Category Archives: About My Chickens

Standing on Corn Roots

Corn roots testify that corn is a tropical plant. Thick, tropical plant roots with stubby tips push corn plants above the soil. The next time you pass a corn field, imagine the millions of corn plants standing above the soil … Continue reading

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Safe and Sound

This is how I fertilize the garden, by adding wheelbarrows of green matter, of which I have an endless supply. Plenty of organic matter makes for a very biologically rich garden. Wouldn’t you rather eat vegetables growing from soil made … Continue reading

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Why Don’t They?

The Rainier cherries are ripening, and when I go to pick them, the chickens come running. They love cherries. Any I drop they stab instantly. They love fruit, blueberries, blackberries, grapes, cantaloupes, peaches, you name it. Heaven to chickens would … Continue reading

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Hide ’n Go Seek

There is a deep sense of accomplishment when you finally catch a runaway chick after stalking it for three hours. This little chick was well trained by its mother. Something spooked some of the chicks and three of them scrambled … Continue reading

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Are They Free Range?

“Are your hens free range?” It’s a question I get asked regularly at the farmers market. For the most part, the chickens roam through woodland. They seem to enjoy thick brush more than anything. At times they are out on … Continue reading

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Spreading May Flower, Dancing Stork Grass, Maianthemum dilatatum

In a quiet spot in the forest, behind the tofu cabin, false Lily-of-the-valley are in bloom, lifting their flower spikes high above their broad leaves. Maianthemum dilatatum is their name, Mai coming from the Greek word Maios for May, and … Continue reading

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Lilacs Scent the Late Spring Air

The lilacs are in full bloom. On sunny days, if you hang out your laundry to dry next to blooming lilacs, when you gather in the sun-warmed laundry, take in indoors and fold it, the fragrance of lilacs makes you … Continue reading

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