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Feb 14, 2018

Homemade Hand Sanitizer & Wipes

With flu activity widespread in every part of the continental United States right now, I send my Little Chicken Chicks off to elementary school daily hoping they don't bring home anything besides homework. We've had our flu shots and practice frequent hand-washing, but with the seriousness of this year's flu strain, we're doubling-down on cootie-killing. Every car, backpack, purse and lunchbox we own has hand sanitizer packed in it, but with the volume and rate we're going through the stuff, I figured making the sanitizer would be wise. With just two inexpensive ingredients, it's super economical and easy to make. Ready to make some with me? Let's do it! 
Homemade Hand Sanitizer and Wipes

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Jan 28, 2018

Foul Weather Dust Bath for Backyard Chickens

Foul Weather Dust Bath for Backyard Chickens
In lousy weather, backyard chickens may find themselves confined to spaces smaller than they ordinarily enjoy leaving them bored, lacking optimal elbow room, and deprived of much needed exercise. Boredom can encourage unwelcome behaviors such as feather picking, and egg-eating, which are tough habits to break, so I like to make small tweaks in my flock's environment to keep them mentally and physically stimulated without relying too heavily on treats, (yes, even healthy treats) which can negatively impact their health by diluting their diet. A word of caution: too many environmental changes at once can cause undue stress on chickens who are naturally suspicious of new things, so pace yourself with the number and frequency of boredom-busters.  A novel dust bathing area is a simple solution for foul weather entertainment, so let's make one!

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Jan 22, 2018

The Shocking Effect of an Oatmeal Breakfast on Chickens

The Shocking Effect of an Oatmeal Breakfast on Chickens
Every winter when the mercury dips, charming images of backyard chickens being fed a comforting-looking breakfast of oatmeal by their devoted caretakers on cold mornings begin appearing online.
Prepare to be shocked by the truth about the detrimental effect of an oat meal on chickens. While oats may be a healthy breakfast for us, chickens are not people and an oat meal is neither nutritious, nor safe for chickens. Due to the complex nature of poultry nutrition and physiology, I enlisted the assistance of poultry nutritionist, Dr. Patrick Biggs at Purina Animal Nutrition, to explain the problems with an oat meal for chickens.  
Dr. Patrick Biggs, animal nutritionist at Purina Animal Nutrition and Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick®
Dr. Biggs, poultry nutritionist at Purina Animal Nutrition, and me last summer.

Jan 5, 2018

Monkey Bread Cupcakes (Cinnamon Sugar Pull-apart Bread)

Monkey Bread Cupcakes (Cinnamon Sugar Pull-apart Bread)
Monkey bread cupcakes is the smell of Christmas morning in our house! If you've never had it, you don't know what you're missing. If you've never made it, it's time! Monkey bread is traditionally baked in a bundt pan, but I like baking it in individual serving sizes by baking it in a cupcake pan instead. It creates the illusion of portion-control for this obscenely decadent, ridiculously delicious dessert that passes for breakfast food once a year. My recipe is a compilation of many different versions from the four corners of the web-o-sphere and my daughter's Girl Scout troop and I think we've nailed it. Take the help from the refrigerated dough section of your grocery store. I've made it with home-made dough, but the finished product pales in comparison. Less work, more yum? Count me in! I hope you'll try it and love it too. 
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Jan 2, 2018

Caring for Broody Hens in Extreme Cold

I received a sad and shocking message from a chickeneering friend in town this week; when he went to collect eggs mid afternoon, his favorite Silkie hen was in a nest box, deceased. Temperatures have been in the single digits and she hadn't been there more than a few hours. Her passing was not in vain, however, as we can learn some important lessons for our own flocks from her untimely end.