Nobody wants to come home and find a crime scene in their coop. Having recently suffered the loss of my entire flock of chickens, I devoted myself to researching ways to rebuild my coop more securely. I wanted to help other chicken keepers avoid the same heartache I experienced, so I complied this table of predators and […]
No eggs Now? Why? This autumn finds us desperate for fresh eggs. Our mature hens have slowed way down in egg production (due to fall and molting season) and our pullets haven’t started laying yet. That leaves us with one fresh egg every 2-3 days for seven chickens. I refuse to buy eggs from the […]
What’s the Big Idea? Last fall, I put the call out to all composters for ideas on how to build a better compost pile. My weakness was, and still is, all the heavy lifting involved with turning the pile. It was a real stumbling block until I got the bright idea to let the chickens […]
Man, are we having a streak of poor luck or what? But, in the spirit of keeping it real, I’m bringing the honest account of what happens when you try to live the sustainable life, for better or for worse. And today, we got a little bit of worse. Ernesta, one of the americauna hens, died. She had […]
I went out to get eggs tonight and found only two. Truthfully, it was a relief. Although I’ve enjoyed it immensely, I’ve been overflowing with eggs since June. I’m sitting on a water bucket’s worth of eggs in my fridge right now that we can’t possibly eat. Seriously, it is too much. That’s a […]
I have some pretty crushing news this morning. I wasn’t there, so I don’t know exactly what happened, but when I came home from an appointment yesterday afternoon, Mrs. Gold was dead on the lawn.
Q: What do chickens do when we’re not looking? A: Exactly the same thing they do when we are looking. And I have the footage to prove it. This is my first attempt at time lapse videos of the wonders of nature. Speaking of nature, I’d also like to thank Roxy for her “contribution” to […]
My composting system (except for the worms) has ground to an utter halt. I need to do a complete overhaul of my infrastructure. It has been in decline for some time because I was coming to terms with the fact that my existing bin was too small. There have been discussions and suggestions. Gracious readers […]