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 […]Read more ›
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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 […]Read more ›
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 […]Read more ›
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 […]Read more ›
This simple how-to project is for those who do not have portable fencing or coops for their chickens yet want them pastured, that is, to have fresh grass consistently available in their diet. Grazing frames are easy to make. I did the cutting and painting over the course of a week, and then Mark and I assembled and placed six […]Read more ›