Barbie has come a long way. From science to the arts, agriculture to athletics and oceans to ice, this doll has done it all. Now, she’s bringing food to the table by planting crops and taking care of chickens!
It’s a sign of the times. More people want to know exactly where their food comes from and are being proactive about it. Just ask Lisa Steele, founder of the popular website Fresh Eggs Daily. Every week people turn to her to learn more about raising healthy, happy chickens.
2019: The Year of the Backyard Chicken!
If It’s Good Enough for Barbie, Is It Good Enough for You?
It’s a lifestyle gaining steam. Backyard chicken keeping has busy urban execs going country. More and more people are realizing the health benefits of fresh eggs gathered from their own chickens, to say nothing of the mental benefits of being among feathered friends. Now even Barbie has hopped on board.
Last year, Mattel introduced Farmer Barbie and this year they gave her a chicken coop and tractor with chickens and other farm animals. Lisa Steele, an expert on backyard chicken keeping and author of several books on the topic left a career on Wall Street to grow a business helping others learn the art and science of chicken care. She believes 2019 will be the year of the backyard chicken and says it’s a welcome sight seeing Barbie joining in.
“Growing up, I only saw Barbie in party dresses and high heels; now she’s in overalls, riding a tractor and has chickens! I couldn’t be more excited that the backyard chicken keeping craze has reached the doll community. What better role model for little girls of today!”
Whether you’re a novice chicken keeper or just starting off, you can get simple tips and tricks for all things chickens with Steele’s blog, website (www.fresheggsdaily.com), TV show and books, including her new book 101 Chicken Keeping Hacks.
Here’s Some of What’s Inside 101 Chicken Keeping Hacks:
- Feeding: Try homemade scratch, growing fodder, or frozen treats
- The Run: Make a chicken swing or DIY scarecrow
- Chicken Health: Find ideas for boredom busters, homemade salves a, d herbal teas
- The Coop: Keep it clean with a natural coop cleaner or make your own curtains and turn your chickens’ coop into a mini-castle
- The Garden: Build an herb drying rack or brew a batch of chicken “tea”
I recently received a copy of Lisa Steele’s new book, 101 Chicken Keeping Hacks. It’s a fabulous book that you need to have if you’re even thinking about getting chickens for your homestead. Chock full of information on topics like mixing your own feed and keeping boredom at bay, this book has it all covered.
It’s filled with beautiful pictures that will give even the most seasoned chicken keeper chicken envy, this book is an absolute treasure.
Bonus: if you’re like me and you live in a cold weather climate, she’s got you covered there as well!
More about Lisa Steele and Fresh Eggs Daily:
Lisa Steele isn’t a newcomer to raising chickens. She’s a proud 5th generation chicken keeper! Growing up across the street from her grandparents’ farm, she was raised seeing them care for their own chickens, using the meat and eggs in the family’s diner. Steele left her farming roots for a while, going to college, working on Wall Street, moving with her Navy husband. Eventually, she ended up back on a small farm where she reignited her own passion for raising her chickens and ducks and helped others do the same. She quickly became recognized as an eggs-cellent source of information and inspiration for the resurging chicken keeping movement.
A regular contributor to such publications as Backyard Poultry, Hobby Farm, and Chickens magazine, as well as HGTVGardens.com and BHG.com, Lisa has become the most trusted voice in natural chicken keeping. She has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s radio and television programs, various local programs, and is currently hosting her own “chicken lifestyle” television show on Maine’s WPTX-TV. She is the author of Let’s Hatch Chicks!, Gardening with Chickens, Fresh Eggs Daily, and Duck Eggs Daily. Lisa lives on a small farm near Portland, ME.