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What To Feed Your Chickens – FAQ – Health and Behavior

...wants from sunup to sundown.   Oyster Shell and Grit Even though the commercial feed contains calcium, it is good to provide another source. Coarsely broken up oyster shell is the most easily absorbed form (even better than finely-ground.) I put it in a rabbit feed hopper, which keeps it tidy and prevents waste. Chickens also need grit – tiny rocks- that the hens need so that their gizzards can grind up food. Without grit, digestion is slowed and the hens are less efficient at extracting nutrients from feed. Like oyster shell, grit should be offered free choice.   Vegetables,...

Saved by the Spa Treatment – HenBlog – Monday, March 9, 2015

...baby her. This is not usually a good idea. First of all, chickens shed dirt and dander, and their manure breaks down into ammonia fumes. This is not something that you want in your house. Secondly, chickens have small and not particularly robust lungs. Fresh air is best for them. Thirdly, removing a chicken from the group is stressful for her, and if kept away for more than a day, you’ll have difficulty reintegrating the hen back into the flock. However, it was 10° F outside. I brought her into the house. I looked Opal over, with her breeding and...

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

...for reminding me to cherish my Lily and I hope you too have many more years with yours. Jen from Va Thank you and all that you do. Vicki R Happy birthday, Lily. You're such a good dog. And sooo pretty. Carol Caldwell Such a lovely and vigilant Character. Happy birthday lilly. Elaine Those perky ears when you said "Let's take a Walk"!! What a precious pup. Happy birthday, dear Lily. Michele b Happy Birthday Lily. Love that last photo! Christine O. My, what big ears you have, Good Dog Lily! I had a heart cat who literally fell out...

I'm A Bit Distracted Because Of… – HenBlog – Thursday, March 15, 2007

...I met his mom, who looked to be a Chihuahua/Corgi/Something? and there’s surely some rough-coated terrier (Norfolk?) in there, too. I adopted him from a wonderful rescue in Vermont. Mom and the 3 pups were fostered in a home with teenagers, other dogs, good food and medical care. Great socializing from day one, which is so important! I’ve already introduced Scooter to the chickens (way bigger than him and scary!) and to the bunny (Scooter would like to play, Candy would rather not.) Anyway, it’s tremendous fun (though I’m slightly sleep-deprived) and I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about him....

Winter Molts – HenBlog – Monday, February 4, 2013

...have any roosters and the bare area is definitely the vent area and is working its way up to under the wing tips. I checked very closely for mites, etc and there is nothing I can detect. Not only is she pretty bare in the vent area, but its smooth skin with little to no feathers left. Hopefully I can find an answer. We have very cold weather right now and want to make sure she is staying warm enough. Thanks so much! June Hi, Interested to read about hens moulting now, I have just 3 hens a gorgeous heavy...

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

...carefully adjusted, some horses have issues when being girthed up. How you put the saddle on the horse is as important to their comfort as how well it fits. I met Lucky at my clinic in Connecticut. He’s a sensible and calm horse, however, he experienced years of someone slapping a heavy western saddle on his back and roughly pulling the cinch up tight. By the time Laura, his current owner got him, he’d had it. Here is Lucky telling us as loudly as he could that he is afraid of the pain that inevitably happens when the girth is...

Dirt Clumps For Chicks – HenBlog – Wednesday, April 10, 2013

...Broody Judy has always been the free spirited one of the bunch. She went broody the first time at 7 months. One night when we went out to close the run and coop, she wasn't there... We searched high and low and finally found her at age 7mo under a low lying tree branch with 18 eggs she had been hiding. She's the smallest of my flock and just generally the grouchy one, although with humans she's always been extremely friendly - like a lap dog. Big Iggy is the largest bird (Barred Rock) and has he own language, She...

Fine So Far! – HenBlog – Tuesday, January 27, 2015

...Scooter and Lilly make such a lovely pair. Joan Terry, I have to admit, I'm a bit envious of your snowstorm. Even though storms like that can be incredibly costly and dangerous, I love hunkering down at home when the world outside is a blizzard. It makes us so thankful of our warm homes, doesn't it? And I can't help but think of Laura Ingalls in the The Long Winter. The last picture of Scooter and Lily remind me of what it's like for my husband and me. I'm all bundled up with warm fleecy pyjamas with the covers pulled...

Twiggy Switches Flocks – HenBlog – Monday, August 24, 2015

...in that paddock --two ex-racehorses, one 18+ hand draft, and two veteran alpha mares-- terrified of him. I still don't know exactly how he did it. He brayed until our ears hurt, nipped several hocks, and advanced fearlessly on every horse who dared to challenge his hay access. Interestingly, he really had no interest in aggression to the horses (only people!), but his clear alpha status settled everyone right down. How on earth this was possible I still don't know, but the barn manager told me it worked every time, in every situation she had ever placed him in. Gus...

Ascites in Hens – HenBlog – Wednesday, October 15, 2014

...end' but for me, it has been a sure sign of something bad going in internally. Terry Golson Exactly, that green poo is never, ever a good sign. Once in awhile, especially when heat stressed, hens drink too much and they have watery, whitish manure. Green diarrhea, though, is always indicative of a serious and likely lethal ailment. Lisa Webb We have had one hen who has been through that cycle about 3-4 times now and currently appears quite healthy....it often seems that we buy her a few very good months where she looks the picture of health (perky, interested,...

The Bright Side – HenBlog – Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Gardeners complain about the weather. There’s just no pleasing us. On a sunny, blue-sky day we’ll say, We need rain. When it rains we’ll say, The ground is too wet to work. This past winter gave us plenty to kvetch about, and much was valid. My hydrangeas died back to the ground (thankfully, though, shoots are coming up so I haven’t lost the plants.) The harsh winter caused a late spring. Trees are only now leafing out, well after they usually do. This has caused dire warnings for people affected by seasonal allergies. Usually, tree pollen comes first, and then...

February Egg Bounty – HenBlog – Wednesday, February 20, 2013

...very thinly sliced potatoes and a bit of good cheese is perfect for late winter, don't you think? Jordan Golson Creme brulee! Terry Golson I have a kitchen blow torch for that! Melinda B. Being from Memphis, TN - I think you should make Elvis Presley's Pound Cake. It takes exactly 7 eggs and it is quite yummy and extremely rich :) Nessa lemon meringue pie for me please! marissa I want to know how you do your egg salad???! Michele b Citrus custard! Yum Carmi Custardy, lemony for me please. Lynda Good ole sunny side up eggs for me!...

A Sticky Situation – HenBlog – Wednesday, May 30, 2012

...ribbons. I hang them up high, and, I thought, out of the way, where the hens, being fat and not exactly agile and aerodynamic, never go. Perhaps there was a large, buzzing horsefly that was just too tempting for a curious and hungry Speckled Sussex. I’ll never know. What I do know is that it took quite a bit of careful snipping to remove the sticky strip. Florence was shorn of quite a bit of her fluffy under-feathers. I carefully clipped at her wings. A pile of feathers fell at my feet. Surprisingly, she looks no worse for her adventure....

Feather Picking – HenBlog – Wednesday, February 5, 2014

...cam.) For awhile now I’ve noticed that Owly’s neck feathers have been looking sparse. I didn’t worry much about this. There are no bare or red areas, and everyone else is in good plumage. But, over the last few days, as I’ve reintegrated Beulah into the group, I’ve been watching flock dynamics closely and I haven’t liked what I’ve seen. I observed that the dominant hen, Misty, is a confirmed feather picker and eater. I watched as she walked up to Owly, pecked a feather off of Owly’s neck, and ate it whole. Owly as much as offered her the...

Noisy World – HenBlog – Friday, February 18, 2011

It is a very noisy world. I knew this, but since, for the last thirty-five years I’ve been slowly, gradually losing my hearing, sounds slipped away until I didn’t realize they were gone. In December I got a cochlear implant and last month it was turned on. My brain is being bombarded by electrical stimulation directly on the auditory nerve. Thankfully, it’s choosing to tell me what it’s hearing a little bit at a time. Tick-tick-tick-tick. When I’m in the hallway, there’s a noise. It starts and stops when I start and stop. Is it something I’m wearing? No, it’s...

Chicken Bedtime – HenBlog – Monday, June 17, 2013

...would have to use would let them out of the coop. Do you think they wiil eventually roost? Would it be a bad thing to leave a bright nitelite on all night long? Lynda This was very timely for me! My baby (12 weeks old now) bantams have been integrated into the flock finally and except for a few pecks here and there they have been pretty well accepted, except for one hen crabby hen. They get chased a lot and hid under the coop frequently during the day, but so far (8 days into it) there has been no...

Bare Butts – HenBlog – Monday, October 18, 2010

Wendy Sharon's bird looks very Dorking-ish to me! I must admit I let mine 'pork up' a bit when they're moulting - they won't lay again 'til spring so they're fine a bit heavier, then in February or so I slim them down a bit so laying isn't too much effort for them. Gentian violet does indeed stain, my hands are currently purple after doing surgery on someone's wattle! Were there ever purple children when you were at school? Gentian violet used to be used for ringworm, the fungal skin infection, but possibly there are less stigmatising treatments now! Sheila...

Bumblefoot – HenBlog – Tuesday, August 7, 2012

...I don't think I would have been able to save a bird at the beach the other day! From a distance iInoticed these two big dogs (with there owner attached) barking loudly in the face of a bird(a muerre) the bird just stood there.Finally they moved on.The bird was standing there.. in fear. Shortly families were coming up to him,kids were touching him.it really wasn't a pretty sight.( I felt something was wrong) and then a couple of seagulls started poking at him,I had to do something.the poor guy couldn't fly away, and they're not small birds.So, with my towel...

Animal Update – HenBlog – Monday, May 30, 2011

...as she had a lovely white bib until her teenage moult. It's gone completely now as you saw, although these birds do get a bit more white on them with every adult moult. Hence it's hard for Jane to spot champions! I had a Myco outbreak too, three years ago but caught it early and was lucky. Now only Good Buff suffers every now and then, and a jab with Tylan the Wonder Drug does the trick. Definitely the older birds that succumb, and she's a bit wheezy anyway these days.... Terry Golson Hi Kit- Actually, Siouxsie was truly going...

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

...okay, just checked your weather for next 7 days no let up coming. Really feel for you guys, please keep safe and warm. ( Positive thoughts, positive thoughts it will get better ) lol Jan Bit concerned 5.40 on your time and dark, Phoebe's still outside her eyes shine like cats eye's quite spooky ,she's usually gone in by now. Jan Phew, gone in at last !!, could not log of till she had, night all. Terry Golson Phoebe is loving this weather. Sometimes she refuses to go in and we wait a bit and try a little later when...

Cooking For Comfort – HenBlog – Friday, February 20, 2015

...chess or buttermilk lemon pie. So sorry for the loss. Sometimes a meal prepared after all the family has settled down and your friend is on her own is so greatly appreciated. Just keep the friend close in your circle and in your prayers. Kim Perkins I'm so sorry for your loss Terry, and for your friend and her family as well. When my Dad died suddenly of a heart attack five years ago, the shock was devastating to our family. It happened early in the morning while Mom was still asleep, and he had gone out to get the...

Guess the Breeds Contest – The Vintage Hen – Friday, April 24, 2015

...bit of corgi, and I wouldn't be surprised at a toy breed like the lhasa. We'll have to wait and see! Jen Dudley Did Scooter earn a cookie? Jonathan I would say scooter is beagle chihuahua and Lilly perhaps bull terrier rat terrier Durbin Goodwin I am the worst at this guessing game. But I really believe Lily must have some Jack Russell Terrier. All I can say, they are both cute as can be. Kit With the background of Lily and Scooter, I doubt their will be really high match in any really pure breed for either of them,...

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

...reader but first time commenter from Sydney, Australia. I wish my family could afford the time and effort to get more chicks because they are irresistible. However, this is sadly not the case. I currently have only a 4yo lonely but dominant Light Sussex/ISA Brown hen and a 5yo broody Old English Game (they don't get along and need to be kept in separate pens) from an original flock of 10. I have hatched three chicks from a Silkie (only survivor is the Light Sussex cross) and I wish I could have the opportunity to do that again in the...

A Dying Hen – HenBlog – Sunday, July 26, 2015

...how many critters I have, I get attached to and care for all of them. I have an elderly rooster that I'm caring for now, and every day that he limps around is a good one! Virginia Sorry honey... A bit of us goes with each hen that passes on, doesn't it? At times my love for our chickens is a bit too much, and I have to smack myself a little bit and remind myself how short they really live. So, I love em, kiss their chicken faces and make sure they know they are loved with all the...

Old Petunia – HenBlog – Tuesday, November 30, 2010

...saved the hens. My understanding is that once they start building up fluid from eggs in the abdominal cavity, that there's no going back to normal laying. What have you heard? Wendy In the instances I have heard of, the fluid was syringed out regularly, purely to reduce pressure on the other organs and make the bird more comfortable - I think some folk combine this with Baytril injections to contain any infection and apparently in some cases it does the trick nicely. For example I'm convinced that my Duck is an internal layer, but she's clearly reabsorbing it all...

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

...a patch of the road. I’ve got a decorative split rail fence there, not for Lily, but to let passer-bys know that the backyard is off-limits (amazing how people will see the coop and just come right on over as if this is a petting zoo). There’s a “beware of dog” sign hanging on the fence. Lily is not always friendly to people or other dogs. It sounds secure. Right? But today was one of those days when I wish I’d put in a solid fence. This afternoon Good Farm Dog Lily let me know that something was wrong. I...

Combining Two Mature Flocks – HenBlog – Monday, March 21, 2011

...her with the corn. I used only a tiny bit at a time. I didn’t want them to get full too quickly. I kept them busy hurrying here and there for the treats. It helps to know your chickens well. I could read their body language and interrupt aggression before it happened. The only hens that went beyond a ruffling of feathers were Lulu and Maizie. I had to physically separate them three times. Each time I picked up Lulu and calmed her down. Hens don’t have a long attention span. Within moments she forgot the tiff and wanted to...

Homemade Horseradish Sauce – HenBlog – Wednesday, April 10, 2013

...pasta salad. It's not enough to identify easily but makes it taste bright and fresh. Lesley S Would the goats eat the root as well? It would put fire in their diapers...if they wore them. :) Joanna We love horseradish (fabulous on hard boiled eggs) and have some growing in a small bed. Usually my husband takes on the pungent task of processing the root and mixing it with vinegar, salt and a bit of sugar (we don't usually use beet). We then freeze jars of it for later use. Freezing it results in a small reduction of the "kick,"...

The Weather – HenBlog – Monday, January 18, 2010

Wendy Scott & Family Wish we would get some white stuff. Today we've had high winds, rain and 56 degrees. Our "girls" hens will do just about anything for our "kissing" sound and a little bit of scratch candy. Ken from a foggy St Louis At least your hawk netting is holding up. Mine usually gives way under the wet snow. Did you take a broom to it and give it a good whack to release it? Randy Sorry about the snow. It's gonna be in the 60's here today. I'd love a goat or two. Maybe one day. We...

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

...shelves, they don't get crushed. I really like throwing them in on top of soups and sauces this way. Mine never turns black. P.S. Also very excited about colorful eggs!!! Happy day. jennifer bevins Bless you, Terry. jennifer bevins Owly in the hot seat now. Hope she gives you a blue or pink egg. Wonder if they practice before they actually lay? Jaye How funny. I have read that leghorns rarely go broody. I guess Betsy didn't get that memo. :-) I'll bet that rubbery egg was a practice egg from one of your Ameraucanas - I've seen both of...

Is It Cooked? – HenBlog – Sunday, September 13, 2009

...asked him where the eggs were. He said, “in the fridge with the other ones, like you told me to.” After a bit of searching, I realized he’d put the freshly laid eggs in the bowl with the hard-cooked ones. Now how was I going to tell which was which? My morning routine is to eat a hard-cooked egg, first thing. I’m usually still half-asleep at 6:30. The jolt of protein helps. I cook up a big batch once a week. I didn’t want to wake up to a raw egg. From the outside, they look the same. How to...

A Busy Morning – HenBlog – Tuesday, March 16, 2010

...but people just knew to cook eggs properly and not feed undercooked eggs to invalids or pregnant women (as I was taught at school). Unless your flock is more than 50-strong you don't need to register with DEFRA (Dept of Environment, food and rural affairs) and therefore don't need to be tested, but can only sell eggs to the end-user. So me selling mine at the gate is fine, but I can't supply the local shop. I think only AI and Newcastle disease are 'notifiable' here in the UK. Terry Golson I didn't realize that DEFRA was only for the...

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

...golden) Ken Poor Lily I wonder if she thinks she has done something wrong? I had a mix breed that had to have knee surgery. My experience was miserable. I was suppose to keep him confined to his crate for a week or so (don't remember exactly) and only let him out to eat and potty. Well!!! that just let to other problems. He scratched and scratched and bite at the crate until his gums and toe bleed, and he even went so far as to partially tear off a pad. I finally gave up. I got tranquilizers from the...

Tonka Settles In – The Vintage Hen – Thursday, December 5, 2013

...affordable :) Karla There is just something about a sweet horse, that makes you want to rest your head against theirs, and feel them breathe. He's lovely, Terry, just lovely. I don't have horses, but I do "sit" for someone who does. It is such a pleasure to be in the barn with them, listening to them, watching them. I don't mind the heavy duty scooping (which, truthfully, is way less smelly than scooping after our five cats!) or the hauling of hay, bedding or water. To be outside with animals is a gift! I know you will enjoy him!...

An Egg Is Clean – HenBlog – Saturday, July 13, 2013

...advice from the beginning but possibly because the chickens were only provided one roosting option the bad habit was formed. They didn't all want to co-sleep. The black stars, mostly, looked for other options. Unfortunately, the coop isn't big enough for additional roosts. Poor planning for the size of our flock, maybe. I learn so much from your blog. Thank you for sharing your vast knowledge. BTW- Can't believe Twinkydink is still doing "close ups" at her age, You go girl! Tanya K. Thanks for the idea, Jonathon :} - (that's a happy chicken face) Laurie some of my hens...

Euthanizing a Hen – HenBlog – Tuesday, October 28, 2014

...years who have all the good things in life, free range, and live long happy lives. All three hens were slowing down, no longer laying; still perching at night and eating: what we generally call "old age" and gently nurture along until they quietly die in the night. Sound familiar? I'm sorry this next bit's graphic, but it highlights what I've been missing in my sick-elderly hen decision making. Remember, they looked fine though sad. However looking inside showed me each was different, and none were "quietly dying in the night." Poor poor creatures... Martha, a lovely sweet giant Orpington,...

Blankets For Horses – The Vintage Hen – Saturday, January 4, 2014

...chill a horse pretty badly at 50 miles per hour. Marie Tracy, that must be it! Annie I was thinking that also! Robin I'll ditto Tracy above and add that that this also could be a cool down session. If your horse is hot and sweaty and it is cold or cool windy weather you throw a heavy blanket on for the early stages of cool down. And then, as you walk them out, you put increasingly lighter blankets on till the horse is cool and dry. Wraps are sometimes left on for a bit if the horse is prone...

Will She Lay Soon? – HenBlog – Friday, July 19, 2013

...she attacks me. Yesterday, I picked her up ( they were free ranging) and I walked around and talked to her nicely for a good 10 minutes...she was calm because I was holding her very securely so she couldn't turn around and peck me. When I put her DOWN? She was free to walk away...but instead she deliberately turned at me and lunged. :( And when I DO have food or treats, she really doesn't want to come near me....the young ones are still shy and the older hens get to the food first anyway. I'm starting to really dislike...

Tonka’s New Home – HenBlog – Tuesday, September 30, 2014

...hope not. The back is a bad place for a wound. And an indoor riding ring? And trails? That alone is worth the drive. :) I can't contribute to the iPod issue. I'm still a bit technologically challenged. My daughter got a new one as a graduation gift and left her old one here for me. Um. I'll get there eventually. Kit Not much for podcasts, though I have been listening to Robert Caro's four volume work on Lyndon Johnson. Also they have a turken !!! Do you know what her name is ? Brenda It was (is?) a yearly...

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

...prevalent. Just like the well-behaved child in school is often ignored, so too, a good horse is often casually handled. Only when he acts up (perhaps a spook on the lead-line) is he paid attention to, and then it is with a yank on the rope. The horse with the kind eye who is ignored might learn to misbehave for attention. Or, more likely, he will simply go dull. That kind eye will turn listless. Horses respond to pressure, both physically by touch and also when others enter into their personal space. They are exquisitely tuned to body language. They...

How To Cook Chard – HenBlog – Tuesday, August 6, 2013

...and all, and cook it covered in a bit of olive oil. The moisture in the leaves is enough. My hens won't touch it though! Terry Golson Knock on wood, but my tomatoes are doing great. I've already frozen 8 cups of sauce. Terry Golson I haven't heard of anyone, anywhere with a successful pepper crop this year. Terry Golson I also like my greens quickly sauteed in olive oil and a bit of garlic. As far as chickens not eating them - chickens do have specific tastes, and sometimes entire flocks spurn foods that other flocks eat up. Who...

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

...everything they need. These last two warm days though, I have moved the girls to the veggie garden so that they could till for me. They did such a good job (partly because I threw a bit of straw around on top) that I got the peas, lettuce and spinach planted last night before a light rain! Terry Golson You are ahead of me in planting! I didn't realize that in some places only mash is available. That's a small part of the market for feed, and is usually made for those few old-time holdouts. judy m I have been...

My Beautiful Horse – The Vintage Hen – Monday, January 26, 2015

Karen Beautiful horse Terry and some great shots of him....I share your passion for horses Jane from Hawaii Lovely pictures! cheryl Tonka is a beautiful and lucky horse!! I'm so JEL.!! Connie Moreau I've ridden many different horses in my life, but sadly, none of my own. My father called them hay burners. I love looking at Tonka, he has such an intelligent face. Tori I love this! Laura It is hard work owning horses, but it must be particularly difficult, in your drastic climate. Glad you have a nice dry indoor arena to work in throughout the winter. I...

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

...the last to get off the roost and she wasn’t looking so perky. I’ll take an extra moment to watch her. What I won’t do is worry excessively about this cold spell. I’ve kept chickens here in New England for almost twenty winters. I’ve seen weeks of zero-degree weather and I’ve never seen a hen freeze in place! I’ve never even seen frostbite or a respiratory disease. Chilly, rainy weather, and extreme heat is far worse for your flock’s health. As long as your hens are housed and fed properly, extreme cold is more of a bother than health risk....

Hens and Heat – HenBlog – Monday, June 24, 2013

We are heading into the sweltering days of summer and I cannot over-emphasize how essential it is to keep a close eye on your hens. Heat can be deadly to your flock. Chickens die from heatstroke and they die from dehydration. Even if the heat isn’t lethal, you might notice them eating less and laying fewer eggs. I’ve written about how to help your chickens cope with heat here. Today I literally pulled another bag out of my collection of tricks. Green beans are one of the few veggies that everyone in my family eats and so every year I...

Oriole – HenBlog – Sunday, August 7, 2011

It’s been a difficult couple of days. Good Dog Lily, in her effort to rid the yard of a scourge of blackbirds and a curse of squirrels, has been in chase mode. Her sprints are cheetah-worthy. She killed a squirrel on Friday! But, yesterday, she ripped her dew claw, so today we spent a few hours at the emergency vet clinic getting her patched up. Scooter, left home, yowled and yowled. Lily will be fine, but is presently bandaged up and will be on leash for a week. Also worrisome, I noticed that Coco was looking tail-down Thursday. On Friday...

Hurricane Irene Wind Speed – HenBlog – Saturday, August 27, 2011

Last night, while watching The Weather Channel, IT Guy typed some code into his laptop, and now you can see the wind speed here at Little Pond Farm (along with the temperature that we’ve always had on the top right of the HenCam screen). That is, you’ll be able to keep tabs on our weather until the power goes out. Today is the lull before the storm. The animals are acting 100 % normally. Obviously, I can’t rely on them to let me know that a hurricane is brewing. The animals are relaxing on this hot, humid day, but we...

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

...Beyond My Kitchen Window. Type it as one word, it should come up on google. Vicki in So. CA I saw the episode too, and I'm with Ken... eccentric is an understatement at best, and also got a laugh from the 'big chicken' thing. Your brief appearance was a welcome bit of realism and the clicker training method seems to work beautifully. As before (on MARTHA) you came off friendly, exceedingly knowledgeable, a good teacher, and funny, too — basically, just the natural you. That little Mud was about as cute as anything I've ever seen! So sad to hear...

Barn Boots – HenBlog – Sunday, October 16, 2011

...USA! Tracy Have you tried Bogs? I've had good success with them- though they are a bit warm in the summer and I usually end up wearing garden clogs instead. My sister in law gave me some crocs, first time I wore them out to muck the coop I realized all those ventilation holes are not conducive to barn chores!! Can't wait to see what cute boots you come up with next! Wendy Can you get Hunters over there? My first pair lasted me 14 years of pretty much daily wear, including digging (very bad for wellies). They're murderously slippy...

Karen Pryor Trains The Animals – HenBlog – Monday, November 7, 2011

...too; I heard from them this morning. Michele the designer said "Terry is amazing!" KP Terry Golson I missed seeing Lily gulp it down! And yet she continued to work for those little bits of freeze-dried liver afterwards. What a dog. Laurie Luck, KPA CTP So nice to see the "behind the scenes" stuff! I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall! Or maybe "a goat in the pasture" would be more accurate. Carol Calwell Such an entertaining post as always, I really enjoyed every bit of it. KathyG I am going to look for those...