Archive for July, 2012

The 6 Silliest Arguments Against Backyard Chickens July 20, 2012 67 Comments

We’ve never heard any meaningful reasons against keeping a small flock of pet backyard chickens. Objections to urban and suburban chicken keeping usually spring from basic ignorance or a lack of education about chickens, and occasionally just a plain lack of common sense. Below are the basic objections you will hear… and as you will […]

The Story of Hot Shot July 17, 2012 34 Comments

Oh, me, did I ever bite the bullet. One of my lovely chickens, a Campine/Black Marans cross named Hot Shot, developed a foot infection, commonly called bumblefoot. Off we go to the vet and she had surgery to open up the infected foot and came home to live in the house and get her daily […]

Free ranging didn’t work for me… July 11, 2012 35 Comments

When I go out in the morning to bring treats to my girls and collect our little egg gifts for the day, I’m greeted at the run door by hens begging for me to let them out. How could I turn down those sweet little faces?

Silkies as Scarecrows? Will the Birds Fly the Coop? July 5, 2012 10 Comments

It gets hot where I live – very hot (summer temps easily reach 115 degrees)!  Since I live in the desert and have an open (3-sided) coop, the flock’s feeder is always visible to the local birds.  To my dismay, my chicken coop has been plagued with sneaky sparrows early on in my chicken raising venture.  We’ve […]

Cocoa Cream Custard July 2, 2012 1 Comment

If there’s anything I have a passion for, it’s baking.  When I find a recipe, or create a recipe, I find myself manipulating it repeatedly to see how many new creations can come from one base recipe.  Here I want to share with you my family’s favorite dessert, which calls for 4 eggs (I always […]