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Introducing: Pippa and the Pips!

Three years ago, our beloved Buff Orpington, Hope, taught us the ways of a broody. We successfully “grafted” some hatchery chicks to her, one of which was our Belgian Mille Fleur d’Uccle, Pippa. Sadly, Hope and many of her compatriots … Continue reading

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Squawks.

We all think we know what the term “broody” means. It rhymes with moody and is often used interchangeably with that word, or we use it to describe someone who is ruminating over melancholy thoughts. Webster’s defines it as “given … Continue reading

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Hey, what’s that cute chick’s name?

The ballots are in, and after much deliberation, the little ones have officially been named. The powers that be (more or less) followed the voter’s wishes, with a few deviations here and there: some voter irregularities, a few behind-the-scenes manipulations – hey, … Continue reading

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“A Broody Always Knows Best”

Another lesson in not being in charge. Hope has proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that she knows what she’s doing and that the humans can kindly get out of her face. Other than shifting a few inches here … Continue reading

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To brood or not to brood; that is the question…

The chicks had an excellent day yesterday – all of them skittering around the brooder and having a lot of fun exploring their new world. All of which changed abruptly when half of the babies left to set up housekeeping with … Continue reading

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Chicken Drama: a Broody, Wind Eggs, and Baby Chicks on the Way!

Bear with me and re-wind just one more time to early May. We were in NYC, and  just about to leave our apartment for a long-awaited lunch at Balthazar when the phone call came: “Hope’s not moving”. Our hearts sunk, … Continue reading

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Brooding.

What do chickens do in the rain? Mostly, they whine and carry on, stewing (hmm, interesting choice of verb…) in their pen for the past four soggy days. Autumn, however, distinguishes herself from the flock yet again. I’ve had my … Continue reading

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