Save the Dandelion… It is all over Facebook as a warning to preserve the dandelions for bees. One post I saw stated that dandelion’s “are the very first food source for bees after a long winter”. That may very well be true, but save some of the dandelions for yourself too. These underutilized plants have so many qualities! Continue reading
Ahhhh, Coffee, the nectar of the Gods. I am sipping my first cup this morning and reminiscing about all the great things that happened in 2014. My life is full and I am truly blessed. Family, friends, work, writing, life in general, I have found that at 35 I lead a pretty awesome life. No, I am not perfect, far from it, but I choose to be happy and that choice makes all the difference in the world. Money, sure, we could make more of it, but instead, I enjoy cultivating relationships. Relationships with people are far more important than the monetary things I may leave behind one day. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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.
Today is the first official day of Spring. If I was judging by the weather, I would not believe it, however it is almost 7:30 pm and it is still very much light outside. Yay to longer days!
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.