Five Easy Ways to Keep your Chickens' Water from Freezing this Winter

October 28, 2013

One of the most-often asked questions we get from readers is how to keep their chickens' water from freezing in the winter. Chickens need access to unfrozen water every day in order to stay healthy, laying well and alive, so it's very important to keep their water from freezing.

A Week in Farm Photos October 20th - 26th

October 26, 2013

We're expecting our first frost any time now, with the temperatures dipping down into the low 30s the last few nights. The coop has been winterized, the chickens are just about done molting and have grown beautiful new feathers, our horses are growing nice thick furry coats, and funny how our cat now appears at the door a bit earlier for his dinner and then once his belly is full, he gets comfortable on his favorite chair in the living room.  I've planted a few cold crops including kale, Swiss chard, lettuce and this random sweet potato that I hope will produce before winter sets in...enjoy a peek at the past week.

Do You See What I See? 12 Fascinating Facts about Chicken Eyesight

October 23, 2013

Have you ever wondered just how well your chickens can see?  Or if they see in color or black & white? Or have you marveled at how they can spy a tiny bug or seed in the grass? Well wonder no more! I've assembled some fascinating facts about chicken eyesight for your reading enjoyment.

A Week in Farm Photos

October 19, 2013

This week started with rain - lots of rain - which led, of course, to lots of mud and happy ducks! We welcomed my father-in-law and his Sheltie into our home for a few days midweek and then ended the week with a trip to our local Barnes & Noble where we found copies of my new book displayed prominently on the shelf! (Yes, I was pretty giddy about that!)  All in all, I have to say .... life is good.  Raising chickens (and ducks) has brought me so much enjoyment, allowed me to meet so many nice people, and sent amazing opportunities my way.  Here are a few photos from around the farm. Enjoy!

Winter Challenges on the Farm - Guest Post for Ram Trucks

October 14, 2013

Earlier this year, I was asked by Ram Trucks to write several articles for their Ram Zone blog to celebrate the year of the farmer in conjunction with the release of their amazing Year of the Farmer video that aired during the Superbowl game.

The third article in the series has just gone live .... I hope you enjoy it!

A Week in Farm Photos...The Countdown to my Book Release Date

October 12, 2013

I can't believe that my book will hit the shelves on Tuesday! It's been more than a year since I got that fateful email from Paul, the publisher at St. Lynn's Press, (while standing in line at the supermarket no less!) to say that they wanted to publish Fresh Eggs Daily for me. This past 13 months has been a whirlwind of writing, editing, and proofreading with Cathy, my amazing editor, who made my words come alive (and made sure all my commas were in the right place!) and Holly, the art director, who laid out and formatted the entire book so beautifully using all my original photos.

Handling a Contagious Illness in your Backyard Chicken Flock

October 9, 2013

Of course all of us backyard chicken keepers want to concentrate on hanging pretty curtains in our coops, making fun treats for our chickens and taking pictures of our cute chicks surrounded by flowers. On our Fresh Eggs Daily Facebook page and here on the blog, we try and keep things fun and upbeat, but the reality is that the cutesy side of chicken keeping has to take a backseat to good biosecurity practices, proper sanitation and flock management.

DIY Anti-Pick Antibacterial Blu-Kote Knockoff Spray For Backyard Chickens

October 7, 2013

I would venture a guess that most backyard chicken keepers have heard of Blu-Kote. If you have not actually used it, you probably at least have some in your chicken first aid kit. It's widely recommended as an anti-pick spray with antiseptic and anti-fungal properties for use on wounds and raw skin due to pecking. In fact, we have long recommended it based on its widespread use among the backyard chicken community. We just assumed it was safe to use on poultry. But is it? After fielding a question from a fan recently which prompted a bit of research, we're starting to wonder...

A Week in Farm Photos - September 29th to October 5th

October 5, 2013

This sentiment from George Washington could not have said it any better.  We had a death in the family this past week and we realized that sometimes memorializing a family member and celebrating their life makes you stop and take a closer look at your own. Enjoy this glimpse of our life on the farm....

5 Essential Tools for Backyard Chicken Keepers

October 3, 2013

When you first decide to raise chickens and you start doing your research, you will quickly learn that you will need feeders, waterers, grit dispensers, nesting boxes, and a coop/run for them. But here are five essential everyday tools that I bet no one told you about.

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