Monthly Archives: May 2014

Duckweed – Desert for Chickens

The chickens are having a party. I hauled out a pile of duckweed from the pond. The chickens won’t dive into a pond to gobble up the duckweed like ducks do. But scoop it out for them, and they will … Continue reading

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Farming Is About Patterns

You can’t step outdoors and not see interesting patterns. And no two days are the same. Some days the sun’s light touches everything. Other days the clouds roll thick across the sky. Someone has moved the wheelbarrow. A bale of … Continue reading

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Up You Go

There’s always something new for the chicks to learn. Today it’s about roosting. Their mother has hopped to the top of a roost and three of her little ones are mimicking her behavior. The fourth one is off doing her … Continue reading

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Bees Need Undisturbed Landscapes

Few things have impacted the lives of bees, butterflies, and other wildlife more than modern agriculture. In the European Union, more than €41 billion has been spent since 1994 to improve the landscape for wildlife. But there have been few … Continue reading

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Beauty Surrounds Us

Beauty surrounds us throughout the day. Today I found a robin’s egg in a nest, was handed a bouquet of peonies from the kind driver delivering planting soil, enjoyed watching a hen with her chicks as she rested with her … Continue reading

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Mother for a Month

A month ago she was looking out for eight tiny chicks. Now the eight chicks are a month old and getting more independent by the day. By now, they are too big to all fit under her when they sleep … Continue reading

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What a Happy Chicken Looks Like

Hmm, so what does a happy chicken look like? What does a happy chicken do? One thing chickens love doing is being outdoors. They love to meander through thick brush. And they’re not afraid to do it on their own. … Continue reading

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