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by Meredith Chilson The rest of the story… I’ve been thinking a lot about cycles and seasons this week. The summer season is quickly turning into fall, for example. The hummingbird feeder has had no visitors for over a week, and electric and phone lines are full of birds waiting for the cue to head […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson I’ve been reading with interest and nostalgia fellow blogger Rebecca Nickols’s articles about her broody hen. I remember well the times I would go to the nests, and a hen would puff up and hiss at me. The growly sound of a broody hen is something I won’t soon forget. It has […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols When I’m not at my paying job, as a nurse, I’m usually outside working on the planters, wreaths and living-roof birdhouses we sell at our local farmers’ market. My seven free range chickens not only provide me with the freshest best tasting eggs available, they also provide an endless supply of live […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols A little after the first of May, shortly after I purchased three new chicks, my Buff Orpington, Henrietta, developed a bad case of broodiness. More than four weeks later, she still has it bad–you can see it in her eyes… In my first attempt to break Henrietta’s broody behavior, I followed the […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols In my recent post Broodiness in the Coop, I wrote about how Henrietta (my Buff Orpington) is in a persistent state of broodiness … She has become so obsessed with entering motherhood that she spends her entire day sitting in a nesting box dreaming of her own flock of little chicks. When […]Read more »