Chicken Paddock Planting Plan

Last spring’s Chicken Week seems a world away now as I look out onto giants mounds of fluffy snow. That week of posts introducing our first flock of chickens also discussed our plans and tips for chicken keeping. One of the central concepts in our plan is a paddock system. Chicken paddocks provide several benefits, including the reduction or elimination of expenses for commercial chicken-feed. In a nutshell, the paddock system works like this: Multiple (i.e., four) fenced areas can […]

Books I’d Like to Read This Year

Wish List Wednesday |Books I’d Like to Read This Year Last year I made a New Year’s resolution to read one non-fiction book per month. I bought a lot of great books but failed to actually follow through with reading them all. This year I’m not exactly making the same goal, but I do want to create a mini library of interesting books to sample this year. Who knows… maybe I’ll get trough them all this year. Here’s my Wish […]

Chicken Week (Psst! We Have Chickens!)

Guess what? We have chickens! We are the proud owners of six ISA Red egg-laying hens who are six weeks old as of today! If all goes well, they’ll be supplying us with fresh, brown eggs by the end of the summer. We selected ISA Reds because they are docile, quiet and good egg layers. Those traits make them a good fit for our suburban setting and our need for a family-friendly flock. Our girls came from Tractor Supply Company […]

Magazines Wish List

Wish List Wednesday | Magazines Welcome to another Wish List Wednesday! When I first started sharing these posts I intended to do them every Wednesday. Then I realized it was a little obnoxious. So now I’m working on making this happen the third Wednesday of every month. While some of the items I share about may be true recommendations – products/services I’ve used and think you’d benefit from – most of these things are truly just wishes – things I’d […]