Category Archives: All Things Poultry

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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I need a wake-up call.

Morning is a relative term, I thought, as I woke today with a start and realized it was already past six and the sky was growing light. After all, just a few days ago, we were still in Kauai, and … Continue reading

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Two hens are better than one.

Oh what a difference a month makes: the baby chicks are almost teenagers! While we were away, Edith and Willa grew from this: to this: Last week, Bella signaled the beginning of the end of motherhood by departing from her … Continue reading

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Just add chicks!

Ran into neighbors the other day who were lamenting their dwindling flock of chickens. When you have just a handful of hens and no rooster and you live in an area where hawks patrol daily and coyotes prowl by night, … Continue reading

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A new chicken chapter.

Because things weren’t complicated enough with a new puppy and a broken arm, right? Life must go on, and Bella was broody. How broody? This broody: And once Bella goes broody, she goes fiercely, stubbornly, decidedly, indubitably broody. She sits … Continue reading

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