Every year you are faced with the decision about whether or not you should add to your flock. Well, think no more because I can help!
Kidding aside, if you really are thinking about adding to your flock and are looking for kid-friendly breeds, check out Countryside Daily's article Chickens as Pets: 5 Kid-Friendly Chicken Breeds. If you aren't looking to add to your flock you should still take a peek at the article for the cute photo of the girl and her chicken. That's my daughter!
I will admit that when we first embarked on our chicken journey back in 2014 I thought a chicken was a chicken. Once we started doing research we were amazed at all the breeds and their differences. My family and I quickly came to the conclusion that we needed an Ameraucana because it laid blue eggs and had a beard! Meet Edna, our Ameraucana...or so we thought.
When Edna laid her first egg we didn't think much about the fact that it was actually more of a mint green than blue, but as time went on we began to wonder about her breed because her glorious beard wasn't coming in. When doing some research I came across an article written by Lisa Steele with Fresh Eggs Daily called Ameraucana vs. Araucana vs. Easter Eggers - The Blue Egg Layersand this is what I learned:
Ameraucana Pure breed chicken, originating from South America, recognized by the APA since 1984 blue eggspea combmuff and beardred earlobestailblue legslight foot bottoms
Easter EggerMixed breed chicken, not recognized b…
Orange Peel Coop Cleaner 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. You 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…
My babies are growing up quickly and this time I am not referring to my feathered ladies. I can't believe my Little Chicken Tender and Bitty Bantam will be in Kindergarten and Preschool next year. Where did the time go? Now, the only thing I have left from their baby days are memories and one recalled drop-side crib. Currently, the crib has been converted into a toddler bed for the Bitty Bantam, which means we just took off the dangerous front drop-side railing. Once we are entirely through with the crib/toddler bed we can't donate it or give it to anyone which means the crib is destined for the landfill. The idea of it sitting in a landfill did not sit well with me so I became determined to figure out a way to repurpose it. While working outside and chicken proofing fences I got the idea to repurpose the railing into something for the garden.
Viola! An Herb Garden Ladder!
Now Every time I look at this little area of my garden it makes me smile for a couple reasons. One, I …