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Culling the Flock

I have nine hens in my chicken coop: six pullets that have just started laying small eggs, and three aging biddies who lay huge eggs… once in a while. We love the jumbo eggs—one per person is enough for breakfast—but … Continue reading

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So Happy Together

I just avoided a war. Yesterday morning, I went out to tend my flock, and realized that my new pullets, hatched around June 1, were nearly the same size as my mature hens. When they were mere children, they fit … Continue reading

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Bwaaak!!

It’s almost September, National Chicken Month. I adore chickens. Put those two facts together, and I have the perfect opportunity to enlighten you with some chicken trivia. Chickens are the most numerous bird species on the planet. Wild chickens are … Continue reading

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Henpecked!

Chickens can be pretty darn mean. The terms “pecking order” and “henpecked” have a firm basis in how a chicken society operates. Like many other animals—wolves and elephants come immediately to mind—there is an alpha chicken (left) who literally rules … Continue reading

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How to Be a Mama Hen

Your chicks have arrived! You got the call from the feed store or post office to come pick them up. Now it’s your job to be a mother hen for the next several months. What do you do? Newly hatched … Continue reading

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Choosing Your Chickens

It’s spring. Bulbs are blooming, birds are singing, and feed stores have fluffy yellow baby chicks! When we were still living in Silicon Valley, finding a source for baby chicks was a challenge. These days, no matter where you live, … Continue reading

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Coops (continued)

Last week I wrote about the design and layout of chicken coops. Today we’ll talk about the inside. Lighting If your coop is large, you’ll need some light inside so that you and the hens can see. Also, chickens lay … Continue reading

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