The Chickens are Gone

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Chickens Diaries
The Chickens are Gone

They did not march away in search of adventure. There was no blood, raccoon, or chicken screams involved. Nor were there any savory delights served with a sprig of rosemary. In the internet age one gets rid of chickens via the World Wide Web. Hubby simply posted “Seven Free Chickens” on Craigslist and by the […]

Dark Secret

Posted by on May 2, 2015 in Chickens Diaries
Dark Secret

Hi, my name is Carolyn and I have rats, I mean chickens. Actually, I mean both. My vision of chicken keeping goes like this, seven laying hens clucking and scratching the grass in the sunshine. Nest boxes with clean chips and fresh eggs by noon each day. In the evening, the sun slips over the […]

The Roundup

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Chickens Diaries
The Roundup

Have you ever seen a chicken run?  It’s quite a sight to behold.  Neck stretched long, body lumbering side to side, wings flapping madly, she races toward her object of desire. Spindly legs scurry as outstretched wings speed her along.  There’s an intensity to chickens that borders on frightful. In this case the object of desire is me, […]

Fences and Gates

Posted by on Jul 27, 2012 in Chickens Diaries
Fences and Gates

After erecting a fence down the middle of our large chicken run, we moved our flock of newcomers to a larger space – adults on one side, babies on the other. The grown hens had the area with their nesting boxes plus an outdoor spot, and the chicks had a protected place to spread their […]

Love and the Human Heart

Posted by on Apr 5, 2012 in Chickens Diaries
Love and the Human Heart

“Mommy, I’m bringing her with us.”  Cradled in my daughter’s hands was a brown chick swaddled in her blue bandana.  It rested securely against her chest as she clucked comforting words. “Okay” I agreed. We were returning some items to Costco and wouldn’t be there long. The chicken man had said the more we handle them the better. At this juncture I couldn’t help but ponder the simple question […]

Babies

Posted by on Apr 4, 2012 in Chickens Diaries
Babies

Morning came around and each of us in our own sleepy time padded to the kitchen to peek at the new arrivals. Expecting to see them cuddling together in a sleepy heap of feathers, I took my turn. Instead, all ten chicks were cheeping and scarfing food like riotous teenagers.The feeder bottle, that was completely full yesterday, was empty and they were […]

Taking the Plunge

Posted by on Apr 3, 2012 in Chickens Diaries
Taking the Plunge

Monday, I picked up the telephone and took the plunge, ordering chicks from our local farm supply store. Over the years I’ve owned several dogs, cats, gerbils, fish, parakeets and one ornery cockatiel, but never baby chickens. A couple years ago we purchased a few adult hens, but this is different, maybe because they’re babies […]