Category Archives: All Things Poultry

In memory of June.

I suppose there is some poetic synchrony in June departing just as her namesake month came to a close. It’s comforting to think of her basking in the lingering light of the solstice, making the most of her last days. … Continue reading

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Here’s to all the mother hens!

Willa is broody. Deeply broody. She is absolutely convinced that Mother’s Day is going to arrive for her. She refuses to leave the nest and has to be lofted out of the coop, pecking and shrieking, to coax her into … Continue reading

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Chickens in paradise.

An invitation to brunch! And chickens were on the menu! Well, not in the way you might be thinking… More like, hens on the hoof. Our friends Tammy and Tom, who do everything with charm and style, invited us over … Continue reading

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Pardon us, we’re molting.

It’s raining feathers. Step out into the chicken yard these days and it looks like someone ripped open a down comforter – feather confetti everywhere, every day. It’s been going on for weeks. Not an egg has been laid since … Continue reading

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Vigil.

I’m not good at many things, but – and yes, I’m just going to brag a little bit here – I believe I could win a medal if they held an Olympics for Avoidance and Denial. No one is better … Continue reading

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Don’t Blame the Chickens.

These days, it’s all COVID all the time. Except when it’s salmonella. CNN reported it a few weeks back, tying a notable increase in salmonella cases to the pandemic-related uptick in backyard flock-keeping. A lot of people decided that if … Continue reading

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The hens are having a moment.

There’s been a lot of clucking about chickens lately, what with everyone staying home and envisioning that long longed-for coop. When grocery supply chains threatened to snap, there was even more than the usual pleasure in stepping out to the … Continue reading

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Easter without the eggs?

Real or perceived, there’s been talk of an egg shortage the last few weeks. Maybe due to “stress baking” or perhaps a slight hiccup in the supply chain, but whatever the cause, our hens are suddenly looking like superstars! While … Continue reading

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Highly seasoned.

As a Midwesterner marooned in SoCal, it took me decades to accept what passes for seasons here. January through December, all I saw was weather that was never too cold but never quite warm enough. No, of course it doesn’t … Continue reading

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Teen Angst.

As if we hadn’t dealt with it already x 4, we’ve got teens in our midst. These two are getting their combs and feeling their oats: Edith, the Buff Orpington: And Willa, the Salmon Faverolle: At two months of age, … Continue reading

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