When you live on a farm, there are plenty of opportunities to get cuts and scrapes, splinters and small injuries. Instead of grabbing the Neosporin, why not make your own antiseptic ointment?
This week we got our second snow 'storm' of the winter! Being displaced New England Yankees living in Virginia, we get what some might call abnormally excited when it snows here. This time it actually stuck to the ground AND lasted all day and into the next day. It only amounted to about two inches, but we'll take what we can get. Side note: the animals were slightly less excited than we were, except for the ducks who love all kinds of weather and are always happy about everything!
Excess fat in your chickens' diet should be limited, just as it should in your own diet. But when it comes to providing an excellent energy source in the cold weather, you just can't beat fat. It provides nearly twice the sustained energy of carbs and also slows the rate of food digestion, thereby increasing the absorption of the nutrients in the feed your flock eats.
Winter means lots of soup at our house. Soup with homemade bread, soup with grilled cheese sandwiches, soup with crackers....I am always trying new soup recipes and this one is one of my favorites because for one reason, it uses our fresh eggs in it. It is also very quick and easy to make. And it's creamy, so the ultimate comfort food.
I love Your Chickens magazine. I have been reading it for almost two years now and have never been disappointed in a single issue. The only thing I didn't enjoy was that it was only available in the UK. I could sometimes find back issues for sale on ebay and had to be content reading whatever issues I could outbid other buyers on. But no longer. Beginning with the February issue, Your Chickens will be available in the United States!
My latest all natural chicken-keeping concoction borrows it's name from the James Bond franchise: Vodka - Shaken not Stirred - Natural Coop Cleaner.
Did you know that household bleach can interact with the ammonia created by decomposing chicken feces and result in toxic gases building up in your coop? Don't despair though, there are common natural ingredients you can use that boast every bit of the antiseptic and cleaning power of bleach - without the fumes.
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Molasses, specifically blackstrap molasses. can be used as an important addition to your chickens' diet. Although too much molasses will cause diarrhea, a small amount can be beneficial to your hens' health. As with most things, moderation is the key.
As if the past few months haven't been exciting enough - the highlights being invited to write a guest series on raising ducks by HGTV Gardens, featured in Chickens Magazine, and signing a book contract with St. Lynn's Press - I was just asked to be the Chicken Columnist for the brand-new online homesteading publication From Scratch Magazine!
Welcome 2013! It's going to be a great year and we're so glad you're following along with our farm adventures. Here are a few shots from the past week on our farm.
I love fresh-baked bread. The earthy scent of the yeast, the enticing aroma of the baking bread, there is nothing better on a cold dreary winter day. But I have to admit, I generally just toss the ingredients into my bread maker and let the machine do all the work.
Our blog is a year old! The year flew by and, unbelievably, we published a whopping 227 posts in 2012! Admittedly, being a brand new blogger, there were so many topics I felt were important to write about and share as quickly as we could concerning basic chick care, chicken health, trivia, fact and fiction, etc. and as a result, we covered nearly every popular topic in chicken blogdom in our first twelve months of blogging.
I am SO looking forward to 2013! Each new year signals new beginnings, a perfect time to shed the old - old habits, disappointments and regrets, people in your life who don't in some way life you up, inspire you to be better or happier.
I have decided that this year everything I do will be 'relevant'. To me, to my family, to our animals, to our community or to the world. I don't want to spin my wheels or waste time on anything that isn't relevant in some way. I am just too busy to be irrelevant.
Besides my 'professional' resolutions of which I have many, I wanted to share my personal resolutions for this year. They are small, but all relevant to me in some way.
Do you make resolutions? Do you keep them? I am committed to keep (at least most) of mine this year.
Here's hoping for a relevant 2013 for you all!