Category Archives: Poultry

Chicks for Babes

It’s the time of year when the hens are laying well. Last year I donated hatching eggs to the local Montessori school so the kids could learn about the early cycle of chicken life. With lighter colored eggs kids are … Continue reading

Helping a Hatchling – a Story, Not a How-To

I have Sebastopol geese I raised myself. I anxiously awaited while my goose, Poppy, patiently sat on a nest with ten large eggs under her. She got off the nest periodically (usually once every couple of days) to eat, take a bath and stretch her legs … Continue reading

When Cosmo Comes Calling

This past August I received an email from an editor with I thought it was a joke. After researching her info and discovering it was legit I responded and we set a time to talk on the phone. Since … Continue reading

Farm Animal Parenting Styles

Willow, the first chicken I hatched became a mom today. Unfortunately, she has fowl pox and is unable to see from one eye. She panicked when the babies hatched and killed one and pecked one hard so I had to take her … Continue reading

The Turkeys Have Chicken Pox, err, Fowl Pox

Rupert and the boys have been avoiding me lately. I thought it was because of their molts but since they’ve been molting for a couple months and this is a recent behavior it clued me in that something was wrong. I … Continue reading

Helping an Egg Bound Hen

At some point in your chicken keeping days you’ll probably have an egg bound hen. Meaning the hen has an egg it’s unable to pass easily. This can be deadly to the hen. Sometimes you won’t see symptoms. Maybe they … Continue reading

How to Kill

This isn’t a fun post but it’s an important one and it’s not about methods of killing – there are plenty of youtube videos for that. Four years ago I never thought I’d ever be in the position to kill … Continue reading

Buying Chickens – Hatcheries & Breeders

Hatcheries can be a great place to buy chickens but buyers should beware. If you’re interested in quality, or even truth, you’re likely to be disappointed by many farm supply stores and hatcheries. Most people with small flocks want a colorful … Continue reading

Narcolepsy in Chickens

Yes, animals can have narcolepsy, meaning, they suddenly fall asleep anytime, anywhere. From what I’ve found it seems to be genetic. Dogs can have it, horses can have it and while I haven’t been able to find research on narcolepsy in … Continue reading

A Word About Roosters

I researched chickens long before I had any idea I’d one day catapult myself into a rural life. I even made vision boards of my imaginary life on a farm. I had never touched a chicken prior to getting my first. I watched … Continue reading