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Teacher’s Page – FAQ

...a nesting box. Classrooms that do a hatching program usually give the chicks away before they feather out and become adults. The HenCam is a way to introduce mature chickens to the students. Fun craft projects and other things Make a chicken mask. Glue on feathers. Make a yellow chicken crown. Glue on cutouts of eggs, chicks. Add feathers. Do the chicken dance. Here is the dance on The Lawrence Welk Show http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UV3kRV46Zs Make a chicken “purse” from a plate. http://www.freepreschoolcrafts.com/easter-chick-purse-from-paper-plate/ Use a plastic cup to make a chicken clucker. http://www.sciencebob.com/experiments/chicken_cup.php I welcome your ideas! Please email me at terry@terrygolson*]}*.com...

Treating Respiratory Diseases in Chickens – FAQ – Health and Behavior

...want to medicate. If only one hen is showing symptoms, isolate her and treat. If any of the other hens look even a tad off, I’d put antibiotics in their water, too. Avian antibiotics are available at feed stores and on-line.Tetracycline is a broad-spectrum antibiotics and usually knocks out any bug that your flock has. It can be bought on-line or in your local feed store. It’s good to have some on hand. Follow the dosage directions carefully. The drugs are packaged for huge flocks, so to get the dose right for a few hens, I use a digital kitchen...

The Spa Treatment – FAQ – Health and Behavior

...to contract to move things along, and perhaps they’ve weakened. Sometimes an egg forms incorrectly, and the resulting mass is hard to expel. The Spa Treatment will move things along. What I call The Spa Treatment is simply a nice long soak in an epsom salt bath, a dose of olive oil, and TLC. Epsom salt is a combination of magnesium and sulfate. You can find it in the pharmacy, as it’s used by people as a laxative and as a foot soak. For such a simple and inexpensive product, it has many curative functions. The magnesium improves circulatory health,...

The Chicken Medicine Cabinet – FAQ – Health and Behavior

...irritated skin. (Follow the package directions.) Epsom salt, when ingested, can neutralize toxins, help get the intestinal tract moving, reduce runny poo and treat vent gleet. Olive oil is also one of those cure-alls. When a hen looks poorly and isn’t producing manure, I want to get things moving. A dose of a tablespoon, poured down the throat, can sometimes loosen blockages and help. Lastly, there are times when the only thing that will save your flock are antibiotics. These can be purchased online, at feed stores and from your veterinarian. There are many on the market, and you’ll read...

The Molt – FAQ – Health and Behavior

...a product of a complex animal, linked to the cycles of the natural world. Molting chickens act differently; they often become subdued and less active. Molting is probably uncomfortable and tiring for them. Again, there’s no need to worry – they’ll perk up when the molt ends. Feathers are almost pure protein, so it’s good to add extra nutrients to the diet during the molt. In days past, farmers added bone and bits of meat. These were ground on site, and you can find antique tools for this task on eBay and at flea markets. Meat attracts vermin and predators,...

My Chicken Looks Sick! Now What? – FAQ – Health and Behavior

...notice any of these signs, pick up your chicken and examine her. Look for a wound, listen for the sounds of a respiratory ailment, check her vent (blood, prolapse?) and her abdomen (distended and hard, or like a water balloon?) Feel her weight. Sick chickens quickly become emaciated and their keel bones stick out. Isolate her (I use a dog crate) so that you can keep an eye on the poo, the food and water consumption, and whether she is laying (and what the egg looks like.) You’ll need all of these clues to hunt for a diagnosis and course...

Leftover Pie Crust Cookies – Recipes

Pie crusts become tough when overworked. After a quick forming into a ball and rolling out, I cut a circle, which leaves scraps of dough. Good, expensive, butter-dough. I could save them and make one more crust, but, rolling it again will ruin that perfect pie crust texture. What to do? I make pie crust cookies. I form the scraps into a ball and roll it out, this time in something like a rectangle. Then, I dust with sugar and cinnamon. Then I put a single-layer of something, pecans, or chocolate chips, or chopped apples – whatever I have leftover...

Setting Up Your Own Camera – FAQ

I often get queries asking for advice on how to set up a system like The HenCam, after all, doesn’t everyone want to be able to keep an eye on their chickens when away, and share the fun of their animals with others? However our system is not easy to replicate – it’s technically challenging (I know because my IT Guy/husband is frequently working on it), nor is it inexpensive to run. But we love having the HenCam, and really like sharing it with all of you out there. I honestly have no clue how it all works, and I...

Clueless Dog Owners – HenBlog – Sunday, July 11, 2010

...summer, and there went my dessert. I was holding a tub of water and I tossed it on him. It had no effect. He peed again. At last she got the leashes on the dogs (while I’m saying, “my raspberries, get the dogs out of my backyard!”) Instead of hurrying, or apologizing, the woman starts to chat. AGHH! And she’s STILL in my backyard. I start walking away from her, down the driveway. It works, she follows. She says, “These aren’t my dogs, but they’re usually so well-behaved. They go to work with the owner.” I say, “That’s a totally...

Gail Damerow Visits The HenCam (and a giveaway!) – HenBlog – Thursday, March 15, 2012

...hurting her. It's sad. Even my daughter, who is attached to all 7 of our girls, is ready to get rid of her. David & Wendy Scott Why does Anne the Rooster prefer to be "overly friendly" with only one of our girls Ruby but not Sadie and Meg? Ruby is a RIR, at the top of the pecking order and hasn't laid an egg in a year. While Sadie and Meg, Americanas, are regular layers and get very little of Anne's amorous attention. All hatched together in March, 2009. Terry Golson Ah, the mysteries of love! :) Why do...

Chickens and Dogs – HenBlog – Wednesday, May 28, 2014

...palm), all I had to do was ask for that touch a couple of times as we walked into the barn. So, instead of conflict and pulling on a scared horse, I had a calm, secure, happy guy. So simple and effective! Terry Golson Bottom sniffing is a reward unto itself :) Terry Golson Blue Heelers are brilliant dogs (and, I think, gorgeous!) Cheryl I have a Australian Shepherd (mini). His word is 'be nice' whether it's for animals or people. I would take him to my sister's who had chickens, turkeys and alpacas. He liked to take the tom...

Happy Birthday, Scooter! – HenBlog – Wednesday, January 8, 2014

...as long as they stayed off him. He is 10 now and still growls and snaps when they get jumpy around or on him. However, once he realized he lived here and that not all people hit, he became a people lover and a cuddle bug (50 lb. husky/collie mix that likes to think he's a lap dog!). Jake's such a sweety, just not a dog lover! :) Terry Golson Oh, yes, agreed! When I do my school visits I always sneak in a "be a tree" and "be calm and slow" and "ask permission" bit about dogs and all...

A Sea Change – HenBlog – Tuesday, February 17, 2015

...have this planet, this garden, to cherish and tend. Kindness and love are the tools we need to shape our hands and minds. Thanks for this wonderful post, Terry. Fern Please note that: 'issues with the AKC and breeders who focus on looks to such extremes that dogs suffer from genetic predispositions to diseases and have physical issues as basic as being unable to breathe freely', these animals don't do well on the show circuit, and that AKC, like God, gives every breeder free will. AKC, and my registry CFA, does NOT condone this behavior from breeders. Ask your friend...

Love, Chickens and the Ikea Effect – HenBlog – Thursday, February 14, 2013

...land for this year's garden as we did last year, partly because I learned that my Grandmother has a victory garden in Chicago that fed her family through the war. Many of us are in a different kind of war these days. A war of isolation where we don't know our neighbors, or care too, a lack of fresh air and an intimate relationship with nature. Where emails and texting replaces letters and a visit over the fence. I so appreciate the opportunity to share a bit of my life, not just of the chickens, with all of you and...

Tillie Takes New York – HenBlog – Thursday, April 1, 2010

...I was taping your show and he came in about 20 minutes into it and CHANGED THE CHANNEL!!! I didn't notice, until it was over and I pulled the tape out and saw what channel the tv was on. I may still kill the old fart. LOL- seriously, I was so looking forward to seeing you. My sis says Martha doesn't do reruns, so guess I AM SOL. Terry Golson Your husband is in luck. Someone taped it, and it's up on youtube, divided into 4 segments. Mine is the last. http://www.facebook.com/l/d0b1f;www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmmUkXH4irI http://www.facebook.com/l/d0b1f;www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEkS-N0tYAA http://www.facebook.com/l/d0b1f;www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMmF03ucw_k http://www.facebook.com/l/d0b1f;www.youtube.com/watch?v=aauKznUux4A Dianne Oh! Thank you, thank...

Chickens and Dogs – The Vintage Hen – Tuesday, June 11, 2013

...her for being still and calm around the hens. I never was, however, able to get her to not eat the poop. Lily spent the first half-year of her life running wild on a southern farm, where I think that much of her diet consisted of hunting rabbits and such. She is mostly rat terrier and is reactive to movement. I’ve trained her not to charge and bark at the chickens. But, if there’s a sudden movement, a switch in her brain flips and she takes off after it. A squawking, running hen is sensory overload for Lily. With hours...

1916 Eggs – HenBlog – Thursday, January 6, 2011

...family farm, using the same well-ventilated, small coops that their grandparents built. Yes, the hens are indoors, and it's not organice, but not crowded. Good people to support. I'd buy their eggs over Trader Joe's organic any day. Terry Golson Ken, as you know, but not the average consumer, "natural" on meat simply means no additives - added to the product after slaughter. Oh, wait, they're allowed to plump with water.... It has nothing to do with how the animals are raised. Terry Golson Hylla, that's a good start. And, a google earth map will show what a scam it...

Lily is 13 – HenBlog – Friday, April 1, 2016

...description wasn’t accurate either. In fact, Lily missed the crucial socializing window. Despite much work by both of us, Lily has never learned how to read other dogs’ body language, and so becomes fearful and thus can be suddenly aggressive. Lily is also reactive to movement, and I’m pretty sure that in her early days she hunted in order to feed herself. This made it difficult to integrate her into my family, which at the time had two young boys who, like all children, ran and made sudden noises. To keep everyone safe, and simply to make life easier, Lily...

Scooter’s Birthday – HenBlog – Friday, January 8, 2016

Scooter turns nine today. He was not what I wanted. I’m not a toy dog person. I like my dogs mid-sized, active, smart, and focused. Working dogs. I was looking for a corgi mix. Maybe a terrier. A smallish dog that would keep Lily busy. Lily has always been a difficult dog to live with. She’s all of those things that I described above, but also an alarmist and very serious about staying alert. Her job is to keep the animals in the backyard safe. Unfortunately, the biggest threat to the chickens and goats are loose dogs in the neighborhood,...

Choosing Chicken Breeds Right For You – HenBlog – Wednesday, January 25, 2012

...to get some disagreement! In my experience the hens that are avid, active free-rangers are also the ones most likely to pick on subordinate hens. Rhode Island Reds, any of the leghorn/RIR hybrids, the Wyandottes and the Barred Rocks, all are greedy about food and not willing to share their space. They’re fine together, but woe to the meeker breeds mixed with them. More mild-mannered hens are the Orpingtons, the Barnevelders, Welsummers, and Cochins. If you want hens that are eager to interact with you, go for the Speckled Sussex and the Leghorns. Do you want good layers that are...

Smart Dogs – HenBlog – Sunday, February 27, 2011

...Haven, FL, Vidalia, GA and now back out in the country from Vidalia to my home place which is out from the small city Lyons, GA. My daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren live near me as well as a niece and her family and a nephew and his family. Between all of us, the farm area we share includes about 19 goats, 2 Great Pyrenees LGDs, 3 roosters,4 hens, 3 Pekin ducks, 11 cats, 9 other dogs (Bassets, Labs, etc), 3 rabbits, and 6 quail. I have one Black chicken (like Twinkydink) currently setting on about 21 eggs . ....

Lily is on Bed Rest – HenBlog – Monday, May 18, 2015

...not anymore. Little dogs who have this injury are able to rest and heal. Big dogs need surgery. Lily is fifty pounds, and so between the two. We’re hoping that rest will take care of things. Lily hates to be confined, and this will be an extended period of a few months of no stairs, no running, and of short walks on a leash. Lily is currently on medication which makes her drowsy, but she’s still miserable about the situation. She’s my shadow, and she’s not allowed to follow me.   To occupy her time, I bought her a “long...

Broody Coop – HenBlog – Friday, April 8, 2011

...blogger and chicken keeper, but she has power tools, and she knows how to use them! She loves building things from scrap wood, and I had a pile of lumber odds and ends and a discarded rabbit cage to work with. On an (amazingly) sunny day this week, Lauren, and her tools, and her fine dog Marky, came to my house to build the coop. I provided the coffee, the banana-currant bread, and an enthusiastic and encouraging audience. First, Lauren sketched her ideas. We considered an Egyptian-themed coop, but settled on a simpler model. Lauren plugged in her power tools...

A Good Farm Dog – HenBlog – Wednesday, August 20, 2014

...a llama? My llama is a great "watch" guy..he makes the most horrific sound if there is a stranger on the property...it sounds like a cross between a woman screaming in pain and a dog howling...LOL! April We have two dogs: Bailey a 7-8 year old Border Collie mix and Aster a 2 year old Alaskan Malamute. Once Aster was trained to stay away from our rabbit hutches and poultry run, she helps Bailey chase away wild rabbits, rats, and scare stray dogs. They are also excellent companions for watching tv, going for hikes, and even a recent trip to...

House Chickens – HenBlog – Friday, April 1, 2011

...a minimum of four square feet per hen. This was nowhere near adequate or appropriate. Nor was there bedding to scratch in, nor a nesting box, nor a dust bathing area. I was alerted to this by my friend, Trish Riker, in Michigan. Trish knows animals. She has sheep and chickens, and is a 4-H leader. Trish wrote a letter to Mary Janes Farm. I couldn’t say it better myself, and so, with permission, I am quoting her here: Dear Mary Jane’s Farm, I was initially excited to see that the April-May 2011 issue had an article on pet chickens....

Lily’s Birthday – HenBlog – Tuesday, April 1, 2014

...the better. In search of a way to channel her energy, I discovered agility, and we made it up to the masters level. Because of agility, I found clicker training and Karen Pryor. Because of that, how I interact with all beings, humans and animals alike, took a more thoughtful, more positive turn. A person is lucky to have one heart dog in a lifetime. When that one dies, there is heartbreak and you think that that dog can never be replaced. It’s true. Don’t even try. But, that doesn’t mean that you give up on animals in your life....

What Dogs Do – HenBlog – Wednesday, August 13, 2014

...funny ya gotta love it Judy marvelli Mine is on the couch, but first thing she does when I leave is cruise the kitchen counter to see if I left anything, shes a great dane and I have caught her doing this. If anything is left, its gone Robin Well, of course! You are where all the interaction is! :D Our dog is interested in two things when leaving occurs. 1) Does he get to go? and 2) Is everyone leaving? Please? He gets a 'goodbye' treat to keep him busy while we leave and if we're all going he...

Chicken T-Shirt Giveaway! – HenBlog – Monday, July 25, 2011

...Barred Plymouth Rock, Silver-Laced Wyandotte, mutt and Ameraucana). The Nuggets, about a month away from starting to lay, are Sylvia and Maisie (Dominique/Lavender Orpington cross and Dominique). One of the reasons I am getting a tall fence is because The Nuggets keep flying out of my thrift store dog run barrier. Bad chickens! I love my girls and spoil them rotten. Daniel Sampson There names are Faith, Hope, Strength, Susan, Henrietta, Mary, Martha, Ruth, Lucy, Rebecka, Amy, Rhoda and Rachel. Marianne Blackburn Hi Terry! My husband and I have 6 ladies total, 3 older egg-laying and 3 almost egg-laying. They...

Fun Holiday Shopping – HenBlog – Friday, November 19, 2010

...list for ideas, and then it's a surprise to see who got everyone's name and what they got them. It saves so much money and stress, and it makes the hustle and bustle of the mall a lot more fun because you don't have too much to buy. I've crocheted hats and ponchos for the kids, and we'll buy them a few fun things as well. As for gift cards, I happen to *love* them. At a time when we're foregoing much of our luxury spending, it's a fun and welcome break to be able to go to dinner or...

Automatic Chicken Coop Door – HenBlog – Tuesday, June 25, 2013

...and where did you buy it? Christine O. Ours is also battery operated and we got it from Wells Poultry in England. http://www.chicken-house.co.uk/acatalog/automatic-chicken-door-openers.html Jaye Some additional info tha tmay be helpful: Supplier in U.S. http://www.foyspigeonsupplies.com/rabbit-products/misc-products/2100-doorkeeper-outside-installation Manufacturer in Germany https://www.axt-electronic.org/eu_shop/en/shop/vsb/280/vsbb-elektronischer-pfoertner-mit-batterien?c=38 Customer review http://poultrykeeper.com/equipment-reviews/installing-vsb-door-keeper Lillian So I am a little confused. I have read so much about the health of the animals, chickens and rabbits, when they live together. We have 5 chickens, three pullets, two roos (they were all supposed to be girls) that are about three months old. Additionally, we have 5 chicks that are one month old (not sure...

Where to Buy Chickens – HenBlog – Monday, November 12, 2007

...after the roosters have been named and part of the family for a month or so. Chicks are fun, and a large hatchery order is, too, but there are other options for where to go to get a flock started. The place to go to buy a hen or two is a poultry show. Many gorgeous breeds will be on display. You can talk to a breeder to find out what’s right for you. There’s usually a sale area. Go early. Individual pullets sell quickly. Or, you can arrange with a breeder to buy a hen from his or her...

Scooter Keeps Up – HenBlog – Friday, March 5, 2010

...a big dog. Pookie has been a faithful and great companion and is soon to celebrate her 11th birthday. Randy How cute. When my aunt passed away I got her little poodle. I don't think he ever reached 10 lbs. He was 15 when we got him, and was already starting to show his age. He was 18 when he left us, and we were heart broken. He was carried everywhere, and enjoyed sleeping on car rides to my parents 1.5 hours away. He went totally blind and had to be carried outside for potty breaks and brought back inside....

Working Dogs – The Vintage Hen – Thursday, December 11, 2014

As I wrote about yesterday, when the weather turns, there are additional chores to do in the coops. But for some of us here, it appears as if winter brings fewer duties.   These days, my dogs’ main job is looking out of my office door. Well, Lily does. Scooter doesn’t bother to watch for UPS trucks, deer and coyote. Scooter leaves that to Lily. However, they both work at keeping me company while I write. Good job, dogs!...

Oh, Deer! – HenBlog – Tuesday, February 25, 2014

...behavior. They also stay put, and their population also explodes, and then they look for other, easy to eat animals, like domestic farm animals and pets. starlucy I used to think that humans were savages to kill nature's beautiful creatures, deer, grouse, moose. I finally grew out of the feeling. We also have a right to our own territory, too! Deer are beautiful, poetic, graceful, and in danger of our loving them to death. I think of them somewhat as pigeons, feed one and they all will come into the same space. We should be careful of turning them into...

Wormer Warning – HenBlog – Friday, May 16, 2014

...animal illness--and outright banning the use of antibiotics for growth (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/12/health/fda-to-phase-out-use-of-some-antibiotics-in-animals-raised-for-meat.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0). I didn't realize the rule hadn't been implemented yet. Apparently it'll be rolled out over the next 3 years, but obviously it hasn't yet affected the likes of Rooster Booster. Velvet Sparrow Very good article and I strongly agree, Terry! Any use of medication in our flocks should be done only when and where needed, carefully and judiciously applied. Terry Golson Loopholes galore in that rule. I don't expect to see any real changes. Sara A. I use ivermectin (brand name noromectin) as a dewormer. There is a 2...

What To Do With A Dead Chicken – HenBlog – Monday, June 2, 2014

On Saturday, a lovely, kind and enthusiastic group of new chicken keepers gathered around my porch table to learn about flock care. The one question that had them all leaning forward and listening closely? What do I do with a dead chicken? This topic comes up at every one of my workshops, and for good reason. In this modern world, death is rarely dealt with in a hands-on, immediate way. People, of course, are prepared for internment by funeral homes, and what goes on there we don’t see or think about. Our dear dogs and cats are taken to the...

Egg Holders – HenBlog – Tuesday, May 18, 2010

...and down the aisles always pay off. This year, what I saw made me think about egg holders and how eggs used to be handled and how precious they were. There were plenty of egg baskets at Brimfield. I already have a number, and didn’t purchase a one. There are large baskets for the commercial farms, and smaller ones for backyard chicken keepers. They are utilitarian and beautiful. Cardboard egg cartons are a comparatively recent invention. (If you can believe it, I don’t collect them, even though the graphics can be wonderful.) In fact, it wasn’t until the 1930’s that...

Horse Training Attitude – The Vintage Hen – Thursday, August 28, 2014

...post on looking at different training approaches is this http://spellboundhorses.com/2013/02/19/how-to-watch-a-training-session/ . And I like the rest of her blog too. As f or dressage-I've recently discovered Manolo Mendez, and I really love his approach. He really stresses the fitness and ability(mental and physical) of the horse to do what's asked. He's very kind. Terry Golson This is my favorite horse training blog. She doesn't do "clicker" but that doesn't matter, she has exactly the right attitude. http://annablakeblog.com rheather I'm loving Anna Blake's blog. I'm having a-ha moments all over the place and trying not to read too much at once....

Protecting the Hens From Predators – HenBlog – Tuesday, July 12, 2011

...must be the work of your new camera. Donna I too had to build a better mousetrap, so to speak! We have bobcats and they are very wily like the coyotes...the coyotes are opportunists and only take when they can and do not like to work for it...the bobcats are tough. My coops are completely bullet proof...they still come around...I see their droppings, their spray and footprints...But the free feed wagon is closed! Terry Golson From a distance, too! Terry Golson At least you don't have mountain lions. That's one animal I'm terrified of! Ken from MO. Great post Terry....

The Real Sign of Spring – HenBlog – Wednesday, March 10, 2010

...:) Terry Golson Celia- Love your altruistic hens! I'm often asked to donate items to charity auctions. I give a dozen eggs with a book, and you wouldn't believe how the bidding goes! Terry Golson Angela, if it's spring here, are you heading into cooler weather in Brazil? Terry Golson Randy, I think you need to bring egg sandwiches to work :) Michele Funny that these are the stories of the day because today I sold my first dozen eggs. Up until today we have been giving them away and a friend said we should sell them to help pay...

Three Dogs – HenBlog – Sunday, June 5, 2011

...To a flick of the ear. To a deep breath. Many animal “whisperers” claim to have secret connections to their animals. There’s nothing mystical about it. It’s quiet observation. It’s knowing the animal. It’s relating to them the way they want to be talked to. Take your emotional neediness out of the picture. Forget about “unconditional love” and reading human stories onto your animals. See them for who they are and you’ll find plenty of stories, which are more true and more fascinating than any that you invent. Pay attention. Take a step back. And the animals come to you....

Protecting Chickens From Predators – HenBlog – Friday, February 1, 2013

...to our three cats and us at that time. Ugh, those meds to get rid of them were horrible, and having to give it multiple times a day to the cats as well as Morgan. Terry Golson I always say that it's harder to scare off a goofy lab, happily killing hens, than a coyote. Terry Golson It looks like one, doesn't it? But when I zoom in, it's just a reddened dead branch. But, on a walk into the woods, at the base of a large white pine, are piles of pinecone bits, dropped when the red squirrels feed....

Animal Training – The Vintage Hen – Wednesday, July 9, 2014

...whether cruelly or not. I love horses and have ridden most of my life, (3 day eventing), but now prefer to just 'commune' with the horse, and be grateful that he agrees to carry me along on his ride. I love seeing pictures of you and Tonka just riding along, and to hear how much you try to make every encounter a win-win one. Terry Golson Tracy, I've also been turned off to much of competitive riding because of how aversive much of the training is. And, certainly there are instances in which animals are forced to do acts, and...

Care And Personality – HenBlog – Thursday, January 10, 2013

...and biting. Nimbus was very smart and she rightly believed that no one was as intelligent as herself. Certainly, no one communicated anything that made sense. It took me a month to convince her that I would listen to her, and finally she listened to me. Later on we took up agility. We made it to the masters level. Such stories are not uncommon with dogs. But, they are not often applied to other animals, and yet they should be. All animals communicate with us. We could have simply loved Candy for her adorableness and enjoyed looking at her. But...

Steamed Eggs – HenBlog – Wednesday, March 2, 2011

...be watching thrift stores and garage sales for those old egg cookers. Kit They do have modern egg steamers for those who can't make it to flea markets, http://www.eggsteamer.com/ and I found these on amazon*]}*.com http://www.amazon*]}*.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=egg+steamers&x=18&y=16 and some people suggested using rice cooker or steamers as well http://wize.com/rice-cookers-and-steamers/t10457-egg Terry Golson Click on the photo and it links to the blog I found this picture on. I wouldn't trust that cord, even if I could plug it in! Terry Golson Glad to have it confirmed! Terry Golson Thanks for these links. I have a rice cooker, but it doesn't have a...

Why I Clicker Train My Horse – HenBlog – Friday, December 20, 2013

...a bridge, or ford a stream, or walk by a scary boulder), that I’m listening to his concerns, and he’ll believe me when I say that it’s okay to go on. For now, the trails are too icy to ride, but we have a lot of things to work on, Tonka and I. I’m beginning to see how gentle and thoughtful my gelding is. I also see a glimmer of a sense of humor in how he responds to training. That’s another thing about clicker training – the full personality can come out when the lines of communication are open....

Lauren Scheuer Visits and a Book Giveaway – HenBlog – Wednesday, March 20, 2013

...forward to receiving a copy. I have been and continue to be more and more obsessed with everything feathery and farmy! I am so looking forward to increasing the size of our coop(s) and runs/paddocks for our original four girls, Pippa, Jilly, Whitney and Alfie, and the new flock arriving soon! :D:D:D Shelly Wade Sounds like you had a fun afternoon. I recently started to follow Lauren's fb pg. & would love to win a copy of her book. Vicki in So. CA What a fun 'enrichment' day! Sounds like everyone was happy and tired when all was done. The...

Lily’s New Bed – HenBlog – Sunday, March 10, 2013

...aren't *ours*. :) Melissa Scooter wants a king size bed too! Jill Maybe Lilly should see her veterinarian and have some metecam prescribed. It is a non steroidal anti inflammatory like ibuprofen for us, but this is much better. She will feel like a young pup again. My husbands a vet and I'm a pet nurse. We have seen old dogs that can barely walk, start running and feeling like a pup again. It really helps with pain from arthritis, or just inflammation due to other causes. Just a suggestion. Love the pics of all the kids and the stories....

The Week In Review – HenBlog – Sunday, October 14, 2012

I started this week doing the quintessential New England activity. A friend came over and taught me how to make Concord grape jelly. I live next door to the town of Concord, where that variety of grape was invented and so named, but, this is the first time I’ve ever made jelly, or canned anything! It’s now cranberry season and I have a basket of local pears on my kitchen counter. I’m thinking that will be a good combination. Have you canned anything this week? I bought a huge 48 star flag at a country auction. After washing and airing...

Books by Terry Golson

...love that we get from our dogs. Some of the photos are snapshots, and a few are studio portraits, but when it comes to photographing dogs, there’s always a bit of spontaneity, as our companions’ energy and personalities shine through. Here you’ll see dogs on running boards, gazing from porches, and by the sea. Wherever they are, they’re having a good time. The postcards are printed on high-quality, 5 by 7-inch card stock, and can be enjoyed in this book, or removed from the binding and framed, or mailed to friends. Available in The HenCam Store. Wholesale inquiries welcome. Vintage...

Truth in Blogging – HenBlog – Wednesday, December 24, 2008

...and yes, I’ve had coffee at Starbucks. In the summer I buy at a farmers’ market, but in the same week I’ll end up at a Stop and Shop Supermarket, the Whole Foods, and Trader Joe’s. I love Indie bookstores, and as a writer I am ever-grateful to their love of books, their ability to sell the obscure author and the personality they bring to towns. But, I also buy books at Barnes & Noble (my teenager loves their superb magazine selection), and I buy off Amazon and Abebooks.com. Obviously, there are a zillion choices out there. I try to...

Wildlife at Little Pond Farm – HenBlog – Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I should keep a camera by the bed. Lily, the good farm dog, has taken on a new job. Early in the morning she lets me know that she has to go out and protect the… frogs. A great blue heron has discovered our water feature where there are frogs galore. And fish. Ugly goldfish. I’d love it if the heron ate the fish so that I could have an excuse to get prettier ones. But no, Lily goes out and does her job, and the heron goes fish-less. Although, I assume it’s eaten some frogs. Must be getting something...

Presents – HenBlog – Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I’ve been feeling a bit out of sorts for the last few days. Partly, it’s the post-MARTHA let-down. I’d been running on adrenalin, and you know that can’t last. Partly, I’m betwixt and between writing projects. My agent is shopping a few books around. Hopefully, one or more will be bought, and with the input of an editor I can get back to work on them. I’ve had a picture book rejected for “having too many words” so I need to get back to that and cut, cut, cut. Another book proposal needs rewriting and a sample chapter finished before...

Planning For Party Cooking – HenBlog – Friday, November 22, 2013

...two weeks out with pie crusts that I roll out and freeze (16 this year). Next are the pies that can be assembled, baked and frozen. Some pies are assembled and frozen, but then baked off the day of the party, other pies are baked one day ahead and set, and others need finishing right before the guest come (such as Banana Cream Pie with a Meringue Topping.) Sometimes there are parts of recipes that can be done ahead of time. This year I’ll be baking off butternut squash and slow-cooking onions the day before I assemble the pies. My...

Anniversary – HenBlog – Monday, September 19, 2011

Colleen Awwwwwwwwww. ;-). Sweet. Ken (from MO) Congrats. bunnylady Congrats to you and Steve!! Denise What a cute thing to say. Congratulations on your Anniversary. tom congratulations on your anniversary! i know how important it is to live with a man who loves goats. and chickens and dogs. Donna Happy Day Terry and Steve.so funny..my good friends on the next plot over are named Terry and Steve also. I was always taught "Watch out for men who don't like animals"....I see that neither of us has that problem. In the Pennysaver this morning, someone was looking for a home for...

A Scruffy Dog – The Vintage Hen – Friday, January 31, 2014

...previous owners used to beat him, but where did the camera come in? *shakes head* Pat D. Same here, Robin! Our little Sadie Mae ONLY cowers when we are holding a camera, or phone/camera at her! She doesn't act like she has been beaten, thank goodness. She doesn't even blink when we play and tease with her. She is just "camera shy"! Terry Golson I don't think that any of your dogs have been abused with a camera by previous owners. Rather, dogs are acutely aware of our body language, and they feel threatened when stared at. So, when you...

The Girls Have An Outing – HenBlog – Tuesday, March 18, 2014

...over to the experienced volunteer, she took one look and determined that the raccoon was ill. It died the next day of rabies. She was worried about our goats. A rabid raccoon will act friendly one moment, and attack another. Had it bitten the goats? Luckily, no, and they are vaccinated. As are Lily and Scooter. Vaccines have gotten a lot of bad press lately, but not from me. This story could have gone another way, and without a rabies vaccine, I could have lost my dogs and my goats. Once again, I am grateful to my good dog Lily....

Heart Dog – HenBlog – Saturday, September 27, 2014

Scooter is a small dog of unknown parentage. His mom looked to be a corgi mix. His dad? I’m guessing Chihuahua. It doesn’t really matter. He’s a heart dog, which is a term for a once in a blue moon dog that fits into your life perfectly. Not all dogs are heart dogs. Those of us who have had dogs for many years know that we’re graced by one or two heart dogs amongst the many that we have over a long lifetime. In all honesty, though I love him dearly, he is not my heart dog. I’ve had one...

The Yuck Factor – HenBlog – Friday, September 11, 2015

...ivermectin. This anthelmintic comes in a paste form, in a syringe that you squirt into the goat’s mouth. Sorry, I have no photos, as I was squeezing and Steve was straddling Caper, (trying) to hold him still. It’s not good to worm goats on a regular basis. Pasture management and keeping them healthy help to keep the parasite loads down. However, I do send fecal samples to the vet yearly to ensure that parasites haven’t gotten out of hand. Only once did we need to worm. So, it’s been a few years, and since Caper needed the ivermectin dose, I...

How I Know What I Know About Chickens – HenBlog – Thursday, June 24, 2010

...chicken forums on the web, like BYC. It’s a great community, and there’s some good advice, but there’s also a lot of guess work and erroneous information being dispensed. Some of the state agriculture commissions have useful information. On the other hand, some are geared to commercial farmers, and the advice is wrong for the backyard keeper. I’ve got an annotated list of some good sites on chickenkeeping.com. Ultimately, I take what I’ve gathered and make my own conclusions. I keep chickens for eggs, but also for pets. My hens are individuals to me, and each one is valuable. I’m...

Believe the Ears – HenBlog – Wednesday, October 7, 2015

...girth, then without stirrups, without reins, and eventually without saddle, so that I could better understand how each one was only a tool, but a tool that should be used very respectfully and sparingly. Being freed from relying on them changed my whole approach to horsemanship, and helped me understand my horse as an intelligent, feeling being. It also opened up avenues of communication that did not rely on "aids." Terry, thanks so much for this post. I agree that the horse is the most complicated and challenging of animals to work with, and I really like your musings on...

How To Help Animals In Joplin – HenBlog – Wednesday, May 25, 2011

...a wonderful website and all you do. With warmest regards, Carol V Native of "Tornado Alley" (Ohio) Former member of Contra Costa County Search and Rescue (CA) New resident of Idaho Terry Golson Carol- thanks for these links! I'll be sure to send funds to ARDA for their work in Joplin, and I'll be putting IMR on my list of charities that I give to at the end of the year. Have you read, "Scent of the Missing?" A wonderful book about training a S&R dog and how deep the volunteerism and commitment goes for the dog and handler teams....

A Break From the Barn – HenBlog – Tuesday, December 14, 2010

...Feast. With luck, though, I'll be on the couch feeling miserable for less than 2 weeks and I won't get to all of the ones I've requested! Terry Golson Martina, the best thing that you can do for yourself is to join HLAA (Hearing Loss Association of America.) http://www.hearingloss.org/ You'll find windows to all sorts of information that your audiologist never bothers to mention. Also, support, and conferences that showcase the latest technology. I'm still hearing - but the loss bottoms out at 90dB and in the last year the clarity has gone downhill, so, although I can technically still...

Barn Boots – HenBlog – Sunday, October 16, 2011

...as anyone, I want DRY feet and FIRM footing! My husband and I both got a pair of outdoor boots from Menards, a hardware store chain in Illinois. They have heavy lug soles, steel toes, and come up to our knees. They are lightly lined, so you can get some very thick socks in them easily. The best part is, they were only $16! Yes, they smell like tires, and yes, they're a bit heavy to tromp around in. We consider them part of our exercise program! The downside to heavy lug soles is prying the goo out of them....

How Many Eggs Do Your Older Hens Lay? – HenBlog – Tuesday, September 21, 2010

...to be economically worth it, will harvest the old hens and start a new batch of chicks. But, most of us backyard chicken keepers hold onto the old girls. They’re still laying some eggs, and they’re familiar beings in our lives. By the fifth year, they rarely lay, yet there they are, clucking in the backyard and eating their chicken pellets. I have a flocks of mixed ages and breeds. In the big barn, my two-year old hens, Agnes and Philomena, each lay an egg a day. One of the other older hens, I think Maizie, lays two eggs a...

It’s Me or the Dog (or Chicken) – HenBlog – Tuesday, January 18, 2011

...dog to sit quietly, and to pee outside, and to not snarl at guests. To get a dog to do these things, and the other behaviors that make a dog a good household companion, requires training. How to train is made clear by working with chickens. Dog owners often resort to baby-talking, pleading, bribing, yanking and yelling, which is ineffective at best, and counter-productive at it’s worst. Instead, I use a clear form of communication called “clicker training.” This works on all species, from fish to elephants; I use it with my chickens. Training a chicken shows that getting angry...

Scooter and I Graduate – HenBlog – Sunday, January 18, 2015

...Lily got up from her place (where I’d asked her to wait – she is a well-trained dog) and she thwacked the tile as if to say, Dim wit! This is what she wants you to do! Training is simply a way to communicate with animals. Be consistent, clear, tactful and rewarding, and the being you’re working with engages with you. Even Scooter. Soon, instead of a dog that looked at my toes, he was gazing into my face. And he was asking for more training sessions.   In between all of that work, Scooter kept to his usual schedule,...

Treating Candy’s Ears – HenBlog – Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Dr. Meade used the process of elimination to come up with a diagnosis of a fungal infection on Candy’s ears. He took a skin scraping, looked under the microscope, and didn’t see mites or lice. But, the white, dry, lumpy skin on her ears sure looked like an external issue. There wasn’t a test for fungus, but that was the logical conclusion and to go ahead and treat for it. If it didn’t clear it up, then there were some serious systemic issues, perhaps an auto-immune disease. Fortunately, the daily ear washings (with a special disinfectant) and applications of fungicide...

Lash – HenBlog – Thursday, September 26, 2013

...been able to find information about ruptures in my resources.) Many eggs can accumulate there, each solidifying from infection, and pressing on the hen’s organs. I’ve seen hens look ill, recover, and look ill again, as these masses shift and block functions, and then move again out of the way. Siouxsie lived with one, likely for two years, before she died of it. Sometimes the hen doesn’t have a ruptured tract, but her eggs are pushed up the oviduct and out the infandibulum near the ovaries (instead of down and out the vent and into the nesting box.) These eggs...

What’s For Dinner – HenBlog – Thursday, October 14, 2010

There’s going to be a cold, torrential rain tonight and it will continue well into tomorrow. There’s a few nice-looking green tomatoes left on the vine, but there’s no chance they’ll ripen, and they’ll probably be inedible by Saturday. I don’t have the time or interest to make green tomato chutney (though am happy to buy the efforts of others at farmers markets!) Still, I hate to see the tomatoes go to waste. So, this afternoon I decided to make this: I pulled a package of short ribs out of the freezer. These came from a a farm near Troy,...

Training – HenBlog – Wednesday, July 30, 2014

...tiny dog built as he is) and go lie on a mat, and go into a travel crate. He also jumps into a box. I’ve managed to teach these behaviors and put them on cue despite the fact that Scooter is truly, I do not exaggerate, a dog of little brain. Hence the need for frequent sun-bathing breaks, as seen in the above photo. I don’t want to stress him out. Along with doing the on-line program, I’m part of a small group that will meet four times. We’ll be training together, and working with an instructor. I’ve no idea...

Leaving the Hens Home Alone – HenBlog – Friday, December 16, 2011

Sometimes I leave home. On Wednesday my husband, son and I took the train to New York City. We left at 7:30 am and were back home at 9:30 pm. In that short amount of time, we were somewhere totally different than our small, quiet town. I wrote about simplicity in my last blogpost. This is not. The world, from the top of the Empire State Building, is exciting, invigorating, and BIG. I love it. But, when you have animals, even easy-to-care for ones like hens, you can’t just travel on a whim. Can you leave them for a day?...

The Epsom Salt Cure – HenBlog – Thursday, February 24, 2011

...coccidia (eimeria acervulina and tenella) and can work for (eimeria maxima). The three in () are the most prevelent of the 7 found in chickens... I enjoyed reading the veterinary bible today with her. We looked into using a sulfa drug but you have to remove and discard eggs for a period of time and they did not have any form at the vet that said it was appropriate for laying hens (only meat birds), sulfa works only against eimeria acervulina and maxima and not tenella. So I guess I am taking the risk of maybe not treating maxima since...

Alfalfa For Hens – HenBlog – Monday, January 7, 2013

...the same as hay. Hay is made by cutting and drying grasses. Timothy and grass hay are mostly roughage and not something to feed to hens (although they might like to scratch through it and find a seed or two.) Alfalfa grows in a field and on stems like hay, but the plant is a legume. It’s high in protein, and its fiber is highly digestible. Alfalfa contains calcium, nitrogen and other vitamins and nutrients. According to my sources, alfalfa is supposed to boost the hen’s off-season diet and encourage laying. Although feeding greens, like cabbage, is a good addition...

Clearing out the Pantry – HenBlog – Monday, June 16, 2008

...peas, corn and sliced peaches, homemade broth and stews. This winter I had severe tendonitis in my wrists and wasn’t allowed to hold a knife. I discovered frozen, cubed winter squash, chopped onions, and those little cubes of garlic and basil being imported from Israel. But all is not spartan here. I am a sucker for jars of marinades, pilaf mixes, and sauces. I go to food shows and come home with simmer sauces. I buy boxes of crackers on sale for my kids’ lunches. The pantry was full, and the products were getting old. I decided to see how...

Scooter Howls – HenBlog – Saturday, May 18, 2013

...the window! :-D Elizabeth Anne (TX) Hilarious! Thanks for sharing. Is that Lily's bark that stops Scooter? Geneva Are you sure he is not part wolf? :) Karen Robinson Oh, bless him. I didn't know little dogs could do that! Bobbie Afterthought... who was the lucky person who caught this on video! My sister's beagle started baying right along with Scooter! Terry Golson Steve was home and had to hide behind a doorway to get it on his iPhone. I love the thought that other dogs around the world are howling with Scooter :) Terry Golson Scooter's mom was a...

Thin-shelled Eggs, Old Hens, and The Miracle Diet Cure – HenBlog – Friday, July 8, 2011

None of the hens in the HenCam coop are in their prime. The youngest, the Golden Comets, Agnes and Philomena, are two years of age. The oldest, the Barred Rocks, are seven. Here is Eleanor in her grand old age. She hasn’t laid an egg in ages. But, the Comets have. They are designed for egg production. Their first year, between the age of 20 weeks and 20 months, they cranked out about five, or even six, eggs a week. They did this every week, right through the winter. Things slowed down the second year, but they kept laying. They’re...

Egg Smashing, Egg Eating, Broody Hen – HenBlog – Friday, June 10, 2011

...some this spring in with a mix of Wyandottes, and got two...which have turned out to be the smallest bantam leghorns I've ever seen. One is named Pearl, and is already sprouting that gorgeous leghorn banner of a tail. The other, named Peanuts, is still half Pearl's size; though healthy and developing properly, she is a true miniature. Eggs the size of acorns later on, I think! The girls are totally not true to type, but they are welcomed most happily into my flock! Leghorns have gotten a bad reputation, which has only come from industrial abuse of this lovely...

Hen Aggression and Buffy’s Care – HenBlog – Wednesday, April 4, 2012

...dates with your friend's dogs. Here is the link http://www.disapprovingrabbits.com/2012/04/one-minute-of-hoppy-hour.html and the second is about Dougal and how his owner has started in a rabbit agility class. I was wondering if in your training of animals if you have ever done anything like that Terry with any of your rabbits. http://www.disapprovingrabbits.com/2012/03/dougal_19.html Terry Golson The sort of training I do is applicable to all animals, rabbits included. There's a book about how to train your bunny. http://store.clickertraining.com/gestclwiyora1.html Terry Golson I'm fortunate to have two coops and pens. As chickens age and the situation changes, I'm able to move things around and...

A Project In The Works – HenBlog – Wednesday, March 14, 2012

I’ve been collecting vintage photos of people and their chickens. Some are humorous, some are beautiful, some are evocative of another time and place, and some I relate to on an emotional level. I’ve selected the best images, and have sent them off to a photographer who is doing photoshop magic on them to fix fading and damage. The next step is to publish these images. I have my choice of either a book of 30 postcards (which you could pull out and use, or keep the collection) or a small gift book of the photos with commentary. Which would...

Pumpkin Season – The Vintage Hen – Thursday, October 16, 2014

...Golson There's an anthelmintic in the pumpkin seeds. Dosage of whole pumpkin seeds is unknown, but research points to a large quantity to be effective, and that ground up seeds are preferable. So, how much whole pumpkin helps to reduce worms? Not known. But they're certainly chock full of nutrients and keep the hens busy! Charlie D. And to just think that every one of those pumpkins .... both big and small ..... start out as a small seed! I didn't know you could feed one of the large pumpkins to the hens. How do 'you' serve a pumpkin to...

Book Giveaway! – The Vintage Hen – Tuesday, September 17, 2013

...additional chances to win. Like me on Facebook to get another entry. (You have to come back here and tell me you’ve done that.) If you already like me on FaceBook, then share this post to get another entry. If you share this post via Twitter, you get an additional entry. Again, come back here and tell me in a separate comment. In order to select a winner, I enter the number of blog comments into a random number generator. I only count comments here on my website, not on my FaceBook page. The winner will be selected on Friday,...

Downside to Free-ranging – HenBlog – Thursday, May 2, 2013

...you don't sit back and expect it to happen. I hope this helps. Terry Golson Scooter is my first little dog, and he's been so much fun. Chihuahuas have big personalities and attitude! The first thing to think about is how to manage the environment and the other animals around her to make her comfortable. She's older and likely has issues and insecurities. All of a sudden joining a household with multiple animals and people can increase a dog's resource guarding and other problematic behaviors. Try to manage the interactions between her and the other animals so she's not threatened,...

Antibiotic After Effects – HenBlog – Tuesday, June 14, 2011

...Terry Golson Wendy, Baytril has been made illegal for chickens in this country because the factory farmers overused it (feeding it constantly) and created superbugs. Vets still have access to it for parrots and other animals. But, I'm now wary of using it. Terry Golson There are many drugs out there and even vets give doses of pills not officially for chickens. Maizie's symptoms could indicate a number of different diseases, not necessarily an infection (though that's my best guess.) Anytime you introduce an antibiotic into the area, all animals are affected. I just read a study that in a...

How To Give Medicine To A Chicken – HenBlog – Wednesday, October 3, 2012

...enough to help. That was certainly the case with Buffy. I knew that she needed to have a full dose all at once. You can’t pour medicine down a hen’s throat, because it can get into the lungs and kill her. So, I use a plastic syringe (available at all pharmacies) and squirt in a little at a time, letting the hen swallow each mouthful. This takes a bit of skill and patience but is really not that difficult. To show you how to give a dose of liquid medicine to a chicken, I made a video. Here it is:...

Dressing The Goats For Halloween – HenBlog – Thursday, October 25, 2012

...impacted crop with your chickens? I have a case of this right now and going crazy trying to find good info on it. Do you have a blog archive on this topic as well? (P.S.- I have goats too and just love the little guys..yours are adorable with the costumes!) sue noy Hi Terry, my previous comment was just a tester! I am in Colchester UK and rescued ex batts last january, Thelma, Louise, Lara and then 2 ex free rangers Pepsi and Shirley (80's pop duo!) Sadly Thelma and Lara have gone to the hencoop in the sky, worn...

Animals IN Nursing Homes – HenBlog – Tuesday, October 21, 2014

...a large piece of property. There is a field. She had it fenced, built a barn, and installed llamas and goats. Then Ellen came to one of my chicken keeping workshops, decided that chickens were essential too, and I was brought on to establish a small flock of hens on the grounds. Ellen believes that having animals living on the premises gives the residents a sense of control. They get to choose when they see the animals and how to interact with them. Some just look. Some touch. Physical therapy sessions can take place outdoors, on a track around the...

There’s Always One in a Crowd – HenBlog – Tuesday, May 24, 2011

...toys! lol My dog Pepper is 7lbs and a danger to any chicken who isnt grown and have an attitude! One of my hens will actually turn around and chase my dogs-too funny to see a dog running from a chicken! :)I always supervise doggy visits to the chicken yard. Melissa So sorry to hear about Blackie:( My how the babies have grown! New life will lead to new adventures for you and your chickens! You are very right in your wisdom...There is ALWAYS one!!! Denise My Aussie is fascinated with the chicks when they are very little and peeping...

Setting Up The Brooder – HenBlog – Tuesday, March 26, 2013

...want to keep things tidy. Wanda Hudson Terry, do I need to add the oyster shell too; with the grit for my pullets? Also, what food to use? I see many: Layena sun fresh crumbles, sunfresh pellets...Purina start & grow medicated,Omega-3 and flock raiser. I also oedered my pullets from McMurray hatchery. It makes me feel better knowing you deal with them too. Thanks for all of your help! Terry Golson The short answer is that chickens don't get oyster shell until they are laying. For the long answer, read my FAQ on feeding: http://hencam.com/faq/what-to-feed-your-chickens/ and also do a blog...

Chicken Tote Giveaway! – The Vintage Hen – Sunday, July 8, 2012

...colorful and an excellent reuse of the feed bags. Nice job! Brenda Jay This tote is way too popular :( Dori Cron We, my son and his wife and 5 children, have picnics a lot during the summer and I usually bring the plates, cups, napkins, silverware (because I love to shop around and find really cute patterns in the disposable stuff, along with drinks and dessert. I think this would make an adorable tote for this! OK, I'm fluctuating! I would also like to keep my favorite "Paula" and "Taste of Home" magazine in it by my reading chair....

Cold Weather Chicken Chores – HenBlog – Monday, January 24, 2011

...know except for one Anglo-Nubian named Geisha and a little dwarf wether named Ambroise. (Ambroise might end up curry eventually because he has a bad habit of climbing up cars and messing up their roofs.) The tales of his goats past and present's destruction is to much to tell here. But his stories with all his animals from his eight Bernese Mountain Dogs, to Geisha who likes to get his Ryeland sheep ram to mate with her are quite entertaining. All his animals from his shetland ponies to the Dogs and the Goats love to steal eggs straight from the...

Taking Care of Business – HenBlog – Friday, June 4, 2010

...certainly can’t help the healing. He’s the goat that, in the blink of an eye, jumps onto an empty trash can and knocks it over, then leaps to another can and spills all of Candy’s treats, and then sees if he can dislodge the rakes hanging in the barn. At this point (4 seconds later?) I manage to stop the chaos and get him back where he belongs. Perhaps this is why he’s the one with the bone chip? Pip never gets in such trouble. Caper denies everything. Except eating my flowers. See the iris leaf in his mouth? Proof!...

My Take On Worming – HenBlog – Thursday, October 11, 2012

...the ladies a dry place to be. BTW, I have a kittly litter box for them, as per your suggestion, filled with DE, sand, and wood ashes. They just can't seem to figure out it's to bathe in, not eat. Before I had only DE and sand, and they ate in that. (I figured it was the DE they were after.) Then I added wood ash and they really go to town with it now. No bathing, just eating. I'm in the country and still haven't found a chicken vet, or at least someone to examine for parasites. Elaine @...

Old Hen Update – HenBlog – Tuesday, December 4, 2012

...Treatment has revived them. A good diet and a dry, clean environment keeps disease at bay. Still, these girls are ancient, and they are showing it. At only 3 1/2, the Polish are the comparative youngsters of the group. Decorative hens like Polish, that are not high-producing layers, often have comparatively long lives. Still, these two, Siouxsie and Tina, have never been robustly healthy. They’ve been prone to respiratory diseases and laying issues. Recently, Siouxsie has been gasping and she’s been having trouble getting off of the roost in the morning. I believe that she has an internal issue that...

The Nest Egg – The Vintage Hen – Tuesday, October 9, 2012

...and I always pay with $2.00 so i get the .75 cents back, thats $1.50 each day that goes into the bottle... I was able to buy a washer and dyer earlier this year from foing that and it really doesn't take long for the money to bulid up.... Terry all of chickens are better, the tetracycline I got and the duramycin you recomened saved them. thier is not a sneeze or cough to be heard.... THANK YOU! After this ordeal, once I am able to eat the eggs I will be seling them for $4.00 a dozen and asked...

Meadow Flower – HenBlog – Friday, May 24, 2013

...in my lawn. http://www.ppws.vt.edu/scott/weed_id/otgum.htm http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/factsheets/bulbs-perennial/Ornitum.htm Seems to be dangerous to grazing animals: http://www.btny.purdue.edu/weedscience/2005/starofbeth05.pdf http://www.goatworld.com/health/plants/starofbethlehem.shtml Pam R. Definitely Star of Bethlehem. It appeared here in one of my gardens a few years back, and has managed to move into 2 - 3 other gardens. I figured it might have come in from a Plant Sale buy. It's so far only ever been found in another garden. I'd not read it was toxic, but many bulbs are. I'll have to keep an eye out and make sure it doesn't appear in the pastures. Marcia Palmater Star of Bethlehem sounds right; I have...

Trip Preparation – HenBlog – Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I’m taking the train down to NYC on Friday to have lunch with my agent. I love going to Manhattan. I grew up in a New Jersey suburb near the city and we went in often, so it feels familiar to me. Still, that was many years ago in my childhood. Now I live in a town with no traffic lights and the only elevator is the handicap access to go up one flight at the town hall. My agent (who is, by the way, delightful, witty and very good at her job) treats me to lunch at the sort...

Crumble Topping For Apple Pie – The Vintage Hen – Wednesday, November 6, 2013

karen I feel the same way... lots of apples, not too much on top. Or too sweet either... And go figure. I can leave comments on new posts, just not previous ones :-) Thanks again for all the info - Rebecca Breakfast of Champions! Sara I agree with Rebecca! Adele Given the choice, I prefer crumbles to pies for pudding. I enjoy blackberry & apple crumble with double cream. A good American recipe: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/apple-blackberry-crumble-10000000709808/ and my favourite British version: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/778642/apple-and-blackberry-crumble :-) Terry Golson Or, you could use my crisp (crumble) recipe here. The pie topping in this post is very...

Digging Dandelions – HenBlog – Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I have a large lawn. I don’t need it to be perfect, but I do try to keep the lawn free of dandelions. The problem with dandelions is that although they’re pretty from a distance, their leaves spread out and kill grass. Eventually you have lumpy, dull greens and bare patches of dirt instead of lawn. I don’t use chemicals to control the weeds. I know someone who did, and all of the fish in his pond died. Other things, important things, like bugs and microbes, die, too. Besides, even though I don’t want yellow dandelions in my lawn, I...

Apple Bread Pudding – HenBlog – Thursday, October 27, 2011

Remudamom I want to see a picture of your apple thingy. Terry Golson I've added a link to this older post about apple pie which has a photo. http://www.hencam.com/henblog/2009/09/apple-season/ Donna Oh! How delicious that looks! Makes me want to go home and make one right now! Ginger We have a very old one from like the 60s or something that we use to prepare apples for home made apple sauce - ours clamps onto the edge of the table which I find more reliable when doing large batches. Oh and it works great for potatoes too! Brenda ok, I'm coming...

Why I Have Goats – HenBlog – Tuesday, September 6, 2011

...Any suggestions? Deborah Pruden Mr. Pip you made my day! I have been on my feet for 12 hours and I come home to your smiling face. I am going to introduce you to my new students tomorrow. Deborah Terry, I was successful at deleting the cookie and voting. Kit Ahh, he is so cute. You got love the Nigerian dwarf goats. Have you thought of getting more, maybe one of their sisters to breed and have goats to milk ? I love comparing yours with another's who last Amberose, his owner wants to turn into caribbean barbeque because of...

A Whirlwind Month – HenBlog – Friday, September 2, 2011

Some people relax in August. I’m told that the last month of summer is for slowing down and putting your feet up. My feet didn’t get any rest at all. They took me the proverbial far and wide. They walked with my husband and sons in Maine. Next, I flew to San Francisco with my oldest son to settle him into his freshman year at college, where my feet took me to Golden Gate Park and stumbled upon an historic carousel. It not only had horses, but also dogs, mules, a chicken and goats! I came home in time to...

Table Runner Give Away! – HenBlog – Saturday, March 26, 2011

...kids on the cams. You're an inspiration! La'Nelle I've always loved your blog and have passed your site address around many times. My cousin and my brother have both become addicted as I am. He's a goat lover and she's crazy for chickens and bunnies. The chickens on the table runner remind me of my Barnvelders! Hope this will serve as an entry! Sean G. I've always spoken to everyone about your blog! In fact, just today I was talking about my "favorite blogger", Terry Golson! I list your page on my YouTube channel, and I re-shared via Facebook. =)...

What To Feed Chicks – HenBlog – Thursday, March 28, 2013

...a boxful of chicks arrive at the post office, and no food for them. Buy a bag, and a galvanized can to store it in. Label it! Another difference is that chick feed is finely ground into “crumbles” chick feed crumbles laying hen pellets (You can buy adult chicken feed as crumbles. Some people with bantams use it. However, chickens toss feed on the ground and the crumbles turn to dust and becomes inedible. Pellets are less wasteful. Chicks need the smaller size of the crumbles, adults don’t.) Some feed stores sell only one type of chick feed while others...

Whose Eggs Are They, Anyway? – HenBlog – Wednesday, March 7, 2007

I got an email from an extreme animal rights person the other day. These people are well-meaning, but so misinformed. They start their arguments with wrong assumptions and then go from there. I’m not going to get sucked into debating him point by point, but I did want to address one of his comments. He said, “the eggs are theirs, aren’t they?” No, they’re not. We have a symbiotic, mutually beneficial, relationship with our domestic animals. We human caretakers provide food, shelter and a good living environment, and the animal provides something in return; in the case of my hens,...

Fashion Tips For Animal Owners – HenBlog – Wednesday, November 18, 2009

...are 4 years old and are still in great shape and I wear to my office job regularly. Just a small tip from someone who was raised by the Scrubby Dutch. Terry Golson It's like seeing fashion photo shoots of women in riding breeches and high-heeled boots! Oh, and perfectly white shirts. BTW, Celia, LOVE the new items at your shop. Go see!! http://www.etsy.com/shop/magiccochin Terry Golson I've got two teenaged boys in the house. Yesterday I did 4 loads of laundry. The thought of hanging it all to dry and bringing it back in... and doing that in the cold...

Egg Laying Resumes – HenBlog – Tuesday, January 13, 2015

...girls are now enjoying the new additions, also got my first bag of koop kleen, its pricey but cant wait to try it. I'll mix it with the reg shavings and straw to stretch it a bit. judy m me again, did you ever read The Fir Tree? Everytime I see all the discarded trees I think of that story, its very sad! Ken I've been getting three eggs a day all winter. From a R.I.R, Cuckoo and a Easter Egger, this springs hatch. I lost three pullets (plus 5 older hens and a roo) to a dog this past...

Lawn Care – HenBlog – Tuesday, October 30, 2007

I have a beautiful backyard. There’s the water feature, perennial flower bed, strawberry patch, herb garden, vegetable garden, shrubs, trees, and of course, the chicken coops and lovely chickens. What I don’t have is a nice lawn. Mostly, it’s crabgrass. I won’t use herbicides because of the koi, dogs, chickens and kids, dragonflies and toads. I know that I need better soil, and I’ve already spent a lot of money on more loam and lime, punching those holes in the ground, over-seeding and organic fertilizers. I’ve tried the corn gluten treatment, which is supposed to inhibit crabgrass germination, but the...

Old Petunia – HenBlog – Tuesday, November 30, 2010

...extra chicks and they accomidate me. They almost always then throw in an extra pullet of one of the breeds I ordered. Quick story, I had a aunt that lived near the Murray McMurray hatchery in Iowa, I would always plan a long weekend trip to Iowa to see her and would actually pick up my chicks in person. The folks in the front office (they won't let you anywhere near the back, I tried)were very nice and I always would talk a while with them. I asked one day what actually happened to all the roos that no one...

If You Don’t See Them… – HenBlog – Monday, May 2, 2011

Sara Wonderful post! I'm glad to see Blackie in her little retirement coop inside the hencam run. That is a great picture! I want to come back in my next life as one of your animals. What a wonderful life you give them all. And Scooter looks so happy lounging in the sun. Life is good! Andrea Hi, looking for a home for 5 baby chicks and a baby duck I rescued, I am fostering them right now but I rent a small cottage and cannot keep them. We live about 25 miles north of NYC, can anyone help me...

The Kindness of Euthanizing – HenBlog – Wednesday, June 27, 2012

...Terry Golson Thank you for your kind words, Melissa, Kim, Sante Bunny, Kristen, Cindy, Kris and Denise, Natalie, Kim and Corrina I hope I didn't miss anyone - all of your expressions of sympathy are appreciated. Agnes is not a hen I was particularly close to, but I feel a strong responsibility to do the right thing by all of the animals in my care. The experience of watching an animal decline and having to guess at the best moment to euthanize is so difficult! Thanks for your support. Terry Golson Philomena has also not laid an egg since last...

It’s Here! – HenBlog – Tuesday, March 11, 2014

...you have definitely been a huge help to me and my flock over the years. Kara LaReau Looks amazing, Terry! Buying a copy now! :) Terry Golson Kara, somehow I lost track of what you're doing. Happy book birthday to you, too! (For my blog readers out there, Kara was the editor of Tillie Lays an Egg and she is an author of funny kid's books. Check them out here Giuia I would recommend the chocolate tart. It's rich and decadent and delicious and I wait eagerly once a year to eat it. See you at the Concord Bookshop Terry!!!...

Collecting Egg Cups – HenBlog – Thursday, January 5, 2012

...of the heat, put in the egg and cover. Done that way, I cook it for 3 minutes. Those who like to boil their eggs will likely say 2 minutes. Anyone want to chime in here? By the way, one of my favorite way to eat an egg is to poach, or soft-cook and scoop out, and put on half of a ripe avocado. So many layers of silky and smooth. Ken Love the second one. Ahhhh the accumulation of all things chicken... Years ago I had to request family and friends to stop buying it for me. Miriam Terry,...

Twiggy Keeps Laying – HenBlog – Friday, November 14, 2014

...reputation for being amazingly prolific layers. I keep chickens not only for the eggs, but because I also happen to like hens. Personality is important to me, and I’d heard that Leghorns were “production” birds and not all that interesting. I’ve discovered that that’s not true at all – at least not if you have one Leghorn in a flock of seventeen birds of a variety of breeds. Twiggy is active and a tad flighty, but also personable, and her floppy comb makes her look a tad ridiculous. She’s curious and bold and is a fun foil to the more...

Lightbulbs In The Winter Coop? – HenBlog – Monday, November 12, 2012

Dan in Los Angeles Thanks for this entry. I belong to the meetup.com group: los angeles urban chicken enthusiasts (LAUCE) and this topic has appeared on the discussion board. I suggested that members make their way to Hencam for the great tips and the webcams, of course! Terry Golson Thanks for letting people know about my website. Much appreciated. I can't imagine that you'd need to leave a bulb on for SoCal chickens! Carol A timely and helpful post, Terry. Thank you! I built a compost corner in the hens' pen as per your idea, and put in a large...

Rewards, Not Threats – HenBlog – Friday, February 5, 2016

The stuff that a horse wears so that a rider can securely sit on his back is called tack. Putting it on is called tacking up. I enjoy a style of riding called dressage, and for that and the frequent trail riding that I do, Tonka wears a saddle and bridle that look like this: There are as many styles of tack as there are styles of riding, and within each discipline, there are all sorts of doodads and pieces of equipment that one can buy. I like to keep my gear simple. What Tonka has on is fairly basic....

Chickens Have Messy Bottoms – HenBlog – Thursday, August 18, 2011

...the feathers around their vents and what you see is a bare bottom. Not as bad looking as a baboon’s, but not an attractive picture, either. How to know what is a problem and what to do? In the case of Philomena, the hen with the bare butt, above, nothing needs to be done. Note that there’s no dried manure stuck to her vent and that there’s no irritation of the skin. A close inspection shows no signs of external parasites. I’ve seen many bottoms that look like this, and they’re always on my best layers, and those are usually...

Abundance and Odd Eggs – HenBlog – Thursday, March 29, 2012

On Tuesday every single one of the twelve Gems laid an egg. The Gems are a mixed flock, and none are hybrids, designed to lay daily. Most are supposed to lay about four eggs a week, so I was quite pleased with my full basket! Despite what they are supposed to do, each is an individual and there is variation. I don’t know yet who is a good layer and who isn’t – I’m sure that there are both in this flock. I certainly don’t expect a dozen eggs every day, so, I was surprised to see an almost full...

The Best Winter Barn Boots – HenBlog – Wednesday, December 18, 2013

...The Muck Boot Company brand, that are warm, and most of our farm supply stores seem to have them on sale quite often. Mine aren't as tall....But I was able to get pink and black checked ones! Laura Terry, nice feet togs! I just wanted to say that Tonka does indeed have a beautiful, kind eye, just like you said. What a gem. Jaimie These cost more than yours, but they have so many cool patterns and fun colors! http://www.amazon*]}*.com/Womens-Classic-High-Print-Color/dp/B0071COO6Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1387404736&sr=1-1&keywords=bogs Lee Ann Those are a great find. My husband and I live on a small farm/ranch and got boots this...

The Marans’ Egg – HenBlog – Wednesday, October 23, 2013

...get lyme disease. I hope that someone is studying why. Terry Golson We don't have the sort and quantity of snails that you have in your area. I have heard of snails spreading disease, but in goats, and other furry animals, not chickens. They carry protozoas and bacteria that cause disease. Personally, I wouldn't worry if a hen eats one found on a leaf, but I wouldn't feed them handfuls of them picked out of my garden. Sue Well, you are the expert, Terry, but Miss Veronica looks a heck of a lot like a Barred Rock to me. And...

The Chicks I Picked – HenBlog – Thursday, January 3, 2013

...the end of my chicken adventure, as my youngest are 2 and a half now, but when I read this, I thought... well, maybe one more round? I have such a desire for "blue" birds and have never had one... Great choices on your girls. I have one cuckoo marans, and she is an absolute darling, but only lays once in a blue moon. Also have 3 Ameraucanas, with very different personalities and coloring. One lays blue eggs, one lays green, and one lays speckled green. 2 of them are dears, but one is a pushy little beast. My partridge...

Old Feeder Reuse – HenBlog – Thursday, September 4, 2014

...I bought two eggs cups (of course!) and a vintage agriculture brochure. And then I went to Tractor Supply, where they have shiny feeders and waterers, which I didn’t need (remember all of that scrubbing in the mornings?) But, I did buy something new and made of metal. I bought a farm gate for the goat paddock, which to my mind is very beautiful, indeed. We’ll see if it is goat-proof as claimed. Pip and Caper love a challenge. You’ll get to see the new gate after I put my teenage son to work digging post holes and installing it!...

The Chicken I Eat – HenBlog – Friday, June 15, 2012

...comes from a farm that has a real barn. I’m hoping that my support helps to keep animals on the property, on pasture, and that this barn remains filled with hay and the smell of a working farm for years to come. We’re going to have roast chicken and new potatoes for Father’s Day dinner. I’ll be thanking the farmers and the animals they raised. Due to state regulations, Black Brook Farm Growers cannot ship, but if you’re anywhere in the area, you can go on-line to order and then pick up in person. Tell them I sent you.  ...

My Lunch Box – The Vintage Hen – Thursday, July 5, 2012

...time when we couldn't have meat on Fridays at all. My mom used to pack me cream cheese and sliced olive sandwiches. No one would sit by me~~but I still love those sandwiches! I still have the lunchbox. I keep pink sponge hair curlers in it! No, I don't use them! Tonya Gosh, what a classic! I had metal lunch boxes, and although I don't remember the characters exactly, I'm sure there was a Scooby Doo one and maybe one with Snoopy. We ate a lot of bologna and American cheese sandwiches with mustard. And she would send a whole...

Signs Of Spring – HenBlog – Friday, April 19, 2013

...in bud. Red Buckeye Scilla are in bloom in the front woodland. The reason that there aren’t more of these flowers is obvious. The first asparagus spear of the season has emerged. Yesterday I planted the cool season vegetables: lettuce, kale, peas, and carrots. I’m going to buy a packet of radish seeds today. Chicks are feathering out in the brooder. Blue Andalusian Chick The egg basket is full. Although it’s missing a few eggs. TWO Buff Orpingtons are broody. (Topaz and Beryl are for sale. $15 for the two. If you have chicks arriving, they’ll take care of them!)...

My Birthday Present – HenBlog – Sunday, November 17, 2013

...back of a horse.   Only a few weeks ago, Steve and I were talking about how happy I was that I was riding again. He said, “buy a horse.” And so I did.   I thought that it would take all winter to find the perfect partner, but, thanks to a HenCam reader who knew someone who knew someone, I found Tonka. I’ll be boarding him at a stable two miles up the road from my house, where there are other horses to keep him company, and people to attend to his daily needs.   Tonka arrives the first...

Sick Chicken Update – HenBlog – Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The respiratory disease that started with Ruby has spread to five other hens: Opal, Garnet, Onyx, Florence and Amber. Garnet came down with a fairly mild case, and rebounded after a half day on antibiotics. Onyx, so far, has also had a comparatively easy time of it. She is broody, and only one eye is affected. She’s drinking, but since she’s not coming out of her nesting box, I dosed her, too. Opal has it the worst. Her eyes are sealed shut, and she spent all day yesterday standing in the corner of the pen. She cannot see well enough...

Nesting Boxes – HenBlog – Tuesday, June 15, 2010

...be slightly dark and safe. Only the clueless hens lay in the blue boxes. Getting back to that rule of thumb about one box for every three hens – if you have only three hens, and two are broody, and you have only one nest, well, you can see how that won’t work. So, the revised suggestion is one box for three hens IF you have a large flock. But, if you have only a few birds, and those are heritage breeds which are likely to go broody, then have three nesting boxes per five hens. And don’t site the...

Feather Picking – HenBlog – Wednesday, February 5, 2014

...(and love your horse tails, too)! Annie I've been curious as to once spring arrives, and I can let them out to free range for a bit, and they'll have more room in the run, if the pecking will stop. Like you said, chickens always peck. I'm guessing mine are just bored being closed in for a while, and have gotten used to pecking even when they have lots of room. I'll try the blu-kote again on the bare areas, and see if it helps. What are bumpers? Mikayla I was just reading this link today, and then came to...

Blue Friday – HenBlog – Friday, May 27, 2011

I’m feeling out of sorts. I’ve got a dozen different writing projects on my desk. None have a deadline. Just ideas and manuscripts and pipe dreams to pursue. I should make an action plan. Have a list of priorities. I confess to a bit of the blues. Three windows wrap around my desk, and there’s a door to a porch. It’s sunny. Downright hot. But there’s a breeze. I can’t focus. So I take myself outside and note all of the blues out there. Let’s not quibble and include purples, too. And a blue chick. There, I feel better already....

Thin-shelled Eggs – HenBlog – Friday, June 17, 2011

...is still not well and not laying. Yesterday I found yet another odd egg. It looked and felt like a deflating balloon. I think that one of the Golden Comets laid it, but I’m not sure. I collected three brown eggs. Two were from the Golden Comets and one must have been from one of my older, rarely laying girls. If you catch one of the hens in the act, let me know! (I don’t eat these eggs, as the shell and bloom are not there to protect the egg from bacteria.) Meanwhile, Betsy is still broody, and doesn’t budge,...

It’s Greek To Me – HenBlog – Thursday, June 10, 2010

...was related to me. We still do not know. My Dad came to the states around 1908 and worked at Sheep farm in Manchester, NH called Nassikas' sheep Farm. He came to the states from a small town called Smixi. he bec April 3 at 4:45pm Terry Golson My friend Karen came up with this article dated 1916. The postcard is from 1948. There's still a lot of story to tell, but this bit of history is fascinating! http://books.google.com/books?id=NjALAQAAIAAJ&lpg=PA309&dq=%22A%20Visit%20to%20a%20Grecian&pg=PA309#v=onepage&q&f=false Sharon That article dated 1916 was interesting and I enjoyed reading it, though I didn't have time to read it all....

Marge’s Postmortem – HenBlog – Tuesday, June 8, 2010

...Husbandry (1921) and Poultry Sanitation and Disease Control (1939.) Both have illustrations of healthy and diseased birds (inside and out) and were written at a time when people kept chickens on pasture, and marketed older hens for the table. If you have a good resource for postmortems, please let me know. I’ve a feeling that Petunia, Marge’s sister, also has an enlarged ovary, as she hasn’t been moving as spryly as she used to. Edwina and Eleanor are even older. I joke that they are going through henopause. They are retired, and once in a great long while lay an...

Book Giveaway! – HenBlog – Friday, February 15, 2013

...my fur person and I still miss her. But for all of you that still have fur and feather people in your life, you can add to the fun. I was visiting one of my favorite web sites and thought of you all. Canon, (http://cp.c-ij.com/en/index.html) has a web site devoted to papercraft. They recently added a hen and egg moving toy that looks like a lot of fun.They also have bunnies and a jumping goat moving toy. If you have kids or grandkids this is a great site to find things to build together. If you are like me and...

Donkey Time – HenBlog – Thursday, January 14, 2016

...set of brakes on him. However, Poh has already decided that RFF is home, and that he’s in charge of all of the horses. He’s madly in love with one mare, so he gets to hang out with her, even when she’s in a riding lesson. What’s especially charming and sweet about this photograph is that the instructor, the great Karl Mikolka, (who is now in his eighties and as active, demanding, and humorous as ever) was the chief rider at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. I doubt he had to conduct a lesson with a donkey in the...

Goat Treats – HenBlog – Monday, February 10, 2014

...to chew and swallow before getting another.   However, funny faces, tail wagging, and burping are perfectly acceptable. If you would like to contribute to the goat boys’ peanut addiction (and so that they don’t have to share with That Man) you can purchase a bag for them here. Each contribution will be welcomed with tail-wagging enthusiasm, and Pip and Caper will dictate (to the Goat Maid) a personal email thank-you note to each sender of their beloved peanuts. ♥ If you’d like to see goat munching and crunching in action, there’s a video of Pip and Caper smacking on...

The Poultry Show – The Vintage Hen – Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Boston Poultry Expo, America’s first and oldest poultry show, first met in 1849. No longer held in the city, it now occurs in the small town of Oxford, Massachusetts, set up in an indoor horse arena. It is a fine event where you will find friendly people who are passionate about poultry. I like driving out there to see the birds and talk to the breeders. I’ve even bought a few pullets from exhibitors. I’ll be there on Saturday. I’ve no intention of buying anything, but it never hurts to look. If you are coming, please let me know!...

End Of Life Decisions – HenBlog – Wednesday, September 28, 2011

...ladies, only one remains, the turken having fallen off the perch, dead in her sleep, which I now see as an exception and a blessing. I do think all our animals are at the front line of a chemical onslaught, even when we try to avoid it. If we buy from hatcheries it is present in their history and if we buy commercial feed it is unavoidable. I buy organic when I can get it, but I know my feed store saturates the area with bug spray regularly, and then there is drift. Anyway, thank you Terry for your excellent...

Milk-fed Hens – HenBlog – Wednesday, March 7, 2012

...we are left and right-handed, so too are we left and right-eared. There's no knowing which is my dominant ear! goatgirl So glad you are all clear to go back to the barnyard. I prescribe a little goat therapy. Kit Glad to hear you are feeling better, and that you are able to get around and about know. It's interesting on feeding milk to the hens. I was wondering since you buy milk locally, are you for or against drinking pasteurized milk ? I know that is a hot topic among organics. Terry Golson It's not important to me that...

Straw for the Path – HenBlog – Monday, February 23, 2015

This past weekend, Steve and I took a much-needed break. We went to a favorite inn in Vermont, and shopped at the King Arthur Flour Store, at three indie bookstores, and at two horse tack shops. I came away with excellent chocolate, a fascinating book (I love nonfiction about science that I know nothing about, written in an engaging and witty way), and a new muck tub (some women like handbags, some of us like barn tools!) I also got a bale of straw.   The weather on Sunday was a welcome change from the bitter cold and snow that...

NYC – HenBlog – Thursday, December 4, 2008

I’ve been a tad busy and unable to blog. First was the pie party. What delicious fun! Tonight my family consumed the last of the leftovers (and there’s still pie in the freezer!) A favorite was the Pear and Cranberry Tart (seasoned with a splash of good brandy) in an Almond Shortbread Crust. Guests with a serious sweet tooth loved the Peanut Butter Chiffon. Those with a savory bent ate up the Russian Onion Pie. As always, each person ate about a half pie per person. They all denied that they’d eaten so much – but the empty pie tins...

Sick Chicken Diagnosis and Care (continued…) – HenBlog – Thursday, July 23, 2009

...Few people have access to avian vets, and few avian vets know anything about chickens. But, really, it doesn’t matter the exact cause since the treatment is usually the same. Yesterday I started Alma on a dose of antibiotics in her water. This is the easiest way to administer the drugs, especially if you are treating an entire flock (which I’m not.) If the hen has a bacterial infection, this usually cures them. Since Alma isn’t drinking, I’m thinking of switching to a pill form. Meanwhile, the next step I apply to all lethargic, not-eating, not-pooping hens it to dose...

The Chicken Medicine Cabinet – HenBlog – Wednesday, August 3, 2011

...irritated skin. (Follow the package directions.) Epsom salt, when ingested, can neutralize toxins, help get the intestinal tract moving, reduce runny poo and treat vent gleet. Olive oil is also one of those cure-alls. When a hen looks poorly and isn’t producing manure, I want to get things moving. A dose of a tablespoon, poured down the throat, can sometimes loosen blockages and help. Lastly, there are times when the only thing that will save your flock are antibiotics. These can be purchased online, at feed stores and from your veterinarian. There are many on the market, and you’ll read...

Signs of Spring – HenBlog – Tuesday, January 22, 2008

...the question “when will the hens start laying?” or “what’s wrong with my Orrpington?” The only thing amiss with your chickens is the dark of winter! So, even if it well below freezing, go out and check your nesting boxes – if possible twice a day, so that the eggs don’t sit there and freeze and crack. Also, if you have pullets who have never laid before, put a wooden egg in each box to give your girls a hint about where to lay. (Purchase these eggs from poultry supply houses, like EggCartons.com. See my site, chickenkeeping.com for a list.)...

Asparagus Season – HenBlog – Thursday, May 5, 2011

...dispatch a sweet little bunny? :) Carol Caldwell One of my faverourites is a Jamie Oliver recipe. Wrap the asparagus in pancetta with just the tips exposed. Smear a little oil on the tips and bake in a hot oven untill crisp. Serve as soildiers to dip in a soft boiled egg, ideal for lunch or light supper and makes the most of your eggs too. I have addapted this as a starter by adding a sprig of rosemary tucked into the exposed tips. Wrap with a smear of tomato puree and a sliver of cheese inside the pancetta (it...

From Backyard to Kitchen – The Vintage Hen – Monday, October 7, 2013

On Saturday, October 19, I will be doing a program as part of the Concord Festival of Authors. The event that I’m in will take place at Verrill Farm. It’s a gem of a farmstand, so if you’re thinking about taking a drive out into the country to leaf peek and pumpkin buy, do make it a destination. Come on the 19th, and stay for the program. It’s free, it’s open the public, and I hope to see you there! Our panel of three writers is titled, From Your Backyard to Kitchen. The two other authors will be talking about...

New Barn – HenBlog – Wednesday, December 6, 2006

...over our septic line. So, first the excavators had to hand dig down to the line and move it. Then use the backhoe for the big hole. Then the concrete foundation guys come. Then we need a different concrete crew to do the flat work. My husband, Steve, has been taking care of these details. I very much appreciate that he’s dealing with all of the aggravation. What am I doing? Well, last week I went to the New England Bantam Club’s poultry show and came up with a list of breeds to buy once the barn is in place....

Goings On At Little Pond Farm – HenBlog – Saturday, April 21, 2007

...one of that flock. Who else? Tell me which is your favorite hen. Lastly, I’m sure you’ve spied the two new, pretty as can be, Bantam White Leghorns. I bought them from breeder (and poultry judge) Don Nelson. I know some of you out there say, “I don’t have room for a flock.” Well, go to a local breeder and buy two hens for your backyard! You can buy gorgeous pullets of just the breed your heart desires. Check the American Poultry Association for a list of shows near you. Go, look at the birds, and connect with a breeder....

Treats and Toys – HenBlog – Wednesday, January 17, 2007

...cabbage or savoy. I bought a head there anyway. I spend a huge amount on American beefhide rawhide flips for my dog, Lily (she goes through several a day – doggy prozac for my crazy puppy). I also buy Lily supposedly indestructible toys which she shreds, sometimes in minutes, or, with luck, a few days. I also make tug toys for her (not hard to do, just braid strips of polartec and sew in a squeaky toy). All of this is to say that I spend a heck of a lot keeping my dog happy. So why not buy an...

Big Boys – HenBlog – Friday, November 9, 2012

The goats’ fecal test came back positive for pole worm. Keeping internal parasites at bay is very difficult. It’s not simply a matter of dosing them with chemicals, which, although is sometimes necessary, is not effective without careful management of the environment as well. I’m not an experienced goat keeper, and I’ve been relying on the wisdom of people like my friend, Sarah, at Cudzoo Farm (her goatmilk soaps, by the way, are absolutely wonderful and are for sale on line.) In order to give the right dose of anthelmintic, I needed to weigh the boys. My goats are Nigerian...

Today’s Happy Photo – The Vintage Hen – Monday, July 8, 2013

...Ken When I opened the coop door this morning and the hens and 2 boys come out a flapping, running and with an attitude that seems to say "great things will happen today". Terry Golson Sounds lovely, Celia. Terry Golson Very funny! Terry Golson What patience and understanding you have! Terry Golson When Pip arrived here as a baby he had that temperament. I understand exactly what you mean about a kind eye - although Caper might disagree, as it's Pip who is the one who t-bones his brother! Terry Golson It's always good to have optimistic animals in ones...

Pepto-Bismol for Pip – HenBlog – Tuesday, September 25, 2012

...hug with that picture, you couldn't help it Terry Golson Jean, farming so often is learning from one's mistakes, isn't it? And hoping the mistakes aren't too serious. Thank you for sharing your story. Terry Golson 20 pounds of dog food? Amazing. But rather funny about the breaking and entering :) Martina I thought of your boys when I saw this on the news: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1244150--goats-as-groundskeepers-golf-course-says-employing-animals-is-eco-friendly-alternative Glad Pip is ok. Love the pink beard. Terry Golson The goats would certainly prefer the poison ivy to the grass! I do, though, worry about goats on tethers. They get tangled and injured easily....

Agnes’ Dark Comb – HenBlog – Monday, April 30, 2012

...treatments to help these old hens. Agnes looked to be on death’s door last month, but she’s still here thanks to epsom salts. Epsom salt is a combination of magnesium and sulfate. You can find it in the pharmacy, as it’s used by people as a laxative and as a foot soak. For such a simple and inexpensive product, it has many curative functions. The magnesium improves circulatory health, flushes toxins, improves muscle and nerve function, maintains the proper level of calcium in the blood and increases oxygen use. The sulfates help form brain tissues and joint proteins, creates mucin...

What Do You Want at HenCam? – HenBlog – Tuesday, January 10, 2012

...videos on how to catch a chicken (I'm still having trouble!), how to deal with injuries, feather pecking, a broody hen and treating lice, just for starters! Photos of your garden is always lovely, as is pics of Lily, Scooter, the Beast and of course the girls and boys. Also info on how to build your compost heap and how to compost all the poop I have! Keep up the good work x Celia Like someone else said for a comment....I don't know how you can improve perfection. But for my suggestion...I like it when you show anything to do...

On Her Own Terms – HenBlog – Sunday, January 5, 2014

...more of it. A flock of six birds means six deaths, likely within a half-dozen years. A sick cat or dog is taken to a veterinarian, who you’ll be able to pass much of the burden onto. For your dog, you might decide on a valiant (and expensive) course of action, making you feel that you’ve done something. But, when a chicken is near to the end it is not a time for heroics. It is a time to do the right thing as they pass on. You might be very attached to your dying hen, but it is wrong...

Goat Notes Giveaway! – HenBlog – Monday, November 15, 2010

Goat Notes are now up on Etsy.com! They are available for purchase, either individually or as a custom set of your choosing. To celebrate the re-opening of my Etsy shop, I’m having a drawing for a set of all five cards (and a small, surprise gift!) All you have to do is tell me the title of the photo that you like the best. To read the titles, click on each picture. It’ll link you right through to Etsy and you can see all the details. Leave your entry in the comments below. One entry per person, please. The contest...

Homemade Horse Treats – HenBlog – Monday, January 27, 2014

The footing has been so treacherous that it has been too dangerous to ride. Tonka is barefoot, and his feet slip on ice like unwaxed cross country skis. The snow is wet, it balls up in his hooves, and so at times it’s like he’s walking on rockers. But that doesn’t mean that training him has come to a halt. We’re working on all sorts of fun and useful behaviors, like “come” and “stand” and “head down” and “let’s go” (which means walk next to my shoulder, off-lead.) I reward him with carrots, but once in awhile I like to...

Giveaway! – HenBlog – Friday, April 2, 2010

In celebration of my appearance on MARTHA, I have a giveaway contest! This came in the goody bag at the MARTHA show. I already have one (or course, I mean, how can you resist something so adorable?) So, this one is up for grabs. All you have to do is send an email to me, with “chicken purse” written on the subject line. (You must follow these directions or your entry won’t end up in the drawing!) You don’t have to write a message, but I’d love to hear from you! One entry per person, please. This contest closes Friday,...

This & That – HenBlog – Sunday, March 18, 2012

Stephenie So fun! Thank you so much!!! YES...buy Tillie Lays an Egg. It is a favorite of ours. All of our books got packed away so we can sell our neighborhood house and move to a farm...Tillie got left out and right next to the bed. It is THAT loved around here. Veda We have loved Tillie since Martha introduced you and her on the chicken show."Tillie Lays an Egg" will be one of the books we will keep in our home. It's so beautiful and the kids love it. We are waiting for a book about your goats. Thank...

I’m Profiled In Chickens! – HenBlog – Wednesday, October 26, 2011

...on the hat and leg warmers. Just charming. Wendy You see? YOU SEE? LEGWARMERS. I always was at the cutting edge of couture. I tried to force Gladys into a tiny straw hat once and only narrowly escaped with both eyes. Donna OMG! Fabulous Terry! You look wonderful! What a great pic of you and Agatha! Congratulations! Will get myself a copy! Sara Congratulations! That is a wonderful picture. I don't approve of dressing up animals either, but I have to say, I love the leg warmers! Terry Golson I can't imagine what possessed you to try to force Gladys...

This & That – HenBlog – Monday, March 11, 2013

There’s a lot going on here! I’ve got a number of events coming up. Here’s a few highlights: On Tuesday I’ll be at the Dover-Sherborn High School, giving a Backyard Chicken Keeping Class. You don’t have to be a resident, so if you’re nearby, sign up! On Saturday I’ll be at the Concord Library with a chicken for a storytime. Drop in! At the end of March I’ll be in AUSTIN, Texas and hope to meet some of you there. For those in the Boston city area, I’ll be giving an Urban Chicken Keeping talk in Somerville in April, I’ve...

Phoebe’s Day – HenBlog – Tuesday, November 5, 2013

...to live in the Little Barn. She created a den under the nesting boxes, and I accommodated her wishes by putting hay under there, and by placing her dish of rabbit pellets nearby.   In the morning, the hens jump off of the roost and mill around, waiting for me to open the pop door to let them out. Phoebe is just as eager and maneuvers into the front of the crowd, and is often first out the door.   That’s because rabbits don’t like to mess their houses, and given a choice, they’ll use a litter area off in...

Year End Accounting – HenBlog – Tuesday, January 4, 2011

...brought in $83 this year. My precious “egg money.” It doesn’t go into the equation. So, I’m feeling rather flush right now, as if my girls and I managed to put the household finances into the black. Then again, I also added to the “infrastructure” with new waterers, bought fly paper and medicines, and paid to have the fencing repaired. I also shelled out to have a carpenter install a cupola to the HenCam barn to improve ventilation. Let’s not count that, shall we? Oh, and there’s no way I’m going to tally up what I spent on the goats....

Treats for Hens – HenBlog – Thursday, June 7, 2012

...fat and weaken what goes on in the reproductive tract. So, as much as your girls are gleeful about cracked corn, don’t feed it. There’s absolutely no reason to. One of the bonuses of keeping chickens is that they turn kitchen scraps and waste into compost. You don’t have to give up on feeding stale bread and leftover spaghetti, but keep it a small portion of their diet. On the other end of the spectrum, I am especially concerned about all of the people feeding their hens mealworms. A small amount, like a tablespoon a day, is a fine treat....

Anniversary Giveaway! – HenBlog – Tuesday, May 3, 2011

...had been the guest speaker. I had missed that event, but found myself a faithful viewer of the “Hen Cam” after reading about her web site. Since then I have enjoyed seeing her on Martha, and Animal Planet. The Golson family gives us a gift every day with this blog of useful information about animal care, gardening, and cooking delicious recipes. Its like a mini vacation from daily life. We get to enjoy seeing Pip and Caper, Lilly & Scooter, Candy and the “Girls”, and now the new “Chick cam”! Your website appeals to all ages, and brings such happiness...

Winter Eggs – HenBlog – Monday, February 21, 2011

...Do I have super layers or could it be that they are young and once they started laying they are going to just keep on laying until their first molt? I am raising them organically and it is wonderful to have fresh eggs daily without the $5/dozen price tag! Terry Golson Sex-link, which are modern hybrids, like golden comets, (which I have) will lay an egg a day through the winter. As much as I love the looks and personalities of some of the older breeds, the hybrids do lay far more eggs. You'll see a reduction in laying as...

Goats Do Fall Chores – HenBlog – Monday, November 9, 2015

...have a friend who has a basset hound that has the same effect on me. I just look at her, standing there minding her own business, and I start giggling.). I recently read an article that educated me on the toxicity of acorns and oak leaves for dogs. While I've never owned a dog that enjoyed chewing acorns, I had no idea they weren't just toxic, but highly toxic to them. Do you know if they have any negative effect on goats? Tracy Quick postscript: quick google confirms that both acorns and oak leaves are indeed toxic to goats. I...

Coop Ventilation – HenBlog – Friday, May 23, 2014

...of, the frozen combs could be linked back to inadequate ventilation. Chicken manure is 75 to 80% moisture. Additionally, when chickens breathe, they expel moist air. Damp air holds germs and viruses and causes respiratory ailments. Additionally, when manure breaks down, ammonia fumes are released, which, when breathed by chickens (and humans) can cause respiratory distress. We’re well aware of this in the summer, when the coop smells bad and the air feels humid. But, in the winter, most chicken keepers don’t worry about damp air because the coop feels dry when the weather is frigid. Although the air doesn’t...

Thanks, IT Guy! – HenBlog – Thursday, July 23, 2015

...a cup of coffee to talk with a kind, smart, trusted and very interesting friend. Quite an accomplishment. So, thanks for that. And to IT Guy for making it all possible. Terry Golson Tracy, thank you. You get it. Terry Golson This input helps! Steve is working, working, at solving this. He fixes one thing for one type of computer and it breaks on another. It's likely that those of you with old tablets, etc, will not be able to access the new cams, but he should be able to get it fixed for everyone else. Steve Golson Hi everyone,...

Who’s Who – HenBlog – Wednesday, June 1, 2011

...and they crow. Until then, you'll be guessing. Terry Golson Am working on a blog about that. Short answer for you is that don't have to do anything for your chicks. kristen thanks any more info would be great!!!!!!.. kristen i love watching your animals! i have some chickens and ducks and a goat Mary The last one, as Ken said, is definitely a Barnevelder. Such beautiful birds- gentle and quiet. When the sun shines on ours, it almost takes my breath away. Love, love, love your blog. Kerryn That Barnevleder.... are you sure "she's a girl" mine is 4...

More Molting – HenBlog – Tuesday, November 2, 2010

...the girls into the flower beds. The dirt is warm, loose and inviting. It must feel really good on those bare patches of skin and the itchy, emerging quills. Look closely and you can count six chickens crowded into this spa. There’s plenty of other spots to dirt bathe in, but the chickens like to do this together – despite the downside of having dirt kicked into one’s face by a neighbor! I’m not worried about the molting girls being cold. They have patches of sun to laze in, there are plenty of remaining feathers to fluff up and insulate...

Worms – HenBlog – Thursday, January 21, 2010

As anyone who has watched nature shows knows, there’s a lot of organisms out there that we don’t think about or see. Some creep us out, like bed mites, and the creatures that live on our eye lashes, and those parasites found in Amazon rivers that find their way into your urinary tract. Eww. Farm animals also have critters living in and on them. Some are necessary, like beneficial bacteria in their intestines, and some can kill. Worms and larvae can decimate a flock and fell your goats. There are chemicals that you can spray and dust and feed that...

I Need Patience – HenBlog – Thursday, July 26, 2012

...before the apple trees I planted last year will even have an apple blossom. Next year we are thinking of planting a peach tree or two. Camille Just spent a full five minutes this morning watching Candy sit front and center of the camera as she gave herself a complete tongue bath and fluffing up. Delightful. She is a very tidy bunny indeed. Wonderful photos of the peach and tomato - they look like I could 'pluck' them off my computer screen! Terry Golson Glad that Candy has been entertaining! Well, I picked that peach yesterday afternoon and the entire...

Tuppercraft Rooster – The Vintage Hen – Tuesday, September 4, 2012

...after a while. You have some nice ones there. jonathan I would say to.unlatch it.with the tailyou would hold the pin the the part the attaches to the pin on its.side. then bring the whole pine down into the tail then press in the moveable part with Your finger and press it to the side, if you can visualize that. It may not be to clear Terry Golson Very clever, Jonathan, but I'm not that dextrous :) Terry Golson Thanks! Another reader noticed that Tupperware and Tuppercraft use the same font. Terry Golson I'm glad my blogs make you happy!...

Attention To Detail – HenBlog – Tuesday, March 27, 2012

...what makes having backyard chickens a joy. Paying attention requires patience; time in stillness, time to watch and to know. The other day I sat in the corner of the big barn with my camera, trying to get a photo of a hen checking out the nesting boxes. I took pictures and I listened to the girls’ chatter, and I watched them jostle for food, peck at my boots, eye my wedding ring, and dust bathe. I watched Ruby barge past one hen and peck at another. I saw Jasper’s quickness and Opal’s meekness. I saw Florence’s intelligence and Agatha’s...

6th Anniversary – HenBlog – Tuesday, May 1, 2012

...We have loved all the posts people mentioned above. I particularly remember the saga of the new chicks, and the post about making new dog beds (and how Scooter claimed the big one) - we read that again and again. Your stories of life and death, illness and joy, peace, contentment and animal husbandry are a world in miniature and a window on life for a little girl, and her mom! Thank you for all you do. I'm proud to have the only kid at preschool who can discuss using diatomaceous earth for vent lice and the rarity of gapeworm....

Little Pond Farm Retirement Home for Old Hens – HenBlog – Wednesday, February 17, 2010

...with our less-productive domestic farm animals is a continuum of choices. Although I like to have veggies from my garden and eggs from my hens, I don't aspire to raising all of my own food, and I don't have to get every last bit of financial value out of my hens. Besides, Donna is right, laying hens are not designed for eating. Actually, instead of being too fatty, there's not much meat on them after a few years, and what's there is only fit for stewing. (Broilers are less than 10 weeks old when slaughtered.) It's a lot of work...

Sunlight and Coop Design – HenBlog – Thursday, February 10, 2011

...part of the house as much of the day as possible. Sunlight is the perfect germ destroyer, purifying the parts of the house where it shines, besides adding warmth and making surroundings more congenial. It acts as a tonic to the birds during the short winter days and induces a heavier production.” So, why are so many of the prefab coops on the market so dark? I’ve seen coops disguised as garbage cans, others that look like space ships, some that look like dog houses. They’ll do in climates where chickens are out and about every day. They are not...

Licorice for Goats – HenBlog – Saturday, August 31, 2013

...blogs, I read that this farmer also gives her goats black licorice. I gave in and bought a bag. The goat boys always anticipate that something good is coming their way when they’re asked to get onto their stumps.   However, they can be quite suspicious of new foods, and they are fussy. For example, Pip likes tomatoes, but Caper doesn’t, whereas Caper likes a certain prickly weed that Pip won’t touch. But, they both agreed that black licorice is yummy. They wagged their tails and smacked their lips.   But, was this munching and crunching any different than when...

The Beast Eats – HenBlog – Thursday, July 25, 2013

...to decide where to dig the hole in the yard. Any tips on location? Kit Here is a nice little website on some of the different varities of Koi fish, the one I think the Beast is from is, bascially a catch all of unclassicable koi fish. http://www.blueridgekoi.com/koi-goldfish-resources/koi-variety-guide/ Phobe the rabbit is also a girl. Kit Here is a website on a few ways to sex koi fish. http://www.koi-fish.com/koi-care/sexing-koi.html Since the Beast is so big, I think she is a girl, and I think a few of her offspring have made it as koi/goldfish hybrids, but her hybrid offspring are...

Fun & Lovely Chicken Things – HenBlog – Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I spent Monday at the humongous (no exaggeration, it takes up the Javitz Center and two Piers) NY Gift Fair. This is THE place to go if you are a creator/purveyor of …. stuff! Things for the home, gifts for your friends, artist-designed stationary, clever items for the office, luxury for the bedroom. It’s all there, and more. Buyers from retailers big and small come from all over the world to find stock for their shops at this event. My book, Vintage Chicken Postcards, was there, at the Ellie & Friends booth. (Ellie is a rep, who sells to delightful...

Rooster Tea Kettle – The Vintage Hen – Thursday, August 16, 2012

...cost more than the kettle! Also, I am spoilt with an electric one: I am bound to forget and be up the garden or in the shower when the whistling starts! Terry Golson I've seen that one. It's a fun design and a similar version is still being manufactured so you might be able to find one on your side of the pond. http://www.amazon*]}*.com/Supreme-Housewares-71503-Rooster-Whistling/dp/B002OTGTW8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1345491599&sr=8-1&keywords=rooster+tea+kettle Mine is about 40 years older, and I think that it has more attitude :) BTW, I also have an electric kettle. I've burnt a pot on my stovetop, so I don't use one there anymore!...

Vegetable Garden Surprises – HenBlog – Wednesday, August 22, 2012

...to it. Sorry so long winded today. Terry Golson Goats are such fussy eaters! They won't eat anything wilted or bruised. Pip and Caper even have different tastes. Pip like apple peels, and Caper won't touch them. Lynn T The one with the pink flowers? It's a form of japanese knotweed (Persicaria) -- there are color-selected forms sold as perennials (Red Dragon, Firetail, Lance Corporal, etc) but I have found them all invasive. Lynn Jonathan I.thought I planted 3 yellow tomato and 5 red tomato all are yellow, however next to the edge of my chicken run their are 2...

Backyard Chickens Print Giveaway! – HenBlog – Wednesday, February 1, 2012

One of the great pleasures of having the HenCam is that I get to connect with such interesting people. Several years ago I heard from a chicken keeper named Jenny Tiffany in Portland, Oregon. It turns out that not only is she a lovely person, but she is also a talented artist. You can find her work at her shop on Etsy. Her prints are colorful, happy, modern and retro, AND some are of chickens. Jenny has generously agreed to give a print to the winner of this giveaway! All you have to do is go to her site, decide...

Asparagus Bed – HenBlog – Tuesday, June 7, 2011

...I know... Magic Cochin Snap - I'm digging out a compost bin to make a bed to plant squash too! Quite a work out! You deserve a rest tonight - put your feet up and enjoy the company of your dogs :-) best wishes Celia BTW - things are starting to happen at http://twitter.com/#!/search/%23PPPHatch Terry Golson If you plan on using the soil directly under the paper, then yes, you have to wait a long time for all to die, then dig and double dig to loosen the dirt. But, I'm piling a foot of compost on top of that...

Peas, Please – HenBlog – Tuesday, July 5, 2011

...used it a few weeks back when I was going through a disease of some sort in my flock. I am new to chicken farming, and have learned SO much in a few short months!!! I am saving your site, so that I may come back often. A couple questions.. I read a reference to Tillie lays an Egg, here on your blog. Did you write that childrens book? I just checked it out at the library a few weeks ago, and my grandson loved it! So did I. In fact, I named one of my little one's Tillie, she...

New Chicks – HenBlog – Wednesday, April 27, 2011

...As a night owl, it's great to be able to watch them after the girls and boys are in bed for the night. It must be fun for you to hear them peep, too. Yvette SO cute! And, oh my goodness, it's 11 p.m., and they're still up. I'm having a ball watching the ones who stop, mid-stride, and nod right off to sleep, like the one who zonked out in the feeder a few minutes ago. (Who's awake again now.) Holy cow, are they precious. Congratulations! Tammy SO cute...I am getting my first chicks on Friday and cannot wait....

How The Animals Are Coping With This Heat – HenBlog – Thursday, July 21, 2011

...feathers, but these young pullets seem to like. And it keeps them cool. Don't these pictures beat all ? http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=538337 Judy I noticed that Little Blue was in the coop sitting on her rump, so I am glad to hear that she and all the other critters are doing okay. It is awfully hot here in DC too, so I am making your cucumber salad for dinner tonight, to go with the tomato sauce on pasta from your Thousand Low Fat Recipes cookbook. Little heat in the kitchen and really, really yummy...(I've "tested" the cucumbers, and the sauce is an...

Tina – HenBlog – Monday, December 10, 2012

...are animals with short lives, and they die right in front of us. If you chose to raise hens for both eggs and meat, and harvest the hens before the age of two, then your chickens won’t suffer in old age, but will live vibrant lives until the end. It’s a humane and valid option. I chose to let my hens retire, knowing that there will be disease and death, but also knowing that some of my hens will live many years in retirement. Edwina, my Barred Rock, at 7, is as sturdy and content as ever. I did a...

Winter Eggs – HenBlog – Wednesday, December 7, 2011

...a day from 23 hens of varying ages. Battery hens do live a miserable, stressfull and cruel life. Working in a metropolitan area and surrounded by "city slickers" I'm amazed at where people actually think their eggs and other animal products come from or more specifically how the animals are raised. I tell them the image of the big barn and hens ranging over a large field on the egg carton is a fantasy. People actually believe that image!!! I also direct them to Youtube and tell them to search for battery hens, some have done it and no surprise...

A Good Year – HenBlog – Saturday, December 31, 2011

...all; human, feathered, furred, scaled and such. We've enjoyed your company and look forward to the new year and the memories and adventures it will bring us. Kitty McKnight A very happy New Year to all! I sure do enjoy my "Tilly Time". Lucy Suitor Holt Hello Terry, got your Farmstead Egg Cookbook for Christmas and am eager to try those beet stained eggs! The year past was a blur, but the new one has started out with renewed energy and the joy of watching my chickens explore the outdoors this winter with all the mud and drizzle, and the...

Chanukah In My Home – HenBlog – Wednesday, December 21, 2011

...between the heavy hand of a government, and what a people will tolerate, and between when to act through armies, when to be subversive, and when to give in. It’s about symbols, faith and identity. I think about all of those things at this time of year. I am so grateful to live in this country where I can celebrate how I want, in public, with my family. I am grateful to live at a time when my religious decisions can be personal and not dictated by fundamentalist dogma, or by an oppressive government. I’m grateful to live where where...

Adorable Egg Molds – HenBlog – Friday, February 17, 2012

...article and the picture of you with Agatha Agate! There is an article, THE BASICS OF BEHAVIOR, which is an interview with the person whose web site introduced me to yours. She has Chickam2008 on Ustream.com and jackshenhouse.com Ken Who know? Ken s/b knew. ;-) Viki in Grass Valley CA I'm suprised you didn't steam your eggs. I'm a steamming convert sence your blog about it! Terry Golson I use both methods. The boiling method allows me to turn off the stove and leave the room to do something else. The steaming method allows me to cook fresher eggs and...

Candy’s Throne – HenBlog – Thursday, March 17, 2011

Elizabeth Candy is so funny! Your snowbank looks just like my snowbank--covered in bits of straw. Maybe Candy would like a wooden crate or similar to perch on. My house rabbit used to like to climb up the stairs and sit on them and survey the living room. Erin maybe some variation on this: http://media.photobucket.com/image/bunny%20playground/corsiphoto/photos-part2/rabbitt.jpg ? (assuming Steve is feeling handy) bunnylady My bunnies have a 3 level wooden house and some have a plastic kiddy house with a slide and they love to go up and down the slide. Ken My first thought was similar to bunnylady's. Maybe something...

Lily Saves the Day – HenBlog – Wednesday, September 2, 2009

...cutters are readily available in a variety of sizes at kitchen-ware stores. Terry Golson The Comtesse- yes! one learns to trust one’s dog. AND the more you listen to them, the more they’ll tell you! Terry Golson Jenny- the trick to a good farm dog is to have one that is alert and intelligent, but that is also biddable and not so prey driven. A difficult to find combination! I had a Husky/Aussie mix that kept the predators away, but left the chickens alone. She wasn’t bred to be a farm dog, but she sure was good at her work....

Something New – HenBlog – Tuesday, July 28, 2015

...also fun and in the end, very successful and rewarding, for myself as the chair and for the attendees. I found my best idea was to pretend I was putting on a big party for all my friends, and that got me excited. A week after the conference, we moved out of our house of 37 years. Ay yay yay! But despite the stress and tiredness (and still finding things and places to put them after 3 weeks), I have to admit I feel enlivened and refreshed (along with the exhaustion) -- the most adventurous and difficult things I have...

Balance With Your Horse – HenBlog – Thursday, July 2, 2015

...in mind. But, it’s fun to get out. It’s good to have a judge’s opinion of how we’re doing. At a dressage show you ride a preset test pattern, by yourself in a ring. A judge scores each movement.   We’ve been to three shows and ridden four tests. We’ve done well. Five blue ribbons (those are first places) and one second. (A couple of those extra ribbons were for high point placements in our division.)   But, I wouldn’t want Tonka to only see the inside of a ring. We get out. The other day, just the two of...

Observation not Assumptions – HenBlog – Friday, July 17, 2015

...own skewed lens of being human. I tell stories about my animals, too, and I don’t hesitate to use words like happy, clever and confused when talking about them. But, I like to think that at the base of my tales are truths about the who these animals truly are, not my own needs and emotions painted over them. To understand another, an other, one must pay close attention. I’m trained to do analyses of behavior. I start by noting all interactions and body language. I don’t assume that I know what is going on. I look for details and...

How Laying Hen Pellets Are Made – HenBlog – Tuesday, April 14, 2015

...come up and tour their plant. I wanted to know exactly what goes into their feed and how it is manufactured. I arrived on a snowy spring morning. It was a long, but beautiful drive to get there. The mill is in Vermont, on the Canadian border.   I met Josh Poulin, the fourth-generation of his family to run the mill (his sister is also involved.) Scott Birch, the Quality Assurance Manager, gave me a tour. It’s a busy place. They make a variety of animal feeds, including dairy rations, rabbit pellets and horse feed. Poulin manufactures 35 tons of...

Eggs from Pastured Hens ARE Different – HenBlog – Friday, June 19, 2009

...hen or by one kept in a cage. A researcher in New Zealand has come up with a test to verify what type of housing an egg was laid in. It turns out that a pastured hen, eating a wide variety of food, produces a very different egg than the caged hen. A synopsis of the article can be read in this poultry industry on-line newsletter. Awhile back, Mother Earth News did it’s own analysis of pastured eggs and came up with similar results. Those of us with backyard hens knew this already, but it’s nice to have scientific proof....

Goat Vaccines – HenBlog – Thursday, April 14, 2016

jaye I couldn't agree more: as the old saying goes, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure", and for diseases where there is no cure, prevention is really the only option.. Glad that Lily and the boys are still in fine fettle.. Ken I took Lulu to the vet in March for her shots and here they are going to "at risk" vaccines. He asked if she had access to a backyard, wild animals etc. Duh!!!!!!! What dog doesn't? This isn't Manhatten. They only vaccinate for what the dog is "at risk or exposed to". I have...

Animal Updates – HenBlog – Tuesday, September 15, 2015

judy m. keeping you busy for sure, have you ever tried any homeopathy for lily? Kari L Ruud Wilson As always.......enjoyed your update! Durbin Goodwin My granddaughter and I are daily visitors to your page. It has been a great learning experience for both of us. She particularly likes Phoebe but what 6 year old doesn't love a bunny. Tracy I love hearing updates on each and every critter. And that Tonka is just a lovely boy, isn't he? Nice, solid and balanced lines, lovely head and kind eye, and such flashy markings. And a good size for a pleasure...

Accolades – HenBlog – Wednesday, May 13, 2009

...also been getting accolades on Tillie Lays an Egg. The book got a starred review in Publishers Weekly, and also great reviews in Kirkus, The Wall Street Journal, The LA Times and The School Library Journal. Blogging book reviewers have also been writing favorably about Tillie. Everyone needs a pat on the back now and then (that’s another expression that I wonder if it translates to other cultures,) and I can tell you that writers especially need external validation. Being a writer requires self-editing, outside critiques, long spaces of time when no one is interested in what you are doing,...

Feeding During the Molt – HenBlog – Friday, October 10, 2014

...alfalfa. Alfalfa looks like hay (which is a grass), but it’s not. Alfalfa is a legume. It’s packed with digestible (for chickens, not you!) protein and calcium. There is evidence that feeding alfalfa reduces the amount of salmonella in a hen’s gut. The difficulty for the urban and backyard chicken keeper is finding it in a form that you can handle and bring home. Pellets are convenient, but they are formulated with more stem than leaf, and what the hens require are those nutrient-dense leaves. A small box of alfalfa, sold in the rabbit section of the pet store, is...

Tillie News – HenBlog – Tuesday, December 16, 2008

...copy and get it in time for holiday giving. In these days of re-evaluating what is good and lasting and necessary, I do think that books are right there in the “must-have” list. They’re a pleasure to hold, and are the ultimate hand-me-downs. However, if you’re on a really tight budget, make use of your public library! A gift to your children (or grandchildren) of a read-aloud night is as good (better) than any toy. Settle down with popcorn and a stack of books in front of a fire. I hope that Tillie and I will be there with you....

It’s Almost Here! – The Vintage Hen – Friday, March 7, 2014

...be worth the extra for me, too! Terry Golson Great, stay tuned. I'll get a listing up on the HenCam store. Terry Golson Okay! I'll list it in the HenCam store. Terry Golson I would like to go to Italy! Gayle S I ordered your book from Amazon, and it has shipped. I am looking forward to readin it and using the recipes. I just finished reading your article and recipes in this mornings Boston Globe Magazine section. Great! Vicki R :D Judy marvelli I pre ordered mine awile ago, cant wait, love cookbooks! Also saw the globe item, congrats!...

Terry Golson

...The backyard was too small for hoofed animals, but I could keep chickens. A move to a larger property allowed for an expansion of the flock, the addition of two goats, and an abundant kitchen garden. One favorite little white hen inspired my picture book, Tillie Lays an Egg (Scholastic, 2009) which received much positive press, a PW starred review and the appreciation of Martha Stewart—Tillie and I appeared on her television show. (For a detailed listing of press go here.) My interest in chickens and cooking led to the writing of The Farmstead Egg Guide and Cookbook (Houghton Mifflin...

Duramycin and Laying Hens – HenBlog – Thursday, July 11, 2013

When your flock comes down with a deadly respiratory ailment you need to treat them fast with something effective. Antibiotics can turn the tide and keep your chickens alive. But, these drugs can also be abused, and they have been, especially by high-volume “farms” that house animals in such unhealthy confines that they resort to putting antibiotics into the drinking water to keep their stock from dying. Bacteria multiply and mutate rapidly, and some will become immune to the medications. Feed antibiotics continuously and you’ll end up creating dangerous pathogens that are impervious to treatment. That has happened already, and...

Sweet Clementine – HenBlog – Thursday, April 10, 2014

...then, instead of moving out, backed up. Over time, yolks and whites progressed towards this stuck egg, surrounded it, and formed a mass. This effectively blocked her tract, and so new yolks, being released from the ovaries, had no place to go but into the body cavity. Her abdomen was a solid mass of yolks. Poor girl. It is amazing what a hen can live with. Clementine, up to the end, was eating and drinking. The necropsy showed a full gizzard and a healthy amount of muscle. She had rejoined the flock, which had accepted her. She was weak, but...

Taming the Grapevine – HenBlog – Tuesday, July 16, 2013

...grapes. It’s a lot of work for a fruit with a tough skin and center pits which are large and bitter. I decided that I should grow my own grapes. I found three hybrids through Gurney’s that are seedless, edible as table fruit, and yet grow in my northern clime. I had a plan: grow the grapes along the Gem’s enclosure, which the plants would climb, and eventually cover. The vines would provide shade, protection from hawks, and fruit for me (and drops for the hens.) The grapes arrived last spring as small bare root plants. This spring they were...

Baby Robins, Day 10 – The Vintage Hen – Tuesday, June 25, 2013

...it flap from the Butterfly bush branches. The daddy would get in front of the baby once on the ground, as if to say, "come this way". There was a lot of chirping going on too. It would hop up trying to fly. The baby could jump on to the fence (two feet off the ground) and would fly down the other side. They continued to hop, jump, and fly a little until they were out of sight. I don't know where mommy bird was. They both had feed and cared for them. Thank you Terry for the daily up...

Onyx’s Egg – HenBlog – Thursday, June 13, 2013

Onyx settled down into the nesting box this morning. I waited. And waited. Jasper came over and Onyx rattled her feathers and yelled at her to go away. I waited some more. But, I couldn’t stay in the barn all day. I came back forty-five minutes later, and there were three eggs in the nesting box! But, I knew which one was Onyx’s.   It’s too squat, it has a bulge, and the shell has lines. Those aren’t cracks and it’s still good to eat. However, another hen, shoving about in the nest, could easily have smashed it. No wonder...

A Foul Fowl Poop – HenBlog – Sunday, April 21, 2013

...had bantams, one hen in particular seemed to go broody a lot of the time. It seems that she actually had a higher temperature, and went bald on her ventral side. Terry Golson Yes, one sign of broodiness is that the hen pulls the feathers off of her chest. That way her warm skin is in contact with the eggs. Their body temperature rises, too. Good observations! Terry Golson Oh, don't tell me that. I am loving the Ameracauna chicks. So calm and sweet. I don't want them to be broody adults! Jonathan The anti broody box works wonders, my...

Chicken Waterers – HenBlog – Thursday, September 20, 2012

...that chickens love to drink from mucky mud puddles, I want the water that I give them to be clean! (The one in the photo is due to be cleaned and refilled.) Water dispensers, especially in the summer, are prone to hosting algae blooms. If that is a problem, a splash of apple cider vinegar in the fount keeps the water clear. (Only put vinegar in plastic containers as it will cause the metal ones to rust.) However, I don’t routinely add apple cider vinegar in a large enough quantity to be a tonic because I prefer to reserve it...

Grape Arbor For The Hens (And Me) – HenBlog – Tuesday, April 3, 2012

...not always outside to protect the girls. In an effort to protect the hens, I’ve criss-crossed string over the run – hawks don’t risk getting tangled up in it. And I’ve hung CDs, that sparkle erratically in the sun and keep the airborne predators (and pesky sparrows) away. This winter, while reading “garden porn” – those colorful seed and plant catalogs that always seem to arrive in the mailbox on the dreariest and coldest days of winter – I came across seedless grapes that are suited (so they say) to my area. I had an “a-hah!” moment. What if I...

A Cold Morning – HenBlog – Monday, December 26, 2011

...you...a few posts ago you talked about the signs of winter. We had just read a book that had the signs of spring. The kids and I looked at each photo and pointed out the signs that winter was coming. They were especially interested in the Beast! Enjoy the wedding. Deborah Jean The dowager analogy is perfect. I am still smiling. Have a wonderful trip. Carol Caldwell What lovely images and phrases about all your creatures. Hope you have a lovely time at the wedding, look forward to hearing about it on your return and how your animals are too....

Veg Garden Cleanup Timing – HenBlog – Monday, September 15, 2014

...much care about the end results; but interestingly enough, I find that the less I worry about how much I am producing, how it looks, etc., the better things go. This summer I had spectacular bell peppers—enough to eat a ton and give the rest away—and tomatoes out the wazoo. Sauce for the winter, and there are still a ton of yellow blossoms in the beds. The chickens are feasting on the end-of-season squash; sadly, they turn up their noses at green beens. Robin I am finishing putting up basil and I lopped the tops off my tomato plants along...

Scooter’s Day – HenBlog – Tuesday, October 16, 2012

...Terry Golson I took the pic right after he'd opened his eyes, yawned, and went back to sleep. His tongue went back in his mouth. At least he doesn't sleep with his tongue lolling out :) Natalie, the Chickenblogger Kindred spirits... Scooter and I. What a love. Maryanne ah, so Scooter is a night owl? CUTE pics! Donna That was adorable! jonathan Too cute, my girl gets run of the house, her name is Faith, my boy Milan a 2 year old Bichon gets locked n his crate, and Alex my 14 year old Maltese. Is every where.... M.E. Reminds...

Roosts for Chickens – HenBlog – Thursday, November 20, 2014

...are also used during the daytime. Betsy, who is a very, very old hen, rests indoors while the others are out and about. It’s a peaceful place for her.   I provide plenty of outside roosts, too. It’s a way to create more usable space in a small pen. Roosts are especially welcome when it’s muddy and snowy as the hens appreciate perches that are high and dry. Branches make for attractive and interesting roosts.   Roosts also enrich the environment. I keep stumps in the run, and move them about every week or so. The hens seem to like...

The Beast Emerges! – HenBlog – Friday, March 27, 2015

This is a good news post. All winter, the Beast, the humungous 12-year old koi that lives in the water feature, has lived in a state of suspended animation. Late in the fall, when the water temperature drops to around 40° F, she slows down and stops eating. As the pond freezes over, she stations herself in her cave and waits out the winter. She swims just enough to stay upright. The pond has a pump that moves water through the gravel on the far side, up through the hole in the 17-ton rock, and down into the pool where...

Chicken Football – HenBlog – Thursday, August 4, 2011

...silkie tomorrow and I was wondering if i had to take care of them any diffrent than i do my other chickens. Terry Golson Silkies have very different feathers and need specialized care. Their feathers don't shed water, so they need to be kept dry and out of rain and snow. Also, the feathers don't insulate well and so the silkies might require a heat lamp. Also, they're usually on the bottom of the pecking order, so take care introducing a silkie to an established flock. That said, they are sweet and adorable. kristen thank tou for the info: )...

From a Horse’s Perspective – HenBlog – Thursday, October 22, 2015

I keep Tonka at a boarding barn that has both an indoor and outdoor ring. Some people never get off of the property with their horses, but I do. It’s good both physically and mentally for the horse to get out and see new things and to move over varied terrain. It’s also fun. At least, it’s fun when your horse is careful where he puts his feet, is willing to leave his stablemates behind, and doesn’t buck, bolt or rear when frightened. As trustworthy and sane as Tonka is, he does get scared. All horses do. They’re primed to...

HenBlog is a Blog of the Week! – HenBlog – Friday, August 20, 2010

...best thing! We also have some little ones in the family who will enjoy your books and Celia Hart's when they are old enough. Cindy Congratulations to Terry and the girls! HenBlog is not only Dobbie’s Blog of the Week, but mine, too, and I would extend that week to the years I have been delighted, entertained and educated by the goings-on at Little Pond Farm as seen on the HenCam! Vicki in So. CA And as on Dobbies(dot)com: “ 'the most famous backyard chicken farm in the world', according to Current Science Magazine." That's pretty cool, too! Congratulations, Terry!...

George Thanks Me – HenBlog – Monday, December 14, 2015

...limp, like George's. These were working horses, and the groom explained if was like deep tissue massage after a hard day of work. They absolutely loved it. I asked the groom how he knew how much force to apply, when to move on to another area, when to stop, etc. He looked at me pityingly and said they'd "been having a conversation the entire time", didn't I notice? Ear flicks, leaning in, leaning away, subtle shifts of weight, head and neck position, lax lips, even tail position, he explained it all. He also used to wash the horses in quite...

Dog Training/Training Dog – HenBlog – Friday, April 17, 2009

...collie/rat terrier mix, waits for him to leave and then she hides them. When he comes back, he says, “Where’s my slippers?” Lily gleefully drops one at his feet. “And where’s the other?” he says. She brings the second one and waits by the canister that holds the treats. She thought this up all by herself and it never fails to amuse all of us. Lily has also learned to take my rubber boots and put them in the center of a mud puddle. Of course, she knows that I’ll need her help. I say, “Fetch the boots,” and she...

Rabbit Weather – HenBlog – Wednesday, December 9, 2009

...of it, surveying her domain. It’s nice to have an animal who likes this weather. That’s one of the benefits of keeping animals – going into the moment with them. I once had a dog who loved to leap up and snap at snow as I shoveled it. We had fun. Shoveling is more of a burden now that she’s gone. Although Candy has a thick layer of fur (and a roll of fat under that!) there are still chores that are specific to winter rabbit care. Because she is a lop-eared rabbit, her ears drag in the snow. She...

Storm Preparation for Chicken Coops – HenBlog – Friday, January 23, 2015

If the weather report is accurate, we’re in for a doozy of a storm tomorrow. There will be sleet and snow accumulation. It’s the sort of heavy, icy precipitation that causes power outages and dangerous roads. Today there’s no hint in the blue skies of what’s to come. I took advantage of the nice (albeit below-freezing) weather to prepare for the storm. I let the animals out to wander and forage while I readied the barns.   There is frost on the ground, but the hens pay it no mind. A half-foot of snow, though, will be another story. They’ll...

How it Used to Be – HenBlog – Thursday, November 2, 2006

I’ve been buying old poultry magazines, books and catalogs, and they are a lesson in how agriculture has changed. The Poultry Item from 1928 has an article about poultry houses. It says, “To do well, the fowls require room.” It goes on to state, “Sunlight and fresh air are powerful disinfectants and germ destroyers. Pure fresh air and direct sunlight will do more to protect your flocks, prevent diseases, and in many cases effect a cure of ailments and injuries than anything you can buy at the drug store.” The Hillview Leghorns Poultry Farms catalog from 1939 has photos of...

Horse Whiskers – HenBlog – Tuesday, March 1, 2016

...move, and then they are all in concert. Just an observation, not scientifically supported. And I love pictures of animals sticking out their pink tongues! Tracy I have a friend who has a quite fancy liver chestnut warm blood dressage horse, named Colonel Mustard, specifically as an homage to his substantial and inexplicably white mustache. He had no other white on him. One time we made a date to ride together, and knowing I was about to arrive and how much I admired the Colonel, (he had incredibly smooth and elastic natural movement and was just good for the soul...

Don’t Feel Sorry For Siouxsie – HenBlog – Tuesday, April 30, 2013

...the wide range of breeds and temperaments, they all get along. In fact, there’s not one obvious flock queen, and no one is on the bottom and at the fringes of the flock society. I attribute much of their good behavior to how they were raised – in spacious surroundings, with interesting things to peck and do from the beginning. They’ve been handled gently and consistently, but not excessively. It’s how I’m raising the new chicks, and that seems to be having the same effect. So, when I added Siouxsie to the mix, I figured that the flock personality would...

Getting Better – HenBlog – Wednesday, June 6, 2007

The drugs are working and everyone is on the mend. Buffy suffered the most and remains puffy-eyed and uncomfortable. Snowball, after a day with her eyes squeezed shut and holed up in the nesting box with her tail to the world, is looking around and is out and about. The other hens appear almost normal, and unless you are acutely observant, you wouldn’t know that they’ve been sick. Prudence never succumbed. Perhaps she was the carrier? I’ve had sick hens before, and have had hens with respiratory ailments that died, but I’ve never had an illness sweep through the barn...

A Kind Eye – HenBlog – Wednesday, January 22, 2014

...in the singular.) Tonka has one.   Like people, horses are born with their own unique personalities. Some are introverts and some are extroverts. Some horses are competitive and have the look of eagles. Some are worriers, and some are endless, mischievous troublemakers. Some have gentle souls and thoughtful minds, and those are the horses with kind eyes. You can’t train a horse to have a kind eye, but you can crush it. There are obvious ways to do that, such as physical abuse. There are other ways to do it as well, that are more subtle but far more...

Two-toned Egg – HenBlog – Wednesday, July 11, 2012

...Easter Eggers lays an egg with gobs of blue "spackle" in clumps...little balls of calcium that rub off like miniature pearls. Fun to find these treasures. And had to laugh out loud at my Columbian, the broody one. I tossed her out the popdoor and told her to "go cool off." To my surprise she marched, turkey-fluffed and hormone driven, to one of the tubs I set out for water. She hopped right in, drumstick deep, and took a good bath! Never saw a hen do that before on her own She drank a lot of water, cooled off her...

A Bountiful Harvest – HenBlog – Friday, October 29, 2010

It’s been a bountiful year for acorns. They bounce off of my car, they drop on my head, they scrunch underfoot. The goats know where the oak tree is and where the acorns roll. Pip munches. Goats have small mouths. Unlike horses, they can’t open wide and grab a big treat. An acorn just barely fits. However, Caper has figured out how to bite, crunch and swallow. Notice that the boys are dragging leashes. I don’t like them to eat too many acorns, I’m afraid that the diet is too rich for the wethers (wethers are neutered boy goats, and...

Look Up, Look Down – The Vintage Hen – Monday, October 13, 2014

...dry S. California day, is the smell of a pine tree. You stand in a little island of shade, and the tree seems to ooze a wonderful fragrance. You're right, this smell can't be imitated... foodnstuff Yes, we have colourful parrots all year round on our Australian bush property. The only time I wish they'd go away is fruit-ripening time (coming up in a month or so). :-( Rebecca Beautiful colors in the Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge. It is like a wonderland! We are expecting heavy rains and wind tonight and tomorrow. That will bring the leaves down....

Year End Egg Count – HenBlog – Wednesday, January 2, 2013

I keep two flocks, one young and one old. I keep records of how many eggs are laid daily. Look at those numbers and they will tell you much about my chickens. In January of 2012, there were 12 hens in the little barn. The best layers were the hybrids, and not yet four years old. Others were nearing six and even seven years of age. By the end of the year there were only five hens in that flock. The productive layers had died (as the high producers often do around three years of age.) A few of the...

Animal Update – HenBlog – Monday, May 30, 2011

There’s always something going on here, but I’m hoping that we’ve seen the end of the major storyline of the last two weeks – the outbreak of a deadly respiratory disease in the HenCam flock. Among domestic farm animals, contagious diseases can hit fast, spread even as you isolate the first animal that shows the symptoms, and kills before you have a chance to weigh your options. Ask a farmer. Everyone has a story to tell. Backyard flocks are not immune. Wild birds fly in and out of the coops, snatch food from the feeders and leave bacteria, viruses and...

Buffy's Ongoing Recovery – HenBlog – Tuesday, June 10, 2008

...At first, don’t use any bedding or it will stick to the injury. I put her in a guinea pig cage – nice and airy, but it limited LuLu’s motion. LuLu is now bedded on shavings, has the stall to herself and has a roost. Of course, food and water. She’ll be there a long time, until her feathers grow back. I hope they do! Chickens are vicious about pecking at bare skin. LuLu is alert, calm and doing fine. She’s eating and drinking and pooping. I’m thinking about putting Buffy in with her for company. I’ll keep you updated…...

Eating Eggs is Good For You – HenBlog – Monday, March 31, 2008

...Health conducted a research study of 10,000 individuals which found no link between egg consumption and developing heart disease in adults. The study showed that eating an average of one egg per day has little effect on total blood cholesterol levels and doesn’t increase the risk of heart disease or stroke. The research did indicate that excess saturated and trans fats have the greatest impact on blood cholesterol levels. So, limit the junk food and enjoy your eggs! What’s your favorite way to eat eggs? I start my day with a sliced hard-cooked egg on a piece of good toast....

Oyster Shell For Hens – HenBlog – Friday, December 30, 2011

...It’s not expensive, but you don’t want it to go to waste. There are days when the hens won’t eat any, and others when they scarf it up. Tossing it on the ground or mixing it in the feed isn’t efficient. I’ve come up with a tidy solution. I use a rabbit feeder, hung in the barn. Florence says it’s just right. After a few pecks she goes outside. After all, she needs her daily dose of vitamin D, too. My girls don’t have to get that from their feed- fresh air and sunshine are part of their healthy diet....

Sick Hen – HenBlog – Wednesday, July 22, 2009

...be gone already. I am a good custodian of all of my chickens, but I don’t love every one of them. There is an economic reality to animal keeping. I wouldn’t have animals if I couldn’t afford to feed, house and care for them. But, there are limits. I’ve been to vet hospitals that didn’t seem to have any (was once talked into a $1,000 operation for a guinea pig!) This is the hard part of having animals. At some point you have to make these decisions. With farm animals, some decisions are economic. But, underneath, there’s always the emotions....

Eggs for Sale! – HenBlog – Thursday, March 20, 2008

...I selected a range of eggs, from tiny to large, from white to blue, for her. And, a mother of my son’s classmate has her mother coming for a visit. Her mother grew up on a farm and remembers good eggs. I was pleased to be able to put a carton in her hands. Best yet, I have a dear, 95-year old friend going through chemotherapy. Of course, she doesn’t have much of an appetite, but she looks forward to eating eggs from my hens. I can’t think of a better reason to keep chickens. I’m about to catch the...

How I Saved Eleanor – HenBlog – Monday, September 1, 2008

...her separate allowed me to check if she was passing anything and how healthy it looked. Next, was to come up with a diagnosis. She didn’t have a mite or lice infestation, and although the skin was raw, she wasn’t pooping. I concluded that there was an internal problem. I slathered a lot of vaseline on a finger and felt inside her vent. I couldn’t find a stuck egg, however, my examination didn’t rule out an egg broken somewhere in the duct work. Luckily, Eleanor didn’t have maggots like poor Perrie (see the August 1 blog.) Possibilities were an impaction,...

My Chick Order – HenBlog – Tuesday, March 29, 2011

...scrambling for bigger and bigger containers. Also, as they lose their down and grow real feathers they generate a surprising quantity of dust. And manure. I really want the chicks outside. Besides, this year, we’re going to have a ChickCam! And that requires the wiring that we have in the barn. (Many of you have asked about our cam set-up. It’s complicated and expensive and is detailed in this FAQ.) In preparation for the chicks, I’ve cleaned out the Big Barn of the old bedding. I’ve used the shop vac to get all the dust and cobwebs out of the...

A Conversation With Root Simple – HenBlog – Wednesday, August 20, 2014

...go ahead and post more!) Erik and Kelly keep chickens in urban Los Angeles, and I was delighted to be asked to be a guest on their podcast. Kelly and Erik have a small urban yard filled with plants appropriate for southern California conditions. I so enjoy reading their blog posts about fruits that I could never grow here (grapefruit!) and their experiments with straw bale vegetable beds. Erik reads my blog and watches the cams to see what rain looks like :) I took this photo this morning, of dew on a brussels sprouts leaf. It’s for you, Erik!...

Updates – HenBlog – Thursday, April 12, 2012

...Orpingtons, and I’ve a feeling I’ll be using the rabbit hutch again soon. Agnes is, surprisingly, looking better. Still not good, but her comb is a tad redder and she’s roosting and eating. I think that the epsom salts was just the tonic that she needed, if not to extend her life, at least to make her comfortable while she’s here. Another dose can’t hurt, so I’ll be soaking her again today. I promise that I’ll put up that FAQ about epsom salts soon, but I’ve been busy! This morning I visited 80 first-graders in Texas via Skype. Thanks to...

Trouble With The Molt – HenBlog – Friday, September 28, 2012

...girl, Buffy. Good luck to her. She's certainly receiving the best possible care she could receive anywhere!! Old animals all act the same way, don't they? Just enough to get by and a nice nap the rest of the time. Good luck, Buffy. We're all pulling for you! Natalie, the Chickenblogger Healing thoughts and comfort for Buffy. And thank you... your blog has so quickly become an indispensable resource... both entertaining and practical. I really enjoy what I see and learn here. Anabel As always, thank you for this timely post. Our girls are all molting (they seem to like...

Where To Put The Brooder – HenBlog – Sunday, March 24, 2013

...start out tiny they grow very fast and are soon too big for a tidy plastic box on a table. Like adult chickens, chicks need plenty of space or you’ll have health and behavior issues. Secondly, chicks poop. A lot. It stinks. They also scratch the ground, just like adult chickens. The scratching shreds the manure into a fine dust. Also the chicks lose their down, quills erupt and those feathers unfurl, which sheds dander. The fine particles of manure and dander will become airborne and coat your tables, your chairs, your counters and your food. At the least it...

Looking Better! – HenBlog – Wednesday, July 10, 2013

...and the girls. Good job on those nursing skills! Carol Wow, I've not visited for a few days and such a serious situation I missed! I'm glad the ladies are getting better. I had a similar experience this last week. My first season with guineas, one by one they started getting sick. Then death. I ran to Tractor Supply and asked the employees who then told me about the Duramycin, which I added to their water dish at a much stronger strength than your mix (I have yet to write the company to give me a proper "teaspoon" measurement to...

Opal On The Mend – HenBlog – Thursday, July 11, 2013

...Her left eye doesn’t stay open for long. I squirted another bit of terramycin on it. Onyx’s eye, too, needed some care.   But, that’s no big deal. I thought that I might lose one or two, or more, hens to this outbreak, and they will all recover. And so far, despite it being extremely contagious, the pullets are fine. What a relief. I’m doing research into when, after being medicated with antibiotics, that their eggs will be safe to eat. It’s taking some time and sleuthing, but I’ve found some research and science-based guidelines. Stay tuned for that post....

Saving Clementine, Part 2 – HenBlog – Friday, March 28, 2014

...is not a closed system. There’s a gap. As the eggs progress down the reproductive tract the whites surround the yolk. At some point, instead of continuing on into the shell gland, the jelly-like masses backed up to the fallopian tubes and dropped into the abdomen. There they solidified, weighting down her abdomen and changing her stance. Yolks are the perfect medium for bacteria to grow and so “internal layers” often get sick and die of infection. By giving Clementine the antibiotics, I stopped the infection. Giving her an epsom salt soak helped as a general tonic, and also relaxed...

Caper Goes to the Vet – HenBlog – Thursday, May 13, 2010

...knee. No wonder Caper has been ouchy! The diagnosis doesn’t change how I care for Caper – this will take time (and maybe a few aspirin) to heal. But, I am relieved to know what the problem is and to be reassured that I’m taking care of him as best I can. In order to give a correct dose of aspirin, Caper needed to be weighed. Dr. Sarah picked Caper up and put him on the scale. Caper, being a goat, even a gimpy one, immediately hopped off. Instead of having to wrestle him still, I pulled out my target...

The Spa Treatment for Sick Hens – HenBlog – Sunday, June 24, 2012

...these are signs of terminal illnesses. Cancer. Peritonitis. Organ failure. But, sometimes there IS a cure, and it’s simple. I call it The Spa Treatment, and it’s a combination of an epsom salt soak, a dose of olive oil and TLC. These hens have all been on the brink of death. They’ve shown a myriad of symptoms, and The Spa Treatment has cured them, or at least provided some relief. The hens are old and they’re crotchety, but they’re still here. I’ve written a FAQ detailing how to give the Spa Treatment. Let me know if it helps your hens....

Spa Treatment Update – HenBlog – Monday, December 15, 2014

...for the backyard chicken keeper. I’ve written why here. Instead, you have to be able to observe your birds and make decisions on your own. The honest truth is that most of the time hens show signs of illness only when they are suffering from something fatal – cancer, peritonitis, internal laying, ascites, etc. In those cases, euthanasia is a kindness. But, once in awhile, the hen has a problem that can be alleviated, and almost always, the cure is my Spa Treatment. Simply put, it is a warm epsom salt soak and a dose of olive oil. Read why...

A Life Transformed – HenBlog – Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Today’s post diverges a bit from my usual daily writings on this blog. For one thing, it’s longer. For another, it’s more about me than my animals. I’ve wanted to fill you in on my cochlear implants, but it’s been difficult to write about such a complex and personal journey. It took months of thought, and then a weekend writing retreat with a good friend to do it. Here is the result, Not surprisingly, because it is about my life, there are animals in it. Both Tonka and Lily make appearances. A Life Transformed Three years ago, on December 17,...

This and That Updates – HenBlog – Sunday, November 14, 2010

...Public Library. Remember those Brussel Sprouts? I’d like to think that I grew a special miniature variety, but, actually, they never matured to full-size. It was a lot of work trimming the outer leaves and discolored spots, and it seemed like half of the crop ended up in the compost bucket, and I was left with a small bowl of little sprouts. I might have been disappointed, but the goats and hens were very happy about that! I roasted the Brussel sprouts with olive oil, salt and a touch of balsamic vinegar. Roast them in a single layer in a...

Maintaining The Chicken Run – HenBlog – Wednesday, July 25, 2012

...It makes me happy to have discovered a happy flock, in their golden years, and to learn what you do for them, and what we may expect to do for Betty. Thank you. Terry Golson Actually, she needs a good grooming. Old animals don't shed efficiently and she has tufts of hair coming off. But, as you can imagine, she doesn't show appreciation for my efforts :) Amy Ooo, yes. So much work. My back aches just looking at all your efforts. I do this a few times a year to my run too. Even though I go through twice...

Agatha, Painted – HenBlog – Thursday, February 16, 2012

About a month ago, out of the blue, I got an email from a reader in Texas. Jennifer loves animals. In fact, she loves all animals, and is proving that in a concrete way. Jennifer is an artist and she is painting every single one of the 5,000 or so mammalian species known to science. But that’s another story. This story is about how much she loves chickens. She doesn’t have a flock or her own, not yet, and so gets enjoyment from watching my girls. Jennifer is particularly enamored with Agatha (aren’t we all?) She offered to paint Agatha’s...

A Respite Between the Storms – HenBlog – Thursday, January 20, 2011

On Tuesday we had snow, rain and ice (all in one day!) Tomorrow more snow is expected, and then temperatures will drop into the single digits and stay there. But today is gorgeous! There’s no wind, so each branch is laced with brittle snow and the entire world is sparkling. Lily Dog has been going bonkers from inactivity, so I took her across the street, through the meadow and into the woods. I wish I’d brought my tracking field guide. Here is the view coming out of the woods and looking up towards my house. The short walk was a...

Leftover Pie Crust Cookies – HenBlog – Monday, November 22, 2010

...crusts using very cold, almost frozen, butter, and ice water. I work it as little as possible in the processor to form a ball. It’s exactly the right temperature to roll right then. Many books advise letting the dough chill before rolling. Don’t. I pat the dough into a flattened ball. I roll it out 1/4 inch thick. I prefer to roll on a flour-dusted surface, not between parchment as is often recommended. But, I have a light touch and my crusts don’t dry out fro the addition of too much flour. If you’re new to pie-making, you might want...

Snowball Doesn't Lay an Egg… – HenBlog – Tuesday, April 1, 2008

…but everyone else does. Despite the fact that one of our fifteen hens didn’t lay a single egg in the month of March, we collected 191 eggs last month! That’s about an egg every other day from each of the girls. That’s not productive enough for a farmer who has to make a living at it (have you seen the price of a bag of laying hen pellets lately?) but it’s plenty for me. The truth is, I’d probably keep a whole flock of hens as “useless” as Snowball, because at this point I’m attached to having chickens in the...

HenCam Technical FAQ – HenBlog – Saturday, March 7, 2009

...cameras are not attached to a computer, they just need power and a network connection (usually Ethernet, although some can also connect wirelessly with WiFi). These cameras have built-in webserver software, and a web browser on your computer is used to control the camera and view the video. If you intend to mount it outdoors then make sure your camera is weatherproof and can handle extreme temperatures. If you want to view your camera from outside your home then you need an always-on Internet connection (e.g., cable modem or DSL). Your Internet service provider (ISP) must assign the camera a...

Molt – HenBlog – Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Yesterday was the first day since last January that I didn’t collect a single egg. There’s a number of reasons for this lack of production – the primary one being that the hens are molting (or moulting as it is spelled in Great Britain). Once a year, usually in the Autumn (though there’s always one hen to prove this rule wrong) hens lose their feathers, look terribly scraggly and bare, and then grow a new coat. These new feathers, are appropriately called pins or quills, because that’s just what they look like! Never fear, they will unfurl into a lovely...

How Snowball Keeps Warm – HenBlog – Monday, January 29, 2007

It’s been really cold, single-digit cold, at night. The girls can handle it, though, like the wild birds, they fluff up their feathers and hunker down so that their legs are covered. Buffy, who had been bullied at her first home, sleeps by herself, but she has a glorious amount of Orpington feathers to insulate her, so she is fine. It takes a bit more to keep little, elegant Snowball warm – Snowball figures that it takes Marge and Petunia. Take a look at night, right before hencam turns off for the evening, and you’ll see that Snowball manages to...

Goat Training – HenBlog – Thursday, May 27, 2010

Last Autumn, the goats ignored the fallen acorns. But, now that they’ve sprouted, the acorns are goat candy. I’ve been training my goats to walk nicely on a leash, and also to do silly pet tricks, like play soccer (I promise a YouTube video by the end of the summer!) They’ll do anything for a bit of goat sweet feed. However, I have a new goat training rule: never attempt to train your goat when there are sprouted acorns underfoot. Goats can be quite single-minded when it comes to food. Sprouted acorns turn off all other pathways other than the...

Not in the Nesting Box – HenBlog – Tuesday, September 18, 2012

...and learn to roost on bars. When they reach laying age, the nesting boxes are hung about a foot off of the ground. Because the boxes are so low, and because hens like to roost hight, they don’t think about using them at night. The Gems all lay their eggs in the nesting boxes. Here is Florence, glancing back at her egg before she goes outside to join the flock. There are, however, always exceptions to the rule. Years ago, my bantam White Leghorn, Snowball, would leave eggs seemingly mid-step while she was off exploring. She was the inspiration for...

Roasted Hakurei Turnips – The Vintage Hen – Monday, July 1, 2013

...roasted them in a dressing of maple syrup, mustard and soy. But, at the beginning of the summer bounty, I crave simple recipes in which the vegetables themselves are the stars, and so just simply roasted them. Serve at room temperature with a drizzle of the best balsamic vinegar that you can afford.   For lunch today, I’ll have a salad with lettuce and these vegetables, tossed with feta cheese. But, as much as I like these Hakurei turnips, I think that I prefer the regular purple tops. I’m going to buy a packet of seeds today and plant them....

Hens in the Bitter Cold – HenBlog – Thursday, January 24, 2013

...well fed) boys look the least bit cold. They're bored, but not cold! Terry Golson Respiratory disease has more symptoms than just a rasp. Check my FAQs, I have one about diagnosing an ill chicken, and another about respiratory disease. Sometimes, like us, they get a dry throat and sound funny. If it were Mycoplasma, you'd know it! Everyone would be very ill. Terry Golson They're all used to being handled. Not everyone likes a scratch. Agatha, of course, does. Terry Golson Thanks for all of your comments! Especially the ones that told of temps even colder than here. It...

Blizzard Preparations – HenBlog – Friday, February 8, 2013

...chickens as I once had, and I had to give up my old rescue pigeons (whom I miss terribly). I am in Pasadena, CA where we're pretty spoiled weather wise. When I saw your 6 degrees posted not long ago, I was amazed! I just couldn't imagine how anything or anyone could tolerate that kind of cold--even twenty-something degrees! A best friend of mine, an animal rescuer (mostly of barnyard poultry) has many, many outdoor pens, cages, hutches, plus a special indoor "bird room" and sick bay attached to her little house for her old and frail birds (including mine)...

How To Dry Basil In The Microwave – HenBlog – Monday, August 26, 2013

This year, my garden has had to cope with wildly swinging conditions that started with a chilly spring, then segued to a brutal heat wave, and onto a stretch of hot and steamy, and now bone dry earth and chilly nights. One plant that has thrived despite (or because of?) the fluctuations has been basil. I’ve snipped and snipped, and it keeps on coming. I’ve already harvested enough to freeze for use in winter’s soups and stews. (Directions on this blog post.) But, the plants keep growing back, and the leaves are as tender, fragrant and delicious as ever. However,...

Green (no)Beans – HenBlog – Monday, August 18, 2014

Can you have too much of a good thing? Apparently so when it comes to rich compost. Green beans are the only green vegetable that both of my sons like to eat. Yes, there are books and articles and advice swirling around the web that if you garden with your children, that they will grow up to love a multitude of vegetables. That’s not been the case here. (And don’t get me started on my son who doesn’t like the taste of eggs!) In any event, I always set aside a good portion of the garden for the beans. Some...

Coop Ventilation Woes – HenBlog – Friday, February 6, 2015

...has a working cupola. Air comes in the pop door and flows up and out through this effective vent at the roof. But, right now, that cupola is covered in snow.   Someone has to get up there, on a ladder, with a broom, and clear it off. Someone. Not me. Thanks, Steve! I suppose he can wait until the snowstorm that is coming on Monday passes by. After it dumps another foot of snow. In the meanwhile, the temperature hovers in the single digits, but the door is open during the day.   The hens are fine with that....

Winter Chicken Feather Damage – HenBlog – Friday, April 17, 2015

...also lets the feathers near her vent get pecked at.   Some hens don’t take part in the pecking party. Misty doesn’t stand still long enough, and for whatever reason, Amber, the Buff Orpington, is as gorgeous as ever.   Although the breed of the hen can be a contributing factor to the likelihood of being pecked (or being the offending pecker), that’s not always the case. Of my two Rhode Island Reds, only one has damage, the other doesn’t have a single broken feather.   Hens grow new feathers only once a year. First they molt their old feathers...

Not Much – HenBlog – Monday, December 21, 2015

...Golden Retriever. Tennis ball throwing is the name of the game. Have a beautiful and peaceful Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year. Thank you for this wonderful site. Not a day goes by I don't login to check on the comings and goings of all the animals that would four-legged and two-legged. Tracy Nothing makes me happier than seeing dogs relaxing on their clean, warm, thick, soft beds in doors on chilly days. Unless it's goats with full bellies, bright eyes, good manners and thick winter coats. Or, possibly bunnies and hens in full coat or feather, at...

Small Town Fourth – HenBlog – Saturday, July 4, 2015

...– and we like it like that. The drummer is in a well-known rock band. His friends, all professionals, mostly jazz artists, came out to march. Well, maybe not exactly “march.” But, what music!   There are also booths with things for sale, like cotton candy and trail maps of the town’s conservation land. The Boy Scouts sell burgers. There’s an art show. Awards are announced for honors like Conservationist of the Year. There is a cake decorating contest.   The cakes are then carried over to the town hall, where in the evening there’s a Firemen’s BBQ and a...

Pimp My Bookcart – HenBlog – Wednesday, November 25, 2009

For all of my librarians out there, here is a link to one of my favorite contests of all time: http://www.unshelved.com/PimpMyBookcart/2009/ Next year, don’t you think there should be a Tillie cart? I’ll help!...

“Hen Mother” – HenBlog – Thursday, August 19, 2010

Susan Otto It's very scary about the egg situation.Your very lucky to have your girls.My husband is a policeman in Carisle and has never mention the farmers market. I will have to take a ride in and visit the market some Saturday. We usually get our mums at a little flower farm in town though. Linda Symons Awesome, way to go Terry. With all that's going on with eggs now I'm glad I have my girls. I love them and they love me. How do I know they love me----they reward me with the greatest eggs. For that I am...

Blog Giveaway Winner! – HenBlog – Sunday, September 18, 2011

...winners of the Goat Notes and book! Wendy, email me your snail mail address and I’ll get the package out to you. I could only pick one winner, and it was determined by a a random number generator (www.random.org) which is fun, easy and impartial. But, rest assured that I read every one of your entries. Thanks to Andrea’s granddaughter I will now be calling Edwina, “Egg-wina.” And thanks to the rest of you, I am energized to continue posting about the goings on in my backyard. But, right now, the dogs say it’s bedtime, and I agree with them....

Mt. “Healthy” – HenBlog – Wednesday, June 4, 2014

...with smaller breeders. The breeders aren't large enough to supply more than one company, but I could be wrong. They, obviously, don't like to talk about it. Bobbie SALMONELLA! Interesting article in USA TODAY/Business Section page 1 $6.8 million dollar fine for selling tainted eggs and it goes on to talk about bribery, etc. Bobbie I hit enter to soon. So people get so worried about neighbors and their backyard hens spreading this bacteria but look at this place! Christine Thank you for being a voice of reason! Common sense is unfortunately becoming less and less common. Given all the...

The Beast Emerges – HenBlog – Friday, April 4, 2014

...miss the real (and interesting!) story. Terry Golson They're now doing genetic testing on the chickens that would have come with the explorers, and at this point the theory has been proven wrong. Terry Golson Frog song yesterday, and toads are emerging from their winter dirt caves! Yes, Lily is ever-vigilant. Terry Golson I could spend that in new tools! Terry Golson It takes a couple of years to get asparagus established. Also, the ground will look bare and then all of a sudden you'll see the spears emerge. It's a crop that requires patience :) Terry Golson In my...

Of Lice And Hens – HenBlog – Monday, May 10, 2010

...I set up three bowls – one with a tea tree oil dog shampoo, one with a vinegar and water wash, and the last for a rinse. These bowls were dumped and refreshed several times. It was a hot, sunny day and I set an x-pen up on the grass so after their baths, the girls could dry out on a clean, comfy surface. Not everyone was equally infested. I wasn’t surprised that my older, less active hens harbored the most lice. On the other end of the spectrum was Lulu, the busiest hen of the lot, who didn’t have...

Sick Hens – HenBlog – Monday, July 8, 2013

...a little mucus on me. Today, I have a sore throat, stuffy nose and headache. We live in a remote area and our stores are very short on animal supplies. I decided it would be in my best interest to have the meds on hand even if they expire. My son is almost a pharmacist(last year of school), and he said dispose of any expired antibiotic because it can be toxic afterwards. So I'll have to reorder when they expire. Seems your timeliness may have saved your flock and it could be unfortunate if I have to wait weeks for...

Pie Party Preparations – HenBlog – Wednesday, November 21, 2012

...actually don't like turkey very well, and most years manage to finagle an invitation to someone else's house for the big day itself. I can eat one piece of dark meat, lap up potatoes and gravy and be happy for another year. But I do love pie. And I am married to a most excellent pie maker. With last summer's birthday gift of an automatic ice cream/gelato maker, we now have the makings of both pie and a la mode in our family's grasp. I am thinking about Post-Thanksgiving Pie Sunday for next year. I might even make a turkey...

Robins, Day 12, Mites! – The Vintage Hen – Thursday, June 27, 2013

...japanese lady-bugs and doodle-bugs and - well, mention mosquitoes, and one will fly out of nowhere just to land on me and tics and fleas and ants - i keep them out of the house by feeding them sugar outside - and chiggers - but no mites. and i'm wondering if all these other insect pests i've mentioned, eat mites i'd happily box you up a pound of mosquitoes and mail them off to you if you'd like the natural cure! Terry Golson Plenty of mosquitos here, and I'm a magnet :) It takes awhile for the mites to breed,...

Candy’s Ears – HenBlog – Friday, May 21, 2010

...reason to not adopt to you!! I don't know about back there but here the HRS people are sooooooo picky about who adopts there bunnies that most of them have waaaay tooooo many!! Terry Golson Couldn't agree more. Bunnylady My friend has a ranch and she has a couple of huge areas outside like you and she has chickens, rabbits, ducks, guinea pigs etc that all live together. She had a very old turkey in the one area too, but he passed away.It's very awesome.The funniest thing to watch is the bunnies breaking up the hens when they bicker. Judy...

Oh, Agatha! – HenBlog – Wednesday, December 19, 2012

...don't know about the Polish, I am hopeful, but doubting.Maybe something something other than the more popular black and white Polish ? I also know more cochins aren't to be, or silkies. As much as I love salmon favorelles, I know their have been problems with the hatchery stock. And their problem's make Pearl's look simple. I also know Naked Necks are out, and so are frizzled cochins. More Delware like Opal I am more certain off, Orphington's maybe, but maybe something other than Buff colored, or not. Rhode Island red's maybe. Hybrids of any kind, no. I am sure...

Hard Frost – HenBlog – Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Ken We are finally going to have a hard frost this coming Friday morning, low of 25 degrees, BRRRRRRRR. The GOOD NEWS, no more cutting grass until early April. Having grown up on a farm in which the majority of the meat was raised or hunted and the majority of the vegetables were grown and canned I will eat just about anything (and actually like it), however, brussel sprouts is one of those things in which I think I would have to be placed on the show Survivor without food for a week or so before I could eat them....

Demanding Rabbit – HenBlog – Monday, January 18, 2016

...close all of the animals safely up into the barns at night; when Phoebe sees us coming, she hops up the ramp and hurries over to see what bedtime treat she’s been brought. Well, most of the time she comes in. Sometimes, the weather is just too wonderful, or she’s too busy star-gazing, or munching on a squash outside. Sometimes we give up and come back out later when she’s ready. In any event, Phoebe has good hay, fresh water, rabbit pellets and a mineral block all of the time. At night she might get a dried banana chip, or...

A Short Laying Break – HenBlog – Monday, December 7, 2015

...thin as the finest porcelain, but the inside of the egg was normal. There were two visible whites (yes, there are two in fresh eggs, one around the other, one thinner, one thicker) and a yolk that was a lovely dark color (the Girls have been eating squash) and upright. It was delicious. I don’t know whether this was a one-off or if she’ll keep laying. I so enjoyed having a good egg for breakfast, but I’d also like to see Twiggy replace those ragged tail feathers with new ones. As with so much of animal keeping, time will tell....

Chicken Frostbite and Wind – HenBlog – Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Even when winter brings a deep freeze, most chickens will do fine. They have upwards of 10,000 feathers. The downy ones provide insulation and the harder, tighter outer feathers provide protection from wind, rain and snow. As long as the hens have shelter that is dry and draft free, they’ll be plenty warm. You might be worry about those areas not covered by feathers. There’s a risk, but with proper management, it’s not big. Although there’s no insulation in these chicken feet, and yet Twiggy and the other hens are able to walk on the frozen ground.   According to...

Natural Coop Disinfectant – HenBlog – Tuesday, April 29, 2014

...get into a ton of specific information. SO, here's my wish: that you distill ALL of your chicken knowledge, tips and tricks into ONE BOOK! Maybe you're already working on it. I'm just saying that YOUR book would be more valuable to me and others, because it's based on years of experience, PLUS I love your philosophies regarding animals. No anthropomorphism from you - yet you love and care for them until the end of their days. You combine these well. I will be the FIRST to buy the book! jaye I wish I had known about this a month...

Vintage Apron #8 – The Vintage Hen – Thursday, November 21, 2013

This color scheme is similar to Vintage Apron # 4: mid-century pink, turquoise, grey and black.     But even with those roosters (on small, starred balls, what’s with that?) the scalloped pink trim makes this number somehow flirty and feminine.   I have twenty pies to bake in the next two weeks for my Pie Party. I’ve already rolled out and frozen 16 pie crusts, but since some of the pies have top and bottom crusts, I still need to make 4 more, and a few graham cracker crusts, too. Time to tie on the apron and get to...

Egg Variation – HenBlog – Wednesday, June 12, 2013

...the BarnCam, and running outside whenever I think that a hen has laid, and collecting the eggs while still warm, and so I have identified which egg belongs to which hen. Note that Florence, Agatha and Etheldred are all Speckled Sussex, and yet there is variety in the color, shape and size of their eggs. Each egg is unique, and is consistent day after day for each hen. For example, Florence’s egg is always the smallest and the shell texture not as smooth as the others.   I’ve narrowed down the odd-egg culprit to either Onyx or Jasper. Neither have...

Siouxsie’s Big Egg – HenBlog – Tuesday, February 26, 2013

...the rules about owning backyard hens on less than one acre of land. One newsperson asked, "Where do you get chickens"? The other replied, "At a farm, I guess." Sigh.......... Linda Look who is in the laying box! There is a big puddle of water in front of the little barn right under the board walk. Your snow is melting fast. Terry Golson Water, slush, ice, everywhere. One big mess. Terry Golson *sigh* Carrie Lee McCleary I really enjoyed watching your old hens go at that squash this morning! It reminded me of a plum that was to bruised to...

Pale Garden Beauty – HenBlog – Tuesday, July 31, 2012

...lots of other beautiful photos of sunset and rise, bears, and plants around the mountain and goings on. It is still only 70 on the mt and 43 at night. A caretaker stays in the lodge all winter, even when it is closed to tourists and blogs. They are all solar powered, propane, and kerosene. Llamas bring food and clean linens up several times a week and get snacks of pancakes from breakfast. According to legend, a long time ago, before selfishness came into the world, the Cherokee people were happy sharing the hunting and fishing places with their neighbors....

Soft Shelled Egg – HenBlog – Tuesday, May 21, 2013

...EE because they are more aggressive. Thanks for all of the information you put on your blog...you're my first go-to for help. And I love to see how Buffy and Twinkydink are surviving the young ones! Terry Golson The best layers have the hardest time keeping their protein and mineral intake properly balanced. At the first sign of thin-shelled eggs, I'd skip all of the extra grains, like oatmeal, as that dilutes the amount that they eat of the stuff they really need. In any event, 1 cup of oatmeal for 3 hens is too much, even if they are...

Who Are You Going To Believe? – HenBlog – Monday, January 30, 2012

Groundhog Day is this week. Supposedly, a hibernating woodchuck wakes up, peeks out of his (why is it always a he?) hole, and if he sees his shadow there’ll be six more weeks of winter. Around here, we don’t like woodchucks, and we certainly don’t pay attention to their prognostications. Would you believe an animal that looks like this? Woodchucks are foul-tempered rodents which destroy fields, mow down vegetables, and are truly stupid. (Yes, stupid. Years ago an entire family marched, one-by-one, up to my dog, who dispatched them all.) Or would you believe Tina? Tina, who took a long...

When Will My Hens Start Laying? – HenBlog – Wednesday, November 16, 2011

...Golson My Golden Comet lays through her molt (this is her second year doing so). There's always an exception to the rule! Sharon My five pullets I got in March started laying in July they laid up to 4 eggs a day until August/Sept. Varicella, a buff orphie got broody in Sept and then molted. This month, the others (2 black sex link, 1 araucana, another buff orphie)are all molting. I have no eggs but many fine feathers! I am feeding them layer crumbles am and pm plus greens, apples, tomatoes, yogurt and tuna cat food. Barb Olds *~* Happy...

Writer’s Procrastination – HenBlog – Thursday, April 14, 2011

I’m working on a big book. Now, a lot of people say they’re writers and never actually put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard.) I have to admit that this book is mostly in my head. But, having actually written books that have been printed, I know how to buckle down and force myself to write. Which I’ll do soon. But not today. Today it is GLORIOUS out. It is a day to procrastinate. But, being as how I think of myself as a writer, and thus feel guilty if I’m not writing, I procrastinate very, very productively. That...

Social Feather Picking – HenBlog – Monday, March 24, 2014

...myself to the fact that they are happy and healthy and laying, five eggs from five hens today, and it worries me but not them. There is nothing I can do to stop this. I am also reading a lot about it on forums and it seems a common problem. It seems to happen if free ranged or not. I am glad I am not alone. My girls are happy and healthy and laying well and never any blood so I think I have to except that once it's a habit they enjoy there isn't much that can be done...

The Best Scrambled Eggs – HenBlog – Monday, February 17, 2014

...using varying amounts of cream, milk, water, extra yolks, two burners at different settings, and very slow cooking. Lots of talk about puffiness, dryness, large and small curds, etc. Wondering where their eggs came from? Fresh scrambled eggs definitely don't need all that fine-tuning. I don't add any milk at all, just a teaspoon of grated cheese and another of (real) bacon bits. If I cook them in some salted butter, that and the bacon eliminate the need for added salt. Served with a slice of fresh wheat bread....mmmmmm...my mouth is watering now. Rebecca Egg-cellent looking!! Yum...... Kaye Our gals...

A Man And His Cat – The Vintage Hen – Monday, February 17, 2014

...loves cats too. We have "my" cat and "his" cat - but really they own us.) I've been much more allergic to a few than others; and to some, not at all. Strange, huh, since cat allergy is supposed to be based on their saliva? Anyway, I'm thinking, Terry, maybe you're not allergic to Wendy's Midge. There might be hope for you! Gigi Your endearing description of the photograph brought tears to my eyes! Thanks to your sharp eyes and insight, I looked at it more closely and could FEEL how much that young man loved his cat. Maureen That...

How to Catch a Horse – HenBlog – Wednesday, February 12, 2014

...We trained the horses to come by ringing a bell. Start by ringing a bell and feeding grain. Soon just the sound of the bell and the horses will come running. Terry Golson That's a great solution for bringing the horses in for feeding time. But, when you need to catch an individual horse, and don't want all to come running, then you have to have other training going on as well. I'm teaching Tonka to "come," just like I'd train a dog to do a recall. When I go to the pasture, I want just Tonka to come, and...

Chickens In Extreme Cold – HenBlog – Friday, January 3, 2014

...winter is here and she, once again, shows she's a tough old bird, unafraid of the white stuff. In decent weather, some hens sleep on roosts outside of their henhouses. It seems they are now appreciative of the snuggy protection of the henhouses and will share inside roosts over the next few days. My best to all of you as we learn and understand care of our domestic flocks in all kinds of situations. Terry, thanks for sharing your daily routine and knowledge. Your site is most enjoyable. Laura A. Yes I did see the goats helping! Our goats are...

Horses and Trust – The Vintage Hen – Friday, December 13, 2013

...cards available on Zazzle? Or, larger for framing? Tell me what you'd buy, and I can do it. Elizabeth Anne (TX) Today is "Day of the Horse" on the calendar and I know you and Tonka are enjoying each other. Rachel Tonka is gorgeous! Would you call him a paint? In the UK, his colour would be referred to as piebald (black & white) Terry Golson Paint is both a color and a breed. He is a registered Paint and his color is called a black and white tobiano. Some paints have caramel and browns in the mix, but he...

Pushmi-Pullyu Hen – HenBlog – Friday, May 24, 2013

...about 'what is being published now veering to cynicism and despair without heart underneath' that is certainly true of a lot of blogs, tweets, and general internet chatter. Like most of what seems bad, scary, overwhelming hopeless, evil, etc about life in general, the best any of us can do is nail down our own personal corner of the universe, whether it be a small garden, a flock of chickens, a family or small business, or a blog ---- and hold it true to sweetness, love, sanity and heart. Your words are always right there, and that's why so many...

Nursing Home Hens – HenBlog – Thursday, May 30, 2013

...fact, I'm paid as a consultant, so my time is compensated for as well. Once this project is fully running, I'll be able to have a clear presentation for other nursing homes so they know what it will take to have a similar setup. Resident enrichment should be in all of their budgets! And if the chickens have a calming effect, so that there is less agitation and depression and need for meds, it will be a win for all involved. Terry Golson It was important to select a coop that visiting family members would see as a good thing....

Thursday’s Happy Photo – HenBlog – Thursday, March 1, 2012

Marie That's one very intelligent dog! Carol Caldwell Scooter you are so so cute! Dee Fox So Sweet! I wish I was right there beside her! Donna Scooter! You make me want to leave work and go curl up on the couch! Karla Terry - oh, what dogs seem to do best, rest! I am glad you are resting, too. I admire your bravery to get a second CI. Those of us with normal hearing have much to be grateful for, on a daily basis. Sound is therapy - and bilateral sound is something Divine. Can't wait to read more...

Unseasonable Heat and Animal Care – HenBlog – Thursday, March 22, 2012

...excellent ventilation, cool concrete floors, and their backs are in the shade.It’ll be warm today, but not in the dangerous numbers, it won’t be humid, and the ground remains cool in the shade, so I’m not too concerned. However, if you have one of those small, prefab coops, with the wooden nesting boxes that jut out of the side, do keep an eye on your hens. A hen might sit in the box of upwards of a half hour before laying. A broody hen will stay in there all day. It can become deathly hot. Topaz is thinking about going...

Ivory Soap for Chickens – The Vintage Hen – Monday, July 16, 2012

At the turn of the last century poultry shows were prestigious affairs. It was where farmers learned about new breeds, and it was where “the fancy” strutted their stuff. Hundreds and sometimes thousands of birds were put on display. Even Madison Square Garden hosted shows. The show in Springfield, MA stretched on for four days! Along with the ribbons and trophies (of which I have a collection – this one is in my kitchen) exhibitors won prizes, everything from subscriptions to poultry magazines to chicken tonics. If you were successful, you could recoup your expenses and even turn a profit....

Why I Have Goats – HenBlog – Thursday, May 30, 2013

...THEM. I DON'T KNOW IF YOU KNOW OR NOT BUT I LOST MY MOM DECEMBER 29TH 2012 AND WAS MISSING HER GREATLY. WELL SOMEONE SUGGESTED THAT I GET SOME GOATS AND I HAVE NEVER REGRETTED IT FOR A MINUTE. THEY MAKE ME VERY VERY HAPPY AND HAVE BEEN A WONDERFUL PART OF MY HEALING. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE HENCAM AND FOR YOUR WONDERFUL BLOGS!!! ARLINDA Terry Golson Arlinda, I can tell how happy you are. Goats do that. Pip and Caper send their love to you and your new friends. Arlinda Symons Thank you Terry, Pip and Caper!!!...

Goat Yoga – HenBlog – Monday, October 8, 2012

...great photo of Caper. Melissa A very PLUMP yogi! Terry Golson Ahem, well, yes.... Maryanne Have you heard of Somatics? It has helped/cured? a friend of mine's bad back. http://www.somaticsed.com/ Lori What's going on in the goat barn? Colleen All yoga teachers are different...I like one that teaches in Conord, and she is gentle, has a sense of humor, has been nown to laugh during class (more than once!), doesn't condemn, isnt stern, and encourages modifications...and my first class, ever, assigned a homework assignment to "mindfully eat a piece of our most favorite, best, chocolate". Yep, like her a lot!...

Fat Hens – HenBlog – Thursday, March 10, 2011

...and her husband love animals, and have cats and dogs, and so brought the hen home and it became a doted on pet. A couple of months ago she emailed me because the hen had some sort of respiratory ailment. She put it on a course of antibiotics (a default when a hen is wheezing) but after 10 days the chicken was no better. Some time later, Bess took her hen to a vet who prescribed another round of antibiotics. Again, no improvement. So, back to the vet they went for a stool sample and check-up. Bess emailed me to...

Protect Your Hens From The Heat! – HenBlog – Wednesday, June 8, 2011

...over the age of 4 or so. Stay cool all!! Christina Pyman Thank you for the tips, Terry! My hens have a shaded spot on the other side of the coop but I just went and soaked it down with the hose and they are very excited! It also occurred to me after reading your post that one side of my coop is removeabe for cleaning and it would just make sense to take it off and let the air circulate on days like today! I was very lucky to get a coop that was advertised for 4 hens and...

Buffy’s Retreat – HenBlog – Friday, March 22, 2013

...Click on the "who's who" tab and you'll find bios of all of the animals, with their ages. Vicki in So. CA Thank you, Terry, for keeping us updated. Like so many of us, I miss being able to check on Buffy every morning. Glad to hear she's peaceful in her private accommodations. I'm guessing you'll move her, in her hutch of course, into the Gems' yard along with the other old girls as planned, in order to make space for the your new arrivals.(?) Ayan Bless you for your kind devotion. After, she is also one of God's creatures!...

Small Coop Design – HenBlog – Friday, December 7, 2012

...board on Pinterest where I pin examples of what I think are good coop design. Take a look. A HenCam reader sent a photo of her coop to me, which is worth sharing with you. She has only .18 acre, but her hens are well-cared for in this design. I like that there’s a people-sized door to access the run. A local carpenter built this for her, and he added touches of whimsy. Take a look at the moon carving on the circle window and the star on the screen door! Do you have any charming accents on your coop?...

Ignore The Groundhog – HenBlog – Thursday, February 2, 2012

...from my 6 hens, spring is on the way... Lorri Castorland Ny Terry, I stumbled on to your site a few months ago and have been hooked ever since! It has has inspired me to put a camera in my hen house.Now in the morning I watch your flock and mine! Right now I have a full house, 30 chickens,4 geese,8 ducks,3 chukar and a rabbit ( Flipflop). Happy to know there are more of " my kind" out there, my husband thought I was the only one! Also enjoying the mild winter, we live east of Lake Ontario and...

Compost Bins and Chicken Manure – HenBlog – Wednesday, February 22, 2012

...soil and in turn, healthy plants. With a correct balance of trace minerals and major components, plants can easily resist disease and pests. I attended the NOFA/Mass Spring Seminar on Soil and Nutrition a couple weeks ago and was presented with this fascinating information. We've done the deep bedding and let the pigs compost it. The effect it had on dead areas in our pastures was astounding. So there's an alternative composting method that can give super results. Terry Golson Farming systems with multiple animal species and multiple types of fields and crops are different than small suburban backyard flocks....

Waiting For Eggs – HenBlog – Monday, September 5, 2011

...who have told me that watching the HenCam and reading about my animals is what you turn to when you need some sanity in your workday." I dare say that many of us have not told you this but it is just as true for us ! TY for your beautiful photos, delicious stories, your wonderful recepies, travel tales, family fun, heartfelt compassion, and your smart & lighthearted approaches to endless situations. HenCam always provides an enriching dose of down to earth natural beauty and appreciation for what Nature has to offer up each and every day. In the course...

Thank Yous – HenBlog – Sunday, May 1, 2011

...her words. The visit was only a few hours and I was exhausted afterwards. This time, the visit lasted a day. We talked in the car, at the barn, and at the dinner table. I heard almost every word. At Earthplace, I heard the voices of little children and the voices of their parents. I heard. Thank you to Dr. Toh, my surgeon, and Nancy Cohen, my audiologist, for the incredible, life-expanding gift of the cochlear implant. And thank you to the scientists, everywhere, working on the devices and drugs that allow Emily and I to continue to be friends....

An Early Molt – HenBlog – Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The girls are going into molt. It’s early for them to lose their summer feathers and get ready for cold weather, but everything about this year, weather-wise, has been topsy-turvy. How a hen molts is as varied as their personalities. Sometimes, it seems as if the hen huffs up and shakes and all of her feathers come off at once. Other hens lose their feathers in patches. like Agnes and Philomena, who are looking scraggly. It might take a month for those two to shed all of the old feathers. I know that Twinkydink is molting, her black feathers are...

Preparing For Winter – HenBlog – Thursday, October 18, 2012

...fun on the Goat/hen cam. Natalie, the Chickenblogger This is a comfort. Thank you. So... I hope nature will do as she does, and keeping our goats safe, and dry, out of the wind... they'll adjust and be fine, with dense fur coats, perhaps. Linda I am glad you got your power back. The goat cam no longer shows the view of the back of the barn. Thanks, Linda Terry Golson Me, too. It was Steve's fault. Something always goes wrong when he is out of town! Tonight we are expecting a severe thunderstorm. We'll see what happens then! :)...

Coco – HenBlog – Friday, August 12, 2011

...show, starring Coco (and you). At that time, I was at the Intense Research phase of chicken acquisition, and the most amazing thing to me about watching that show, was the way so many chickens (everyone in the audience had chickens sitting on their laps!) sat calmly amidst bright lights, loud noises, and all kinds of strange people and goings-on. I was relieved and intrigued and inspired. My hat is off to Coco (and you) -- I found your blog long after watching the show, and didn't realize right away you were the lady who wrote the chicken book. Coco...

For the Birds – HenBlog – Thursday, August 19, 2010

...out, make a filling and bake it, but, honestly, who wants to bother with all of that work in this heat? So, on the way into the house with my basket of vegetables from the garden, that big lunk of a zucchini got tossed into the chicken run. Without the hens, I’d have brought that squash into the kitchen, where it would have sat on the counter for a day, challenging my cooking skills and making me feel like a slacker of a cook. Then, it’d be hidden away in the refrigerator, where it would take up valuable space, go...

Eggs From Old Hens – HenBlog – Tuesday, October 19, 2010

...love milk and are getting a bowl twice a week, or when I have extra. And with extra oyster shell, there are no more problems. I see no problem with it, they simply sip it as if they truly love it. Was also wondering if there is a way to prevent prolapse. I lost one of my best pullets, from a new group, a month ago. She hid the problem from me and was terminal, so I had to dispatch her because of other problems associated with that as well (and cut my finger to the bone in the process)....

Hungry Goats – HenBlog – Wednesday, December 15, 2010

...At least mine are, they see a hawk and it's like there is a huge vaccuum hose attached to their pop door, they can't get in fast enough. Jean Husson All the best tomorrow. And I think Amy has it right. Accept a little pampering. People like to help out on these occasions. Vicki in So. CA I love these pictures! They just look like a bunch of happy (and well-fed) animals! I hope surgery went well today, and wish you the very quickest of recoveries. Get plenty of rest. As for movies... I'm a sucker for "Sense and Sensibilities."...

Make Do IT'S COLD OUT Soup – HenBlog – Thursday, December 17, 2009

...rocks or buff orphantons as dual purpose, for eggs and then meat birds after two years of age. Terry Golson Ken, you're the perfect example of how it is possible to take loving care of one's animals, and yet also make full use of them as they were bred to be used. I think the fewer chickens one has, the harder it is to make them into soup. Ken Terry, your correct, the fewer the harder. I have a very mixed flock (just like I want it) and the reason I go for one breed like the white rock for...

Noisy Marge – HenBlog – Thursday, February 11, 2010

...got her as a chick. I’ve worried about her. She hatched October 6, 2004, which makes her almost six years old. Today, though, I happened to be in the coop when Marge strutted through the pop door and announced her presence. Then, she continued to chuck-chuck as she checked out the nesting boxes. I am going to sit in one! she told me. She looked just like a hen that’s going to lay an egg. She was as loud as a hen who has laid an egg. She didn’t lay a thing, but I didn’t care. My Marge is back....

Goat Joy – HenBlog – Wednesday, March 17, 2010

...that a huge tangle of briars became more accessible to me and I was able to get in with loppers and cut it down. They're fussy eaters, but they seem to be enjoying the runners as well as the leaves. But, these pet goats are full and lazy. Whether they'd clean the whole pasture out is another story! I do have a moveable electric goat fence, so that they concentrate on one area at a time and that helps. The bottom line is that they are at least partially effective and very cute. Get a couple! Sharon Well it's good...

Look Closely – HenBlog – Tuesday, May 4, 2010

For some reason that I cannot appreciate, people aspire to a lawn that looks like this: Don’t get me wrong, this grass is lovely. It’s a gorgeous green, and feels good when I walk barefoot. I’ve got a whole swath of the backyard that looks like this. But it gets boring, don’t you think? I like to see some clover, too (and dog paws.) The clover blooms are good for the bees that I want to pollinate my garden, and the darker green adds an undertone to the lawn. It’s hard to keep a lawn evenly green. These things appear:...

Snow! – HenBlog – Sunday, December 6, 2009

Here is view of my street early this morning. The snow is my husband’s fault. He is in sunny and warm southern California. Whenever he goes to California, there is a MAJOR WEATHER EVENT. In the past, I’ve been left to shovel out two feet of snow, and deal with ice storms, and loss of power. One year, he went to California in the summer, so you’d think all would be okay here at home, but our house was struck by lightning. In comparison, this early winter snowfall isn’t too bad. It’s very pretty. The snow is icy and there’s...

Previous Appearances – January 7, 2016

Want to pet a real hen and hear a good story? Families are invited to a special Chicken Storytime at Community Nursery School in Lexington where kids can pet a real hen! Come spend an hour with author Terry Golson and one of her hens. Terry will read from her book Tillie Lays an Egg, then then talk with kids about all their newly hatched questions about chickens! Each child will receive a signed copy of Tillie Lays an Egg. Cost is $30 for a family of 3, $5 more for an additional guest, and all of the proceeds go...

Bathtime – HenBlog – Sunday, March 28, 2010

This changeable weather, cold, rainy, muddy, sunny, hot, windy (have I covered everything yet?) has done a number on Candy’s skin. Her ears have become chapped and rough, and her nose, due to her digging in the defrosted yard, is becoming lumpy with dead skin, shedding fur, and dirt. It’s one step away from a fungal problem. Bunnies don’t like to be bathed, but it was time. Since it was only her head that was in sorry shape (she manages to keep the rest of herself nicely groomed) I was able to wrap her in a towel, and clean her...

Eggers Goes Wading – HenBlog – Tuesday, March 23, 2010

...a stuck egg, she did seem sore to the touch. So, inside she came for a warm water epsom salt bath. As you can see, she liked it. Eggers didn’t try to get out. Next, a rinse off. She liked that, too. Next, a towel dry. She didn’t like that so much. Eggers is now staying in a dog crate in the barn, where I can keep an eye on her manure production (normal) and egg-laying (not happening.) I put her on antibiotics, and after a day, she perked up. I’m not sure what’s going on. Eggers is my sad-sack,...

I'm Going to Be on MARTHA! – HenBlog – Saturday, March 20, 2010

...I teach, but boy when there is a day off school, Martha and I are together. I'm jealous and I don't even know you. Have fun and enjoy your Martha moment. Terry Golson Will an Eileen Fisher tank and sweater do? :) Bought it yesterday. Cassidy They won't look at your shoes anyway. Wear rubber boots as a nod to all of us who never find ourselves in anthing else! How exciting... ANGELA I saw your picture on the site of "the wall street journal" with one of her girls in her arms. Hylla Evans Okay, I am adding some...

Spring Clean Up – HenBlog – Saturday, March 6, 2010

Although there’s still old snow in the shady areas, most of the yard and animal pens are looking end-of-winterish. There’s mud. There’s manure to rake up and dog messes that hid in the snow all winter that I need to pick up. Not a very attractive description – but, with the sun out and the weather in the 50’s, there’s a hit of green, which makes it beautiful. It was a perfect day for a clean-up. While I mucked out the goats’ stalls and raked their yard, the hens had an outing. Here are Lulu and Buffy multi-tasking. They’re dust...

Funny First Eggs – HenBlog – Monday, February 15, 2010

...surprised! You're funny. Tracy More snow? I'm so sorry! We will hold warm thoughts for you and the critters! Hylla Evans That's too good to draw faces on the eggs. Let me plagiarize and do that on at least one egg of each dozen we sell at the farm. If anyone asks, I'll credit you with the inspiration. Am working on the video of some hen tricks for you to see but please not publish anything pictorial. Will send it to you via email, being filmed Thursday, Terry Golson You are welcome to draw faces on your eggs. I warn...

February Eggs – HenBlog – Sunday, February 7, 2010

...me hope for spring too! I used to be very affected by seasonal affect disorder, but now that I have chickens, I get more sunlight cause I am outside taking care of them and it doesn't bother me at all. Also, I am more aware of the days getting longer cause they go into the coop later each day and now eggs means longer days and soon spring! Hooray! Linda Symons Amen! I think that it's been a good thing for the area, city and state. Finally something positive. Barbara Rickard I love your site. I saw your book and...

Egger's Good Day – HenBlog – Wednesday, January 27, 2010

...be interested in coming for a visit in Florida? I teach Kindergarten in a town called Bradenton just south of Tampa in the Tampa Bay Area. All of our Kindergartners would LOVE to see a chicken! Terry Golson Right now it is 3 degrees. My chickens and I would love to come! Donna Still hoping you make it back to Southern California! Us Library Ladies are dying to take you to some wineries and then maybe back to my little ranch to see the chickens, llama, and horses? Too rainy right now...but we are holding out for a visit! Donna...