The Bug Bite Thing

One of THE most irritating things about summer in our neck of the woods is the dreaded mosquitos. We have a lovely sliver of spring when they haven’t hatched out of hiding yet, and it’s simply glorious. When they do come out though, they arise with a vengeance.

Nothing is worse than being eaten alive… and then to deal with the itchiness afterwards is the literal definition of “UGH!”

I learned something new the other day. The reason we feel itchy is due to a reaction caused by the saliva/venom the bugs leave behind just under our skin.

Bug Bite Thing is a suction tool that extracts the irritants which in turn alleviates the itching, stinging and swelling!

Bug Bite Thing is reusable, kid-friendly and works on mosquitoes, bees, wasps, ants and other biting insects! The tool can also be used to remove splinters and other embedded objects!

I get it, it sounds a little too good to be true, but they come with a 100% guarantee so there is no harm in trying!

You can find them in black and white here: Bug Bite Thing.

Enter my giveaway over on Instagram for a chance to win a couple for yourself – there will be more than one winner! *giveaway now CLOSED*

xoxo Kate

How to Feed Eggshells to Chickens

Composting eggshells is a fine option but your feathered friends could really benefit from them!

Each eggshell is composed of nearly 100% calcium. Laying hens need calcium in their diet in order to produce healthy eggs.

A lack of calcium can cause soft-shelled eggs or even worse, the egg could crack inside of your hen and that’s a really scary situation.

Crushed oyster shells are available to buy as a supplement for your chickens but the way I look at it… the eggs are free so why not utilize the shells? One instance when oyster shells are a great option, is if you’re selling or giving away so many eggs that you don’t have any shells to save for your flock. (Here’s a great oyster shell option).

Some people believe that the shells need to be baked in order to kill off any bacteria but many think that it is not necessary.

If you choose the baking route, just spread the semi-crushed shells out on a baking sheet and bake until brittle.

Bake at 350°F for approximately 5-10 minutes.

Put in a bag and roll to crush! (Kids love to help with this step!)

That’s it! They’re ready to feed to your chickens!

I wouldn’t suggest mixing the shells in with your chicken’s food. Serve it in a separate space so each chicken can eat as much as they’d like. I believe that they know what they need and they’ll eat accordingly.

It’s pretty simple and straightforward but a little something we learned along the way so I wanted to share it with you!

Sassy Maude

Do you supplement your chickens with their eggshells?

xxoo Kate