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Gardening with Backyard Chickens

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Plant containers full of edibles. This container is filled with lettuce, pansies and sugar snap peas.

One of my favorite things in the world is watching my chickens explore their surroundings when they are out during supervised free-ranging. Chickens left unsupervised can devastate gardens and landscaping in mere minutes, especially gardens with new tender plantings. I’ve picked up many tips over the years and today I’d like to share them with you that have made life much easier with the girls and their appetite for exploration and delicious goodies. Gardening with chickens when done correctly, is a wonderful experience.

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DIY Mirror for Backyard Chickens

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Looking good!

Oh my goodness, do chickens including my girls ever love looking at themselves in the mirror! Winter is still upon us and as we try to deal with the usual boredom during the final few weeks, I bring out all the stops. It was time, the chicken divas needed a mirror of their own. All it took was me discovering a hand held doll dress-up mirror at the craft store. It was a perfect size and made from shatterproof plastic. Making a shatterproof mirror for the chickens is important. Chickens will peck and can break the mirror if you are not careful.  I gathered up a few more supplies at the craft store and headed home to make the chicken mirror.

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A Tilly’s Nest Quilt-A-Long: Sew A Chicken Quilt: Part Three

Can you believe that we are already on Part Three? If you are just joining us, you can catch up by starting at the beginning. If you missed step two it is here.

Now it’s time to go shopping again. In this step, we will be creating the grid that goes between the chickens and creating the quilt’s border. You can use fabric scraps that match, do not match, or are color coordinated. It is completely your choice.

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A Tilly’s Nest Quilt-A-Long: Sew A Chicken Quilt: Part One

 

During the winter, I always chose a heftier project to carry me into spring. Sometimes it is knitting, crocheting or sewing; something that cannot be completed overnight. This year I chose quilting. I decided to ask my Facebook fans if they were interested in a making a quilt with me at the same time. They responded with an overwhelming YES!

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Storm Preparations for Backyard Chickens

 

They’ve named it Hercules.

I’m not sure what to think of the first big snow storm of 2014. Living on a man-made island that juts into the Atlantic Ocean, the forecast is always variable and unpredictable. Sometimes, the forecast is for record amounts of snow and we get a dusting, other times it is the complete opposite. Regardless of the forecast, it is always essential to be ready for anything.

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In The Name of Science

Earlier this week my son came home very excited from school. As he hopped in the car, I could hear the excitement in his voice!

In school, his class has been learning about formulating hypotheses and conducting various science experiments. Last week, they had to theorize what would happen to gummy bears placed in water overnight. This upcoming week’s experiment would involve eggs. I loved that they were experimenting with eggs in science.

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How To Add Herbs to the Coop

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Fresh herbs and flowers dry along side mini-potatoes and garlic on vintage flower bulb drying trays.

Like most chicken keepers, I love spending time in the garden. Each year I plant and grow plenty of herbs for the family and the chickens.  In the summer, the girls enjoy nibbling on the fresh herbs. However, as the season begins to come to a close, we harvest what remains in the garden before the first frost. We then dry the herbs prior to future use. We use a few different techniques to dry the herbs and flowers based on their moisture content. Once dried, we use the herbs in cooking and also in the chicken coop!  Adding a sprinkle of dried chicken-safe herbs to the coop helps keep insects, mice, and parasites away. Plus I think it soothes the girls during their egg laying. To learn how to add herbs to the chicken coop read on.