A Week in Farm Photos - January 25th - 31st

January 31, 2015

Here in Virginia, we escaped the huge amounts of snow much of the East got dumped on them earlier this week, but instead were pleasantly surprised with just a dusting.  The snow had all melted by the end of the day, but it gave us a bit winter magic - at a time when we're already seeing signs of spring - like emerging hyacinth and crocuses. Enjoy a peek at our week.

Plant an Edible Flower Garden for Your Chickens

January 30, 2015

Several years ago I lost interest in growing ornamental flowers once I started reading up on all the different varieties of edible flowers there are. Now I concentrate primarily on growing an edible flower garden with a mix of annuals, perennials and even some weeds. It's fun and easy; the blooms are great to garnish summer desserts, salads or mixed drinks - and of course, the chickens benefit from a bouquet of fresh, edible, nutritious flowers to eat.

BOOK REVIEW: Clean Slate: A Cookbook and Guide from the editors of Martha Stewart Living

January 29, 2015

You can't judge a book by its cover, but in this case, the absolutely beautiful cover is just a teaser for tons more eye candy inside this new cookbook. The editors of Martha Stewart Living have hit it out of the ballpark yet again with Clean Slate.: A Cookbook and Guide (Reset your Health, Detox your Body and Feel your Best).

Why Should Eggs Be Stored Pointy End Down?

January 26, 2015

You've probably heard that eggs should be stored with the pointy end facing downwards, but often wondered why? Or maybe you've not ever heard that and you're reading it here for the first time. Either way, it's the truth. Eggs should be stored pointed end down. But why? Well, I'll explain it to you.

Incorporating Herbs into Natural Chicken Keeping

January 25, 2015

When I first started raising  chickens more than five years ago, I knew I wanted to do it naturally. I mean, what would be the point of raising our own chickens for the eggs if we were going to use chemicals and medications and antibiotics on them. Trouble was, not a lot of studies had been done (and still haven't) on herbal remedies and preventives for chickens. Chicken homeopathy just isn't on the scientific research labs' radar!

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

January 24, 2015

This abnormally warm winter has resulted in lots of rain (and plenty of mud which makes for happy ducks!) and given me plenty of indoor time to spend knitting and work ion my new book (I can't tell you much about it yet, but I can share one of the photos that I've submitted to the art department - yes, it will include recipes!) Enjoy a peek at our muddy week!

Duck Duck Goose (Chicken Quail Emu) Egg Identification Chart

January 22, 2015

Most of you reading this probably raise chickens. And most of you, like I, probably thought that chickens only laid brown or white eggs before you started raising your own flock and discovering breeds like the blue egg-laying Ameraucana or the chocolate brown egg-laying Marans. Many of you may also raise ducks and collect loads of  slightly larger, richer, white and pale mint green duck eggs.

A Week in Farm Photos - January 11th - 7th

January 17, 2015

As the first two weeks of the new year come to a close, I can't believe how fast they went. I'm working hard on my new book which is due out this fall, and in my spare time I've been working with a few new sponsors on some fun giveaways and promotions that we'll be bringing to you later this month, so stay tuned for that.

Here on the farm we did see a few flakes of snow this past week and a bit of an ice storm, but our animals are handling it all just fine. I think the week's highlight for me was the debut of the new purple Heritage Ball Jars!  The days are getting a bit longer, but I'm still taking advantage of the early onset of darkness to spend my evenings relaxing with my knitting. Enjoy my photos and stay warm and happy, my friends!

Meet the Quackers - The Ducks of Fresh Eggs Daily

January 15, 2015

The same day we brought home our very first baby chicks back in 2009, we brought home two ducklings as well. We brooded and raised them with our six baby chicks and that was our very first flock. However, I quickly fell in love with the ducks, and our flock expanded. 

Meet the Flockers - The Chickens of Fresh Eggs Daily

January 12, 2015

Over the years, our flock which started with six hens, has grown to nearly three dozen at times and shrunk to just three at other times. I've hatched, and bought chicks, I've sold and given away some of my hens (and made some really nice families very happy in the process!) - all in pursuit of the 'perfect' flock. For me, that means beautiful, friendly girls who lay gorgeous, delicious eggs. And by jove, six years in, I think I've finally got it! 

A Week in Farm Photos - January 4th to 10th

January 10, 2015

This week brought the coldest temperatures yet this winter with lows at night down to 12 degrees, which might not seem cold to you Northern folks, but to us Southern girls, that's pretty darned cold - especially coming off last Sunday which hit 70 degrees! But a little coconut oil to the combs and extra scratch grains and everyone is just fine. I even broke out some of my hand knit socks to keep my feet warm as I did chores!

The highlight of the week was definitely working on a photo shoot for Sloggers (I've shared some of the outtakes here), which involved wearing lots of cute boots ... and even some chicken wrangling! I hope you and yours are staying comfy and warm. Enjoy!

Ginger Lime Thyme Homemade Cough Syrup Recipe

January 5, 2015

Every winter I get a hacking cough that I believe is brought on by the damp moisture in the air here in Virginia and seems to hang on until spring. I've been to our family physician who prescribes me cough medicine with Codeine and basically says just let it run its course. Other years I just drink RobitussinDM by the bottle full until the cough goes away. This year I decided I was done with conventional cough medicines and would make my own, which let me to this recipe from Reformation Acres where I found the inspiration for my version - Ginger Lime Thyme Homemade Cough Syrup.

A Week in Farm Photos - December 28th to January 3rd

January 3, 2015

The holidays are over and now we're looking forward to enjoying the rest of the winter. We're hoping for snow - at least once this winter - but in the meantime, we'll just hope that the mud all freezes solid! It's been such a mucky mess for months. We wish you all joy throughout the coming year. Enjoy these photos from our farm.

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