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Betty the chicken…full of spunk…she’s a flier! She’s one of the new girls in our colorful flock of chickens; a barred rock beauty full of spunk. She frequently flies the coop (well she actually flies the chicken yard)… …is she trying to impress the others […]Read more »
Let me start by saying that we have had a little broodiness before. No big deal…we moved the chicken out of the nesting box a few times, collected the eggs and all was good. But this time…no eggs in the nesting box for two days! The ladies ALWAYS lay their eggs in the same nesting […]Read more »
I’ve been worried about Big Tom, our Black Spanish male turkey. Through the years I’ve become quite attached to Big Tom. He’s a large, impressive bird. The heavy folds of skin above his eye give him a foreboding look and he can be quite intimidating. But really, he’s a puppy at heart. Tom follows us […]Read more »
At some point in our restauranteur history, an evil plot was hatched: to cut a wing in half and call it two. If that logic holds water, one could make the argument that if you have the intent, and the knife skills, a chicken could qualify as a quadruped (four-legged creature) or even a spider!Read more »
I had 3 guineas: Penny, Marcia, and Kelly. Being game birds, they tend to be very high-strung, even as chicks. Their basic reaction when anyone got within a couple of feet was to run away and if I needed to corral them for any reason, they behaved like I was going to rend them limb from limb. […]Read more »
We may know that Jurassic Park isn’t possible. We won’t build a dinosaur from a fossil, because we don’t have to. We already have dinosaurs. Chickens! Through a process known as atavism activation, scientists can turn on ancestral characteristics of animals, including the ancestral heritage of the chicken.Read more »
Every year, This American Life dedicates an entire show to the season between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the time of the year in which the majority of our poultry is consumed. The stories this year are what happens when the worlds of our birds and us collide. You’ll hear stories about a chicken saving a man on […]Read more »
I didn’t sleep very well that night. I was so excited! The day had finally arrived. The day I had been dreaming about. The day I had been planning for. I was getting 6 babies that day. Yes, 6 babies! No, not little bundles of joy, human babies, but another kind of little bundles of […]Read more »
Guest post by Sherie Bradley We finally had our own place….with acreage! I couldn’t wait to get some chickens. There was a shed in the backyard that my husband had dreams for, but I was secretly making plans to turn it into a super coop. I already had my ducklings growing like weeds at my […]Read more »