Paw Prints in the Snow - Learning to Recognize Chicken Predator Tracks

It's always a good idea to know what kind of predators you're up against who might want to harm your chickens. It's one thing to hear or read that there are various types of animals that live in your area, but it's a whole 'nother story to actually SEE evidence of them lurking.

Take a Peek at our Week January 22nd - 28th


This was a tough week around here. We lost one of our ducks, our Silver Appleyard named Ginger. I know you're not supposed to pick favorites, but I admit she was one of my favorites. So things have been a bit more subdued - I think the other ducks are grieving a bit right along with me - but of course life goes on. Part of raising animals and living in the country means losses, unfortunately, at times. But we have other animals to care for and a business to run...meanwhile Ginger will not be forgotten any time soon. Enjoy this peek at our week.

My Top Tips for Keeping Chickens When you Work All Day


When no one is home all day, it can be daunting to think about devoting time taking care of a dog or cat, much less a flock of backyard chickens! But chickens are actually very easy to raise once you have your set-up and routine figured out - and a small flock of 5 or 6 hens will likely provide your family with plenty of eggs.

Take a Peek at Our Week January 15th - 21st


This week was pretty exciting around here. Weatherwise, we had the normal mix of snow, sleet, ice, and a bit of rain. Par for the course for winter in Maine, I guess. 

FREE Customizable Printable Egg Production Chart


Tracking your chickens' egg production is not only fun, it's a really good way to monitor the health of your flock. Often a reduction in laying is the first sign that something is wrong, since laying eggs takes so much energy out of a chicken, so by keeping track of who is laying what - when - you can sometimes get a jump on anything that's gone awry.

Take a Peek at our Week January 8th - 14th


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.

So Just How Loud IS a Rooster's Crow?

More and more suburban areas are starting to allow a small flock of backyard chickens, but many are still banning roosters - citing 'round-the-clock crowing as an annoyance to neighbors. So I decided to do a bit of research to find out just how loud a rooster's crow is.

Take a Peek at our Week January 1st - 7th


Well, it's a new year - and it has started off with a literal BANG! This week our chickens were featured in no less than three magazines: American Farmhouse Style, Hobby Farms Chicken Coops & Playgrounds and Natural Chicken Keeping. My new book Gardening with Chickens is selling really well...but most exciting, I appeared on NBC's local Maine news and entertainment show 207. You can watch HERE as I chat with hosts Rob Caldwell and Caroline Cornish about chickens, ducks, gardening and living in Maine!

Lessons Learned about Maine Living


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. 

Top Ten Chicken Keeping Blog Posts of 2016


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.



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