The Secret to Keeping your Nesting Boxes Clean - Block those Boxes!

March 30, 2015

Eggs from your backyard chickens stay fresher if they aren't washed before storing them, but no one wants dirt- or poop-covered eggs on their counter, or worse in the refrigerator. So how can you ensure that you always collect clean eggs?

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

March 28, 2015

It's spring! Everything is muddy and mucky, but there's green popping up all over.  It won't be long now before it's time to get the gardens planted. Spring is my favorite time of year. What's yours?

Hatching Do's and Dont's - Egg Selection, Handling and Incubation Tips

March 25, 2015

Hatching chicken eggs in an incubator (or under a hen) is very simple, as long as you follow a few basic guidelines. While it may seem to be a very easy process, small variations in egg handling, temperature or humidity can cause your eggs to not hatch, or to not hatch into healthy chicks. Follow these simple DO's and DON'Ts to achieve the best hatch rate possible.

A Week in Farm Photos March 15th - 21st

March 21, 2015

This week heralded in the official start of spring, but signs have been in the air for awhile now here in Virginia. Egg production is booming and the first daffodils, hyacinths and crocuses have bloomed. Enjoy this peek at our week.

Chicken Coop Security Measures

March 18, 2015

Spring is right around the corner and with spring comes baby animals - cute babies like chicks, ducklings and bunnies - but also baby predators, who will soon be trained to try and break into your chicken coop by their more experienced parents. Raccoon, opossums, foxes, coyotes, bears, skunks, weasels and others can all be a threat to your backyard flock, so a secure coop is a must.

A Week in Farm Photos March 8th - 14th

March 14, 2015

Melting snow, crocuses and daffodils pushing through the cool, brown soil and longer days are all sure signs of spring. Another sure sign of spring is increased 'activity' in the barnyard. The boys start to get frisky and the girls start to go broody. Egg production picks up. Once we see these signs, we know spring is right around the corner!

How to Save Money by Fermenting Chicken Feed

March 11, 2015

Fermentation is nothing new. People have been using the process as a method of food preservation for hundreds and hundreds of years. Foods such as sourdough bread, buttermilk, cheese, pickles, kimchi, apple cider vinegar - even beer and wine - take advantage of fermenting. Animal feeds can also be fermented. There are numerous nutritional benefits to feeding fermented feed, and even better, it can save you money on your feed bill! Once again, the old-timers had it right!

How to Prevent Blossom End Rot Using Eggshell Seed Starters

March 9, 2015

Each spring I start seeds inside on the windowsill to get a jump on the growing season. It's getting to be that time of year again, so I've been saving my eggshells to make these cute seed starter cups. Functional and practical, they are not only a great way to recycle your eggshells, they also help prevent a fairly common plant disorder called 'blossom end rot'.

A Week in Farm Photos - March 1st to 7th

March 7, 2015

This past week was a weather roller coaster for us here in Virginia, and for much of the country in fact. We saw snow, freezing rain, temperatures near 70 degrees, and everything in between. The slightly longer days have resulted in a plethora of eggs in our nesting boxes. Enjoy!

Homemade Ginger Ale and Candied Ginger Slices

March 4, 2015

ginger ale in mason jar

I'm not a big soda drinker by any means, but I do enjoy ginger ale from time to time. This is my recipe to make your own homemade ginger ale, using just four ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. It's so easy and quick to make - and like everything else homemade, its healthier for your family because its all natural ingredients and you can control the amount (and type) of sweetener you use.

Mix your own Custom Chicken Treat Blends

March 3, 2015

Those of you who read this blog or follow my Facebook page probably know that I love to make all kinds of fun treats for my chickens. One of my favorites to serve is warm oatmeal on a cold winter morning, with seeds, raisins and other yummy add-ins. I don't know if the treat actually warms their bellies, but I feel better serving them a hot meal first thing in the morning - and they sure gobble it up! 
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