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Kind Choices

Our little people are good little humans who struggle everyday to decide and figure out what is right or wrong, and at this age it’s just about being kind.

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They're Just Chickens

We were out of town the week after Christmas when the temperatures dropped to double digits below zero.  I was anxious to see how the animals were doing when we got home. When I stepped into the coop to examine the flock's combs and waddles I noticed that Rocky's comb was swollen and a sickly pale yellow with frostbite.  Rocky is our Rhode Island Red from the original flock.  She survived the coyote attack with Henrietta, likely because she's a bit of an outsider.  At our old house she would always be straggling behind the rest or off by herself.  Her frostbite was easy to spot because she sat off by herself, separated from the others as they squashed together for warmth on the...

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The World Should Shimmer

I love the winter.  Last night I announced to Joel that I was headed out to the barns to bring dinner scraps to the chickens.  I was giddy for the walk in the snow and the night quiet.  The moon was shining off the top of the barn, serving as a lighthouse to my destination. It was a quiet night and I stopped in the middle of the field to look at the stars.  The puff from my breath obscured my view so I continued on, just the crunching of my boots on the snow as satisfying as tinfoil between teeth. When I heard the radio host this morning say it's going to be a warm day and "another great...

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Coyote Kill Regroup

After the coyotes took four of our six hens we decided to replenish the flock with new blood, including a rooster.  We hoped the rooster would help with the feather pecking habit of the remaining two, as well as keep the kittens at bay.  I also didn’t mind if I heard him announce the morning.  So we are in the midst of integrating the two flocks, tiny as they are.  We’ve got them both in the chicken run Joel made after the coyote invasion, separated by some wire for now.  That way we figured they could see each other and interact without being able to have the show down for alpha just yet. At the same time as all of...

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