Category Archives: Poultry

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

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

A True Ugly Duckling Story

Some animals (not all) have a strong desire to be a parent. Delia, my sweetest duck, was one of those animals who wanted to be a mother. One day she disappeared and I found her hiding by the pond. She was quietly … Continue reading

Naked Birds – Its Molting Season!

It’s that time of year where my property looks like birds have exploded everywhere – Or someone had a massive pillow fight I wasn’t invited to. There are very large turkey feathers and fluffy chicken feathers and long goose feathers EVERYWHERE. … Continue reading