Five Reasons NOT to Heat your Chicken Coop this Winter

December 11, 2018

I raise chickens. In Maine. And I can tell you that healthy chickens in the right sized, well-ventilated, dry coop generally don't need heat. I would expand that to say: pretty much no chickens need their coop heated. 

Take a Peek at our Week - Dec 2 to 8

December 8, 2018

This week was all about getting in the Christmas spirit - which isn't too hard when you have a couple of inches of snow on the ground!

I hung the new curtains I made for the coop last week and might have bought some Christmas decorations for the coop that I still need to get up.

We were visited by red squirrels, wild turkeys and some adorable little chickadees this week which is always fun! And we saw all kinds of tracks in the snow!

One Sheet Bacon and Eggs

December 6, 2018

The holidays generally mean extra mouths to feed, and what better way than a "one sheet" breakfast recipe? I love this clever idea from my friend Kate at Framed Cooks! 

DIY Draft Drapes for your Chicken Coop

December 4, 2018

In the winter, partially blocking the little pop door that the chickens use during the day to come and go out of the coop can help keep drafts. out. It's important that your coop have good ventilation, but not be drafty - and these cute "draft drapes" do the trick!

Take a Peek at our Week Nov 25-Dec 1

December 1, 2018

This week was all about snow! It's crazy to think that we haven't even dipped our toes into December yet, but we've already shoveled and plowed more than 9 INCHES of snow! (and I know some parts of northern New York got even more!)

Lemon Herb Torn Egg Salad

November 29, 2018

This week my friend and food blogger Kate Jackson, creator of Framed Cooks, shared her recipe for torn egg salad. Garnished with fresh herbs and lemon, it's my kind of recipe!

A Simple Way to Keep Mice out of your Chicken Feed

November 27, 2018

A simple way to keep your bags of chicken feed away from rodents is to either set the whole feed bag inside a large galvanized trashcan with a lid or pour your feed into a covered metal trashcan.

That way mice and rats can't chew through the bags you have in storage. 

But what about the feed that you dole out to your flock each day? But is there an easy way to keep any leftover feed safe from mice?

The Truth about Chicken Treats

November 26, 2018

I'm here to share the truth about chicken treats. The truth as I see it, at least. 
And here's how I see it.

Is feeding your chickens too many treats harmful to their health and production rate? Should treats be fed in moderation? Should treats be varied and healthy? Does giving your chickens treats make you both happy?

Take a Peek at our Week - Nov. 18 to 24

November 24, 2018

What a difference a week makes! Last week I was out planting garlic and tulip bulbs; this week we're blanketed in several inches of snow. Although it felt more like Christmas than Thanksgiving around here, and last week could be the last time we see grass until April, we're enjoying the last few days of November. 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family, friends and loved ones!  In the spirit of the season of giving, I am excited to announce that Fresh Eggs Daily is an official underwriter of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network, our local NPR station. So if you live in Maine, tune in and you just may hear your favorite chicken keeping site mentioned!

And thank you to everyone who tuned in to watch 207 on NBC here in Maine on Tuesday evening! And also to those who headed to their local bookstore looking for copies of my books after watching the show! I have already heard from several stores who will be stocking my books through the holiday season! 

Enjoy this peek at our week.
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