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Fluffy Layers: Mommy and Me Farm Aprons

This week I’m traveling on the road again for the next two weeks. I’m headed to the Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio, a ribbon cutting ceremony, and then off to the Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania. Before we left, I received a very special package from one of my favorite companies, Fluffy Layers. The owner, Tara, is so thoughtful and a Mom like me. She sent me something that she knew Maddy and I would just adore, these matching Mommy and Me Farm Aprons.

Chickens Coop Care Eggs

7 Secrets to Clean Chicken Eggs

 

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People often ask me how I have clean chicken eggs when I harvest them. Today I’m sharing my secrets to picking clean eggs from the nesting boxes. As the egg is laid, the hen puts a protective clear wet coating on the egg called a bloom. The bloom seals the outer shell of the egg keeping air out, along with other harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi. When eggs are washed the bloom is removed. That ultimately decreases the “shelf-life” of the egg. Harvesting clean eggs, allows you to keep the bloom intact and there is no need to wash your eggs. Here are my secrets to clean chicken eggs naturally.

Chickens Stories from Our Nest

Broody Hijinks

She’s been this way for a few weeks now. At first, I thought she was just enjoying lingering in the nesting boxes perched upon the bounty of beautiful colorful orbs each day. Yet soon enough it was clear. She had morphed into a dinosaur-like shrieking pancake that simply did not want me lifting her off the nesting box. She was definitely broody. So each day it has gone on, I pry her from the box, give her a good scratch, a wing rub and send her on her way to poo, eat and drink. However, what happened the other day left me speechless.

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Food is Love: Purina Giveaway

One of the ways that my family has traditionally shown and shared love is through food. This is especially true for my step-father. To him, food is love. For the past twenty-five years, he has nursed broken hearts with sundaes, healed sicknesses with soups, and celebrated special times with feasts. Love is always abundant when we’re gathered around the table. I believe the same goes for my chickens. Every time I feed the girls, I am showing them love. After all, they give the love back to me with the eggs they produce. Because food is such a strong statement of love in my family, I’ve given a lot of thought into which feed to give the girls. 

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Giveaway: 100 Egg Cartons

Vintage egg cartons -- eggcartons.com

I am thrilled to share with you this fantastic egg carton giveaway from my newest sponsor, EggCartons.com.  EggCartons.com is a small business located in Massachusetts, but don’t let that fool you! They have everything you need to raise happy and healthy chickens. What I love about most about them is their AMAZING collection of egg cartons for sale. 

Crafts Easter Family Fun

Dye Eggs Naturally

dye eggs naturally with spices and herbs Tilly's Nest

Every year the kids and I decorate eggs for Easter. Some years, we use the traditional dyeing kits. They’re always great fun and I love the way my kids wriggle up their noses at the colorful dishes filled with white vinegar. In years past, we have also tried our hand at using sharpies, decorating with pysansky techniques and even making natural ones like these. I made these beautiful eggs with ordinary ingredients from my kitchen pantry. Using white shelled eggs as my base, I was able to dye eggs naturally with herbs and spices. I love the way they turned out.

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Giveaway: The Egg Collecting Apron by Fluffy Layers

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I tuck the last 2 eggs from the morning into the apron before heading into the house.

One of the greatest joys as a chicken keeper is heading out to the coop to collect fresh eggs from the hens. There is nothing like it in the world to remove freshly laid, still warm beautiful eggs from the nesting boxes.  Most times I bring with me an egg basket but since Fluffy Layers sent me this egg collecting apron, I have been hooked!

Findings Gardening

The Umbrella Nest

Umbrella Nest- Tilly's Nest

Earlier this week, I stumbled upon this lovely robin’s nest. A robin must have felt safe and stealthy made a nest in the top of my garden umbrella. A few days ago, I went to take the umbrella down because of an approaching storm. I suddenly realized that I couldn’t. A nest with a single blue egg was perched under the safety of the umbrella.

Chickens Stories from Our Nest

First Eggs Arrive

A quiet moment taken through the glass of the coop door of Ginny, our Golden Laced Wyandotte

The first eggs are beginning to arrive.

A couple of weeks ago, I caught  Ginny, our Golden Laced Wyandotte in the nesting box. Sure enough as suspected, she was laying an egg. For the past week, we have had a fresh egg from her each day. A beautiful dark brown warm golden orb, tiny in size.