Easy Herbed Deviled Eggs - Three Ways

June 30, 2012

I love deviled eggs. They're easy, nutritious and a wonderful way to highlight the wonderful flavors of both our fresh eggs from the chickens and fresh herbs from the garden.

Our New Saxony Ducklings - Cuteness Overload

June 28, 2012

Welcome to the world little ones!
We have had five Saxony duck eggs incubating in our incubator for the last 28 days.  (Follow along with our daily updates to The Great Eggscape HERE.)  Today was Hatch Day and this little one didn't disappoint. Arrived right on schedule.

Flock Hurricane Preparedness - Be Ready if Disaster Strikes

June 25, 2012

It seems that the weather is getting more extreme year to year, and hurricanes and tornadoes are popping up all over the place. We hear storm warnings all the time and they usually turn out to be nothing, but back in 2011, we got hit with Hurricane Irene while we were living in Virginia and I realized just how unprepared I was to handle severe weather when it came to protecting our backyard flock. 

Cock-A-Doodle....Roo? 11 Ways to Sex your Chicks

June 23, 2012

~Pink eggs are hens, blue eggs are roosters? Unfortunately it's not that easy!~

One question I get asked fairly often on my Facebook page is 'Is this a hen or a rooster?' with an accompanying photo of a baby chick. Generally, that's not an easy question to answer.

No More Jail Breaks - DIY Self-Closing Run Gate

June 22, 2012

I am usually careful to close the gate to the run behind me, but invariably going in and out with my hands full - of treats, water or feed going in, or eggs coming out - the gate gets left ajar. And those darn chickens don't need but a second to jump on the opportunity to escape and get some free range time.

Utility Cart Makeover - Cost $0

June 20, 2012

~repurposed utility cart using only stuff I found in our garage~

You know you have one of these in your garage. Everyone does. The old, cheap (maybe you bought it from Ikea or Target ten years ago ) cart or end table from your first apartment after you graduated from college that you just can't bring yourself to take to the dump because there's really nothing wrong with it....it's just really, really ugly.  So it's been sitting forgotten in your garage.

Treating Egg Bound Hens - How to Recognize Causes, Symptoms and Prevent Egg Binding

June 17, 2012

Imagine one of your hens is acting funny.  She is fluffed up, her eyes are closed and she is lethargic.  You notice her sitting on the ground and maybe dragging her wings.  Her tail is down and most likely she is straining or pumping her backside.  Upon closer examination you may notice that liquid is dripping from her vent and you may feel an egg-shaped lump.  All signs of an egg bound hen.

Terrible Horrible No Good Really Bad Day Macaroni and Cheese

June 13, 2012

Some days are better than others.  Today I have already been stung by a yellow jacket, chased our horse around the pasture trying to catch him for our farrier, cleaned up puppy puke - on OUR bed, no less, and discovered that a bunny has not only eaten all our spinach but also all our beet tops....and it's only 3 o'clock  in the afternoon.  All in all, I've had better days.

Homemade Orange Peel White Vinegar Coop Cleaner

June 10, 2012

Lately I have been looking for recipes to make my own natural homemade cleaning products.  I'm sure you all have seen the orange peel vinegar cleaning spray all over pinterest. In fact, if you google 'homemade orange peel cleaner' 4.4 million hits appear. 4.4 million. So this idea certainly isn't original. But it seems effective and won't harm the environment, our lungs or our pets. I whipped up a batch using the instructions from one of the 4.4 million links and set it aside to 'age'. 

Roasted Broccoli Bacon Cheddar Quiche

If your husband is anything like mine, he claims to not like quiche.  However, he absolutely will clean his plate every time I make my Roasted Broccoli Bacon Cheddar Breakfast Pie.  Sometimes it's just a matter of semantics.

Proper Egg Handling and Storage

June 8, 2012

One of the nice things about raising your own chickens is knowing what they are eating and what is going into the eggs they lay.  Another nice thing is knowing that your eggs are fresh. 

Frozen Ice Cube Treats for Chickens - Mint Helps Beat the Heat

June 4, 2012

~a refreshing batch of frozen mint ice cube treats~

Fresh clean water is the most important thing you can provide your flock - especially in the summer. Eggs contain mostly water and keeping your chickens hydrated not only is crucial to their health but assures good egg production.

But why not get creative and make some ice cube treats for your flock?

Got Flies ? Make This Easy DIY Fly Catcher out of a Soda Bottle

June 2, 2012

Flies are more than a nuisance in your chicken run.  They carry disease and spread bacteria which can lead to E. Coli, Salmonella, Listeria, New Castle Disease, Dysentery and other germs that are harmful to both your family and your flock. Eating the resulting maggots in wet feed can also lead to botulism in your flock. This past winter was so mild that the flies have returned in droves this spring.  They are drawn to moisture and puddles, wet bedding, damp feed and chicken poop.

I tried a few different ways to repel the flies, but this DIY Fly Catcher is easy to make, effective and an inexpensive way to rid your chicken run of flies.

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