Sure you can go out and buy all kinds of beautiful (expensive) holiday decorations for your home (and coop!) worthy of a spread in Romantic Homes or House Beautiful magazine, but I prefer to save a little money, head out to the woods and make my own holiday decor.
Chickens generally do just fine in cold temperatures, but the better you understand just how a chicken stays warm, the easier it will be for you to do a few easy things to make winters more comfortable for your flock. During the day, I always give my chickens the option to go outside, and as long as they can find a nice sunny, sheltered area outside, they'll spend most of the day outside which is important to give them fresh air and some exercise on all but the most blustery days.
What is the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) and What Does it Mean for You, the Backyard Chicken Keeper?
As the summer winds down, I'm busily harvesting the last of the tomatoes and watching our pumpkin patch excitedly. The leaves are already starting to turn on the sugar maples and there's a chill in the air each morning. I headed down to Portland earlier this week to preview the pilot of my new TV show Fresh Eggs Daily with Lisa Steele which will air on Monday (I'll share the link on Facebook so everyone can watch it streaming online!) and am excited to hear what you all think of the newest 'chicken lifestyle' show to hit the airwaves. I hope that each episode will bring my Facebook page and blog to life for you all - in the meantime, enjoy this peek at our week.
I sat down earlier in the week for an interview for a magazine article that will come out next spring and yesterday we (finally) picked out our new counter top, so we are ready to start a much-needed mini kitchen makeover. Oh, and I got some good news from my editor about book #4, so stay tuned for more details on that in the coming months. All in all, it was a good week here on the farm. Want to take a peek?
There are as many kinds of chicken keepers as there are breeds of chickens. And often the breeds you choose to keep can be a clue as to the type of chicken keeper you are. Read these fun, tongue-in-cheek profiles to figure out which kind of chicken keeper you are. Or maybe you already know....
In about three weeks, we'll be celebrating the anniversary of our arrival in Maine. This past year has been one of transition - having my husband retired from the Navy and home all day took some getting used to! - and lots of changes. It's been exciting to see the flower gardens we inherited come to life and bloom with various native flowers and plants month after month. We've hiked in the woods and marveled at the local flora and fauna. We watch wild turkeys and deer in the field, and have seen our first fisher cat and heard coyotes howling after dark. Maine is a beautiful, wild, wonderful state and we look forward to many more years enjoying all it has to offer. Enjoy this peek at our week.