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Gardening For Your Chickens April 30, 2013 7 Comments

As a gardener I want my entire family to benefit from what we grow. That includes the chickens and ducks. Fresh foods are important to the health of our chickens; healthier chickens means healthier eggs. When choosing our seeds to plant for the year, we keep the chickens and their needs in mind. You may […]

Backyard Chicken Class 101 March 7, 2013 16 Comments

I recently taught my first backyard chicken class–what a blast! Over the years, I’ve answered a lot of chicken-related questions, but I find that hands-on demonstrations really help with in-depth understanding. This was the first official chicken class I’ve taught… but honestly I’ve taught “unofficially” for years. For instance, we’ve had guests and friends to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Chicken Dinosaurs in my Backyard November 28, 2012 7 Comments

My 5 year old daughter is really into dinosaurs right now. I mean REALLY into dinosaurs. We read books, collect toys, watch dinosaur cartoons and she forces me to try to pronounce things like carcharodontosaurus or Velociraptor mongoliensis. So anything we find that we can read about these reptiles, we will. While she’s into dinosaurs, […]

Three egg-cellent tricks for a productive flock August 23, 2012 20 Comments

Everyone hopes for a productive flock, even if “high production” wasn’t near the top of your list of reasons for getting pet chickens in the first place. I hear a lot of advice about how to get your chickens to lay early, lay more, or lay their bountiful gifts where and when you want them […]

Free ranging didn’t work for me… July 11, 2012 35 Comments

When I go out in the morning to bring treats to my girls and collect our little egg gifts for the day, I’m greeted at the run door by hens begging for me to let them out. How could I turn down those sweet little faces?

Cocoa Cream Custard July 2, 2012 1 Comment

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 […]

Unexpected Predator June 4, 2012 21 Comments

For years we enjoyed the native wildlife that was attracted to the pond on our property.  One year a gorgeous Great Blue Heron male began frequenting the property.  He would show up early in the morning or late in the evening to fish.  The bird was used to humans, it appeared, because we could sit […]