Category Archives: Poultry

Flea Markets & Animals

I love outdoor markets, flea markets, farmers markets – anyplace where locals trade or sell their wares. It’s like a treasure hunt every time. This weekend I went to the Ripley First Monday Trade Days flea market. That’s a mouthful so most … Continue reading

Mean Animals – Bria the Bitch

When I daydreamed about my future farm life I kept spreadsheets and documents outlining, in detail, exactly what animals and vegetables I wanted and why. I read about particular breeds of chickens who had “lap chicken” personalities. They were known … Continue reading

My Farm and Life Will Never Be the Same

How do I write a tribute to an animal like Rupert? How do I do justice to such an incredible soul who touched so many people’s lives? As I write through my heartache I’m afraid I’ll miss something important about … Continue reading

Chicken Moms – Broody Hens

It’s that time of year when I have hens who start to go broody. Hens who decide they want to be a mom are called “broody”. It should really be called “moody” because my little sweet balls of feathers become … Continue reading

Parents of the Year Goes to…

I was afraid the cold snap would keep the goose eggs from developing but three hatched and two are thriving! Unfortunately, I lost one baby I tried desperately to save. I wrote about that experience here. Last year I bought five Sebastopol goslings and … Continue reading

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 Cosmopolitan.com. 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