Chickens

Naming Coila

Naming Coila

4 by / on March 14, 2015, 11:03 am / in Chickens, Ponderings

One probably shouldn’t name an animal one might be eating. Barbara Kingsolver, among others, recommends this. Still, I named Coila this week, even knowing her future at Fern Creek might be severely curtailed on account of being a Mean Bird. Coila is in isolation, and not because she’s sick or wounded. I pulled this nameless Gold Sex Link pullet from the flock of […]

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On Being Born

On Being Born

0 by / on December 20, 2013, 10:59 am / in Chickens, Faith, Family, Ponderings

Part I: Chicks chirp at me from the living room, though at the moment they are mostly sleeping in heaps, settling into a morning nap after filling up their tummies. They hatched out on December 17th, which is kinda like being born, only different. They never met their mamas, but cluster instinctively toward the white thermometer hanging in their brood […]

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On Healing Wounds…

On Healing Wounds…

2 by / on November 20, 2013, 12:13 pm / in Chickens, Preservation Projections

Last Friday I sat facing the garden while writing at the table. A flash of gray/black/white zipped by my peripheral vision accompanied by squawking. A Great Squawking. I raced outside like an angry mother wanting to protect her babes, more focused on the fleeing hen than her predator, so I never got a good look at the dog-like creature attacking […]

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adolescent rooster otherwise known as a cockerel

From Chicks to Laying Hens–Phase III (week 16 onward)

39 by / on April 21, 2013, 7:59 pm / in Chickens, Preservation Projections

Finally–after nurturing your chicks through the first three weeks, and then spending the next 3 months feeding, watering, coop cleaning, perhaps naming, and certainly watching them grow–you get to start think about collecting some rent for services rendered. At about four months you’ll notice changes in the chickens combs and wattles (not to be confused with their waddle, however this […]

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Bad Choices: Why Chickens (& People) Fail to Make Good Ones

Bad Choices: Why Chickens (& People) Fail to Make Good Ones

7 by / on April 8, 2013, 7:33 pm / in Chickens, Community, Ponderings

Mark and I try to pasture-base our chickens so they can always have fresh grass to eat. Chickens love grass and egg-eaters get more Omega-3s from grass-fed hens. Most farmers who pasture-base chickens keep them in mobile coops they drag to a new spot in the pasture every day. That gives grass recovery time between chicken scratch-n-munch sessions because totally free ranging […]

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