One of the biggest questions that I get when I am traveling around the country meeting fellow chicken keepers like you is, how do I keep my flock healthy and the eggs a-plenty? It’s actually not complicated and it starts by providing your flock with a healthy, well-balanced diet. We are at our best when we eat healthy and take care of ourselves. Chickens are no different. This is why chicken nutrition matters.
Have you thought about gardening with chickens but just don’t know where to start? Today, I’m sharing with you some terrific tips to get started and also a fun DIY gardening project to recycle your flock’s eggshells into seedling starters.
Sometimes I compare my backyard to an oasis. My kids spend hours playing in the grass and the garden provides fresh vegetables for my family. It’s a place where I go to clear my head, a place where all my worries drift away. Because my family and I love my lawn and garden so much, I have given a lot of thought into keeping the backyard healthy. One of the best helpers I’ve found? My flock of backyard chickens – and, in turn, the feed they eat. I feed my chickens in the morning, let them free-range and forage throughout the day and then bring them into their coop at night. Not only does this keep the chickens happy, it also helps my plants keep growing! The chickens eat insects, aerate the lawn, love eating weeds and even produce fertilizer!
Ready to add chickens to your backyard? Here are four steps to get started!
Hello Friends! I’m excited to share that I will be presenting all weekend at the Country Living Fair and I have a pair of tickets to giveaway! Included in the giveaway are two weekend passes that get you all access to the fair including 2 early bird entries! So come on down and enjoy the fair. I’ll be presenting on chickens, bees, and gardening. It’s always a blast and I’d love to meet you! Plus I’ll be signing my book.
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.
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.
If your flock is like mine they LOVE to gobble up dried mealworms. Recently I learned about Chubby Mealworms. I hadn’t heard of them before so I was excited to learn about a new company. I think you can guess by their name what they sell…mealworms and other dried bugs, just up the chickens’ alley! They graciously sent me a bunch of samples for the girls to try.
I’m so excited to be heading the the Country Living Fair in Nashville this April to speak about chickens and beekeeping. I’ll also be signing copies of my book too. The fairs are always such a fun and amazing time. There’s awesome antiquing, crafting, inspiration, fabulous presentations, demonstrations, food and so much more! If you love the magazine, it’s as if the pages spring to life! Today I’m giving away 2 Country Living Fair tickets. I’m also giving away a pair of tickets on my Instagram account so be sure to enter there too! Good luck and I hope to see you at the fair.
Sarah Hudock is the creative chicken genius behind Chicken Art. I first met Sarah almost four years ago when she donated beautiful chicken prints for Hug a Chicken Day. We were kindred chicken spirits from the beginning and I have just loved watching her grow to be one of the most talented chicken artists. Lucky us! Sarah designs and hand paints feather by feather these and many beautiful creations from her studio located in the Vermont countryside. Today I’ve got an amazing giveaway from Chicken Art just for you.
Have you seen this darling coloring book called Difficult Chickens? I have had the pleasure of knowing Sarah Rosedahl, a very talented artist from Vermont, for the pleasure of several years. I first met Sarah after she had just written Chickens Illustrated Chicken Breeds A to Z. We discovered one another through the powers of social media and we had the chance to connect in person years ago at the Poultry Congress chicken show in Massachusetts.
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!