A Week in Farm Photos - July 24th - 30th

July 30, 2016

In about three weeks, we'll be celebrating the anniversary of our arrival in Maine. This past year has been one of transition - having my husband retired from the Navy and home all day took some getting used to! - and lots of changes. It's been exciting to see the flower gardens we inherited come to life and bloom with various native flowers and plants month after month. We've hiked in the woods and marveled at the local flora and fauna. We watch wild turkeys and deer in the field, and have seen our first fisher cat and heard coyotes howling after dark. Maine is a beautiful, wild, wonderful state and we look forward to many more years enjoying all it has to offer. Enjoy this peek at our week.

Chicken Coop Decor for the Posh Flock

July 26, 2016

Of course, the main purpose of a chicken coop is to keep your flock safe at night from predators, cool in the summer and warm in the winter, but adding a little "cute" factor never hurts.

I've been having fun decorating our coop and wanted to share some of the coop decor elements, as well as explain why they're functional, as well as decorative, in many cases.

A Week in Farm Photos - July 17th - 23rd

July 23, 2016

As a blanket of heat continues to hover over nearly the entire nation, we're still thankful we are here in Maine where it's at least a bit cooler than other parts of the country. Everyone is doing well, our gardens are thriving, the Littles are growing up ... and  I'm working on some new and exciting projects for the fall and beyond. I'll share more details in the coming weeks hopefully. Because when I say exciting ... I mean really exciting! In the meantime, enjoy this peek at our week, keep your waterers full of cold water and stay cool!

10 Tips for Keeping Bees (without Becoming a Beekeeper)

July 19, 2016

Beekeeping is all the rage lately. The majority of the top-selling books in the homesteading category on Amazon.com are beekeeping books. If chickens are the gateway livestock, then bees are quite easily one of the next few stops along the path to self-sufficiency.  But not everyone feels confident enough to don a suit and start messing with a bee colony. Not only that, buying the hives and requisite equipment requires a bit of an investment, as does the time caring for and maintaining the hive and collecting the honey.

A Week in Farm Photos - July 10th - 16th

July 16, 2016

Like much of the country, Maine was in the throes of a heatwave this past week. Unlike our home in Virginia, our home here in Maine isn't air-conditioned, so when the mercury rises above 90 degrees, we seek refuge outside in the shade on our front porch, take the dogs to the lake to swim, go for ice cream and make sure we kept drinking lots of cool, crisp water from our well. The chickens and ducks weren't too happy about the heat, but we reminded them that it's still far cooler here than it is in the South. The garden is producing delicious fresh veggies, we've been picking wild Maine blueberries, and of course we have fresh eggs. Life is good. Stay cool and enjoy a peek at our steamy week!

All about Chicken Crops and Poultry Digestion - Sour, Impacted and Pendulous Crop

July 12, 2016

A chicken's digestive system is very different from a human's. Since chickens don't have teeth, they need a way to grind up the food they eat so their bodies can digest it. And that is the purpose of a chicken crop.

A Week in Farm Photos - July 3rd through 9th

July 9, 2016

This holiday week finally brought us some much-needed rain and the garden is thriving. We harvested our first peas, radishes and collard greens, all started from seed this spring. Someone told me that Maine summers are our reward for braving Maine winters, and isn't that the truth! The weather has been just perfect. Warm and sunny by day with a bit of a breeze and then cool and crisp at night. Perfect for sleeping. We're enjoying watching the wildlife that shares our farm with us, including snowshoe rabbits, red squirrels, wild turkeys and an abundance of song birds. Enjoy this peek at our week!

Egg Yolk Ravioli on a Bed of Basil Marinara Sauce

July 7, 2016

We love eating breakfast for dinner, and do so often, considering all the eggs we collect from our chickens. This recipe comes together pretty quickly, making it a perfect middle of the week dinner. It's the perfect opportunity to use both fresh tomatoes from the garden and fresh eggs from your coop! 

7 Natural Non-Toxic Weed Control Methods for a Chicken-Friendly Yard and Garden

July 5, 2016

When you start raising chickens, you soon realize that they can - and will - eat just about anything they can reach or grab. Unfortunately though, they won't eat ALL the weeds in your yard or garden, although they do love to eat lots of common weeds - and weeds are super nutritious for them! But ultimately, there will come a time when you need to kill some weeds.


A Week in Farm Photos - June 26th - July 2nd

July 2, 2016

As we head into this July 4th holiday weekend during which we celebrate our country's freedom from tyranny and oppression, I'm reminded how grateful I am for the freedoms allowed us. The freedom to raise chickens and grow our own food, the freedom to own firearms to protect our animals and families, the freedom to think and say what we like, state our opinions, and live life on our own terms. However those freedoms have an inherent dark side. Freedom of speech can evolve into haters and trolls spewing their garbage publicly online, and of course guns in the wrong hands sometimes leads to mass shootings and other hate crimes. So this weekend, appreciate your freedoms and use them for good not evil, be kind to others and always, always raise a backyard full of chickens.
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