Plant a Nesting Box Herb Garden for your Chickens

February 21, 2017

Birds have been observed in the wild lining their nests with all kinds of weeds, flowers, grasses, and herbs. Clearly they innately know something about the benefits of the plants to their newly hatched babies.

Often we can enhance our chicken keeping as well as our own lives by mimicking what animals do in the wild. That’s one reason why I love using plants like the ones in this garden in my chickens’ nesting boxes.

Take a Peek at my Week February 12th - 18th

February 18, 2017

This week was all about snow here in Maine. First we were hit with a near-blizzard early in the week that dumped about two feet of snow on us over the course of two days. We barely had time to get it all shoveled and plowed, when the winds picked up and blew everything back into the paths we had made. Then we got almost another foot. And then Mother Nature decided that wasn't enough, so she gave us another few inches! 

Seven Homemade Chick Brooders

February 14, 2017

I confess. I've done it. I think we've all done it. We innocently set out to the feed store one warm spring morning intending to just grab a bag of feed and maybe the latest chicken magazine, and instead we pull open the door to a cacophony of baby chicks peeping and are unable to resist. And just like that, we've got babies again!

Take a Peek a our Week - February 5th - 11th

February 11, 2017

What a fun week I had this week! I headed to Virginia for the Rockingham Cooperative Market Showcase where I gave a couple of chicken keeping presentations. I also recorded a radio show for the On the Farm program (WSVA) and a television segment for PBS which will air later this spring.

Keep Your Chicken Water Clean with a DIY Pallet Feeding Station

February 7, 2017

Chickens, like all animals, need constant access to fresh water. But as all you chicken keepers know, keeping their water clean can be a bit of a challenge between the dirt, straw and shavings they kick into it. And if you raise ducks also, then the challenge is a thousandfold more difficult. I tried all the various waterers on the market and wasn't completely happy with any of them. But finally I have solved the problem and my chicken and duck water now stays crystal clear. Amazing, I know!

Take a Peek at our Week - January 29th - February 4th

February 4, 2017

This week we relaxed on our farm and enjoyed a beautiful snowfall midweek. We hiked in the woods with our dogs, looking for animal tracks in the snow, had the wood stove going all day and just spent the week at home hanging out in advance of my trip to Virginia next week. If you live in the Harrisonburg/Roanoke/Salem area, I hope you'll come to the Rockingham Cooperative Market Showplace where I'll be giving away copies of my books and hopefully meeting lots of you in person. If not, check out the list of other events I'll be appearing at this year...and enjoy this peek at our week.
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