Setting Your Chicken Hatching Eggs by the Moon

January 30, 2018

The age-old practice of setting hatching eggs under certain moon phases is part folklore, part old wives tale. Whether or not you actually believe that chicks hatched under these signs will do better than chicks hatched at other times during the month, what do you have to lose by giving it a try?

Take a Peek at my Week - Jan 21st to 27th

January 27, 2018

Although my trip last weekend to warm, sunny California was a nice change from winter in Maine, I have to admit that I missed the snow a teeny little bit, and I'm super happy to be back home, sitting in front of the fire sipping some hot spiced tea (check out the Hot Cinnamon Spice from Harney & Sons, it's my new favorite!) writing about chickens! Like the chickens, I'm very routine-oriented, so it's nice to be home and back into the family routine. Hope you're staying warm! Why not pour yourself a nice hot beverage and enjoy this peek at my week.

Take a Peek at my Week - Jan 14th to 20th

January 23, 2018

Much as I love being at home, I have to admit that every trip I've been on has been so wonderful! I've had the opportunity to see parts of the country I've never been to before and meet so many nice people. 

Help! It's Winter and my Chicken is Molting!

January 16, 2018

In a perfect world, your chickens would all molt at the end of the summer as soon as the days start to get shorter and grow in nice new feathers to keep them warm through the winter well before the temperatures drop. But we all know that things don't always go as planned, and sometimes you'll end up with a chicken who decides to start molting in the dead of winter. 

Take a Peek at our Week Jan 7th - 13th

January 13, 2018

Well, the big news this week was that my new kids book Let's Hatch Chicks! was released! And I'm happy to announce that it was the #1 new release in Childrens Zoology books on Amazon - even beating out a book published by National Geographic that came out the same day! My new book is getting great reviews so far from kids and adults alike, and I hope you'll pick up a copy from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your local library or you can order a personally signed copy directly from me. 
This week we got some more snow (this is Maine and it's winter after all!), but the weather warmed up considerably and we enjoyed temperatures above freezing for the first time in awhile. That made for a perfect opportunity to squeeze in the last photo shoot with Peg from CoopDuJour Photography (who took this awesome headshot of me and Violet) for my next book which will be coming out this fall. Stay tuned for more details on that. 
We also had swinging chickens and flying chickens this week. Honest! And I think most exciting of all - I finally finished organizing my spice drawer! I have to thank Linda over at Garden Betty for the idea. I love having the little jars in a drawer where I can see them all instead of shoved on a shelf in the cabinet.
Anyway, I'm working on so many exciting things for the coming year! I'll share details in the coming weeks, but think TV show, DVD, product line, more book announcements and hopefully a few book signing dates.  Stay warm and dry, give your girls extra treats and hugs and enjoy this peek at our week!

Will Salt Water Keep my Chickens Water from Freezing?

January 9, 2018

During the cold winter months, I think we all struggle to find ways to keep our chickens' water from freezing. You may have seen on Pinterest a trick that supposedly will keep water from freezing - filling a plastic soda bottle with salt water and the setting it in your chickens' water tub. I had never tried it, but set out to see if it would work.

Take a Peek at our Week - Dec 31 to Jan 6

January 6, 2018

We rang in the new year with more than a foot of snow this week. That meant lots of shoveling and plowing by us humans, and lots of frolicking done by the dogs. The snow was received with varying levels of excitement overall though. Despite the extra work, my husband and I love the snow (it's partly why we moved to Maine, after all!), and our dogs, Bella and Winston, enjoy playing in it too. Bella actually loves to eat snow. Our ducks also seem to really enjoy snow. Then on the other end of the spectrum you have our cat Linus and the chickens. They have gone into hibernation and on strike, respectively, until spring. Enjoy this peek at our week!

Holiday Leftovers Frittata

January 2, 2018

I love making frittatas. They're basically a "lazy girl's" quiche. Think of a frittata as a quiche with no crust. Super quick and easy to make for breakfast, brunch/lunch or even dinner, they are a great way to use up leftovers. Any combination of meat, veggies and cheese will work, along with a few fresh eggs from your chickens, so making a frittata after the holidays is a great way to use up the last of that holiday meal.
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