Category Archives: About My Chickens

Drama in the Woods

The forest quiet, bleeding hearts and trillium in bloom, belie the drama in the woods. Snakes hunt silently. A coyote is stalking the chickens. The forest floor is littered with trees recent storms have toppled. This year’s cherry blossoms have … Continue reading

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Life’s Rhythms – Not Forgotten

At times it seems like nature has forgotten to keep spring moving along. We’re stuck with cool, drizzly days that should be getting warmer, only they’re not. All it takes is a venture into the woods to see that life’s … Continue reading

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Mankai – 満開 – Full Bloom

The definition for when a cherry tree is in full bloom is when 80% of the blossoms are open. We’ve have reached that stage here, and with the cool, cloudy weather, the tree is staying in full bloom day after … Continue reading

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1st Peep

Seeing the first chick of the year is always a surprise. I had tomorrow, the 26th, marked as hatching day, but today, I saw a fuzzy head peaking out from underneath Daisy’s fluffy feathers. There is no surer sign that … Continue reading

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Only In the Spring

Only in the spring does rhubarb surprise with its first wrinkled leaves. So many intricate folds. Up close they look like steep, forested mountain ranges with raging rivers gushing through narrow canyons. Only in the spring do daffodils tickle dog … Continue reading

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The Face of Determination

This is the face of determination, patience, hope, love. Daisy is on eight eggs. Will they all hatch? How will she do as a mother? This is her first time. It’s early spring, so it’s not surprising that a hen … Continue reading

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If Your Mind is a Sphincter

Once in a while I hear someone say something worth quoting. Today it was hearing George Saunders say in an interview, “If your mind is a sphincter, it tends to tighten over time.” That was a good and thoughtful laugh. … Continue reading

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