Category Archives: Raising Chicks

Not Ready to Grow Up

The first snow of the season has adorned the surrounding foothills. I could see it yesterday through the clouds hiding the mountains. Today with the clouds gone, the snow covered hills glistened in the bright sun. Two nights ago, Buttercup … Continue reading

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After making a tofu delivery this morning, we ran into a flock of swans on the outskirts of Mount Vernon. Swans and snow geese have arrived in large numbers and are settling in for the winter. Both birds are very … Continue reading

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Babies Galore

There are four hens raising nearly 50 chicks. Three of the hens are raising chicks I purchased from a hatchery. A broody hen is a chance to rear a new variety of hen to increase the variety of eggs. I … Continue reading

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No Can Speak

On Thursday, winds from the west blew the smoke away. Rains on Friday and Saturday cleaned the air. Sunday we could breathe again, and yesterday we were back to our blue-blue summer skies. Fall is in the air. The evening … Continue reading

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Gentle Farming

It was Wednesday afternoon, a warm, sunny day. I don’t know who was needing a nap more, Hazel or her chicks. Snoozing next to or inside their mother’s feathers is what little chicks are meant to do. One day, some … Continue reading

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A Mother’s Resolve

Margaret’s intentions are clear. She is determined to keep her chicks safe. Tomorrow, her chicks will be three days old and we’ll open her nursery so she can show the world to her chicks.

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No Time to Sit Still

Rachel and her chicks are ready to move. The last of the chicks hatched during the night, and none of them want to sit still. After breakfast, she takes them outdoors. How many chicks get to go outdoors the day … Continue reading

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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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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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Skunky and Family

Here’s Skunky and its four siblings taking a break on a log. Their mother is right by them off to the right. Watching Skunky grow is a so much fun. It’s impossible not to smile when Skunky greets my eye. … Continue reading

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Love is not Exclusive

Scratching up earthworms and bugs isn’t the only thing mother hens do for their chicks. In the chicken yard, mother hens also pick up feed out of the trays and drop it on the ground for their chicks who are … Continue reading

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Skunky in the Woods

What is this? The woods in the spring? That and much more. That and a perfect nursery for a mother hen to raise her chicks. Somewhere in that thick brush is Skunky, its siblings and its mother. There’s Skunky, watching … Continue reading

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A “Skunk” in the Chickenyard

It’s not the disaster it sounds like. The “skunk” in question is one of the new chicks. It’s striped like a skunk. I’m tempted to call it Skunky, however, as its feathers come in, the stripes will disappear. The colors … Continue reading

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A Lengthy Childhood

Miasa’s chicks will be two months old in a week. At seven weeks of age, they are the age many broiler chickens are headed to market, never having spent a single minute under the loving wings of their mother. Miasa’s … Continue reading

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Camouflage

The winds are howling this morning. We woke up to a morning, warmer than most summer mornings. A quick check showed that it was as warm here at 8 a.m. as it was in Phoenix, a balmy 58ºF. It’s most … Continue reading

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A Real Feather Bed

I was worried about one mother and her chick yesterday evening when I didn’t find them roosting in their regular spot. I did a little searching and found she had moved back to the main roost with the other adult … Continue reading

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A Job Well Done

Lucky set her chicks free today. Just yesterday, they were all together, but this morning she was by herself, and her chicks off on their own. All I can say is, “Job well done, Lucky!” What does a mother hen … Continue reading

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A Mother’s Feathers

Little chicks need to feel safe and secure. Of the billions of chickens raised each year just in the USA, just a tiny handful get to snuggle inside their mother’s feathers. For little chicks, there is nothing more important than … Continue reading

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Mom Digs, We Eat

“Mom digs, we eat” it’s a basic rule little chicks live by. And whatever she digs up, they will gobble down. I’ve seen chicks swallow earthworms as long as they are. Imagine a baby slurping down a two foot long … Continue reading

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I Won’t Grow Up

Sometimes around here, it is a laugh a minute. One of Lucky’s two month old chicks still wants to take a nap under her wings. About the only thing he can fit under her, is his head and neck. The … Continue reading

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