Month : December 2013

Giveaways

Giveaway: Hobby Hill Farm Chicken Themed Goodie Basket

This week we have a fun and fabulous gift basket giveaway for those of you that could use a little sunshine. Hobby Hill Farm is sponsoring this amazing giveaway basket of goodies. If you have never taken a moment to go and visit their store, you are in for a treat. Sharon’s store is a great place to shop for fabulous kitchen items, decorative wares, food items including their own line of jams and candy, and all animals lovers in your life.

Christmas Crafts Holiday

Homemade Holiday Craft Ideas From My Nest to Yours

I’ve been busy as a bee here at Tilly’s Nest working on some nature-inspired holiday crafts for HGTV Gardens. I’ve been working with HGTV for well over a year now and I must say that these three holiday crafts are some of my all time favorites. The woodland pinecone hedgehogs came to life after I took another look at a few pinecones laying on my mantle. Suddenly I envisioned them with snouts, ears, and sweet little noses!

Chickens Health Issues

Shock in Backyard Chickens

The other day we needed to move some furniture from the house to the garage. I pinned open the storm door, then my husband and I heard it, a loud thump. A black capped chickadee had flown into the window. My husband scooped it up in his hands. It was laid out flat. It’s toes were curled and it’s neck was wobbly. My husband immediately feared it had broken its neck. I told him to quickly warm it in his hands as I fetched a dish towel. The poor thing’s toes were curling around my husband’s fingers. I took it and wrapped it snugly into the dish towel. It stared into my eyes and blinked. Still nestled in the towel, I propped it upright on the front step so that it could peer out into the world. It needed a moment to recover from the shock of the accident.

Giveaways

Giveaway: Cinders-A Chicken Cinderella Story Tour Prize Package

I started reading Jan’s books to my children even before they could listen to the words. We gazed for hours at her illustrations. My children learned animal names from her books. Sometimes, my son would even make me flip back to the previous page to look and linger some more. Her attention to detail is amazing and she is truly an incredibly talented illustrator and writer. I have spent time with Jan at various poultry shows and have enjoyed visiting her flock.

Chickens Health Issues

Fatty Liver Diseases in Backyard Chickens

I’ve been wanting to write this post for quite a while now and have spent a good deal of time learning and researching this syndrome. I was first introduced to this syndrome by fellow chicken keeper, Amy of The Spice Girls last year. Amy shared that she enjoyed treating her flock to handfuls of black sunflower seeds each day. What seemed to be a completely harmless way to show love and treat her flock, in fact lead to one of her girl’s demise. My heart sank.