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

October 30, 2012


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?

October 28, 2012

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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

October 27, 2012

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







  



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Mixing your Own Chicken Layer Feed

October 23, 2012


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

October 21, 2012


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

October 20, 2012

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? Easy Test for Freshness

October 17, 2012


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! Of course, real life doesn't work quite like that. It seems it's either feast or famine around here - too many eggs or not enough.  When you have extra eggs and they start to pile up, unless you mark or otherwise keep track of how old the eggs are, it's easy to lose track.  Sometimes I even find an egg tucked in a corner of one of the nesting boxes that I previously missed.

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

October 15, 2012


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

October 13, 2012

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











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Winterizing your Flock and Preparing for a Blizzard

October 8, 2012


Winter is on it's way. When we lived in Virginia, we didn't ever get too much snow nor temperatures much below freezing for too long a stretch, but now that we're in Maine it's a different story. 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 Sprouting Seeds for your Chickens

October 7, 2012


I remember growing up as a kid my Mom would always have jars of alfalfa and other types of sprouts growing in the kitchen. 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 !

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

October 6, 2012

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











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