Do Chickens have a Sense of Taste?

November 28, 2017

You don't have to raise chickens long to notice that they will eat almost anything. Bring them a bowl of kitchen scraps and you'll watch as they quickly devour all your vegetable trimmings, meat scraps, soft and squishy fruit, stale cereal and rice scraped from the bottom of the pot. But watch a little closer and you'll notice that your chickens will gravitate to certain treats more than others. So that begs the question - can chickens taste their food?

Take a Peek at our Week - Nov 19th - 25th

November 25, 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. The short week meant a busy few days leading up to the big day, but then a relaxing day or so afterwards. We didn't host Thanksgiving, so it was nice to be able to just bake a pumpkin cheesecake and bring it along with a bottle of wine to our friends house where we indulged in a delicious traditional Thanksgiving dinner - with Indian pudding, roasted chestnuts and all! 

I was content to spend time this week with the girls, our dogs and my husband, and am looking forward to packaging up a lot of signed copies of my books and bags of Coop Confetti that sold during my Black Friday/Small Business Saturday sales yesterday and today!  Enjoy this peek at my week!

Pumpkin Spice Swirl Cheesecake with Candied Walnuts

November 23, 2017

Far easier to make than it looks, this elegant pumpkin spice cheesecake is perfect for the holidays. I originally found the recipe in a magazine (for the life of me I can't remember which one) about fifteen years ago. After it was a big hit one Thanksgiving, I started making it a holiday tradition.  It's nice because you can make it up to two days in advance and keep it refrigerated until you're ready to serve.

Chickens are Omnivores, not Vegetarians

November 21, 2017

From the Merriam-Webster dictionary:

  An animal or person that eats both plants and animals as their main food.

Take a Peek at Our Week - Nov 12th to 18th

November 18, 2017

Winter is taking it's time to arrive here in Maine. Sure, it's cold, but not terribly frigid, and so far we've only gotten a dusting of snow. At least I have had time to harvest more herbs - I love hanging them right in the coop for my chickens to nibble on and also provide a bit of mouse protection. Mice supposedly don't like the scent of mint or pine, so adding a few evergreen boughs is something I also do each winter. I also did a bit of baking this week. Pound cake and cookies were on menu this week for dessert! Enjoy this peek at our week.

Homemade Herbal Frostbite Salve for Chickens

November 16, 2017

This all-natural herbal salve can be used to prevent and treat frostbite in your flock, as well as treat any minor topical cuts or scrapes on your chickens (our yourself!). It's very soft, so it's easy to gently smear on damaged skin without injuring it more.

How to Winterize your Chicken Coop

November 14, 2017

Chickens do far better in the cold than you might imagine, but there are still a few simple things you can do to winterize your chicken coop and make it more comfortable for your flock. As the temperatures drop below freezing, a few modifications to your coop will help it stay warmer through the winter months (and no, I'm not talking about adding heat!)

Take a Peek at our Week - Nov 5th to 11th

November 11, 2017

What a week! Monday started with work on designing the packaging for a line of products I'm working on developing - look for them to be in retail stores and available online in the spring! Then Tuesday and Wednesday we filmed a special predator episode that will air next fall on the CW here in Maine and also be available to watch online.  Both Bella and Winston, as well as Linus, my husband and our neighbor all got in on the action for this episode!
On Thursday, Winston and I headed to the Bangor Blue Seal store to film a dog food commercial. He did a great job! Of course he thought we were just there for belly rubs and treats, but he still managed to nail all his marks! Friday, Peg from Coop du Jour Photography came out for another photo shoot for my next book coming out next fall. Whew, 2018 is going to be a busy year for Fresh Eggs Daily! 
We also saw our first snow of the season, and I managed to squeeze in some baking and amazing breakfasts featuring ....fresh eggs, of course! This is likely the last of the eggs for awhile until the Littles start laying, so we're treasuring each one. Take a peek at our week! 

"Half Pound" Cake Loaf with Cardamom Glaze

Normally, a traditional pound cake consists of a pound each: flour, sugar, butter and eggs, but since eggs are at a premium this time of year and I only had four, I decided to make a "half pound" cake in a loaf pan. Being of Scandinavian descent, I have a tendency to add cardamom to everything I bake, so in this case, the loaf got some in the batter and then a sugary cardamom glaze on top.

Keep your Chickens' Water from Freezing This Winter with a Solar Sunroom

November 7, 2017

Keeping your chickens' water from freezing in the winter can be a challenge. But in all except the very coldest of regions, this easy hack should help keep the water from freezing. If you do live in an area where the temperatures don't rise above freezing for days on end, then using an electric dog water bowl is probably your best bet. Otherwise, this solar sun room made out of old windows should do the trick.

Take a Peek at our Week - Oct 29th - Nov 4th

November 4, 2017

Well this was some week! We lost power (and a bunch of shingles from our garage roof!) in a wind storm Sunday night when a tree came down on the power lines to our house. At the time I'm writing this, the power is still not back on, but fortunately we have a generator that we've been running for a bit each morning for coffee and showers, and then again in the evening to cook dinner, charge our phones and get a little online work done while we watch the news. We also have a wood stove, so the house is warm and I've even been able to keep mugs of coffee warm on top of it throughout the day too! 

Even without the use of my power tools, I did manage to get some more work done on another project for my next book and I added a bit more decor to the chicken coop. Halloween came and went - we're too far off the beaten path to get any trick-or-treaters - but I did dress the ducks up in tutus to mark the occasion. Enjoy this peek at our week!

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