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Chickens Stories from Our Nest

The Tail-less Easter Egger

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So something really weird happened to this cutie pie, Cuddles, one of our Easter Eggers.  This past spring she turned one and went through her very first fall molt. She’ll be two in June. She lost all of her feathers and looked really mangy but finally come this January her molt was complete. She looks absolutely gorgeous, fluffy and silky. But the strange thing is that her tail never grew back in.  We now have a tail-less Easter Egger in the coop.

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Chickens Coop Tours

Chicken Cathedral Coop Tour

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I was recently near San Diego, California for filming. They chose to film on this amazing piece of property that featured a chicken cathedral style chicken coop.  I had a chance to chat with Jean, the visionary and creator of the the coop. Not one detail was overlooked and it is a true work of art. Take a peek at this marvelous chicken cathedral coop tour. I think you will agree that Jean is one amazing woman!

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Chickens Coop Care Health Issues

10 Tips on Controlling Humidity in the Coop

controlling humidity prevents frostbite on combs and wattles
Olive’s comb looks pink and healthy despite temperatures that dipped into the single digits last night.

During the winter, it is very important to the flock’s health that the chicken coop remains dry. Humidity in the coop is one of the number one reasons that chickens become ill during the winter. Humidity can quickly become an issue in quite a few ways.  Therefore, controlling humidity in the coop should be a winter goal for all chicken owners.

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Chickens Health Issues

Non-Surgical Bumblefoot Treatment

I had a feeling something wasn’t quite right with Lucy.

When I picked her up she had lost a good amount of weight. I first attributed it to her hard molt. She had a very bad molt this past month, even worse than the others. I could see that she had lost some weight too, even though weight loss and a decreased appetite is normal during molting.

However my intuition told me to scoop her up and take a good peek at her. Plus she needed her toenails trimmed. As I held her and began to trim her toenails, I noticed that a bit of the webbing on top of her foot between her toes was a bit pink and swollen. I flipped her foot over and discovered that she had bumblefoot. In fact, it was worse, both feet were affected.

This little henny girl is Molly. She is an Australorp that we purchased after our beloved Tilly passed away. She has those same big beautiful brown soulful eyes that Tilly did and just like Tilly- she "mutters" to herself during the day. She is curious, silly, delightful, and even carries herself like our Tilly. She has fixed a hole in my family's heart since she came into our lives. I'm so grateful that she found her way into our flock. I think Tilly is too. I like to think that she had something to do with it from heaven above.
Chickens Stories from Our Nest

What’s Your Chicken Story?™

This little henny girl is Molly. She is an Australorp that we purchased after our beloved Tilly passed away. She has those same big beautiful brown soulful eyes that Tilly did and just like Tilly- she “mutters” to herself during the day. She is curious, silly, delightful, and even carries herself like our Tilly. She has fixed a hole in my family’s heart since she came into our lives. I’m so grateful that she found her way into our flock. I think Tilly is too. I like to think that she had something to do with it from heaven above.