All posts by Crystal Sands

Crystal Sands

About Crystal Sands

I am a former academic and award winning writing teacher turned hobby farmer/homeschooling mom/freelancer. In 2015, after too many years of working too many hours, I decided to change my life. This blog shares my stories related to making the change and simplifying my life–a process that began when we finally got our first chickens. In this blog, I will share my experiences learning how to hobby farm on a small place in Maine, become more self-sufficient, live frugally, live peacefully, and have more time for love. I hope you will join me on this journey by following my blog and following me on Twitter @CrystalDSands.

Summer treats and care for your backyard chickens

It’s that time of year. Our poor girls were walking around this week with their little wings held out, trying to take in any cool breeze they could. Thankfully, watermelon helped, but it got me to thinking about how important it is to keep an eye on your backyard flock’s health during the hot summer months.

Backyard chickens: Are crows friend or foe to your backyard flock?

crow in a tree

So, for now, I’m glad our crows are still around, and apparently, a lot of chicken people love their crows as well. They are excellent at patrolling an area, and people will use the crows as a warning system. If you hear the crows making a scene, it’s a good idea to go investigate.

The time I ate roadkill and learned a life lesson

image of deer among trees

The first and only time I’ve eaten roadkill was last fall when I ate a deer my husband accidentally hit on our road in rural Maine late one night. The experience was a profound one for me, so, the next day, I told my deer story on Facebook. A dear friend of mine, a born and raised Mainer wrote, “You’ve eaten roadkill. You’re a real Mainer now!”