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Happy Flock At Last

We picked up some kindnesses for the chickens.  A bale of straw to insulate their feet from the snow in the run, some cracked corn to peck at in the straw, and a cabbage. I was thrilled to see them … Continue reading

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Calm Before the Storm

We have a quiet period now, since the winter storm yesterday.  The forecast says it will pick up again this afternoon through Friday morning.  In such a short time you wouldn’t think we’d be suffering from cabin fever, but we … Continue reading

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A Chicken Tunnel

We made one more winterizing improvement to the chicken yard today. My husband stacked straw bales on the west wall and in front of the coop entrance to block the winter wind.  It was a good engineering exercise but the normally fearless … Continue reading

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Chickens Approaching Winter

Things are changing.  It has frosted overnight for several days, the hours of daylight are slipping away, and my little flock has stopped laying eggs.  Now, it could very likely be due to a problem while we were away for … Continue reading

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Autumn Is Approaching…

After a blustery day of spitting rain and my clanging windchime wildly swinging on the front porch, it calmed down and we took the dogs out for an evening stroll around the grounds.  The prairie is turning brown and gray … Continue reading

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Egg Update

In case you were wondering, yes we are seeing eggs from those chickens!  It started with the lone blue egg from “Sanza” the black Araucana hen. Then one day there was a little brown egg who I think belonged to … Continue reading

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Coop Renovations

Cooper and his flock are having to adapt tonight.  We did some fine-tuning of their coop to make it easier to clean and insulated it a bit against the cold north wind we expect this winter. Their roosting bars are … Continue reading

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Joining the Pack

We are the happy grandparents… of a new dog in the family!  Our daughter has adopted an adorable little mutt named Addie, and after just her first week we got the opportunity to babysit down at the farm.  Addie has … Continue reading

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Where Are My Eggs?

Come on, girls!  I’ve nurtured you and sweet-talked you for 4 months.  You have the Taj Mahal of coops with free-range expeditions every week.  What more could you want?   My son suggested I put some golf balls in the … Continue reading

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Cooper the Rooster

I’m quite fond of my “white” rooster, Cooper.  I put white in quotes because although it is hard to notice on a day-to-day basis, he has been changing color steadily.  This is good, because I believe he is an Isa … Continue reading

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Free Range Playground

This week we unlocked the gate to the chicken run and released the flock for the first time.  It did not take much coaxing to get them out the door.  They’ve been eyeing that luscious green grass for a long time, tearing … Continue reading

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Roosters!

Well, it’s pretty clear by now that we have two roosters in our flock.  “Buster” is a beautiful multi-colored Araucana with blue-green feet.  I guess he won’t be laying us any pink or blue eggs now.  He has a distinctive … Continue reading

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Chicken Nipples

Silly name, but we really do have a working mechanism now that provides four “nipples” from which our flock can get water on demand.  The good thing about it is that I only have to fill the water bucket every … Continue reading

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Chickens and Kitchen Scraps

Oh my!  I am just beginning to start saving kitchen scraps and taking them out to the chickens, and what a hilarious event that is to watch!  On Sunday morning we had french toast and there was one piece left … Continue reading

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Perfect Day on the Farm

Some days are busy weighed down by nagging chores.  Some days are hot and muggy and you become drenched just trying to move about.  Then there are days like today — perfection!  It is in the high 70’s and there is … Continue reading

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Welcome Back, From The Flock

We went away for 11 days and on our return I hardly recognize our little flock of chickens!  They have taken a leap forward in their looks and behavior.  When we left, they were still mostly huddling in the corner … Continue reading

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Chicken Diary – May 2014

I’m really getting fond of my little flock.  As they mature, they are getting more trusting of us and willing to be picked up and petted. My son and daughter-in-law came for a Mother’s Day visit and got a chance … Continue reading

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Welcome to The Outdoors!

Last night, our chickens moved into the coop and spent their first night in the dark, in a strange place. I lifted Cooper (my rooster’s new name) up onto the roosting bar to show him how nice it was, but … Continue reading

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Moving Day (for the Chickens)

I think today is the day!  My little flock is cramped and tired of living their lives in a cardboard box.  The coop is 90% ready and the chicken run is half done.  I think they can live in the … Continue reading

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Building a Chicken Run

We’re learning some chicken tricks.  You have to combat their natural tendency to scratch their bedding up into their food and water so that you frequently have to have to empty and refill the containers.  I tried propping the waterer up on … Continue reading

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