Monday, December 22, 2014

Tips From Our Junior Blogger: How to Make a Chicken Scratch Wreath

Tuesday's Tip From Our Junior Blogger
Chicken tending tips straight from the mouth of a Kindergartener!

How to Make a Chicken Scratch Wreath
I am making this wreath as a Christmas present to my chickens.

Ingredients:
Cooking Spray
Bundt Pan
1/2 Cup Cool Water
3 Packets of Gelatin
1 1/2 Cups Boiling Water
1 Cup Bacon Grease or Coconut Oil*
8 Cups of Raisins and Seeds
20 Cranberries

My Mom didn't have bacon grease so we used coconut oil.*
(Coconut oil melts at a lower temperature and because our Junior Blogger lives in a colder climate it held the wreath together.  If you live in a warm climate we suggest that you use bacon or hamburger grease.)

Here is what I did:
Spray the pan.  
Make sure you have 20 cranberries.  Put them in a tiny bowl and put aside.  
Pour seeds and raisins in a big bowl.  Stir them up.  
Get another bowl that is medium size and put 3 bag of gelatin in. Stir cold water in the gelatin.  Now pour boiling water in with the gelatin.
Mix all your stuff together expect for the cranberries.
Put the cranberries in the bottom of the pan.
Pour the seeds and raisins on top.
Put in the freezer or refrigerator for the night.

When you get up in the morning take your treat out of the pan, put a bow on it and give it to the chickens. At first my chickens were afraid of it, but now they really like it!  





For more detailed instructions of how to make the chicken scratch wreath please refer to  Fresh Eggs Daily: http://www.fresheggsdaily.com/2012/12/scratch-and-nut-edible-wreath.html


Monday, December 15, 2014

Tips From Our Junior Blogger: Healthy Things to Put in Your Chickens' Water

Tuesday's Tip From Our Junior Blogger
Chicken tending tips straight from the mouth of a Kindergartener!

Healthy Things to Put in Your Chickens' Water


Put these things in your chickens' water to make them healthier and to give them vitamins:

Garlic - Put some garlic in the water.  Do this because when the bugs get on their feathers the bugs say "Eww, this chicken smells like garlic!" They will fly off to another chicken and keep saying "Eww, this chicken smells like garlic!"

Apple Cider Vinegar - Put some of this in your chickens' water.  It's kind of stinky, but it's good for them and helps keep their water container clean.

Herbal Tea - Put some herbs in water and make your chickens tea.

Blackstrap Molasses - If chickens have too much of this it can give them diarrhea. Gross! Just poor a little in their water so they don't get diarrhea.


Vegetable Cooking Water - Save the water you cooked your veggies in and give it to your chickens.  They will like it!


Please refer to Fresh Eggs Daily's Ultimate Chicken Care Guide for more information about caring and treating your chickens naturally. 


Thanks for reading! 




Monday, December 8, 2014

Tips From Our Junior Blogger: How to Make Natural Coop Cleaner

Tuesday's Tip From Our Junior Blogger
Chicken tending tips straight from the mouth of a Kindergartener!

How to Make Natural Coop Cleaner

We used:
2 Cinnamon Sticks
4 Big Oranges
1 Bottle of Vinegar
2 Vanilla Beans
1 Spray Bottle
2 1-Pint Jars

How We Made The Coop Cleaner:
First peel the oranges, then put the orange peels into the jars.  Save the oranges for eating.  Break the 2 cinnamon sticks in half and put them into the jars.  Then cut the vanilla beans in half and cut them in the middle and put them all in the jars. Then put the vinegar in so that it covers up all the stuff.  Put the lid on tight.  Shake it every couple few days and do this for two weeks.  Pour the vinegar part, not the other stuff, into the spray bottle and then it's ready to use. You can use it in the kitchen, too.




For more information on the Natural Coop Cleaner visit Fresh Eggs Daily: Orange Peel White Vinegar Coop Cleaner.

Thanks for reading!

Thank You For Participating In the Giveaway!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our giveaway and especially for all the kind words you had for our Junior Blogger.  You put a big smile on her face.   Also, a HUGE thank you to Lisa at Fresh Eggs Daily for making this giveaway possible!

"When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed." 
-Maya Angelou

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Junior Blogger's Fresh Eggs Daily Book Review and GIVEAWAY!

This week is pretty special for our Kindergarten Junior Blogger. Lisa Steele of Fresh Eggs Daily asked our Junior Blogger to review her book and then said she would give a signed copy to one lucky winner in a GIVEAWAY! So exciting!  

Please enjoy our 6-year-old's book review and make sure to enter the GIVEAWAY at the end of her post.  Thanks for reading and good luck!

Book Review: Fresh Eggs Daily 
and SIGNED BOOK GIVEAWAY!

Book review by the Kindergarten Junior Blogger





About the Author:
Lisa wrote the book.  She takes care of chickens.  First, she wanted goats and her husband said let's get chickens instead. When growing up Lisa's grandparents had chickens and Lisa wore mitts to protect her hands from the chickens pecking her when she tried to get the eggs.  That's what she remembers about chickens when she was small, but the chickens she has now aren't mean.

About This Book
Lisa teaches people to give chickens herbs like rosemary, mint and lavender instead of medicines. She says to put herbs in the coop, the nesting boxes and their dust baths.  Lisa also tells you how to clean the coop with real orange cleaner and how to make it not stinky with special good smelling sprays.

Lisa tells you to put herbs in the chickens' food that they eat.  She also talks about what foods to give and not give to your chickens.   You shouldn't give them apple seeds!  She says you can spoil your chickens with treats, but don't give them lots because it is not healthy. 

Lisa talks about how to take care of your chickens in the winter, the summer, when they are molting, when they are broody and when they are sick.  She tells you what herbs you can use to help them. She gives lots of good recipes that are healthy and use herbs.

What I Like About This Book:
I really like the pictures of her chickens.  I also like how she made a lettuce pinata for her chickens.  I thought it was funny that her grandma's chickens would peck her when she would get their eggs.



ENTER IN MY GIVEAWAY!  
Win a signed copy of the Fresh Eggs Daily book! Lisa said she would send a signed book to my winner!  To enter my contest just write a comment below my post and tell me how many chickens you have or want to have one day.  That's it!

Contest ends Sunday, December 7th at 8pm Pacific Time.  Winner will be chosen at random and announced on Monday, December 8th, 2014 on the blog! You must live in the United States to enter.


Thank you for reading!



Monday, November 24, 2014

Tips From Our Junior Blogger: Selecting a Chicken Breed

Tuesday's Tip From Our Junior Blogger
Chicken tending tips straight from the mouth of a Kindergartener!

Selecting a Chicken Breed

Some chicken breeds are good in the cold like the Buff Orpington and the Easter Egger.  Some breeds are good in the hot.

You can pick your chicken by it's egg color. You can also pick a chicken by what it looks like.

Some chickens, like Plymouth Rocks, can lay lots of eggs.

Some chickens can be broody like the Orpington.  Broody means they want to sit on their eggs all day.

Docile breeds can be the Orpingtons, Ameruacanas, Silkies and Plymouth Rocks.  Docile means they want to be held a lot and like to be around people.


For more detail on selecting a chicken breed read the following article by Lisa Steele from Fresh Eggs Daily:




Thanks for reading!

Parts of an Egg

Monday, November 17, 2014

Tips From Our Junior Blogger: Egg Shell Problems

Tuesday's Tip From Our Junior Blogger
Chicken tending tips straight from the mouth of a Kindergartener!

Egg Shell Problems


Sometimes chickens can have problems with the shells of their eggs.  They might have problems if they don't eat the right food or it's too hot, or it's too cold, or they are scared.  When they are pullets they sometimes lay fart eggs because they aren't very old. And for some chickens it might be hard to push out their egg and then they get their blood on it.  


For more information on egg deformities please read the following article from Backyard Chickens:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/common-egg-quality-problems

Thanks for reading!

Parts of an Egg


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tips From Our Junior Blogger: Chicken Predators

Tuesday's Tip From Our Junior Blogger
Chicken tending tips straight from the mouth of a Kindergartener!

Chicken Predators
Predators are mean to chickens.  They eat them or just bite off of them and then leave to their home.  Some predators are:

other people's dogs
raccoons
bobcats
wild cats
skunks
foxes
wolves
bears
hawks
eagles

Here are some of their paw prints to look for:  


Look for their paw prints everywhere around your yard and around your coop. To protect your chickens from predators you should make your fence around your coop high and cover it and close and lock all the doors at night.



For more information about predators and how to protect your flock read the following articles from Fresh Eggs Daily:






Thanks for reading!

Parts of an Egg

Monday, November 3, 2014

Tips From Our Junior Blogger: Chicken Combs

Tuesday's Tip From Our Junior Blogger
Chicken tending tips straight from the mouth of a Kindergartener!

Chicken Combs


single - It looks like a flower.

rose - It has a spike on the back.

pea - It looks like a road.

buttercup - It looks like a bowl.

v-shaped - It is shaped like a v.

walnut - It kind of looks like a walnut.

strawberry - It's small and bumpy.

cushion - It is right on top of it's beak and looks like a circle.




For more information on chicken combs please visit Backyard Chickens.




Thanks for reading!

Parts of an Egg

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Chicken Silhouette Greeting Cards

Chicken Silhouette Greeting Cards

Materials:
Profile Photos of Your Chickens
Scissors
Glue Stick
Black Paper
Accent Paper
Pencil or Pen
Blank Stationary Cards

Instructions:
1. Take a profile photo of your chicken then cut out the profile.

2.  Trace the chicken's profile on black paper then cut out.

3. Cut out accent paper to go behind the chicken profile.

4. Glue the accent paper onto the greeting card.

5.  Glue the chicken profile on top of the accent paper.





The Chicken Chick

Tips From Our Junior Blogger: Chicken First Aid Kit

Tuesday's Tip From Our Junior Blogger
Chicken tending tips straight from the mouth of a Kindergartener!


Chicken First Aid Kit

You need a First Aid Kit for chickens in case they get hurt or sick. You have to put the sick chicken in a cage by themself so other chickens don't get sick.  To make them feel better you can give them medicine or you can use foods and plants like honey, coconut oil and molasses.

Things you need:
box - to put all your stuff in
bandages/gauze - for their boo boos
nail clippers - in case you need to clip their nails
scissors - just in case you need to cut their gauze and bandages
tub - just in case you need to give your chicken a bath
gloves - so you don't get the chicken's sickness
different kinds of medicines, food, plants and ointments** - for boo boos
old towels - so you don't get your new ones dirty
box or dog crate - to put your chicken in if you need to take them to the veterinarian


**The Junior Blogger and I discovered through our research that there are two approaches to treating your chickens:



Thanks for reading my blog!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ChickinBoots Kitchen Towels

ChickinBoots Kitchen Towels


These flour sack ChickinBoots kitchen towels are easy to make and sure to spice up your kitchen!

Materials
Fabric Markers
Flour Sack Towels 
Template


Directions
1.  Pre-wash and iron.

2.  Make your template.  Draw your image on a piece of paper and trace it with a dark marker so that it can be seen through the flour sack towel.



3. Place template underneath the flour sack towel and trace with a fabric marker.



4.  Repeat the image as desired!


Have fun!

Cheers,
Sarah








Monday, October 20, 2014

Tips From Our Junior Blogger: The Egg Song

Tuesday's Tip From Our Junior Blogger
Chicken tending tips straight from the mouth of a Kindergartener!




The Egg Song
The egg song is when a chicken bawks a lot after they lay an egg.  I learned [from Fresh Eggs Daily] they might do this because:

1.  They sing their song so the predator sees them and not their egg.  They want to keep predators away from their eggs.  

2.  They sing because they laid an egg and they are happy and they want to tell everyone.

3.  They sing their song because they are looking for their friends after they laid their eggs.



For more information about The Egg Song read this entertaining article from Fresh Eggs Daily.



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tips From Our Junior Blogger: Feed Chickens Pumpkin Seeds

Tuesday's Tip From Our Junior Blogger
Chicken tending tips straight from the mouth of a Kindergartener!


Feed Chickens Pumpkin Seeds



I learned [From Fresh Eggs Daily] that if chickens eat pumpkin seeds it helps them so that they don't have worms in their poop. You can take the seeds out of the pumpkin and then feed it to your chickens or you can make your chickens pumpkin soup.  To make the soup use some plain yogurt and grind up some pumpkin seeds from your Halloween pumpkin. Put the soup in half of your pumpkin and then just give it to the chickens.  They will eat the pumpkin bowl, too!


The recipe for Pumpkin Soup can be found at Fresh Eggs Daily.