How to Prevent and Treat Pasty Butt in Baby Chicks

February 19, 2019

Pasty butt, or "pasted vent" is a fairly common, but potentially life-threatening, condition that occurs when the vent of a baby chick gets clogged with dried feces.

If not treated quickly, it can be fatal because the baby chick is unable to eliminate its poop. If you are just starting out with your first baby chicks, then you should be aware of this condition.

Take a Peek at our Week - Feb 10 to 16

February 16, 2019

This week I traveled south to the Portland area for a super fun photo shoot! Although it was only about 20 degrees and wearing a jacket, hat and mittens wasn't part of the plan for the photos, and I was freezing most of the day, we still managed to get some great photos out of it. 

Spending the day with friends is always fun anyway, regardless of the weather. Thanks to my producer Hannah of Drop by Drop Entertainment and Peg my favorite photographer from CoopduJour Photography! 

In other news, we got almost a foot of snow following by a few inches of ice, so much of the week was spent on snow removal, but as always, the beauty after a storm is so worth a few hours of back-breaking shoveling and snow blowing! Enjoy this peek at our week!

Fancy Fried Egg in a Hole

February 14, 2019

It's time for the weekly egg recipe from my friend Kate at Framed Cooks! And this week is one of my favorites so far! 

It's like a basic eggs and toast breakfast, but better! 

10 Reasons Why you Need to be Fermenting your Chicken Feed

February 12, 2019

Fermenting your chicken feed is simple to do and provides numerous health benefits to chickens. Plus, because it's more nutritional than unfermented feed, your chickens will eat less which will save you money in the long run. 

Whole or cracked grain feeds ferment better than crumble or pelleted feeds and you can even ferment scratch grains or individual seeds and grains as a treat.

Here are ten compelling reasons why you need to be fermenting your chicken feed.

Take A Peek at our Week Feb 3 to 9

February 9, 2019

This week brought some warming, rain and melting before the temperature plunged back close to zero. But we were lucky to be able to squeeze in a few days of filming for my new TV show Welcome to my Farm

The pilot episode will air next Sunday, February 17th at 11:30am here in Maine on NBC, and I'll have information on how to watch online shortly after it airs on broadcast TV.

We're still collecting beautiful fresh eggs every day, and I've already ordered some seeds to plant in the spring. 

I've started putting together some travel dates for my 2019 tour, so be sure to check to see if I'll be heading to a town near you!  

Quick Chick CheckList

February 5, 2019

Any new hobby, or project or recipe (or bringing a new baby home for that matter!) requires a shopping list. And raising baby chicks is no different. 

Your first time getting ready for your chicks to arrive, you might feel overwhelmed with all the supplies and choices available to you.

 So I've created this Quick Chick CheckList to be sure you're ready for your new arrivals - whether you go pick them up at the feed store or have them shipped to you at home.

Take a Peek at my Week Jan 27-Feb 2

February 2, 2019

This week the polar vortex was all anyone was talking about it seems. Here in Maine it wasn't terribly cold, just "regular Maine winter" cold. We did get some snow which was nice. You need a refreshing layer of flakes every few days to keep it looking all clean and pretty! But as far as arctic cold, not so much! So it wasn't the polar vortex that was on our minds. 

But it was an exciting week nonetheless. I was FINALLY able to share the news that my new television show Welcome to my Farm is going to be premiering on NEWS CENTER Maine, the local NBC affiliate, starting on February 17th! 

Bacon and Egg Breakfast Tacos

January 31, 2019

We're heading into peak egg production season soon, so it's a good time to get some egg recipes together. 

I know if you're like me, you love scrambled eggs but can only eat them for so long before you're yearning for a bit of a change. Well, this is the change you were looking for! 

Top Five Kid-Friendly Chicken Breeds

January 29, 2019

Raising a small flock of chickens in the backyard is a fun family activity that everyone can share in.

Even small kids love to help collect eggs, refill feeders, and help to keep the chickens out of flower beds. They can help do the evening head count and pick out some favorite treats at the store. 
They will have fun sprinkling some herbs in the nesting boxes and picking weeds and edible flowers for the chickens to nibble on.

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