Chickens Don’t Swim

I want to know.  Are the poor decisions kids make out of innocent thinking or sheer ignorance?  Take for example my sweet Addie, lover of chickens, worms, snails, slugs, tadpoles, horses, the color pink, Third Day Christmas songs, mud and stuffed animals.  All-in-all what you would call a smart, cute, well-rounded child.  Plays the piano,…

First Outing

Remember those adorable chicks I introduced y’all to last month?  Well they have been growing like crazy and were REALLY ready to bust out of their little crate alongside their mother.  So I let them out to explore the world they hatched into and while doing so discovered something.  Baby chickens are the most difficult thing…

Everyone Laid An Egg

I don’t think this has ever happened to me.  Today, when Addie and I went to collect the eggs, we noticed there were more than usual.  A LOT more.  Lo and behold we began to count….1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, …….12, 13, 14, 15………21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28!  Every single, chicken…

First One….

I have one little girl.  Down the road there are four.  And Sunday they all came over to play, I sent them to check the eggs and let the chickens out for their evening stroll.  Almost immediately there were shrieks of terror and thundering footsteps.  I knew before I heard a word the first snake…

Hatch Day!

I’ve never had a desire to incubate eggs and I honestly don’t like letting hens set a nest.  It always seems to end poorly for the hatchlings.  But when I found this nest in the hay, for some reason, I left it alone. A few days later I spy the mama.  My funny, anti-social hen…

I have a Pecker

I have a pecker.  At least one that I know of, anyone who keeps chickens has had a pecker too.  It is so maddening.  My advice to people with peckers is simple.  Identify the guilty party and remove them from the flock before they teach their bad habits to others.  My advice is easier to…

He Finally Came Down…….

Over a year and a half ago my flock was hit with repeated raccoon attacks resulting in multiple homicides.  The crime scenes continued to grow in frequency and brutality until I was reduced to less than half the flock I once enjoyed.  Then one night I awoke with a funny feeling in my chest, I…