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Chickens in the cold! Winterizing the coop.

Chickens in the cold!  Winterizing the coop.

A lot of people ask me, "What do you do with your chickens in the winter?"  With a few modifications to the chicken coop itself a chicken can be kept quite comfortably outside all winter long.  First and foremost a chicken must be kept in a coop that is free of drafts and moisture.  Without this your chickens will not do well in the winter.  Second it is important to note that a chicken, especially one that is cold weather hardy, possesses all the neccessary equipment to survive the cold temperatures.  They have a remarkable ability to fluff up their feathers and conserve heat.  When they roost they cover their toes with their feathers but the roost itself shouldn't be narrower than about 1-1.5 inches or their toes will actually hang too far below their feathers and get cold.  The chicken will also borrow heat from her fellow flock members and they almost always bunch up on the roost to get the full effect of group warmth.  The only thing a ch

Apple Pomanders Part 2

Apple Pomanders Part 2

The pomanders dried beautifully and so we're ready to do the next step which is tying them up in cloth and hanging them on the tree.  Karen is using an eight inch square piece of tulle netting.  She wrapped the pomander in the netting and then tied it up with two pieces of ribbon.  One piece of ribbon is tied into a loop and the other piece sinches the whole thing together!  Watch the video to see how we do it!

Keeping Your Home Safe During The Holidays

Keeping Your Home Safe During The Holidays
                               

Swan Hall House Tour Fundraiser

Swan Hall House Tour Fundraiser

A fund-raiser for Portland Players and the Calkins family (S. Portland House Fire theater family). Swan Hall is a 14-room Victorian at 555 Cumberland Ave. that is decorated for the Holidays with 16 full-sized trees, 4 decorated Mantles & other Holiday touches.

Real Estate Thursday - The Real Estate Market Is Looking Up! - Is Now The Time To Buy?

Real Estate Thursday - The Real Estate Market Is Looking Up! - Is Now The Time To Buy?

10 Ways to Prepare for Home Ownership

1. Decide what you can afford. Generally, you can afford a home equal in value to between two and three times your gross income.

2. Develop your home wish list. Then, prioritize the features on your list.

3. Select where you want to live. Compile a list of three or four neighborhoods you’d like to live in, taking into account items such as schools, recreational facilities, area expansion plans, and safety.

4. Start saving. Do you have enough money saved to qualify for a mortgage and cover your down payment? Ideally, you should have 20 percent of the purchase price saved as a down payment. Also, don’t forget to factor in closing costs. Closing costs — including taxes, attorney’s fee, and transfer fees — average between 2 and 7 percent of the home price.

5. Get your credit in order.

Find a Christmas Tree Farm near you!

The Creatorium- Rockland's first indie craft show... just in time for the holiday

The Creatorium- Rockland's first indie craft show... just in time for the holiday
Holiday Craft Fair
Friday Dec. 2nd from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
&
Saturday Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
@ the Lincoln Street Center Rockland's first indie craft show...
just in time for the holiday.

This will not be the church craft fair that you went to last year...trying to decide between the wooden geese, doilies and the rayon yarn vests in red and green.

This will be the juried creatives fair of Rockland, where artists, artisans, craftspeople, and foodies can sell their wares to folks who are looking for the perfect gift for friends, family and coworkers.  Maybe for themselves, too! 

We will be located in the gym of the Lincoln Street Center, 24 Lincoln Street, with over 50 booths!

Questions?