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In my backyard flock I currently have 4 hens. Two Blue Laced Red Wyandottes, One Easter Egger and One Silver Laced Polish.
I grew up in the townships surrounding Clarkston, Michigan, a small village in Southeast part of the State. My grandparents owned a cattle ranch where they raised horses and beef cattle. My love of farming was born at their homestead. Now, with the help of my husband we raise our two boys, two dogs, two cats, four chickens and a large garden on my just under an acre lot in a small village in Southeast Michigan. I am passionate about eating local fresh food. It is this passion that took us from gardeners to backyard chicken keepers. I share my experience of backyard chicken keeping, gardening, recipes and life in general on my blog Country Girl in the Village. There I also share canning tips, crafts and of course tales from my backyard coop. I enjoy reading, photography, fiber arts and travel. I share these passions through photography on instagram as well. Check me out at https://instagram.com/villagegirlblog
Winter, the season of short days and long nights. Often, the skies are grey and snow filled and all I want to do is feel the warm sun on my face. Dreams of beach days, flip flops and warm breezes fill my thoughts. I imagine they fill the thoughts of most people on a cold […]Read more »
Snow has been forecast and it is time to begin our winter rituals in regards to our Chicken Coop. We have a small backyard flock. Their coop is 5 foot by 5 foot with a height of 5 feet. This houses 4 birds comfortably. They have a high roosting pole and also nest boxes that […]Read more »
By Shannon Cole of Country Girl In The Village Halloween is one of the favorite holidays around my house. The Candy, Costumes, Late Night Trick or Treating, all the things that my active boys love. However, Halloween is not always pet safe. Chocolate can be harmful to your indoor pets as well as your outdoor […]Read more »
By Shannon Cole of Country Girl In The Village October is one of my favorite months of the year. I love that the hustle and bustle of August and September have started to slow. Harvest time is finishing up, my garden is dormant and school routines have been established. The leaves are changing to […]Read more »
In an effort to live a “greener” life, in my family, we try to use, reuse and recycle just about everything. The Farm Markets around us are full of great seasonal produce. Walking around the Market, talking to the local farmer, asking where the produce is grown and which variety it is that I am […]Read more »
By Shannon Cole of Country Girl In The Village It is that time of year, the Harvest has begun in earnest. Our tomatoes are slow to ripen, but other things in the garden as well as our local Farm Market are flourishing. The pretty flowers of summer fade all too soon. This is the […]Read more »
by Shannon Cole of Country Girl In The Village It is still snowing here in Michigan. There have been new records set for both amount of snow fallen and for the frigid temperatures. To say winter has had an icy grip on us for far too long is an understatement. Daily, I truck out supplies to my coop, and by […]Read more »
by Shannon Cole of Country Girl In The Village The local weather channels have been warning us of an impending snow storm and arctic winds blowing in for a few days. There was a pretty significant ice storm just before the Christmas holiday that reminded us the dangers weather presents living in the North. The grocery store shelves […]Read more »
by Shannon Cole of Country Girl In The Village The season is definitely changing here in Michigan. The temps have cooled, leaves are changing and most mornings around my little town are filled with fog as the air has cooled more than the lakes, streams and swamps. It is a magical time of year in my opinion. My […]Read more »
by Shannon Cole of Country Girl In The Village Chicken Therapy, what can that possibly be? It is the profound sense of simple, natural, organic feeling that comes over a person while they enjoy watching chickens just being chickens in the yard. It doesn’t even have to be your own yard, Chicken Therapy can be done in other […]Read more »