Shop small business Saturday for the Maine chicken lady in your life

I’ve never been a Black Friday shopper. It’s just too stressful to me, and there’s nothing I want or need badly enough to stand in line for hours or get up at 4:00 in the morning to go get. I am, however, a big believer in Small Business Saturday. I’m not much of a shopper, […]

5 tips for backyard chicken owners concerned about salmonella outbreaks

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Even if you’re not a chicken person, you’ve probably heard about the rise in salmonella outbreaks in the United States in the last few years. This rise in the number of salmonella cases directly corresponds with the rise in the number of people keeping chickens. But every time this issue comes up–and it does keep […]

It’s National Blueberry Muffin Day: Celebrate with these delicious muffins

blueberry muffin

Our blueberries aren’t quite ripe yet here in Maine, though I did steal one that was pretty close this morning, but I just learned that today is National Blueberry Muffin Day! Of course, blueberry muffins deserve a day! With this important holiday in mind, I thought you might want try this delicious bed-and-breakfast-style blueberry muffin […]

Hot chick in the country: Tips to keep your backyard chickens cool

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Let’s face it. It’s hot here in Maine right now, and in addition to feeling sorry for myself that we do not have air conditioning, I have been worried about my backyard chickens keeping cool. The heat is hard on chickens as well, and I’m convinced that my girls are trying to tell me “This […]

Are meat birds right for you and your homestead?

It’s finally spring here in Maine, and many homesteaders are purchasing their chickens for the season. Some homesteaders will be purchasing egg layers, but some homesteaders will be purchasing chickens for meat as well. If you’ve been considering meat birds for your homestead, I hope the following post will help you make a good decision […]