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Have a broody hen? Take these steps to get baby chicks

on June 23, 2017, at 8:53 a.m.
I plan to write a series of three posts: one on the beginning of the process, one on the end, and one about how the babies are doing. In this first post, I’ll talk about the signs of a broody hen and steps to take if you want her to hatch some chicks.
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Summer treats and care for your backyard chickens

on June 16, 2017, at 1:44 p.m.
It’s that time of year. Our poor girls were walking around this week with their little wings held out, trying to take in any cool breeze they could. Thankfully, watermelon helped, but it got me to thinking about how important it is to keep an eye on your backyard flock’s health during the hot summer months.
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Backyard chickens: Are crows friend or foe to your backyard flock?

on June 09, 2017, at 6:36 a.m.
So, for now, I’m glad our crows are still around, and apparently, a lot of chicken people love their crows as well. They are excellent at patrolling an area, and people will use the crows as a warning system. If you hear the crows making a scene, it’s a good idea to go investigate.
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No space for pumpkins? Grow them in a bag.

on June 02, 2017, at 10:47 a.m.
If you’re like me and really want pumpkins this fall but don’t have the space in your garden, check out how you can easily grow pumpkins in bags. And the process is so easy and fun that it’s a great way to get your kiddos involved in your gardening.
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5 strange but fascinating facts about your backyard chickens

on May 26, 2017, at 9:13 a.m.
I do spend quite a bit of my time reading research about chickens and telling stories to anyone who will listen about chicken behaviors I observe. Maybe I’m a little bit obsessed with chickens, but they are fascinating.
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The black fly attack: A humorous take on a bad situation

on May 19, 2017, at 12:28 p.m.
And there it is. Your ear is ringing; one eye is blurry; you’ve attempted to exchange Black Flies for oxygen, but you still have not been bitten. It’s been one pass around the yard with the mower. You know the bites are coming.
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How to survive black fly season in Maine

on May 19, 2017, at 12:27 p.m.
So black flies are good for the environment, but what if they aren’t good for you? What can we do to treat and prevent bites, and what should you know about severe allergic reactions?
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Tips on safe feeders for hummingbirds this summer

on May 12, 2017, at 8:27 a.m.
Every summer for the last few years, I’ve been feeding our hummingbirds with a couple of feeders, and every summer, I do a little more research and learn a few more things about these amazing birds who visit us each summer and how to provide safe nectar for them.
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The time I ate roadkill and learned a life lesson

on May 03, 2017, at 7:22 a.m.
The first and only time I’ve eaten roadkill was last fall when I ate a deer my husband accidentally hit on our road in rural Maine late one night. The experience was a profound one for me, so, the next day, I told my deer story on Facebook. A dear friend of mine, a born and raised Mainer wrote, “You’ve eaten roadkill. You’re a real Mainer now!”
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Don’t destroy your dandelions: Do these things instead

on April 28, 2017, at 7:46 a.m.
Think of the bees and what’s good for the planet and let those dandelions grow free in your yard this year. They’re coming soon to a yard or field near you!
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5 ways to celebrate Earth Day with your kids

on April 21, 2017, at 4:23 p.m.
Since Earth Day is going so big this year, it’s a good time to start making a bigger deal about it in our homes–this is my philosophy anyway. We try to do a lot to celebrate science and honor the Earth, but our family could do more. So, if you’re like me and looking for some ways to teach kids about Earth Day and also get them interested in doing better for our planet, check out some of my ideas here.
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So are eggs good or bad for you?

on April 14, 2017, at 9:58 a.m.
I grew up in the “eggs are bad for you” era, and it’s hard to get that out of my mind. Of course, as with most nutritionist trends, we later found out that eggs were not horrible. Still, I’ve been left with the question: How good for you are eggs, and how many can I eat a day?
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Benefits of community gardens

on April 12, 2017, at 12:43 p.m.
If you’re interested in growing your own food but don’t have the space, community gardens may be the right thing for you.
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Backyard chickens: How to handle chicken health problems

on April 07, 2017, at 4:06 p.m.
Chickens will mask their symptoms, many times, until it’s too late to help them. Even though chickens are technically predators, they are so often preyed upon that they will never, ever let on to any sign of weakness—if they can help it.
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Reasons you should be growing a vegetable garden this spring

on March 31, 2017, at 11:18 a.m.
Once I started vegetable gardening, I was hooked. Gardening changed me as a person and helped me gain a greater respect for Nature, but it also showed me just how delicious fruits and vegetables straight from your own garden could taste.
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That giant chicken isn’t terrifying: Just ask chicken people

on March 23, 2017, at 9:38 a.m.
Because I’m the chicken lady among all of my Facebook friends, any time there’s a chicken story in the news or going viral, it’s shared on my Facebook wall, usually many times. The first time I saw the video of that giant chicken, my first thought was “Oh, I want one.”
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5 tips for bringing St. Patrick’s Day to life with your kids

on March 17, 2017, at 9:06 a.m.
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Happy birthday, Maine. Thanks for giving me a sense of place.

on March 15, 2017, at 1:40 p.m.
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Backyard homestead: Is it possible to raise a sweet rooster?

on March 10, 2017, at 9:10 a.m.
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The ACA makes a simpler, farming life possible for our family

on March 07, 2017, at 3:24 p.m.