My family looks a lot like I had always imagined growing up. I have a husband, two kids, and a family dog. But, our family today is a little different than I had imagined twenty years ago. The difference? Our family includes a flock of feather babies! If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that we added chickens to our family after we moved from California to the east coast. The flock has made such a difference to us every day – from our hobbies to our diets and our lifestyle.
Wow! It is hard to believe that six years ago I started this event. It seems like yesterday that I was down in Manhattan with the folks from Country Living Magazine . They encouraged me to start a Facebook page for Tilly’s Nest and enter the realm of social media. Soon after I started my account, I realized how many chicken lovers were out there. It wasn’t long until I decided to create an event celebrating how wonderful chickens can be on so many levels. There was already a world egg, day but what about those girls that laid them? Chicken hugs are the best. It seemed natural to encourage folks to take a day to honor and thank their flock by sharing a chicken hug with them. Now in our 6th year, I hope to see over 1000 chicken hugs on the Hug a Chicken Day Facebook event page. You are all invited to join us from your very own backyard. Simply post a photo on the event page and enter all these amazing giveaways from the sponsors of this year’s event. With their generosity, you can enter to treat your flock and you too. It is through their generosity that we are able to make this event what it is! So take a peek at all these amazing giveaways below and for goodness sakes, give your girls a hug from me!
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.
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.
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!
A new edition of The Chicken Health Handbook is out and I am so thrilled to see it. Gail Damerow’s first edition was excellent, but after seeing this one, I am thrilled beyond belief. This second edition has expanded, added new topics, updated original topics, and now comes with beautiful illustrations and photos to help explain even the most difficult topic. I field plenty of questions about chicken health and this book has now made it easier. It is a pleasure to share this book with backyard chicken keepers and I will definitely recommend it for every backyard chicken keeper’s library. The book has something for old and new chicken keepers alike and I love that we can constantly learn from one another to keep our flock happy and healthy.
I recently was contacted by Troy-Bilt to review a new line of garden tool that they just introduced to the market. I was eager for them to arrive as I was already preparing the garden for summer. As I unwrapped the tools, I realized that they were very well made. They were solid and not flimsy. The look and feel seemed to be practical and ergonomically designed. I also loved the fact that they were made in Germany. Some of my best gardening tools have come from Europe.
I’m excited to share with you that Nicole from Windy Willow Homestead has another fabulous giveaway for you all! This giveaway is perfect for the Fourth of July! As we get ready to celebrate with all the red, white and blue, take a peek at what Nicole has dreamed up. She is one talented lady.