Happy New Year!

December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!  All I can say is, what a difference a year makes!  This past year has been a whirlwind for me.  So many exciting changes and accomplishments that I could never have foreseen.

A Week in Farm Photos December 23rd - 29th

December 29, 2012

Quick Reference Feed Guide Chart (Chick to Laying Hen)

December 27, 2012

Depending on where you buy your feed, you might get accurate information about what you should be feeding your chickens at various points in their life - or you might not. I remember being horrified early on, after having been told that Flock Raiser was perfect for our growing mixed flock of chickens and ducks and bringing home a bag, to find that it would have been perfect had we been planning on EATING our flock!

Christmas Cookies and Cake

December 24, 2012

'Tis the season to bake! I collect recipes all year, just waiting until it's time to bake for the holidays.

Christmas Star Wreath Made with Coat Hangers and Chicken Wire

December 22, 2012

It seems that everyone is making handmade wreaths this holiday season.  I had been scrolling through the multitude wreath photos on Pinterest - but they were all the same old thing - round with evergreens, heart-shaped with lavender, square with berries...

Nothing really inspired me to create my own wreath until Yvette sent me a photo of a star-shaped wreath several days ago. There were no instructions included and no link back to the source, but I put my creative juices to work and came up with this easy rustic star-shaped wreath made out of metal coat hangers.

Christmas on the Farm in Photos

DIY Cat Bed Sewn from Re-purposed Flannel and Tee Shirts

December 21, 2012

So with three days until Christmas, you have all your shopping done, gifts are wrapped and under the tree and all of a sudden you realize - you forgot to get a gift for the cat!  

Scratch Sunflower Nut Edible Treat Wreath for Chickens

December 19, 2012

As many of you know, I enjoy adapting ideas I see online and elsewhere for the enjoyment of our chickens. I have seen several versions of birdseed wreaths for wild birds on Pinterest HERE, HERE and HERE and decided to make my own chicken version.

The Benefits of Probiotics

December 17, 2012

Probiotics, such as those found in yogurt, are extremely beneficial to poultry intestinal health much as they are to humans. They help boost good bacteria levels in the intestines and maintain optimal health.  They also aid in digestion and will result in a better feed conversion ratio, meaning your flock will need to eat less to get the same nutrients out of their feed.

A Week in Farm Photos - December 9th - 15th

December 15, 2012

Sometimes there are no words. Sleep in heavenly peace.

Raspberry and Mint Thumbprint Cookies

December 14, 2012

I love making rolled cookies around the holidays. These cookies are so festive with the green and red filling, and the sprinkle of powdered sugar looks like snow.

These easy thumbprint cookies are made even more delicious and more personal using homemade raspberry jam and mint jelly in the centers, but store bought can certainly be substituted.

The recipe doesn't call for any eggs, but I manage to employ an egg in the making of the indentations that will be ultimately filled with delectable jam and jelly.

The Twelve Days of a Farm Christmas

December 12, 2012

♪♫ ♪ On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a farm in the country ♫ ♪♫ ♪

Homemade Mint Jelly from the Garden

December 11, 2012

Expecting a frost any night now, I already picked most of the herbs lingering in our garden and have them drying for use this winter, but I wanted to try making some mint jelly with the last of our mint.

A Week in Farm Photos - December 2nd -8th

December 8, 2012

Hard to believe that Christmas is a mere few weeks away. The temperatures here in Virginia have been swinging wildly between the low 40s to the high 70s by day and then dipping down below freezing occasionally at night.  

Leaf Rake Christmas Tree - Edible Coop Decor

December 6, 2012

You all know by now that I am always looking for fun, easy crafty ideas, especially those that our chickens can enjoy.  Well, Yvette recently saw a similar rake decorated with buttons and thought we could turn that into some sort of Fresh Eggs Daily craft.  Well, sure we could! Here is our version of the Rake Christmas Tree.

The Perfect Egg Sandwich Recipe

December 4, 2012

There are probably as many ways to make an egg sandwich as there are people who make them. But in my opinion, there is only one way to make the perfect egg sandwich.  And here it is (absolutely no substitutions allowed)...

Edible Christmas Garlands for your Chickens

December 3, 2012

Fun, creative, healthy treats can help beat the winter blahs and alleviate boredom in your run.  Besides being easy to make, edible garlands keep your chickens busy during the winter when they are confined to the coop or run without much to entertain them.

A Week in Farm Photos Nov 25th - Dec 1st

December 1, 2012

Fall is in full swing here in Virginia. I can't believe it's December already, in fact. The days have been gorgeously sunny and clear and the nights cool and crisp.  The warm yellows, oranges and browns of the autumn leaves mix with a bit of remaining green grass and are accented on chilly mornings with a bit of frost.

Basic Chicken Etiquette for the Family Dog - The Importance of Training

November 29, 2012

~Bella and Violet checking each other out through the safety of fencing~
When we got our first chickens several years ago, we had an aging (10 year old) German Shepherd. It never even dawned on us to worry about Sadie around the new chickens because she was naturally so intelligent and well-behaved, she seemed to instinctively know what was expected of her.  

A is for Albumen - A Glossary of Common Chicken Terms

November 26, 2012

When you start raising chickens, you are bound to run into terms, abbreviations and phrases that might seem like a foreign language at first. Here is my non-scientific, layman's guide to some of the more common terms and their meanings, plus where I could, I linked to a full-length blog post on the topic if you wanted to read even more information:

A Week in Farm Photos - November 18th-24th

November 24, 2012

Thanksgiving is but a distant memory, and winter is fast approaching.  We're expecting our first real frost tonight, so we tried to finish up a few last-minute outdoor chores today despite the 46 degree weather.  Please enjoy these few scenes from the previous week around the farm.



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The All-Natural Chicken First Aid Kit - Top Essential Items

November 20, 2012

Too often in backyard chicken keeping, injury or illness occurs that needs to be treated quickly.  Since many products used to treat poultry are not readily available locally, and many vets don't treat chickens, it is my recommendation to be prepared and keep these critical items stocked at all times. Hopefully you will never need them, but at least you'll be ready if you do.  

Sometimes Less is More

November 18, 2012

Once upon a time, eons ago, when we only had five hens, I knew which egg belonged to each hen.  Grace, our Buff, laid plump pale tan eggs. Charlotte, our Australorp, laid almost round pinkish eggs.  Orange Chicken, our Rhode Island Red, laid bullet-shaped tan eggs.  Lucy, our Marans laid dark speckled eggs. PeeWee, our Easter Egger, laid mint green eggs and PJ, our other EE, laid pale green eggs.

A Week in Farm Photos - November 11-17

November 17, 2012

This week our ten photos celebrate the fall colors and beauty of nature. Enjoy!


Plastic Easter Egg Scratch Treat Balls

November 15, 2012

Plastic Easter eggs are a wonderful way to teach young pullets where to lay their eggs. Leave a few in the nesting boxes and they will soon catch on.  But when you're done with the eggs, don't toss them in the trash.  Here's a simple way to re-use them as treat balls for the chickens.

Hobby Farms Chickens Magazine Feature

November 14, 2012

Several weeks ago I was contacted by the editor of Hobby Farms/Bowtie Publications and asked to be their Featured Chicken Keeper in the upcoming issue of Chickens magazine. I immediately accepted! A huge fan of Hobby Farms, and especially their bimonthly Chickens publication, I was honored that I (and Fresh Eggs Daily) had somehow come up on their radar. It's been hard keeping quiet and waiting patiently for the issue to be published, but it's finally here! My issue arrived several days ago and I couldn't be more excited to read the article that resulted from my interview.

Salmonella and Backyard Chickens

November 13, 2012

When someone says 'Salmonella' you most likely immediately think uncooked eggs or poultry, and you would be right (although it can be contracted from eating contaminated produce as well).  Salmonella IS most often contracted from un- or under-cooked poultry products, and in fact it is estimated that 1 in 20,000 eggs contain Salmonella.  So should you be concerned about salmonella in your backyard flock?  Well, let's take a look at what Salmonella is, how it is contracted and if it can be prevented.

A Week in Farm Photos November 4th - 10th

November 10, 2012

The last two weeks have brought some weather challenges to much of the country. We have been lucky here in Virginia to escape with only rain followed by much cooler temperatures.  No hard frost yet, but getting close.  I hope you enjoy this glimpse of life on our farm.



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