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October 17, 2018
Hello friends.  I wanted to take a moment to share the past few months with you. Life has thrown us an unexpected curve.  We lost my Dad of 28 years unexpectedly this summer after dealing with some things since spring. It threw us all into a tail spin and all of us went into survival…

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June 27, 2016
She’s been this way for a few weeks now. At first, I thought she was just enjoying lingering in the nesting boxes perched upon the bounty of beautiful colorful orbs each day. Yet soon enough it was clear. She had morphed into a dinosaur-like shrieking pancake that simply did not want me lifting her off…

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June 19, 2012
Silkies are funny little chickens. Last week, all four Silkies, Dolly, Autumn, Feathers and Fifi were broody.  It doesn’t take much to convince a Silkie that they should be broody.  Clearly this was the trendy thing to do this week.  There they were piled on top of one another inside the nesting boxes.  Toward the…

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July 1, 2011
  We had a very busy week here at Tilly’s Nest.  Most of my days were spent down in the schoolyard organic garden getting our volunteers trained.  This week we harvested beets, mixed greens and Swiss chard!  We also built a compost bin with left over lumber and hardware cloth.  It was great fun. Back…

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April 15, 2011
Last night, Dolly slept with the large flock out in the coop.  She has decided to return home with her older flock now that her chicks are 4 weeks old.  It took her a few days to make her decision.  Dolly and I worked together to help her transition easier.  Over the past few days, she…

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February 23, 2011
Left undisturbed, with no other members of her chicken family, Dolly has gotten down to business!  She is vigilantly sitting on all of the eggs.  After yesterday’s concerns about eggs 1,5, and 6, I added two freshly laid Silkie eggs to her clutch.  Her total now comes to 9.  This should be sufficient to see some little chicks…

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February 22, 2011
I have been quickly catching up, reading as much as I can about broody hens and hatching eggs.  My learning curve has been on an upward trajectory!  Most resources suggest separating the broody hen from the rest of the flock.  Some jealous hens can become saboteurs or even have nesting envy, only to kick the broody…

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February 21, 2011
Dolly has been sitting on eggs for 3days.  She seems to be a great broody hen!  As of this morning, she has a total of 5.  Today will be my last opportunity to place anymore eggs underneath her.  You see, the mother hen will sit on the nest for 2-3 days after her first chick…

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February 13, 2011
Dolly fluffed out in her box I did everything I could. I cleaned out the coop. I continue to empty the eggs from the nesting boxes three times a day. I bring out all sorts of delicious treats as distractions. I visit the flock multiple times daily. But I spoke to soon.  Dolly is once again…

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February 11, 2011
I think that there is the distinct possibility that Dolly just might be going broody again.  Last night about half an hour before I locked them in for the night, Dolly was sitting in the nesting box.  Once again, I could pet her.  I reached underneath and found a warm egg snuggled into her chest…

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