Archive for February, 2013

Eggshell Planters February 25, 2013 7 Comments

It’s the time of year to start thinking about the garden, and again I’m finding myself with heaps of empty egg shells. Of course the shells can go directly into the compost pile, but I’m always trying to find new uses for them so nothing goes to waste.  Last year, I raved about our  “Homemade Monster […]

Hildy the blind hen – Pecking order February 22, 2013 25 Comments

Last week I wrote about my blind hen, Hildy;  she was completely blind in one eye, and seemed to have very limited vision in her other eye. I’ll tell another story about Hildy this week. (It’s wonderful to be able to share stories about a hen with people who understand how much personality chickens can […]

My blind hen, Hildy February 15, 2013 69 Comments

I’ve sort of hesitated writing about Hildy, my blind hen. Why? I get emotional about her. Of all the chickens I’ve had, she was one of my absolute favorites. She died a little more than a year ago. But I was looking through some old photographs, and I made it through without crying, so maybe […]

Our pet duck: the story of saving Lily February 11, 2013 18 Comments

Several years ago I got it in my head I needed a pet duck or two. A normal person would discuss this with their significant other and plan how to tackle the new addition to the family. I, however, got sneaky. A friend gave me some fertile eggs and I set them under some broody […]

Chocolate Rum Balls February 8, 2013 6 Comments

Are you making anything special for Valentine’s Day using your fresh eggs? At my house, it’s Chocolate Rum Balls. I’ve been looking at this recipe for a while. It’s more or less a batch of brownies baked until not quite done, broken up into crumbs, and then mixed with dark rum until it holds together […]

How much I saved with my chickens and garden February 4, 2013 10 Comments

Back in 2009, after deeply rooting myself into the sustainable living lifestyle, I was curious about how much I actually produced from my chickens and garden—and how much I saved over the year. It sure would be nice to put a value on the time I spent working out in the yard. Curious about how […]

Winter egg colors February 1, 2013 2 Comments

Winter egg colors: do you see any differences in your flock? I keep many different chicken breeds, and get many different egg colors. I have chocolate brown, terracotta brown, medium brown, pale beige, pink, parchment, and several different colors of blue and green. It’ s a nice mix, really. Throughout most of the year, my […]