Monthly Archives: March 2014

Sometimes the Best Laid Plans Don’t

Sometimes the best laid plans don’t work. After building an incubation suite for the hen who went broody, I tried moving her into the suite Saturday night (March 29), but Sunday morning, she wanted out. She was determined to get … Continue reading

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Chick Adventure in the Wild

What a morning for these five day old chicks. When their mother tries to lure them through a stream, they panic. The water is too deep for them. Separated from her, the chicks chirp loudly, begging her to come back. … Continue reading

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Cherry Blossoms are for Eating

What does a cherry tree full of blossoms look like to a chicken? Manna from heaven? The taste of things to come? Each spring, the chickens enjoy a feast of cherry blossoms. Did the chicken you buy get a chance … Continue reading

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All It Takes Is a Little Sunshine

All it takes is a little sunshine to make the cherry blossoms explode. What a pleasant surprise after many days of clouds and rain. All it takes is a little sunshine to bring out all the chickens. And what are … Continue reading

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Why Chicks Deserve a Mother – Reason #2

Another reason chicks deserve a mother is that with a mother, they get to go outside at a very early age. These chicks are just four days old and they are having the time of their lives scratching around outdoors … Continue reading

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Why Chicks Deserve a Mother – Reason #1

Imelda is curious about the new chicks. The last few days, she’s spent a fair amount of time hanging out with the new mom and her chicks. Is she wanting to hatch eggs of her own? Does she think the … Continue reading

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More Chicken – The Other Red Meat

This probably isn’t what comes to mind when you think of chicken. You probably don’t associate such a dark, red meat with chicken. But when roosters get to live outdoors, courting hens through pasture and woodland, breathing fresh air all … Continue reading

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A Very Safe Place

The wonderful thing about letting mothers raise chicks is that you don’t need to keep the chicks under heat lamps. Whenever the chicks need to warm up, they can duck under their mother’s warm feathers for a rest. The other … Continue reading

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Coq au Vin – Chicken, the Other Red Meat

Usually, you don’t think of chicken as a red meat. But a year old rooster has meat as red as beef. The pictures below are of the roosters thigh and legs, and breasts. Using Julia Child’s Coq au Vin recipe … Continue reading

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The Lucky Ones

This is a sure sign of spring, the first chicks of the year. They hatched yesterday, and this is their very first morning. These are the lucky ones. The tiny, nearly infinitesimal percentage of chicks born each year which develop … Continue reading

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Hatching Day

It’s a quiet, drizzly spring day. The brooding hen’s chicks are hatching. This is what a hatched egg looks like. For the first day or two, it is next to impossible to see the chicks. The mother keeps them tucked … Continue reading

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Chicken Love – It’s Not Nothing

It’s about her last day brooding. I can hear some of her chicks starting to peep. They start peeping before they hatch so I’m not sure if some have already hatched, or if they are about to. So what drives … Continue reading

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Deepening Spring

Spring is deepening day by day. A few more days and the cherries will be in full bloom. Tomorrow, the temperature may even get up to 60ºF (15.5ºC). The last time it was so warm was back on October 27, … Continue reading

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Soufflés Don’t Just Happen

Before you can take a freshly baked soufflé out of the oven you need to pour the soufflé batter into buttered ramekins and put them in the oven. Before you can pour the soufflé batter into buttered ramekins, you need … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Branch

So that’s what a branch looks like inside the trunk of a tree. It penetrates deep into the center of the trunk. Rachel does not want to be disturbed when she is on her nest. Svenda just takes it all … Continue reading

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Spring Battles

Spring sets life into motion. It’s also a time of heightened competition between the roosters. I culled one of the roosters today when he and Sven, the Swedish Flower Chicken rooster picture below, got into a vigorous fight, and both … Continue reading

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Five Blossoms

Five open blossoms is what it takes for the meteorologists in Japan to proclaim that the cherry blossoms have bloomed in a city. In each city, there is one tree which is declared the reference tree, and when five blossoms … Continue reading

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Counting Eggs and More

Tomorrow is egg delivery day. Most of the eggs are used by Tweets Cafe, but some are destined for retail sale. Those cartons get special treatment so that when customers purchase them and open them, they get a nice surprise … Continue reading

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Hazel

Hazel is nine months old. Here are some pictures of her from June of 2013, July of 2013, December 2013, and March of 2014. She has stunning patterns on her feathers, and with her naked neck, she cuts quite the … Continue reading

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Heat

Chickens are but a part of a man and his hoe®. The 800 garlic I planted last fall are shooting up. Come May, the garlic bed will provide a bounty of garlic scapes to enjoy. Much of this is made … Continue reading

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