Category Archives: Poultry

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

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