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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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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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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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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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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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Happily Ever After.

Last week we were on tenterhooks – would Bella accept her adopted chicks? She seemed initially stunned by the peeping fluff balls that had materialized beneath her. They¬†knew what to do, stay close to mom, but did she? By mid-morning, … Continue reading

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Babies for Bella!

It has been a long, sleepless night and this midwife is tired! Yesterday noon we picked up two darling peeping chicks at the feed store, a Blue Cochin and an Ameraucana. Cochins are the Asiatic breed fancied by Queen Victoria. … Continue reading

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Countdown to Mother’s Day.

Bella and I are thinking about Mother’s Day. “It’s the most important thing you will ever do in your life”, I whisper to her. She growls at me and then shrieks as I pull her off her nest. Bella, my … Continue reading

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