Five Easy Ways to Keep your Chickens' Water from Freezing this Winter


One of the most-often asked questions we get from readers is how to keep their chickens' water from freezing in the winter. Chickens need access to unfrozen water every day in order to stay healthy, laying well and alive, so it's very important to keep their water from freezing.


A Week in Farm Photos October 20th - 26th


We're expecting our first frost any time now, with the temperatures dipping down into the low 30s the last few nights. The coop has been winterized, the chickens are just about done molting and have grown beautiful new feathers, our horses are growing nice thick furry coats, and funny how our cat now appears at the door a bit earlier for his dinner and then once his belly is full, he gets comfortable on his favorite chair in the living room.  I've planted a few cold crops including kale, Swiss chard, lettuce and this random sweet potato that I hope will produce before winter sets in...enjoy a peek at the past week.

Do You See What I See? 12 Fascinating Facts about Chicken Eyesight


Have you ever wondered just how well your chickens can see?  Or if they see in color or black & white? Or have you marveled at how they can spy a tiny bug or seed in the grass? Well wonder no more! I've assembled some fascinating facts about chicken eyesight for your reading enjoyment.

A Week in Farm Photos


This week started with rain - lots of rain - which led, of course, to lots of mud and happy ducks! We welcomed my father-in-law and his Sheltie into our home for a few days midweek and then ended the week with a trip to our local Barnes & Noble where we found copies of my new book displayed prominently on the shelf! (Yes, I was pretty giddy about that!)  All in all, I have to say .... life is good.  Raising chickens (and ducks) has brought me so much enjoyment, allowed me to meet so many nice people, and sent amazing opportunities my way.  Here are a few photos from around the farm. Enjoy!

Winter Challenges on the Farm - Guest Post for Ram Trucks



Earlier this year, I was asked by Ram Trucks to write several articles for their Ram Zone blog to celebrate the year of the farmer in conjunction with the release of their amazing Year of the Farmer video that aired during the Superbowl game.

The third article in the series has just gone live .... I hope you enjoy it!

A Week in Farm Photos...The Countdown to my Book Release Date


I can't believe that my book will hit the shelves on Tuesday! It's been more than a year since I got that fateful email from Paul, the publisher at St. Lynn's Press, (while standing in line at the supermarket no less!) to say that they wanted to publish Fresh Eggs Daily for me. This past 13 months has been a whirlwind of writing, editing, and proofreading with Cathy, my amazing editor, who made my words come alive (and made sure all my commas were in the right place!) and Holly, the art director, who laid out and formatted the entire book so beautifully using all my original photos.

This past week, I held Fresh Eggs Daily: Raising Happy, Healthy Chickens...Naturally in my hands for the first time! It's impossible to describe the excitement and pride I felt. The idea that now I will be bringing my natural chicken keeping methodology to an even wider audience is just mind-boggling and SO exciting for the future of chicken keeping! The week has been a blur of signing books, organizing a virtual book tour that will begin on Monday, recording a podcast that will air on Tuesday, and conducting interviews with several media outlets as well as getting review copies out to various magazines and others in the industry. Next will come setting up some local book signings....busy for sure, but SO much fun!

A huge thank you to everyone who has pre-ordered a copy; beyond my wildest dreams, those pre-orders have shot my book into the #1 spot in the Bird Care category on Amazon consistently over the last few weeks!  (If you haven't ordered a copy yet, the links to purchase appear at the bottom of this post.) So enjoy these photos, taken by myself and my husband, of some of the highlights of our week - the whole 'family' managed to get in on the act and help out - and culminated in shipping out the first batch of signed copies! 

Handling a Contagious Illness in your Backyard Chicken Flock


Of course all of us backyard chicken keepers want to concentrate on hanging pretty curtains in our coops, making fun treats for our chickens and taking pictures of our cute chicks surrounded by flowers. On our Fresh Eggs Daily Facebook page and here on the blog, we try and keep things fun and upbeat, but the reality is that the cutesy side of chicken keeping has to take a backseat to good biosecurity practices, proper sanitation and flock management.

DIY Anti-Pick Antibacterial Blu-Kote Knockoff Spray For Backyard Chickens


I would venture a guess that most backyard chicken keepers have heard of Blu-Kote. If you have not actually used it, you probably at least have some in your chicken first aid kit. It's widely recommended as an anti-pick spray with antiseptic and anti-fungal properties for use on wounds and raw skin due to pecking. In fact, we have long recommended it based on its widespread use among the backyard chicken community. We just assumed it was safe to use on poultry. But is it? After fielding a question from a fan recently which prompted a bit of research, we're starting to wonder...

A Week in Farm Photos - September 29th to October 5th


This sentiment from George Washington could not have said it any better.  We had a death in the family this past week and we realized that sometimes memorializing a family member and celebrating their life makes you stop and take a closer look at your own. Enjoy this glimpse of our life on the farm....

5 Essential Tools for Backyard Chicken Keepers


When you first decide to raise chickens and you start doing your research, you will quickly learn that you will need feeders, waterers, grit dispensers, nesting boxes, and a coop/run for them. But here are five essential everyday tools that I bet no one told you about.









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