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2011: A Year in Review

Here I am sitting at the computer as I did last year. I am reminiscing about this past year with our chickens.  We had an amazing year filled with many surprises. This year, our flock said goodbye to Chocolate and Meesha and we added Dottie Speckles and Fifi.  Dolly hatched seven of our own eggs.  We experienced joy and sadness with sweet Percy Peepers.  We learned how to take care of chicken boo boos.  We troubleshooted in our coop.  We shared many Tour De Coops of fellow chicken keepers.  We even created the first ever Hug A Chicken Day on November 5th.  The highlight of the year was when our blog was discovered by Country Living Magazine and received a Blue Ribbon Blogger Award in New York City.  Yet, the best part is how many friends we have made by sharing this blog.

Here are my favorite top 5 blog posts of 2011 that I would like to share with you.

#5  Percy Peepers

#4  Sunshine Necklace

#3  Smiles from Chickens

#2  Tour de Coop~Mary Ann

#1 Country Living Magazine, Blue Ribbon Blogger Awards

I can’t wait to see what next year’s adventures bring for Tilly, the girls and my family.  Thank you for allowing us to share every step of our journey with you and I hope that you will be with us in 2012.

Cheers to 2012!
Photo Credits:  Tilly’s Nest



2010: A Year in Review

This was our first year with chickens.  I feel like we have had them for ages.  I really could not imagine my life without them.  They truly have become part of the family.  Our learning curve has been huge with our feathered friends.

They arrived in a little peeping box; six little day old chicks.  They were barely a couple of ounces and I could easily see how one could crush them without trying from the grasp of their hand.  I was their mother.  I had to teach them everything.  I taught them how to eat and drink.  They instinctually understood the rest.  Their growth has been amazing.  From day one to six weeks, they grew from baby chicks to fully feathered mini-chickens.

We have survived illnesses, trips to the chicken doctor, broodiness, flock integration.  We have learned about chicken psychology, coop construction, predator proofing and the many joys that chickens can bring into the lives of others.  We’ve learned alot about raising backyard chickens.  Through trial and error, we have gained some experiences that we feel we can now share with others.  We might even inspire some people to get backyard chickens themselves.

Here are five of my personal favorite blogs from this year:

#1  And Then There Were Five

#2  A Surprise Visit from Peanut; Well Sort of

#3  We’ll Come Running

#4  Are You My Momma?

#5  Our First Big Egg

I would also like to thank all of our visitors for stopping by Tilly’s Nest this year.  Since I started this blog in October, visitors have come from the United States, Germany, Russia, Netherlands, Belize, United Kingdom, Slovenia, Denmark, Croatia, Australia, India, Canada, Italy, Ukraine, Israel and United Arab Emirates.  We wish you a wonderful New Year in 2011.  Who knows, you might even have some chickens in your future!