Tag Archives: Chickens

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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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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One for the Birds

I love Thanksgiving. Beyond the talk of pilgrims and turkey and football, I just love the good, old-fashioned sense of indulgence. It is the supreme feast of the year. The focus is not on a tree or a bunny or … 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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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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