November 10, 2016

 Summer produce is tumbling out of the garden. Zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, okra, corn…and so much more. The chickens are munching on greens and rustling up insects. The boys are crowing and the girls are laying. With all of those eggs, it’s time to get cracki...

October 11, 2016

    I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,

And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;

And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,

And a grey mist on the sea’s face [or beak], and a grey dawn breaking.

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September 8, 2016

  

 The egg and chicken story – which came first? For many people contemplating a hankering for raising a flock of chickens, it is often the idea of the egg that peeks their curiosity. Images of wire baskets brimming with fresh and tasty, free-range, pastured eggs...

August 3, 2016

 

Treading isn’t fun. Especially if you’re the hen…the treadee. What is treading? When

roosters mount females to show how much they love them, the crowing cowboy has

a hard time staying on. Hen feathers are slippery. The rooster grabs the back of the

hen’s head feathers an...

July 21, 2016

All animals bathe. Some enjoy a good splash in a pool of water; others frolic in a mud

hole. Most of us position a sparkling birdbath in the flowerbed for the songbirds to

drink and preen. Birds love to soak in the cool water and bath even in the winter.

Their fluffing an...