Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tuesday's Tip from Our Junior Blogger: How to Stop a Chicken from being a Bully

Little Chicken Tender is excited because she got her first tip request from a reader of her blog!  The question was:

"How do I stop two of my broody silkie chickens from being so mean to all the other chickens in the coop?  They are like bullies."


Tuesday's Tip From Our Junior Blogger
Chicken tending tips straight from the mouth of a 5-year-old!

By Little Chicken Tender


How to Stop a Chicken from being a Bully


You could just get rid of those chickens.  If you don't want to get rid of them you could put dried worms out and they will peck at them instead of pecking at the other chickens.  Or you could separate them into two groups: the bully ones and the nice ones. Keep the bully chickens separated until they don't peck at the other chickens or until they stop sitting on their eggs.  Maybe then they will start being nice.





Thank you, Little Chicken Tender!  I sure hope this chicken advice helps our reader deal with their broody silkies.  Stay tuned next week for another tip from our Junior Blogger.  Do you have a question for her that you would like to be answered?  Thanks for reading!


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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tuesday's Tip from our Junior Blogger: How to Catch a Chicken

Tuesday's Tip From Our Junior Blogger
Chicken tending tips straight from the mouth of a 5-year-old!

By Little Chicken Tender


How to Catch a Chicken:
If you want to catch a chicken you have to sneak up on them and grab them.  If they run away you have to keep trying.

If the fence is right in front of them you can catch them because they have no place to go.


If a chicken is on the table and they have no place to fly off, just grab them.  


Throw dried worms on the ground and they will jump down and peck at them and then you can grab them.


Thanks for your tending tips, Little Chicken Tender!


There you have it folks.  Good luck catching that chicken! Stay turned for another tip from our Junior Blogger next week.  
Any requests? Thanks for reading!  



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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tuesday's Tip from Our Junior Blogger: Put Your Chickens to Bed


Tuesday's Tip From Our Junior Blogger
Chicken tending tips straight from the mouth of a 5-year-old!

By Little Chicken Tender


Put Your Chickens to Bed:
At night make sure your chickens go to sleep in their coop because if they are not asleep in their coop they may get scared and call for help.  Cats, raccoons and other stuff may get them.  You should put them to bed at 8:30pm because that is when you go to bed at night.  During the day the chickens should sleep anywhere next to the house because if they don't an eagle might see them and dive down and get them and eat them.


Resting next to the house to avoid being eaten by an eagle.


Thank you for the tip on keeping your chickens safe while sleeping, Little Chicken Tender.  We look forward to your tip next week!


Thanks for reading!




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Friday, June 6, 2014

I CAN do this! - Strawberry Jam Without Pectin or Refined Sugar




My mom and aunt are wonderful canners so I had been wanting to try canning myself for awhile.  I was intimidated by the process, but this year faced my canning fears and made strawberry jam! My family and I try to eat real unprocessed food and cut out refined sugar as much as we can, so I was on a quest to find a strawberry jam recipe that fit this criteria.  Through research I discovered that my favorite food blog, 100 Days of Real Food, had a strawberry jam recipe that didn't use pectin and replaced the refined sugar with honey!

Why no pectin, you ask?  Pectin is a natural occurring thickening agent and is extracted from fruit such as apples, plum, gooseberries and oranges.  Some commercial pectins add dextrose or may contain artificial sweeteners, fillers or chemicals.   If you are buying a "pure" commercial pectin, you may have no idea the pesticides/herbicides that were used on the fruit it was extracted from. 

After reading the reviews of the 100 Days of Real Food strawberry jam recipe, I became nervous about how the jam would turn out. A handful of reviewers said the jam's consistency was thin due to the lack of pectin and it had a strong taste of honey.  Overall, though, the majority of reviewers said it turned out great so I decided to go for it.

When shopping for the ingredients I tried to go as local as possible. The gorgeous strawberries purchased for the jam were from a local Oregon farm, Parsons Farms, and were melt in your mouth delicious!  The raw honey purchased was from My Local Honey, a product available in Washington and Oregon.  The back story of the company is really interesting so if you have a minute you should visit their website

Gorgeous strawberries from Parsons Farms


Raw Honey from My Local Honey

Overall, the jam making process was a success! The 100 Days of Real Food recipe includes some great canning tips for newbies like me.  I had a great time canning and it turned out to be a lot more simple than I thought and the strawberry jam turned out delicious! Yes, it isn't as thick as a store bought jam, but that doesn't bother my family and I.  Also, we didn't get the strong taste of honey that some reviewers complained about.  One thing to note is that the recipe states that you should get about 6 pints of jam where we only got 4.5 pints.  Will I use this recipe again?  Absolutely!


Next up...raspberry jam.  I can't wait!







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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tuesday's Tip from Our Junior Blogger: Flying Over Fences

Tuesday's Tip From Our Junior Blogger
Chicken tending tips straight from the mouth of a 5-year-old!

By Little Chicken Tender


Flying Over Fences:
Make sure your chickens don't fly over the fence because they might eat other people's flowers, food and might poop in their plants. Your neighbors may get really mad and call the police. 



Thanks, Little Chicken Tender!  This is good advice on how to keep your neighbors happy.  Luckily, our backyard has tall fencing so the chickens shouldn't be able to get out. However, we are having a problem with one of the Goldhen Girls flying over the chicken run's fence at Shady Pines.

Hello, my name is Edna, and I like to fly over the fence.

Our sweet little Easter Egger likes to get on the roof of the coop and launch herself over the fenced run. It only happens once a day and it's usually first thing in the morning.  I would like to avoid clipping her wing so it's time to call on Little Chicken Tender once more for some help.



Tuesday's Tip From Our Junior Blogger - Part 2
Chicken tending tips straight from the mouth of a 5-year-old!

By Little Chicken Tender


Edna versus the Fenced Run:
To stop Edna from flying over the fence you could move the coop away from the fence.  If you can't move the coop put a roof over the top of the fence or make the fence taller.  Just keep building the fence higher and higher until she can't get out.

Thanks again for another great tip, Little Chicken Tender!  I have one smart cookie, don't I?  I guess the only way I am going to keep that crazy chicken from her daily jail break is raise the run's fence.  Looks like I have some work ahead of me.  Wish me luck!

Thanks for reading!  Stayed tuned for more Tuesday's Tip from our Junior Blogger.

All clear for lift off...