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Dayna Hoskin really knows how to bake up a storm.
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Don't Let your Chooks Cook!

No, I don't mean don't let them make you dinner.. If they offer to whip you up a Spag Bol, who are you to refuse?? 
Summer can be a hard time for chickens, especially if you have any rescue hens in your flock, those ladies do not cope well with the heat! I'm sad to admit that in my early chicken keeping days I lost a couple of lives to heat stroke (on Christmas Day too) *wipes away a stray tear* SOO!! Since that fateful Christmas Day I have upped the ante on my heat stroke fighting tricks, and here are my top 6 ways to 'not let your chooks cook'

Tip Number 1: I am mentioning it here because it's ALWAYS recommended to me. Sprinklers!! This one if very situational.. for example none of my birds enjoy the water at all, so sprinklers would just be a waste of water. It doesn’t solve the problem in the Hoskins Hens flock, but that's not to say your chook aren't water babies!

Tip Number 2: Buy a deep water bowl! The water bowl my hennies have is actually intended…

About Me

Dayna Hoskin - Hoskins Hens

Where do I even start telling you about myself...
I'm 22 years old, I'm incredibly lucky to have already found and married to the love of my life, and I spend my days raising our little family of 11 chickens, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and one snake named Cuddles, running The Crystal Cove, an online business selling crystals and minerals, and finding little snippets of time to bake, garden and travel the world in search of delicious sweets in between.

The Beginnings of Hoskins Hens
For many years in my adult life I considered taking up blogging, but for a very l,ong time I felt like my life wasn't interesting enough to blog about. All the bloggers I see online these days are so glamorous, they are always travelling to far-away places and dinning in expensive restaurants. Me.... most days I don't even get out of my pyjamas!! (one of the many benefits of working from home).

So when I finally decided to just go for it, I did so with the intention of creating something real, something that everybody could relate to. I wanted to create a space on the internet that made others feel good about themselves and the 'normal' lives they're living! Because you don't need all that glitz and glam to be happy…. just a couple of cup of flour, and a flock of hens for eggs! 😉

My baking style isn't that of which you'd see frequenting magazines, my photography isn't staged with fancy backdrops and strategic product placement, my end products aren't perfectly frosted with sharp edges or fancy piping techniques. I love to bake with fresh produce, be it just a touch of fresh chilli in my choc lava cakes, or my favourite fruit filled tarts (pretty much anything you find here without fruit in it was baked for my hubby who despises fruit of all kinds! Except cherries, I'm not sure what's so special about cherries?). I figure, what's the use of baking a cake chock full of beautiful fruits and nuts and colourful spices, and then hiding it all underneath a layer of plain frosting? That just doesn't make sense to me!

I saw a quote by Marina De Giovanni today, 'Imperfection is the new perfection.'
It's how I like to bake... it's how I like to live, no frills attached, surrounded by natural beauty, rustic charm and a whole lot of flavour!

Dayna Hoskin