What Do You Do when Your Chickens Stop Laying Eggs?

February 27, 2018

We just lost our eldest chicken, Charlotte over the weekend. She was nine years old. Even though I knew the end was coming - she had slowed down quite a bit in the last few months and her zest for life just wasn't there like it had been - it was still hard to lose her.

Take a Peek at our Week - Feb 18-24

February 24, 2018


This week was punctuated with a bit of snow, some nice warm sunny days, a couple of lovely walks in the woods with our dogs Bella and Winston, and then ended in sadness when we lost our oldest chicken, our Australorp named Charlotte, last night. She was part of our very first batch of chicks we got back in February of 2009 from My Pet Chicken

How Much Feed Does a Chicken Eat?

February 20, 2018


A fairly common question I get pretty consistently is "How much feed does a chicken eat?" Fortunately, it's a fairly easy question to answer. An adult, laying chicken will eat about 1.5 lbs of feed a week. That translates to about 3.5 ounces a day which roughly measures out to about 1/2 cup of feed per chicken per day. 

Take a Peek at our Week - Feb 11-17

February 17, 2018


Happy Valentine's week everyone! I hope you shared the day with a loved one - or at least treated yourself to a day that was all about YOU. My husband brought home the most gorgeous rose bouquet for me and I normally cook or we go out to dinner, but this year we decided to treat ourselves to coffee and donuts instead that morning ... and oddly enough, one of my donuts appeared to have chicken feet drawn in icing on it..or maybe that's just how my mind works, but see what you think! 

Beginners Guide to Getting Started Raising Baby Chicks

February 13, 2018

So you've decided to start raising chickens! I assume you've checked with your town or municipality and know the rules as far as how many chickens you are allowed, if you need a permit for either the chickens or their coop (or both), if you can have roosters, etc. And now you're ready to get started.

Behind the Scenes with the Ducklings at Metzer Farms

February 12, 2018


WARNING! This article contains some seriously cute duckling photos, and as such, I take full responsibility if you decide to add ducks to your backyard!  

Take a Peek at our Week - Feb 4th to 10th

February 10, 2018


This week was all about snow. Despite the fact that we're almost halfway through February and the rest of the country is dreaming of planting seeds and choosing their baby chicks for this year, here in Maine, we're still squarely sitting in the middle of winter.  The chickens made themselves scarce, but the ducks didn't let the snow faze them. I used the snow days to work on my next book (we're coming down to the wire now and I should have a cover and title to share with you all very soon!), cook some comfort food, enjoy a lobster dinner (out-of-staters don't hate me, but lobster is under $8/pound here in Maine right now!) and finalize the details for a bunch of book signings and appearances for this spring (more details on that soon too!) Enjoy this peek at our week.

What Makes Blue Eggs Blue?

February 6, 2018


All Eggs Start Out White

All chicken eggs start out with white shells which are made primarily of calcium carbonate. The calcium in chicken layer feed supplemented by crushed eggshell or oyster shell and the calcium in other foods your flock consumes creates the shells.  

Take a Peek at my Week - Jan 28th to Feb 3

February 3, 2018

I love all four seasons, but I think this is one of my favorite times of the year. The rush of the holidays is over, the pressure and time commitment of garden season hasn't started yet. I'm usually in between books, so no crazy deadlines, and I haven't started traveling for spring chick days yet. That gives me time to kind of unwind and relax and enjoy the life we've built here in Maine.
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