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Shannon

We all hate wasted bird feed, all those little bits that spill out of hanging feeders onto the ground, or the excess waste of crumbles or pellets lost from a ground feeder due to scratching hens. There is a cost to this wasted food, especially when you run out a week sooner than expected, and have to […]
The lovely array of available chicken breeds lay a rainbow of colors for backyard chicken keepers' egg baskets. The feeling you get from gifting a dozen eggs to a friend and the moment they open it to see colors they didn't think were possible (outside of egg dying) is gratifying. These yummy little orbs make anyone's meal or […]
Going to the feed store with my daughter to see the chicks in the spring is a favorite past time with her. Occasionally, we see a new breeds we're interested in taking home with us. The signage often contains vital information about the chicks that help us decide which to take home. To us these […]
Oh the French... they have some of the most wonderful sauces I have ever tasted, and yet they're often quite complicated to make. Hollandaise sauce is among my favorites, but my schedule and lack of patience had me turning to the grocery store packet mix when I have a craving for eggs Benedict. I hated […]
]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 […]
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 […]
If there's anything I have a passion for, it's baking.  When I find a recipe, or create a recipe, I find myself manipulating it repeatedly to see how many new creations can come from one base recipe.  Here I want to share with you my family's favorite dessert, which calls for 4 eggs (I always […]
As a gardener I take advantage of my chickens' droppings whenever I can.  First, I get all dressed in my chicken cleaning uniform, gloves and boots,  then trudge out to the coops with shovel in hand. When I clean the coops I make sure nothing is wasted and it all gets moved right to my […]
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