Monthly Archives: March 2015

Like Mother, Like Daughter

This is a first here. A few days after Buttercup’s chicks hatched, her daughter, which she raised last year, hatched a clutch of eggs too. How often does this happen, where a mother hen and her daughter hatch eggs on … Continue reading

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The Adventure Begins

The adventure begins. Buttercup has her chicks outside teaching them how to dig for earthworms and where to find good things to eat. She‘s also teaching them with her clucks and her calls when danger is nearby, which hens are … Continue reading

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Winter is a Distant Memory

Winter is now a distant memory. Spring has fully taken root, filling the air with the scent of flowers. After heavy rains during the night, the sky is so blue, it takes your breath away. Clean air is not a … Continue reading

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In Her Face

This is how little chicks spend much of their time, huddled around their mother’s face. When they’re not staring into her eyes to see what she’s doing, they’re usually resting underneath her, bundled safe and sound, listening to her beating … Continue reading

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The First Trillium

This calls for a celebration. I found the first trillium in bloom in the woods. The rest are just poking out of the forest floor, but this one is already in full bloom. This one is so far off the … Continue reading

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Off the Beaten Path

It’s tulip time in the valley. On weekends the traffic jams of tourists eager to see the tulip fields choke the towns and stretch for miles through the tulip fields. Off the beaten path are tulip and daffodil fields where … Continue reading

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Spring Has Hatched

Spring has officially hatched. Around here, spring hatches as much as it springs. Buttercup and her new chicks are in their nursery barn. In a few days she will have them out exploring the world. This morning when I first … Continue reading

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Out of the Garden Today – March 25, 2015

A bowl of fresh greens is a sure sign of spring. Food never tastes as good as when it comes fresh out of the garden while you are cooking. By the end of April, the garden will be overflowing with … Continue reading

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I Only Have Eyes for You

“I only have eyes for you,” or are the hens saying, “I’m watching you!” Niji-himi 虹姫 is downright hawkish if you get too close to her nest. I wouldn’t put it past her to aim her beak right at my … Continue reading

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The Forest Floor Awakens – Liberate Yourself

The trilliums, spring beauties, and bleeding hearts are awake and pushing through the fallen leaves. Soon the forest floor will be a carpet of green with pink and white flowers. Can you imagine that almost no chicken ever gets to … Continue reading

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I Want the Same One

Empty nests all around but Ruby insists on using the same nest that Jacqueline is using. Hens often have their favorite nests, and if it is in use, it doesn’t matter. The empty nests right next door won’t do. They … Continue reading

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This Is What Spring Looks Like

On a spring day, Buttercup keeps her eggs warm. Hens have such fiery eyes, they should be grade school teachers. With such eyes glaring at them, no child would dare misbehave. When you are a mother-to-be, safeguarding a clutch of … Continue reading

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Snacking on Cherry Blossoms

The wind and rains of the last few days have driven many of the cherry blossom petals to the ground. For a brief time every spring, the chickens get to feast on cherry blossom petals as they fall to the … Continue reading

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Eggs and More Eggs

The counter is covered with eggs ready for market. Such a variety of colors and shades and shapes and sizes. Every hen is unique. Every egg is unique. Every egg every hen lays is slightly different from the one she … Continue reading

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Blooming Skunks

Skunk cabbage, that is. The skunk cabbage in the wet woods are in bloom. Lysichiton americanus are a sure sign that spring is well underway. Evidently bears dig them up and eat the roots as a laxative after their long … Continue reading

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Early Morning Egg

Collette has just laid an egg. Hens tend to do most of their egg laying in the morning and early afternoon. Is she a sitter or a walker? After laying an egg, hens often shift the egg into position with … Continue reading

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One Potato, Two Potato …

Billy is happy to see me bring out a basket of potatoes to plant. Chickens love potatoes. You can plant rows and rows of potatoes, but if you let chickens into your potato beds, you will be lucky to see … Continue reading

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Something Old, Something New, Something Big, Something Small

A tiny egg was a pleasant surprise this afternoon. The tiny egg means a young hen laid her first egg. These baby new eggs are always fun to find. It doesn’t take long before young hens lay full size eggs, … Continue reading

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Bees and Humans – One Thing in Common

The wonderful thing about having fruit trees is that you get to enjoy the apples, cherries, pears, and plums months before they are ripe. You first get to enjoy their fragrant flowers when they bloom, and then their fruit when … Continue reading

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On a Rainy Day

On a rainy day, the covered chicken yard is a dry place to be. It’s a chance for the hens to gossip and get caught up with what is happening. Though I think that Midge on the right has had … Continue reading

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