Talking about Raising Backyard Chickens on NPR

Everyone's bucket list* is made up of different dreams and goals. I was excited to be able to cross one item off my bucket list last week when I was invited to be on the NPR radio show Maine Calling on a panel chatting about Raising Backyard Chickens. Yes, appearing on NPR was on my bucket list! (So is seeing a moose and mastering macaroons...as I said, everyone's list is a bit different...)

A Week in Farm Photos August 21st - 27th


It's hard to believe that August is almost over. But despite the continuing warm, sunny days, there has been a bit of a chill in the air first thing in the morning lately. I've seen a few fallen leaves that have already changed color, so the glorious New England fall foliage season will be upon us in no time. We've got pumpkins turning orange, the corn is almost ready to eat and we're picking tomatoes by the basket full. The chickens and ducks are molting - already growing in new feathers for the winter, which is predicted to be cold and snowy. Even by Maine standards.

This week was busy, as usual. We welcomed a renowned freelance photographer (her last gig was for Bon Appetit magazine!) to our farm early in the week to shoot photos for a magazine article, and then I headed to Portland to tape a live show on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.  That was a lot of fun and I have to admit something that had been on my bucket list forever. Enjoy this peek at our week!

Quiz: What Kind of Chicken Keeper Are You?


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....

A Week in Farm Photos - Shooting a TV Show Pilot August 14th-20th

Our farm was a flurry of excitement this week as we welcomed the film crew from WPXT/WPME-TV to shoot the pilot for a new television show I will be hosting. The 30-minute lifestyle show will bring to life my Facebook page and blog, encompassing chicken keeping, gardening and cooking with fresh eggs from the coop and fresh produce from the garden.  The chickens did great hitting their marks, but I think the ducks ultimately stole the show. Winston even got to star in one scene and got it perfect on the first take - I, on the other hand, needed two more tries until I got it right. Enjoy this behind-the-scenes peek at our week as I got a crash course in voice-overs and B roll.

A Week in Farm Photos - August 7th-13th

According to the locals up here in Maine, this is the hottest, driest summer they can remember. I'ts been hot and dry around most of the country, so I'm sure you're all busy watering yours gardens and refilling your chickens' water several times a day. Despite the heat and lack of moisture though, our garden and flock are both thriving and life is good up here in the woods of Maine. Enjoy this peek at our week...which did end with a few nice rain showers and the arrival of advance copies of the new Farmers Almanac to which I was asked to contribute an article!

Why I Don't Keep a Rooster in My Backyard Chicken Flock

While roosters historically have played an extremely critical role in every flock of chickens, they have become largely obsolete in today's modern backyard flock. Many areas don't allow roosters, and even those who can have roosters are often opting to raise a hens-only flock. I am one of those people and I'll tell you why.

A Week in Farm Photos - July 31st - August 6th


The summer keeps marching along. The Littles are growing up and we have tomatoes ripening in the garden. We build a raised bed garden this week next to the chicken coop, and also started work on a wading pool down by the brook for Winston our corgi. We're thoroughly enjoying our first summer in Maine. Enjoy this peek at our week.

Introducing the Urban Coop Company Round Top Duck House

The story behind the new Round Top Duck House from Urban Coop Company begins many months ago. Montie Twining, the owner of the company, had been brainstorming - which if you know Montie, is no surprise! Anyway, their family raises ducks as well as chickens and he wanted to design a house just for the ducks. He reached out to me knowing that I also raise ducks, and asked if I would like to be involved in designing a new duck house for his coop line.








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