Monthly Archives: May 2015

Just Napping

King Richard looks like he’s dead. He’s found a shady spot to take a long nap. See, he’s raised his head to preen and check on what the nearby hens are doing.

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Big Personalities

Miasa is slowly taking her one week old chicks in for the night. They’re still tiny but so full of personality. When their mother pauses to groom her feathers, the chicks pose for me. Even at just a week old, … Continue reading

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Bee Food

The bees have no shortage of food. There are plants and trees in bloom all over the place. Having plenty of food for the bees from early spring through fall is very helpful for growing crops which need pollinating. You … Continue reading

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So Much to Learn

A baby chick’s time with its mother is all about learning. Can I eat that? What about that wriggly thing? That part is pretty easy to teach. For a chicken, if it moves and can fit in your mouth, it’s … Continue reading

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Late in the Afternoon

Late in the afternoon, the hens gather before heading into the chicken yard and their roost for the night. Chickens don’t wear watches or bother to check what time it is on cel phones either. Sun worshippers, they head in … Continue reading

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Fallen Beauty

The peony petals have fallen. There is a haunting beauty to fallen petals. A last farewell before the memory of their flowers melts away.

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With Open Arms

The shallots are reaching out of the ground with open arms, welcoming as much sunshine as possible. As high as they lift their green arms, shallots stretch their white roots deep into the ground, oozing out sugars and carbohydrates and … Continue reading

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Sharing or Being Selfish?

Are these hens sharing or being selfish? There are three empty nests around them, yet Yuki-hime, the white hen, insists on sitting on Lucky when she wants to lay an egg. The conversation the two had before they settled in … Continue reading

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Maximizing Happiness

Maximizing happiness, it’s one of the maxims here at a man and his hoe®. What will make the chickens happier? What will make the plants grow better? What will make the dogs jump for joy? For little chicks, their mothers … Continue reading

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Independent Chicks

Skunky and its siblings are just over a month old now … and see, no mother. They’ve found a soft spot on a garden path and are enjoying the afternoon sun, not worried that their mother is off foraging on … Continue reading

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