Take a Peek at our Week December 25th - 31st

December 31, 2016

2016 has been quite the year! Lots of ups and downs, but mostly ups - fortunately - around here. This last week of the year, we experienced our first true Maine Nor'Easter which dumped about a foot of wet, heavy snow down on everything, knocking out our power for almost 24 hours and leaving us with a gorgeous winter wonderland to enjoy - once we got done shoveling and plowing and sanding that is....

Besides Feed - What Else Does a Chicken Need?

December 27, 2016

A good-quality layer feed is the cornerstone to optimal flock health, but in addition to a well-balanced feed (maybe with a few natural supplements thrown in to boost immune systems and overall health), chickens also need two important things added to their diet. Namely, insoluble grit and a calcium supplement.

Take a Peek at our Week December 18th - 24th

December 24, 2016

As I sit here on Christmas Eve watching the snow gently fall, it's hard not to reflect on the past year. A new book, a television show, speaking at Disney's Epcot Center, meeting Nancy Fuller from the Food Network's Farmhouse Rules and enjoying our first full year in our new home here in Maine! It's been a crazy busy year, but it's hard not to be extremely grateful for the opportunities that I've been presented over the last five years.

Oatmeal for Chickens

December 20, 2016

chickens, treats, treats for chickens

Oats are an excellent source of vitamins, protein and antioxidants - and chickens love them. Raw oats can help treat pasty butt in baby chicks and warm oatmeal is a nutritious warming treat for your flock in the winter. Adding a bit of cinnamon and cayenne pepper is also beneficial to your flock, especially in the winter.

Take a Peek at Our Week - December 11th - 17th

December 17, 2016

This weeks was an exciting one around here! Winter has set in for good and we got lots of snow and temperatures down to -10 degrees overnight. The chickens and ducks are all fine with lots of straw in their coop and scratch grains before bed, although I'm sure they're looking forward to spring! We humans spent one whole day stacking wood for the wood stove, so the house should be nice and toasty all winter long!

Best Warming Winter Treats for your Chickens!

December 15, 2016

Winter treats for your chickens serve a couple of important purposes. Unlike warm weather treats that should be water-laden, cooling foods such as watermelon, cucumber or frozen berries, cold weather treats should be high-protein, high-carb, high-fat foods to help give your chickens energy to stay warm and to keep weight on.

DIY Foraged Winterberry Holiday Window Boxes for your Chicken Coop

December 13, 2016

window box forage winter decor diy

Sure you can go out and buy all kinds of beautiful (expensive) holiday decorations for your home (and coop!) worthy of a spread in Romantic Homes or House Beautiful magazine, but I prefer to save a little money, head out to the woods and make my own holiday decor.

Take a Peek at Our Week - December 4th - 10th

December 10, 2016

Winter has hit our corner of Maine with full force. We have snow! In between clearing off the steps and keeping water tubs full and from freezing, we managed to go cut down our Christmas tree and enjoy apple cider donuts afterwards! We had a visit from a wayward raccoon one afternoon - no worries, the chickens and ducks were safe in their run - and have seen lots of deer and bunny prints in the snow.
I've been busy working on a few magazine features that will be published in the coming months, and I'm planning a book tour out to the West Coast! My first trip ever to that part of the country. I'll be heading to Seattle in February, so stay tuned for details on that. I would love to meet some of you in person. Take a peek at our week!

How Do Chickens Stay Warm in the Winter?

December 6, 2016

Chickens generally do just fine in cold temperatures, but the better you understand just how a chicken stays warm, the easier it will be for you to do a few easy things to make winters more comfortable for your flock. During the day, I always give my chickens the option to go outside, and as long as they can find a nice sunny, sheltered area outside, they'll spend most of the day outside which is important to give them fresh air and some exercise on all but the most blustery days.

Take a Peek at Our Week Nov 27th - Dec 3rd

December 3, 2016

We welcomed December here in Maine with a little snow, a little rain, some drizzle, some sleet and a lot of mud. Through it all, the ducks were just thrilled with anything falling from the sky, but the chickens spent a good part of the week inside the coop. I guess I speak for myself, the ducks and our dogs when I say we're really hoping that winter comes soon and brings with it lots of snow and freezing temperatures to set our fall tulip bulbs and garlic, freeze all the mud and kill any flies and ticks still hanging around. Take a peek at our week.
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