Category / Health Issues

December 13, 2015
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…

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August 17, 2015
If you think about it, chickens lay hundreds of eggs during their lifetime. Many times their eggs arrive just on schedule just as predicted; gorgeous warm orbs of goodness. Hens are amazing! Although rare, sometimes reproductive system and egg laying issues arise that leaves chicken keepers scratching their heads. We’ve all had weird eggs. The…

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March 2, 2015
As many of you have been following, Dolly has not quite been herself. As an older girl who was perpetually broody in her glory days, she has slowed down to a quiet, non-broody, little hen who naps most of her days in little patches of found sunshine. Her little Silkie Bantam body is old but…

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February 18, 2015
The last few days have been tough. Between Sunday and yesterday, the Cape was blanketed with another eighteen inches of snow. For the last few weeks it seems as though all we are doing is digging out from these one after another storms. The drifts are waist deep and even trying to refill the wild…

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February 14, 2015
Free-ranging chickens are at risk. As avian influenza begins to emerge in even more backyard flocks of chickens, I thought that it was time to chat a little about how and why this is happening here in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.Read moreAvian Flu in Backyard Chickens

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February 8, 2015
This post is not for the squeamish, but important to share nonetheless. Ginny is our Golden Laced Wyandotte. A few weeks ago, it became apparent to me that she could no longer live with the other girls as she picked up the bad habit of feather picking. It all started when her and her sisters…

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June 13, 2014
Everything had been running so smoothly. The baby chicks were settling into their brooder and seemed to be growing right before our eyes. Their wing feathers began to grow in and our little ones had gotten the hang of scratching in the shavings and preening. Lots and lots of time spent preening. Sometimes, they were…

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May 23, 2014
Sleeping standing up When we first purchased the chicks I knew they would not live forever. As their average life expectancy is five to seven years, I knew that meant that some hens might die sooner and others later. This was merely an average. Unfortunately lately, Tilly has been showing her age and my mind…

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Sharing an inspired life from the New England seaside. Chickens, Bees, Gardens, Art and Yummy Goodness.