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A mixed flock of chickens including Lavender and Chocolate Orpingtons, Australorps, Olive Eggers, Ameraucanas and Marans. A handful of ducks including Saxonies, Anconas, Magpies, Silver Appleyards and Pekins.
I am a fifth-generation chicken keeper, herbalist and the creator of Fresh Eggs Daily®, the award-winning natural chicken keeping blog, where I share tips and tricks to raising chickens and ducks naturally, using old-timer's methods, herbal preventives and natural remedies, as well as DIY crafts and recipes using fresh eggs and produce. I live on a small farm in Virginia with my husband and flock of chickens, ducks, horses, two dogs and barn cat. In addition to gardening and tending to our farm, I regularly write for HGTVGardens, BHG.com and Backyard Poultry, in addition to various magazines including Chickens and Hobby Farms. My book, “Fresh Eggs Daily: Raising Happy, Healthy Chickens….Naturally” was published in October 2013 and I am currently working on a second book. http://amzn.to/1pAK9o3
by Lisa from Fresh Eggs Daily Salmonella is most often contracted from un-cooked or under-cooked eggs and raw chicken. Most often contracted by chickens who come in contact with feces from infected rodents, the bacteria can then be transmitted to humans who eat improperly cooked meat or eggs or who put their hands in their mouth […]Read more »
by Lisa at Fresh Eggs Daily As it gets closer to winter, field mice and rats will start looking for a nice, safe, warm place to bed down. What better spot than a cozy corner of your chicken coop? Nice clean bedding, safe at night from predators and also a ready food source, especially if you […]Read more »
by Lisa at Fresh Eggs Daily We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day for us, and the same goes for our chickens. Treats should not be fed until the chickens have eaten their fill of their morning feed to ensure they are getting all the right nutrients and a […]Read more »
by Lisa Steele When you start raising chickens, you are bound to run into terms, abbreviations and phrases that might seem like a foreign language at first. Here is my non-scientific, layman’s guide to some of the more common terms and their meanings: Albumen – The clear, viscous liquid inside an egg, basically the egg white […]Read more »
by Lisa Steele I would love to let my chickens free range, but our farm backs up to the woods which harbors foxes, raccoons, opossums and the occasional coyote, as well as a danger from neighbor’s dogs. We also have to worry about aerial predators such as red-tail hawks and eagles. So our flock […]Read more »
By Lisa Steele We know it’s fall by looking at the calendar, but here in southeastern Virginia it can go either way. Sometimes the heat of summer continues well into October, while other years it’s like Mother Nature flipped a switch and we are dragging out our heavy sweaters and turning on the heat just […]Read more »
by Lisa at Fresh Eggs Daily When we first got chickens, my friends would say ‘oh….so you’re a chicken farmer now?’ and I would disagree because to me a farmer is someone who is out there working the land, tilling fields, milking cows and planting corn. Meanwhile, I was just raising some chickens in our backyard. […]Read more »
by Lisa Steele You wouldn’t spray chemicals in your baby’s crib to clean it, would you? Of course not. Nor do you want to use chemicals when you clean your chicken coop, no matter how dirty it gets. Products such as Sevin Dust, household bleach, aerosols sprays, creosote and other potentially hazardous products have no […]Read more »
by Lisa Steele Last evening on my way down to the barn, I stopped to grab a few handfuls of fresh herbs from the garden as I often do. I just snip whatever there is an abundance of, since all herbs have such great health benefits – to humans and chickens – and put scattered […]Read more »
by Lisa Steele I love hard-cooked eggs. I keep a container of them in the frig and like to pop one in my mouth for a quick, nutritious snack.The one downside to fresh eggs is how hard they are to peel. Everyone says ‘just put them aside for a few weeks and then they’ll peel fine’. […]Read more »