When Roosters Attack
When Roosters Attack

Photo by Audrey Pavia Mr. Mabel likes to pick fights with me. My bantam Cochin mix rooster, Mr. Mabel, is well known among my friends for his attacks on people who do not belong in my yard — at least in his opinion. Once in a rare while, he also cops an attitude with me. […]

A Tough Decision
A Tough Decision

Photo by Audrey Pavia Red will be going to a new home soon. Last night was a hard night. I finally made a decision I had been struggling with for months: It was time to give up my quarter horse, Red. Red came to us about four years ago, when his owners, Kim and Mike, […]

Roast Chickens
Roast Chickens

Photo by Audrey Pavia My chickens were so hot this last weekend, they dug areas in the mulch, which stays cool and moist. While the East Coast was being battered by Hurricane Irene last weekend, the West Coast was sweltering in a heat wave. No one knows this better than my poor chickens. Because my […]

Forbidden Love
Forbidden Love

Photo by Audrey Pavia Mr. Molly and Bobbi Jo sneak off for some alone time. There’s one thing I like more than the eggs I get from my chickens — watching the daily drama of their lives. My flock puts Telemundo’s novelas to shame. The most interesting plot line among my birds concerns one of […]

Eat, Pray, Ride
Eat, Pray, Ride

Photo by Audrey Pavia Me and Cowboy in the hills of Three Rivers, Calif. Being an urban farmer is really great, but every once in a while, I have the urge to get out to the country where the serious farmers live. I get this craving for the open road and the need to see […]

Attack of the Figeater
Attack of the Figeater

Photo courtesy of Jengod/Wikipedia The June bug that went after me last weekend looks just like this one. This spring, my sister, Cyndi, came to visit me from the island where she lives in the South Pacific. While I was at work one day, she planted a garden of tomatoes. Now, four months later, I […]

Rooting for Rootie
Rooting for Rootie

Photo courtesy of Heavenly Horse Haven Rootie now weighs more than 1,000 pounds. The first time I saw Rootie since he was a piglet, he already weighed more than 1,000 pounds. A permanent resident at Heavenly Horse Haven (http://site.heavenlyhorsehaven.org/index.html), a farm-animal rescue in Anza, Calif., Rootie was the kind of pig bred for the table. […]

Morning Zeal
Morning Zeal

Photo by Audrey Pavia Morning time with my flock is always entertaining. I’m not sure if it’s the fact that my chickens wake up a lot earlier than I do, or if it’s just that they are eager to start the day, but mornings with my flock are always quite entertaining. The scene is always […]

A Close Call
A Close Call

Rio takes a step in the wrong direction.