Fresh Eggs Daily Debuts on HGTV Gardens with a Five-Part Series on Raising Ducks

I am excited to announce the debut of a five-part series on raising backyard ducks that I am writing for HGTV Gardens! I was invited to be a guest writer and was thrilled to accept.  The premise of the series is 'Ducks are the New Chickens', in response to the growing interest in raising backyard ducks.

Not a Creature was Stirring - Got Mice in your Coop?

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This time of year critters of all kinds are looking for a nice safe, warm place to spend the winter.  For many this can lead to field mice or rats in their coops. I mean, what better place for a family of mice to bed down?

A Week in Farm Photos - October 21st - 27th

Another busy week here on our farm. I thought I would share some of the 'highlight's...


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Mixing your Own Layer Feed

With the price of everything rising, the chance to save money anywhere you can is tempting. We get asked often about mixing your own layer feed for your flock instead of buying commercial feed.  It's not something I have ever done personally. Having a fairly small flock and a very convenient feed store has made it too easy to purchase feed. 

Coffee Bean Candle Holders

I, like many of you, am slowly but surely becoming addicted to Pinterest! If only I had enough time to make everything I have pinned. But I don't.  So I chose as my first 'Pinspiration Project' a quick, easy project that I could make in just a few minutes.  I ended up making two variations and love how they both turned out.  I also love that I was able to put my own spin on someone else's idea, truly using it only for 'inspiration'. The icing on the cake was having them featured in the July 2013 issue of Good Housekeeping magazine. Check it out...

A Week in Farm Photos October 14th - 20th

A single photo can bring back a host of memories, even years later.  Here are some memories in the making from last week on our farm...


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The Float Test - How Old is That Egg? Test for Freshness

In a perfect world, your chickens would lay eggs in their nesting boxes each morning, you would collect them, bring them into the house and prepare them to eat.  Mmmm, fresh eggs every day like clockwork!

And Then There Was One (Subtitled: MEN!!!)

As many of you know, we hatched our very first chicks this past spring. It was the most beautiful and truly awe-inspiring experience and I loved every minute of it. But of course hatching eggs can't be sexed, so I knew we would end up with some roosters.  I didn't know we would end up with nine roosters...but I'm getting ahead of myself.

A Week in Farm Photos - Oct 7th - 13th

Some scenes from the past week around our farm...enjoy!

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Pumpkin Spice Swirl Cheesecake with Candied Walnuts

Far easier to make than it looks, this elegant pumpkin spice cheesecake is perfect for the holidays. I originally found the recipe in a magazine (for the life of me I can't remember which one) about fifteen years ago. After realizing it was a big hit one Thanksgiving, I started making it a holiday tradition.  It's nice because you can make it up to two days in advance and keep it refrigerated until you're ready to serve.

Cold Weather Winter Prep Tips - Winterizing your Flock

Winter is on it's way. Although we're fortunate here in Virginia not to get too much snow nor temperatures much below freezing for too long a stretch, I'm a New Englander born and bred so I know all about nor'easters, blizzards, snow storms, freezing rain, sleet and bitter cold. With just a bit of effort you can help your flock better handle the cold.

Growing Sprouts for your Flock

I remember growing up as a kid my Mom would have jars of alfalfa and other types of sprouts up in the kitchen cupboard. Yes, it was the 70's and yes, she was into healthy eating (whole wheat bread, unsalted natural peanut butter and tofu) way before it was en vogue.  A woman ahead of her time, she inadvertently gave me an idea for healthy treats for our chickens this winter !

I've been trying to think of inexpensive, healthy treats for them since now with more than thirty chickens and ducks, it's just too expensive to buy them produce at the grocery store like I used to do when we only had eight. Turns out, sprouts are extremely nutritious and easy to grow.

A Week in Farm Photos - Sept 30th through Oct 6th

Here is a glimpse at life around here this past week. Enjoy!

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