In Zone 5b, where I live in Maine, typically the last frost date is around May 15th, and the first average frost date in the fall is around October 15th, leaving me just 150 days – give or take – to get seeds planted, sprouted, grown, and harvested.
Even healthy flocks likely are carrying a certain amount of internal parasites. The parasites are found in the ground, in earthworms and in infected wild birds and mice that expel them in their feces. Your chickens naturally come in contact them as they scratch in the dirt and eat bugs and worms. But a chicken in good condition with a strong immune system can handle a normal load and will be able to flush worms out of their systems without negative effects. I believe in lots of preventives to keep my chickens healthy, and protecting them from worms is a major concern.
One day last summer I was contacted by Down East Magazine about being featured in their magazine. As a new subscriber to the magazine since we moved up here to Maine in August of 2015, I knew it to be an extremely well-respected, well-written regional publication that's very popular in the state.
|-This post is sponsored by ShelterLogic-|
Here in Maine with such a short growing season, we try and do anything we can to extend the season on both ends. In the spring, starting seeds in the house is a great way to get a jump on planting, while keeping the seedlings safe from the unpredictable spring weather. It's not unknown for us to get snow right through April!
Birds have been observed in the wild lining their nests with all kinds of weeds, flowers, grasses, and herbs. Clearly they innately know something about the benefits of the plants to their newly hatched babies. Often we can enhance our chicken keeping as well as our own lives by mimicking what animals do in the wild. That’s one reason why I love using plants like the ones in this garden in my chickens’ nesting boxes.
This week the weather ran the gamut, showing us a true New England January week. We started the week with a foot and a half of snow that soon became sheets of ice as the temperatures warmed a bit and everything started melting. Continued warm temperatures and then a day of rain really took a toll on the snow, leaving us by week's end with grass showing through and temperatures near 50 degrees. But by Saturday morning, we were back in the single digits.
I was born and raised in Massachusetts and spent a few weeks several summers in a row at a friend’s grandparents house on the beach in Kennebunkport, Maine. Then I spent the next decade slowly working my way down the east coast - first to Rhode Island to college - then to Manhattan for my first job on Wall Street. I eventually met – and married – my Navy husband and spent a few years in Pensacola, Florida, then we moved to Virginia where he retired from the Navy base in Norfolk.
Each year around this time I like to take a look back to see what the most popular articles were on my blog for the year. It's always interesting to see what you all are interested in learning about caring for your chickens. So, without further ado, here's the list of the top ten most-read articles of 2016.