I've been wearing Sloggers for years. My first pair of Sloggers actually pre-dates our chickens, so that means they are more than six years old - and I still wear them. You can't beat Sloggers for durability, quality or price AND they're made right here in the USA.
Let's face it, chickens can be messy. Whether you're brooding chicks or ducklings, or raising a flock of full-grown chickens or ducks, you're going to have to be cleaning pretty frequently - and the last thing you want to do is use bleach or chemicals for cleaning around your precious little ones. The fumes can be damaging to their lungs and the ingredients aren't conducive to their overall good health. Instead, whip up a batch of my all-natural Lemon Thyme Herbal Cleaning Spray.
This week was pretty exciting! Not only did I work on a really fun photo shoot to promote the new chicken boot line that Sloggers will be releasing next week, I approved the finalized cover for my new book coming out this fall. In between I enjoyed all the flowers blooming around our yard and
played with.....er, tended to...our baby ducklings. They are ridiculously cute - and somehow the original three become five (thank you Erica!). Enjoy this peek at my week, oh and did I mention that our farm is for sale? We're finally heading back 'home' to New England hopefully by summer.
Baby chicks need a steady diet of good-quality chick feed to ensure that they are getting the proper nutrients during their first few weeks of life, but after watching newly hatched chicks trail around after a mother hen, nibbling at grass and weeds, scratching through the dirt and eating bugs and worms, I believe that adding some nutritious supplements to the diet of all chicks, but especially those being raised in a brooder indoors, can be extremely beneficial for optimal health and growth.
The scales on the legs of healthy chickens are smooth and lie flat. If you notice the scales on your chicken's legs starting to peel up, flake or look rough and uneven, she could be suffering from scaly leg mites.
This week I worked on final edits for my new book coming out this fall, recorded an episode of The Chicken Show, worked on a photo shoot for Sloggers new Chicken boot line, officially became a Duluth Trading Company Ambassador - and of course spent an inordinate amount of time just watching our new ducklings play.
It's so nice to see blossoms on the apple trees and the wisteria already attracting bees, but sadly, soon we'll be leaving Virginia and returning to New England - where our hearts have always remained. Yup, that's right...the Fresh Eggs Daily Farm is FOR SALE!! Maybe we're nuts. We have a beautiful home and property here, and have made lots of good memories, but its time for us to head to snow country. We're Northerners through and through. So if you know anyone looking for a 6-acre hobby farm in Virginia....
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I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Diana Rodgers, host of The Modern Farm Girls Podcast and author of Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts on the Go and The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook and fellow chicken and duck keeper. We had fun talking about chickens, ducks, gardening and eating healthy. Of course we talked about Diana's new cookbook and a bit about my new book due out this fall. Just two farm girls chatting over cups of coffee. You can listen HERE.
Much as I love spring, its a season that's hard on the hands. All the cleaning, and mucking out stalls and chicken coops, gardening and outdoor work turn my hands dry and cracked, instead of soft and smooth.
Well, I've gone and done it. I just couldn't resist any longer, so when I came back from the feed store today with four bags of feed, I also had three ducklings in a box on the front seat! I chose a Cayuga, a Black Swedish and a Khaki Campbell. Meet Kiwi, Elsa and Nellie. Here's a peek at the rest of our week.
The short answer is "No". Eggs are laid with a natural coating on the shell that is applied as the last step in the laying process called the "bloom" or sometimes the "cuticle". This coating is the first line of defense in keeping air and bacteria out of the egg. Since eggshells are porous, if you wash your eggs as soon as you collect them, you are removing that natural barrier.
If you're like me, you're addicted to seeds. That means you have countless packets of seeds stored in boxes and baskets in your garage or in your garden shed tucked into terracotta pots or piled up on your potting bench. If you're also like me, you hate when things get misplaced and you can't immediately put your hands on what you need. So here's an easy fix to organize your seeds - using a basic photo album.
As is typical for spring, the temperatures have been bouncing around - sunny and warm one day and then windy and chilly the next. But the chickens and ducks know spring is in the air and have been gracing us with nests full of beautiful eggs. The grass is slowly poking up through the ground and our dogwoods are blooming. Buds are appearing on the apple trees and there are flowers in the garden again. Enjoy a look at our week!
If you raise chickens (or ducks) and aren't making your own pasta, what are you waiting for? Fresh pasta far surpasses dried/store bought pasta in taste, texture and nutrition - no surprise there - and it's super easy (and fun) to make.