Take a Peek at our Week - Mar 25 to 31

March 31, 2018

Still stuck halfway between winter and spring with snow on the ground, I enjoyed this week at home. It was nice to be able to relax a bit, head out to Barnes & Noble and then for a lunch date with my husband, and just have time to be home with no real deadlines or obligations. 

Three Secrets to a Clean Chicken Coop

March 27, 2018

I get lots of questions from readers on a wide variety of topics ranging from health issues, questions about hatching and raising chicks, to questions about egg laying and chicken behavior. 

But one question I've started getting more and more frequently is "How do you keep your coop so clean?" The question has come in the wake of my shiplapping the entire inside of my coop and painting every visible surface white. 

Take a Peek at our Week - Mar 18 to 24

March 24, 2018

The calendar says spring, but much of the country is still in the grips of winter it seems! I welcome as much snow as Mother Nature wants to dump on us from say, November through February, but after that, I'm over it. I have seeds to plant and chicks to hatch! But in the meantime, we're enjoying having piles of fresh eggs again for breakfast! 

5 Tips to Keep your Chickens Mite-Free Naturally

March 20, 2018

If I had a dollar for every time I've heard, "If you use straw in your coop, your chickens will get mites" or "If you raise chickens long enough, you'll eventually have a mite problem." I can tell you, I would have a LOT of dollars! 
I am constantly amazed at how many people email me or contact me through social media asking for help getting rid of poultry mites in their coop and on their chickens. 

In fact, this article on how to treat chickens for a mite infestation is one of my most popular month after month.

Take a Peek at my Week Mar 11-17

March 17, 2018

The calendar may say spring is just around the corner, but apparently New England didn't get the memo because we saw snow nearly every day this week, amounting to more than 18" on top of the foot or so we already had on the ground. Winston was in grave danger of being completely buried, but he still seems to really enjoy the snow! The girls aren't fans at all but are still popping out eggs - which is nice, and we've even got two girls who are thinking about going broody, so I've spiffed up the nesting boxes for them with new nesting pads and Coop Confetti nesting herbs. But we're all kind of ready for some green grass, fresh herbs and flowers. We love snow, but enough is enough...enjoy this peek at our week.

Choosing Chicken Breeds

March 13, 2018

Choosing which breeds of chickens you want to raise can be overwhelming, since there are more than one hundred different breed to choose from. Do you want good layers? Friendly hens? Different colored eggs? Let me help guide you through the process in this article I wrote recently for my friends at Lehman's. They offer a great selection of chicken supplies and a chicken delivery service that makes it easy to purchase baby chicks online. To read the original post on this topic, check out my article on Lehmans.com.

Disclaimer: I was compensated for this article by Lehman's® , but all opinions are my own.

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Salt Cured Egg Yolks

When you raise chickens, it seems to always be "feast or famine" when it comes to eggs. When your hens are laying, you'll spend hours surfing Pinterest looking for new ways to use up all those extra eggs. Maybe you'll  try freezing them or experiment with other methods of preserving them. You might even try making your own mayonnaise. I've done all those things when eggs are plentiful, but one thing I had never tried was salt curing eggs. Until now.

"Pannukakku" Finnish Cast Iron Skillet Oven Pancake

March 8, 2018

Each culture seems to have its on unique take on various foods. Whether it be burritos, crepes or eggrolls, the basic idea is the same, but different countries have put their own twist on the concept of food enclosed in a wrapper.  Same with the dumpling and ravioli. In the case of Pannukakku or Finnish Oven Pancake, it's Finland's answer to a Dutch Baby or German pancake. Sort of a cross between a popover and a souffle, the Pannukakku is a custardy version of the dish that is baked in the oven, and it's the perfect way to use some of your delicious fresh eggs.

Using Chicken Manure in the Garden

March 6, 2018

As an avid gardener as well as a chicken keeper, I love having all that nice nitrogen-rich chicken manure for my vegetable garden each spring.  Chicken manure is one of the best garden fertilizers you can use on your garden. In addition to being high in nitrogen, it's higher in calcium than other types of livestock manure. And of course, unlike commercial products like Miracle Gro, it's all natural and safe for your family, plants and the environment.

Take a Peek at my Week Feb 25 - Mar 3

March 3, 2018

This week we finally started to see a light at the end of the tunnel - spring is just around the corner! Just when we had resigned ourselves to eating bagels for breakfast forever, egg production all of a sudden ramped up, with a few of our older girls even joining the young ones in the nesting boxes, and a few even acting like they might be considering going broody. We had rain instead of snow (although there are still snow banks here and there) and green grass is even starting to poke up through the ground. Enjoy this peek at our week.

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