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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 Steele I normally crush up all our eggshells and feed them free-choice to our chickens as an economical way to provide them the extra calcium they need to lay eggs with nice hard shells. But there are other practical uses for eggshells. 1. Supplemental calcium source for your chickens This is what normally […]Read more »
by Lisa Steele It happens time and time again, but it is heartbreaking to me every time I hear it. Readers too often tell me that they brought home a new chicken from a swap or got a few pullets from a friend or neighbor to add to their existing flock and now all their […]Read more »
by Lisa at Fresh Eggs Daily It is generally good practice to spend time with your flock on a regular basis (as if you don’t already!), apart from the regular feeding and cleaning, but really observing them, so that you know what is ‘normal’ and immediately notice any changes in appearance or behavior. The faster you […]Read more »
by Lisa Fresh Eggs Daily Farm Girl Did you know that the effect of heat on chickens is cumulative and that a sudden increase in temperature is more dangerous than a gradual climb? Temperatures between 65 F and 75 F are optimal; anything higher starts to cause stress to their bodies. The added blood […]Read more »
by Lisa Steele When we decided to start raising chickens three and a half years ago, I knew that our six tiny chicks would eventually grow out of their brooder box and need a coop. So I starting looking at pre-made coops, coop kits and coop plans, but couldn’t find exactly what I […]Read more »