infused Apple Cider Vinegar for Better Chicken Health


I've written a lot over the years about the benefits to chickens of adding apple cider vinegar and garlic to their water on a regular basis. From better respiratory, immune system and digestive health to increased calcium absorption, natural antibiotic properties and protection from parasites, both ACV and garlic are considered cornerstones of natural chicken keeping.

Take a Peek at my Week March 5th - 11th


It was soooo nice to be home this week and be able to take some time to relax and catch up with everyone. Despite continuing cold temperatures, things are bustling all over the farm. Egg production has begun again due to the slightly longer days, which is always so exciting! Bits of green are poking up through the dirt, heralding the arrival of the various perennial flowers, herbs and other plants we have around the house. 

Get Started Gardening Earlier with ShelterLogic Greenhouses


-This post is sponsored by ShelterLogic-

Here in Maine with such a short growing season, we try and do anything we can to extend the season on both ends. In the spring, starting seeds in the house is a great way to get a jump on planting, while keeping the seedlings safe from the unpredictable spring weather. It's not unknown for us to get snow right through April!

Take a Peek at my Week February 26th - March 4th


First of all, I want to apologize for not getting last weekend's blog post done. The last two weeks have been a whirlwind around here and I'm just now able to finally start to catch my breath, but I did want to share some photos of my recent trip with you. So here's my last two weeks packing into one really long post! 

Plant a Nesting Box Herb Garden for your Chickens


(information partially excerpted from my book Gardening with Chickens: Plans and Plants for You and your Hens, Voyageur Press, 2016)

Birds have been observed in the wild lining their nests with all kinds of weeds, flowers, grasses, and herbs. Clearly they innately know something about the benefits of the plants to their newly hatched babies. Often we can enhance our chicken keeping as well as our own lives by mimicking what animals do in the wild. That’s one reason why I love using plants like the ones in this garden in my chickens’ nesting boxes.

Take a Peek at my Week February 12th - 18th


This week was all about snow here in Maine. First we were hit with a near-blizzard early in the week that dumped about two feet of snow on us over the course of two days. We barely had time to get it all shoveled and plowed, when the winds picked up and blew everything back into the paths we had made. Then we got almost another foot. And then Mother Nature decided that wasn't enough, so she gave us another few inches! 

Seven Homemade Chick Brooders You Can Set Up in a Pinch


I confess. I've done it. I think we've all done it. We innocently set out to the feed store one warm spring morning intending to just grab a bag of feed and maybe the latest chicken magazine, and instead we pull open the door to a cacophony of baby chicks peeping and are unable to resist. And just like that, we've got babies again!








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