How Can I Protect my Chickens from Hawks?

September 19, 2018

Of all the various predators that will go after your chickens, the aerial type are often the most challenging. Short of a completely enclosed pen or run, the truth is that your chickens (and ducks) are vulnerable to predator attacks if they free range.

Take a Peek at Our Week - Sept 2 to 8

September 8, 2018

We celebrated Labor Day and welcomed the first full week of September to Maine this week, but you would never know it from the thermometer. From a high about 90 degrees one day, to lows in the 40s at night, the temperature swings have been crazy.  We bounced around from summer to fall pretty much all week.

How To Clean A Broken Egg Off the Kitchen Floor

September 6, 2018

I've done it. You've done it. Let's face it, we've all done it. If you raise backyard chickens - or eat eggs for that matter - I'm pretty sure that you've dropped more eggs on the kitchen floor than you would like to admit! 

Take a Peek at my Week - Aug 26 to Sept 1

September 1, 2018

Well, September has arrived and not a moment too soon! This has been such a hot, humid (but dry rain-wise) summer that I'm really so ready for it to be over. Our vegetable garden was a disaster, all the flowers around the house are pretty much dried up, although I'm cutting what I can and our grass is yellow and crunchy. 

(As an aside, I'll be interested to see how the extreme conditions this summer will affect the fall foliage. We already have seen a few leaves turning, so it won't be long now before Maine is blanketed in her fall finery!) 

But the week was still a good one. Egg production has slowed a bit due to the heat and shorter days (anyone else notice that the chickens are going to bed earlier and earlier these days!?!), the ducks are in full molt and the chickens aren't far behind them, but we should start seeing some eggs from this spring's chicks in a few weeks.

I've been busy harvesting herbs to dry them for the winter, and of course knee deep in a few exciting projects for next year! More on that later....

It's amazing that just a few days ago, we reached heat indices of near 100 degrees, and then this morning, it was as if someone flipped a switch and it was a brisk 45 degrees when I woke up  this morning. Now, that's more like it! Enjoy this peek at our week! And have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

Wild Berries on our Farm in Maine

August 30, 2018

Maine is known for its wild blueberries, so we were thrilled to find a small wild blueberry patch on our farm when we moved here several years ago.

Since berries were something we really were excited about growing here, we also planted some high bush blueberry varieties (completely different than the wild low bush), along with raspberries and black raspberries that first summer we lived here.

Take a Peek at my Week Aug 19 to 25

August 25, 2018

They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder and it really is true. I never appreciate spending a relaxing weekend at home more than when I've been away for a few days. After last week's trip to California, and being in New York the week before that, it was so great to just hang out at home this week. The Littles are all growing so big.

It won't be long before they're laying eggs! And we're harvesting tomatoes from the garden this week, along with some really sad-looking carrots! There are late summer wildflowers blooming all over and the little woodland animals are scurrying around stockpiling food for the coming cold months. Enjoy this peek!

How to Light your Chicken Coop for Less than $50 with no Electricity

August 21, 2018

Have you ever wished you had lights in your chicken coop? Are you tired of using a flashlight or the light from your cell phone screen to try to see inside the coop at night? 
But do you think you couldn't possibly light your coop if you had no electricity running to it? I feel your pain and had those same problems. So I decided to do something about it.

My Week in California - Chickens in Tutus!

August 18, 2018

One of the best parts of my job and what I do...and the thing I love the most honestly.... is being able to reach so many people, both on social media and off, and try to get them excited about raising chickens. This week, I was in California appearing on several morning news shows talking about raising chickens and promoting my new book 101 Chicken Keeping Hacks.

Egg Avocado Toast with Fresh Herbs

August 7, 2018

Let me just preface this by saying I know I'm really late to the avocado toast game. Like really really late. I get that. Like my 70ish year old Mom eats avocado toast. And she's not even on Pinterest. So I apologize for not being more on trend here, but I just had to share! And since I'm going to be in LA new week which is like the epicenter of all things avocado, I thought sharing this recipe today was apropos!

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