Ā Iād spent close to two years researching chickens before ordering my first chicks in 2010. At that time, shortening the distance food traveled to my kitchen was a personal mission. With chickens, I could reduce the distance eggs travel to just 30 feet! My chicken obsession started that honestly, but ultimately, it was just […]
The bitter cold here in the East has wreaked havoc on the garden this week. Iām not so much worried the many perennial plants, trees and shrubs we have on the property that are fully hardy down to USDA zone 5 and below.
A reader’s young laying hens are losing their feathers and laying less eggs. She’s worried about her hens but she needn’t be. They’re probably going through their first molt.
Photo by Audrey Pavia My little, hurt hen (Lola) wasn’t too mangled when re-introduced to the flock after recuperating. One morning, about a month ago, Lola, one of my young hens, came out of the coop hopping on one leg. She was easy to catch, and I put her in a crate and took her […]
Photo by Audrey Pavia My three baby chicks when they were still little, peeking out from momma’s breast. I was outside this morning doing chores when I looked over at the lawn where my flock of chickens was gathered. For a second, I couldnāt tell the hens from the pullets. Thatās when I realized that […]
Photo by Audrey Pavia This hen has been exhibiting a very weird behavior. Iāve had my flock of bantams for several years now, and I spend a lot of time watching them. So at this point, itās hard for them to come up with a behavior I havenāt seen before. Yet, that is what happened […]
Photo by Audrey Pavia My three “missing” chickens are safe and sound. Thereās a line in an old Joni Mitchell song: āYou donāt know what youāve got ātil itās gone.ā This morning, I came to truly understand the meaning of those words. As per my usual routine, I stumbled out of bed and staggered outside […]