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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...

Handling and Storing Eggs – Recipes

...on the kitchen counter for a week or longer, it’s best to store them in the refrigerator. A day at room temperature equals about four days in the fridge. But, a day on the counter is still better than what happens at the huge egg processing plants. After being washed in a hot bath, the eggs are about 100 degrees F when packed into cartons. According to an industry researcher, Thirty dozen eggs are then packed in a case, and 30 cases are stacked onto pallets and placed in refrigerated coolers. The eggs in the middle of the pallet can...

The Spa Treatment – FAQ – Health and Behavior

...that can be fixed, or if there is a terminal ailment. For example, Agnes recovered nicely after her spa treatment for about ten days, but then went back into decline. Her necropsy showed that she died of ovarian cancer. But Buffy, who received the Spa Treatment because she ingested too much vetch, a pasture plant which is toxic in large doses, recovered fully. Another time, Buffy’s comb turned dark and she became listless, again, she recovered fully. The Spa Treatment can’t hurt, and I’ve never known a hen who didn’t enjoy it; it just might save your hen. The first...

Treating Respiratory Diseases in Chickens – FAQ – Health and Behavior

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

Chick Care – FAQ – Health and Behavior

...bedded brooder, don’t have access to what their gizzards need to function properly. That’s why they need you to provide grit. You can buy a bag of grit at the feed store or online. Basically, it’s ground up granite. Chick grit is finer than chicken grit. It might seem crazy to spend $10 on a bag of pebbles, but it is essential to the health of your new flock. This is not a new idea. I have a catalog from 1919 that offers bags of chick grit for sale. Give the chicks a couple of days to eat their crumbles...

The Chicken Medicine Cabinet – FAQ – Health and Behavior

...trim some feathers, or cut a piece of duct tape. I also keep a pair of sturdy gloves within reach. Almost everything else in my coop emergency medicine cabinet fits in this case. I keep it in the barn. Rubbing alcohol, gauze, and vaseline have a multitude of uses. Disposable gloves not only protect you from handling gross stuff, but they help to prevent the spread of germs. Duct tape is essential! Among the many uses, I’ve made it into hats to protect pecked-on heads, and fashioned sturdy band-aids out of it to cover wounds. Two other essentials are blu-kote...

Little Barn Coop Plans – FAQ – Housing

...salvaged windows. On one side is a 100+ year-old round window, framed by climbing hydrangea and roses. There are also two Queen Anne-style windows on hinges that let east, morning sunlight into the coop. This, too, is on a slab. I like how easy the concrete floor is to clean, and that it makes it harder for predators and vermin to get in and for parasites to lurk. Both barns have chicken pens fenced with wire. It’s installed a half-foot below the ground level to deter predators (and also to keep our burrowing bunny from tunneling out.) Hawk netting covers...

Sweet Bell Pepper Tart With Eggs – Recipes

...It’s similar to creme fraiche, which is a rich sour cream-like product. Either work here. This recipe is topped with eggs from my hens. This is an indulgence worth eating! Sweet Bell Pepper Tarts with Eggs 1 sheet (8 ounces) puff pastry, defrosted 1 or 2 sweet bell peppers, thinly sliced 1 shallot, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon olive oil kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese (or creme fraiche) 2 eggs 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese plus extra for dusting 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley 1. Sauté the bell peppers and shallots in the olive oil until...

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/...

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

...had seen that body language before, and he walked away. He stood quietly for about 5 minutes and I started to worry. Was he so fearful of Maggie that he wasn’t eating? But then at the seven minute mark, he calmly walked over to the net that she had left. She didn’t even flick an ear in his direction. She didn’t move him away from the net. All was peaceful. They ate. And ate. After 50 minutes, Tonka moved off and stood in the shade. He was done eating. A third of his hay ration remained in the net. Maggie...

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

...x Araucanas. But then again maybe not.... Last week Miss Jane Bennet sadly passed away from egg peritonitis and I miss her. Other flock members were: Miss Elizabeth Bennet (murdered by a fox) and Miss Lydia Bennet and Miss Charlotte Lucas (murdered by a neighbour's dog). It is hard keeping chickens sometimes but I do so value your blog and it is my first port of call whenever I need advice. Thank you! Alec Terry, think about giving the T-shirt to Jane Blumberg in Concord. She's written and is staging a full-length musical, called Chicken Man, about an old chicken...

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...

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.)...

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...

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

...Alan Bates...it is a hoot. And the best book for pure amusement while recovering from surgery (or any other trauma) is Aunts Up The Cross by Robin Dalton, a tale of Dalton's eccentric Australian family in the 1930s. It is somewhat hard to find but absolutely worth the effort...maybe the Boston Public Library? I also agree with Jonquil about Midsommer Murders. I started with #1 from Netflix, a few years ago, and went through everything they had, until I discovered that the last few series (16 & 17) could be purchased from Acorn before NetFlix had them available. I found...

Chicken Necropsies – HenBlog – Monday, August 12, 2013

healthy cockerels. So, the workshop taught me the basics, but after doing my first necropsy on a hen from my own flock, it was obvious that a healthy rooster is nothing like an aged laying hen. I looked for necropsy tutorials. Cornell Veterinary School has put a 4-hour video online. I watched that. State extension services have basic information online, like this fact sheet from Ohio State. I found papers about specific diseases, like this one on kidney damage in commercial layers. I looked through my collection of poultry books. The most useful illustrations were found in the older books,...

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...

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...

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...

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

...hens. No doubt some would have died if I had not dosed them with this antibiotic in the tetracycline family. The first challenge is knowing how much to mix in water. The label recommends 200 to 400 mg per gallon of water. That wide range is not explained on the package or on the drug company’s website. And, most people don’t have mg measurers. I have a digital scale and calculated that 1/8 teaspoon per 16 fl. ounces (2 cups) is about right. That’s 1 teaspoon per gallon. Not much. After 24 hours, the Duramycin loses it’s efficacy. Every day...

More Snow. – HenBlog – Monday, February 16, 2015

...If that 'is' why, I wish I'd put it in the year before! Helen We have a generator (built-in, natural gas) after being without electricity for about four days a few winters ago. We bought a snowblower at the same time. The thing about the snowblower is that it spreads the snow around so that with each snow the canyons aren't that much deeper. That is, no deeper than the 22" plus 5" plus 9" plus 20" of actual snowfall so far. I shovel the front walk and it's really tough to lift the snow over the previous piles. My...

Garden Harvest – HenBlog – Tuesday, July 19, 2011

...a farm. I just have a backyard! Trish Terry, Hoping you'll consider more info on the danger of heat. A chicken can die more quickly in the heat than in the cold but I get dozens of questions about the cold and zero about the heat. At the county fair 2 birds died despite fans and ample water. The heat index was 100. PS, 4H club did great at fair and my daughter won showmanship at the Michigan State Goat Show with her Alpine :) Terry Golson Hi Trish- Heat is a killer! I have a FAQ but warnings about...

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

Natalie, the Chickenblogger You've got good "this and that." Happy springing, Terry! Kit Just ordered the tote bag...too adorable! Best of luck with all your "this and that"...you sure sound busy. shelley rodgers I adore deviled eggs. I've been known to trample perfectly wonderful little old ladies on my way to the buffet table. In light of the news that you are going to be providing deviled eggs for the library staff's luncheon, I would like to bring your attention to the following ideas. They sure brought a giggle to my face. :-) They are all from https://www.facebook.com/HolidayCentral https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/601431_450002661739546_1817460855_n.jpg (my...

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

...top of the chicken area my friend had placed netting to keep out flying predators. However, she had not counted on the smarts of a red-tailed hawk. She finally saw it happen one day, and it was jaw dropping. A hawk swept down out of the trees and landed on a tall post that held up part of the netting. In amazement she watched as the hawk lifted the netting with its head, and neatly floated almost straight down into the pen, and then it WALKED up to a chicken, and killed it. Apparently chickens do not see a walking...

The Flat Broody – HenBlog – Monday, June 29, 2015

...which she does when it's wet out. Kim Perkins Just last week I had five broody hens who had been broody for over a month! I had to take a hard approach and lock them out in the outdoor run(which is predator proof) for 4 days and nights. Thankfully it worked and everyone is back to normal! Shelly Nope, not a bantam. This gal breaks all the rules! I wish I could say this heat will break soon, but it will probably be September before we see daytime highs below 100 again. Ugh. Christine O. I wish I had a...

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...

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...

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

...all. Their door is frozen shut and there’s no way to shovel the two feet of solid snow (what I imagine igloo walls are made from) on the other side. These indoor days are part of winter in New England and I planned for them when designing the coops. A priority was to have windows. Sunlight is an essential element to keeping your chickens healthy, happy and laying. A hundred years ago it was understood that coops needed to be as light as possible. The book Productive Poultry Husbandry, published in 1913, has this to say, “Sunlight should penetrate every...

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

Donna Brunson www.dogblessyou.com has a link for donations. Ken Thank you Terry!! I will personally vouch for HSM. This org. steps up time and time again in situations like this. I personally believe they are one of the best Humane Society's in the country. An FYI, the laws have been changed and people cannot be turned away from shelter's because they have a pet, however reality is that it's impractical and the facilities and the keeping of family pets who want them back help humans in ways that can't be measured. Terry Golson I checked them out the best 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...

Backyard Eggs Are Safer – HenBlog – Wednesday, August 15, 2012

...supermarket look clean, perfect and hygienic. Looks are deceiving. I read poultry industry newsletters. They’re eye-opening. One researcher, who is marketing a new system for cooling eggs, had this to say, Traditionally, eggs are at more than 100 degrees when placed into a carton. (Eggs are put through a hot disinfectant bath before packing.)Thirty dozen eggs are then packed in a case, and 30 cases are stacked onto pallets and placed in refrigerated coolers. The eggs in the middle of the pallet can take up to 142 hours – nearly six days – to cool to 45 degrees. He went...

Sick Hens – HenBlog – Monday, July 8, 2013

...I dosed her with a syringe. I have directions and a YouTube video of how to do this here. I had some Terramycin eye ointment leftover from an injury to Scooter’s eye. I’ve kept it in the fridge, and although it’s well past expiration date, it is still useful. (You can buy this online, but there’s currently a shortage.) I squeezed a bit into Ruby’s crusty eye. Within two hours, Ruby’s eye was looking better, I could see that this wasn’t an injury, but rather that I had a respiratory infection to treat. I’ve seen this here before. Hens have...

Animal Update – HenBlog – Monday, May 30, 2011

...brink. Thank goodness for drugs. Unfortunately, the drug that used to be prescribed, and was highly effective, Baytril, is now prohibited for poultry. Why? Because those factory farmers fed it to their chickens to get increased production. They got that, plus antibiotic-reistant bacteria that was passed along to consumers, which is a huge health threat to humans. Anyway… Luckily, there’s a vet nearby who dispenses drugs for poultry. She provided doxycycline in pill form for the two sickest birds, Maizie and Siouxsie, and Tylan to put in the drinking water for the rest of the hens. Because Candy often drinks...

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

...Daniel Terry Golson Daniel- I've got a video of how to give a chicken a bath on my youtube channel. http://www.youtube.com/user/thehencam Terry Golson Oh, yes, they're quite ticked off to be kept in. Terry Golson I might prefer a hurricane to temps over 100! Thanks for your positive thoughts. Donna has sent me hers. Terry Golson I think that people with temperature sensitive animals in aquariums have huge worries! Hope you and your critters stay safe. Magic Cochin Hi Terry - looks like you haven't been blown away by Irene. I've just seen you skipping about in the mud in...

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...

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

...I recently had a vet read me the riot act for administering epsom salts internally, saying it was "too much magnesium" for their systems, even at the dosage you describe above. Not sure if it was a case of "I've got a degree and all you've got is the internet" or if this is a legit concern. Ever had a vet weigh in on this? In any case, glad your girl has improved! Terry Golson I don't have a vet locally that knows chickens. The dosage that I recommend is one I've seen repeated from reputable sources. It's worked for...

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...

Wormer Warning – HenBlog – Friday, May 16, 2014

...They look nasty and gross us out, but it’s a fact of life. Good animal husbandry accepts that they’ll be there, understands the life cycle of these pests, and manages housing and environment to minimize the load. We keep an eye on things. We make adjustments for weather, and the health and age of our animals. When parasites negatively affect our animals (lack of thrift, decrease in production, discomfort), we do something. In twenty years of chicken keeping, I’ve done a lot, but I’ve never administered drugs. Guessing what is wrong with one’s flock is rampant, and on-line forums fuel...

Egg Record Chart – HenBlog – Monday, January 2, 2012

...the PDF, I love old-time ephemera! Is it too shameless to mention Eggzy.net here? We're a website with tools that help flock owners do just what your talking about in this article, tracking inputs and outputs, see: http://www.eggzy.net/flockowners. Thanks! Terry Golson Shameless, but I'll let it through :) I don't let people post just for self-promotion, but gosh, you mentioned me in your blog and said what I wrote was "poetic" - thanks! Mayapan Thanks Terry, and happy 2012! travelaine Thanks so much for the egg chart! I am pretty excited about tracking what my 7 girls produce. Saying "hey,...

Goat Beard Trim – HenBlog – Wednesday, February 13, 2013

...There is always the very popular New Zealand white rabbit or Californians that is all white with brown ears, feet and nose. For big rabbits you could get a Flemish Giant, they can easily over 20 pounds. Then their are Rex rabbits. Here is a website that shows pictures of all the rabbit breeds recognized in the USA and clicking on the pictures will lead to you the club of breeders that are breeding them. Look at that one called a Belgian Hare, he almost looks a greyhound version of a rabbit. https://www.arba.net/breeds.htm Their is also a picture that looks...

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...

Jungle Fowl at the Museum – The Vintage Hen – Thursday, August 9, 2012

...is the perfect museum-going experience. We wandered into another gallery, an old, high-ceiling room with ship figureheads mounted onto the walls. There were also display cases that held what appeared to be Victorian-era items of curiosity. There was this taxidermied bird: The label (quite high-tech on a computer screen) stated that this was a jungle fowl, captured by a Captain Wheatland in 1846, and that (although disputed) this very rooster was the progenitor of the Rhode Island Red. Here are my RIRs, Ruby and Garnet. See a resemblance? You never know what you’ll come across when you visit a museum....

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

...are clucking out the back door :) Terry Golson As long as you mention it by name, that's the recipe that I'm referring to. Sue Aha! I, too, was admiring what I assumed was a Marans egg; that's what my Black Marans' eggs look like. My Welsummer lays medium brown eggs with very teeny speckles all over. Michele b My welsummer lays the same speckled egg. Looks like paint splattered on it. Sue I read an article online the other day about what I think was the fine-tuning of that recipe. Someone made a LOT of batches of scrambled eggs,...

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...

A Heat Treat – HenBlog – Tuesday, July 17, 2012

...hens into the basement otherwise I think your and the hens efforts are basically fruitless. I hate wishing my life away but I can't wait for Sept. to get here, I am OVER this heat. 24 days and counting with temps over 90 degress and about half of that in the 100's, 100' today and tomorrow and most of next week looks like temps in the 100's. Terry Golson Ken, of course you're right. It's too hot to hatch! Too hot for anything. We have, thankfully had a break and temps were down 20 degrees this morning. Empress Candy was...

Digging Dandelions – HenBlog – Wednesday, April 18, 2012

...have a tool we call the "weed popper" and you can use it while standing up! They're a bit tricky to find, but if you look in enough hardware/yard tool stores I'm sure you could find one. There's also a similar tool called the "Weed hound" but we've never used it. Anyways, I found a link online that has a picture of the "weed popper" tool. Hope I've helped :-) http://www.hardwareandtools.com/Alterra-Tools-897023770368-Green-Thumb-40-Inch-Weed-Popper-u107849.html Joyce I make dandelion wine using my Mom's recipe and eat the greens like my Gram taught me. The wine is never the same from year to year, some...

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

...you and your family do manage to get away for a few days after everything's returned to normal. Thank goodness it started before you left, as it doesn't bear thinking about... I'm struggling at the moment with mites in one of my hen houses. It's the first time I've had such an infestation, so I've been very grateful for your FAQs along with other online blogs, plus a friend who had them time and time again a few years ago until she ordered a big tub of DE plus Creosote, both of which she has given me today. I think...

Coop Ventilation – HenBlog – Friday, May 23, 2014

...(according to my dad approx. 100 -150 them) did just fine. I leave one of my two south facing windows open 99% of the time all year long. The only time I close it is if a strong winter storm is approaching with lots of wind. Cases of frost bite are rare. Like Terry said it's the brutal heat and humidity in July and August that are hardest on chickens. I've never lost a chicken to the cold but can almost always count on at least one (usually an older hen 3+) dying if the heat stays at 100 or...

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

Gigi Dr. Doolittle! jonathan Is that really a Siamese twin chickens? Laura Your push-me-pull-you photo is much less common than the standard headless chicken photo (when you catch them preening feathers under their wings). Very nice. Regarding books, there's Pippy Longstocking too. Terry Golson It's the two Marans! Terry Golson I know that legions of children loved Pippi. I never could get past the first chapter. Marcia Matthysse OMG!!! I remember that book!!! I don't remember the story well, but the Pushmi-Pullyu was an important part of my childhood memories. I don't know what ever happened to my copy of...

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

...space. Im going over to amazon now to look up her other books. Susan Would love to receive the book! We will be getting a new group of Orpington chicks in various colors in the next couple of weeks. Our Orps have been laying diligently all winter. It's a wonderful breed (have to admit that it's the only breed I've ever raised)! santeebunnyshelter Terry here is a great reason to get a large bunny: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2279181/Burglar-scared-away-family-home-giant-pet-rabbit-started-thumping-foot-cage-floor.html. :) Emily Yes, I'm getting more chicks soon! Plus, I'll be hatching scads of ducklings and even more chicks, too. Sherri I just started my...

Why Not to Keep Roosters – HenBlog – Thursday, August 14, 2014

...about it buster. He had to go. He totally disrupted the girl's serenity. Karen Robinson Early on, I ended up with boys because I got fertile eggs to put under my girls. They were broody and I felt sorry for them. They wanted some babies, so I got them some. The babies grew up. More than 50% turned out to be boys which was very unfair of nature, I thought. They spent all day long, when bigger, squaring up to each other and being butch and stroppy. They crowed in sequence, altogether, alternately, CONTINUOUSLY. In the end, we had no...

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

Marie Wow, what a great chicken vet. you are. Their sorry little bottoms look wonderful two months later. @HenMad (Frances) A very useful and informative blog, thanks! I am sure I will need to re-visit it again when one of my girls has need for an urgent visit to the beauty parlour! Does the iodine-type product cure vent gleet, then? If you are interested, I wrote a piece last year on the trials of giving my Light Sussex, Araminta, a bath, hen-bathing being something I prefer to avoid!! http://www.clickcluck.co.uk/in-the-hen-garden/the-bathing-belle/ @HenMad (Frances) PS Your hens are lovely and the before-and-after-photos made...

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...

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

...time so that she can swallow. Don’t shoot it down her open gullet at full-force, or it could get into her lungs. Let her close her beak and swallow. Repeat. If some dribbles out, don’t worry. Wear clothes you don’t care about – she’s bound to shake her head and spray you. Besides, the reason you’re treating the hen is because of that stinky butt… Dose her with most of the epsom salt mixture. Repeat again in about twelve hours or the following day. That’s it! If your hen is seriously ill, douse two more times. But, if that dosage...

Safe Dust Baths – HenBlog – Friday, February 22, 2013

...fill it halfway with coarse sand and add a cup of food-grade diatomaceous earth. These two materials both desiccate and shred parasites, and my hens love the feel of them under their feathers. Sometimes I add fireplace ashes (wood only, not burned trash.) This is a bird in bliss. Recently, a reader brought to my attention that bags of builders sand had health warnings on them. This is because sand is crystalline silica, a basic component of rocks such as quartz, and sand on the beach, which are certainly not dangerous materials. However, on construction sites with jackhammers and blasters,...

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

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

Grit and Probiotics for Chicks – HenBlog – Tuesday, April 23, 2013

...in a cleanly bedded brooder, don’t have access to what their gizzards need to function properly. That’s why they need you to provide grit. You can buy a bag of grit at the feed store or online. Basically, it’s ground up granite. Chick grit is finer than chicken grit. It might seem crazy to spend $10 on a bag of pebbles, but it is essential to the health of your new flock. This is not a new idea. I have a catalog from 1919 that offers bags of chick grit for sale. The first day that the chicks arrive, make...

My Job – HenBlog – Wednesday, April 11, 2012

This morning I drove to the Abby Kelly Foster Charter School in Worcester, MA. Agatha came, too. I read Tillie Lays an Egg. Agatha listened and was as well-behaved as the incredibly polite and attentive first graders. Agatha showed off chicken feet (like a dinosaur’s!) and ears, feathers and her beak (birds don’t have teeth!) Agatha sat in my lap while every child came up, one by one, to pet her. She chortled, she looked, she never once pecked. My good hen and I did this program three times, for about 100 children and teachers in all. As I was...

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

...being a gluttonous Rhode Island Red, ate more than her share, which upset her fine-tuned nutritional balance, and she didn’t have the necessary materials to make a normal eggshell. The day after laying this “rubber” egg, Ruby laid a thin-shelled egg in the nesting box. Since then, all of the eggs that I’ve collected from the Gems have looked normal. I believe that Ruby is laying thick-shelled eggs again, but since I’m not outside all of the time, I’m not 100% sure. I haven’t seen any egg eating, so that’s a relief. The Gems won’t be getting spaghetti anytime soon....

Springtime? – HenBlog – Tuesday, April 5, 2016

It’s 22º F. This is the view from my office window: It’s April 5, way too late for an April’s Fools joke. I’m home sick with a fever and a cough. So, momentarily, while I’m upright, I thought I’d post a couple of photos from summer. When the chickens get out on green grass-   When flowers bloom-   The goats get to gorge on meadow plants-   Tonk and I go out on trails (and I don’t have to wear three layers of clothing plus a heavy coat!) –   and Scooter gets to sleep in the sun. There,...

Chicken Coop Flooring – HenBlog – Friday, December 5, 2014

...from predators if you repair and block off any gnawed-on boards. One downside of wood is that it can hold moisture. Also, mites can take up residence in wood and they are very hard to eradicate. Many prefab coops come with plywood floors, which, on the plus side, is inexpensive and is fairly easy to keep clean. For an added measure of tidiness, you can put down vinyl flooring. (You can find cheap remnants at carpet stores.) Hardware Cloth I only include this because I have recently seen prefab coops being sold with hardware cloth (sturdy wire mesh) floors. Chickens...

Not A Good Sign Of Spring – The Vintage Hen – Wednesday, March 25, 2015

...out—what causes that? Is it like bruising—blood flow to the surface?? I, too, am curious about the Benadryl dosage for animals. Our dog usually avoids the vicinity of my beehive, but one never knows... Happy Spring! Tracy Byers I had the same thing happen to our old lab Maggie- she swelled up horribly! This year it was Annie's turn- but I think she was bitten by the wolf spider that I surprised when I moved her crate to vacuum...she sleeps in the sunroom where there is more egress for those nasty critters! bobby need more pics of the back yard...

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

...A nice downy pile of feathers all piled in the nesting boxes. I have to say....I HATE molting season. The feather mess is something else! On a good note...while raking my coops up last night I saw something shiny in the pile of shavings...OMG...a ring I bought myself in Hawaii when I turned 50 with my name engraved on it that I payed for with EGG money! It has been gone for 3 years! Taking it for a polish tomorrow....Gotta love that! Thought it was gone for good! Terry Golson Yes, I end up counting the hens even though I...

Do Chickens See Colors? – HenBlog – Friday, May 22, 2015

...red tomatoes. Renata Carvalho Just remembered something. My hen Lorena stole my earring one time. I took it back before she swallowed it. But the very funny thing is that my mom was taking a picture of me and Lorena at the moment. She was supposed to stay in the ladder right behind me. As she was at the same hight as my face she got interested in the pearl shining in my ear. Here are the link to the pictures: https://scontent-gru1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/p180x540/1237061_707162975967570_276594862_n.jpg?oh=c87fcf2e0b801fc67870ffece73bf8ef&oe=55F41340 https://scontent-gru1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/1236018_707163022634232_913018730_n.jpg?oh=2eb7414718cb6f2335a7978f0c5faeb3&oe=55F26380 Christina Rose Great pictures! Chickens and other birds (crows) are curious, and they like pretty, shiny things!...

Dandelions – HenBlog – Friday, May 6, 2011

...and amusing book!). He says that nettles are enjoyed by poultry and may be shredded and given to chicks as a treat. Totally off topic- this passage from the same book kills me! From the chapter about chemical weed controls: "Kerosene and crude oil: Effective, but a sterile soil may result...However, California vegetable growers report the oil as successful against weeds in carrot and onion fields, but residues may give a kerosene taste to the carrots. To our organic gardeners, we say: 'caution.'" HA! No kidding! Terry Golson I'm sure the chickens will eat nettles - the question is, who...

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

...I'll have to look into that brand. Terry Golson Kudos to you for turning his life around. Kit Do you have to buy saddles and other horse tackle new ? Because I have seen them used online, on Shop Good Will which is a website that is connected to over 200 Goodwill shops. So maybe that can be a resource for you Terry. Lee Ann Check out Endurance.net and look at the classified, there are a few used ones for sale and a Orthoflex Express (also a nice saddle) that might interest you. Jen from Va Both are beautiful animals....

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

...would catch up on any blogs I might have missed. I am so grateful for Hencam. Hencam has allowed me to visit Little Pond Farm where all of you are and connect a little. How wonderful and magical is that! To youTerry and to all the members of Little Pond Farm I wish a peaceful and happy New Year. Linda What cute pictures of the goats and chicken and Scooter! I never realized goats have rectangular shaped pupils. This is the most warm and personable site I have found on the net. It is a joy to read your posts...

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

...back side of it was wormy. The hens liked it very much. But, the half I photographed I was able to salvage and it was delicious. Ken I'll let the two of you borrower my Boston Terrier, Lulu. She's killed two groundhogs this year, in one instance it required a trip to the emergency clinic and three stitches under her jowl but she was victorious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Plus I've had to break up two of boughts of fight to the death. That girl is not afraid of nothing. Denise We planted bare root fruit trees last year. All we have this year,...

Backyard Poultry Magazine Giveaway – HenBlog – Wednesday, January 15, 2014

UPDATE: This contest is now closed. Katie Zack is the winner! Sure, you can go on-line to search out the answers to your questions about poultry care, and yes, there are books, too. But, there is nothing so cozy and relaxing and indulgent as reading a magazine devoted to a topic that interests you. For us chicken people, there’s Backyard Poultry Magazine. Sit on a couch (and if you’re lucky, you’ll have a dog like Scooter curled up with you) and flip through. There might be an article on a breed of chicken you’d never heard of. Or an advertisement...

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

...complete with screaming red floppy comb. Kit I know Terry you really don't like some online chicken forums, but have you thought of entering Jasper's picture in the Moulting picture contest online? She might have a good chance in winning. Also how does Phoebe like the molasses mixed alfalfa ? Terry Golson As far as I can tell, Phoebe ignores the alfalfa. She likes her grass hay better. Terry Golson Pullets continue to shed baby feathers until they are mature. It's not a true molt. Generally, by the time my new birds reach 16 weeks, I stop buying chick feed....

A Morning’s Work – HenBlog – Saturday, November 24, 2012

...identify each precious animal. Carol Hi Terry. Those pies look wonderful! At first I thought your onions were kraut. (I am brewing some at the moment.) If your pie crust tutorial is still online, could you please post a link? Being somewhat visually impaired, it's easier for me to read on the computer (I enlarge everything) than in a book. If not, alas, I can and will gladly struggle with the printed page. I too received the calendar last weekend. Zazzle sent it in a strong BOX which I so appreciate because of our rough mail delivery. It's beautiful, and...

Good Goats – The Vintage Hen – Friday, September 21, 2012

...My heart goes out to Spencer...as a fellow photographer I know what it's like when your subject won't cooperate. Terry Golson Dan, do you have a link to your portfolio? The first time Spencer tried photographing the goats he discovered to never, ever set his equipment down :) I'm glad we supplied someone with a bit of amusement today. BTW, it's always Pip butting Caper away. Dan in Los Angeles I used to have an online portfolio. However since Apple changed to their iCloud my portfolio isn't online. I'll have to upgrade my Mac to get it back on. Oy!...

Chicken Waterers – HenBlog – Thursday, September 20, 2012

...with a dash of apple cider vinegar next time. Someone claimed putting pennies in birdbaths kept the algae down, but I didn't find that to be true. Kim I refill the girls waterer every two days but soon I will be back to inventing ways for the water not to freeze whilst I'm at work all day! My coop is at the bottom of a 100 foot garden so I dont have electricity out there, I give them warm water during frosty/cold weather but nothing works. They have an Eglu Cube to sleep in (and have a covered shelter for...

At The Fair – HenBlog – Tuesday, August 14, 2012

lauren scheuer Sweet! I love the Bolton Fair. Just yesterday I looked it up online, only to find that I'd missed it. Meet me there next year? Natalie, the Chickenblogger Well, yes... I do want that T-shirt! You have shared all my favorite parts of the fair. The animals, the personal endeavors of farmers and artisans, children in 4H. Add an ear of roasted corn, and it makes my visit complete! Thanks for the fun. Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life Love the fair and this time I want to make sure to see all the fowl. Cresca Great post Terry....

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

...planning out the coop! when i initially started looking into coops online,craigslist, he mentioned he could deliver the coop with 5 chicks.i just couldn't wrap my head around that idea since i knew nothing about chickens at that time.i want to provide a happy and healthy home for my chickens..also love the pictures of your farm and watching the different seasons.. leah martini less commentary. it irks me when people toot their own horn all the time. it makes me want to forget about hencam. i do like the pictures and the how to info. Kim Hi Terry. Info or...

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

...Judy Elvey I love the goat soap! I get online every day to look at your goats! My dream is to someday have some little goats of my own, they bring out the country in me! Heather K. Beautiful soaps, but the kitty is my favorite Jen Very nice! I'd like to try them all, but my fav is the kitty! Thank you! Carol The Hearty Hair Do - Goat Milk Shampoo and Shower Bar looks interesting. diane dragon tamer!my sons are so into dragons! JoAnn Oh. Em. Gee. All the soaps are fantastic! But being a cat lover, my...

I Milk A Goat! – HenBlog – Monday, July 23, 2012

...milk to drink and in the soaps and lotions. Martha Hmmm Looks like you did a great job!!!!! In the Spring doelings will be here ;) Terry Golson And you are NOT to send me any photos! I'm happy with the boys. (For my readers - Martha is the breeder of Pip and Caper. I avoid her website as I would come home with every one of her babies. But you can see them at http://www.thevillagehavenfarm.com) Bobbie I was thinking back to the photo of when Opie went to his new digs. I seem to remember there were a couple...

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...

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

If you’ve had hens for more than, oh, say two days, you start to accumulate chicken tschotskes (a Yiddish word for useless decorative stuff.) I admit it, I have hen-themed items, but try limit the display so you don’t think OMG, Chickens! when you first walk through the door. I do have a collection of egg cups. An egg cup is a little stand used to serve a soft-boiled egg. The nice thing about egg cups is they can be tucked into a cabinet. Here in America, egg cups have fallen out of favor. When was the last time you...

It’s Cold In The Coop But… – HenBlog – Friday, December 13, 2013

...answer, nothing. (I practice as you do) and I told them as I do anyone that asks me about chickens and the cold. "I've never lost a chicken to the cold but you can bet I'll lose at least one to the 100 degree with humidity to match day" Terry Golson They are still very much engaged with the bedding. I keep the manure as picked up as I can, and I add more bedding (by large handfuls) every few days. They do like when it's freshened up. I think it's much better for them in the winter, as it...

Out and About – HenBlog – Monday, March 1, 2010

...some amazing tunnels. I think you should create separate housing for your bunny. 100 pullets and a couple of roosters are probably too much for one rabbit to handle. BTW, the chickens ignore the rabbit manure, and the rabbit ignores the chicken poo. But, I keep things clean. Bunnies don't like to hop through slop! Terry Golson Yes, poor Candy is the only one who doesn't get a free-range. I'd never be able to get her back to safety. I'm glad you got a copy! lauren scheuer Terry - My little buff just went scurrying all around the yard, too...

The June Garden – HenBlog – Friday, June 25, 2010

Tory Your blue hydrangeas are beautiful! I love that color! Randy My garden isn't doing so well. The heat is bad enough. We were one degree from 100 yesterday, but we haven't had much rain. I stood out in the garden for an hour the other day with the hose, hoping against hope for my squash and tomatoes. ~Randy Terry Golson I've painted beadboard in a bathroom that color. Lovely! Terry Golson I can't function when it gets above 90. 100 sounds brutal. I hear artichokes do well in that weather! :) Tracy This must be what makes gadening so...

Selecting The School Visit Hen – HenBlog – Wednesday, May 15, 2013

...Working with kids is so rewarding, and so important for them. They will all remember your visit for a lifetime! When they are adults, every time they see a chicken, the day they petted Amber at school will flash before them! Sharing your love for animals is fun too! Yea Terry!!!!!!!!!! Kate Ok, Terry, you brought it up....are you absolutely, positively, 100% SURE that Souxsie is indeed a chicken? And if this creature is in fact a chicken, are you sure she has EYES?? I've yet to be able to make out eyes under that bouffant of hers.... It would...

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

...to the drought and dearth of corn resulting. My flock started with feather picking in January, and we finally found the culprit and she made a fine stew. But it has again started in March and it's pretty much confined to the 6 remaining Australorps (the culprit was one). I've also had an exceptional year with laying, ranging from 72 - 100% ROL. Sometimes having 100% up to 5 times a month. The flock this year is Australorps, Barred Rocks and Delawares. We feed animal protein daily at a set rate and it had eliminated the problems we were having...

2014 Egg Tally – HenBlog – Friday, January 2, 2015

...all and I hope they hit their stride. I can't take an average of 35 eggs per hen when girl has laid over a 100 and one girl has laid only 1. I love the mix of personality and colours in my flock and I just take any eggs as a bonus. I knew game birds were prone to going broody but they are so pretty. jonathan I have an SLW who is gentle always and so was her sister when she was alive, this year I got columbian wynadottes and a white wynadotte they are relatively mild but not...

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

...ago? I was probably doing an Internet search for some chicken advice and your blog popped up. I've been here ever since:-) Rachell I've been reading since my daughter got the book Tillie Lays an Egg a couple of years ago. We just had to check out the hencam and we've been following ever since. Plus, we now have our own backyard chickens and we're loving it! Joyce I have been reading and watching for approximately 2 years when your site popped up when looking for chicken advice. Been watching and reading ever since. Heather Hi! I started reading about...

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

...truck (driven by the only on-call, volunteer firefighters in the county.)   It’s so exciting that most everyone takes a nap in the afternoon, and then returns to town for the Chicken BBQ at the fire station and then the CAKE WALK. A cake walk is like musical chairs, but the winner gets a cake.   The cakes are donated by people who go to the cake walk. This year, 89 were dropped off at the town hall. For 50¢ you get a chance to win. I won!     On July 4th I’ll be at a friend’s cookout. I’m...

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

...:) Kaye I feed ours cold melon and cukes, but the main thing we do is to put half gallon milk jugs filled with water and frozen in their water fountains. Since our pen is covered, plus they have a large tree just beside the pen, ours don't get a lot of strong, hot direct sunlight. The water outside is in the shade all day, plus there is always one inside the coop available. We also have a fan outside the east coop window and in the summer, that is turned on day and night. We have lost a hen...

An Odd Winter Egg – HenBlog – Friday, January 18, 2013

...wrong with my eggs because when she put a fork in the raw yolk, it held together. She had no idea that yolks get runny with age. Marty I would love directions for saving the shells! My 9-month-old EE Sadie just gave us her first perfect blue-green egg the other day and I can't bear to crack it. Lizzie I just love all the different shapes and sizes given us by our feathered ladies! I ordered the egg blower you recommended a couple of years ago, Terry. I now blow and keep all the little eggs plus of course my...

B is for Bantam – The Vintage Hen – Saturday, December 20, 2014

...a bit bi-polar. jaye I've only ever heard good things about Buckeyes. PLUS (big plus in our region), they are winter hardy. Nancy Nankins are the sweetest of all bantams....❤️ Nancy And then the pyncheon bantams... Sweet little birds. Terry Golson I had to look them up. What an interesting little chicken. Terry Golson Ah, so many breeds I haven't gotten to know! Terry Golson I, too, have heard only excellent things about Buckeyes. Terry Golson I did ask, and I love your contribution :) Terry Golson :) Terry Golson In my backyard, it'd be with goats they play :)...

Mail Order Chicks – HenBlog – Tuesday, January 1, 2013

...getting some more speckled sussex. With a full 25, hopefully you won't end up with another Opie rooster either, or any pack peanut male chicks either. With Opie still going, and him still being young, I am sure you will have a very very hard time finding any homes for a rogue and unwanted male chick. And Steve your husband might end up having to become to a temporary kosher butcher :) Dan in Los Angeles Although I tried, talking to the 3 different mail carriers that deliver my mail, plus calling the post office, a carrier brought my chicks...

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

...of deer here in St Louis either , actually had 8 or so run across the parking lot at work the other day, I was walking back in from lunch and they actually startled me, they were moving fast. Marie It might just be an over population of people taking over range! Michelle I call our abundant black-tailed deer "meadow rats." Thankfully, Lyme Disease is not a problem here. Kit from VA Pretty deer, probably somewhat larger than our VA white tail variety. Terry I don't know if you watch PBS online but they had a documentary on white tail...

Punk Rock Hens – HenBlog – Monday, October 19, 2009

...Cher's Oscar outfit when she won for "Moonlighting." And Tina's wigs look a little like that, too! Kim Plus, I just thought, those stars have been through the wringer, too, just like the hens! Magic Cochin Looks like my suggestions are already on the list... Cyndi and Toyah My new hybrids have mad hair-dos, not sure where that came in from their Leghorn/Barred Plymouth Rock/Aracauna genes! Nutmeg has a particularly bouffant 'do', I've no idea if she can see where she's going but she looks very cute! Celia Debbie I saw you mucking out your hen house today and was...

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

...of feed, the egg money gets put in a collection box for EACH (www.each.org.uk) the local children's hospices. Up to last Christmas the 'Eggs for EACH team' has donated £300. Yay! for the egg team! How much will the collect this year? Celia ANGELA I would like to buy the eggs from his flock .... surely! And Happy Spring...! Bonnie Jo I like your sales method. I'm going to try this in my neighborhood, too. I usually let neighbors know by word of mouth when I have an egg surplus, but it would work just as well to put the...

Feather Picking – HenBlog – Wednesday, February 5, 2014

...bit of feather loss, the flock is healthy and behaving like happy chickens. I’m going to do what I can (grit, oyster shell, healthy distractions) and leave it at that. UPDATE: I’ve been looking further into feather picking. There’s quite a lot of research (much done in the European Union because of their new poultry regulations) that sheds light onto what causes feather picking. Genetics, diet, and housing all come into play. I’ll be reading the scientific papers and distilling it with a bit of my own commonsense to come up with suggestions for the backyard flock keeper. Stay tuned!...

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

...feet hurt. Elaine Happy feet!! Sure does look to me like the Goatie Boys are smiling. I'm so happy to see that Tonka has a nice warm coat. Perhaps a knitted one too? jaye Coincidentally, neoprene boots were on my Christmas wish list this year, and hubby found a store that had a pair of these - http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/girl-39-s-tall-neoprene-boot-0891600p.html - in my size. Yay! They may not be as durable as Mudruckers or Bogs, but they are really comfy (I have wide feet too) and warm ... plus you can't beat the sale price on these. :-) Terry Golson Nice boots!...

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...

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

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

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...

Blue Friday – HenBlog – Friday, May 27, 2011

...blues now and then is good for you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFkVk5kas04 -Not sure if we can leave links here, but it's to Dee Clark singing "Blues Get Off My Shoulder" -beautifu! Julie Terry, when I feel low I head to the coop, sit on my little red milking stool and before I realize it my girls have set me straight! Can their be anything better than chicken love? Sending happy thoughts your way, Julie. Wendy Have you had a gallon of tea and five packets of biscuits yet? That generally does the trick. Or go and look at some nice wheelbarrow catalogues......

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...

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...

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

...a cutie pie! Goats are so adorable. Any eggs from the Gems yet? Deborah Pruden I would love a little message for my pups! Let me know when to look. If it is okay with you, I can put a link on my web page. www.mrspruden.com Thanks, Deb Lorraine in London uk I just Love this photo of pip!! and your blog i have voted everyday please everyone keep voting as i would love for Terry to win :) Terry Golson The "hello" message is up on the HenCam home page :) Yes, do put a link on your class...

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

...that my mobile?" mug for my birthday. My first cup of tea of the day always tastes better for being in a chicken mug! ;-) http://www.trumpersworld.com/index.php?cPath=5 Jaye Great mugs! My favourite is the "Is that my mobile?" mug that your friend gave you. But I like the "Ladies who Lunch" mug too. "Free Range & Organic - the perfect ladies lunch!" is cute too. And "Breakfast meeting" ... I can't decide. Sheri How exciting and fun. What did you purchase at the fair? Bobbie Terry, I LOVE the Vintage Chicken Postcards I ordered from you! I am so glad I...

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

...collection of chicken items. Keep sharing. I love to see what you have. Terry Golson In all of my years of collecting, I've never seen another or anything else close to this kettle. Glad you liked seeing it! karen robinson Hi Terry, here's one similar (don't know how to make the link "blue up") http://www.etsy.com/listing/98919061/vintage-kamenstein-rooster-chicken?ref=sr_gallery_5&ga_includes%5B0%5D=tags&ga_search_query=rooster+kettle&ga_ref=related&ga_page=1&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=rooster+kettle&ga_view_type=gallery I should like to own it but it is in the US and I think shipping it to me (UK) will cost more than the kettle! Also, I am spoilt with an electric one: I am bound to forget and be up the garden or...

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

...to play I Spy in our garden too! I spy with my little eye something that will end up in pie! http://www.flickr.com/photos/bladerunnerpdx/7860604706/ Terry Golson The pumpkins that I grow are used for decoration, and then the chickens eat them. One of these years I'll grow sugar pumpkins. Ryan Halter Hi I'm Ryan remember me? Sadly I've lost 2 of my hens by a bobcat last year and 2 past away due to health. I'm 11years old now. We get 6 eggs a day usually. How many do yours lay each day? By the way we also have 3 bunnys liveng...

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...

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....

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

...so this will be the only 'single' in the flock) - (2) silver Lakenvelder (I've never had these before, and selected them just because they looked pretty in the catalog) For the first time, I've also ordered a couple of Golden Sebright bantam hens. We'll keep back the smaller eggs for our own consumption, and I thought it'd be fun to mix it up a bit. This will take me up to 30 birds total, but I'm planning to re-design and build an expanded coop this summer. Plus, my experience is that you lose up to 10-15% of chicks in...

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...

Lulu – HenBlog – Thursday, May 19, 2011

...it wasn’t enough. Lulu died Monday night. She was a beloved character and is already sorely missed. Mycoplasma spreads fast. On Monday, Maizie showed symptoms. Steve started her immediately on the Tylan. She didn’t get better, so Steve hurried her to an avian vet on Tuesday. The vet confirmed that it looked like mycoplasma and put her on Doxycycline, an antibiotic known to be potent against the disease. Maizie will get half a 100mg pill once a day for ten days. The rest of the hens were put on Tylan, via the drinking water, as a preventative measure. England was...

Guess Who Is Broody – HenBlog – Monday, August 6, 2012

It’s no surprise that all three Buff Orpingtons are in the nesting boxes. It’s even less of a surprise that two of the three are broody. It’s easy to tell which hen is not. Amber (my favorite of the group) is about to lay an egg (good girl!) Her head is up. The other two are flattened out, chrrr-chrring bad-tempered warnings, and have glazed looks in their eyes. Amber is on the left. Now that I pointed out the difference, it’s obvious, isn’t it? Check out their combs, too. Topaz’s is half the size and paler, a sure sign that...

White Legged Horses – HenBlog – Saturday, December 26, 2015

...that he’s more comfortable without those stains, which are likely itchy.   Lovely!   This, of course, is not the end of the story. Earlier in the day, we’d gone on a 4 1/2 mile walk through the woods. Then he had his partial bath. It was warm. I knew exactly what he’d do next. There’s a special area in the center of his paddock which isn’t too rocky. He made sure that Maggie was busy at her hay net,   because what he was about to do puts him in a vulnerable position. It’s not easy for a 900...

Tonka Says Hello – HenBlog – Friday, December 12, 2014

Hey, Tonka, I haven’t talked about you on my blog lately! Look over here so that I can get a photo.   Thank you. That is your good side.   Show everyone how much you like your new home. Yep, those slow-feed hay nets supply you with an uninterrupted food source, which is good for your mental and physical health.   And I should mention that your good friend, Maggie can be seen behind you at her hay net. You don’t have to share. You like that, don’t you?   What do you think about the snow coming down?  ...

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

...you are too... So what will you use now for temporary/portable fencing? I've got a few angora goats and I've used similar electrified netting like you had. I'm curious what you'll use now. Terry Golson The electric netting is good IF it is on and IF the charge is very strong - because of how goats are built, they can withstand quite the shock. But, if the fence is off, they'll quickly know it… I will be saving up to pay for more woven wire fencing - I'll divide the pasture in two, and let one side rest while the...

Nursing Home Hen Article – HenBlog – Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The nursing home management, staff and residents continue to be delighted at the coop and hens that I helped to install this past summer. (This photo is from warmer days. I need to stop in to see how they’re doing in the snow!)   The program was recently written about on SeniorLIving.net. It’s an excellent article that captures the spirit and the possibilities of using chickens in facilities that care for the aged. Read, enjoy and share. Hopefully, it will inspire other nursing home directors to do what Ellen Levinson has done at Life Care of Nashoba Valley. Click here...

Workshops! – HenBlog – Sunday, September 9, 2012

...talk about chickens and writing. I’m giving a Chicken Keeping Workshop here at my home in Carlisle on September 22. A few spaces remain. It’s easy to sign-up on my Events page. On October 3, I’ll be in Somerville, MA to give a talk about Urban Chicken Keeping. If you’ve been thinking about keeping chickens in a small backyard, this is the program for you! If you have or know of a venue that would like to book an event with me, please get in touch via email. I look forward to meeting you on the ‘net or in person!...

Goodbye Brooder, Goodbye (to some) Chicks – HenBlog – Monday, May 20, 2013

...I was itching (literally) to reclaim my barn. It was so good to get the coop back in order. After I cleaned, Steve moved the cam back into the coop, so InsideCam is once again online. Now there are twelve pullets (and one cockerel) and four Old Girls in the Little Barn. In one week, half of those youngsters are going to live at the nursing home. I’ll keep six. One way or another, Mr. Grumpy will be gone. Twinkydink can’t wait. Betsy and Edwina are relieved. But, I do think that Buffy enjoyed the hubbub. And the chick food....

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

...I’m thinking of so far, but this list will change before I start baking. Chocolate Pie, Lemon Pie (my recipe is online at Woman’s Day. Their editors added a 1/4 cup of sugar to my recipe. I do like my lemon pie on the tart side), Peach Almond Gallete, Rhubarb Custard Pie, Apple Cheddar Crumble Pie, Chocolate Pear and Ginger Pie, Tollhouse Pie, and Banana Cream Pie. On the savory side there will be Butternut Squash and Feta Pie, Chicken Pot Pie and a classic Quiche Lorraine. Are you making pie? I’m open to suggestions. My lists aren’t finished yet....

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

When I brought Lily home, she was somewhere shy of six months of age. Like so many dogs now in New England, she was brought up from the South where spay and neuter programs aren’t as prevalent. I found her online, from a “border collie rescue” – but it was more like one good-hearted person channeling dogs to new homes. Here she is on the day that I met her. Yes, she was black and white, but she wan’t a border collie. I was told that she was good with dogs and people. It became clear early on that that...

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

...twine (and once in a rare while for cutting a sticky fly strip off of a hen’s back!) The fine-tined plastic pitch fork sifts out manure and leaves clean shavings. This will be a money saver for you as you’ll throw out less bedding. A dustbin and brush is handy for cleaning in corners and wiping off nesting boxes. Finally, make sure that your tools have an organized storage place. Hang them up where they are easy to reach and yet out of the way (if you have goats, you know how important it is to have passages clear and...

Warhol Goats – HenBlog – Tuesday, August 13, 2013

While we were away the GoatCam finally gave up the ghost and died. Over the few days that its circuits went bonkers, the GoatCam got artistic. For awhile a gallery of Warhol Goats were streamed online.   IT Guy Steve spent yesterday morning replacing the cam. I assisted by getting the goats into the pasture and closing the gate behind them. 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...

Feeding For Egg Production – The Vintage Hen – Monday, November 12, 2012

...had to rely on light, air, exercise, sanitation and observation. These remain the foundation of good backyard chicken keeping today. My favorite line in this pamphlet is the last, Every feeding mixture can be improved by the addition of a liberal amount of common sense. I purchased this booklet on eBay, but you don’t have to hunt down an original copy. You can read it online in the University of Illinois archives here. (Thank you to a librarian reader of HenCam who pointed me to this source!) For my commonsense take on what to feed your hens, read my FAQ....

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

After the recent scare with Pip’s bellyache, I decided that occasionally giving the boys their goat minerals wasn’t enough. They needed a feeder. There’s not a lot of goats around here and the feed stores don’t carry sturdy goat-proof dispensers. So, I found this plan online, and Steve built it. The goats offered their assistance with the installation. But Caper thought that the power drill was a head scratcher, so the goats were asked to wait outside. Minerals, designed especially for goats, are essential for their health. I poured the mineral into the feeder and let the goats back into...

Position is Everything – The Vintage Hen – Saturday, June 9, 2012

Position in Life is Everything might not be your (or my) motto to live by, but it does apply to eggs. This thermometer was a promotional and educational giveaway provided by the Institute of American Poultry Industries in the 1950s. Egg farms would have their names printed on the item, and they’d nail them to the wall of their barns. I checked online, and Weaver Bros. remain in business. I’m sure that they still pack their eggs pointy end down, although I doubt that they still collect the eggs in baskets (it appears to be a caged operation.) While your...

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

...two blogs to write (one might require me to go to a flea market to be inspired!) Eventually, there will also be a HenCam online store. (Which will sell, among other things, a book I’ve been working on.) My IT Guy/husband still has lots of glitches to iron out. It’s been crunch-time these last few days. I can’t help with the computer stuff, so I made Rhubarb-Peach Pie yesterday. I’m keeping him fortified! Steve isn’t doing this alone, and there have been two professionals who have worked tirelessly to get HenCam up in it’s new incarnation. Craig, at Edge Design,...

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

...trim some feathers, or cut a piece of duct tape. I also keep a pair of sturdy gloves within reach. Almost everything else in my coop emergency medicine cabinet fits in this case. I keep it in the barn. Rubbing alcohol, gauze, and vaseline have a multitude of uses. Disposable gloves not only protect you from handling gross stuff, but they help to prevent the spread of germs. Duct tape is essential! Among the many uses, I’ve made it into hats to protect pecked-on heads, and fashioned sturdy band-aids out of it to cover wounds. Two other essentials are blu-kote...

Fox Neighbors – HenBlog – Tuesday, March 19, 2013

...bonkers. She would chase these animals down, but I won’t let her. One has mange. They both have teeth. Meanwhile, the hens are being kept inside of their secure pens. I’m calling the fence company to install a perimeter wire fence around my property. It’s the price one pays when you have fox neighbors living side-by-side with hens and a little dog. The fence won’t guarantee that my animals will be 100% safe, but it will lessen the chance that they’ll be snatched while I’m watching over them. It could be worse. At least the bear that lived here a...

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

...I can (usually) stop her in her tracks. But I’d never trust her 100% out with free-ranging hens. It’s just not worth the risk. So, when my dogs are out, my hens are in.   And vice versa.   Note: I’ve enrolled in the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Professional course. It starts in June. What I’ve talked about here is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to training theory and knowledge, and is applicable not only to dogs, but to horses and people as well. I’m looking forward to sharing what I learn with you here...

Tea Eggs and Spaghetti Carbonara – HenBlog – Thursday, March 20, 2014

...me to let me know that she’s “ruined for sub-par eggs now.” Here is a link to the article. In it is my recipe for Spaghetti Alla Carbonara. Jenn also made my Tea Eggs. This is what they look like: photograph courtesy of Jeremy Grimaldi I’m so pleased that Jenn picked that recipe because it epitomizes what I try to accomplish with my recipes – simple, yet flavorful, and beautiful without being fussy. You’ll find 100 of them in The Farmstead Egg Guide and Cookbook. Let me know if you try the Spaghetti All Carbonara recipe that the Telegraph shared!...

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

...As soon as a hen can do those things, I believe in getting her right back outside! In fact, if the weather hadn’t been so brutally cold, I would have kept Clementine in housing outside while nursing her back to health. Although I felt that Clementine was ready to go back to her flock, I also knew that she would never be 100% back to normal. My best guess as to what was wrong inside of her was this: Clem is an internal layer. When the yolk is released from the ovaries it is caught by the fallopian tubes. This...

Saving Clementine – HenBlog – Thursday, March 27, 2014

...warm laundry room. I didn’t fuss with her. Honestly, I thought that she was a goner. Usually, with a hen this ill, it is not a kindness to extend her life. I hoped that Clementine would pass peacefully overnight. But the next morning, despite her extreme posture, Clementine was alive!   She was so upright that she was balancing using her tail feathers. I palpated her abdomen. As I expected, I could feel a large mass. Without actually looking inside (via autopsy after death) I couldn’t be 100% certain, – but I suspected that Clem was an internal layer, and...

Books by Terry Golson

The Farmstead Egg Guide & Cookbook The Farmstead Egg Guide & Cookbook is an engaging, expert resource that will give you the basic tools for keeping hens in your own backyard and help serve the freshest and best eggs every time you cook. There are 100 recipes, which are uncomplicated and yet full of flavor, and range from the definitive fried egg to chocolate soufflé. Full color photographs throughout. Trade paperback available from your local bookshop and Amazon.com. Available as an ebook for Kindle and NOOK. Vintage Dog Photographs: 30 Postcards These thirty vintage photographs document the humor, comfort and...

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

...for success by doing this on the track that circles the pastures. Right now, with snow on the ground, there’s no distraction of grass to eat. There’s one stretch that is a spooky place, so I don’t work him there. I’ll wait to drop the line at that corner only when he is 100% elsewhere. At the first session of teaching this off-lead work (similar to off-leash work with dogs) I clicked and rewarded for just a step. Then three. Soon I could space out the clicks, and In short order, Tonka was walking at my shoulder for a half-minute...

The White Leghorn – The Vintage Hen – Monday, August 5, 2013

Twiggy, my white leghorn, is quite the character. She’s a lean, flashy, white and red streak. You might catch sight of her in the nesting box – briefly – while she lays. Right after, though, she jumps up. stands in the pop door, loudly announces her achievement and goes back to zipping around the yard. Her vivacious personality would be enough to convince me to keep her around, but a hundred years ago, farmers switched to white leghorns because of how many eggs they laid. Imagine going from keeping utility birds, that laid 100 eggs per year, to this.  ...

Grateful – The Vintage Hen – Friday, June 14, 2013

You might think, what with my love of old photographs and vintage that I wished that I lived in another time and place. I don’t. I don’t do politics on my blog, but I have to say that I’m so grateful to be here, in America, now. If I had given birth 100 years ago, I would have died. If it weren’t for science, I’d be deaf. My gay family members and friends can now marry (at least here, in my state.) My grandparents escaped the pogroms in Russia. For my family, this is the best it has ever been....

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

...and hours of training I could possibly overcome her natural tendencies. I don’t have those hours. And it would never be 100%. So, I rely on fences to keep the chickens safe. I’m often asked whether a dog will get along with chickens. Yours might. Or not. Don’t assume that all will be well. Put in the time to train the dog to lie down calmly while the hens are near. Teach your dog to come away from the hens when called. Don’t teach through fear and punishment (with water sprays and leash jerks) as that only serves to teach...

Polite Goats – HenBlog – Monday, August 31, 2015

...turn out to be excellent. I try my best to fulfill their world view for them. Pip and Caper never fail to greet me with great enthusiasm. However, you can imagine that it is not a good idea to open a door when a 100-pound goat is standing on it.   I taught the goats to get down when I say off, and to back up on the word back, or a finger wiggle.   The goats love treats, and I love giving them – they are such happy, smiling, tail-wagging, appreciative animals! But goats tell each other what’s what...

Book News! – HenBlog – Saturday, November 10, 2012

Back in 2006, this book came out: It was a small gem of a book but it got lost on the bookstore shelves. After two years the publisher ceased selling it and The Farmstead Egg Cookbook disappeared. Many of you have asked for a copy, and I’ve sadly had to tell you that it was out-of-print and not to be found. But, this spring a new incarnation will be in available! An editor at Wiley asked me to enlarge the book and I have: I’ve written almost thirty more recipes to bring the total to 100. I’ve added a lot...

Chicken Tee Giveaway – HenBlog – Friday, November 16, 2012

...Chickens was founded in 2011 as a part of The Friends of Brook Park, a community garden in the Mott Haven community of the South Bronx. As the winner of a grant from Just Food, volunteers came together to build the coop and run for the 15 hens that came from the Queens County Farm Museum. Brook Park Chickens is 100% run by volunteers – two come daily to feed, water, clean and take care of the hens. Eggs are shared by all of the volunteers. But the main objective of the coop is to bring in school, after-school and...

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

Buffy, who mysteriously fell ill at the beginning of April, and who we all thought was a goner, seems to be having a miraculous recovery. Not that she’s 100% – but she’s alive and making progress everyday. Two months ago Buffy showed sudden weakness in her legs/thighs to the extent that she couldn’t stand for more than a second or two. Cancer? Some internal organ disease? If it were any of these, we’d have seen a quicker change for the worse. It was suggested that perhaps she ingested something toxic. We do have vetch growing in the meadow, which can...

Sick Hen – HenBlog – Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The best advice that I can give anyone is this: know your animals. You should be so acquainted with their quirks and vocalizations, their greetings and their eating habits, that as soon as something is off, you know it. This morning, when I went into the big barn to let the girls out for the morning, I noticed that Alma was still on the roost and not on the floor with the eager hens. I did my chores. I checked back. Alma had not rushed outside to get the corn. She looked hesitant to hop up and...

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

Lily is an almost perfect farm dog. In the six years I’ve had her, she has kept all woodchucks, foxes and raccoons off of the property. Coyotes trot through, but they don’t stay. Squirrels are banned from the bird feeders. Her high prey drive keeps the chipmunks off of the blueberry bushes. All would be perfect, except she is so reactive to movement, that I can’t ever let the chickens out at the same time as Lily. I can train her not to chase them, but I’d never be 100% certain that she wouldn’t go after a running hen. This...

Going Where a Chicken Has Never Gone Before – HenBlog – Thursday, September 24, 2009

...Framingham. Most B&Ns have cafes, and so, for health regulation reasons, I’m not allowed to bring a chicken. But this one’s Starbucks is separate, and so Tillie was invited. There’s nothing like a bringing a hen to a place where animals are totally unexpected. The children sat cross-legged, transfixed by the story and the live chicken. At least a half-dozen B&N employees joined the audience. Who can resist a pretty hen? Here are Larissa DeAngelis and Muriel Macleod of the children’s department. In October, Tillie and I drive 100 miles to meet the children in Springfield, Vermont. We can’t wait....

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

...they give me eggs. As far as I can tell, the hens are more than pleased with this arrangement. They don’t want those eggs. Marge lays about 100 eggs a year. She lays them and forgets them. I’m happy to use them in my kitchen. She is pleased to have a home in a cozy coop, safe from predators, and in the company of her friends. She wouldn’t last a few hours loose in the neighborhood (see photo of hawk in the previous blog entry!). Domestic animals exist because they are useful to humans. I for one, am thankful for...

Flock Health – HenBlog – Monday, June 11, 2007

At the beginning of June the hens in the new barn got terribly sick, and when a disease hits a flock, it hits hard and fast. Within days every hen – except Prudence – had swollen eyes. Some had eyelids so puffy that they couldn’t see to eat. A vet diagnosed Mycoplasma gallisepticum, (MG). The bacteria which causes MG is an odd creature; it lacks a cell wall. That means that it is fragile when it is outside of the birds and can be killed with heat, sunlight, disinfectants, or simply time – after 3 days, it dies. But, inside...

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

...October or into November. But, that’s when reduced daylight is signaling the pullet to slow down. So, to egg on their pullets (pun intended, sorry!) some chicken keepers keep a light on in their coops. That’s not necessarily a good idea. The University of Maine (where they know firsthand about dark and cold) says that encouraging early maturity with lighting can cause prolapse. Also, A second negative effect associated with early sexual maturity is small egg size. Birds that lay early may never reach their genetic potential in terms of egg weight. And finally, if pullets are stimulated to lay...

I Know It's Hot When… – HenBlog – Monday, June 9, 2008

...about in this heat is the bunny. While I write this, she is surrounded by hens in the shade (not in view of the camera) on a pile of loose leaf compost under her hutch. The dirt there is cool on her belly. I’ve also put plastic bottles with frozen water in Candy’s hutch for her to lean against. Once in awhile in the summer, when the temperature reaches near 100, I’ll bring Candy inside to enjoy the air conditioning. (She used to be an indoor bunny, and is litter box trained, but she far prefers the company of chickens!)...

Dining Out – HenBlog – Thursday, August 9, 2007

I’m helping to organize a fancy, expensive annual dinner for about 100 women in the food professions. The chef presented his menu to us, and each of the 7 courses were his most extravagant creations. Meat, mushrooms and cream formed it’s base. My first reaction was, this meal is brown and boring! The pleasures of the new “farm to table” cuisine (you know, the ever so trendy buy local) is that the chefs have a great love and respect of the basic ingredients. They don’t want to hide them; they want to showcase them. A beet looks and tastes like...

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

...street. People LOVE seeing chickens. The girls were right behind an alpaca and a couple of mini-horses, but the oohs and ahhs for the chickens were the loudest. There’s an art show, a dunking booth and a frog jumping contest. There’s a cake decorating contest. I entered this: The nest is made from shredded wheat. Many people in town knew that it was my entry. The cakes are not returned. They are used as prizes for the cakewalk (think musical chairs, but if you win, you get a cake.) In our little town of only 5,000 people, about 100 donate...

House Chickens – HenBlog – Friday, April 1, 2011

...I was shocked however to see the piece on “house-pet hens”. It is true that chickens are the oldest domesticated animals and do make great pets, but I am 100% sure that their history does not include baby cribs, diapers and toenail polish. I found this article offensive and bordering on abuse. Chickens are meant to scratch in the dirt, poop freely and have other chicken friends as they are flock animals. Too many people confuse babying with love. I love my chickens, therefore I allow them to be chickens, not my spoiled children fulfilling some empty need. In closing...

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

...does! A good time was had by all. Even the little blue cochin. Lily was very interested in the chicks. She’s known that they were in the barn, but hadn’t had a chance to meet them. I can train Lily not to gallop along the fence, causing the birds to startle (a game she’d love to be allowed to do) and I can even teach her not to toss the chickens about like rag dolls. But, since training is never 100% I won’t ever take the risk and allow them to meet without a fence between them. Not all dogs...

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

...she something else? At least the Delaware is obvious. Should I be worried about the size of “her” comb? It’s large, but pale. I know it’s a Delaware, but I’m not 100% convinced that it’s a girl. Then there are the three yellow chicks. Ken has what we think are the two Buff Chantecleers. I’m supposed to have the Buff Orpingtons. Only two. But there are three. Two have the white legs and skin of the Orpington, but the other is a tad darker. (See the one on the left?) The problem is, there’s not another chicken on the order...

Today’s Blooms – HenBlog – Saturday, March 24, 2012

For the last three days in a row, temperatures rose above 80º F. Yesterday, if I stepped outside and blinked, there’d be another plant in bloom! I have no idea what this is. It’s in my shade garden. These crocus and scilla are in the front woodland. There are pink buds and flowers on the ornamental cherry. As pretty as this is, I’m worried. There’s going to be a snowstorm this week. I am 100% sure of my weather prediction because Steve is going to California for a conference today, and we always have dramatic weather when he’s gone. I’m...

Hard Boiled Egg Myths – HenBlog – Tuesday, March 1, 2011

...calcium, eggs from older hens are fragile. That’s yet another reason why commercial farms don’t keep chickens past the second molt. Egg breakage is too costly. I’ve learned to put the thin-shelled eggs gently in the egg basket and to not hard-cook them. There are also plenty of myths about how to cook eggs so that they peel easily. Egg peeling ease is almost 100% a product of how old the egg is. The older it is, the easier to peel. Eggs less than 10 days old are always a pain to peel – the white sticks to the shell....

Dangerous Heat – HenBlog – Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I was in Brooklyn, NY yesterday, dropping my son off at a summer program. The forecast was for 100 degree temperatures. It was slow going, moving him into a dorm. The air had a physical presence – like an unseen character in a sci-fi movie. I had parked in the sun near a grassy common. After lunch, I said my goodbyes and turned on the car. It’s outside thermometer (which is always accurate) read 108 degrees. I had to pour water on the steering wheel to make it cool enough to touch. I headed out of the city, watching the...

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

...deter predators (and also to keep our burrowing bunny from tunneling out.) Hawk netting covers the run. Even with these secure measures, we close the little door to the coop at night. Raccoons and fisher cats think nothing of climbing fences, ripping off hawk netting, and taking sleeping chickens. The rabbit is also latched into her hutch at night. The barn is 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. Make sure that you have windows that open, and soffits and vents...

On The Road With The Hens – HenBlog – Friday, July 23, 2010

I’ve got a chicken road trip coming up. A couple of my girls are going to be on an Animal Planet program! I can’t give you details now, but what I can tell you is that they’re going to be used to show how easy it is to train any animal with thoughtful, consistent, positive reinforcement. I need to bring two untrained hens, so Agnes and Philomena, the Golden Comets, will get their star turn. It’s a five hour drive, and they’ll be staying in a crate in a hotel room, and since it’s not easy to train stressed animals,...

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

...It’s similar to creme fraiche, which is a rich sour cream-like product. Either work here. This recipe is topped with eggs from my hens. This is an indulgence worth eating! Bell Pepper Tarts with Eggs 1 sheet (8 ounces) puff pastry, defrosted 1 or 2 sweet bell peppers, thinly sliced 1 shallot, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon olive oil kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese (or creme fraiche) 2 eggs 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese plus extra for dusting 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley 1. Sauté the bell peppers and shallots in the olive oil until soft,...

Alfalfa Update – HenBlog – Thursday, October 23, 2014

...that the reader had recently begun to feed alfalfa. There’s a chance that the eager hen ate too much of this new treat. I was also told that although grit is offered free-choice, that the only type available at her feed store was the fine stuff for chicks. I dispense chicken keeping advise for a living and I take the responsibility of what I say very, very seriously. I base what I say on twenty years of hen keeping experience, plus lots of looking into primary research materials. But, I could be wrong. What works for my flock here in...

A Busy Week – HenBlog – Monday, November 23, 2015

...a pie (yes, really, I keep records!) I bake all of the pies myself, from scratch. I use my organizational skills honed when I worked in professional kitchens. I have exact prep lists and have planned out the work flow. Yesterday I made 15 crusts, plus decorative cut-outs. Baking is a combination of exact measurements and technique born from experience. I weigh out the flour.   But the rolling out is all about feel. By the way, that’s my beloved rolling pin . It has a nonstick patina of butter in its pores. I froze all but two of the...

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

This past week, Opal provided me with a the opportunity to show you how I go about diagnosing and treating a health issue in an older hen. On Thursday, after Steve closed up the hens for the night, he told me that Opal was making an odd noise. I went out to see. AWWWK! …several seconds of silence…. AWWWK!… repeat…. This was a hen in some sort of distress. Her eyes were clear and there was no sound of gurgling breathing, so I didn’t think that it was a respiratory problem. The hens were getting onto their roosts. Everyone was...

Black Gnat Season – HenBlog – Wednesday, April 30, 2014

It’s been a wet spring, and I live in a town with streams, rivers and vernal pools, so much of the land is squishy, soggy and muddy. Ponds are full. On the plus side, the frogs are joyously making a racket, the birds are singing, and all around there are green things sprouting up. On the downside, the insects are coming out. Thankfully, we don’t have the voracious and vicious black flies that are the scourge of northern New England. But, we do have biting black gnats. When I visit Tonka, he tips his head towards me so that I...

Horse Care – HenBlog – Tuesday, April 15, 2014

...rainy spring is over and the sod has firmed up.) Because his paddock doesn’t have grass, I’ve been hand grazing him daily, gradually increasing the amount of fresh greens that he eats. We both enjoy this peaceful time near the wetlands, where birds are singing and the spring peepers (small frogs) are making a ruckus.   A horse carries himself (upwards of 1,000 pounds) plus a rider on four hooves, which aren’t simply solid cartilage – no, they have bones and capillaries and cushions, all of which can be damaged. The hoof walls are continuously growing, and so need to...

An Old Hen’s Passing – HenBlog – Thursday, February 6, 2014

...stayed there with the use of brute force. On the plus side, they didn’t go broody and they laid eggs fairly consistently. Other hens died, but they lived on. Eleanor and Edwina stopped laying eggs. They got older and older, and yet remained the dominant hens. Edwina became one of the stars of my children’s book, Tillie Lays an Egg. She was a smart hen and food motivated. It was easy to train her to pose for the photographs. That made me like her a little more. Eleanor died in 2012. Edwina kept on. She bullied Buffy and so was...

Emerging Personalities – HenBlog – Monday, May 13, 2013

...Cuckoo Maran. I might keep a Leghorn, too. Five will go to the nursing home – the Buff Orp, a Black Star, a Delaware, an Ameracauna and a the Cuckoo Maran. The rest are for sale. The chicks will be ready to go to their new homes in two weeks. I have 13 started pullets for sale (plus Mr. Grumpy, the Andalusian rooster. He’s free to a good home.) For sale are: 1 Blue Andalusian, 2 Dominiques, 3 Black Stars, 1 Buff Orpington, 2 Delawares, 4 Leghorns and 1 Ameracauna. Five chick minimum per buyer. $20 per bird. I prefer...

Pie Before & After – HenBlog – Monday, November 26, 2012

For two days I baked and baked. The final tally was fourteen pies of twelve varieties. I made three different crusts, plus the mashed butternut squash for the Shepherd’s Pie. Each pie had was carefully crafted. Trimmed bits of crust were rolled out and turned into decorative leaves to circle the Brown Sugar Pear Pie (which is shiny from an egg white wash and a dusting of sparkling sugar.) I also had enough crust for a few Pie Crust Cookies. This is what the array of pies looked like before the guests arrived. And here it is after: 25 adults...

Getting Better – HenBlog – Wednesday, June 18, 2008

I am feeling a tad sorry for myself. After twenty plus years of shoulder pain that has varied from mild to severe, depending on my activity level (which has included stints in professional kitchens, writing cookbooks, heavy gardening and manure mucking) I am doing something about it. Actually, the pain finally gave me no choice. My MRI showed tendonitis in several areas and a couple of minor tears to the tendon, so yesterday I had a cortisone shot and was told to go to physical therapy for 6 weeks. I’m fine with that. But I was also told to REST...

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!...

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...

“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...

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

...be pretty ferocious stuff. You don't think some Baytril will help Maizie? it is generally for innards rather than upper respiratory tract problems so may not be too much of a blow for her after her last medication. There is an injectable Baytril here too which I hear great things about. Karen Alfred With all the reading that I did a few months ago when trying to diagnose my sick hen who had some symptoms of peritonitis, I found that Fishmox was suggested and commonly used in the chicken world. I read that Fishmox, which is simply 250mg or 500mg...

Bird Flu and Backyard Hens – HenBlog – Thursday, March 5, 2015

...the most about in the news because they have caused several hundred human deaths. Look closely at these cases, and you find that the stricken people were often exposed to large quantities of diseased dead birds in unsanitary live poultry markets, or they were collecting feathers from dead wildfowl. There has been no human-to-human transmission. Nor is there a risk when eating properly cooked eggs and meat. The poultry industry is rightly worried about this virus spreading. They have a lot of animals at stake. Some barns house 50,000 hens, and exposure to the virus means that all of the...

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

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

A Blizzard Morning – HenBlog – Saturday, February 9, 2013

...about an hour later. All the animals were eating away--without cares-- and it was exciting for us to see here...we live in Florida! Stay warm...and kept all of the creatures warm and safe at your little farm! And thanks for sharing the experience with us!!!! Colleen Tell him to be careful! There are always warnings thr men have a lot of heart attacks from shoveling. It is now my 14 yr old's job... Katrina Terry, how deep is the snow? Terry Golson Two feet in most places and well over three in the drifts. Lori Glad to see that you...

Amber’s Bald Head – HenBlog – Thursday, September 27, 2012

...in the morning, rasping warnings to the other girls in typical bantam White Leghorn fashion. I think this broody spell will be over soon. Donna Bobbie..It is worth the risk...They are wonderful birds. Mary in Indiana I wonder why she doesn't get her head pecked by others, considering how red it is. Come to think of it since combs are red why don't they get pecked all the time? Do you know, Terry? Terry Golson Great question, Mary! I don't have a based-on-research answer, but I have a good guess. First of all, chickens have very, very good eyesight and...

Phoebe’s First Hop-Around – HenBlog – Friday, June 7, 2013

...that she was already quite comfortable in her new home.   However, Phoebe is going to have to learn how to get the stray feather off of her whiskers.   Note that I’ll be letting Phoebe out a few more times on her own before I let her mix with the others. Also, for those considering keeping a rabbit in with the hens, read this FAQ. It’s important to know that the fence is 8 inches below ground, which is essential as rabbits burrow, I have hawk netting above, and she is closed up into a safe hutch at night....

Herons – HenBlog – Monday, May 4, 2015

...have been long gone by now. Time to put out the Hummingbird feeders! Ken Good girl LIly. That's a great shot of her standing on point. A friend of mine that lives in St Louis proper had to cover his pond with netting as the herons were cleaning him out. Its odd that he lives further from the Mississippi River than I do from the Missouri River (I'm only 2 miles as the heron flies) and I've never had a problem with them, knock on wood. Marie Good dog Lily! Like I said on your "guess the breed" blog, I...

Where’s Candy? – HenBlog – Friday, February 4, 2011

Ken My chickens are getting a litte cranky. We have not had winter precip since Tuesday but the chickens have not been let out of their coop since. We were expected to get about and inch of ice Tuesday which turned into 3-4 inches of sleet which I am very greatly for. But in preperation I took the netting off half of the run and just laid it on the ground. That much ice would have shredded it. So now the netting is buried under 3 inches of ice and can't be removed. I have too many red tail hawks...

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

...book sound intriguing. And yes, I entered that giveaway you mentioned. Thank you for that link! Sunday thank you so much! can't wait to read it (added it to my library queue) Magic Cochin I recognise that first picture ;-) and it's definitely not my own garden where I have allowed my flock of 10 to wreck a swathe of the lawn yet again! My infamous orange net fencing (which you weren't allowed to photograph!) is going back up as soon as the snow melts. Celia BTW the last photo is brilliant! Terry Golson And I didn't photograph that orange...

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

...wendy ...and a certain champion chicken breeder we both know uses Glo-White net curtain bleach on her white birds to great effect. I had to bite my lip as she imparted this information... Sheri I remember my mom using Ivory soap but in another form. She used to use a powdered soap with a baby on it. I think it was Dreft. Betsy would enjoy a bath and she would smell so good too. Debi M I remember using Ivory Snow to wash my children's clothes and diapers when they were infants. I use to use Ivory Liquid as bubble...

The Great Blue Heron – HenBlog – Monday, October 3, 2011

...of Lily. So are you going to change the name of the ChickCam to GemCam now that they are growing up? Kit Poor little Gems, and poor fish. I know you like that that birds will bathe in your fish pond, but seriously can't you do a comprise ? And have a net or something other than Lily run off the herons. I know the Beast is savy, but one day her luck will run out. And then what will you do if she is gone ? And fish are expensive, why not at least put something up to discourage...

This and That – HenBlog – Friday, September 23, 2011

...over, but Irene’s rains created a perfect environment for mosquitos. Two steps outside and I get bitten. I have gardening to do and can’t bear spending anytime in the clouds of insects. The goats’ coats are getting thick for winter, so they’re not getting bitten too badly, but I’m not spending much time with them. They don’t understand why not. Garnet continues to be the only Gem to be laying. She’s leaving me four lovely eggs a week. Ruby, the other Rhode Island Red of same age and same breed, isn’t laying. The other pullets make a big show of...

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

...They complained, too. The HenCam run has netting stretched over the top. It keeps the taloned hunters out. But, it won’t keep out raccoons. Once, ten years ago, a raccoon climbed the six-foot fence, ripped off the netting and entered the coop. The next morning, three of my chickens were either gone or in shreds. I’ve learned my lesson, and at night the hens are inside and the door is latched. The Big Barn run is protected from predators a different way – I’ve run string back and forth and hung shiny CDs. A hunting hawk wouldn’t dare enter and...

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

...hydrated with fresh fruit now so it can't spill in front of her in her box and a couple raw eggs each day which she gobbles. If anyone thinks of other approaches, holler at me hylla@comcast.net. Jessica I have a question- we recently got some Bantam chicks- and they were a straight run, so of course we now have one hen and all roosters. We live in New Hampshire, we brought them to a chicken swap and were laughed at and told no one will want our roosters. I have put an ad on craigslist and uncle henrys, but havent...

Gone Fishing – HenBlog – Tuesday, September 14, 2010

...at least your dog tries to chase them off. Mine just look and keep on snoozin'. Have a great Tuesday. Ken Terry, I'm not trying to depress you or anything like that but a friend of mine lost every one of his koi, approx. 20 to a heron. He bought cheap feeder goldfish and the heron got them too. He finally had to cover it with a net and went with the cheap feeder fish again. So far no losses. He has a beautiful pond and fits perfect in his yard so he was determined to keep it with fish....

Sandy Blows Through – HenBlog – Thursday, November 1, 2012

Superstorm Sandy blew in on Sunday. It rained. Scooter did not want to go outside. It kept raining. The wind picked up. Trees swayed. Leaves came down. The pond filled to the top but didn’t overflow. The animals were snug and secure in the barns. The Gems ate their pumpkin and took dust baths. They even laid eggs. We were snug and secure inside the house. The power went out. We played a board game. Cable, internet and our telephone landline went down. We listened to the news on some very old technology. We were surprised when the power came...

Odd Egg of the Week – HenBlog – Friday, April 30, 2010

...visit your hen cam often. I have been raising hens for over 20 years and truly enjoy them. When my husband walks in with the eggs each day.....he tells me he has some girl pearls for me. If you click the link below you can view a slideshow of our hens set to music. (Don't let the song alarm you.....we don't eat our hens, we love them." http://luannkessi.blogspot.com/2009/08/chicken-slideshow.html LuAnn in Oregon kessi@pioneer.net Donna Honestly Terry..It DOES look like a giant's tic-tac! Same exact shape! Too funny! Caryl I love it.... to me it show the unique personality of each Chick....lol...

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

...Latrelle was missing... I searched the yard to no avail. the next day my neighbor called me and told me she spotted my chicken she was trying to cross the road to come home, I couldnt leave work, and the neighborhood kids would be home soon so I told my neighbor, to have the kids catch her and put her back in my yard... To which they did with success, with the help of a fishing net... Now we all know the answer to the question, Why did the chicken cross the road???? To get home. Marie I have loved...

The Night The Animals Talk – The Vintage Hen – Tuesday, December 24, 2013

...a wonderful holiday and I agree with everyone else, this just tops it off. Happy Holidays to you and your family Terry. Thanks for a great year of information and entertainment. Still believe Hencam best blog on the net. God Bless all of you at Little Pond. Pat D. Great story! My animals didn't verbally talk to me, but I confess, I sure talked to them! I gave them all extra treats for Christmas, too! Mikayla I remember my grandma reading me a similar book as a child, The girl wandered out with her doll or something and got lost...

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

Lesley S It`s amazing to think those chicks you brought home in early spring are getting ready to lay. I loved watching my pullets mature and I never had them as chicks. I think Twiggy is beautiful and a `model` chicken, with her flopping comb and sharp white feathers. Christina Rose Twiggy reminds me of a ballet dancer (in training) with her white net costume and long legs leaping across the yard doing "grand jetés" and other moves. A lovable wild thing who is fun to watch. jennifer bevins I always thought of Nadia Comaneci when watching Twiggy. Graceful, sure-footed,...

My Christmas Present – HenBlog – Thursday, December 25, 2014

...I got them. Better safe than sorry. Marcie I have a hen that started at her head and she thinks she is the boss so no one pulled hers out. She got rather rough looking but now her head feathers are coming in and her tail feathers are getting better. Its funny her new head feathers are coming in darker. MicheleB They do love my blueberries lol. I have to net them. But I leave 1 bush open for them lol Terry Golson I don't share my raspberries! Terry Golson Usually, when you see the pin feathers, it's a molt....

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

...I do, so I was looking for help on the net. I will try the brood cage and see if that "cures" her. This is the first time I've ever had chickens and I love it - they each have their own personalities and it's so much fun to observe them. I sing to them sometimes in the morning, and every night and they run up to the backyard fence and "sing" with me, making their gutteral sounds. For the first 11 months I locked the hen house every night, then decided to leave it open because I don't like...

A Sad Day – HenBlog – Wednesday, January 9, 2013

...sharing your Real life with us, even the heartache and loss are a gift shared - reminders of all that we hold dear. Your sorrow is shared Janice Awwwwww.... I'm so sorry! She was a love and I've watched her many days hopping around with the chickies!! Amy I am so sorry for your loss, but you must be comforted by the knowledge that she lead such a wonderful bunny life. She will be missed, by all who liked seeing her on your cam. xo Gillian Sorry to hear this Terry - Candy was a big personality and I'll miss...

Asparagus Season – HenBlog – Thursday, May 5, 2011

...plant another but I am not sure I have the patience. Its a long game. Kelly Iv'e heard that asparagus is yummy, but I have never really had it myself. Hmmmm.... Suzanne Marchese Have you ever tried milkweed shoots? I haven't, but I was reading some online articles about gathering the early shoots (no more than 6") and cooking them the way you would asparagus. Some recommend parboiling first. Also you can cook & serve early milkweed pods- if I get to do so this summer I'll let you know. Terry Golson I love seeing the milkweed blow in the...

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

...box today, I might add) and then at 21 days, bought three day old chicks and tucked them under her. OMG, the cuteness that followed is sweet, it will give you cavities just looking at it. So I get how frustrating broodies can be. But if you are at all planning on adding to your flock, let one of your BO's do it. She does all the work. She was the best mama I could have possibly imagined. It was so cute, I'm tempted to put baby chicks under my BO broodies and then sell them when they are grown...

In Bloom Now – HenBlog – Tuesday, July 10, 2012

...feet. Why? We checked online and we think that Golda is a Buff Rock! Or maybe even a Buff Rock/Buff Orpington cross. Very interesting! Golda behaves differently - is very hardworking - digs pits, catches more bugs and, we think, is 'head hen'. Do the other three hens realize that she is 'different'? We love your flowers and very much enjoy your new web design. Terry Golson I've always wanted a Buff Rock! I'm sure your hens recognize the difference. Sheri Just beautiful! What an assortment of fresh blooms. You even managed to get wild-life in the pic. Very nice....

The Workshop – HenBlog – Sunday, July 8, 2012

...would be amazed at how smart chickens are. Jessica I agree with the live podcast or some way to watch a class online. I am in Kansas and not able to get to your area but would love to have more of your knowledge of chickens. I enjoy watching the hen cams and love to watch the chickens peck around. Diana & Doug My husband and I attended a workshop last month on June 10th which was awesome..I have 4 australorps and are now 13 weeks old.....is there a definite sign when they start to lay? 2 stayed up in...

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...

Book Giveaway! – The Vintage Hen – Monday, January 14, 2013

...Shared on Facebook Kit shared on FB and best luck with your new online store Dennis L Bought the book! Looks awesome, great price and glad to buy from you Terry. My wife and I love what you do. You're work adds quality to our lives and he lives of our hens! Dennis L Pinned it and Facebooked it... Tanya K. Sorry Terry, I'm "socially inept", but I tell everyone about you the old school way- word of mouth. Tracy Byers Congrats and how fun! Would love to win and share my passion with my friends! Jen ZenHen My Facebook...

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

...my mother nor I even together can trim his nails. Only the vet can safely, know only if they made straight jackets for cats. I was wondeirng I was watching a video recently with a lady who has dairy goats and she said she always has baking soda out for the goats to eat. I can imagine the way their digestive system is, that they would need it. Poor things tend to get bloat more often then even large dogs. As I have seen this year with a favorite online goat of mine Geisha, she unfortunately devolped bloat and passed...

Egg White Magic – HenBlog – Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Judy With all of your blogs about cooking I've been meaning to tell you how much I've enjoyed your online recipes (apple pie, pie crust, too ripe pears, etc.). But most of all, I am a fan of your 1000 Lowfat Recipes Cookbook, and use it almost exclusively for daily fare. Tasty stuff!! Terry Golson Thanks, Judy! 1,000 is still in print - more than ten years. A long time for a cookbook, and speaks to how useful people find it. I tested each and every one of those 1,000 recipes several times. They work! Donna Terry..BTW..Brussel sprouts were a...

Keeping the Girls Busy – HenBlog – Wednesday, October 6, 2010

...with the hens who were finding the first worms. Yum. Vicki in So. CA I've been visiting your site for some time, and have wondered what you put in that little suet feeder attached to the roosts. Now I know! What a good idea. I'm also glad to hear your opinion on the space in some of the prefab chicken accommodations. Having seen many online, I've never thought they looked big enough. When we finally get our girls, we'll make sure they have lots of room, nesting boxes, and roosts. Some day (sigh). Wendy I'd love a bigger house for...

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

...it. I just checked Netflix for the title, and all I got was "The Night of the Living Dead." Not exactly the same thing. Jeanette It's a white Christmas here in Fort Worth! The kids are thrilled and I am just as excited. I think this may be my second white Christmas I have ever seen. I hope that your holiday is filled with Joy and Peace. I know I find a little peace when I check on your flock almost every day. Thanks!! Jen Happy Holidays to you and your household (outside and in).... can't wait to hear what...

On The Road – HenBlog – Thursday, March 11, 2010

Judy Oh lord Terry, I'm not sure what would happen to me if I actually found myself in the King Arthur store; I have enough trouble controlling myself online! Have fun...there is nothing better than seeing old friends, enjoying a bit of a road trip, and then coming home to a hint of early Spring. Here in DC there are a few crocus blooming, and the birds are all singing their early morning songs again, so you know a new season is around the corner! Terry Golson They have stuff I don't even notice in the catalog. I've been baking...

Preparing for Irene – HenBlog – Friday, August 26, 2011

petoskystone i like marion babson murder mysteries. Laura B i love crossword puzzles! Wendy oh hell, hope you all stay snug in your respective coops; At least Daniel is safely out or the way! Have you read Stella Gibbons 'Cold Comfort Farm'? I think you'd love it, very funny, very English. I'll be watching the weather and will email soon - flat out printing at the minute. Marcia I love Alexander McCall Smith. Have read all the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series and the Isabel Dalhousie series. Plus there are several that are not part of a series. Loved...

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

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

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

...He had to be fed separately from the other pets, too. He was so much more than a handful to take care of, but we grew to love him a lot. He is sorely missed and has a nice little grave in the back yard, under the Magnolia tree, complete with a head stone. Rick Roberts Ha! I totally understand. I have never wanted a fancy, shivering, little so-called foo-foo doggie, but ever since I have been dog walking and pet sitting for a living, I have fallen in love with some of them. Plus, my own two full-sized dogs...

FAQs Are Posted! – HenBlog – Friday, January 8, 2010

...grass you need sheep! My goats don't eat grass - but they'll eat the roses, the poison ivy, the trees, the goldenrod... Linda Symons If they eat the poison ivy I would greatly appreciate that. Along the edge of our large field it's loaded with it. People have told me to use round up on it but the roots are way up in the woods. It's suppose to work even better if you spray in on the roots. I'd rather a more enviromentally safe way---a goat would be nice. Plus we have a lot of brush that I think they...

Odds and Ends – HenBlog – Monday, October 26, 2009

...Candy could have a great 4-7 more years of life as she is safe and well cared for!! Is she spay?? I rescued a neutered boy bunny last year who is 10 plus years old. He has lived outside his whole life and still lives outside in a safe area. Although he is mostly blind and has arthritis he is still a very happy go lucky guy who loves his sweet treats and his girlfriend. Terry Golson That's great to hear. Yes, she's spayed. She's feeling older - a tad bony - you know how older animals feel different. Not...

And the Winner Is…. – HenBlog – Thursday, November 18, 2010

Donna So glad you had a wonderful day! Simple birthdays are the BEST!!! Happy belated birthday! Tracy Happy Belated Birthday Terry! Your blog and cams are a gift to others each day- how generous of you to let us share in your world of beauty found in the simple things, critters with personality plus, and the joy you find each day in them! Nancy K. I've been playing 'catch-up' with blog reading. It's been a couple of weeks since I've had the time to read all my favorites. I'm starting up a home-based business and am overwhelmed with all the...

New Year/New Chicks – HenBlog – Saturday, January 1, 2011

...is only a good idea if she's been broody for a couple weeks. That's my experiance. Donna Hi Terry! How exciting! Can't wait to see the new babies. I am also glad you are on the mend and able to visit your barn! Happy New Year to you! Janet Hi Terry, What good news - I shall look forward to seeing the new chicks! Wishing you all the best for 2011. Janet Sara Hey Ken. My eyes perked up when I thought that in some post you said you lived around St. Louis. I used to live around there (Glendale...

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

..., nice ORANGE yolks and non running egg whites PRICELESS trish 2 hens...free, "A" frame coop...free (refurbished with elbow grease and left over paint), 3 bags per year crumble...24$, many giggles....free, 500 eggs from happy, loved hens...priceless :) No expensive lights, heaters, fencing, houseing etc required. Tracy All of you made my day!! I also tried to keep a tally going, until a family crisis hit late summer and my attention was diverted. Up to that point I had received a whopping 1100 plus eggs and was keeping the neighbors and myself well supplied. The girls have slowed down a...

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

...they've pretty much free-ranged all winter with a small shelter from the weather. Our intention is to get them used to coop living and perhaps even a penned space. The chicken inside the coop number about 10 (plus a rooster) we intend to cull the new rooster as ours are not very agressive towards people and we do not need them to adapt agressive tendencies. The chickens are missing feathers from their back - cannot tell if this is from the rooster or if they are peckers. The coop is theirs and therefore I assume they will not be welcoming...

Old Friends – HenBlog – Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Donna Too cute! I know you were worried you might lose some old girls during winter...I am glad to see they fared well and are enjoying some sunshine! It has been wet and soppy here...my girls are dying to get out..I took them a bag of greens this morning to get their minds off the puddles! Ken That's the life! Bonnie Jo Oh, I just love it! They are such interesting and amazing creatures, aren't they?! Bonnie Jo lauren scheuer awwww. Terry Golson Yes, I fully expected that neither of those two girls would make it to springtime. It just...

Getting the Brooder Ready – HenBlog – Monday, April 25, 2011

Kathleen I am so excited that we are going to get to watch the chicks! Hannah, my granddaughter got hers last week. Eight fluffballs. I gave her the Tillie book for Easter and she loved it! Can't wait to heat the names for the chicks. Maryann OMG - soooo exciting. The brooder (and barn) look great! I can hardly wait to access the chick cam. Thank you (and Steve) for all you do and share with us! Judy Spring peepers outside, and soon, spring peepers inside! Magic Cochin Well done Steve :-) Are you sure the chick cam isn't just...

Anniversary – HenBlog – Monday, September 19, 2011

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

Hens in the Garden – HenBlog – Tuesday, February 2, 2010

...be fenced to be safe. Love the pictures. Randy This has been my first year with chickens. In fact, I got my first birds in Feb. of 2009. They free range, but only when I'm outside with them. They usually stay close, but my buff orpingtons love to wander to my neighbors and scratch up the pine straw that covers the plants around his house. Nooooo!!! Get back over here or you're going back inside! Bonnie Jo Well said. Been there and done that, too!!!! Tracy Byers If it's any consolation- this is earlier than normal. It has been 50...

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

Laura (I am a friend of Kara's) saw your name on a facebook comment and popped over to check out the chicks! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I will keep checking so I don't miss you on Martha! Terry Golson For those who don't know - Kara LaReau was my brilliant editor for Tillie Lays an Egg. Check her out at Bluebird Works. http://www.bluebirdworks.com/ Jen WOW! So exciting...... can't wait to see the show and to hear about your adventure! Linda Symons Terry Congratulations again! You are certainly having a GREAT 2010. Enjoy it and best wishes. Cindy What wonderful news! The Accolades for...

February Eggs – HenBlog – Sunday, February 7, 2010

...in Long Creek/Eastern Oregon this year, so the chickens at our house can go outside to exercise several times a week. You have such a wonderful website and I really enjoy your 'Hen Cam' alot. I really like your Coop too. Mine is just an old shed, but it keeps the hens and the rooster protected at night. Linda Symons Today here in Louisiana is a nice day. It started off cold cloudy and damp but afternoon gave way to sun and 50 degrees. My two Buff Orpington hens have laid eggs on and off all winter. The girls have...

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....

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

...and mess to kill, dress (i.e. remove the feathers, perhaps it should be called undressing?) and prepare the birds to be eaten. I'm glad it's not something that I have to deal with. That said, if you choose to raise and eat your animals, and if they have a good life from beginning to end, then I respect that, too. Farm animals must be used, or they will disappear. Take a look at the Rare Breed Conservancy's (http://www.albc-usa.org/) list of endangered animals to see what happens when animals aren't used for agricultural purposes anymore. I do my part - the...

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

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

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....

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

...a little pampering! :) marissa That is so interesting! I haven't ever seen a chicken do that either. What antibiotic do you give? You obviously have a gift for taking care of your birds! Terry Golson She's getting Tylan because it's what I have leftover in my animal medicine cabinet. Tracy I really appreciate you taking the time to post when you are nursing your sick animals. It alerts the rest of us to not just shrug off unusual behaviors, but to really pay attention. Here's to Eggers return to good health! Donna Hi Terry...That was pretty funny except for...

Bathtime – HenBlog – Sunday, March 28, 2010

...Jan Brett? Geeze! I guess it's a good thing that I didn't hear Martha and Jan at the same time. I am beyond jealous. The Internet is a funny place. I read your blog and I feel like I know you, but I don't. I read Jan's books to my students; we dedicate JANuary to her, but we have never met. I feel like Martha is speaking just to me. So three women, I should know, will meet each other and I won't be there! Have a wonderful time! Your perfect stranger, Deborah Jen p.s. According to the channel guide...

Egg Holders – HenBlog – Tuesday, May 18, 2010

...can think of for the lock is untrustworthy hired hands. marissa maybe they were extra special and they only used those eggs for special guests! Ones they wanted to impress I think! Its beautiful! Wendy We see a lot of those little 'egg safe' cupboards over here. I always assumed it was light-fingered servants that people were worried about, in the same way as locking up your tea in a caddy! Terry Golson Maybe the egg cupboard was English! Deborah I love that cabinet! Did you buy it? I want one. I have a shaker pie cabinet and several other...

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

...meadow. I thought about taking pics, but that was too much. I'll have to get the Roberts book - but it's not in stock in this country. Yet another reason to visit the UK! Anna Check Stromberg's site, it looks like they have it. I may need to get my own copy! http://www.strombergschickens.com/books/chicken_books.php Terry Golson Thanks - but I really want an excuse to visit my chicken friends in the UK! :) Tory I'm so sorry Terry. I know how difficult it can be to lose a beloved animal. I'm sure that Marge would rather have died with you knowing...

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...

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...