And so another glorious week in Maine comes to an end. I'm sorry about being repetitive taking so many photos of the gorgeous foliage, but it's just breathtaking. This is our first year here, but I hope that we're just as awestruck by it for years to come. This week we made good progress on the chicken run, just in time to welcome a film crew out yesterday to shoot a segment for a tv show which will air soon. Enjoy this peek at our week!
High-energy and fat-based treats are what I give to my chickens (and the wild birds) through the winter - in moderation of course. Digesting nuts and grains raises their metabolism, and some added fat helps them put on a bit of weight, both of which are extremely helpful in creating enough body heat to keep them warm, especially overnight. I make my own suet cakes for my chickens incorporating some ingredients that are especially beneficial winter treats.
When you are dealing with a medical issue in your flock, your first reaction shouldn't be to check an online forum or Facebook page, to google the symptoms or read a few blogs. You'll find that limping can be a simple sprain or a sign of the dreaded Mareks disease. A weird egg can be a one-time glitch or infectious bronchitis. Your hen suddenly stopped laying? She could be egg-bound (potentially fatal), molting (totally normal) or just taking a break.
Just when we thought Maine couldn't get any more beautiful - we were pleasantly surprised this week! Check out this foliage, you just can not beat northern New England leaf peeping! In between enjoying the view, we made some good progress on the new run, which is a good thing because there's snow in our forecast for this weekend! I also planted 150 cloves of garlic in advance of our first hard freeze. Enjoy this peek at our week!
Whether you use straw, hay or shavings, your chicken coop bedding needs to changed regularly. Ammonia builds up quickly in the coop as a result of the accumulation of chicken poop, and that ammonia can be extremely detrimental to your chickens' eyes and respiratory systems. Plus allowing your chickens to walk in a poop-filled coop can lead to dirty eggs and roosts.
The leaves are changing and it couldn't be more beautiful here in Maine. I think this is the first full week I've spent at home since we moved here back in August, and I couldn't have been more content to just enjoy being home. This week was filled with lots of time outside with our animals, marshmallows roasted over the fire pit, fires in the wood stove and delicious comfort food. We ended the week by (finally) getting started building a new run for the chickens. Here's a peek at our week.
As part of KitchenAid's Cook for the Cure campaign to help fight breast cancer, I was asked to create a cupcake recipe and share it with you all. This is one of my favorites - and the recipe I decided to share since the pink frosting ties in with the pink breast cancer ribbons - no food coloring needed.
Earlier this month, I traveled to Columbus, Ohio to the Country Living Magazine fair to speak and sign my book. It was my first time attending the fair, but I am pretty sure it won't be my last! The fair was so much fun. The venue was perfect to bring the pages of the magazine to life with all kinds of vendors, food and interesting presentations. I really did feel like I was strolling through an issue of Country Living Magazine! Come take a peek!