Hipster or not, I am a backyard chicken keeper. I love so many things about keeping chickens. I love the lessons learned about taking care of animals, nutrition and where food comes from as well as empathy for animals. Chicken keeping is therapeutic for me. It brings me peace. But, there is work involved and chicken keeping in the winter is not always fun. I have a new post up at Community Chickens titled Snow, Chickens and Hipsters. This is all about my latest adventure of chicken keeping in the frozen land of Michigan as well as recent opinions on hipster chicken keepers.
It is snowing up a storm here in Michigan. I have shared an article on what I have done to help my chickens for this snow storm and arctic chill that will be settling down over Michigan. They are tucked in, all snug as can be in their coop. There are extra layers of bedding and some added protein to their diets. I use meal worm for this. Your birds will use more calories staying warm in this weather and so I have adjusted their feed to help them. A heated water dish is also in the coop so that they have access to water. I plan on opening the coop as little as possible to keep the wind exposure to a minimum. For other tips, check out the Community Chickens Article. (more…)
We love pancakes at my house. They are a great way to kick off a Saturday. Easy to whip together and fill bellies for a while. Today was no exception. My boys had friends over for the night so I had extra bellies to fill. Pancakes it was. My youngest loves all things carrot cake and for special days, he always requests carrot cake pancakes. They had been on my mind, but I wanted to try something else. Today, I experiments and fell in love with Apple Pie Pancakes. Yumm-o! (more…)
Seasonal Eating is something that goes along with eating simple, fresh foods. In Michigan, I simply can not get watermelon in December. Well, truth be told, I could, but it would not be the watermelon that I enjoy on a warm July day. Its sweetness would not be the same, having been grown in another part of the country and trucked or flown to my area. The quality of food that is in my local store out of season is a large part of what began my move to local fresh eating. Tomatoes in January, in Michigan grocery stores, are just not the same as the sun warmed, vine ripened ones from summer. (more…)
Chicken Therapy? Have I gone crazy? lol well that remains to be seen, but in reality Chickens are making a move into therapy animals. Check out my latest post on Community Chickens and read about what I of Chicken Therapy…
Spoiler: I kinda love it
Friends, if you follow me on twitter and facebook, you have seen me post pics of my broody hen sitting on eggs. There is a Great Egg Mystery at my house and I am sharing this over at Community Chickens. (more…)
Are you picking out new chicks? Planning to add chickens to your existing flock or starting a flock? I just posted over at Community Chickens about a fun, fancy, feather color that I love to see in my backyard. Laced is the term, as in Silver Laced, Golden Laced, and Blue Laced Red… in my instance.
Hello Everyone! I have a new post over at Community Chickens.
I just wanted to share a picture of my dozen eggs. Note the “Wind Egg” is still in the reusable carton. I still have not decided just what to do with it. The ladies in my backyard, Blue Laced Red Wyandottes, have been busy with the longer days.
Hi Everyone. There is a new post over at Community Chickens. This is the result of being able to leave the boys home with my Husband while I grocery shopped alone…Yes, all by myself. While I had the time to go up and down aisles, reading labels and checking things out, I decided to wander over to the egg section. There, I noticed that some of the cartons were labeled Vegetarian Fed.