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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...

Easy Summer Tomato Sauce – Recipes

Since the sauce simmers in the pot for hours, I’ll get plenty of garlic flavor with NO WORK. Put everything in the slow cooker. Add a generous amount of good sea salt. Put the lid on, Reduce the temperature to low and leave it be for five or so hours. When it’s finished, I freeze in plastic containers.The next day, I pop them out, and repackage in my very favorite summer tool, the FoodSaver vacuum packer. Here I have a summer vegetable sauce, which this winter will find it’s way into a lasagna, or maybe pureed into a soup.  ...

The Spa Treatment – FAQ – Health and Behavior

this care will alleviate the symptoms. If the Spa Treatment is going to help your hen, you’ll know within twenty-four hours. If you see a positive change in your bird, you can give the treatment one more time. However, if there is no change, then whatever she has is more serious that than the Spa Treatment can help. If it doesn’t help, at least it hasn’t hurt, and you’ll have narrowed down what might be causing the symptoms. The Spa Treatment has fixed several of my birds, and helped many others. If you have success with the Spa Treatment, do...

Hot Weather Care for Chickens – FAQ – Housing

bearable near the nesting boxes.   Finally, if you live in areas that see long stretches of triple-digit summer days, consider getting heat-tolerant breeds. Leggy, trim chickens with mostly hard feathers, like Leghorns and Andalusians, are designed for hot weather. These are called Mediterranean breeds, and they don’t have the fluffy, heavy, soft feathers of heavier hens like Cochins and Orpingtons. They also have large, floppy combs that help to dissipate heat. So, when it gets dangerously hot, keep an eye on your flock, keep them hydrated, provide shade and airy accomodations. Good advice for anyone, animals or human alike....

Introduction to Chicken Keeping – FAQ – Health and Behavior

originated with poultry. Chickens peck at each other for all sorts of reasons, but mostly to keep the other girls away from their treasures, be it a glistening drop of rain or a juicy bug. Given enough space, these little spats are harmless, but when chickens are crowded they become ruthless and might even peck each other to death. (I have more about pecking and aggression in a FAQ.) Hens can also become aggressive when bored. A bare dirt pen, or long stretches indoors in cramped quarters, will bring out the worst in them (no different than us!) That’s why...

Little Barn Coop Plans – FAQ – Housing

...of space. Plan on 4 square feet per bird for the interior of your coop. That’s not including the boxes! Outside, your hens need 8 square feet per bird. My barns are not insulated or heated. It really isn’t necessary unless you have silkies or frizzles. What is important is that the coop has shade and is well-ventilated and yet draft-free. Make sure that you have windows that open, and soffits and vents in the eaves. If you can, install a working cupola. Because the rabbit overheats easily in the summer, a special 8 x 8 foot piece of shade...

The Broody Hen – FAQ – Health and Behavior

not laying, but she’s so content and true to herself that I let her be. Broody Pearl on an outing.   Unfortunately, most broodies aren’t perfect like Pearl. Instead, they’re horrors, like Topaz. Topaz is a Buff Orpington. When she goes broody she becomes henzilla – the angriest hen on the planet. She smashes eggs. She growls at hens and people alike. Lulu, a Speckled Sussex, was equally bonkers when broody. Broody Lulu   To break the spell, I put the broody hen into the anti-broody coop, which was originally an old rabbit hutch. Anti-broody coop. I supply the hen...

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...

Cold Weather Care – FAQ – Housing

never had a problem. Note, too, that the cord goes directly to a safe outlet. Always be a bit neurotic about watching out for fire hazards in your barn.) In the winter, chickens will expend extra calories staying warm so give them an added ration of cracked corn or scratch grains. Also, if your hens free range in the summer and eat lots of bugs (protein!), be aware that their diet changes in the winter, when all of their nutrition comes from you. Make sure you’re feeding them high-quality laying hen pellets. Greens are important in the winter as much...

Chicken Manure Management – FAQ – Housing

as it will “burn” your plants. Also, you don’t want to put it fresh onto vegetables as it might carry salmonella or e. Coli. However, although it starts out noxious, when composted, chicken poop ends up as dark loamy earth. There’s a lot of advice about how to take care of compost, which all seems complicated and time-consuming. I’m a lazy composter and I don’t want to turn piles of manure or pay attention to it. Also, I have dogs who would relish the chance to roll in chicken poop, so I need a method that keeps it out of...

Children’s Books Featuring Chickens – FAQ

books about Maple Hill Farm in Vermont. Most books about farm animals are anthropomorphized to the point where the animals are unrecognizable as animals, and the farms have little in common with real farms. This book is charming, and yet doesn’t idealize the farmer’s life. I’d like to see Farm in every kindergarten library! Chickerella by Mary Jane and Herm Auch 2005 Really, any of the books by this team could be on this list. The Auchs do crazy, silly, over-the-top punny chicken fun. Some books are illustrated, some are a combination of photographed dressed up models and art. Most...

Sweet Bell Pepper Tart With Eggs – Recipes

soft, golden and fragrant. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside. 2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. 3. Use the best quality puff pastry that you can find. Trader Joe’s carries it, but only during the winter holidays. Look for these ingredients – it shouldn’t have any fat other than butter! Puff pastry looks fancy and intimidating, but it’s the easiest product to work with! Depending on the brand, you might have to roll it out a bit, but it starts out in the right shape, it just requires flattening a bit. Place the pastry on a baking...

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

can see the other stops here: 2-Mar For the Love of Chickens http://fortheloveofchickensblog.blogspot.com/ 3-Mar Vintage Garden Gal http://www.vintagegardengal.com/ 4-Mar The Garden Roof Coop http://www.thegardenroofcoop.com/ 5-Mar Common Weeder http://www.commonweeder.com/ 6-Mar Chickens in the Road http://chickensintheroad.com/ 7-Mar Garden Rant http://www.gardenrant.com/my_weblog/ 8-Mar Fresh Eggs Daily http://fresh-eggs-daily.blogspot.com/ 9-Mar My Pet Chicken Blog http://blog.mypetchicken.com/ 10-Mar Coop Thoughts http://www.thegardencoop.com/blog/ 11-Mar BoHo Farm and Home http://www.bohofarmandhome.com/ 12-Mar Happy Chickens Lay Healthy Eggs http://happychickenslayhealthyeggs.blogspot.com/ 13-Mar A Charlotte Garden http://acharlottegarden.blogspot.com/ 14-Mar Farm Fresh Fun http://farmfreshfun.blogspot.com 15-Mar The HenCam http://www.hencam.com/henblog/ 16-Mar Life on a Southern Farm http://georgiafarmwoman.blogspot.com/ 17-Mar A Dozen Girls, the Chicken Chick http://eggcartonlabels.blogspot.com/ 18-Mar North Coast Gardening http://www.northcoastgardening.com/...

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

hens hatch some eggs for me this spring/summer.I'm partial to Barred Rocks. shirley taylor i always share this site on facebook Cindi Bajkowski I am the planning to get 3-4 chicks this sring, I have never raised them before so I'm doing my research. Your website and the chicken keeping website have provided a lot of info. This book would also be helpful! Have a great day! Kaye We don't plan on adding any little ones this year, but IF I could add some, I think I'd like to have some Dominiques, they are so pretty and good layers of...

Clip-Clop – HenBlog – Thursday, March 6, 2014

...on. We walked around the entire track, and then we trotted. I felt ridiculously happy. Something more than just sitting in the saddle had triggered that feeling of elation. As Tonka and I trotted along the path, I realized what it was. It was something that I was hearing: Clip-clop, clip-clop. Tonka’s hooves, striking the solid ground rung out. Clip-clop, clip-clop. You might think that you always hear that sound when riding a horse. It’s how riding is described in storybooks. But, in reality, the ground is muddy, or grassy, or too rocky. It takes just the right conditions to...

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...

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

can those people go on? Not sure I could, hope I never have to find out. Linden Whitfield Article from Joplin Globe http://tinyurl.com/3bkl55l Terry Golson This is a good search dog organization. I'm still looking for a S&R group, though, that's made up of private citizens. I know people around here who do it, and I'm in awe of their personal resources and commitment that they put to it. Terry Golson Thanks for the donation and thanks for this article! It's so important to donate to groups that are coordinating at the disaster zone and doing their jobs professionally. It's...

Winter Summer Peach Pie – HenBlog – Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Snow is falling. Snow will keep falling. Then we’ll get sleet. We’re housebound and barnbound and restless. What to do? Make pie. Not just any pie. I want pie that takes me out of this deep freeze. I want summer. I keep homemade pie crusts, rolled out into 12-inch circles, tightly wrapped, in my freezer. I get out two. One breaks. No problem. I’ll use that for the top crust. You’ll see. I pull out a bag of peaches. Last summer I bought a bushel of seconds – tree-ripened, local peaches that had a blemish here or there so the...

Apologies To The Orps – HenBlog – Friday, November 2, 2012

more astonishing is that after an unproductive summer, they’re laying. My egg basket would be almost empty if not for the Buff Orpingtons. And so I am offering an apology to the Orps. I’m sorry that I complained about your moody, broody summer behavior. I didn’t realize that it was setting you up to be the early winter laying stars. On a side note, Opal, my Delaware, laid all the way through the summer and continues to lay now. She’s my first Delaware. I love her steady and friendly personality. Is she true to type? Does anyone else have Delawares?...

Summer Plans – The Vintage Hen – Saturday, May 24, 2014

part in along with several other Boy Scouts.) Later, I’ll be riding to the state park with a friend. One of us will hold the horses, while the other gets something cold and delicious from the ice cream stand – which happens to be in a real dairy barn. Do I live in a great town, or what? Our schedules don’t allow for a vacation this summer, but maybe we’ll have time for a short getaway. Cape Cod isn’t too far. Perhaps we’ll stay somewhere cozy.   Hmmm, maybe not that cozy.   Do you have summer plans? Do tell!...

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

big birds, or very small ones. We like floppy combs, or pea combs, or no combs. Some make their decision based on egg color. They want blue eggs, or all white, or brown, or chocolate. Certainly you should take looks into account. Right now if someone offered me two grey hens (any breed, as long as they are a pretty slate color) I would welcome them into my flock (even though my flock is healthy and well-established and I shouldn’t have any more chickens.) But, there are other things that you should think about, and I’ll list them here for...

Scooter’s Summer Schedule – HenBlog – Saturday, June 23, 2012

Summer is here. The garden is a tangle of green and if plants could shout they’d be yelling for my attention. I have a list of house chores to do. And writing to get to. I’m not one to relax in the summer. But Scooter is. He knows exactly what summer is for. This is his plan: Step 1) Find a warm spot. Step 2) Sleep. On my to-do list for the summer I’ve added one more item: Laze with Scooter....

Why I Don’t Use Avian Vets – HenBlog – Monday, December 17, 2012

dying. Although there are charts online for figuring out what infectious agent is affecting your hens, I’ve found them unreliable. (Out of curiosity I’ve used those expensive lab tests and discovered how off those charts are.) So, I recommend starting with a course of antibiotics right away, which can be bought on-line or at your local feed store. If they don’t work, you probably have a virus. When it comes to these respiratory diseases, a vet’s diagnosis is of no help. Either antibiotics will work, or they won’t. (More about what I do for respiratory disease is in this FAQ.)...

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

that is half covered by a hard roof. They seem very happy to go back and forth all day long from the coop to their yard. When evening comes and they go back into the coop on their own...I find them huddled and cowering in the corner closed to the pop door...seeming distressed by listening to their noises. They can't seem to climb on each other enough. I could sure use some advice on why they are doing this and how I might help them become more comfortable upon returning to the coop for the night. As a side note...before...

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...

Holiday Weekend – HenBlog – Friday, August 31, 2012

Carol Caldwell Beautiful photo as usual. Have a good holiday weekend. In England we had our bank holiday weekend last weekend, August bank holiday and the last one until Christmas. It is very cool here and feels like summers end, although summer never really got started this year. Oh well, there's always next year! Enjoy your last few days with your boys before School and collage. Bobbie Have a great weekend Terry. I've heard of chickens killing and eating mice, lizards and the like. Would they kill and eat a frog? Have a great weekend! Terry Golson Yes indeed! Great...

Broody Coop – HenBlog – Friday, April 8, 2011

did not seem to be aggressive together and did as a joint effort. Have you ever heard of that happening before ? Terry Golson I haven't heard of that, but I'm not surprised - especially since you're talking about Buff Orpingtons, the most amenable of birds. Kit Here are the links to the videos if that is okay, Buffy and Betty together in their brood house. Buffy won't leave Betty so she decided to go broody as well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuO3xkMJBLI&feature=channel_video_title Betty and Buffy with the chicks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXbZBiaVO2s I don't know if they are still alive because the video is from two...

The Best of Summer – HenBlog – Thursday, August 2, 2007

nice grasshoppers. Then, after a summer shower, there’s the sparkling raindrops to peck at. And the weather is so warm, that the chickens can run around in the rain, which, for a chicken, is almost as enjoyable as a dry, hot, dust bath. The chickens don’t need summer camp or organized sports to stay active. Once in awhile a bug will fly by a chicken. The other day, there was pudgy Marge, leaping around the pen. She looked crazy, but then I saw her nail a flying moth. Marge looked quite proud of herself, and rather satisfied. Isn’t summer wonderful?...

Easy Summer Tomato Sauce – HenBlog – Sunday, August 22, 2010

growing, which is a lovely combination for a sauce. I wish that I had parsley, but my seedlings wilted and disappeared this summer. One of the reasons that people don’t bother with fresh herbs is the hassle of stripping the leaves from the tough stems and mincing. Well, in slow cooker, easy-peasey tomato sauce you don’t have to! Simply wash well and tie up with a string. Here are the tomatoes (note that I’ve added unpeeled cherry tomatoes) and the herbs and a …. tea ball! I’ve put unpeeled garlic cloves into the tea ball. No mincing, no prep! Since...

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

For now, the only chicken is me. Suzanne trashmaster46 I don't have any chickens yet, but we're planning on having a few next year. We did go on the Portland (OR) Tour de Coops just a week or so ago though. http://www.flickr.com/photos/bladerunnerpdx/sets/72157627220142224/ Jeremiah I don't have any chickens yet, but can't wait until I finish college so I can start my own flock! Love your blog. Laura Terry, I fell in love with your Buffy back in 2007, so I started my first chicken flock with 4 Buff Orps. If you Google the breed name, my BYC page on Buff...

1916 Eggs – HenBlog – Thursday, January 6, 2011

buying the right brands? It's amazing how different the ones from Cherry Grove are from the rest of the, supposedly ethical, places. The yolks are huge and dark gold. So worth the expense. Sorry for the long post. I'm looking forward to your app. Scott BRAVO! I've been on my high horse about eggs for about a year now, telling everyone I know to buy only truly free range eggs. A site I found that has helped is EatHumane at http://www.eathumane.org/ This article in the New York Times was great. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/15/weekinreview/15marsh.html?_r=1&scp=3&sq=battery%20cages&st=cse I saved one page of it that doesn't translate...

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

realized that a CI was something that can be used by someone who is not "deaf". My go-to movies when I don't feel well and need a pick me up are The Holiday, You got Mail and Nottinghill(romantic comedies) and Twister. Elizabeth Beller Blessings to you and your family as you travel down this path toward healing. We wish you a swift recovery from your surgery, and happy "stalking" of your hencam until you can resume your barn duties. Your feathered wee lovies will miss you, no doubt! As for movie recommendations, Brie and I highly recommend the following: A...

Feather Picking – HenBlog – Wednesday, February 5, 2014

feathers before the molt. Sometimes the picking destroys the feather's ability to regrow. For example, Jasper got back some, but not all of her tail. Pam R. It's been my experience that feather picking starts when the need for animal protein becomes acute. Chickens can not make an amino acid called methionine. This is an essential amino acid which means the body can't make it and it must come from food. Methionine comes from animal protein. There is no animal protein in commercially made chicken feeds. Feathers are something like 75 - 90% animal protein. One way to determine if...

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

are only allowing 100,000 orders. Here is the site, http://hip2save.com/2011/12/22/neebo-com-free-textbook-rental-to-1st-100000-just-pay-shipping-of-7-99-2/ I will also email this too you, to see if you will get this sooner. Sean Thanks for sharing Terry... have a warm and wonderful holiday. Carol Caldwell Happy Holiday and New Year to you Terry and all your family (animals included) and to all your readers. Thank you for sharing and bringing such brightness to us all. Vera Happy Chanukah to you and yours! Thank you for a wonderful blog, the cams and all you share with others. We just told our grandson confined to a respirator since birth...

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

...community that you provide here and look forward to having those 5, 7, even 13 year old girls that i read about here and are still going strong. Terry Golson Did you get them from Macmurray? They always tuck in that extra rooster! Are you keeping the roo? Cass I got them from healthy chicks and more. A co-worker had gotten some from there in the past and she always had good luck with them so when I wanted to get into chickens she recommended them. I plan on keeping the rooster ( named Ethel, as she was originally part...

Where I Belong – HenBlog – Tuesday, October 15, 2013

your heart. Susannah Glad my Mica has had such a positive influence on you. Congratulations on your plan! That is so exciting. And I love the pics you took today. I look forward to riding with you - even if we don't get too far, lol Betsy Welcome back Terry! My story mirrors yours, except for the timing of my injuries. Good luck finding your special equine partner! Terry Golson When I get a horse, we'll have to meet up for a ride, and catch up! (For my readers out there, Betsy and I met at the UNH horse program!!!)...

Why I Don’t Use Deep Litter – HenBlog – Thursday, December 5, 2013

do agree with the advocates of deep litter that earth and compost contains healthy microbes, and that loose dirt to scratch in provides necessary activity and also protein from the bugs that are consumed. But, you don’t need deep litter to provide these things. I have a compost pile in the chicken run. It does all of the positive things of deep litter, but it also keeps the run and coop dry and tidy. My compost in the chicken run is a modified deep litter. There’s soft earth for digging, healthy microbes, and bugs. I toss in garden refuse, bedding...

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

We have a hen that is needing extra work at the moment and I do love it. She needs me to help her get through this and it makes me feel good to be useful. Susan Stalker I have chickens, and I know where you are coming from. They are a lot of work, but you don't mind the work, because you love your girls. Happy Valentine's Day! Carrie Lee McCleary Happy Valentines Day to you and all your girls! Enjoyed your essay very much, they are blessed today w/the sun shine! I saw you feeding them this morn. Now...

Chicken Art – HenBlog – Monday, June 5, 2006

...chicken tchotzkas, though I limit my selections to hens. No egotistical rooster items in this house. I have candlesticks in the shape of chickens. Chicken pillows. Even my pot rack has hens welded on it. I’m very selective (really!) I don’t go for kitschy ersatz nostalgic farm scenes. I like my chickens in bold graphics. There are chicken knickknacks and then there’s chicken art. Fine art is not necessarily “serious” art. Honestly, I’ve never seen a serious-looking chicken. I recently had an email from an artist in Somerville, MA. Know of any other artists with hens as muses? Email me....

Early Summer Blooms – HenBlog – Monday, May 31, 2010

So far it’s been a lush summer. Lots of rain, but it’s not been the sort of cold drenches that kills off tender plants.Instead, we’ve had gentle rain and then sunny heat. The peonies bloomed, and without driving rain or high winds, they’ve stayed upright and full-petaled. The daisies are in bloom under the one peach tree. The goats look longingly at these plants. That’s the electric goat fence, which is effective in keeping them out. The lily in the pond bloomed. The Beast lurks under it, in the lily pad’s shade. This old-fashioned climbing hydrangea shares the trellis on...

Compost IN the Chicken Run – HenBlog – Monday, March 12, 2012

the summer it becomes a cool, damp respite from the heat. In the winter it’s the one spot that’s not frozen that they can dig in. At all times there are yummy morsels to eat and bugs to unearth. It’s barely any effort for me – the chickens do all of the work of mincing the material and turning it over. Soon enough, it decomposes, shrinks in size, and it turns into good garden soil. I’ve sited a compost area to the side of the little barn. I’ve put a sturdy piece of fencing blocking it off, but have left...

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

...work during the week. My book, iPad, camera etc for weekend trips. Deanna This bag is SUPER cute! Once my 31 girls start laying (they are 4 weeks old now).. I can carry cartons on eggs in the tote! caitlinvb I would come up with excuses to carry that bag - chicken treats, groceries, the kids' bathing suits... you name it! sarah a would put chickken food in it and a love chicken so a would hafe it for my coletion sorry about my english a em from belguim The Kitchen Witch Being that I start teaching a Kindergarten class...

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

I’m lucky to have indie bookstores nearby, but I also shop online, especially for used books – that’s where I’ve found those old chicken keeping texts that I tell you about. (By the way, for you horse people out there, check out my friend, Robin’s, used equestrian horse books.) What I really enjoy are unique handmade items. I’ve found some wonderful crafts, and made some even more valuable friendships, through a combination of this blog and an online community of artists. Celia Hart is a printmaker and is now also collaborating with a jeweler. Jenny Tiffany makes the most adorable...

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

...leaves. Tomatoes looked good all summer; even now there’s no blossom rot or fungus, but tomatoes were never abundant, and I expect to harvest only a final bowlful before the plants are bare. In a perverse way, this is my favorite time to garden. I like to rip it all up. It’s my animals’ favorite part of the gardening season, too. The goats don’t get any grain. Those bellies? They’re helping me to compost the garden waste.   Some see the end of the summer season with sadness. But, my gardening companions greet it with glee,   and gusto.  ...

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

I spend the winter thumbing through seed catalogs. I carefully select the varieties of plants that I nurture and care for over the summer in my vegetable garden. Although there is planning, I know enough to not expect the harvest to go as planned. The successes vary year by year. Last August the cucumbers were so abundant that I was making pickles. This year, the cucumbers have succumbed to wilt and insects. However, this year’s crops of tomatoes are the most delicious they’ve been in ages, and the carrots are sweet. Every year I plant a pumpkin patch, and, other...

Rose Tomato – HenBlog – Friday, August 3, 2012

...Later this month, we're going to have more than we can eat. However, neither of them compare to my tomato plants! I love the smell too, but every morning I go out to check on my garden, I'm almost afraid, seeing how many green tomatoes are out there! My plants are just going crazy! They are pulling the ages over and I can barely walk between them! A *very* good year for tomatoes!! Gay dukes=cukes (darn you auto-correct!) Kathleen Everything! Tomatoes,zucchini, summer squash, chard, pickles, cucumbers, beans, eggplant, onions, carrots, lettuce, peppers, melons, melons and more melons. Eight varieties of...

Before The Frost – HenBlog – Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The skies are clear and the temperature is plummeting. Last night the thermometer went down into the 30s. Tonight we might have our first frost. My vegetable garden, a jungle in mid-summer, is now mostly bare. I know that it’s possible to extend the season with poly-tunnels and cold frames. I have no desire to do that. This time of year I take pleasure in yanking out old plants and raking the beds clean. A garden is demanding. Vegetables need to be harvested and dealt with on their schedule. Meal planning is determined by what is ripe. There’s a lot...

Cold Combs – HenBlog – Thursday, January 9, 2014

are getting closer to just plain old freezing I'll be taking her outside again and watching her closely. Always something.... I bet Misty's comb will plump up in spring. What three, four months from now??? Ken My opinion on Twiggy is that she has a dry comb. As humans our skin dries out in the winter dryness and I think the same thing can happens to chickens combs. I believe Misty's comb will return to it's summer glory once the weather warms up and she starts laying regularly. And yes Terry lathering Vaseline on combs and wattles is a messy...

The Art of Seeing – HenBlog – Wednesday, August 27, 2008

does one miss them? After all of this looking, I really did see other things differently. For the first time I noticed that Maizie’s comb was big and falling over a bit. Rather like a healthy leghorn’s comb. But the comb on my other Wyandotte, Alma, wasn’t big and floppy. I looked again. Hers is a pea comb, (sort of like a crew cut.) How could I not have seen that before? I guess I should thank those caterpillars. But I won’t. I think I’ll go pick them off the plants and feed them to the girls. The weather has...

Hidden In Plain Sight – HenBlog – Thursday, September 5, 2013

summer. It helped curb the cucumber beetles, but didn't do a thing to help my summer squash. But, I'm not as consistent as you about spraying on a schedule. Terry Golson Veronica is a VERY funny bird. She comes running/waddling/bock-bocking whenever she sees me. She flaps and sometimes gets liftoff. Bold and curious, but not a lot of commonsense. Cindi Bajkowski Ugh, I fought a losing battle with squash bugs last year, I tried spraying with mint Castile soap and squashing the squash bugs, eventually gave up & yanked the plants out. I decided not to plant any squash this...

Summer Tomato Sauce Follow-Up – HenBlog – Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The gardening season is winding down. The peas and onions are done. I’m on the second, smaller planting of green beans. There’s only a few cucumbers left on the vine. My eggplants are all getting large enough to harvest. It looks like they’ll all be ready at once, which means I’ll be making caponata and freezing for later. I might have made my last batch of Summer Vegetable Tomato Sauce. This time, I put in about as many summer squash as tomatoes. I’ve added onion, garlic and basil, too. I was too hot and lazy to peel anything – not...

Holiday Card – The Vintage Hen – Tuesday, November 20, 2012

...this vintage photo should stir such a controversy about the gender of the child in it. I did some research into boy's clothing circa 1910 and agree completely with Terry. But this picture touched me. I enlarged the photo only to see that both the pants and coat of the suit, and maybe the outer jacket as well, are moth-eaten, the outer jacket, most likely belonged to a girl - maybe an older sister, and his boots are a little too big. His hat could be hand knit. (Great tassle!) This boy is most likely part of a poor family....

Holiday Card – HenBlog – Wednesday, December 2, 2015

hand-me-down. The coat is too small and the boots are too big. But that boy and his rooster are set for adventure! Are you looking for a holiday card that expresses your joy during this season and your love of chickens? (After all, joy and chickens go hand-in-hand!) I’ve turned this image into a card. It’s available to purchase here. Also, a gentle reminder – if you start your on-line shopping via the Amazon link on my HenCam homepage, I get a small % of the sales, and it costs you nothing extra. Doing this keeps the HenCam going. Thanks!...

Help in the Garden – HenBlog – Thursday, November 19, 2009

...not smart enough to figure it out or I like to think that the 3/4 of an acre is big enough for them so why make the effort to fly over a three foot fence. ;-) Terry Golson Mine go over a low fence, then can't figure out how to get back out. Todd Williams I love this site having just discovered it today. My wife and I have 7 Barred Rock hens and love them to death! They lay plenty of double yolkers. We have a fence around our large garden and the hens started free ranging there early...

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

She’s a quiet hen that minds her own business. Sometimes aggression is triggered when a hen becomes sick and weak, but Buffy doesn’t seem any slower than normal. Her manure output is the same. She’s eating and drinking fine. However, two weeks ago I noticed that part of her comb was discolored. It looked darker and shriveled. A healthy comb has a lot of blood flowing through it. I thought that perhaps Buffy was having circulation issues. I didn’t think that it was a big deal. But in fact, combs are very big deals to hens – combs are the...

The Late Summer Garden – HenBlog – Thursday, August 15, 2013

better when picked ripe from a tree! Terry Golson Forty trees! I hope that you had an auger on a tractor for that task. You'll love the Joe Pye. The variety I planted gets 6 foot high. Ken G. I put our recipe for pickled pears up on www.gradygroove.com, along with pictures of the fruit. Gold start to anyone who can identify the specific variety. They're only about the size of a large duck egg. (and it's not just any place on the internet that I could compare something to a duck egg and feel comfortable that people wouldn't blink)....

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

...been able to have a sit still on the beach vacation! Terry Golson Well, your broody girls have worked hard and deserve a rest, but the other hens should get back on the job! Alas, I did not have a Secret Agent's handbook. My education is lacking. Alisa Here's how to do a secret message inside an egg! http://www.ehow.com/how_4665136_write-secret-message-inside-egg.html Great blog, btw. This is my second summer as a chicken-keeper, and I am completely in love with them. Chickens are so amazing. Terry Golson Thank you! I will have to try this. Right now I'm getting eggs from my Polish...

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

for a year and I've been at a loss as to how to help her. I've tried different things but her feathers wouldn't grow. So I've been giving her yogurt every day as soon as I saw feathers start growing on her wings and back. I am thrilled to say that her feathers are growing and her back is now covered. Unfortunately, her back end has stayed naked. Maybe this will help so I'm definitely going to try it. She doesn't like being handled so it might be a little unsettling, but hopefully worth it. MePie I just had a...

The Goat Exercise Plan – HenBlog – Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Anyone who’s ever worked out, or watched Biggest Loser, knows that it’s important to incorporate two things into one’s exercise plan – resistance training and aerobics to get your heart beat elevated. You could join a gym and hire a personal trainer. Or, you could get goats. Yesterday I mucked out the goats’ stall. Shoveling and carrying a muck bucket (use your calves, not your back!) are tailor-made to build muscles. For a middle-aged woman like me, I’m sure it also helps to keep my bones dense. After cleaning out the boys’ quarters I decided to tidy up the HenCam...

Yoga With Goats – HenBlog – Friday, November 30, 2012

...Universe, God, whatever, when I am. There is no right or wrong way to meditate, it's whatever works for you. I liked doing Yoga as it really gave me more flexibility than I had, and I can tell now, when working out, that my arms, wrists and ankles are the parts that have suffered the most from not doing Yoga. (All those downward dogs really did help!) Might be time to start doing it again. Regular massage is the bomb, too, with the right person. I love deep tissue, the deeper the better, but not everyone can take it that...

Barn Boots – HenBlog – Sunday, October 16, 2011

boots from walmart. Nancy You need a pair of Bog boots,they are warm in the winter,I love them! You can order Crocs with out holes for the summer! Nancy Go to www.bogs footwear.com You will love these boots! cheri medlin BOGS! No complaints whatsoever with my Bogs. Donna I love my Ariat boots but, just like yours, they look hideous. Yvette I suppose my current fascination with wanting these Ilse Jacobsen boots is a bit impractical, but gosh are they cute: http://www.ilsejacobsenboots.com/proddetail.php?prod=Rub1 L.L. Bean still offers a lifetime guarantee. I've never heard of them declining to replace one of their...

Winter Eggs – HenBlog – Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas break when the kids are all home and driving me crazy and I'm desperate for anything to do outside to keep them busy and tire them out. Stevie @ ruffledfeathersandspilledmilk.com Terry Golson You evil mom to plan chicken plucking over Christmas! :) BTW, love your blog. Love it. Curt I loved the comment that showing idyllic scenes of hens in a farmyard on egg cartons is false advertising. If I had the courage, I would print off some pictures of battery hens in their cages and quickly attach to a few of the egg cartons in a store that...

Candy's Summer House – HenBlog – Monday, April 30, 2007

...lop-eared rabbits can’t pick their ears up off their furry bodies. Their air conditioners don’t work. And they don’t have a cool dirt tunnel to spend the hot afternoons in. (Although, Candy does her best to dig one, the dirt is too packed in the chicken yard.) In the winter, Candy’s hutch is positioned so that she can take a sunbath at 9 am (have you noticed that she does that?) In the summer, the hutch is moved to the coolest place in the yard. I’m sorry that you can’t see it, but her health is more important than fame....

Summer Feasts – HenBlog – Saturday, July 22, 2006

I like to think that I am a pretty good gardener. My veg garden is weed free. My flowers bloom. But when I went to the farmers’ market a half-mile up the street from me (a neighborly, rather informal gathering of mostly local backyard growers with excess from their gardens), I realized that my ping-pong ball sized cabbages paled in comparison to what is grown nearby (no excuses for me now about weather!). My lettuce is bolted and done; yet I was able to buy a perfect head for $1. I took solace in the fact that my carrots are...

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

...without a predator attack and think that your hens are well-protected. I know someone who surrounded the coop with a sturdy dog pen; it was even enclosed overhead with the wire panels. A weasel slipped through the 2- inch gap in the gate. Learn from my experiences and not your own heartache. Close your hens up at night. Latch them from the inside. Plan for daytime attacks, too. Even if you free-range your chickens, build a coop and pen that is spacious enough so that the hens can be kept enclosed. There will be days when foxes are hunting nearby....

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

...ago and she is still doing great! The second experience was with my one year old hen. She stopped laying, her comb became dull and pink instead of bright red. She started standing like a penguin too. I gave her the spa treatment and she is good as new! Laying, eating, bright red comb and all. Kim Hamilton Hi Terry, Your Spa Treatment has helped several of my hens, and I've lost track of the number of times I've sent someone a link to the Spa Treatment, knowing that it can help. Thank you for all of your advice and...

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

facilities get around this natural fluctuation by housing chickens in windowless buildings illuminated with artificial lights. LIghtbulbs works for them, but it’s not always the right choice for backyard chickens. I don’t light my coops, and I’ll explain why. Right about now, in late fall, there are a lot of people new to chicken keeping who are anxiously waiting for their young chickens (called pullets) to start laying. They got chicks in the summer and haven’t found an egg yet. Depending on the breed, you won’t see the first egg until 22 to 26 weeks of age, which is usually...

Last Summer Heat Wave – HenBlog – Saturday, September 14, 2013

me up regularly. As someone commented earlier, that last photo has such a Japanese/zen essence. Thank you! Kit I wonder if Mr. Grumpy and Bride's comb are as large as their dark sister's Misty comb know is ? And as for maybe next possibly adopting or buying a few of their future blue pullet chicks, you can maybe buy a vial of marek's vaccination and the others that hatcheries give to the chicks, because that is what a lady I know is doing to get another cochin rooster of the same bloodline that her first rooster came from. And the...

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

...have a litterbox in there anymore. It's like a frat party in there. Stay cool. Love watching your chicks! Kit Candy will get over it, espically if you give lots of things to chew and maybe a romp around your son's room, when all the cords are put up. The only animals really loving this heat are my two cats, they just sun bathe all day, acourse they can stand up to I think 115 before they get uncomfortable. Poor little Blue I hope she will do okay. I guess she isn't like the Polish where you can clip the...

Digging Dandelions – HenBlog – Wednesday, April 18, 2012

...have noticed that hens, especially a white one, are enjoying her hutch. Have they sensed her dottage, and how does Candy react to the encroaching hens? Having long begun work each day by greeting my favorite bunny, I miss her terribly, so I hope she is doing well. Terry Golson Candy's hutch seems darker because we put the shad tarp over it for the summer. That helps her stay comfy. But you're right- she's accepting the company of Betsy and Twinkydink. All are old and peaceful when resting in the hutch. Watch candy early in the am. She's still active...

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

based on the vets recommendation. I also plan to do a 2 month or so early spring cleaning of the coop most likely tomorrow and get them on new fresh bedding. Well off to clean some chicken bottoms. Thanks so much for you support and help, it has been a key to the success of the past two days. I will be back in touch to let you know how things shape out in the weeks to come. take care and by the way I like your dust bath set up, I have a box with diatomaceous earth for the...

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

...that no amount of love and proper care will guarantee that they'll live long lives, but this does not indicate a failure on my part. Although....I now think that she may have had gapeworms, which, had I known, I could have treated her for. Marty Terry, Thanks so much for posting the necropsy photos today of all days. I'm euthanizing my sweet Wyandotte, Francie, later this afternoon and a friend with experience is going to help me with the necropsy. Looking back to mid-summer, I can now clearly see the decline: her comb dulled, she wasn't as active or noisy...

Chicken Waterers – HenBlog – Thursday, September 20, 2012

off in it in the summer. I don't have fish of plants in it. I use it mostly like a low bird bath. I drain the water and add fresh water. I have a pump in it that circulates the water. Is it a bad idea, possible drowning or dirty water? I have seen that people have hens and ducks together. Diana & Doug I have a comment off the subject also....Out of our 4 girls (23 weeks) only 2 are laying...we get a small one every day from one and have have 4 double yolk eggs from the other...

No to Chicken Rental – HenBlog – Thursday, April 30, 2015

You might have heard about this – companies are renting laying hens to people. I’ve wanted to avoid commenting on it, but it’s in the news enough that I have to. The Boston Globe ran an article yesterday. It’s a typical fluff piece – a supposedly feel-good column, but it made my heart sink. For a fee, the chicken rental company brings two or four pullets, housing, and feed to your home. You keep the hens for the spring through fall laying season. Then they take them back. If you get attached to your chickens, you can “adopt” them. Recently,...

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...

Tina – HenBlog – Monday, December 10, 2012

three, so I expect to start losing a few more. As you point out, it is part of the life cycle. These animals are not bred for longevity. All we can do is make them happy and as comfortable as possible, and enjoy them while we have them. On a side note, since you brought Lulu up, I had tears come to my eyes when she died. Buffy is going to get me too lol. Celia What a sensible post... by a very sensible person. I was heart broken to come home from holiday to be told Pearl the little...

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

for the list. So helpful. I also just finished reading your article in Backyard Poultry, great article with some really good and practical information. Melissa What a great post! Thank you :) Tanya Great information, and I am so proud I have more than half of them on hand, however not so nicely put together. You caught my eye with the hat out of duct tape can you show us one sometime? I've tried in the past with no success. gail Jones This is the best! Whenever I have problems with my flock your site is my first line of...

Wormer Warning – HenBlog – Friday, May 16, 2014

week withdrawl period where you shouldn't eat the eggs. Gapeworm is really common in my area, my neighbor's chicken got it. My cat vet (who also used to see chickens) said that worms are the most common problem she saw with chickens. The reason commercial birds are not but on dewormer is because they are killed before they get old enough for the problem to develop :( I don't want to eat antibiotics in my food, but I really think this is an animal welfare issue. I give my cats and dogs ivermectin for heartworms. My chickens are just as...

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

...bit of a longish egg. But she does just fine. I limit the fruit she gets in the summer when I give the other girls fruit. It seems to help. I do have to bathe her butt about once a week in the summer. But other than that she seems normal. In the winter if freezes and I just keep it trimmed up. I often wondered if she vent gleet after reading your post on that. But there doesn't seem much for me to do other than keep an eye on her. Jan Was watching Opal yesterday she looks stunning...

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

discovered your website. A neighbor introduced herself the other day and mentioned she had chickens too. Then she left a lovely note in my mailbox and it included your blog. I can't wait to follow it. Thanks so much! Suzanne Marchese I really don't remember when I started checking in with HenCam. (But I remember learning about it from the Martha Stewart Living website.) Probably late last summer...I remember an entry about freezing spaghetti sauce made from summer produce, to be enjoyed over winter. My chicken story is this: I grew up in a typical S.California suburb, but somehow my...

Goat Yoga – HenBlog – Monday, October 8, 2012

you are going through. You are quite active and this helps a lot. Yoga is just intense stretching w/ some breathing techniques thrown in. Another 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...

Chicken Art Link – HenBlog – Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I’m working on a novel. Which means I’m procrastinating by surfing the web. Of course, I am googling chickens. I came across this page of famous paintings that have chickens in them. I particularly like the ones by Klimt and Magritte. Enjoy!...

Warhol Goats – HenBlog – Tuesday, August 13, 2013

They do like *helping* with tools, but for some reason Steve thought he could do a better job without them supervising. So, the GoatCam is now back up and running, albeit a bit less colorfully than last week. We’ll be purchasing new cams, like the spiffy HenCam model, in the next few months. Your support via the coffee button, and through my store, helps us to keep the livestreaming cams in the realistic school of art and not in pop art. Thanks! Update: due to popular demand, T-shirts and gifts with this image are now available from The HenCam Store!...

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

morning (maybe 55 degrees) to sit at my chicken patio with a carafe of coffee and just spend and hour or so on a Saturday just enjoying my flock. Sharon I appreciate your thoughts on this aspect. I plan on having hens for the first time this year and that is a constant concern. How will I handle them when they are no longer laying? I'm a pretty practical person but I'm also one to appreciate animal behavior and I'm afraid I will come to love them too much to stew them. Will have to see when the time comes...

Books by Terry Golson

cook. All of the recipes come with nutritional breakdowns. A review in The Washington Post stated, “Golson accomplishes something that’s often lacking in low-fat cooking: She makes it interesting, delicious, creative and family-friendly.” Sample recipes from this book are available at cookstr.com. Available from Amazon.com. Wholehearted Cooking If you want to cook healthy, creative foods on a daily basis, but don’t know where to begin, Wholehearted Cooking offers a fresh start. The more than 175 delicious recipes prove that healthy food doesn’t have to be boring. (Note that at the time of publication, the author’s name was Terry Joyce Blonder.)...

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

You might have noticed a couple of new links at the bottom of the HenCam homepage. If you haven’t yet checked out the ringtones by the Little Pond Farm Animal Choir, please do! I’ve no idea how many people have purchased ringtones by Marge and the other vocal enthusiasts here, because iTunes charges for that info (and it’d probably cost me more to find out than I made – we’re not exactly music moguls here.) It’d help if you left a review on the iTunes site. I’ve also opened up a store at Cafepress.com. I came up with this logo:...

Pumpkin Patch Help – HenBlog – Monday, April 23, 2007

In the back of the backyard, I’ve got an expanse of thin, sandy soil. I’ve put up a temporary chicken wire fence around a 15 foot diameter area and dumped in all of last year’s compost. I’ve set up an old patio umbrella, put out a waterer, and when the weather is good – like today – I take three hens out there. They turn over the old leaves and grass clipping and garden scraps, eat up bugs and level it out. They’ll have about 7 weeks of glorious scratching, and then I’ll kick them out and plant pumpkins. When...

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

Agnes had been in obvious decline for two months, but her laying days were already well over. She never resumed laying after last autumn’s molt. At three and a half years of age, she wasn’t elderly, like venerable Eleanor, but Agnes, being a hybrid (a Golden Comet) had been a highly productive layer and I assumed that she was simply worn out. Her sister, Philomena, also stopped laying. But, as summer settled in it was clear that one of the Comets was doing fine and the other was not. In April, Agnes looked seriously ill. Her comb went from red...

What To Do With Basil – HenBlog – Wednesday, July 14, 2010

the first of at least 7 days of 95+ degree heat and high humidity and not a leaf a shaking in the trees. Sharon Thanks Terry, visuals are very helpful for me. :) I wish I'd planted more basil. This was my first time growing herbs and my basil is doing very well. I have two plants, one is lime basil and the other sweet basil. They are planted in the same container as my tomato plant. You said you harvested all of yours. I've been just snipping off the top before it blooms. Will I still get good results...

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

but not in the summer. Instead of scratch, provide juicy melon rinds for treats. When the temperature hits the 90s, shade isn’t enough. The chickens will stay cooler if they have loose, damp earth to stretch out in. If your yard is packed dirt, hose a portion in the shade down. Better yet, have a compost area in the shade. It’ll be moist and cool (the compost in my chicken run isn’t “hot”.) Candy appreciates the shady, cool dirt, too. Keep your yard and coop raked and clean! Chicken manure gives off ammonia fumes and is caustic. You wouldn’t want...

A New Year’s Challah – HenBlog – Sunday, September 16, 2012

you and your family. Donna That challah is a work of art! Happy New Year to you, Terry and family! Marie Terry, I would love to see what the inside of the bread looks like.......that is, of course, if there is any left! Wendy & David Scott Happy New Year Colleen L'shanah tovah! Do the cochlear implants help you enjoy the music in services more? I really liked the musicians and cantor and our new rabbi's music this morning. At the family service I went to, their enjoyment of enmusic was infectious! Terry Golson I didn't go to services this...

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

...just started sitting in the nest boxes. I started emailing you asking if you had heard of the condition known as internal laying because that is what I thought it sounded like MArge had. I have two hens that I firmly believe have this condition as they both show all the signs of it. I just don't have the heart to cull them as I have heard others do. Mine have been this way since March. They still eat, run around and chase the new chicks around the run so I can't bring myself to kill them. They are beloved...

Lash – HenBlog – Thursday, September 26, 2013

but can’t find any solid information. There is nothing about lash in any of my poultry keeping books, not in Gail Damerow’s tomes, nor in my vintage guides. What I know about this comes from my hands-on investigations. I do necropsies and have seen such masses inside of chickens. It is not, as is often erroneously claimed on internet forums, a piece of the reproductive tract. It is not a tumor. It is composed of eggs that have become compacted and possibly infected. I’ve seen them small as jelly beans and as large as my fist. Sometimes, when you cut...

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

The issue is complex. It's never been about "simply killing deer." KathyG OOh, don't get me started on deer. Or, as they are known around our household, f----- bambis (sorry). Our local mule deer population formerly migrated to their winter range in the desert east of town in the fall. Huge population growth and the building of countless housing developments in our small town has blocked that migration now, for the most part. However, they feel no urge to migrate anymore, since they are now fed by neighborhood idiots like the woman up the street from me, and all over...

Mid-August Molt – HenBlog – Wednesday, August 12, 2015

My two bantam game hens started their molt at the end of May, beginning of June which is a month earlier than last year. It must be the breed because they were first last year but not this early. They were laying really well until this point but are now fully feathered and beautiful again before the rest of the girls start to molt. I think the bantam ancona is just starting as I am finding some outer feathers from her in the run and coop. The rest of the flock are still laying well, apart from my perpetual broody....

Christmas In The Barn – HenBlog – Saturday, December 24, 2011

...never know! Happy Chanukah and Merry Christmas to you and your family, Terry! Wishing you joy for the holidays. Elizabeth Happiest of holiday seasons to you and yours! Brenda Happy Holidays to you and your family Terry and to all the readers on this blog all the world over! Shirley Merry Christmas! Camille Happy Holidays to you Terry. All the best to you and your family. Laura Allemand Merry Christmas Terry! It's a real treat to read your inspiring thoughts throughout the year. I look forward to more in 2012! Linda I agree 100% I always listen because "You never...

Funny Food – The Vintage Hen – Tuesday, October 22, 2013

NOTE: this contest is closed! Which is a good thing as I got very, very hungry reading the entries. Joan is the lucky winner! MyOwlBarn.com is one of those retro and stylish blogs that posts a daily serving of eye candy. Recently, it showed off photos from a ridiculously silly book, aptly titled Funny Food. It’s by husband and wife duo, Bill & Claire Wurtzel (© 2012 Welcome Enterprises, Inc.) The book is based on breakfasts that Bill has made for Claire over the years. The love comes through.   I contacted the publisher to tell her how wonderful I...

Egg Holders – HenBlog – Tuesday, May 18, 2010

offer is for all teachers! Email me -mailto:terry@terrygolson.com. Terry Golson Two pet cows? Tell me more - what breed? To answer your questions: Caper is limping, but it does NOT affect his appetite, so I'm not worried. The lice is back in check and all of the girls are doing fine. Terry Golson Purple Podded Peas is a wonderful website. Everyone should check it out. http://purplepoddedpeas.blogspot.com/ Also take a look at Celia's art. She SAYS she's going to do some goat prints. I get first dibs! robyn my girl cow is a free martin, which means she was born sterile....

A California Visit – HenBlog – Wednesday, December 5, 2012

made for goats. She got her husband to build her one and she loves it. The product is really easy to use and easy to pump for those who have arthritis, or are handicaped to be able to milk goats alot easier. Here is the link to the video, maybe this can help you and your husband. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYZwV_lIwmU Terry Golson Milking machines do make life easier for many. But automatic feeders, waterers, or even milkers, are no substitute for a watchful human eye over your animals when you go away. Machines break down, and if you're not there to fix...

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 Garden Is Full – HenBlog – Monday, June 16, 2014

I begin planting my vegetable garden early in the spring. This year, what with the frozen ground, and then the cold rain, I started the “plant after the last chance of frost” seeds late. They were slow to germinate. I planted more. I sow in succession, so that the harvest is spread out. Every year, I hope to have tender lettuce over the course of the summer, and every year, I find that I’ve been too eager in March. I have salad for lunch and dinner. I will be handing over romaine to friends. The chickens will get some.  ...

Into The Woods – HenBlog – Monday, October 14, 2013

heart lurched up into my chest” cliche is exactly how I feel when I see the light come through the trees in that way, with the angle just right, that it’s like the leaves are made of stained glass. So, into the woods Steve and I went with the dogs. Lily stayed on leash, or she’d be off after deer and coyotes.   Scooter doesn’t chase wild animals, and so I unsnapped his lead. He likes to go up ahead. He is perfectly camouflaged. Do you see him?   I don’t like Scooter to get too far away. When I...

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

there will be fewer cooking disasters. It means that at the last minute you won’t be saying, Oh, no I forgot to buy the sage! I’ll share what I do here, and perhaps it will help your holiday festivities to go more smoothly. 1. Plan your menu and write it down. I keep a file of all past Pie Parties, with notations on which pies were the biggest hits, how much people ate and drank (this is how I know that year after year, each person consumes half a pie!) and ideas for the next year’s event. 2. Collect the...

Back (?) To Simplicity – HenBlog – Tuesday, December 13, 2011

back then. I’m reading, “Shelter and Clothing: A Textbook Of the Household Arts,” written by Helen Kine, copyright 1916. This is what she has to say. A home based on the right principles will be simple. There will be simplicity of living, honesty in the expression of what is offered in the home. No ostentation or living beyond one’s means: simplicty in entertainment in offering freely of what one has to friends, without apology or explanation: simple furnishings, simple, healthful food, simple, artistic clothing, all help to simplify life and give the home makers more time for the family joys...

The Broody Hen – HenBlog – Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Kathy I have one broody buff right now who is driving me crazy!!! I throw her out of the box at least twice a day. Sigh, has it been a month yet? Magic Cochin Last summer when our youngest hens were less than a year old and before we adopted a cockerel, our hybrid Skylines (Araucana x Crested Cream Legbars) went broody. We were due to go on holiday, at the time we didn't want chicks. They drove us nuts for weeks. One neighbour who fed and watered them for us, worried they were ill, they had become hens from...

Who’s Laying, Who’s Not – HenBlog – Tuesday, February 3, 2015

LaVerna Thanks, Lesley, that is helpful. They are gorgeous, but I am ready for eggs. So I will just keep patiently waiting. :) Pam This is great info as I plan for my first backyard flock! I'm limited by local bylaws to 6 hens, and was thinking of getting a flock of 6 right off to avoid the complications of mixed-age flock complications. Reading this post, though, makes me think I should get four right now (minimum, again according to our bylaws), then two more in a year or two. I really want to have happy egg-layers, and don't have...

Saving Clementine – HenBlog – Thursday, March 27, 2014

...some saying only a vet can help. I have tried in the past to find vets around that treat chickens and have not found any. I trust your advice and hope you can help me to help her. Thank you. ~Meghan Sharon O'Brien-Gracey Hi Terry, I know I must have posted this in the wrong place. I'm sorry Niall. I live in a tiny town southwest of Boston, Norfolk - do you know it? "The Farmstead Egg Guide & Cookbook" was was on our library's "featured" shelf, so I went for it. Very informative. I've only just started reading, but...

An Improved HenCam – HenBlog – Saturday, July 13, 2013

inept with my hands. And brain, for that matter. I want part of my chicken yard covered with a "roof." I want to have gates built to section off a part of the yard for new chicks. I want cameras set up on my home network so I can check on the hens from inside. I want...I want... I loved when the chick cam was up, for those sleepless nights when I needed company. I wonder if you'd ever have a night cam showing the chickens sleeping on the roost? Am I desperate or what?....coffee coming your way! ;) Pat...

It’s Pumpkin Season for Chickens – HenBlog – Thursday, October 3, 2013

incident or would you recommend scooping out the seeds (which are rather large). Velvet Sparrow We do pumpkins for our flock, too! http://jackshenhouse.blogspot.com/2012/11/little-known-american-holidays.html Although in summer it's watermelons: http://jackshenhouse.blogspot.com/2013/08/how-to-feed-your-chickens-watermelon.html ShelleyW Every year after Halloween, I gather as many uncut/unpainted pumpkins as I can from whoever will give them to me in addition to saving any I bought or grew. I also stop by on trash day and rescue any I can. I have a high shelf in my coop and I keep them in there and cut off a big hunk every day for the girls. Its warm enough not...

How Cold In The Coop? – HenBlog – Friday, January 24, 2014

and no more lamp! Terry Golson You're in Canada, Lisa, and we all know that it's just a vast, cold land up there :) Smart of you to know the limits of your flock and coop. I think that the big windows facing south and east in my coops make a difference. Terry Golson Heat lamps have their use, but they also can cause fires. Glad you don't need yours, but you were right, with a young bird, to be concerned. Terry Golson Karla, thank k you for your kind words. I'm glad I'm part of your fun planning stage....

Two Eggs! – HenBlog – Friday, July 11, 2014

...then take a break. Twiggy lays daily, sometimes six days a week. She recently outdid herself and laid both of these eggs on the same day!   Granted, one is small. However, unlike wind eggs•, this one has all of the requisite components – yolk and white – and is perfect, albeit petite. I’ve told Twiggy that she has my permission to slow down and take a summer vacation. She says that she’d rather not.   *Wind eggs are tiny eggs that don’t have yolks. They are usually laid by pullets whose reproductive tracts haven’t quite gotten into sync yet....

How Many Hens? – HenBlog – Monday, July 30, 2012

share. Kit Eggs from hens can pile up quickly. Glad to know you have several ways of handling them. And the Buff Orphingtons are at it again. When Buffy became broody when she was younger, was as mean and crazy a broody as her fellow Buffs, or was she a calm one like Pearl ? Terry Golson Eggcartons.com has a good selection of cartons, and they're a local company (same state) so I use them. I bought one huge box of cartons a couple of years ago, and am still using them up. Terry Golson Buffy was the classic huffy...

Topaz is (Still!) Broody – HenBlog – Friday, June 29, 2012

the freezer iceblocks (the things you put into a coolbox for picnics) in a towel and shoving it under her. Her body temp will come down quickly and she will come off brood. Check her regularly though. This is the way I take my very boody Light Sussex off brood, it works a treat. Good luck. Carol Caldwell I hope I don't have to deal with a broody too soon. I finally picked up my three Dominiques yesterday. They are beautiful! I would love you to stop by my blog: http://www.carolschickens.com/blog/ I would value your comments and have referenced you...

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

the hens to molt at once. Chemical companies are developing additives to start the molt. Yet another reason to keep your own hens. I’d rather do without eggs than have them come from those conditions. Chickens aren’t the only ones that grow a new coat for winter. Candy sheds out her old fur and will have a much warmer wrapper for the winter. Like the hens, the process is already starting. Just look at those tufts of fur coming off. What a bad hare day (ouch, sorry for that terrible joke – this heat is affecting my sense of humor!)...

Pearl Gets A Bath – HenBlog – Tuesday, November 29, 2011

...and I’m sure a lot more comfortable. As long as I was giving her a spa day, I trimmed the feathers on her feet. It’ll be easier for her to get around on icy ground without snow clumping on them. Her dense coat will keep her toasty warm this winter. However, in the summer she has a hard time regulating body temperature and is susceptible to heat stroke. Cochins are gorgeous, fancy birds; they’re not sensible barnyard chickens and they need extra care. But, in a flock of a dozen, isn’t it nice to have one that looks like this?...

Animal Friendships – HenBlog – Tuesday, December 18, 2012

...was reached and snapped this photo. Have you seen Candy at dusk, over at the fence, saying goodnight to the boys? In the summer, they hang out there on warm nights and converse. It’s an evening ritual. It’s not only domesticated animals that have interspecies animal communities. The Beast was well aware of huge, old bullfrog that lived in her pond (it died this summer at the grand age of ten.) The wild animals, too, interact with each other. Karen Pryor has written about these animal communities, specifically her observations of birds, in an essay in her book Karen Pryor...

1000th Post Giveaway – HenBlog – Friday, September 7, 2012

tell me what key you would hang on the chain. It can be a real key, like the one to your front door, or one you wish you had (I’d take a pickup truck, horse van and horse!), or one to something intangible, like the key to a loved one’s heart. Leave your comment here for one entry. If you post this contest on FB, let me know here and you get a second entry. If you post on Twitter, come back and tell me and you get a third entry. I’m happy to ship anywhere in the world (I...

Bainbridge Farm Goods Giveaway! – The Vintage Hen – Wednesday, September 12, 2012

(an honor in itself out out almost 2,000 entries) Susan is going to give one of you the sign of your choice! All you have to do is go here and then click over to her catalog. Pick a favorite sign (it will be hard; give yourself some time to look over all of the wonderful designs) and then come back here to my blog and let me know (in the comments on this page) which one you want if you win. While you are at the Martha Stewart Website, take a moment and vote for Susan, please. I, for...

Columbus Day Weekend – HenBlog – Monday, October 10, 2011

Here in the United States we have an odd holiday called “Columbus Day Weekend.” Ostensibly, it’s to commemorate the West’s discovery of the New World. But, like most holidays, the date itself is unconnected to the actual event, and has been moved to a Monday to create a long holiday weekend. Hence, the words both “day” and “weekend” next to each other as if it makes any sense at all. Here in New England, Columbus Day is really the “it’s autumn!” weekend, when hordes descend on orchards and farmstands to buy these: and these: However, some people in my family...

Comfort and Joy – HenBlog – Sunday, December 23, 2012

a different pace. Sun low in the sky, long nights for dreaming, reading or playing monopoly. Comfort and joy! Celia Happy Holidays to you and your family Terry.......I wish you the best this oncoming 2013 season. Enjoy your site so much. Love all your animals and their antics....! I have three Siamese cats and they give us lots of entertainment! The mischief they get into is just amazing. Celia~Maine Vidal Since finding this website there have been many mornings before rushing off to work, that i just had to have a glimpse of the hens! On the weekends I often...

Tote Bag Winner – The Vintage Hen – Friday, July 13, 2012

me a photo of the quilt when it’s finished! Even if you didn’t win, you can still have a chicken feed tote bag. There are bags on etsy.com. I even saw bags for sale at the Brimfield Flea Market! Totes at Brimfield Flea Market I sometimes have bags for sale. I’ll be at the Carlisle Farmers Market on and off this summer with the bags and other things. (Tomorrow I’ll have canning jar vases brimming with hydrangea flowers.) If you can sew a straight line, you can make a tote yourself. The pattern that I use is one that I...

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...

February Eggs – HenBlog – Sunday, February 7, 2010

...be checking in often, I hope - time permitting. Take care and enjoy those eggs! :D Linda Symons No Super Bowl party my mom is too sick for all that but I did give them a special snack---white corn on the cob. They love that---it's their favorite. Terry Golson I've written about the financial side of it. Read this blog post. http://www.hencam.com/henblog/2010/01/year-end-egg-count/ So, you might break even, you might spend more. But as far as hobbies go, this is cheap compared to others - my horse addiction cost a lot more! Terry Golson Light doesn't work on my older hens,...

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

They are all great breeds that I enjoy. Thanks for sharing your home with ours! Kelly I shared via E-mail to my cousin! P.S. she loves it!!! Kelly lol, I just noticed that I have two blue ceramic chickens that would look great with that! :) Kit Hi Tracey, I was on youtube today and came across these two videos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuO3xkMJBLI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXbZBiaVO2s&feature=related about two Buff Orpingtons sisters who decided together to tag team and try to sit and raise 28 babies together. They ended up successfully raising 23 chicks mostly of Barred rock and buff orpingtons. I have acourse seen...

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

...know if you'd like me to post some. http://www.cotswoldchickens.com/davinova-c-266-p.asp Terry Golson I'm fine with free-choice calcium but have concerns about feeding supplements. There are problems with consuming too much calcium, and I fear that dosing with these products will cause other issues. In my experience it takes time, but the soft-shelled egg laying either rights itself (as with Siouxsie) or the hen stops laying altogether (usually that happens with the older hen and it's a natural part of aging.) Terry Golson How old is she? Also, you've had bullying stress in your flock, right? And have just removed the culprit....

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

you got the implants. I also took American Sign Language classes for a couple of years and learned a lot about the Deaf community and their response to cochlear implants. So, I was very interested in your experience as a previously hearing person. Do you think your having been hearing helped your brain learn how to deal with the new input? I know some deaf don't adjust well or at all. Ken I'm thrilled for you. Karla Terry, I just loved this post. I feel like I know you so much better. I did not understand the depth of suffering...

A Laying Glitch – HenBlog – Tuesday, August 4, 2015

...I have spent so many hours trying to fix it, but with no luck. I love watching and reading everyday!! Thank you and Steve. GMS Jillian Good news that Jasper is healthy! I'd be upset if you had to lose 2 hens within a week. Melody Glad Jasper is doing better. Great information to study and something to look out for. I was reading some of the comments above about giving even more calcium and have looked at your FAQ's about feed. I do plan on giving my girls free choice oyster shells when they start to lay (they are...

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

...your comments. I feel a real sense of community among you and your readers. I too look at your web cams a couple of times a day even though I have hens of my own. I would love more about composting and gardening. How about a garden cam? Have you let the hen cam girls back into the compost since they are laying less anyway? Carol Caldwell I too love your blog just as it is. I follow 3 but always look at yours first every day and yours is the only one I comment on. You also get many...

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

A couple of months ago, Agnes looked poorly. She sunbathed, hunched and fluffed. She didn’t lord it over the other hens. Her comb turned dark and shriveled. This is a sick bird. Agnes is a Golden Comet, which is hybrid designed to lay day in and day out for two years. After that, it’s assumed that she’s done. She’s three and she hasn’t laid an egg yet this spring. Neither has her sister, Philomena, who doesn’t look sick, but is also depleted. A real farmer would dispatch them. I’m not a real farmer and so I’ve come up with some...

The Birds Know – HenBlog – Wednesday, February 19, 2014

alone snow. It's the mildest winter I've known ever. Yes it has been wet and windy - but we are the driest part of the UK so although the ground is wet and trees have come down, we haven't had widespread flooding - just the odd road flooded for a few days. I hope you're not sending that winter weather over here for March!! Kaye I am hearing the "summer birds" singing again. We've had several days now of near 70's and finally ALL of the snow has melted into the thirsty earth. I woke up the other morning to...

Old Nest Revealed – The Vintage Hen – Monday, April 13, 2015

...Some plants will need tender loving care. Branches broke under the weigh of the snow. Mice ate bark. But the climbing hydrangea is astoundingly vigorous and sturdy. I clip it back several times a year, if I didn’t it would overwhelm the Little Barn and even lift the shingles from the walls.   This is the first plant to show signs of spring life.   Looking closely, it revealed a secret from last summer.   I had no idea that birds had made a home in its branches. I’ll clear this nest out, prune the plant, and wait to see...

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...

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...

Gardening With Goats – HenBlog – Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Some people garden as a form of relaxation. It’s a lovely thought.   This perennial bed is 10 years old. The peonies and other flowers are well-established. If I put an hour of weeding and care into it now, at the beginning of the summer, it will require little maintenance for the rest of the season.   Because the plants are sturdy, I invite the hens to help. While I use my favorite hoe , the Girls dig up bugs that have overwintered in the earth. There is the low murmur of delighted clucking. I hear birdsong. Yes, this is...

Coop Ventilation – HenBlog – Friday, May 23, 2014

Kit Hi Terry, this isn't a question from me but my mother. She was wondering in the extreme type summer temperatures that we have in the South is it okay to put an air conditioner inside an coop to help with the hens, or is that over kill and will effect the hens like it does with installing heat ? Also does the extreme humidity in summer effect hens as well. Christine O. That yellow coop looks like it has a wire floor which would improve airflow in the warmer months but I can't imagine that it is good for...

Too Many Cherry Tomatoes? – HenBlog – Thursday, September 2, 2010

The brightest flavors in the home vegetable garden are often from cherry tomatoes. They are the perfect blend of acid and sweet, a burst of juice and a mouthful of fruit. I eat them like candy and toss them in salads, but at some point during the summer, I can’t keep up, and I am done with them. But I don’t want to waste a one. That’s when I cook them and make Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce. Very little preparation is required. Wash and remove the stems. If you have a few extra plum tomatoes, quarter them. You can chop...

And So Molting Season Begins – HenBlog – Friday, August 10, 2012

know they're all there! Terry Golson Amazing that you found the ring and that one of the hens didn't swallow it first (hmmm, maybe one did... ) I heard from someone who gets the feathers up with a shop vac. Great idea! Linda What do you do with the feathers? Are they compost-able? Terry Golson They go in the compost, but do take a long time to break down. If you have the room, having a compost pile for the slow stuff, like tough corn cobs, branches and feathers, allows the daily compost to be useful sooner. Carol Caldwell My...

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

there, does it? Our chickens are not exactly dainty-toed. The other hens will come into the box, with their dinosaur feet, stomping around, and finally, after much hullabaloo, will lay their own eggs. Shells are remarkably sturdy, and the first year of lay, the shells will be quite strong and able to withstand the trodding. As a hen ages, her shells thin. A good diet can help keep the eggs from cracking and breaking. In any event, if you haven’t watched your own hens lay their eggs, take a stool out to the coop and watch. It’s worth waiting for....

Thinking About Pie – HenBlog – Thursday, November 10, 2011

one that features my hands-down-favorite part of the Thanksgiving menu – I invented the Sunday After Thanksgiving Pie Party. Woman’s Day Magazine got wind of it. Perhaps they read this post, or this one. In any case, the current issue of the magazine carries an article about unusual Thanksgiving traditions, and my pie party is featured. This weekend I’ll be writing up my final detailed lists. Shopping list. Prep list. Pies I can freeze list. Last minute list. I have to be organized. I’ll be making about fifteen different pies. None will be pumpkin. Here’s what I’m thinking of so...

Vacation Week – HenBlog – Friday, April 23, 2010

Ann Bach So sorry your Montreal sojourn was underwhelming. Next time, do yourself a favor and have a martini at Hotel de la Montagne. It's worth it for the life-size butterfly woman Art Nouveau fountain in the lobby! If you go in the summer, there's a rooftop terrace bar with pool and dance floor. Panoramic views of the city from the 16th floor.......aaahhhhh Paradise. Randy Yeah, we didn't plan an extravagant European vacation, either. I've never really wanted to go to Britain, however, till I started blogging. Now, I'd love to see Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England...the works. Glad it was...

Lauren’s Coop – HenBlog – Monday, May 11, 2015

but like most artists, didn’t have the funds to have them built for her. So, she purchased a prefab shed from Home Depot and went to work. These buildings don’t have enough windows, so that power saw was plugged in. In the winter, plexiglas covers the screens.   The inside has both storage and a cozy roosting area. It’s designed for easy of cleaning.   The flock is Lauren’s muse. She built a seat so she could hang out with them in comfort and sketch.   Being an artist, Lauren had IDEAS about what the coop should look like. Big...

Soap Giveaway! – The Vintage Hen – Thursday, July 19, 2012

would love the Cat Scratch soap. I'm a fool for anything peppermint :) New reader here...found you from a link in Love & Hisses in the comments... http://www.love-and-hisses.com/?p=3771#comments Thanks!! Debbie B All of the soaps look wonderful. But I have to say my favorite is the Cat Scratch soap. I have 3 wonderful cats at home and they curl up just like the kitty made from soap. I love your blog and can't wait to what's "new on the farm" with my morning coffee. Fingers crossed one day I'll have chickens of my own. Thanks for sharing! Laura A The...

Blue Friday – HenBlog – Friday, May 27, 2011

trick. Or go and look at some nice wheelbarrow catalogues... Sit on the sofa with your little laptop and have a look at www.ascott.biz You'll soon lose yourself in all the wonderful paraphernalia therein. Chin up. Maria I love Little Blue!!! Katharina I love Little Blue. I was about as down as down can be on Friday, too. I think sadness was in the air. I was planting my flowers and crying. How odd. It is one of my favorite jobs in springtime. Now I look at the planters and flower beds and am cheered by the color and textures....

What the USDA Really Thinks About Backyard Poultry – HenBlog – Friday, October 15, 2010

on forced vegetarian diets (even the labels tout veggie diets when hens need their bugs). How does the battle for sanity begin when the mentality is that the cheaper the better is best for the wallet. sigh. Ranting probably helps! Jenny in Wisconsin Money must talk. Maybe someone should spoof a huge bedraggled mega-egg-farm chicken free-ranging around Washington, D.C. I'd like to see some interest groups get together and start putting up billboards favoring small flock owners, making mention of health benefits and educational value to our nation's children, the caretakers of our future planet. There's nothing like health and...

Chicken Coop Dimensions and Design Criteria – HenBlog – Wednesday, March 6, 2013

all, so you didn't miss anything :) You could see me gesturing and walking around inside the coops while it was going on. Carrie Lee McCleary I wonder if I can feed baby chicks anything besides chick starter? I was wondering about a snack like raisins or sunflower seeds? I sure don't want to hurt the little girls! Terry Golson Treats are good, but of a limited variety and not in excess. I've written about treats for chicks in this FAQ. Ken I'm a little late to the party here but I have to add this comment. When building your...

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

...be quite ugly. But some of the crosses such as a with a silkie, well you have instant Jim Henson Muppets. The showgirls after the Polish have captured my heart, though I know they can have just as many health problems. And a few other crosses I have seen on backyardchickens.com look like baby Velociraptors. Here they are in all their glory at age seven weeks http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=499371 Their father is a Turken with green eyes and their mother a Brahma. It seems that mix really brings out the dinasour look in Turkens. And Mary in Indiana I've never been able...

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

time, I will do what friends do, keep her part of our lives and provide companionship when she needs it. But today I will cook. She has a house full of family, bereft children and boisterous grandchildren. It is part of the tradition that I grew up in that one doesn’t become immobilized by sorrow, but that one reaches out and does something concrete to help others. I have a menu in mind: chicken breasts baked with preserved lemon and pesto, brown rice pilaf, salad, popovers and peach crumble. A lasagna to put in the freezer. What would you cook?...

Siouxsie – The Vintage Hen – Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Siouxsie. As always, what I found inside was unexpected. She was the first older hen (Siouxsie was four and that counts as aged) that I’ve examined that was not tumorous. She was also the first with a functioning ovary with developing yolks. She had an egg, fully formed with the shell, halfway down her reproductive tract. Yesterday she tried to lay it, but could not. Did that make her “egg bound?” The assumption is that an egg bound hen has a stuck egg, and with help (massage, bath, oil, poking with a finger) it will come out and all will...

A Cautionary Tale – HenBlog – Monday, August 11, 2014

This is a cautionary tale. The outcome could have been much different. However, this is a story of but, thankfully. For five years, the goat pasture was enclosed with an electric mesh fence, specifically designed for goats and chickens. It kept them in and it kept predators out. It was movable, so that sections of the pasture were grazed while others were left to grow the sort of browse that the goats love. Also, rotating pasture reduces the parasite load. But, there were downsides. When the ground was hard, the stakes were impossible to stomp into the earth. In the...

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

wait to molt in fall. Since I began culling carefully, it seems most now molt in the fall. Before they would start in July and someone would be molting into late fall. As far as laying, all eggs are brown and there's 18 hens, so I really never know how well anyone lays. I try to get chicks as close to May 1 as I can. The new hens started laying Sept 10 this year. They were Buff and Partridge Rocks. I am still getting a couple pullet size eggs but most have worked through size small and are medium...

An Early Molt – HenBlog – Tuesday, July 15, 2014

...a hen go broody this summer to have chicks hatch when my Grandkids are here later this month. Well I waited and hoped and sure enough it finally started to happen the weekend of the 5th. But I wanted it so badly that I was not sure what I was seeing was really broody behaviour, especially since the hen involved was my Ancona(Kendall), as they are not usually inclined to sit. Kendall is a flighty nervous bird and at first would startle and leave the nest box if I opened the door to it. But every day I have been...

Rooster Puppets Giveaway! – HenBlog – Monday, April 16, 2012

kids always do something to do with the chickens or about them. They would love to have these so they could make there own chickens come alive. Emily How adorable! Susan How sweet. I am the librarian at a library/community center totally run by volunteers and fundraising where we have 4 story hours, a summer program, and a puppet theater. We are always looking for more ways to make the stories for the 3 and 4 year olds come alive!. Kit Very cute, a friend of mine is homeschooling her sons, so she would love this for her son. So...

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

looking "couple" and will stop traffic. Rebecca It is all in the eye of the beholder....great photograph.....great relationship! Robin Actually we're not really coming from totally different places. I do understand what you're doing. I guess it just didn't come out right. You expressed a possibility of regretting allowing him to play around. A legitimate concern with a large animal. I was simply trying to show how easy it was for the horse to learn the difference between fun times and no nonsense times (despite the methods). I was -not- advocating that you start yanking Tonka around. My brain couldn't...

Opal at the Museum – HenBlog – Friday, January 16, 2015

A place that has displays that look like this: and this: doesn’t usually have this among the art: The Laurelwood Garden Club holds its monthly meetings at the Fitchburg Art Museum. I was invited to give my talk, Gardening for Chicken Keepers, to the group this morning, and I was encouraged to bring a hen. That’s unusual. Chickens give off dander and have dirt between their toes. Museum curators flinch at the idea of live birds shaking dust into their air. I’ve talked at museums before, and have never been allowed to bring a chicken. But, this room’s collection was...

Peppermint Stick Goat – HenBlog – Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Marie What a cute little red nose! Happy, healthy, merry New Year to you and your family! jaye Pip is such a cutie! I hope you and your family will enjoy a happy, healthy holiday season and New Year. Camille Happy Holidays Terry. Wishing you and your family (the furry and feathered ones too!) all the very best in the new year. Sheri Cute Pip. Wishing you and your family a very happy holiday. Enjoy your time with your family. We'll keep an eye out on the animals. Bobbie The Goat Boys are so adorable Terry! Goats with fresh minty...

Happy Thanksgiving! – The Vintage Hen – Sunday, November 23, 2014

your wonderful help Vee Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving from England. Kit in California Enjoy taking a blogging break and may you and yours have a very Happy Thanksgiving. Rebecca Happy Thanksgiving to all! Terry enjoy your week. Cannot wait to see the array of your fabulous pies!! To Mr Steve, Thanks to you for all your HenCam wizardry!! Gizi Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving from France! Gizi Robin Happy Thanksgiving to one and all! MicheleB Enjoy your break and your holiday Flo Happy Thanksgiving from Austria!! :) louise stopford Happy Thanksgiving from Cheshire UK - enjoy the holiday. jaye...

Children and Chickens – The Vintage Hen – Tuesday, December 16, 2014

...are. Terry Golson Years ago I took care of two white turkeys on a horse farm. Truly stupid birds, and very aggressive about food. Unfortunately they were very attached to me - I had these monstrous birds follow me everywhere! Terry Golson Have you seen the holiday card in my store of the boy pulling the wagon filled with hens and a roo? It might bring back memories. http://hencam.com/products/chickens-in-snow-holiday-card/ Kim Perkins Our buff orp, Peach, would fall asleep in the hammock with my younger daughter. She would rather be with humans I think, as she is usually off by herself,...

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

to see your competitions meemsnyc The one called Farm Fresh Eggs Red Print is super cute. meemsnyc I tweeted on Twitter about the giveaway. Gina They're all beautiful but... I like the Balloon Rides one best! Sharon O. "In the trees" caught my eye at first then "Backyard chickens" in orange and "fresh eggs" in blue, they are all wonderful! Thanks for the giveaway, Terry. trashmaster46 Though I have to love the Portland, OR print (yay Portland!), Farm Fresh Eggs in Green please! (just in case: http://www.etsy.com/listing/89605637/farm-fresh-eggs-green-print) Julie O'Brien I'd love the Elementary print for my brother (he's a great...

Happiness at the Zoo – HenBlog – Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Last week I attended ClickerExpo, which is a conference all about positive reinforcement training. Most of the people who go are dog trainers. It’s great to go to a conference where dogs are welcome! (I fell in love with this Bull Terrier.) I went to seminars that help me be a more nuanced trainer, and I got to talk, non-stop, with like-minded people. At ClickerExpo, along with the dog people, there were also horse trainers, like me, and zoo keepers, too. One day at lunch I sat next to a man who, for the last 17 years, has cared for...

Egg Laying Glitch – HenBlog – Friday, February 12, 2016

the states I plan to have a gorgeous mixed flock, such as you have. :) For now I'm just reading everything I can possibly read about chickens, from as many sources as possible! I actually have made a sort of collage of all the chicken breeds/colors I plan to get for my flock, so I can see how they all look together. I've learned about chicken math too already, I originally thought a small flock of 4-6 would be good but now I have over 15 in mind! I plan to get 5 or 6 each year for 3 years...

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

...found it well worth my time to read. Here is the link if you are intrested http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=518839&p=1 She even has a picture of him asleep on her lap after he demanded she pick him up and take him. Apparently he loves to fall asleep on her lap while she is on the computer. http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=518839&p=5 And picking him up to correct him is not working, because he loves to be held all the times, and just starts to coo when she does. Their are some other stories about roosters "loving" their owners, even one that took to mating with sandwich containers....

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!...

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...

Trip Preparation – HenBlog – Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Jen Enjoy the city! Since you are going to be in Soho - I highly recommend the Spring Street Natural Restaurant (corner of Spring & Lafayette)-- it is fantastic! http://www.springstreetnatural.com/index.html Stay warm! Jen ANGELA Terry, happy trip to NY. Take pictures to show to us. Terry Golson Have you ever traveled to the US? Terry Golson Jen, Scholastic is right around the corner. I don't know how I ever missed Spring St. Natural. This is where I'm going. www.esquinanyc.com Jen That place looks fantastic! I am adding to my Soho list - thanks! Stay warm! Donna Have a wonderful time...

Presents – HenBlog – Wednesday, April 7, 2010

school librarian I was unable to watch the episode but would have loved to been able to watch the interviews. My elementary students love our chicken books and I have my own little brood. In fact the pretties little banty is setting right now. I go out and watch her afterschool hoping she hatches a couple of cuties so I can take them all to school for the students to observe. Terry Golson The MARTHA chicken show is no on her web site. Go here. http://www.marthastewart.com/show/the-martha-stewart-show/the-chicken-show I have a list of my favorite kids' books about chickens here. http://www.chickenkeeping.com/fun.htm#childrensbooks If...

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

...too plump. The vet recommended frozen green beans as a treat, they love them. Camille Oh Terry - that photo of Pip just knocked me over with laughter. So who's his dentist? And that tuft of topknot hair is so funny. What a boy. kristen i love this picture. dont you just love how smart and funny goats are my goat says momma sooo cute :) Terry Golson Ken- Scooter, the little, under 11 pound dog, refuses to eat anything other than meat, raw beef preferably, though ham will do. I think his self-image doesn't mesh with what's in the...

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

like to know what book you are reading. I am interested in any book or videos on how they did things in the past if you can recommend. We watched the Frontier House and another one about a family who agreed to live in a house in England I think it was and the house was set up as the 1800's way of life, it was great. Terry Golson I have a collection of vintage chicken keeping books (pre-1940) that I've picked up on-line and at flea markets. I also read original diaries. You might like this on-line diary. http://www.jai2.com/FARMSTART.HTM...

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...

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

buy at the feed store, by Manna Pro, are licorice flavor! Never thought about giving them the actual candy! I haven't tried the green beans yet, either. Mine sure do love cherry tomatoes! I'm still waiting for my 2 to grow beards, like yours! Ha! Karen I think I'd grow real licorice, instead of the high-fructose-corn-syrup candy called licorice. http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plant-dictionary/annual/licorice-plant/ (I've also been told that nicotine is good for their digestive system, if you know someone who smokes. Just take the filters off before feeding.) Jaye BTW, that first photo was all about pure love - two way. Warmed my...

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...

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

...is designing an egg carton label for your flock. You can use recycled (clean, please!) cartons, or buy new ones. They can be expensive - upwards of 40 cents a carton, but it is fun to use them. Ken Growing up our neighbors mother/mother-in (lived with them) sold eggs from the chickens she kept. She sold them for 50 cents a dozen and did a pretty good business. We had chickens as well and I mentioned to my dad that we should put a sign at the end of the drive and sell our eggs that way and he wouldn't...

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

...you’re planning on getting chicks this spring, please get a coop that lets light in and that provides a minimum of four square feet per hen of indoor floor space (nesting boxes don’t count.) Having a sunny coop will encourage late-winter egg laying. Look what I found today from one of my Polish hens! (I won’t even complain about it being left on the floor.) When your chickens are old and arthritic, like Edwina, here, they’ll thank you for giving them warm pools of sunlight to bask in. It looks nice, doesn’t it? I think I’d like to join her....

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!...

Donkey Time – HenBlog – Thursday, January 14, 2016

...on hencam.com/henblog/. Just FYI Steve Golson IT Guy here. Our server was migrated to a new machine yesterday, and there will be some disruption until the cutover completes. This should take less than a day. Your computer needs to figure out that our IP address has changed. Restarting your machine may help (that should flush all your DNS caches). Thanks for watching The HenCam! Robin THANKS! Hahaha, gives me and my IT guy a another good reason to get daughter to close all the crap she has open (for days). My IT guy saw yesterday all the stuff she still...

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

summer I think she expects a slave to wave a palm frond over her head to keep her cool. Kit Nah, she is just a disapproving rabbit. This is one of my favorite rabbit sites, you can share your pics of Candy disapproving of the chickens. http://www.disapprovingrabbits.com/ Kit Candy is a hollands lop right ? I don't suppose Mrs. Golson either you or Georgene have had Flemish Giants ? One of the blogs I follow online has a 13 year old female Flemish Giant named Cinnamon. I think she is still alive, her owner kinda of did a photo book...

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

...months! Jennifer Dudley What a great idea, especially so many different breeds. Our 8 birds are all different so we could tell them apart, and enjoy their pretty colors. To help remember what specific breeds each hen is, we gave them names that would help. Our Danish Brown Leghorn is Dana, our Partridge Rock is Shirley and our Buff Orpington is Buffy. Meryl If I were limited to one breed of chickens, we would have only Marans. Even coming from different sources (online hatchery, craigslist, feed store) they're consistently the best layers. And we have one now that's a very...

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...

Blog Birthday – The Vintage Hen – Wednesday, May 1, 2013

in my backyard. I also thank you for your support. This website started out as a way for me to promote my published books.The economic reality of traditional publishing is that I am far from able to make a living at it, and in fact it hasn’t even paid for the cost of running the cams. Meanwhile, my blog and answering your queries have become a full-time job. It’s one that I love and want to continue to do. That’s why I finally put GoogleAds up on my web pages and have asked you to buy me a cup of...

Sick Hens – HenBlog – Monday, July 8, 2013

settle down you and the family can take a little holiday away. Katharina Terry, Every spring after I tilled up our garden I would end up with a nasty respiratory infection. It would erupt 2-3 days after tilling. After several years of this, I made the connection of breathing in the dust and the infections. There are enough pathogens in soil that can be viable for years. For me, a mask and extra probiotics solved my problem. I'm trying to picture your hens with little masks and probiotics in their water. Perhaps you can come up with a better plan....

A New Blog – HenBlog – Monday, May 2, 2016

...key phrase into the search button and you’ll find your answer. Along the way, I also wrote a book for children, Tillie Lays an Egg , which was published by Scholastic in 2009. Teachers found me. Now classrooms from Alaska to Florida watch the animals live on computers and smart boards. Some use my blog in their curriculum. Just the thought of that makes me smile. Many of you don’t have chickens but you come anyway. I’ve used my flock as a lens to comment on the wider world. The themes of life, death, friendship, kindness, responsibility, and wonder happen...

Chicken Coop Bedding – HenBlog – Tuesday, January 21, 2014

most convenient for me. It takes me all of two minutes to finish the chore in the morning. Jen from Va Sorry to comment again, but I didn't know chickens pee and poop at the same time and it all comes out together. I wanted to ask about that for a long time, but hated to show my lack of knowledge of chickens. I was also concerned about the brown jelly like glob that comes out. Made me wonder if the chicken was on the verge of being sick with something. Your posts are so helpful for a peace of...

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

escape, and help you understand yourself now even more than before. Carol Caldwell As a child I loved "The borrowers" "Pooh" "Alice in wonderland and through the looking glass" but as an adult my teenage boys gave me Roahl Dayhl books to read after they had read them (sorry don't know how to spell his name) and I loved them too. Children's books are great and probably never lose their shine, or perhaps a part of us never grows up! Christina Rose E.B. White (of Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little fame) was an animal lover and had some backyard animals in...

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

...use it, as I never know where Candy will be, and I don’t want her inadvertently closed up in the coop all night. Nor do I want her hopping about outside in the pen. Especially in the winter, I want her in her hutch, cozily sleeping in her bed of hay, protected in her sturdy house from anyone who might want to eat her. In the summer, when it doesn’t get dark until quite late, coming home late from a day trip isn’t an issue. But in the winter, when night falls by 5 pm, I do worry about predators...

Winter Care for Chickens – HenBlog – Tuesday, December 8, 2009

heater, but these are sturdy and I’ve never had a problem. Note, too, that the cord goes directly to a safe outlet. Always be a bit neurotic about watching out for fire hazards in your barn.) In the winter, chickens will expend extra calories staying warm so give them an added ration of cracked corn or scratch grains. Also, if your hens free range in the summer and eat lots of bugs (protein!), be aware that their diet changes in the winter, when all of their nutrition comes from you. Make sure you’re feeding them high-quality laying hen pellets. Greens...

Gardening With Chickens – HenBlog – Tuesday, February 7, 2012

talks about how to use fences, mature plantings and appropriate building materials to make a garden that both you and your hens can enjoy. Included are plant lists and garden plans, which are especially helpful for those in the beginning stages of gardening and hen keeping. I have a few quibbles with the book. She says not to use pine shavings as bedding. Maybe in the Northwest there’s a different type of pine shavings, but here on the East Coast I’ve used them safely for many years. She also suggests that if your hen dies from unknown causes that you...

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

would like her to have a break and moult. Of my main bantam flock, one only is still laying (started as a pullet in December last year); she is a welsummer cross and, although she's slowed to laying an egg only every third day, like Twiggy, she shows no decisive sign of moulting. Nice to have some production, though. Marna Her comb is certainly still nice and bright red; looks like she's going to keep on laying for a while! Erney Alewine Now there's a classic calendar pose! That is one of those "Godfather" You lookin' at me? faces if...

My Thanksgiving Tradition – HenBlog – Monday, November 30, 2009

just four people falls flat. Still, I love traditions, especially when it has to do with food and home, and I wanted a Thanksgiving one. About six years ago, I decided that what I loved best about the holiday was the pie, and so I started my “Sunday After Thanksgiving Pie Party.” I get to bake, and fill my house with friends. My guests get to come to a party that requires nothing of them. One rule is that no one brings pie! I spend the year collecting pie recipes. About a week before the event, I’ll make and freeze...

A Lot of Crusts – HenBlog – Monday, December 1, 2014

...this year. Terry Golson Start with very cold ingredients. That really helps. Kaye Wow..I remember doing all this with my Mom, but now that it's only myself and Jim, I don't have as much to do. You're lucky to have help with the clean up. My Mom and I always did the cooking and the cleaning. Guess it's not so bad for just me now since there isn't as much food to prepare, there isn't as much to clean up. Looks like you are much better organized than I am :-) Terry Golson Agreed. Donna I agree..that Thanksgiving "feast" is...

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

I had for combining the birds is put off a week anyway :( Terry Golson It's smart to cull the extra rooster, especially when combining flocks. I'm sure that the loss of feathers is from the rooster. When hens peck, they go for the head or vent, rarely the back. It is very difficult to combine mature flocks - but actually easier than adding just one. Don't worry about comparative numbers. What is important is to have extra feeders and waterers, greens and things to keep busy with, and outside roosts that the chickens can be safe on. Also, since...

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

be found at your local indie bookstore (please shop there if you have one in your town!) It is also available from Amazon.com. I am selling autographed copies through my HenCam store. Make sure that you fill out the order form telling me who you’d like it signed to. If you live in my region, do come out to one of the programs happening to celebrate the book’s release. A current listing is on my events page. Lastly, starting tomorrow, there will be a blog tour with book giveaways! Check back here tomorrow to see which blog to visit first....

Why Do Chickens Have Combs? – HenBlog – Friday, May 15, 2015

many years I had a preference for the classic-looking upright comb with about five lobes. The Wyandotte’s pea comb never looked right to me, and the Polish, with no comb, but instead the pouffy feathered hat, looked ridiculous. Lately, though, I am partial to the extravagant combs on Misty and Twiggy. Do you have a favorite comb style?     Just a reminder – if you like this blog, please share it with friends and on social media. My readers sustain this site, and the larger community that I have, the more resources I can put into the HenCam. Thanks!...

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

Donna http://www.theholistichorse.com/WormGuardPoultry.html..Terry..I use this..It contains diatomaceous earth. I like it because I just mix it in their grain or layer mash. The people at this site are super nice and very helpful. They also make a formula for llamas and horses. Donna Sorry..the above link is not hyperlinked...Just go to Holistic Horse and you will see it. Carol I have been wondering if putting lime or PDZ on a manure pile will ruin the compost part of things? Because of the muck that forms in their pen when it rains, I do add dry shavings and PDZ to help give...

Ears Do More Than Hear – HenBlog – Wednesday, March 30, 2016

smiled sweetly and asked what month it was. I won't print his response. :D And what a wonderful picture you managed to get of Tonka! That one's definitely a keeper! Tracy Great article on Tonka. And you. For my equine dressage partner of many years, the "tell" was excessive jaw movement and "bit worrying". She was telling me she was overwhelmed, or bored, or sore, or unhappy. And every time I was smart enough to catch it, I would take my childhood coach's advice and immediately "apologize to my mare", slow to a walk and release the reins, class over....

Tools for the Coop – HenBlog – Thursday, January 30, 2014

to have passages clear and tools stowed where the goats can’t reach them to “help.”) Have I left out your favorite chicken coop tool? In another post I’ll list the things needed to setup a coop, like waterers and grain bins. * Please note that I have Amazon links to these tools so that you can get an idea of pricing. I have not necessarily purchased items through these online stores. However, if you do shop Amazon, please start by clicking through a link on my site. I’ll get a small commission from Amazon, which helps to support HenCam. Thanks!...

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

will find local vegetables, plants and baked goods. Also, I see where there is a local farmers Market in Durham. Here is the url for their website http://www.durhamfarmersmarket.com/. But I am sure you have been there. I worked in Durham for about four years even though I lived in Wake County. With UNC and Duke around it is a bit different. Chapel Hill is a great place and maybe you might be able to find more local markets there. We do have local farmer's markets around. I live in Franklin County and it is very agricultural. I grew up in...

Weasel Tracks – HenBlog – Monday, February 18, 2013

...experience with a ermine last month. The main reason they hang around is for the mice. Yes, they could kill your hens if they were hungry enough, BUT they really do prefer the mice, mole and vole population. Come on over and read the adventure. http://www.tailgait.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-white-winter-varmit.html My neighbor trapped one in her house last week. It was living in her attic....eating mice. Now that the ermine has been removed, her kitchen is infested with mice and mice poop. Lesson learned. Great post. Sharing! Janis in Vermont Julie I learn a lot about protecting my rabbits and my lone chicken from...

Chicken Breeds – HenBlog – Tuesday, December 1, 2009

...I like how they go about their day. They’re good, solid citizens of the barnyard. Sometimes you fall in love with a breed by sheer happenstance. One day, Hope Sandrow found a Paduan rooster while on a walk near her home. Eventually, she moved him into a coop in her backyard. Hope fell in love with this breed and got more Paduans. Hope is an artist; she has work in major museums. I don’t know if a big brown hen would have become her muse, but that Paduan rooster has changed her life. Even her coop has become an art...

Rooster Carts – The Vintage Hen – Monday, October 15, 2012

...protect the hens, fertilize the eggs and to become pets. I have a number of photographs of roosters being snuggled by children, and as guests at parties. I’m fascinated by the photographs of roosters pulling carts. I’m not sure how this worked. I have snapshots of harnessed roosters, so I know that these weren’t simply staged photos (most of the pics of children in goat carts were taken by itinerant photographers traveling the neighborhood with their goats, but that’s another story.) How do you steer a rooster cart? How far can you go? I’ve yet to read a mention about...

Let’s Take A Walk – HenBlog – Friday, October 12, 2012

farming days. Now ferns and wild grapes soften the edge of the field. It was a short walk and we are back home. Today it is clouding up and the light isn’t glowing through the leaves. The wind is blowing and a freeze is expected. This landscape is ephemeral. Still, it is lovely out. I’m going to declare today a “too beautiful to work” holiday and take the dogs far into the woods all the way to the Hemlock Forest. When I come home I’ll get down the box of winter gloves and scarves. We’ll be needing those soon.  ...

Frozen Combs and Small Coops – HenBlog – Thursday, February 28, 2013

This winter I’ve fielded a number of queries about frostbite on hens’ combs. A mild case of frostbite will cause darkening on the tips of the comb. Severe frostbite will cause swelling and pain. The affected parts of the comb might die and fall off. The other chickens will peck at the damage and that can cause terrible bloodshed. Roosters lose their fertility, and hens with frostbite stop laying. Frozen combs are serious, but not too common. It happens more often with roosters with particularly large combs because the boys don’t tuck their heads in when they sleep at night....

The Risk of Adding Hens – HenBlog – Wednesday, January 16, 2013

...and you'd never know it. But, if I were you, I'd probably do it. Joy Bonenfant Thank you Terry. Kyle and I will check this out. Jonathan My Sunshine died (she was an egg laying hybrid) from illness, but i dont know if I could directly connect it to getting new birds. the birds I got at that time were only 2 weeks old and under lights seperated for a few weeks, her comb started shriveling she lost weight her demeanor changed, she was the epitome of a production hen, I swear she would lay every single day and sometimes...

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

...in his first kitchen who wanted to bake a blueberry pie. It came out crunchy. Yes - he bought concord grapes at the market thinking that they were blueberries! Nancy My Flemish Giant rabbit Pumpkin who lives with the "girls" LOVES" grape leaves! We have a grape vine on the south side of the coop for shade in the summer. Give your new bunny some for a snack. Christine O. Your grape vines and arbor look great! I'm also growing a grape next to the coop for shade and fruit. I planted it last summer and it is just starting...

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

...I imagine one thinking, "I love my pet bunny" while the other one thinks, "I love my pet goat"... Pat I Like "Got Peanuts?" such a cute face! Pat Joan I love the "Meeting of the Minds"! I use to raise lop eared bunnies so of course that one stole my heart! My bunny was named Peaches :) Jean Husson Even though I have a thing for Pip's smile, my favorite is "Meeting of the Minds". Part football huddle, part conspiracy. All great stocking stuffers. Sean Sheesh. That was tough! I'm going to choose "A Meeting of the Minds" in...

Chickens Don’t Smile – HenBlog – Sunday, February 5, 2012

Ângela She participates with the angry face. But I liked it! Magic Cochin A brilliant photo Terry - you can see the dinosaur in her genes! Hens don't smile, exept for Nick Park's plasticine hens in 'Chicken Run' http://www.aardman.com/features/released-features/chicken-run/ Celia x Terry Golson I read an article about Chicken Run, and how they made a conscious decision to add teeth because otherwise the chickens wouldn't have expressive features. Carol Caldwell I commented via e-mail because of my lack of technical ability but agreed all the above. Jean Garnet reminds me of the famous "mad bluebird" picture. She's wonderful. Amazing what...

Everyone Helps – HenBlog – Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Wendy Ah, the domesticated animal and its helping paw/claw/hoof. The hens preferred job is correctly replanting bulbs that I have just carefully nestled into the earth. My cats like nothing better than to help with reading the paper, sewing, and of course painting and decorating. There are few things in life that can't be improved with a gallon of drool, some poo or a smattering of hair... Bunnylady Bunnies don't understand your in the way either. My 11 year old blind Californian was right under foot and would not budge a inch while I was cleaning his cage last night....

When To Isolate A Sick Chicken – HenBlog – Friday, August 1, 2014

...hen. If Opal is carrying a contagious disease, isolation might help to protect the rest of the flock – although certainly they’ve already been exposed to the pathogen. Mostly, I isolate so that I can gather more clues. I’ll be looking for: breathing issues swollen eyes appetite (is she eating at all?) is she able to drink? is she producing manure? if there is manure, what quantity, color and consistency? does she become more lethargic? what is her stance? does her comb change color? is she laying? does she show signs of wanting to lay an egg but is unable...

A New Man In My Life – The Vintage Hen – Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Celia Hart Mica is adorable! You were meant for one another. Perfect timing as you deserve some time out xx JJ He's perfect! And Palomino, that's what I always had, he's quite handsome! You are both lucky to have found each other ;) Enjoy!! Jean R Clearly meant to be. And what a face! Flock Mistress What a sweetheart. You're going to have plant/grow a lot more carrots to help nurture that relationship. Jen Congrats Terry! Nothing like having a horse in your life..... Enjoy! Erica He looks like he'd be wonderful to ride bareback. Nothing more soothing than riding...

Ta-Dah! A Revamped HenCam – HenBlog – Sunday, May 27, 2012

at you now! Very smart, I knew it would look good. I'm waiting eagerly for Duplicatot.... Jane From Hawaii Buffy is on her perch in the middle of the day. Does she go back up or is she having trouble getting down? I remember you were helping her. Terry Golson I help her down in the morning and put her by the feed. When the other hens rush outside she gets to eat peacefully by herself. During the day she comes and goes, and gets on and off the roost on her own. Suzanne Wow, improved Hencam looks great! :-)...

Preparing for the Chicks – HenBlog – Tuesday, April 5, 2011

In just a few weeks there will be fifteen little fluff ball chicks in my barn. I’ve a lot to do before they come. I’m doing a thorough cleaning before they arrive. All living organisms have colonies of microbes living within them. The chicks will be going from the comparatively sterile environment of the hatchery to my property, which has had chickens on it for eight years, and wild birds and animals on it forever. It’s not a bad thing for the chicks to be exposed to the real world, but it will take awhile for their immune systems to...

The Comfort of Friendship in Old Age – HenBlog – Sunday, April 17, 2011

a year. Eleanor survived a bout of illness and a swollen abdomen (the cause undiagnosed.) Blackie is stiff and slow, probably filled with tumors, and is losing her feathers and sleeps most of the day. Her comb is grey. Neither has laid an egg for more than a year. They’ve become lawn ornaments. When they were young and active, Blackie and Eleanor ignored each other. The Barred Rock was aggressive and did not share food, the Australorp was shy and stayed at the perimeter of the flock. But, these days they are arthritic and calm. Both enjoy a sunbath. Together....

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

waiting for it. On the off chance I do win a copy, I will pay it forward and give it away to a lucky winner on a local chat group I'm on here in Silicon Valley. Jacob I would love the book too! Mary Magdic What a delightful photo essay. Lauren & Company have certainly brightened my days. Paul More snow! Oh my gosh those goats are cute. I love when friends come over to hang out with the chickens, and it looks like you had a great day with your friend. We have 6 hens and I'm currently nursing...

Cochin Bottoms, Cochin Feet – HenBlog – Thursday, March 7, 2013

I've never kept. Let me know how you like them. Terry Golson true :) Pat Dennis I began my first real "chicken keeping", as an adult, one year ago. I have been a wanna be farmer since I was a child, having pets of all kinds! My "Fab Five", as I call my first 5 pullets, were: 1 Faverolle, 1 Ameraucana, 1 Welsummer, 1 Plymouth Barred Rock, and 1 Buff Orpington. They must have been a great selection, because I am hooked! They all get along, and when they are loose, and I walk outside and call them, they come...

Why I Do School Visits – HenBlog – Thursday, October 6, 2011

...cute. Children give such lovely feed back and some great artworks. Amazing chicken and rabbit picture! We are proud of our now nearly three granddaughter's first attempts at artworks. We now have a month old grandson, so look forward to equally special artworks. But the words are of course so touching. Lovely to get the reward you deserve. kristen that is soo cute! they so good artists! : ) Jean Restores your faith in humanity, doesn't it? Colleen We have done school demos....and those thank you notes are priceless! Thank you for sharing them with us! Bobbie Awww, nothing better...

Tails! – HenBlog – Sunday, April 14, 2013

to watch them. Linda Terry, if you send me a mailing address I would love to send you $4.00 to help support your site. I have truly enjoyed your site and have recommended it to friends. I do not use pay pal and never will. Michelle D I Love watching ALL of your cams, and your helpful advice, I too would like to buy you a coffee and an address for mailing. Michelle D Any ideas on how to introduce my girls to free range ? My yard is not fenced all the way and I'm afraid they will run...

Phoebe’s Tunnel – HenBlog – Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Kris hehe. it's like shawshank redemption. ;) if you see any posters up in the corner of the run...check behind them. lol Sara The soundtrack of The Great Escape should accompany this post. She is so adorable. The face would get me every time. It works for my cats. Carolyn While Phoebe has been working on her 'Great Escape' the pullets are competing for space on the roof of her hutch. Maybe they think they can get over the top of the wire. Saw Twiggy come down the other day with a big white flap! Terri Phoebe, you mustn't dig...

Selfie With Horse – HenBlog – Monday, February 1, 2016

We’ve all taken selfies. Getting a decent photo of yourself is difficult enough; adding a second to the shot complicates things. Why are selfies so popular anyway? There’s no way to get a flattering view when posing shoulder-to-shoulder with a friend while holding the camera at arm’s length – I always struggle to not just get a view up our noses. (Yes, I know that’s why a selfie stick was invented. I refuse to own one.) Try taking a selfie with a horse. Horses show affection by leaning their heads on their friends’ shoulders.   Isn’t it infuriating when you...

Thank You For Your Votes! – HenBlog – Friday, September 16, 2011

...Do you organize when you’re anxious? At least it’s a productive use of that jittery energy! In any event, I found that I have two copies of Gail Damerow’s classic book, Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens. I don’t need both, so I’m going to give the winner one. I’m also going to include a set of Goat Notes. All you have to do is leave a comment here. This contest ends Sunday night, September 18, at 10 pm EST. Good-luck! Only one vote per person. No mischievous monkeys here. UPDATE: this contest is closed. Thanks for all of your comments!...

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

...sunny outside, it will be dark inside. A sliver of light coming in the pop-door is not enough for them and they’ll stay on their roosts. They won’t eat or exercise. This will affect their laying productivity and their health. Too many prefab coops have no windows, or openings that must be shut during inclement weather. Avoid those and get coops with real windows! Those are the big three. There are other details, like a dry place to hang food and water, nesting box design, and predator control, which I’ll cover in other posts. I’ve started a board on Pinterest...

The Gems – HenBlog – Monday, June 27, 2011

...Rocks have never had names because I can't tell them apart. Shameful, I know. I think I'm going with spice names since mine are warm colors. Your Wellsummer looks different than mine. Hmmmm. Agatha looks like she wants to be your favorite and do lots of travelling with you. Ken My two speckled sussex are the characters in my bunch. The Dominiques are curious, the Barnevelder is shaping up to have a regal, stand-offish attitude, just like her predecessor, and the others are all cute and/or appropriately chickeny. But the two sussexes (sussex? sussi?) are absolute escape artists. Every day...

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

transliteration skills have become somewhat rusty with age... Terry Golson Rob, thanks, brilliant! From what I've been able to find out, the farm was started by a Greek immigrant in order to make Greek cheese here in America. There was a large and growing market for it. So, your translation fits in with that. Carol Dugan I found this facebook entry by Googling N J Nassikas: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=42294314378&v=wall Nick Sakelaris Dave..have not seen you for a very long time. We are stll in Merrimack. Just a little tidbit. When Dave moved to NH from MA, everyone kept asking him if he...

Windmill Weight – The Vintage Hen – Friday, July 13, 2012

Yesterday I went back to Brimfield, but the cast iron rooster had been sold. This is the windmill weight that got away. A windmill weight is a classic piece of folk art. It had a utilitarian purpose, which was to balance the machinery on windmills. It was a functioning piece of a ubiquitous part of the American farm landscape. A big hunk of cast iron could have done the job, but instead local iron mills made them in the shape of cows, roosters, and even squirrels. There were large, commercial foundries that turned out thousands of these, local companies that...

July Fourth Celebrations – The Vintage Hen – Monday, July 2, 2012

Here in America, we have a holiday called July Fourth. Of course, there’s a July 4 everywhere, but for some reason (I’m sure lexicographers have studied this) we rarely call it Independence Day. It’s simply The Fourth and it’s meant to be a celebration of our start as a nation. We put up flags. We have parades. Politicians pontificate. We eat BBQ. I rather like the flags. Ours is a cheerful and bold red, white and blue. The number of stars changed as the country expanded and added states. But it still looks much like the ones on this Wisconsin...

And The Winner Is… – HenBlog – Friday, May 28, 2010

Jen Congrats to Bill.... Have a great weekend Terry! Your plans sound nice and relaxing with some accomplishment thrown in...... Flypaper! Made me laugh just imagining it! Jen Amy Oh Terri! I just love that photo!!! Have a great weekend! Tory I love that photo too!!! And your boots! :-) Linda Symons Hope you have a thankful, thoughtful, beautiful weekend and especially Memorial Day. Bonnie Jo Sweet photo...super cute boots! My chickens come running and follow me around when I weed the gardens. I imagine they must think I'm scratching up worms to share with them! :)...

Welcoming the New Year – HenBlog – Thursday, December 31, 2009

On the last day of 2009 the animals at Little Pond Farm welcome the New Year. Snow on my head means a long winter of fine bunny weather, says Candy. One should play on a holiday, says Lily. No, says Scooter. Welcome the New Year with warmth and cuddles. Thank the farmers and ask for more kale! say the goats. We do love holiday food! Look! Cabbage! say hens. This IS a good start for the New Year. Everyone here at Little Pond Farm wish you and yours all the best in 2010....

Labor Day – The Vintage Hen – Monday, September 2, 2013

Labor Day is a holiday of contradictions. It celebrates work, and yet it is a day of rest. It comes at the end of the vacation season when the weather is usually hot and summery, and yet it marks a return to the daily grind and school. In rural, northern regions, labor day comes at the end of the vegetable harvest and points to the coming of harsh weather. These days, we rarely think about the politics behind this holiday. I don’t, but I do think about the different types of labor – the work we do to bring in...

Happy Anniversary! – HenBlog – Friday, May 1, 2009

Exactly three years ago, I started this blog. But, before that, I already had my web sites up. The main reason that I got on the web because of my Farmstead Egg Cookbook. I hoped that having a web site devoted to the book would help it to sell and stay in print. It’s a little book, easy to miss spine-out on the shelf of a bookstore; I’d hoped that a web site would give it more presence. It’s a gem of a book – my editor, Elizabeth Beier, and her staff at St. Martin’s went all out with three-color...

Preparing the Coops and Chickens for a Storm – HenBlog – Friday, January 22, 2016

...foot and my car nearly hit twice on my way out. GAH!!! My brother is in the DC area. Insanity. People who don't know how to drive in snow should stay off the roads. He knows how to drive in snow, but he's not going out just 'cause of the idiots. Over a 1,000 traffic accidents in VA since yesterday. Okay, rant over. Hope the snow misses you completely. Stay warm and safe. I'll bet Scooter would love some cuddle company! Tracy I'm convinced Scooter has completely mastered life. Honor Love the photo of the chicken whose turning into a...

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

I’m in the local paper. I love my new title of “Hen Mother.” Don’t you? http://www.wickedlocal.com/concord/news/lifestyle/x1371493473/Concord-Carlisle-residents-find-their-way-to-local-food...

HenCam Coop Plans – HenBlog – Thursday, May 28, 2009

...heated. It really isn’t necessary unless you have silkies or frizzles. What is important is that the coop has shade and is well-ventilated. Make sure that you have windows that open, and soffits and vents in the eaves. Because the rabbit overheats easily in the summer, a special 8 x 8 foot piece of shade material is stretched over her hutch. The chickens appreciate this shade, too, as most of the yard is in full-sun. Below is a plan of the HenCam coop. It is just the right size for our seven hens and bunny. Perhaps this will inspire you!...

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.)...

Twiggy Eats… and Eats – HenBlog – Wednesday, July 2, 2014

...really enjoyed watching him quickly become accepted as a part of an established group of hens..... first as an annoying youngin....and now as their male counterpart. Lucky Pecker took awhile to find his voice, his first attempts were pretty pathetic. He has no trouble at all now and actually quite enjoys the sound of his own voice. He very much appreciates having such a beautiful flock of standard sized hens all to himself. He is like the kid in the candy store. :) Although.... his favourite gal is the smallest, the Campine(Barbie). They make a cute couple. Terry Golson Lucky...

Independence Day – HenBlog – Thursday, July 3, 2014

...Carol Caldwell Love the awake version of Scooter smiling and happy to part it of all. Your son seems to bring out another side to Scooter. Its absolutely adorable. Barb from Bethlehem Terry & Family: Happy Independence Day! Small town, old-fashioned 4th of July celebrations are true treasures. So glad your town partied early and didn't have to contend with soggy old Arthur. Blessings to all. Ken When one watches the evening news and sees what is going on around the world one becomes VERY grateful for living in a free country and EXTREMELY thankful for our diligent military men...

Egg Place Cards – The Vintage Hen – Monday, April 14, 2014

...have already noticed the pillows on the right-hand chairs.) This gave me an excuse to use both my blown out eggs, and my collection of egg cups.       This time of year, there are plenty of holiday gathering that use eggs as part of the imagery and festivities. One of my readers, Stacey, uses eggs as place holders for her Easter table. She uses photographs. No one minds being an egg head in her family! (Directions for this craft are here.)   What decorations are you making with your blown out eggs? Let me know in the comments!...

Old Home Day – HenBlog – Wednesday, July 3, 2013

sheltered part. We did this because we didn't want sand where the sun could shine on it and make it hot. I remember at the beach the sand burning my feet and I didn't want that for our girls. I remember too, that u said chickens needed good dark earth for various reasons. So we gave them both. We made the special rake and cleanup is a breeze. Sand slides right through it. Just takes a few minutes to clean it. I rake the earth part and the run is good to go. Works out same in coop. The tricky...

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

...the coming hurricane does not affect you all and your critters. Be safe!! Carol I have to make another comment, as I take a break from preparing for the upcoming storm - Every time I see your pics of these goats, something in my head says they are not real. They look like some kind of comical caricatured animal in a magical movie during the times of knights and damsels! The expressions, the beards, the behaviour, how could you have ever resisted taking these kids home! Terry Golson Carol, I never tire of those boys. Fun everyday. Terry Golson When...

Reducing Stuff – HenBlog – Tuesday, June 23, 2015

...I breathe easier when my house is clutter free. I love your blog. It is the first site I go to each morning. Thank you for such a refreshing look at hen keeping. Kelly Getting rid of things feels amazing and I recently found a book at the library titled "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" that helped me with method and courage. This is a great topic, thanks for posting it. Laura I just put a bid on these! Couldn't pass these up. I hate the feel of those thick paper chinet plates, and these will help :)...

Renaissance Goats – HenBlog – Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Goat are silly animals with big personalities. They have beards. They stare. They talk. They get in your face and climb on your lap. It’s no surprise then, that artists don’t take them too seriously. Do a google image search for “goat art” and you’ll see what I mean. However, beauty is all in the eye of the beholder, and as comical as my boys are, they are also beautiful. So, I was thrilled when, at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, I came across these andirons. They were crafted in Paris in 1785. Imagine them with a blazing fire...

Fisher Cat Tracks – HenBlog – Monday, December 8, 2014

...come across a pelt of a porcupine - nothing else. Takes quite the predator to do that. Terry Golson I'm happy when weasels eat mice, but another member of that family, the mink, will eat chickens, and they, too, can squeeze through small slits. I'm glad that I have neither in my basement :) Lynda For the first time ever I've had a fisher cat stalking around my chicken area. I saw it one morning around dawn about 2 weeks ago sitting on my deck and have been tracking it routinely. I put out a hav-a-heart trap but it took...

Goat Mineral Dispenser – HenBlog – Wednesday, October 10, 2012

...hanging feeder like yours in the new coop (still waiting...) I'll mount that small PVC feeder elsewhere to insure the picked-on hens can easily partake of their layer feed. Your goats are a joy! I don't mean to insult, but sometimes their bellies look a bit, eh, pregnant. Terry Golson I take that as a compliment. I'm told by experienced goat keepers that the boys are positively svelte :) Carol ;) Carol Caldwell I love the photo of the goats "helping", so adorable. The feeder seems to work really well, they certainly seem to like it. lovely post as always....

Emerging Personalities – HenBlog – Monday, May 13, 2013

...Miss Terry. Rachel They are all just darling but the Maran & the Delaware especially so x Suzanne They all look so beautiful with their adult feathers. I'm glad dear little Owly will be staying on HenCam! Jean R The nursing home idea is absolutely brilliant. It is heartening to know that this kind of thinking is taking hold. Brava all around. Applause. Applause. I know your list of blog topics must include more on this point in the future, but I am curious about the plans they have made for ongoing care of the hens. (Glad Owly is part...

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...

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

Hylla Evans Yes, please come read to the interns at the farm institute school, www.greenstringinstitute.org . We can supply your choice of actresses to play Tillie. We can even set up a casting couch for you to audition them ;-) Follow it with great dinner, then maybe a day teaching at Ramekin's in Sonoma to adults. Eggs eggs eggs. Terry Golson So tempting! Especially since it is snowing right now. Would LOVE to travel out your way. Rebecca Boyce Would you be interested in coming for a visit in Florida? I teach Kindergarten in a town called Bradenton just south...

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

to try to watch your segment on line. Ann-Marie Hi Terry and other readers of Terry's Blog, Because I live in Australia I dont see Martha's show in real time but going back to her website this morning I searched to see if there was any videos from the Chicken show, I wanted to post the URL so everyone who didnt see it could, click on the hencam video at the right hand side of the page, there are other stories from the show too, was lovely to get to see your moment of stardom Terry!! http://www.marthastewart.com/pet-video?video_id=323b22b188ab7210VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD Kindest Regards Ann-Marie...

Chicken Talk – HenBlog – Thursday, April 29, 2010

...hear. Marge reminds me of my great-Aunt May, who would complain about her ailments, and when she got together with my other Aunt May, the two of them would compete for having the most troubles. "My Knee!" "My liver!" Sharon Love this blog entry and all the comments! I hope we get to hear from the international readers and what their hens say. That is so interesting and fun. My girls mostly still just peep, which is such an over used descriptive word for chick talk. I do love it when they do a little trill sound. This entry has...

What Does Your Hen Say? – The Vintage Hen – Saturday, August 17, 2013

dog for days and it would not listen. Any commands they used the dog ignored them. When they finally found the family they called to the dog and everything was great! The dog only understood the Spanish language! Christina Rose Yes, I have a friend who had a Thoroughbred horse imported from Germany years ago and another who got a German Shepherd, a working/military dog. Both only knew German commands. Valri In Latin America there's a children's song that goes, "Los pollitos dicen pio, pio, pio..." (The baby chicks say pee-o, pee-o, pee-o) Suzanne I always wondered who came up...

Highflying Hen – HenBlog – Wednesday, December 11, 2013

to their coop, they come running. Still, I do a headcount before closing their door. I’m always short a hen. It’s always Misty. She’s the only one to fly over the goat’s 4-foot fence. Misty also has yet to figure out how to fly back to come when called. The other day, while the hens were free-ranging on the lawn, Misty decided to fly up to the top of the run. I have no idea of why she did that. In ten years of having chickens in that pen, I’ve never had a hen parade around up there. The goats...

Misty Settles In – HenBlog – Friday, February 7, 2014

now Misty. Terry, I hope all proceeds well now with the hens. The picture of Misty running to you is priceless! Terry Golson I was laughing! This is a hen who never liked me near her and she ran up and practically asked me to pick her up and take her back. Scott_D I have one hen that wing clipping didn't work on. I watched her compensate for the "off balance" situation. Clipping both wings helped a bit more, but she's still getting out of the designated chicken area of the yard every once in a while. At one point...

Finally! An Outing – HenBlog – Monday, April 6, 2015

It was a blustery and chilly day on Saturday, but the sun was out. Before beginning my barn chores, I opened up the doors to the chicken pens. Hens don’t form a queue. It was a bit of a jumble at the gate, but they soon spread out.   The Girls from the Little Barn came down to the Big Barn. They don’t often come this way – the flocks don’t mingle by their own choice – but the ground that they usually forage on is still covered with snow.   The Gems took no mind of the interlopers. They’d...

The Polish Get New Coiffures – HenBlog – Thursday, December 1, 2011

the holiday season and the coming inclement weather. Viki in Grass Valley CA So thats what they look like with full top knots. Beautiful and silly. So impractical! I was wondering if they have combs in all those feathers? lauren scheuer Waaaahahaha! What a hilarious new look! Can I make an appointment at Salon Terry? And love that second pic, with bunny ruling over the chickenyard. Terry Golson No combs, but they do have wattles. Their skulls are actually shaped differently than other hens. Terry Golson Candy rules. For a silent bunny she is very clear about what she thinks....

The Goats Get A Beard Trim – HenBlog – Wednesday, November 9, 2011

...clippers. So I watched the cats' dominance fights. Then *I* bit her head (well, I pretended). Now she just complains, doesn't try to bite. I had to speak "cat" to her! Ken (from MO) Never a dull moment at Little Pond Farm. Yesterday in the course of my job I saw a home with big barn almost identical to yours Terry! AND a couple hens in the photo. APPROVED!! ;-) Kit I have tried that, just playing with his feet. He won't allow me to touch them at all, and as acting domiant by grabbing the back of his neck....

Pies! – HenBlog – Monday, November 30, 2015

holiday pie party is such a good idea. And yours looks like it was a hit. I do love the savory ones and what's not to love about onion and Gruyere? Or pie crust in general? My dear friend Tim tells me there is no problem too big that it cannot be tackled and conquered as long as there is enough good, hot coffee...and pie. I think he has a point. I'm thankful for this blog and your intelligent observations and thoughts, Terry. Well, and the goat boys, of course... April That corn and tomato tart looks incredible! Sounds like...

Merry Christmas Wishes – HenBlog – Wednesday, December 23, 2009

dry out. Stir them altogether until blended. Freeze in small containers with tight lids. They are thick when thawed, but make the best scrambled, and are perfect for baking. I keep a little ceramic heater in my coop set just above freezing, so the hens have warm toes and combs. No, they don't need it, but it makes me warmer to know they are comfy....and the eggs don't freeze at all. Best regards, Lucy Jim Papin, Cincinnati, Ohio Terry, thanks and Happy Hanukkah to you and your family. Bonnie Jo My sisters, brother and I always debated what our pets...

We're Thankful – HenBlog – Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Moines, WA. Stephanie Thank you for sharing your family at Little Pond Farm! Love reading your blogs. I to have a chicken cam in my coop so I can watch them when I'm at work!! Lucy Suitor Holt Thanksgiving...That word is more than a holiday designation. Thanks, Terry, for sharing a view to your little estate, even the comical (but rather startling closeup) southbound view of a northbound goat! :-} I have lots to be thankful for...even in the coop. My little black hen is recuperating after a hawk attack. I am thankful for that hawk, too. It is life...

Bainbridge Farm Goods Sign Giveaway!!! – HenBlog – Monday, December 5, 2011

...would be wonderful for the "ladies"! thank you for sharing Allison Honey... blueberries... eggs... Who can choose just one? They're all so flippen cute! I would love to have any one of these hanging up in my kitchen. =) Martha I love the eggs from Happy chicks, but you must tell them we want a Nigerian goat sign :) Sheila Cute! I love the Fresh Eggs from Happy Chickens in green. Our ladies are pretty happy, so it would look darling on their coop! Bainbridge Farm Goods Thank you all for the nice comments! A Nigerian Goat sign is coming...

I’m A Fashion Trail Blazer! – HenBlog – Monday, September 10, 2012

...like hers would scare the chickens into NOT laying! Looks more appropriate for the cover of a Stephen King novel. Laura A My husband and I were at the Honolulu airport coming home from vacation in early August and as we were going through security, a woman walked up behind us carrying a large egg basket, filled with her carry-on items. Of course I had to ask about it! She said she was carrying it through a NY airport years ago, and thought she might start a purse trend (maybe she did?)! This time though, she was carrying it with...

Previous Appearances – January 16, 2015

Keeping chickens in your backyard and having a beautiful lawn and garden are not mutually exclusive! Done right, the flock will not only add fresh eggs to your table, but also can help with bug control and make rich compost. Come to this free lecture at the Fitchburg Art Museum sponsored by the Laurelwood Garden Club of Fitchburg, Massachusetts. I’ll be talking about chicken care and housing, and how to integrate the hens into your home landscape....

A Spooky Tale – The Vintage Hen – Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Colleen Campbell As the Gardener approached the woods he knew there was something odd going on under the big oak tree, dare he go further? Elizabeth Anne (TX) Love the picture and the open story to create. Kind of magical. So sorry to see one of your Barred Rock girls down. She will be missed. Dont know which one she is, but so beautiful. It's sad when the flock gets old. Thanks for sharing them with us. Valerie Coursen Had the gardener seen Fluffy? How could that be? Her plan to stop the gardener from coming near her rabbit was...

Sudden Death of a Hen – HenBlog – Monday, September 21, 2015

...doing the compassionate thing. I am sure you gave him a great life. Lisa Webb Thanks Terry for your candor, especially when it comes down to the realities of having hens. We had several (reproductive) problems early on with our entire first batch of hens (now 5 or so years ago) which all came from a large hatchery. Since then, for that reason and because we wanted breeds with cushion or rose combs to prevent frostbite, we decided to go with a small local breeder, hybrid/heritage breeds. So far, we have had none of the same problems (though in time...

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

...site when a friend sent me Susan Orlean's article in the September 2009 New Yorker which mentions Terry's webcam! This photo of the eggs had me laughing out loud and sending the site to 3 other friends with chickens here on Mercer Island, WA where I live. We have a new up and running "Urban Farming Network" now hosted through a new gardening/social networking site called "www.digthedirt.com". Thanks for the inspiration to keep up the chicken husbandry thing, now with more gusto and confidence than before! Morgan Brewster She is a very pretty chicken, this story made my day better....

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

...bathing and pecking for bugs at the same time. Candy had a romp in the goats’ yard, and had a snack on mint shoots. Meanwhile, the goats got in the way. They also got in the compost pile where I was dumping their old bedding. Hay that they had rejected in their stall, becomes appealing when it is somewhere they’re not usually allowed. After giving the goats all new shavings and fluffing their hay, I did a spring cleaning in the HenCam coop. Cobwebs were brushed off the ceiling, the floor swept, even behind the food bins, and a messy...

Worms – HenBlog – Thursday, January 21, 2010

...it seems to be working great. Prior to using it, I had some hens with small amounts of blood in their stool periodically and now that doesn't happen anymore. I love this company-- I order flax seed and some other things for myself there too! http://www.theholistichorse.com/WormGuardPoultry.html Terry Golson I've heard good things about this product from others. Thanks for the comment! Hylla Evans Thank you, Terry. We are sustainable at GreenString, which is a bit beyond organic. I'll check them out online and get more info. Again, thanks! Donna Hi Terry! You are right!!!! Pasco (the llama) smelled dreadful..Like a...

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

If you live in the United States, you know who Martha is. She doesn’t need a second name. She has a style that is so obviously hers, that if you see certain colors, you think, “that’s Martha.” What you might not know is that those colors came from Araucanas. Years ago, Martha found an old book with pictures of heritage hens and their eggs. This was well before blue eggs showed up in farmers markets and “Easter Egger” breeds were common at hatcheries. She recognized something gorgeous when she saw it, and turned those egg colors into her signature look....

Previous Appearances – January 7, 2016

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 to support Kids Cooking Green’s Fund for City Schools, which brings cooking and nutrition classes to communities that otherwise could not afford them. Click here to register. Find out more about Kids Cooking Green at www.kidscookinggreen.com....

Bathtime – HenBlog – Sunday, March 28, 2010

...googled Martha Stewart. Her listing has a number of choices to click. I chose "tv" to get http://www.marthastewart.com/affiliateinfo. On the right there's a link for 'Local TV Listings'. You can fill in your zip code and get the date, time, and channel according to your provider. For me it's Friday, April 2, 2:00, KNBC (or NBCHD). I've already got it set to record! Hope this helps. ~Vicki Larry Can't wait to hear all about your trip and share it with our fellow Fernites! Colleen How are you doing in the most recent Deluge? I've set my kids to ark building.......

Previous Appearances – August 9, 2009

This wonderful indie bookstore has offered to host a West Coast HenCam Party! I can’t wait to meet you! Let’s make this a summer gathering of West Coast chicken fans! The local farmers market will be in full swing nearby. I’ll have cookies for guests. It’ll be a wonderful way to spend the morning in LA. Email me i if you’re coming so I can plan ahead and bring enough sweets....

New Chicks – HenBlog – Wednesday, April 27, 2011

miss the babies size. They are so active and cute! Tammie Do you have info. about how to install a cam on your website? Terry Golson One of these FAQS (http://www.hencam.com/henblog/faq/)is all about the cams. Expensive and complicated! (why we finally broke down and put google ads on the chick cam.) But, if you've got a nerd in the house, you can do it. Wendy and there'll be more arriving in your honour on 13th May care of Babbs the psychotic broody.... so there's no escape! Janet K Terry, How CUTE ! Wish the web cam were zoomed out a...

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

tips! Wendy OK I really need some of these badly; how on earth do the Japanese come up with these fabulous things? What other shapes are there? Jean Your hearts are brilliant. Love the idea for deviled eggs. Thanks for the idea. Chris Those are awesome! I had no idea that you could shape hard-boiled eggs like that, but now i can't wait to try! :D Suzanne So cute! Did you invent the heart-shape method? Terry Golson I didn't invent the heart method. It's been out there for a long time. I've also seen directions for making cubes and triangles....

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

photos to their Flickr account. Just a quick search brings up some great chicken photos. http://www.flickr.com/search/?ss=2&w=24029425%40N06&q=chickens&m=text Tracy Byers I like both ideas- but it usually takes me a couple of years before I can part with the postcards...so I think a book would win out! What a great idea! Susie Here's a couple of cute ones. I actually have this postcard of the boy with a pipe. A different time... and seems like the chickens were huge! http://enjoytherandom.com/tag/rooster/ Veda I would like both also. Can't wait to see what you do. Dee Fox The gift book, can't wait! laura h...

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

future brings. Again thank you Sharon O. Happy New Year, Terry! Wishing you all the best in the new year. I love your pictures of the goats, rabbit, dogs, fish, you occasionally and chickens. My 5 hens are finally laying again after a six week broody/molt break. I have a video on you tube, organic chickens. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15ZvvJjnF7A Marie Happy New Year Terry & family. I'm thankful that I found your blog this year, it made my year more interesting and enjoyable. Thank you to you and your animals, I especially love Candy! David and Wendy Scott Happy New Year to...

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

...to come out for corn. I chased. I lured. I grabbed. Finally, all seven were back in their run, safe and sound. Lily has done this before. I don’t know whether she can hear the hawk (she has amazing hearing and alerts to my car coming home when I’m a quarter of a mile away) or whether she was looking out the window and saw the hawk. I do know that in the past I’ve seen her chase hawks out of the sky, but ignore other flying birds, and airplanes. She’s not just going after movement or shadows. She knows...

Another Sign of Spring – HenBlog – Tuesday, February 9, 2010

out of storage. Meanwhile, I noticed that Caper had a slight limp. I think that he bruised a hoof. Possibly a pebble got stuck between his toes. In any event, it was time to clip his hooves. I have a pair of shears especially designed for this job. They work great for trimming the overgrown nails. Too bad my back is not made for the job. While Steve acted as a human stanchion and fed sweet feed, I bent over and clipped. I think we need to build a stand. For now, I’m going to take a couple of ibuprofen....

In the News

train chickens using a clicker and target stick, and how dog owners can use the same technique on their pets. The episode is titled “The Castle Goes to the Dogs.” In April, 2010, Coco and I appeared on MARTHA – Martha Stewart’s television show. Martha devoted an entire hour to backyard chickens. A clip from the HenCam was aired, Tillie Lays an Egg was looked at, and I told Martha how I train my chickens to pose for the camera.   I have also appeared on Vicki Croke’s NECN show The Secret Life of Animals, and on local television shows....

Warhol Goats – The HenCam Store

When the GoatCam went bonkers it created this pop (or should we say Pip) art! This image is perfect for a playful T-shirt or fun mug. $15.95 and up Buy from Zazzle...

Old Home Day – HenBlog – Monday, June 30, 2008

5,000 people, about 100 donate cakes for this. Doesn’t that just make you smile? This year my 10-year old son entered the Soap Box Derby for the first time. He and his Dad made a cart out of wheels and things left at our “transfer station” (glorified dump.) For this event, a road is closed off and the police get out their radar gun to gauge the speed of the carts. The police love Old Home Day. Old Home Day is one of the reasons why this town doesn’t feel like a normal suburb. It really is a small community....

Grass-fed Beef – HenBlog – Friday, October 26, 2007

Farmers who are raising animals on pasture face numerous challenges, not the least of which is how to distinguish their product in the marketplace. The USDA is working on standardizing terms for “grass-fed” and “pastured” for poultry and beef. Unfortunately, it appears that the big players have already co-opted those terms, making them useless for the farmers who are committed to raising their animals on grass, outside, from birth to death (or, as it is euphemistically called, “harvest.”) Much of the “grass-fed” beef (and bison) comes from animals that were on pasture for only a few months, and then finished...

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

...Harmless here but look so horrible. I always check your posts about three back for new comments, then stop looking when no more are added. Do you do the same or do you have something that lets you know when a new one is added? Terry Golson Am not fond of spiders, either. Except in Charlotte's Web. Terry Golson I get a private feed of every comment. I read every one! Carol Calwell I love that your blog feels so interactive. I read every comment too. I really enjoy feeling a part of it and I don't even have chicken's!...

Fried Food – HenBlog – Monday, October 22, 2007

I’m back from a conference in Dallas, with experiences enough to fill several blogs. Today’s blog will be about the food at the Texas State Fair, where the corn dog has been elevated to an art and where vendors vie to create the next best fried food. I was so overwhelmed by the fried food choices that I made a list. Here is a partial recap: fried banana, fried pork chop on a stick, fried cheese, fried chicken, fried candy, fried peach cobbler, fried Coke, fried latte, fried cheesecake, fried ribs, and fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I confess...

The Pleasure of Their Company – HenBlog – Tuesday, July 11, 2006

horses. I’ve been around animals all of my life. And I can tell you that hens provide a different sort of companionship than these other wonderful creatures. They are silly and comforting. What a delightful combination. Even if you have a small yard, you too can have these mental health boosters in your life. Forget the “chicken in every pot.” I say, let’s have three chickens in every yard! Can’t get enough of chicken things? I’ve got a new listing on my Chicken Keeping Resources page. Chicken Artists. Fine art that features chickens. Would love to list more. Email me!...

Meet Me In Austin! – HenBlog – Tuesday, March 5, 2013

My Über-talented friend, Lauren Scheuer, did the art for the Austin Funky Chicken Coop Tour, and was invited to be part of the festivities. She’s going, and I’m tagging along! We know that we have HenCam and Scratch and Peck fans in the Lone Star State, and we’re hoping that some of you live near enough to Austin so that we can meet in person. To that end, Lauren and I will be at the Driskill Bar on Friday night, at 5:30 pm, and we’d like to see you there! Yes, we know it’s a fancy place, but, we’re tourists!...

Tillie's Travels – HenBlog – Wednesday, December 16, 2009

...the children (and teachers!) pet her. At the end of the program I asked the children to come up with their own Tillie story. Will she go to a fair and ride a ferris wheel? Go to the library and lay her egg on the books? Yesterday I got a big manila envelope in the mail. This is the holiday gift-giving season, and that packet was just about the best gift that I could get. Here is one of my favorites, captioned “Tillie laid her egg in the water.” Would you like Tillie and me to visit your school? Email....

What the Animals Said – HenBlog – Friday, December 25, 2009

heard Christmas Eve: Pip said, Come and snuggle. Caper asked, Did you bring food? The chickens murmured, we don’t wake up for anything. Candy hopped around in the snow and said, where are the chickens? Lily came outside and said, I’ll watch for aliens. They come out even on Christmas. Scooter didn’t want to wake up. He squeezed his eyes shut and said, love and started snoring again. It’s what I hear them say every night. I suppose it’s Christmas Eve year round here. All the best to you and yours — from all of us at Little Pond Farm....

K is for Khaki Campbell – The Vintage Hen – Monday, December 29, 2014

I have several friends who keep ducks, and the ducks that they love, love, love, are these.   People who keep these ducks go on and on about the antics and delightful personalities of these birds. Personally, if I’m at a holiday party, I’d much rather hear duck stories than political discourse. If you have ducks, please leave a comment, the more involved the story, the better! We could all use a bit of fun distraction in this lull between Christmas and New Years....

Thank You – The Vintage Hen – Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Veteran’s Day has come and gone, but not the respect and appreciation that we have for the people who have been in our military. The holiday began to honor the many, many souls who fought in World War I. Here is a photo from that era: Daisey [sic] Parsons, nine years old, trick riding for troops and others in Cheyenne, Wyoming....

Postcard Book Special Offer – The Vintage Hen – Friday, November 29, 2013

Here in the United States, the day following Thanksgiving has become known as Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year. This turkey’s attitude pretty much sums up how I feel about going shopping at the mall with the crowds this long weekend.   Photograph from VINTAGE FARM ANIMAL PHOTOGRAPHS: 30 POSTCARDS Although I can’t bear the thought of stepping foot into a big box store anytime this long weekend, I do like a bargain. You probably do, too. And so, I am having my own After Thanksgiving Holiday Sale here at HenCam. Purchase two or more vintage animal...

We Are Okay – HenBlog – Tuesday, April 16, 2013

is wonderful that so many are safe, my heart breaks for the man who lost his 8 year old son and whose wife and daughter are seriously injured. His whole life has been set on its head in an instant. And the many who have lost limbs who will take such a long time to recover. I am enormously grateful for the doctors, nurses and therapists who are helping them all through. jane brewin Heartfelt sympathy to all the Boston marathon victims and their families - from Melbourne, Australia. Love the pic of the sweet little bird - so poignant...

Free Skype Visit – HenBlog – Monday, January 16, 2012

There are so many (some would say too many) special days. This March there is a holiday each day, including Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day, National Anthem Day and Dentist’s Day. Not that I don’t love peanut butter or appreciate my dentist, but there’s only one day that I feel strongly about – and that’s LitWorld’s World Read Aloud Day to celebrate books, reading and the right to write. Put it in your calendar. March 7, 2012. Author Kate Messner is organizing children’s book authors to do Skype visits to classrooms. Check out her website to see the list of participating...

Family Trees – HenBlog – Wednesday, December 8, 2010

thrilled to pieces that Susan Meddaugh, the author, was there to sign books! I was star struck! We chatted about how important it is to have our characters be true to the nature of the animals that they are. When the Martha books became a PBS series, Susan insisted that Martha still be dog – which means no flying or other superpowers. Susan really does know dogs, and it comes through in her writing. (BTW, note the necklace I’m wearing – it’s a 1950’s lucite chicken with green rhinestone eyes. I love that my job lets me get away with...

Tillie IN a Tree – HenBlog – Thursday, December 2, 2010

Every year the Concord Museum selects over thirty children’s books, both classic and recent. A volunteer decorator is matched to each book and the fun begins. Ornaments are crafted and clever details designed. In December, trees are set up throughout the museum, amidst 18th century highboys and the lantern made famous from “one if by land, two if by sea.” The decorators decorate. Charming, whimsical, funny, poignant. It’s all there on these trees. If you love Christmas trees, childrens’ books, history, or crafts, you have to visit. If you want a charming and whimsical holiday tradition (not crass and commercial)...

Tillie News – HenBlog – Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Tillie Lays an Egg has been getting great reviews! My book got a starred review in Publishers Weekly, and raves in Kirkus and School Library Journal. It looks like people are having as much fun reading it as I had making it. Your local bookseller can order a 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...

Chicken Presents – HenBlog – Sunday, December 23, 2007

A very merry Christmas to all of my Hencam friends who celebrate the holiday! On Christmas Eve I am giving the girls a special wreath made out of kale and apples – food being the one thing that I know they have all asked Santa for (well, in all honesty, that’s just about all they ever ask for.) If you watch Hencam tomorrow, you’ll see their present. I took a wild bird suet feeder, filled it with apples, and circled it with kale and parsley. If you catch Hencam a little later in the week (or, probably an hour after...

My Thanksgiving Tradition – HenBlog – Wednesday, November 28, 2007

about the formal meal. We’ve gone away to inns and been the “orphan” family at friends, but it just didn’t satisfy my craving for a food and family filled house. So, I created my own Thanksgiving tradition – The Sunday after Thanksgiving Pie Party. When everyone else is done with their family dramas and travels and don’t want to eat another bite of turkey, they come here and eat pie. There’s always room for pie. I love making pie, and for this party I make many, many pies. Everything but pumpkin. This year I made: Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie, Raspberry...

Bell Pepper Tart With Eggs – HenBlog – Tuesday, February 12, 2013

golden and fragrant. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside. 2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. 3. Use the best quality puff pastry that you can find. Trader Joe’s carries it, but only during the winter holidays. Look for these ingredients – it shouldn’t have any fat other than butter! Puff pastry looks fancy and intimidating, but it’s the easiest product to work with! Depending on the brand, you might have to roll it out a bit, but it starts out in the right shape, it just requires flattening a bit. Place the pastry on a baking sheet...

The Flocks Meet – HenBlog – Tuesday, March 15, 2011

to each other! They've free-ranged together for years. Lulu is a crazy bird and Maizie is downright mean. No one else tussles. Ridiculous, really. Kit- Maizie isn't acting like a rooster. This is totally different aggression. It's dominance, pure and simple. In a normal situation, the chickens peck each other a bit, figure out who's boss, and that's that. Maizie doesn't stop. Combine that with crazy, huffy Lulu, and it's a bad combination! I'll be letting them near each other again, but this time, feeding treats. Whoever gets rude won't get to eat. That, and picking up the aggressor, helps....

What To Do About A Broody – HenBlog – Monday, April 9, 2012

Topaz, the Buff Orpington pullet, is broody. That means that she is huffed up in the most coveted nesting box, growling at anyone who comes near. There are no eggs, let alone fertile eggs, under her. She doesn’t care. Her hormones have taken over and she is determined to stay put. She could be like this for weeks. If you dare to extricate her from the box, she becomes a gigantic angry ball of bristling feathers. Topaz is in the prime of her egg-laying and yet she isn’t leaving a one. Every morning she exits the nest box to deposit...

Accolades for Tillie! – HenBlog – Friday, March 19, 2010

box and hasn't been out since...She is thinking "Too many kids"! Can't say I blamed her. The questions this year were... "Does Pepper have a husband"? "Why does she want to be a mother?" (I have often wondered this about myself) "Doesn't she know she is sitting on a pink egg?" "Does she ever take a bath?" This is the only yesr I didn't get the ...."How does the egg become a baby chicken?" question! Terry Golson I've never gotten those questions! But I always start my school visits with a bit about how chickens take dust baths, not soap...

Waiting… – HenBlog – Thursday, January 14, 2010

If you’ve watched my goats at all you know that they love to eat. All the time. That means that they also poop all the time. (Goat people call these pellets “nanny berries.”) The goats even poop while eating. Yesterday I had planned to take a fecal sample to the vet to have it checked for worms. It’s important to keep a goat’s intestinal tract parasite-free. Some people worm their goats on a regular basis. Since different drugs kill different species, they switch between products. It’s rather hit-or-miss but effective enough on an annual basis. Pip and Caper arrived here...

Coco Joins the Flock – HenBlog – Tuesday, November 11, 2008

...all of the hens into the yard and put Coco into the big barn’s fenced run. Alma got a glimmer in her eye, ran over and chest-banged the fence. Coco half-heartedly flapped back. Alma never settled. She did not want this newcomer in her space. The Barred Rocks also came over, fluffed up and challenged Coco. One pecked at Coco’s comb through the fence and drew blood. The big girls paced and did not relax their assertive stance. I knew from this that Coco would never be safe if I put her into the big barn to live (which had...

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

David and Wendy Scott, longtime HenBlog readers are the 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...

Meet Misty – HenBlog – Thursday, June 6, 2013

Elizabeth Anne (TX) A sleek beauty. Kit It seems Misty takes more after her namesake's mother Phantom who could never be tamed and eventually returned to Assateague Island. Terry have you ever thought of going to Maryland one July and seeing the Pony Penning day ? I know I have always wanted to go. Kit Oops meant VA. Bobbie Great photo essay! It looks like Owly is talking to you in the first picture! Thank you again for sharing your stories and photographs! Judy I don't know Terry...a Blue Andalusian was a part of my flock when I was a...

Goat Mischief – HenBlog – Monday, January 31, 2011

sure that the door was hooked securely. See that cute goat far below? Poor baby. I let Steve know that he’d let the helpless goats suffer. He said, “You know, this happened yesterday, too. Once it’s my fault, but twice? Someone has learned to open the latch.” He went out to fix the situation. Caper helped. Notice that snow bank? Perfect for climbing…. This morning I found the twine untied. Steve will be back out with wire to replace it. What did I learn? That if you are a goat maid, the word obviously has no place in your vocabulary....

Nothing Goes To Waste – HenBlog – Wednesday, December 12, 2012

joy when they see me coming w/ that little plastic tub. Helen I jump for joy at the thought of you putting veggies in your bowl, and then in the compost pail. Candy's holding out for a jujube. Terry Golson I'm too lazy to separate out the stuff they like and the stuff they don't. That's one reason why I have the compost pile in the chicken run. (Check my FAQs for a post about that and pics.) Even so, they recognize that metal bucket! Terry Golson My Nespresso machine. LOVE. I once saw Lulu swallow a baby garter snake....

Will Opal Ever Molt? – HenBlog – Thursday, November 21, 2013

...or Pearl then they would probably scream blood murder and run off. Jen from Va I saw on a Martha Stewart clip that she had a featherless chicken. It froze in winter. I was wondering Terry if you do anything to keep the girls warm, while molting, in cold weather? I have a small coop with adequate ventilation. I hope it's enough to keep them from freezing during a molt. Any responses from you would be appreciated. Terry Golson No heat needed. As long as they have a dry and draft-free coop, your hens will be fine. Jen from Va...

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

lot of frisky energy to the whole garden that has never been there before, most especially in winter. I've been studying feng shui, the Chinese art of placement, and it turns out the chickens are in the 'Wealth/Prosperity/Blessings' corner of our property. Guess what -- my whole life has been completely overturned (for the better) -- since they arrived. And that has jumpstarted a complete renovation of the whole yard. Helpful People & Travel is starting to show signs of action too. Winter is such a good time for noticing and planning. Love the goat action. I don't think the...

Home-grown Fireworks – HenBlog – Sunday, July 3, 2011

connie A most perfect work of art! Denise Very nice photo, Terry. Yes, who needs fireworks when we have natural explosions of color and beauty? Jean Best kind -- quiet..... Paulette Certainly the best kind, especially here in New Mexico where fires are burning out of control, and we wake up to smoke every morning. Georgene from Florida Terry, your fireworks last much longer and can be enjoyed for days ! Terry Golson I've been following your fires - so worried about NM! Stay safe. Terry Golson Thanks for the nice comments! Actually, I love real fireworks, too. I think...

Chicken Christmas Card – The Vintage Hen – Friday, December 14, 2012

...are hilarious. Bobbie This post brought back memories!. Harvest Gold and Avocado Green, the colors of Corelle back in the day! My mom had those colors in the kitchen in the 70's. When I returned home to Utah in the late 80's I helped change all walls back to a neutral white, carpet and flooring to earthtone colors throughout the house. When we were looking through the old photos after my mom passed away we had to laugh and cringe! There was a wall hanging of a rooster made with various beans glued on a canvas or piece of wood,...

Valentine Greetings – HenBlog – Monday, February 13, 2012

Marie They are adorable! Thank you,and happy Valentines Day to you! Robin I love vintage cards! Now, most of them are the "cartoon" of the day and not very original. That 3rd one of yours-a little sinister-love me back or I'm locking you up !!Happy Valentine's !! David & Wendy Scott We have to hope and think that all cards are works of art in time and thoughts no matter how or whom they were sent. Thanks for sharing these precious examples of vintage cards. Happy Valentines Day to you and your "mailbox" surprises. Ken Thanks again for the trip...

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

...Renshaw Is Candy losing control ? The chickens seem to be getting into her cage lately. joyce Terry Golson She has mellowed out. I almost think that she likes their company. Paulette in New Mexico Reminds me of the family portraits one sees in old manner houses. It really has a regal bearing. Julie What a wonderful work of art, Agatha looks very regal . I have to inquire is anyone's peak out of joint? Greetings, Julie. Sheri I like the painting of Agatha. It compliments the warm golden toned wall. Jennifer's talent is evident by the way she has...

Sweet – The Vintage Hen – Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tanya K. Very sweet. Wendy Scott In my opinion, the most precious part of the hen, the fluffy chicken butt. Darling depiction in old time art. Terry Golson As long as they're fluffy! I'm so relieved to see that both Onxy and Jasper are no longer bare. Now for them to grow long feathers back....

Previous Appearances – December 3, 2010

This is the 15th year that the Concord Museum has held this event, and I’m honored that Tillie Lays an Egg has been selected to inspire one of the decorated trees. I’ll be at the museum—sitting by my tree—on December 4. However, the display runs from December 3 through January 2 and it’s worth visiting even if I’m not there! Go to the museum’s web site to find out more about this holiday tradition....

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

...love the term "chook" and wish we used it here. Maybe I could start a trend?) What breeds are you getting? Bonnie Jo I hope she has a speedy recovery. Now that Spring is here, she should be outside digging and scratching! A hearty appetite is certainly a good sign. (My little Meg never got her appetite back once she got sick.) Eggers is so lucky to have you! Nancy K. What a smart chicken! She sure seems to know what she wants/needs. I hope she's feeling better soon... Sharon Agreed! It gives us newbies so much good info!! Thanks!...