Friday, March 20, 2015

Photo Friday

It's so wonderful to be able to spend time outside without dressing in 800 layers! We've been enjoying the migrating birds showing up in our yard. We've also tapped the maple trees (post coming soon) and will have our first boil this weekend. Here's our week.

Guide to Backyard Coops, CC Post

Are you planning on building a coop this year? Then be sure to check out the Community Chickens Guide to Backyard Coops for great tips and design ideas!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Dealing with Pasty Butt and Spring Happenings at Iron Oak Farm, CC Post

Make sure you can recognize pasty butt in your chicks. A dangerous condition with an easy fix. Also, some spring plans for Iron Oak Farm! Visit Dealing with Pasty Butt and Spring Happenings at Iron Oak Farm

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Hive Frames and Foundation

For those of you just starting out in bee keeping, here is an overview of different frame types, different foundation options and the pros and cons of each. Hive Frames and Foundation

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A Kid's Guide to Keeping Chickens + A Giveaway!

I'm so happy to share this sneak peak with you at a delightful new book by Melissa Caughey, A Kid's Guide to Keeping Chickens, published by Storey Publishing! 

I'm sure many of you chicken or bee keepers are already familiar with Melissa's beautiful website, Tilly's Nest where she shares a wealth of information about chicken and bee keeping. I'm always excited to see a new post come through my inbox.

Her blog is of the highest quality, a joy to read and filled with beautiful photos and tons of valuable information. I knew before even reading it, that this book would be great!

The bird-watcher in me loves the behavior checklist. I will make copies of this!
What I love about this book is that it's wonderful for both children and adults. She covers chicken keeping from start to finish, including raising chicks, selecting a coop, health, breeds, anatomy and much, much more! Each element of chicken care is broken down into chapters with lots of helpful photographs and illustrations.
It's incredibly thorough, yet easy to understand.

When the book came in the mail I started reading and I got so enthralled that we were actually late for a dinner date with some friends!

I have several Post-It notes throughout the pages so I can revisit interesting projects check lists, and recipes. 

What I love about this book:

1. It's very personal. Melissa uses examples from her family experiences to help the reader understand what to expect from their own flock. She also includes testimony's from several children as to what they love about keeping chickens. I think kids reading this book can really relate to that.

2. I love that it's aimed at children, but incredibly informative. Both adults and kids can learn from this book. It can be read from cover to cover, or it can be used as a reference book to look up things when questions arise.

3. It's just fun! The colorful illustrations, the sidebars filled with interesting facts, the adorable stories, the interactive projects, crafts and recipes...every backyard chicken keeper should have a copy of this book!

I couldn't wait to try the recipe for Botanical Bug Spray. Last summer I searched and searched for an all natural bug spray for our pets without Melissa could read my mind, this recipe graced the pages of her book.

I've already purchased the citronella oil from a local health food store and made a batch so I'm ready for the first bugs of the season.

We tested out the spray on one of our chickens and she happily clucked away smelling fabulous. The coop has a faint, bright smell of herbs as well. 

The timing of the book's release couldn't have been more perfect. I have a few children in my life who are just starting out with chicks this spring. This will make the perfect Easter present! 

The Giveaway!
To enter to win a copy of the book for yourself, leave a comment below with your e-mail. I'll choose the winner on Thursday, March 19th! Be sure to also check out the list of blogs below. Each one will be holding a giveaway of their own on the date posted, so you have many chances to win! (Contest open to U.S. residents only.)

Tuesday, March 10th:
the garden-roof coop

Wednesday, March 11th:

Thursday, March 12th:
Iron Oak Farm

Monday, March 16th:
Dandelion House

Tuesday, March 17th:
Louise's Country Closet

Wednesday, March 18th:
Chicken Art

Thursday, March 19th:
The Chicken Chick

Monday, March 23rd
Laughing Crow & Company

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Community Chickens Guide to Backyard Breeds

Be sure to check out the Community Chickens Guide to Backyard Breeds. It has everything you need to choose the right birds for your flock!