Top Ten Blog Posts of 2013

December 30, 2013

As we near the end of 2013, and realize that our second year of blogging is drawing to a close, I thought it would be fun to go back and look at the top ten blog posts from the year, as ranked by reader page views. If you have recently joined us, you might have missed a few, so let's take a look at what interested blog readers most throughout the year. And here they are:

A Week in Farm Photos - December 22nd - 28th

December 28, 2013

This week Christmas came and went, and all the hustle and bustle of baking and visiting with family and friends has finally settled down. We unveiled a brand new blog design this week that we hope is cleaner and crisper and easier for you to navigate, and comes complete with new coordinating profile photos and banners for both of our Facebook pages Fresh Eggs Daily and Ducks Too as well.

Happy Winter and please enjoy these photos from our farm!

Fatty Liver Hemmorhagic Syndrome and Why I Don't Worry About Obese Chickens

December 27, 2013

I've been reading a lot lately about Fatty Liver Hemmorhagic Syndrome (basically obesity) in backyard chickens (I won't bore you with the details you can just check google for all the technical mumbo-jumbo) and warnings about not feeding chickens treats, but I am here to tell you that I DO feed my chickens treats and I DON'T worry about them getting obese or succumbing to Fatty Liver Syndrome. And here's why:

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2013

We're unplugging and spending the day today with family, friends and of course our beloved animals, so we'll see you all back here tomorrow. We hope you all have a very  Merry Christmas!

A Week in Farm Photos Dec 15 - 21

December 21, 2013

It sure has been some year! I hatched chicks and ducklings both in the incubator and under a broody hen, wrote for a few magazines, wrote a BOOK, we adopted a corgi and we've got our house on the market, hoping to move back north to snow country. But I've got a secret for you all ... 2014 is going to be even BETTER! So I hope you'll all stick around for the excitement!  Enjoy these photos of our flock! All happy and healthy and what makes life worth living.

Swinging Chickens: Make an Easy DIY Log Swing for your Run

December 18, 2013

I suppose because I am easily bored, I always worry that our chickens are also bored, so I spend an inordinate amount of my day either just hanging out with them, picking weeds or raking piles of leaves or pine needles for them, or coming up with new and different ways to keep them stimulated.

DIY Yule Log Candle Holder

December 15, 2013

I love rustic Christmas decorations, and part of our decorating always involves gathering evergreen boughs, pine cones and berries from our yard and the surrounding woods to use in our home for the holidays. This year, I got a bit more ambitious and decided to make a true Yule log out of a branch. Free and easy, using just a few basic tools, this couldn't have been quicker to make.

A Week in Farm Photos - Rustic Farm Christmas Decor

December 14, 2013

Living in the country like we do means spending as much time outside as we possibly can enjoying nature and our animals, so when the temperatures drop and being outdoors is curtailed, we merely bring the outdoors inside when we decorate for the holidays. This week was spent decorating using lots of fresh evergreen, berries, pinecones and candles. I even made a Yule log out of a branch I cut from the woods. Enjoy this year's Christmas decor!

Ameraucana vs. Araucana vs. Easter Egger - The Blue Egg Layers

December 10, 2013

Ever since Martha Stewart appeared on television several years ago holding a basket of blue eggs laid by her chickens, the demand for the blue egg laying breeds has skyrocketed. There are predominantly three breeds that come to mind when you're talking blue eggs - the Ameraucana, Araucana and Easter Egger (although Cream Legbars do lay blue eggs as well and are just becoming available in the US) - but only two of the three always lay blue eggs, so you'll want to keep reading and be sure of what you're ordering this spring if you are determined to have blue eggs in your basket come fall!

GIVEAWAY: Win a $100 BOGS® Footwear Gift Card

December 8, 2013

We are super excited to be partnering again with BOGS®  Footwear to give one lucky person the chance to win a $100 BOGS®  gift card! Keep reading to find out how to win...

A Week in Farm Photos December 1st - 7th

December 7, 2013

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here! Despite warm temperatures making it hard to really get into the Christmas spirit, I've started decorating. I love rustic and outdoorsy decorations so much and they're inexpensive, quick and easy to put together.  

The week started out with unveiling the new holiday banners and profile pics on Facebook and the blog, continued with some coop decorating, and culminated with us going to get our tree this afternoon.  You'll have to wait until next week to see it all decorated though!

It's hard to believe that a year ago I was wishing for a Corgi under the tree, and this year, we HAVE a corgi under the tree! So I guess this year I'll wish for world peace... Enjoy this peek at our week.

GIVEAWAY: Cinders A Chicken Cinderella by Jan Brett

December 6, 2013

Jan Brett has long been a favorite of mine - first as a bestselling author of beautifully illustrated children's books when I owned my bookstore - and more recently as a fellow chicken keeper, raising show-quality Polish, Silkies and Cochins among others, once I started raising my own backyard flock.

So when I caught wind of her new book Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella, I knew I had to reach out to her and ask if she would be interested in donating a copy for a giveaway.  Jan couldn't have been nicer and agreed to send me a copy of her book to give away to one lucky reader.

Cold Weather Tips for Winter Duck Care

December 4, 2013

Ducks are extremely cold-hardy and actually need very little in order to make it through the cold weather just fine. But there are several things you can do to help your ducks happier and healthier this winter.

Swedish Egg Coffee

December 3, 2013

Everything is better with fresh eggs, we all know that. But what about coffee? Yup, even coffee. If you have never tried Swedish Egg Coffee (also called Norwegian Egg Coffee or Lutheran Church Egg Coffee), you don't know what you're missing!

Repurposed Feed Bag Christmas Stocking Tutorial

December 1, 2013

Start saving your empty feed bags! It's so easy to sew up these cute stockings to give as holiday gifts to your chicken-loving friends - maybe filled with chicken treats or other chicken-themed items.  And if you decorate your coop for the holidays, a row of these stockings would look adorable.

Sturdy, durable and weather-resistant, the stockings are appropriate for indoor or outdoor use.
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