Archive for June, 2013

6 Ways Roosters Rock June 28, 2013 34 Comments

Roosters rock! How do I love roosters? Let me count the ways. Um … Six. Yes, there are six ways. Possibly more, but at least six reasons that roosters rock. I get that roosters aren’t for everyone. Roosters aren’t usually permitted in towns, and it makes a certain amount of sense. You don’t need roosters […]

Farewell, Ashlee June 27, 2013 42 Comments

Ashlee, we woke up this morning to find you had left us. Always the first to come running when you saw us in the yard, always forgiving as our kids endlessly carried you around the yard like you were a doll, beautiful with your white and gray and buff–you will be missed. You gave us […]

Down on the Farm – Two kinds of pretty chicks June 21, 2013 10 Comments

Some of you may remember that my farm was going to be the site of a “Down on the Farm” photo shoot by the Hot Tomato Pinup Academy. ┬áToday I thought I’d share some of those photos with you, and give you a behind the scenes look. Getting the chickens to “pose” with the girls […]

The scoop on chicken poop June 14, 2013 31 Comments

One of the weird things about owning chickens is that you have to pay a lot of attention to chicken poop. It’s strange, but it’s an important indicator of health or illness, just as it is in humans. Healthy chicken poop is generally greenish or brownish, depending on diet, and (when fresh), about the consistency […]

Microflock: Top 7 Pet Chicken Breed Choices June 7, 2013 43 Comments

If you have a microflock—meaning an exceptionally small flock of three to five hens—you have to be selective with your breed choices if you want to be able to gather enough eggs to supply your family. Some towns tightly restricts on the number of hens you can keep to just three or five, so you […]