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Every year, This American Life dedicates an entire show to the season between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the time of the year in which the majority of our poultry is consumed. The stories this year are what happens when the worlds of our birds and us collide. You’ll hear stories about a chicken saving a man on […]Read more »
I didn’t sleep very well that night. I was so excited! The day had finally arrived. The day I had been dreaming about. The day I had been planning for. I was getting 6 babies that day. Yes, 6 babies! No, not little bundles of joy, human babies, but another kind of little bundles of […]Read more »
We finally had our own place….with acreage! I couldn’t wait to get some chickens. There was a shed in the backyard that my husband had dreams for, but I was secretly making plans to turn it into a super coop. I already had my ducklings growing like weeds at my mom’s property and now we […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson My first flock of chickens was one day old when I picked up my order at a local all-purpose hardware store. I’d ordered “straight run” –thinking I would have some hens for eggs, some young roosters for meat and one fine rooster to perpetuate the flock. The plan worked out fairly well. […]Read more »
1. First, they’re the only birds that hug back. YouTube 2. They never complain about your crafting projects. Death and Taxes 3. You always know where you stand with them … Totally Pinteresting 4. You don’t get much else done sitting and watching them for hours … Photography Blogger […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson Once upon a time, a chicken hatched some eggs. Now, I understand that this happens all the time, but this time was different. The eggs belonged to another hen. They were adopted. The mother hen was very happy to finally have a brood of her own. She was particularly fond of her roo-chick, […]Read more »
by Heidi Carlson A few weeks ago, we lost one of our hens. A cute little girl, a Sicilian Buttercup, we think. One night, she just wasn’t there in the coop with the others at “tuck-in” time. It was my husband’s turn to lock them up and he came up short in the head […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell I originally told this story the day it happened on the Iron Oak Farm Facebook Page and it received such an overwhelming response that I thought I would share it with our Community Chickens readers as well. First…a little about Mamma Silkie. When I first brought our little Silkie Bantam home in […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols By definition New Year’s resolutions are commitments that a person makes pertaining to personal goals, projects, or reforming habits. I originally intended to share my (chicken-related) goals for the upcoming year. For example: I plan on fencing in my remaining gardens or build a larger run for the chickens. I am also going to […]Read more »
by Meredith ChilsonThis has been a terrific year for growing pumpkins! We’ve given each of our grandchildren their choice, taken some to co-workers, passed them out to family and friends, and there are still a few left on the porch! Every once in a while, we’ll find one that has begun to “over-ripen”—has a spot […]Read more »