About Chickens and Compost

Chickens and Compost was created because I had a wealth of knowledge about chickens, compost, gardening, and wildlife that was only being spread to a few friends, my loving husband, and my adult kids. My oldest daughter created this platform to share my tips, tricks, mistakes, and more to everyone reading this – YOU. 

What to expect…

You can expect honesty about what really happens behind the scenes, integrity to create a more sustainable lifestyle, and a dry sense of humor. 

HINT: If you read everything I write in a British accent, it makes everything 10 times more credible. An American accent just doesn’t have that same effect. 

Who I Am

I am Caroline Broderick, a British-Texan who loves all things gardening, chickens, compost, and wildlife.

I am finally an empty nester of 4 beautiful children – Lauren, Thomas, Henry, and Rachel. My beloved husband, Stuart, and I live on a 5-acre property with our 2 nutty dogs (Oliver and Charlie), a sassy cat (Em), 20 chickens, 2 bee hives, and an abundant assortment of wildlife.

Just give me a glass of wine and my backyard! That’s heaven to me.

If you ever play the song “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond, you will find me dancing like no one is in the room. It happened at Lauren’s wedding – and it was glorious.

Welcome to my patch of the Texas Hill Country!

Read the latest blog posts

Honey Harvest

Last weekend we had our VERY FIRST HONEY HARVEST. Seeing & tasting the results of my girls’ labors was a joy in itself. My youngest daughter, Rachel was home for the weekend and I pressed her into ‘service’ even though she had never been anywhere near my bee hives! Checking

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Hydroponics

HYDRO means water, PONOS means labor I talked about wanting to ‘have a go at hydroponics’ back in the Fall & we got going this spring! To be truthful, Stuart has been doing most of the research & I’ve got the job of growing plants! He’s my Gardening Engineer and

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Honey – Raw & Local

I’ve have had recent conversations with several friends asking about what’s the best honey to buy. So here’s my quick primer on what to look for when you go to buy honey. Stuart and I had an inspection of our hives yesterday. Unless something goes horribly wrong in the next

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Honeybees Recycling Wax

Just a short blog to show you how incredible Honeybees are at recycling. I told you about having to remove a couple of old frames of wax from my Texan bees after their pesticide poisoning episode. Well, I removed the wax from the frames to render down and clean. It’s

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Bee Update – The Good, The Sad & The Beautiful!

I feel like my Honeybees have been dominating my thoughts recently, for all sorts of reasons. If you read last weeks blog, you will know that we recently lost about 2/3 of our Texan beehive – probably due to pesticide poisoning! At the same time our Italian bees were doing

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Make Every Day EARTH DAY

I CHALLENGE YOU TO ELIMINATE PESTICIDES FROM YOUR GARDEN! With Earth Day today, Stuart and I were pretty devastated to find piles of dead bees outside one of my hives last week! This was a really strong hive and we were planning on giving these girls more room to stop

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