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Chickens Crafts Family Fun Video

Create Colorful Paper Chicken Friends

This past week I presented at the Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs, PA.  Each year, one of my favorite things to do is meet up with the kids attending the fair. I love to get kids excited about art and put on a workshop just for them.  This past year we did bookmarks and this year I decided to inspire the kids’ creativity with paper chicken friends. 

Giveaways Video

Coop Warming Party Giveaway

Over the weekend, my lucky chickens got a package in the mail from our friends over at Chubby Mealworms. Chubby Mealworms decided to throw the girls a coop warming party!  I could not believe how many wonderful things were inside this box. I was especially excited for my flock to try three new product that they had never had before. I could not wait to see their reactions.

Chickens Health Issues Video

How to Examine a Chicken

Last month, I noticed that Oyster Cracker was not herself.   She seemed to be under the weather and not herself. She was almost 6 years old and has had bad days since Sunshine passed almost 6 months ago. The first clue that something was wrong was that she did not roost with the others in her usual spot. She tried to sleep in the nesting box.  The next night she ended up on the lower roost where no one sleeps.  She was just off. By the next morning, I decided that I needed to do some detective work. So, I set out to figure out just what was wrong. As a chicken keeper, there are lots of things that you can do to help determine what might be wrong with your chicken.  I also realized that writing a post on how to examine a chicken might be useful for others.

Chickens Video

A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens- Tour Stop #7

Good morning! It’s chilly again here in the twenties but at least the gobs of snow are starting to melt. Today I am excited to be Ann White’s guest on The Chicken Show. Watch me be interviewed from inside the coop! We are also hopping on over to Sarah Hudock’s amazing blog on her website Chicken Art. Today Sarah is going to be reviewing a copy of my book and doing another book giveaway. Let me just say that she makes the most amazing chicken-themed tin signs. So go check her out and see what parts of the book she loved the best!

Chickens Stories from Our Nest Video

Yoga for Chickens aka: Dustbathing

Sometimes words can’t explain what goes on around here.

I have no idea why Oyster Cracker decided to climb on top of Tilly and start scratching.  I can tell you that Oyster Cracker and Sunshine are not taking dust baths during their molts.  I am not sure why, but I have heard that the new feathers can be sometimes painful if they are moved or touched the wrong way.  Maybe this has something to do with it.  Tilly finished her molt last week and was happy to enjoy her dust bath along with Autumn and Feathers a few feet away.  I love it when the chickens go into trance like states and I find their bodies in yogalike stances.

Chickens Coop Care Seasonal Care Stories from Our Nest Video

Chicken Toy


Last week, I put my usual order in at Treats for Chickens.  I decided it would be fun to purchase a chicken toy for the girls.  I figured that this might help beat the winter boredom that flocks sometimes can experience.   There is not much to do when a thick layer of snow covers the ground.  Bored birds can begin to become destructive.  This includes pecking and eating their eggs and pecking at each other, leading to feather loss and bleeding wounds.  The chickens were introduced to the chicken toy, filled with organic wheat seeds, for the first time today.  Although they’re still a little apprehensive, I think in no time this will be something that the girls will love.

Here they are today, in action:

Photo Credit:  Tilly’s Nest


Chickens Stories from Our Nest Video

Mother Hen

Here is a tender moment shared between Dolly and her chick, known as Egg number 3. She is so gentle and tender with her new baby.  I was very fortunate to capture this on film.

Last night, eggs number 4 and 5 hatched.  I am calling them the twins.  It was so amazing yesterday.  The pip holes were there at 7am.  We had to be away for most of the day and when we returned home around 2pm, it did not seem like much progress had been made. I checked on them about every hour.  Finally around dinnertime, I just resolved myself to the fact that I was going to miss their hatching.  It would probably happen sometime in the middle of the night like egg number 3.  However, I could not have been so wrong.
My son got home after a great day with friends.  As they were being dropped off, I invited my son’s friend and his Mom to see the eggs.  The timing was just right!  We watched.  If we had been a minute later, we would have missed it.  Sumultaneously, both eggs 4 and 5 opened on the fissure that the baby chicks had made around the wall of the egg.  Suddenly, in one burst of mustered up strength, they pushed their way out of the shells.  Spent and exhausted, they lay there vulnerable and stretched out quietly.  You could see their chests rising and falling with each deep breath.  I can only imagine how difficult their first task in life can be.


Here we are!  Egg number 3 is so happy to have some company!
Overnight, egg number 6 hatched. Now we have 3 eggs remaining and 4 new little lives at Tilly’s Nest.  I am hoping for some pip holes from the remaining eggs today.  I am not sure how long Dolly is going to remain on the nest.  At this point, she seem much more interested in her babies.  This morning she was in her usual zen-like trance.  Maybe, like most new Moms, she didn’t get much sleep.  I do know one thing.  She did not poop in the run like she usually does when I let her out.  She just had a one track mind on getting back to her babies.  I hope she doesnt’ poop in the nest because we know what happened last time!


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