Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Chicken Combs

Chicken Combs
By Nelly Dean


One feature that makes us chickens so unique and beautiful is our lovely comb.  Combs vary in size, color and shape depending on our age, gender and breed. 


(*The illustrations of the combs are not drawn with 100% accuracy.  In this post the illustrations are being used as a fun way to show the different types of chicken combs.) 


Single - The single comb is the type of comb that most people recognize because it appears on many US breeds.  It stands straight up or flaps over.  Being a Buff Orpington hen, this is the kind of comb that I have on my head.

Pea - The pea comb is medium sized with three ridges running lengthwise.  My flock mate, who is an Easter Egger, has a lovely pea comb.


Rose - The rose comb is tube shaped and ends in a pointed spike.  The front section has small, round bumps on it's surface.

Cushion - The cushion comb is small, smooth and round.

Strawberry - The strawberry comb is similar to the cushion comb, but has a rough, bumpy surface similar to a strawberry.

V-Shaped - The V-shaped comb has two thick points extending from the comb base.  Crevecoeurs, Houdans, La Fleche, Polish and Sultans are all breeds with V-shaped combs.  Sometimes these combs are called v-combs, horn combs or antler combs.


Buttercup - The buttercup comb is similar to the single comb, but is shaped like a crown.  This comb is found on the Sicilian Buttercup breed.

Walnut - The walnut comb is medium sized and gets it's name from the fact that it looks similar to a walnut shell.  It is said that this type of comb is derived from the rose and pea combs.  Silkie chickens have a walnut comb.

Carnation - The carnation comb is also know as the king's comb and is specific to the Penedesenca chicken breed from Spain.  It's similar to the single comb, but has extra lobes (or points) in the back.



Thursday, August 13, 2015

Egg Float Test

Egg Float Test
By Nelly Dean



Wonder if those egg are fresh?  Try the Egg Float test!


1.  I just laid this lovely egg.  It doesn’t get any fresher than this!  

2.  I laid this egg a few weeks ago.  It’s still good, but you may want to eat it soon.

3.  This egg is starting to get old. You can still eat it, but it won’t be fresh.

4. This egg is really old and has probably gone bad.  I wouldn’t eat it if I were you!



Thanks for reading!



Monday, August 10, 2015

Orange Peel Coop Cleaner

Orange Peel Coop Cleaner
By Nelly Dean



I can't stand going to roost at night in a stinky coop.  The ammonia smell from all that chicken poop makes my eyes water and in the morning I wake up not feeling well. To clean your coop, have you ever used the Orange Peel White Vinegar Coop Cleaner from Fresh Eggs Daily?  I love this particular cleaner because it smells better than bleach, it's all natural and it's multi-purpose!   How is it multi-purpose, you ask? 

White vinegar kills mold and is an ant repellent.  
Citrus oil is a natural insect repellent and solvent.
Cinnamon oil kills mosquito larvae.
Vanilla bean repels flies, mosquitos and other insects.

This cleaner is so easy to make even our Junior Blogger can whip up a batch of this awesome stuff in about 5 minutes!  Give it a try!




Ingredients/Supplies:
4 oranges
2 cinnamon sticks
2 vanilla beans
bottle of white vinegar
2 one-pint canning jars
spray bottle

Directions:
Peel the oranges and divide the peels between the two canning jars. Break the cinnamon sticks in half and add to jars.  Slit the vanilla bean and add to jars.  Pour the vinegar in each jar making sure to cover the peels.  Leave some headroom in each jar.  Put on the lids and set on counter to age.  Shake jar every couple of days.  In a week or two the mixture will start to smell fragrant which means it is ready to use.  Strain liquid into the spray bottle.  

This cleaner is great to use full-strength on roosting bars or it can be mixed with water and used on coop floors and wall. You can even use this is your very own kitchen.

Happy Cleaning! 

Thanks for reading!









The Winner of the signed copy of Chicken Boots is...


Barbara Anderson!  

Congratulations!

Private message me on Facebook or email me at chickinpinkboots@gmail.com your address and I will pop your book in the mail!  

Thanks to everyone who participated!

Stay tuned for Chicken Boots: Bad Dog
Coming this Fall!


Friday, August 7, 2015

Chicken Boots Signed Book GIVEAWAY!

Chicken Boots Signed Book Giveaway



To celebrate the upcoming fall release of our second children's book, Chicken Boots: Bad Dog!, we are holding a GIVEAWAY for our first book, Chicken Boots!

Already own Chicken Boots?  Why not enter to win another copy and give it away as a gift!

To enter is easy.  Simply comment at the bottom of this blog post telling us your favorite chicken breed and you will be entered for a chance to win.  Contest ends Sunday, August 9th at 8pm (PST). Must live in the U.S.  Winner selected at random. 

Make sure to check back here on our blog to see if you won.

Good Luck!





Coming Fall 2015!



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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Homemade Electrolytes

If you haven't noticed, our Junior Blogger has taken a bit of a break from blogging this summer due to her very fun, busy schedule. She intends to return, but we have decided to add another blogger to our line-up.  

So without further ado please welcome our very own Miss Nelly Dean!  



For those of you who don't know Nelly, she is our sweet, friendly Buff Orpington hen.  She is the star of our social media pages such as Facebook and Instagram and has her very own children's book series, Chicken Boots.  Nelly is here to blog about tips, recipes, fun facts and more.  We hope you enjoy her posts each week!



Homemade Electrolytes for your Chickens and Pets
By Nelly Dean

The summer sunshine and heat has been a great change from the soggy season in the Pacific Northwest, but the 100 degree temperatures day after day are really getting to me and my flock. We love it when our owners provide us cold water, frozen treats and shade, but did you know that us chickens really appreciate it when you add electrolytes to our water? It replenishes nutrients and minerals we lose in extreme heat. Here is a recipe that I like. Give it a try. Your chickens will thank you!


Thanks for reading!