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Eggs Are Like People


We come in all different shades.
We come in a variety of shapes.
Our sizes vary; some have long torsos while others are stout.
We all look the same on the inside.
We are made of elements and cells.
Most of us are well-rounded.
We can roll and spin.
We can be spoiled.
We can have blemishes.
We can bring life into this world.
Tough exteriors are a facade.
We should be treated with care.
We are all breakable.

Food for thought...


Photo Credit:  Tilly's Nest

Winner: Bainbridge Farm Goods Sign


Thank you so much everyone for entering our giveaway. As always, your response was incredibly enthusiastic and made for a very fun contest! A big thank you to our sponsor,Bainbridge Farm Goods, for generously sponsoring this giveaway. I think I might just have to pop on-line and order one myself!  Just seeing them makes the day cheerier.  One winner was selected from all of the entries using a random number generator. So without further delay, the very lucky winner of this fantastic Fresh Eggs from Happy Chickens sign is:

Congratulations

Flock Mistress


Please email me at: melissa@tillysnest.com with your mailing address.

Thank you everyone who entered!  
Stay tuned for another giveaway as we introduce our newest sponsor, Manna Pro.


Photo Credit:  Bainbridge Farm Goods

Love, Happiness and Cabbage on a String

Never far from me, Oyster Cracker
As I walked across the yard to deliver a cabbage pinata to the girls, I caught Dottie Speckles and Oyster Cracker taking a dust bath together.  There they were nuzzling their beaks as the dust and dirt was being tossed high in the air.  As I approached, they were so content that they did not budge.  Instead, they just rolled over, puffed out their feathers, and began to roll around as if it was an orchestrated show.  They would curl and straighten their legs all the while twisting and contorting their bodies into yoga poses for chickens.  I could not help but smile.

The Silkies too, continue to be the wonderful broody little ones that they are.  It is a constant struggle in their brains from day to day.  Shall I be broody?  How many days shall I allow it to last?  Will I ever get to hatch one of these eggs?  I have become content and happy to open the nesting boxes and find one of my little fluff balls growling at me. I lift their featherless chests up, harvest warm toasty eggs from underneath and praise them for being so sweet.  

Everyone is laying their eggs in the nesting boxes.   The Silkies always let me know when their eggs are coming.  They sing their egg songs sometimes so loudly, that I can hear them calling out despite the closed windows of winter. Finally, no one is standing guard at the coop door anymore, regulating who and when one gets to lay their eggs.  For a while, it was a job that Sunshine was taking way too seriously!

Harmony has returned to the coop.  Between the hanging pinata and the Flock Block, the winter boredom has been busted and the pecking order, for now, is clear.  I retrieved seven eggs today; not bad for eight happy chickens in the middle of Winter. It just goes to show you sometimes it is the simple things in life, like love and cabbage on a string, that help us to find happiness.

Photo Credits:  Tilly's Nest

Getting to Know You: Integrating and Combining Flocks of Backyard Chickens

Before long, it will be time to put these


out there with these.


If you already have an existing flock and plan to order chicks this year, the time will eventually come to integrate the chickens. Since keeping chickens, I have done this twice. I have integrated adult hens and young pullets into the flock. It is never easy, especially watching from the outside. You'll find yourself wanting to protect each and everyone. You'll worry about every chicken and just want everyone to get along. The integration process takes about two weeks. During that time, it seems as though the pecking reminders given to each other lessen as each new day arrives. A new pecking order is beginning to form; some are struggling to assert and retain existing positions as others try to gain a higher place within the order. I have found that roosters can make the integration process easier. They will protect and mediate all their hens, new and old, regardless of their place pecking order. Roosters are known for keeping peace. Here are my tips for a successful flock integration.

If possible, keep the new chickens in a smaller protective enclosure near or even inside the older flock's run for about a week. This allows the chickens to become acquainted while there is a safety buffer between them. For some, this will not be an option. I have successfully skipped this step and introduced new chickens (chicks to broody hens) immediately to the new flock following the tips below.

Integrate more than 1 chicken at a time. This is important. This prevents one new chicken from being singled out and picked on by the entire older flock. It helps to distribute the attention of the old flock to multiple newcomers.

Integrate the chicks into the larger flock when they are 12 weeks old. At this point, they are fully feathered. They already know one another well and they should be large enough to hold their own.

Try to have the new flock "smell" familiar. Each flock has its own distinct smell. My flock is accustomed to the way I smell as I handle them often. As read on the Backyard chicken website, if the new flock smelled like me, they would not be seen as being quite so foreign. One member recommended spraying them with your perfume before placing them in the coop at night. As I do not wear perfume, prior to adding the new chickens to the existing flock, I rubbed a dryer sheet on them. I figured this could not hurt. Another site, recommends spraying the entire flock with vinegar.

Clean the coop just prior to integration. This helps to get a fresh start and decreases the older flock's scent. If possible, rearrange the roosts. This will mix up where chickens are sleeping and who they are near.

Integrate the new chickens early at night under the cover of darkness. Place the new chickens onto clean dry shavings on the bottom of the coop. Do not try and place them on the roosts. They will be fine for one night on the ground. By adding them at night, its not immediately obvious to the older flock that these are new chickens.

Let them out early the next morning. This is not a morning to sleep in. Go out bright and early and see how the flocks did introducing themselves to each other.

Double up on waterers and feeders. Place them in opposite areas of the coop and run. This helps to prevent chickens from bullying one another out of food and water.

Provide plenty of distractions. Toss in some whole apples on the ground. Create a cabbage pinata. Add a large branch or a log to jump on and explore.

Spend more time out with the chickens. It is best to integrate the flock on a Friday evening so that you can take advantage of the weekend and allow yourself more time to observe the flock's interactions.

In no time, you will be surprised that a certain level of harmony returns to your flock. Soon enough they all know their place and life goes on. The family gets larger, new friends are made and older birds relinquish power and rank. It is truly a circle of life. There will be better days than some, but eventually a new norm is reached and you find will yourself blessed with more beautiful chickens and fresh eggs to love.

Photo Credits: Tilly's Nest

Are You Whistling Yet?




Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.
~Doug Larson

Photo Credits:  Tilly's Nest


Spring Fever "Chicklist"


By now the seed catalogs and emails are flurrying in. Gardens will soon be planted. Buds on trees will awaken. The earth will thaw and the soil will become ripe for planting. It seems too early, but it is time to order baby chicks. Ordering early in the season, not only guarantees you the best selection, but it also helps to guarantee your preferred week of delivery. In the past, some breeds have sold out for the season as early as March! Breed selections should be based on climate, egg color, temperament of the chicken and their housing needs. The decision is never easy and if you ask anyone who has kept chickens, I think they will agree, that keeping chickens can become addictive! My Pet Chicken has a great breed selector tool to help you stay focused. If you are embarking on the adventure of keeping chicks for the first time, you might want to check out our five part series on starting out. Remember, the early bird gets the worm, pick of chicks and best supplies!

Spring "Chicklist" for New Chicken Owners:
1. Research local laws about keeping chickens.
2. Select and order chicks. A good idea is to have 10 square feet per chicken of livable space in the coop and run combined.
3. Order at least 4 chickens. They live in flocks and are happiest when there are at least 3 chickens in a family. Ordering a minimum of four helps you to account for chicks that may perish during transit and an accidental rooster.
4. Determine if you would like a straight run or have your chicken's sexed.
3. Determine whether or not to vaccinate them against Marek's Disease. We did.
4. Create your brooder and be sure your lamp is working.
5. Purchase food (medicated vs. non-medicated), feeders, waterers and chick grit.
6. Begin to plan for your chickens' permanent coop and run.
7. Plan for dealing with chicken waste. We compost their waste.
8. Determine if you will free range or keep your chickens confined. This can affect their space requirements
9. Pick up a resource book. I recommend Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens (3rd Ed.).

Spring "Chicklist" for Seasoned Chicken Owners:
1. Research and order chicks and determine if you will vaccinate them at the hatchery.
2. Recreate your brooder and repair and replace any missing pieces or parts.
3. Purchase chick feed and chick grit.
4. Determine a plan for flock integration.
5. Try something new this year; plant a garden for your chickens, revamp part of your coop or run, start composting, decorate the coop and run or place some seating near the coop to watch "chicken t.v."
6. Read and expand your chicken resources library.


Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral.

~Frank Lloyd Wright


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Photo Credit: Tilly's Nest

Flock Block

The chickens are feeling trapped.  Mother Nature dropped 8 inches of snow in their world.  We shoveled out pathways beyond the coop and run.  However, the girls still think we are holding them hostage with this white stuff called snow.  The snow is too deep to go wandering across; one false move and they would surely sink in up to their bellies.  Boredom has set in and no matter the distractions that I create, they never seem to last long enough.  So, I did some research today and discovered the Flock Block which encourages "natural pecking".


The Flock Block is a hard 12 inch square that is "glued together" with molasses.  It includes an assortment of seeds, oyster shells and grit.  It is meant to be kept in a dry place, where the flock can pick at it over the course of the day.  I thought that this would be a tasty distraction that might keep them busy for hours.  My only concern was that the girls might replace their layer pellets with this block.  After a quick peek at the label, my fears were alleviated when I discovered the block contains 9% protein.

I opened up the block, set it on an old cookie sheet and carried the entire 25 pound block out to the girls.  Of  course, as with everything new, they were terrified!  I can always tell when they are frightened as they stand on the other side of the log in the run.  Somehow having a log between them and the foreign object, just makes everything better.  My daughter could not resist helping.  There she squatted at the end of the run whispering words of encouragement to the girls.


Finally, Dottie Speckles took the lead.  The girls slowly left the safety of the log and ventured closer to the block. Perhaps, the irresistible bait was the loose scratch that I had sprinkled on top of the block and on the ground near the cookie sheet.


 Oyster Cracker deemed the block safe and decided to move in for a closer inspection.


Gradually each one mustered up the brave little chicken inside, and began to peck at the edges and loose pieces.  It took about 10 minutes for the girls to realize that this was a tasty treat for them.  


The cookie sheet allows me to easily remove the block in the late afternoon, as I am sure that mice would go crazy for this sweet treat.  These days the sun has been setting around 4:45pm.  So, the plan is to take in the block around 4:00 pm and let the girls tidy up their run prior to turning in for the night.  It will be interesting to see how long this block lasts.

As I just went out to check on their progress, the corners of the block are now rounded.  The big girls are in the run keeping busy, two of the Silkies are getting in on the action when the big girls are distracted and two Silkies, Fifi and Autumn, have decided to go broody.  Apparently, for now, all appears to have returned to "normal".

Photo Credit:  Tilly's Nest

Giveaway: Bainbridge Farm Goods Sign

We are pleased to announce our newest sponsor, Bainbridge Farm Goods. We are so happy and excited to have them with us. Off the coast of Washington State lies Bainbridge Island. It is a magical place, close enough to the city yet far enough away live like a farmer. These fellow chicken keepers and gardeners decided to create lovely signs to accent their property. Suddenly, their handcrafted signs were a huge hit. It is easy to see why. They are incredible! Each sign is made with love on Bainbridge Island. The signs are mounted on heavy duty aluminum and are not only weather proof but their brilliant colors are also UV resistant.

I love the idea of putting the signs outside on the chicken coop.


They are so pretty they can even be hung inside to create a focal wall.


Sometimes it's the unexpected decorations in the garden that make your visit memorable.


Bainbridge Farm Goods has generously donated this sign below for our giveaway. This sweet red sign measures 12"x18" and would be wonderful hung near your coop, on a fence or in your home. We all know how wonderful fresh eggs taste, especially from happy chickens!
Here is how you can enter to win!

1. You must leave a comment on this blog for entry. Only comments here on this blog post will be accepted as an entry. Be sure to leave an email address so that we can contact you if you do not have a blog. (1 entry) If you are doing any of the below actions to increase your number of entries, please let us know in your comment(s). You can earn 4 entries in this amazing giveaway!

2. Pay a visit to Bainbridge Farm Goods and let me know which sign is your favorite. (1 entry)

3. Become a fan of Bainbridge Farm Goods on Facebook (1 entry)

4. Become a fan of Tilly's Nest on our website and on Facebook (1 entry) Current fans already receive extra entry.

Good luck!

This contest ends on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 11:59 pm East Coast Time.
Item ships to US addresses only.


Photo Credits: Bainbridge Farm Goods


Snowflakes and Hope

Hope is the thing with feathers...Emily Dickinson


It seems that mid-Winter is upon us. We are finally experiencing our first snowstorm, yet everyone is eager for Spring. Gardening and seed catalogs are abundant in the mailboxes, yet they seem to be the only sign of warmer weather ahead. This time of year can be downright depressing for some. The joys of the holidays are behind us. The skies are perpetually gray and gloomy. The trees are bare, revealing their tangled branches reaching for the sky, and the grass is a dull muted shade of green. I too have fallen victim to the gloom of Winter. After having lived in Southern California for years, where it seems like everyday is filled with brilliant sunshine, adapting to gloomy Winter weather has taken some time.



Even the chickens seem to be done with Winter.  Despite my continuing efforts of smothering them with toys, treats, distractions, hanging balls of cabbages and affection, they too are bored. I can't blame them. There is not much to see. Birds have migrated away.  The wild turkeys have not been around.   The little chipmunks are busy stuffing their cheeks instead of teasing the girls. Local squirrels are hanging out by the bird feeder and I can't be out with them for hours at a time.

Yet somehow, this year, I have yet to experience feeling any seasonal depression. I revel in the fleeting sunshine. I enjoy taking care of the girls in the Winter. I thaw their waterers. I keep them entertained.  I think about gardening just for them; filling their own garden with herbs, lettuces and other tasty things. But I think what has made the most difference is the girls themselves. They are so peppy and energetic. Their feathered colors form a moving rainbow on the gray backsplash. They have a lust for life that is overflowing from their tiny little bodies. It is difficult to experience anything but joy when your flock is so incredibly inspiring.

Eventually I know today's snow will melt.   The birds and wildlife will return for the chickens to see along with budding trees and sunny skies filled with white puffy clouds. I will be out in the yard tilling the warm garden soil and calling to the girls when I discover a fresh juicy worm of Spring.  They will come running, teetering their robust bodies back and forth on their legs, as they happily oblige in a little free ranging and exploring the wonders of Spring.



Photo Credits:  Tilly's Nest

Winner: Rise and Shine Travel Mug

Thank you so much everyone for entering this lovely giveaway. I am sure that the winner is going to end up making this their favorite mug in no time.  We would like to extend a huge thanks to Hobby Hill Farm for sponsoring this giveaway.  One winner was randomly selected from all the entries using a random number generator. So without further adieu, this chicken mug is getting ready to fly the coop into a new home.

Congratulations!

Deborah Jean at Dandelion House

Thank you everyone for entering this giveaway!

Please email me at: melissa@tillysnest.com with your shipping information.


 Photo Credit:  Hobby Hill Farm

South of the Border Quiche


I love quiche! In fact, I have shared many quiche recipes over the years with you here on our blog.  I was craving my Mexican lasagna but I wanted to avoid the carbohydrates that came with using an entire package of tortillas.  Thus, this quiche was created.  I replaced carbs with protein and incorporated Mexican flavors.  It was delicious, easy and satisfying.  I hope you enjoy it too!

Ingredients:

1 premade-pie crust
6 large eggs
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 cup of shredded Mexican cheese mix
4 chicken sausages (I used the Trader Joe's jalapeno variety)
1/2 cup salsa
1 tbsp chopped cilantro (optional)
1/3 cup drained sliced black olives


Preparation:


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Spread the pie crust into a pie plate and set aside.

On the stove, over medium heat in a frying pan, brown the sausages on all sides. After about 7 minutes, remove the sausages from the pan, cut them into bite size pieces and then return them to the pan for about another 5 minutes of cooking.  Stir frequently.  Once browned and cooked through, set them aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk until well combined.  Next add the sausage, cheese, salsa, olives and cilantro.  Mix until well blended.

Pour the egg mixture into the pie crust.  Be sure that the sausage is spread evenly in the pie crust.

Bake for approximately 30-40 minutes until the quiche is cooked through and the top is golden brown.  A toothpick inserted into the center of the quiche, when removed, should have no uncooked egg residue.

Serve with a side salad or fresh fruit.

For more of our quiche recipes, easy meals and baked goods, click here.


Photo Credit: Tilly's Nest

Tour de Coop: Scratch and Peck

Lauren Scheuer and I have become great friends over our common love for chickens.  We spoil our girls.  We love them deeply and are constantly entertained by their antics.  So, you can imagine my excitement when I finally got to meet the girls I knew so dearly through her blog!

As we stood in her kitchen, there out across the backyard was her beautifully constructed coop.  Lauren designed it herself.  She has made many coops since keeping chickens and this one seems to house the girls perfectly.  The thing I love about Lauren is she is very talented with power tools and design.  If she envisions it, she builds it.


Her menagerie of girls have many different ways to explore and enjoy life.  They have a chicken tractor, they have various mobile pens and they have a fantastic guard dog named Marky.  Marky is the girls' protector.  He watches over them when they are out and about.  He warns them of imminent danger and takes his job very seriously.




















It was a cold January morning when I met the girls.  There they were; Fern, Pigeon, Lucy, Daisy and Lil' White.  Lauren shared some treats as an icebreaker.  At first they were afraid of me, until I squatted on the ground in the run and said hello in my best chicken voice.  Somehow, the language is universal and they all came over one by one to greet me.


There was...


Fern


Pigeon


Daisy


Lil' White
and


Lucy

Lucy is Lauren's special needs chicken.  Years ago, seemingly overnight, Lucy was afflicted with Marek's Disease that affected her feet and her ability to walk. 


 I believe that it was Lauren's love and special attention to this girl that gave her the will to survive.  Over the past couple of years, Lucy has regained the ability to walk, yet is crippled, slow and very methodical.  During my visit, she walked across the run to meet up with Lauren at her sweet little house made just for her. Sometimes she prefers to stay inside this tiny house. Other times, she can be seen perched on the edge of the platform with a bird's eye view of the yard, run and her family.  I think her favorite thing is to hop up onto Lauren's forearm and go for a ride.





Lauren has designed her coop with great attention to detail, both decorative and practical.  She has included outside nesting boxes for easy egg harvesting.


Her run and coop are covered and are designed with an A-frame roof.  It is perfect for rain and snow to melt away and never create too much weight.  She covers the hardware cloth with plastic sheeting in the Winter to help minimize the girls' exposure to the elements.  This also serves to keep the portion of the run closest to the coop sheltered.  A ramp leads up to the entry door of the coop.  A heated dog bowl in the covered run keeps their water from freezing in the winter and food is available at all times.  Play things are abundant including logs, treat containers and perches.  Lauren tells me that her best idea was adding play sand to this portion of the run.


Inside the coop, there are a variety of perches of different widths and heights to meet every chicken's desire.  Lauren uses pine shavings on the floor.  Despite her best efforts, poor Fern always needs to retire at night with the help of Lauren.  The coop has a large window that faces the morning sun.  It is perfect for early risers and wonderful to give outsiders a glimpse in.


Soon enough, the cold began to nip at our noses and we needed to return inside to the warmth of the house and get ready for our day trip to the Poultry Congress.


Lauren reminded Marky of his chicken duties. I watched the two of them communicate without words.  It was clear he understood.




If you would like to see more of our Tour de Coops, click here.


Photo Credits: Tilly's Nest

Magical Chickens

Jan Brett's entries

One of the wonderful things I spoke of in my last post was networking and meeting people that love their chickens just as much as me.  Many people know of Jan Brett, the magnificent illustrator and author of numerous globe trotting children's books.  With her amazing attention to the smallest of details, her lovely stories and meticulous illustrations are downright magical.

I had known that Jan Brett was also a fellow chicken keeper and raised show quality Polish Hens.  I also knew that she loved to share the joy of chickens with children.  When I attended the Boston Poultry Expo last month, I had hoped to catch a glimpse of Jan Brett.  I never did see her, but I did meet someone who knew of her.  I met a pre-adolescent girl, whom I will call Kay, and her mother.  As Kay was busy chatting and running around with fellow younger poultry exhibitors, I had a chance to speak to Kay's mother about the transformation that chicken keeping had brought to her daughter's life.  With much help, love, and guidance from Jan Brett, Kay was learning life's lessons through her favorite chicken, Jasmine. Kay was transforming into a well-spoken articulate young lady with a wonderful sense of self and accomplishment.  It was lovely meeting them and I knew that I would not forget them.

This past weekend at the Congress, I saw Jan Brett.  I even went over and politely introduced myself and thanked her for sharing her love of chickens with the children.  She surely did not know what to think of me, but I always feel it is important to let others know when they are making huge positive changes in people's lives without sometimes realizing the magnitude themselves.  We spoke for a few moments and then she was off, busy discovering that one of her Polish Hens had won!


As the day was winding down, my highlight was running into Kay.  It had been months since I had seen her and I even noticed more changes.  She was more mature and bubbling over with an immense sense of pride and enthusiasm.  I was giddy just being with her.  I was reunited with Jasmine and met two other Polish chickens, including Solomon, that she was showing in the Junior Exhibitor's category.  I could immediately see the love between these too.  He was docile.  He was gentle.  He was melted butter in Kay's hands.  She could not control her feelings and naturally kept showering him with kisses.  She even insisted that Solomon sit on my shoulder.  I too was butter in Kay's hands.  I felt so much pride in knowing her!



As I exited the show, I walked past the sale area.  I passed geese, baby bunnies and a few rows of chickens.  Mid-row, I came to an area with barn red poultry cages and Polish Hens for sale.  It was Folkloric Bantams.  They were for sale.  Some chickens were show quality and some were pet quality.  I soon realized from the sign, that these were Jan Brett's.  Most cages now stood empty.  This could only mean one thing.  I am sure more children have embarked on a new journey of raising some of Jan Brett's magical chickens.  These magical chickens help make you believe in yourself and accomplish wonderful things surprising even the most skeptical of grown-ups.


This post is linked up to Homestead Revival's Homestead Barnhop.

Photo Credits:  Tilly's Nest

Poultry Shows 101

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending my second poultry show in the Northeast. Last October I had enjoyed attending the Poultry Expo so much that I did not want to miss the largest poultry show in the Northeast, the Poultry Congress. I do have to admit that prior to attending the Poultry Expo, I had no idea what to expect. Now I know, and I would love to share my experiences with you.

At the two shows I have attended, there is a large exhibit hall with every breed imaginable, including chickens, pigeons, turkeys and ducks. The shows are very organized and well marked, so it is easy to track down your favorite breed or any breeds that you are interested in viewing.


There are many judges floating around. They can be recognized by their "coat". Coats are typically embroidered and decked out in patches. It also includes their name and where they reside. These coats look similar to a bowling shirt or a lab coat. The judges have a tough job and it is taken very seriously. It takes proper training and years of experience to become a judge. As an attendee, it is required that you never speak to a judge or engage them in anyway when they are judging. As with any profession, you keep plenty of distance and allow them to do their job. An assistant accompanies them, writing down their thoughts and helping them keep track of all the birds.




On the periphery, there are always vendors sharing their wares and information with the attendees. This is a great time to have your questions answered. At this show, there was a table from backyardchickens and Peter Brown, aka~ the Chicken Doctor. There were tables from various feed stores, local artisans, as well as eggcartons.com, who brought all sorts of chicken supplies and goodies to sell. There was even a raffle.

Then there is the networking. I love meeting fellow chicken keepers, fellow bloggers, exhibitors, fans and kids that are beginning to develop a love for showing and breeding chickens. Everyone is incredibly friendly, approachable and kind. There is an amazing and palpable sense of pride and encouragement for keeping poultry. Here are two new chicken friends that I met yesterday. Ken Johnson is from Maryland and was exhibiting his Black Cochin and Jackie Koedatich was found holding her Black Australorp hen and rooster.




It is a wonderful way to spend the day with the family and meet new friends. I had the pleasure of seeing one of my junior exhibitor friends. She is the sweetest little girl and could not wait to introduce me to her newest flock member, Solomon! Solomon was the sweetest rooster I had ever met and he even posed with me for this picture.




These two shows that I attended were free including the parking. So if you are new to chickens or you are an advanced chicken keeper, why not check to see if there are any local poultry shows happening in your neck of the woods? I guarantee, you will not be disappointed. We certainly had great fun. We were able to avoid the temptation of bringing home any bunnies or poultry that were for sale, except for a new pair of chicken salt and pepper shakers.


This is the first of three planned posts about my day at the Poultry Congress, stay tuned to hear about my meeting Jan Brett and seeing her beautiful Polish Hens next.

Photo Credits: Tilly's Nest