Tag Archives: backyard chickens

Demoted.

Well. I should have known. The chicken yard is an eerily reasonable facsimile of real life, a messy microcosm of worst selves laid bare for all to see. There we were, peaceable kingdom and all, enjoying the last thin rays … Continue reading

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Feathers, unruffled.

So. Much. Chicken drama! There have been a lot of ruffled feathers – especially mine – as Willa hit the two month mark on being broody with no end in sight. Not to mention the continued ferrying of the two … Continue reading

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The price of eggs.

“Oh, you have chickens! How nice not to have to buy eggs!” Well. Yes. And no. The full disclosure is that we’ve gotten exactly one egg in the last two weeks. I’m thinking of putting it in a museum. Those … Continue reading

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Chicken lady for life.

We’d been invited to lunch at a lovely club by a lovely couple we barely knew. Hoping to make a good impression, I was actually wearing shoes that weren’t flip flops or sneakers. Nice try. But no. Because as we … Continue reading

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Wild Kingdom.

It had been a typical day. All the usual minutiae with a highlight of a major plumbing crisis under the kitchen sink. Our cocktail reading hour was mercifully upon us at long last and the CE decided the week-old baby … Continue reading

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Be careful what you wish for.

Willa and I had one thing in common. We both wanted baby chicks. Well, at least I thought she did. She’s been glued to the nest for a few weeks, ferociously broody. Ferocious being the operative word here, by the … Continue reading

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One hot mama.

Willa is broody! How do we know? Well, for one thing, she won’t leave the nest. She’s fluffed up like a turkey. And she’s hot and bothered. Literally. When you pick her up, you can feel how warm she is. … Continue reading

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A Word from the Birds: The 3 Most Common Questions We Get About Chickens.

This blog was born way back in 2009 to record our foray into flock-keeping. Back then you were actually considered kind of cool if you had chickens and especially if you had a blog. Now, people just think we’re farmers … Continue reading

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Because what we need right now is a new plague, right?

Ah, spring. Especially this spring. Daylight hours edge deliciously ever longer, and the wisteria and the calla lilies are in joyful bloom. The air is filled with the perfume of orange blossoms, our little swarm of honeybees have returned, and … Continue reading

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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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