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September 22, 2017
Chickens love to be outside. They get a thrill from free-ranging in the yard and garden. They love to explore, scratch in the grass and hide under large plantings for afternoon naps.  However, sometimes it is not feasible for the chicken to be allowed to roam freely where they want to go. The reasons are…

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July 17, 2017
This past spring, one of my newest sponsors, Omlet, sent me one of their chicken fencing kits. Having moved to a new place with more predators and more areas for the girls to get into trouble, they quickly realized that they had a solution to one of my very essential problems. Despite supervising their free-ranging,…

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August 17, 2011
Yesterday, the girls were tormented by a juvenile Red Tailed Hawk for a few hours.  Either myself or one of the contractors would chase it away, only to find it returned and perched upon the coop.  Finally, I had remembered something that I had seen and learned about from Terry Golson during her Chicken Workshop.  She had…

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July 12, 2011
My neighbor called me today and told me of an animal he saw in his backyard yesterday around 3pm in the afternoon.  At first glance, he thought that it was a ferret, as it moves very similarly.  However, it was the size of a raccoon.  My worst fears were confirmed.  I had seen them in…

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June 24, 2011
Terrible news has come from across town.  Three chicken coops have been invaded by a weasel and the flocks had been wiped out.  I got news yesterday from Viola that her flock was attacked in the night.  She had a mixed flock of about 20 girls.  Only 3 escaped harm.  When she arrived at her…

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May 26, 2011
  Cooper’s Hawks, like this one, used to be called “chicken hawks” in the days of the early settlers. Are you nervous to let your flock free range for a number of reasons?  I too find that I need to supervise the girls whenever they are out.  Here on Cape Cod, we have many predators including fisher…

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February 2, 2011
Don’t worry Mom, it was only a dream! Last night both kids were up at various intervals of the evening.  One was up with a dry hacking cough, the other kept wanting tissues to blow their nose.  It was also a night when I had a very strange, weird and disturbing dream that I actually…

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January 20, 2011
Last night when I arrived home, it was around 5:30pm.  The flock was in for the night.  Quickly, I refilled the water bowl for inside the coop, slid it in and tried to shut the door.  Oyster Cracker came off the roost to see what I was doing.  Unfortunately, the chickens can’t see well in…

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December 11, 2010
I knew that it would happen eventually.  I’m not actually saying that this happened for the first time yesterday.  I just happened to see it.  Both kids were home sick with that horrible cough that sounds like a barking seal.  The little one also had pink eye.  Needless to say, instead of braving the crowds…

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