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What to Give Your Chickens

You have gifts for your parents and gifts for your kids. You have a gift for Aunt Claire and a gift for Uncle Bob. You even have a gift for your dog. But what about your chickens? If you culled … Continue reading

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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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Composting with Chickens

It’s time to clean out the chicken coop. All summer my little flock has been happily picking weed and grass seeds out of the straw I spread in their coop last spring. At the same time, they’ve broken down the … 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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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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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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Chicken Attraction

My therapist lives in a chicken coop. Yup. We have (currently) six hens. Whenever I need some reassurance, I head out to the shed where they live. I tell them all my problems. In fact, I can tell them anything; … Continue reading

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