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Giveaway: Nesting Box Blend from Treats for Chickens

Years ago, I had a desire to spoil my pet chickens.  I was looking for a company that specialized in organic chicken treats.  Three years ago, I happened to stumble upon Treats for Chickens one evening while surfing the internet.  Immediately I fell in love with their products, their philosophy and their organic practices.  I placed my first order for their Nesting Box Blend and their organic food grade diatomaceous earth (DE).

The Nesting Box Blend is simply amazing!  The blend smells heavenly and is made from an assortment of dried herbs and flowers.  I like to think of it as aromatherapy for chickens.  It is said to make their egg laying process less stressful and it also keeps mites and lice away from the flock.  Habitually, each time I clean out the nesting boxes, I sprinkle about a tablespoon of the Nesting Box Blend and a teaspoon of DE  into the bottom of each box.  I finish off the boxes with a thick layer of pine shavings.  As I am cleaning the coop the girls know exactly what I am doing. They eagerly anticipate exploring the nesting boxes after they are cleaned.  The best part, is that I swear everyone lays an egg on the day I clean out the coop!  Three years later, I cannot imagine my girls’ lives without these two products!

Over the years, I always find myself trying new items from Treats for Chickens to my order.  I have tried and swear by both of their chicken toys.  I love to add a teaspoon of the Cluck and Sea Kelp on top of their weekly plain yogurt treat.  In the heat of summer, my flock loves me to make them refreshing tea in one of their waterers.  I also spoil the girls like crazy in the Winter when they cannot get out and free-range as much.  This past season, they were treated to Meal Worm Delight, Worms and Harvest Flakes and Pumpkin Seed Snacks.  Three years later, I still religiously place my order every few months.

This past month, I was approached by Treats for Chickens to become a sponsor of my website.  To celebrate, we both thought that giving away their famous Nesting Box Blend (4 oz size) would be a fantastic treat for our followers!  I hope you will check them out for yourself.  They are another wonderful example of a small family run business, whose heart is truly in every product they create.

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This contest ends on Sunday, May 20 , 2012 at 11:59 pm East Coast Time.
One winner will be selected at random.  Item ships to US address only.

Photo Credits:  Tilly’s Nest

Chickens Stories from Our Nest

A Package Addressed to the Chickens

Well, the girls are officially know as “The Feathered Ladies of Tilly’s Nest”!  This package arrive a couple of days ago for them.   I placed an order from Treats for Chickens last week.  I was so touched by the thoughtfulness of their company to personalize the address label.  It brought a great smile to my day after the sadness of my last entry about Chocolate.
I bought all sorts of goodies for the flock.  I purchased electrolytes with probiotics, Nesting Box Blend, a Pest Pistol for my friend to use with the food grade Diatomaceous Earth, and something new; Full Crop Pumpkin Feed Snack.  I cleaned out the coop today and as I was doing so, I sprinkled the pumpkin treat out in the run.  They went berserk over it.  All the chickens loved it.  They also love getting the Nesting Box Blend sprinkled in the freshly cleaned nesting boxes.  It is like catnip for chickens.  I have never heard so much chicken talk as they scratch in the shavings to discover the delicious tasty morsels.  I am glad that the package arrived on Valentine’s Day.  I wanted to get the chickens something special too.
Chock full of goodies

 

Thought you would want to know, I receive no financial incentives from Treats for Chickens in mentioning their products.

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Stocking Stuffers and More

I thought that it would be nice to suggest some terrific items for under the tree this year.  Here are somethings that make me happy!
1.  Chicken Pot Pie–Centerville Pie Company
This is a fabulous potpie from right here on Cape Cod.  As featured this year on Oprah’s favorite things, we on the Cape have been in love with this pie since the beginning.  We also love their involvement with Cape Abilities, a local organization assisting those with handicaps to enter the workforce.
2.  Rachael Ray Sir Whisk a Lot Whisk  
Heat resistant up to 400 degrees and dishwasher safe, this whisk is sure to make your eggs fluffy.
3.  Kiehls Ultimate Strength Hand Salve 

I’m in love.  They say it best…

“Formulated for the driest, most active hands, this heavy-duty moisture treatment is a thick, rich formula offering all-day care and protection. Our blend of select ingredients allows skin to actually draw and absorb water from the air, forming a “glove-like” protective barrier against moisture loss. This formula, which contains a blend of botanical oils as well as natural wax derived from Olives Oil, further soothes, moisturizes and conditions skin. This most effective preparation helps protect against and repair the appearance of severe dryness caused by heavy industrial work, manual labor, neglect, or exposure to harsh elements.” –Kiehl’s

4.  Nesting Box Blend

“Keeping nesting boxes clean and free of debris (folks, we are talking about poop here) is very important as contaminated nesting boxes are just bad, bad, bad.  Using Nesting Box Blends ward off the creepy crawlies and bugs that bug your chickens.  Add Nesting Box Blends to nesting boxes during regular scheduled cleanings to keep your chickens calm and free of mites, lice etc. Can be used along with Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth. Contains 100% organic, fair trade herbs and flowers for a soothing and bug free egg laying experience.
Younger chickens often experience stress when they begin to lay eggs. Even older experienced layers can feel stress from time to time. Allow this special and caring formulation to benefit laying hens of all ages – your eggs will be even more wonderful!”–Treats for Chickens
5.  Campo de Fiori–TerraCotta Pots
 Located in Western Massachusetts, I visit them everytime.  These are the best terracotta pots I have ever seen.  I think they are fabulous and they look great inside during the winter too.  I can honestly say I am addicted!
6.  Grow your own Italian Herb Garden
 
Who says you can’t have fresh herbs even in the winter?   This is a great winter indoor project with the kids.  It’s a great feeling to see plants grow when there is snow on the ground outside.
 7.  Eggs Cookbook– Williams Sonoma Exclusive
“The egg is one of nature’s culinary miracles, adaptable to a wide variety of flavors and preparations. Quick and easy to prepare, this nutritional powerhouse can be enjoyed at any time of day – from a hearty breakfast or brunch to a simple, satisfying supper. In this book, you’ll discover over 40 delicious recipes for all types of egg dishes, along with step-by-step secrets to perfect scrambled, fried, boiled and poached eggs. Delight kids with a classic toad-in-the-hole – or impress brunch guests with eggs presented in whimsical prosciutto nests. The book also includes an enticing array of quiches, omelettes and stratas, plus creative recipes for breakfast burritos, panini and more. Hardcover, 112 pages. A Williams-Sonoma Exclusive.”–Williams Sonoma

 

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Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone!  Even the chickens are getting treats.  I ordered a few things including more Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth, a treat ball, nesting box blend and a pest pistol.  Boy are those chickens spoiled! 

I love the diatomaceous Earth.  See my October 2010 entry Fossils for Chickens for more information about it.  I also ordered the girls a treat ball.  It can be stuffed with all types of vegetables and goodies to keep the girls occupied from boredom.

I have always been intrigued by the nesting box blend.  I thought, why not give it a try!  Here is their exact description of the nesting box blend.  I could not have said it better.

Think of this as a daily way to ward off the creepy crawlies and bugs that love to bug your chickens. Adding Nesting Box Blends to nesting boxes during regular scheduled cleanings keeps your chickens calm and free of mites, lice etc. Can be used along with Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth. Contains 100% organic, fair trade herbs, flowers and oils blended for a soothing and bug free egg laying experience.
Younger chickens often experience stress when they begin to lay eggs. Even older experienced layers can feel stress from time to time. Allow this special and caring formulation to benefit laying hens of all ages – your eggs will be even more wonderful!

You will find all of the above mentioned treats at http://www.treatsforchickens.com/

So with that said, hope you find yourself with some human treats of your own on this very special Halloween day.