Category Archives: Chickens

The Little Red Hen – Coyote Approved Version

I used to love the this story as a child but it always seemed to be missing a little something. In honor of coyote energy I have updated this tale for my own satisfaction. Once upon a time, a little … Continue reading

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Wings to Fly

Each of my chickens has a unique personality. Amelia is unreasonable tyrant. Emily is the disconnected elder statesman. Alice is the long suffering Zen Buddhist. Edna, her sister, suffered from middle child syndrome. For a long time, she was just … Continue reading

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The Inner Superhero

My youngest son is secretly a superhero. I used to think of him as being a ornery, teen version of Clark Kent with a video game obsession. He has worked hard to convince us that his only interests in life … Continue reading

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Alice Meek and Mild

I have had chickens in my life for many years. Consequently, I have become the person that people call when they are having trouble with their own backyard hens. I get calls about thin shells, torn combs, molting hens … … Continue reading

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Saving Amelia

Amelia was groggy. She sat under the grape arbor like a chicken-shaped brick. If she was a cat, I wouldn’t worry. Cats will sit with their legs folded under them for hours and brag about it later. Amelia, like most … Continue reading

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Spicy Bits

The snow outside inspired me to cook with peppers. I just finished a zesty dinner of huevos rancheros which consisted of 2 tortillas covered with spinach, fried eggs straight from the chicken, garlic stuffed olives and a small mountain of … Continue reading

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Babies for Emily

Chickens are very social creatures. Before the raccoon massacre, 2 weeks ago, Emily was never alone. She scratched for ants with the other chickens. She drank from leaky soaker hoses with the other chickens. She fought over the best nesting … Continue reading

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Chicken Graveyard

Wednesday morning was brutal. The night before, my husband and I finished unpacking the camping gear from our week long camping trip and crawled up to bed. We usually make a good team with the chickens. In the last 5 … Continue reading

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Jack and the Ladies

When I first got my chickens, our neighbor, Jack, fancied himself to be quite the Romeo. He would sit on the electrical wire that hangs over our backyard and eye them provocatively. When my girls were 2 lb. pullets, they … Continue reading

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Teenagers and the Backyard Chicken

Backyard chicken coops are all the rage now. There is even a name for women who raise urban chickens: femivore. This term doesn’t fit my lifestyle. I am not a suburban housewife with a high income hippie agenda. I work … Continue reading

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