Category Archives: All Things Poultry

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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Jail bird?

Q: Why did the chicken cross the courtroom? A: Because Maurice, the rooster, is on trial – for being a rooster! Until recently, Maurice lived peacefully in the French island village of Saint-Pierre-d’Oléron with his three French hens and devoted … Continue reading

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A truly fine feathered friend.

The day before we left town, Pippa popped up to visit with me as I was wiping down a roost bar. She knew she could count on extra treats from me when it was just the two of us in … Continue reading

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Not exactly a spring chicken.

I’ll be honest. Every morning I go out to open up the coop and half hold my breath wondering if she’ll still be there. She looks a little weary around the eyes these days and she’s slower to come down … Continue reading

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Two broody.

Maybe they saw Mother’s Day on the calendar. Or maybe they heard about the U.S. birth rate hitting a thirty-year low and decided to take matters into their own hands, er, feathers. I guess it’s no surprise that Bella would … Continue reading

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My coop runneth over.

There are no April showers in Southern California, so back in the years B.C.  (Before Chickens) I gave hardly a notice to the passage from “winter” (a euphemism where I live) to spring. But then life went to the birds, … Continue reading

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Stars. They’re just like us.

Well, just like *me*, at least. The glamour quotient of chicken-keeping edged up this week. Turns out I’m not the only one up to my elbows in chicken poop. A friend in NYC sent a link for an appearance at … Continue reading

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