Oatmeal Treat Balls

April 29, 2012

As I was getting out the ingredients to make my favorite oatmeal cookies the other day in preparation for my father-in-law's weekend visit, I thought - the chickens really would like these.  Oats, walnuts, raisins...some of their favorite treats.  But of course some of the other ingredients aren't so good for them, so after baking up a batch of my signature Blueberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies, I set about creating a  healthy version for the chickens.

Blueberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

My variation on the Quaker Oats Vanishing Oatmeal Cookie recipe.  These bake up quickly and are SO good ! (And if you feel like treating your chickens while you have the oven on and the ingredients out, here's a healthy  Oatmeal Treat Ball recipe for the chickens)

Marans + Ameraucanas = Olive Egger Chickens

April 26, 2012

If you have been following the blog you know that I recently hatched my very first chicks. It was such an amazing experience. To think that an egg hatches into a living, breathing chick in just 21 days and then that golf-ball sized chick grows to be a robin-sized pullet over the next 30 days or so is just amazing.  

Chicken Piccata Recipe

April 25, 2012

I'll just preface this by saying we don't eat much chicken in our home. Ever since raising our own hens for the eggs, chicken just doesn't appeal to me as a food anymore. But my husband is still a big fan. His favorite is beer can chicken, but I had to draw the line there. Opening the oven to see a whole chicken roasting, perched on top of a beer can,  was just too much for me to handle.  

Painted Mason Jar Flower Vases

April 23, 2012

If you're already dreaming of spring, and had enough of cold, snow and ice, you don't have to wait until Mother Nature decides it's time...instead bring a bit of spring indoors with these easy repurposed mason jar vases.

Fresh Strawberry Scones

April 22, 2012

This is the perfect spring time brunch recipe.  Quick and easy, these scones highlight fresh, sweet berries....


2-1/2 Cups flour
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 Cup sliced fresh strawberries
2 Eggs, beaten
1/2 Cup + 2 Tablespoons heavy cream 
Turbinado sugar
Whole fresh berries for garnish

To prepare: 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Use a pastry cutter to incorporate butter.  Gently fold in strawberries. Whisk eggs and 1/2 Cup heavy cream to combine and then mix into batter until just moistened.

Transfer dough to a parchment-covered baking sheet. Pat in a 3/4-inch thick circle.  Score into 8 wedges.  Brush wedges with the 2 Tablespoons heavy cream and sprinkle with turbindao sugar.

Bake for 18 minutes or until golden.  Plate and garnish with whole berries.  Serve with honey butter or strawberry jam.

This recipe is shared with Iron Chef Mom.

Fans' Chicken FAQ

April 20, 2012


-all answers are based on my personal experience, and there may be more than one 'right answer, but I always prefer to just tell you what I do that I find works-

Chick Questions

Adding New Flock Members - Integrating New Pullets or Adult Chickens

April 18, 2012

Care needs to be taken when introducing new pullets (or grown hens) to your flock.  Chickens take their pecking order very seriously and any new addition is seen as a threat to their place in the order. Even your sweet, affectionate hens might literally peck chicks, pullets or even full-sized hens to death if they are added suddenly.

Abigail's First Photo Shoot

April 17, 2012

Meet Abigail our three and a half week old Olive Egger.  She's an active, curious peep who will grow up to lay us gorgeous olive green eggs.  You're welcome to join us on her very first photo shoot.

Chicken Run Landscaping

April 15, 2012

Although it may seem like an exercise in futility, it actually IS possible to landscape your chicken run.  A nicely landscaped run serves many purposes both for you, your flock and your neighbors. 

Blackberry White Chocolate Tiered Cheesecake

April 12, 2012

I was asked to bring a cheesecake to a friend's house this year for Easter.  My friend even texted me a raspberry cheese cake recipe she found on epicurious.com for 'inspiration'.  But I couldn't find any fresh raspberries, so I needed to make some substitutions. The recipe I am sharing here is the result of a bit of tweaking of that original recipe.  

Using Pumpkins, Garlic & Nasturtium for Worming Chickens

April 9, 2012

Worming chickens twice a year with a chemical wormer (that likely requires a period of egg 'withdrawal' during which you shouldn't eat the eggs) is NOT necessary. I have never wormed my chickens with any kind of commercial wormer. I also have never had any trouble with worms or internal parasites in my flock, and have actually had our vet take fecal samples and no sign of worms have ever been found.

Pastel Easter Eggs - Dyeing Eggs Naturally

April 6, 2012

I have dyed eggs using natural ingredients  and also tried marbling eggs using olive oil and vinegar.  I loved both results. But when I saw a slightly different technique of dying eggs in pastel colors for Easter using natural ingredients in the latest issue of Backyard Poultry Magazine (April/May 2012), I just had to try it.

Natural Pest Control - Safe for Chickens, Other Pets and People

April 5, 2012

'Tis the season of bugs and other pests. While chickens will eat many of the bugs that they come in contact with, others they won't.  Bad bugs and parasites can not only carry disease to your flock through contaminating their feed but some also transmit harmful diseases through direct contact.  Others can damage wood in coops and barns, so you do want to control them, but do it naturally.

Stop! Put down the Raid or Ortho. Don't use Frontline or Sevin Dust on your chickens! Commercial bug sprays and pesticides aren't good for your family, your pets or the environment. Before you start spraying chemicals near your run and coop area that could be harmful to your chickens (or in your home that are harmful to your family and indoor pets), you might want to consider some of these homemade natural remedies to repel pests. 

I have not personally tried all of these remedies, but as with most natural, holistic preventives, they are easy, inexpensive and have no side effects, so there's no downside to giving them a try.  And you probably have everything you need to battle summer pests right in your kitchen cabinets and pantry.

Martha's Marbled Easter Eggs

April 4, 2012

Being crafty and loving to bake and cook, I of course have been a huge Martha Stewart fan over the years. I love her clever ideas. So I am not surprised that she came up with this utterly amazing way to dye eggs more than ten years ago. I have seen it shared and passed around Facebook more than a few times each spring and just had to try it for myself....and once I tried it, I just had to share !

Homemade Mayo with Dill

April 3, 2012

I think one of the best things about raising our own chickens is being able to safely enjoy homemade recipes such as eggnog, tiramisu, hollandaise sauce and mayonnaise which use uncooked or partially cooked eggs.  The risk of salmonella in eggs from a backyard flock is far lower than in those from a commercial egg farm, so I have been indulging and making some of my favorite recipes again.

Spraddle Leg - Preventing and Treating Splayed Leg in Baby Chicks

April 1, 2012

Hopefully you will never have to worry about a chick with spraddle leg ( also called splayed leg), but as is the case with everything else chicken-related, it's always best to be prepared ...just in case.
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