chickens

R.I.P. Henrietta Universe, 4/2010 - 5/2012

R.I.P. Henrietta Universe, 4/2010 – 5/2012

She seemed fine after her egg binding incident, eating well, happily scratching with her girls.  But we never did get another egg.  So I wasn’t too surprised to find her pale and droopy on Wednesday night.  I put her in her coop and braced myself for a possible Chicken Spa the next day. But she never […]

brahma drama

brahma drama

Our white Brahma chicken, Henrietta Universe, has never been our most prolific layer.  So it took us a few days to realize she hadn’t given us an egg in far too long. I texted Rob, “Henrietta looks pale.  I don’t think she feels good.” “What?! How can a chicken look pale?” he replied. Good point. […]

chicken run - part 2

chicken run – part 2

I know everyone is anxiously awaiting the resolution of our chicken run conundrum.  Well, you can breathe a sigh of relief. The wait is over. After puzzling over the situation for weeks, a friend asked why we didn’t just throw the hens into one of the side yards.  Hm.  I had thought about that, really.  But […]

chicken run

chicken run

I spent all winter thinking about my garden and how I would need to make a chicken run.  I mean, the chickens are great and everything, but I need to dig and make things grow.  So I had to devise a plan because, unfortunately, there is nothing I can download from the internet to tell […]

farm report

farm report

My garden is pitiful this season.  This is partly because porch construction covered the entire backyard during the main planting weeks, and partly because the of the Fowl Pests.  But we did try.  The kids and I stood between piles of lumber and cement and literally threw seeds into the raised bed.  We labeled them, […]

Bok BOK!

Bok BOK!

If you hear a ruckus in the hen house, either a strange critter is prowling around the yard, OR your chicken has laid her very first egg. This morning? We figured that Migas was the lucky chicky since Ameraucana eggs are blue-ish.  I’m surpised because she is the smallest and doesn’t have much of a […]

finally done...

finally done…

I have never had so much fun totally ignoring my children.  Yes I sent them out on their bikes or let them run amok for hours while I hunkered down in the garage to turn this: into this: I got to use circular, jig, table and miter saws, electric drill, screwdriver and sander, power stapler, […]

The babies have arrived!

The babies have arrived!

Last Wednesday I woke up in a foul mood after a terrible night’s sleep.  The only thing for it was to drive to the feed store and buy some chicks.  (Just try to be grouchy while holding a tiny fluffy cheeping birdie.  It’s impossible.) I didn’t tell the kids what we were doing, so they […]

We're expecting!!

We’re expecting!!

Chickens, that is. Yup, pretty soon we should have our own little backyard flock to lay for us and poop on our yard.  We’re excited.  Okay… I’M excited.  I grew up with chickens.  It was my job to collect the eggs.  And ever since then I’ve been spoiled for those flavorless store-bought chicken-factory imitations.  We’ve been […]