Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Week in Farm Photos - October 12th to 18th

I love fall! The cool crispness in the air in the early morning insists I put on socks and a sweater to do chores, and makes that cup of hot coffee taste even better, but warms by afternoon to a glorious sunny day to enjoy outside with our animals. I'm busily harvesting herbs to dry for winter, and we're picking the last of our berries, while our fall crops are starting to sprout in the garden. I've got the itch to bake again and cook simple comfort food for dinner. Evenings when the chill returns, a cup of hot tea hits the spot as I curl up with my knitting under a soft throw (and we can actually sleep with the windows open and the air conditioning off) What's not to love!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

GIVEAWAY: Sweet PDZ Coop Refresher

For nearly 30 years, horse owners such as myself have known the benefits of Sweet PDZ in controlling ammonia in horse stalls. That same ammonia can occur in chicken coops as well, with pretty much the same health risks to your chickens consisting of stressed respiratory systems, eye irritation and breathing problems from unchecked ammonia fumes.

Monday, October 13, 2014

GIVEAWAY: Hard Boiled Hens Chicken Calendar

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Last week I had the pleasure of chatting with Peg Keyser, the founder of Hard-Boiled Hens, from her home in Maine. She has created a line of chicken-themed calendars and greeting cards and was recently featured on WCSH-TV out of Portland, as well as in the Bangor Daily News and the New York Daily News talking about how the acquisition of a few chickens several years ago turned her from a newscaster into a chicken photographer and entrepreneur. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

A Week in Farm Photos - October 5th to October 11th

We were happy to enjoy a quiet week at home this past week with our animals, fixing some fencing and just relaxing. Autumn is in full force, but this year I'm really going to try to keep my garden going as long as I can. Some fall crops of beets, chard, kale, broccoli and more are just sprouting and we still have basil, parsley, mint and dill in the herb garden.  Come take a peek at fall in Virginia.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Preserving Eggs the French Way

Egg production naturally slows as days get shorter. Of course you can light your coop to artificially stimulate your hens to lay, but I like to give our girls a much-needed rest in the winter. Recently I shared instructions on freezing eggs to use through the lean months, but here's another simple way to preserve fresh eggs, for a year or longer.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Grow Herbs Indoors this Winter - My Top Choices

Fresh herbs play an important role in both my home cooking and chicken keeping, so I plant a large herb garden each spring - and harvest herbs by the handful as I need them all through the summer. I also dry any excess to use through the winter, but with temperatures hovering in the 40s at night lately, it's about time to bring some of the plants indoors so I have fresh herbs through the winter as well. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Probiotics, Garlic and Apple Cider Vinegar for Happy, Healthy Hens

All chickens really need to be perfectly fine and lay you eggs is good-quality layer feed and fresh water. But the addition of just a few inexpensive, natural supplements can really boost your flock's overall health and result in better egg production.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A Week in Farm Photos Sept. 28th - Oct. 4th

For someone (me) who doesn't leave our property much, except to buy groceries and chicken feed, and up until now has lived a pretty private life on our farm, this past week was really a whirlwind. I returned from P. Allen Smith's farm on Sunday, appeared on a local television show on Tuesday and then Friday spent the day posing for my first professional photo shoot. Add to that signing a whole bunch of books and getting them mailed out, I barely stopped to catch my breath. 

It was all so much fun, but I'm looking forward to a far slower-paced next week - and some quality time with my husband and our animals. It's fun to be a jet-setter, but there IS no place like home. Oh and did I mention our spring Marans have laid their first eggs! Sweeet!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fresh Eggs Daily's TV Debut on the Hamptons Road Show

I was recently contacted and asked to film a segment for The Hampton Roads Show about backyard chickens. (Think the Today Show with a local community flair - sort of a lifestyle, sports, celebrity, fashion trend show with recipes from local area restaurants thrown in) Naturally, I immediately agreed and extended an invitation to come out to our farm to do the taping. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

A Week in Farm Photos September 21th - 27th on Location at Moss Mountain Farm

Photo: The pumpkin house at Moss Mountain Farm.

I am sorry I missed posting my weekly farm photos this past Saturday. I was at Moss Mountain Farm outside of Little Rock for a couple of days last week giving a workshop on natural chicken keeping at the bi-annual Poultry Workshop, so I thought instead of photos of our farm, I would share some photos of P. Allen Smith's beautiful farm and chickens. I had some time after the workshop to stroll around the gardens and farm taking photos. Enjoy!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Four Thieves Vinegar - An Herbal Elixir for your Chickens

According to legend, during the Black Plague in Europe a band of thieves roamed towns and villages pillaging the homes and graves of plague victims, protected from falling victim to the Bubonic plague themslves by an herbal concoction that one of the thieves who was an herbalist had concocted. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fancy Feet on the Farm and The Original Muck Boot Company Giveaway

We are so excited to partner with The Original Muck Boot Company for a fun giveaway! We agreed to help them launch their new fall line and they agreed to send a pair of boots to each of two lucky winners!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Freezing Fresh Eggs

During the summer months when egg production is at a high, we often find ourselves with excess eggs. In order to ensure we have enough eggs for holiday baking and other recipes through the winter when production drops, I have started freezing eggs to save them for the lean winter months so we don't have to go buy icky store bought eggs.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Week in Farm Photos - September 14th - 20th

Photo: Race for the pressure!   Whee!!!

What a wonderful week! The weather was perfect: cool and sunny - so I was able to get the garden prepped for my fall crops of broccoli, kale, chard, Brussels sprouts, lettuce, spinach - basically a duck's dream garden! Enjoy these photos of our week!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Borage - A Nutritious Herbal Chicken Treat

Borage! I was so excited to see this month's Seeds of the Month Club assortment included this pretty flowering herb. I've been reading quite a bit about borage lately and meaning to plant some in my herb garden for ages. So here the opportunity was dropped right in my lap.