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The Chicken Medicine Cabinet – FAQ – Health and Behavior

...that some are better for certain respiratory diseases than others. This is true, but unless you take your chicken to a vet and have blood work done, you won’t know what you have. Symptoms can be deceiving! I dose with what I have, and if symptoms don’t improve in 24 hours, I reassess the drugs that I’m using. Don’t purchase ahead of time as they have a limited shelf-life. But, once you have them, store in a safe place (preferably with a cool, steady temperature) and use when you need them. It’s a simple medicine cabinet. It’s most effective is...

The Spa Treatment – FAQ – Health and Behavior

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

Treating Respiratory Diseases in Chickens – FAQ – Health and Behavior

might now be carriers, I’ve never had another attack of MG, even when new birds have joined the flock. My hens have suffered from other bouts with other forms of respiratory illness, too. The symptoms vary, but all have similarities showing raspy, tired breathing. Unless you do a blood test, you’ll never know exactly what your birds have, but, that doesn’t matter, since treatment remains the same for any respiratory disease. The first line of defense is that when you see a hen that you suspect is ill, isolate her and observe. If she has respiratory symptoms, then you might...

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...

What To Feed Your Chickens – FAQ – Health and Behavior

...cabbages inside the coop for rousing games of cabbage tether ball. I also put treats in suet feeders. Outside, I’ll cut a hole in a pumpkin and the hens will spend days pecking at it – even when frozen it will keep them busy and healthy.   Scratch Grains, Meal Worms and Other Treats We all love to give our hens treats. Unlike so many others in our lives, chickens are raucously grateful for the smallest offerings. But, I’ve seen a disturbing trend to over-indulgence in the feeding of backyard hens. You can make your chicken sick – or even...

Yuck! My Hens Have Messy Bottoms! – FAQ – Health and Behavior

...rash around her vent. Epsom salt baths seemed to make her comfortable but the symptoms didn’t go away. For hens like Eleanor and Buffy, there’s one additional tool in my medicine kit and that’s povidone. Povidone is similar to iodine, but is a stronger, broader spectrum bactericide. (It’s more expensive than bactrine, but worth it.)   For the full treatment, first bathe the hen. Since you will be cleaning the feathers of caked-on manure, it’s not a bad idea to wear disposable gloves. After bathing, do a thorough rinsing off with clean water. If it’s a hot day, you can...

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

to create an egg. Sometimes that complicated system goes out of whack. The hen will look uncomfortable, perhaps hunched, perhaps walking around but not hungry. Sometimes she is weak and so her digestive tract becomes blocked. In those cases, the Spa Treatment will set things right. If it doesn’t, then something terribly wrong is going on inside of your hen.   Chickens are prone to cancer and tumors, liver disease, and reproductive tract failures (which in turn lead to blockages, internal infections and more.) The external symptoms for all of these terminal ailments are so similar that you won’t know...

Egg Bound Hens – FAQ – Health and Behavior

...many cases, the external symptoms were the same – that penguin stance, lack of appetite, and straining at the vent. Of all of the hens that I’ve examined, only one was truly egg bound. The others had, among other ills, tumors, cancer, ascites and internal laying. So, all of this is to say that being egg bound is a rare occurrence, however an accurate diagnosis isn’t necessary for knowing what to do next. If the hen can be saved, she will be with the Spa Treatment. I’ve had many hens bounce back after a rejuvenating soak. It’s worth a try....

Bumblefoot – FAQ – Health and Behavior

...was lithe and skinny Tina, which shows that there’s always an exception to the rule. She wasn’t limping too badly, but the swelling was hard to miss. Inspection of the underside showed a scab, or plug. A trip the vet would have cost several hundred dollars, which in all honesty, I am not willing to spend on Tina. Besides, the travel and anesthesia would have been stressful for her. I decided to take care of this on my own. I got out my chicken medicine kit. I pulled on some disposable gloves – the infective agent is usually a staphylococci...

Children’s Books Featuring Chickens – FAQ

...Chook by Cathy MacLennan 2007 This is the sort of book that you want to read again and again to the very young who are beginning to enjoy sounds and language. “Splitter, splatter. Wet. Wet. Wetter.” There are darling yellow chicks and hens with striped and polka-dotted combs. They’re not anatomically correct – but they’ve got that silly chicken look. Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke 1988 Minerva Louise reminds me of my late beloved hen Snowball — she’s inquisitive, cheerfully innocent and totally silly. Janet Morgan Stoeke has written 11 delightful picture books about this hen. Perfect for children,...

Do Chickens Transmit Diseases to People? – FAQ – Health and Behavior

...the press. Instead, let’s go over what you need to know about the hens in your backyard. The biggest fear that many have is of Bird Flu. The first cases of H5N2 appeared in North America in December of 2014. This is highly pathogenic to poultry, but at this point is not a concern to humans. Cases in the news of people getting sick are almost always in situations in which many dead and diseased birds are handled in close and unsanitary conditions. Even in those situations, the symptoms are mild. There are no cases of human to human transmission....

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/...

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

interested in them but as more people keep them as pets then perhaps the small animal pracice vets may want to indulge them. Perhaps this is a case of chicken and egg however ( I know, I know...bad joke) if most people treat their birds at home or dispatch those which are ill. Then the vets never get the chance to learn about their illness, symptoms and responce to treatment. And the less the vets know then the more likely we are to treat them at home. My suggestion is that vets give their consultation for free and medication at...

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

...15 lbs feed or do the water treatment like you said. I wonder if I should treat all the birds with the feed method and then treat the 9 who are showing symptoms with the epsom salt water treatment you write about. I have been living with the mystery of birds dieing for over a month and I hoped the vet could help, so we sent the bird on to a lab to be tested to see what else may show up.... The birds have runny poop which is smelly and builds up on their bottoms and then after what...

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

...that some are better for certain respiratory diseases than others. This is true, but unless you take your chicken to a vet and have blood work done, you won’t know what you have. Symptoms can be deceiving! I dose with what I have, and if symptoms don’t improve in 24 hours, I reassess the drugs that I’m using. Don’t purchase ahead of time as they have a limited shelf-life. But, once you have them, store in a safe place (preferably with a cool, steady temperature) and use when you need them. It’s a simple medicine cabinet. It’s most effective is...

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

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

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

Buffy’s most recent miraculous recovery was due to The Spa Treatment, and especially to the tonic of epsom salt and juice that I dosed her with (1 teaspoon of epsom salt in one ounce of juice.) The easiest way to give medicine to a sick hen is by diluting it in their drinking water. This is the way to give antibiotics to an entire flock. But, if your hen is weak, she might not drink it, or not get in enough to help. That was certainly the case with Buffy. I knew that she needed to have a full dose...

Lulu – HenBlog – Thursday, May 19, 2011

...I just took my dog to the vet for a broken tooth and it was a $500 bill! The animals I share my life with are priceless, but I have to balance my budget too. Its easier to treat hens (and parrots) as medicine is more readily available without a vet. Dogs not so much and of course, I wasn't going to extract her tooth. I am hoping and thinking about your sick chickens. Erin I'm so sorry Terry :( Hope this is as far as it spreads Laura B oh my goodness I am so upset to hear all...

1916 Eggs – HenBlog – Thursday, January 6, 2011

...is it that the “organic” eggs being produced today and sold by huge corporations are getting the same price that I am, and the same that a small farmer in 1916 did? Don’t these huge modern concerns have economies of scale? Haven’t they crowded their hens into buildings that hold tens of thousands of birds? There’s a reason why the company that was cited for the salmonella outbreak this winter also produces “cage-free” eggs. It’s not because they care about their hens’ welfare. No, it’s because there’s money in it. The profit margin for “organic” is much larger than that...

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

..."gem"- poultry of the world .jpeg on Wikipedia! :-) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Poultry_of_the_world.jpg Suzanne Oops! There is a higher resolution available, so you can read the print: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Poultry_of_the_world.jpg Terry Golson lovely! Susan Excellent posting! Thank you so much! Terry Golson When I first started with hens I did exactly what you did, and had no problems. Now I know how lucky I was that it worked out. Terry Golson Some breeders vaccinate, some don't. Terry Golson What a terrible experience. It cautions me that when I give my chicken keeping workshops here, that I should be even more careful than I am. I...

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

makes a normal shell but the membranes sometimes require a knife - what is she up to there? Only once did I break it by pushing my thumb in hard. Not doing that again. Denise I'm guilty of giving my hens unhealthy scraps, but I'm doing it less and less and less because I want them to be healthy. Their favorite treat of anything is red grapes. PLEASE don't anyone tell me they shouldn't have grapes because it's such fun to have them come take the grapes from me. Blueberries are also a big treat, but it's funny that they...

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

...'midsomer murders' (18 seasons worth on netflix! an inexpensive way to watch maximum amount of movies, btw). Ken God speed. Modern medicine is amazing. Tracy What a blessing to be able to have this surgery, and the skilled doctors to perform it! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers for an eventless recovery. Good movies: "The Blind Side", "Under the Tuscan Sun", "Definitely, Maybe", "The Proposal", and I agree with Erin- "The Holiday". Magic Cochin We'll be thinking of you - wishing you a gentle recovery. You must be looking forward to hearing all the animal voices around...

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

It’s hot and humid. Record breaking temperatures are expected this afternoon. This stresses the hens. The girls pant and hold their wings out and off of their bodies. I know they’re okay because they’re eating, drinking, moving around, and even laying eggs. But, still, I’d like to make them more comfortable, and I know just the treat. Watermelon! Hydration and electrolytes in one easily-consumed package. It didn’t take long for Topaz to look refreshed. Thanks, Chicken Maid! For more hints about how to keep your hens comfortable in severe heat, check my FAQ. The large melons at the market cost...

Cold Weather Chicken Treat – HenBlog – Tuesday, January 6, 2015

...breads, when the thermometer gets this low, you can indulge your hens with treats. I happened to have a box of multigrain cheerios languishing in the pantry. None of the humans liked them. This morning the sun didn’t shine, and the ground was hard with ice. It’s the perfect day to treat the hens.   I called the Ladies outside, but someone was blocking the door.   Once Phoebe and Twiggy came out, the others followed.   Everyone ate.   Phoebe loves this weather. Last night, as the cold front blew in with high gusts of wind, she was hopping...

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

...for all ages and stages. We declined! There was no analysis on the bag - absolutely none - so we are feeding good organic starter and our little girls are loving it. We are only feeding four birds, so the extra expense is small. Your suggestions for treats are most helpful! Kit I was wondering can you give hens as a treat those suets peanut block things that people put out for wild birds ? I would think that would give them a challenge to peck at as well. And they don't seem to be so bad on the prices....

A Cause of Odd Eggs – HenBlog – Friday, June 14, 2013

...that I’ve been blogging about. The culprit appears to be infectious bronchitis (iB). On a production farm, with pullets of one breed, crowded by the tens of thousands inside buildings, this can be devastating. Birds will exhibit severe respiratory symptoms. Egg production will drop to near to nothing for up to four weeks. Eggs that are laid will be large and thin-shelled. iB is caused by a virus. There is no treatment other than time. Eventually the symptoms will pass, normal eggs will be laid, and the farmer will have to add up the financial losses. At 52 weeks all...

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

...said that the cookies were a nice change from carrots. Here he is coming when called.   I’ll be writing more about training with treats in future posts. But for now, it’s important to say that I never give food “just because.” Horses are large and potentially dangerous animals. They can get pushy. A swing of a frustrated head, a shove, a bite, can do much damage. With this in mind, I only hand over a treat in response to a desired behavior. Also, how a horse takes a treat is as important as what he does to get it....

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

matter of time until she is gone. Today I found a thin, empty, bloodied shell on the floor of the outdoor run. Agnes had just finished eating the yolk from inside of it. It was a medium-sized white egg, so I knew it was laid by one of the Polish hens. I picked them up and looked at their vents. Siouxsie’s was bloody. At least her eggs are coming out whole. The two hens laying the soft eggs are the ones treated with doxycycline. The hens that were treated with just Tylan are fine; I collected three sturdy eggs from...

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...

I Have A New Camera – HenBlog – Sunday, June 26, 2011

...But prom photos dont look good if you forget and leave it on! trashmaster46 I love the one of Pip and Caper! Mary Oh, boy. Now I want a new camera! My 7 or 8 year old Coolpix is looking pretty sad with the electrical tape holding the battery door closed. It still takes more than acceptable pictures to me, but those pictures you have there... amazing. It's always so hard to get good chicken pictures because they refuse to pose for longer than a nanosecond. I'm looking forward to seeing all the great pictures you take. Mary in Indiana...

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

...in training methods, from "rope and throw", ride'em cowboy until they quit, up to the now much, much better methods. You never quit learning something about horses no matter how long you have been with them. I have enjoyed all the comments, pictures and blogs on this site, and will be seeing you on The Cooperative Horse. Cynthia in Dallas Sending my best wishes in your new adventures, Terry. I never even thought of getting chickens until I found you and Hen Cam. Maybe I'll get a horse next! I'll be reading along as usual. J.K. Feltri-George Congratulations on your...

New Camera – HenBlog – Thursday, February 27, 2014

even those who don't have their own flock/farm, but wish they did! Terry Golson Actually, it's now shedding season, so they scratch all parts on that fence! Terry Golson That's great! Lucky you to have a market where you can buy good eggs and a farmer to talk to. Lynda I am so grateful for your blog, advice, humor and delightful pictures! You are my "go to" person for all my worries and questions about chickens. It is all worth twice the price of your suggested contributions. Thank you! Kim Perkins Thank you!!! Elaine Your pictures and comments about Pet...

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

...Doctor Dolittle", are free through Kindle. If anyone is interested. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=doctor+dolittle#/ref=sr_st?keywords=doctor+dolittle&qid=1369426536&rh=n%3A133140011%2Ck%3Adoctor+dolittle&sort=price jonathan Lol I thought it was conjoin twins.. at closer look I can see its two sepetate birds LOL I can be a fool sometimes!!! Cindy B Yes, revisit your early library bookshelf. The more time goes by, the more early memories remain perfect. Do settle in with a copy of Dr. Doolittle on this cool, misty weekend. You won't regret it. P.S. I am enjoying the energy and activity of the pullets in the Little Barn run. Cindy B Yes, Sue ~ I, too, still have and enjoy...

My Cochlear Implant, My Brain, and Music – HenBlog – Friday, December 9, 2011

...What a wonderful Christmas this will be :) Rita Quinn What a wonderful miracle! I experienced a similar miracle of the visual type. I had lost my sight in my right eye due to detached retina. My left eye also had a retina detachment followed by glaucoma and finally a dense cataract. For ten years no doctor would touch my cataract for fear of causing a retina detachment. Finally, I was legally blind in my left eye and one doctor gave me hope of a 99% success rate for surgery, in his hands.It was successful, and the first time I...

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

could - I'm not convinced that this is the organization I'd give to. I'd rather give directly to a S&R team. Kathleen Thanks, Terry. Donation sent to HSM. Judy Ditto. Terry Golson Thanks, Kathleen and Judy! Donna I will be next..great idea...thanks! Donna Done..I feel better...That whole situation is beyond horrible. Terry Golson Thanks so much, Donna! Linden Whitfield National Search Dog Foundation has teams in Joplin, they seem to be a legitimate non-profit organization. You can donate through their home page. http://www.searchdogfoundation.org/98/html/index.html Will donate what I can to HSM also. This spate of deadly weather is beyond comprehension. How...

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

...up the track. I keep the carrots in a bag around my waist. Tonka never gets a treat just because I love him, (even though I do) because horses believe that all behavior is correlated to other behavior. If a horse nudges you once and gets a treat, the next time he sees you that nudge will be a shove. Training goes both ways, and happens whether you mean it to or not. Treats without reason lead to pushy horses. Horses are powerful animals. I never reward for anything (no matter how cute) that can turn into dangerous behavior. A...

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

he/she wing it? (pun sort of intended...) Terry Golson There's a lot of causes of feather loss. Usually bare backs are due to a rooster. Do you have one in the flock? She might be his favorite hen. BTW, although yogurt is useful for supplying probiotics and calcium, I've read that it should not be an everyday food. A few days to a week of it as a treat is good, but too much calcium causes problems in the long run. Terry Golson I am on an odd career path, aren't I? :) MePie Terry, I really appreciated that info...

Treat Holder for Hens – HenBlog – Friday, February 28, 2014

...morning, and a big snowstorm predicted for Sunday night) I’ve had to provide the chickens with more than cabbage to banish the winter boredom blahs. In the Gem’s coop, I have a suet feeder hanging from a chain. I can fill it with anything from greens to a slice of stale bread. The variety is good for their minds and health.   The chickens can’t gorge on the treats. They have to work for them. The feeder swings. The hens have to peck precisely through the mesh squares. It helps to keep them occupied while we all dream of springtime....

Animal Update – HenBlog – Monday, May 30, 2011

from their fount, we kept Candy in her hutch. Many of you were worried about her. Candy was a bit bored but it really and truly wasn’t a big deal. We let her hop around at night after the hens went to sleep. The hardest part of giving drugs to the hens isn’t getting a chicken to swallow a pill (easy! Perhaps I’ll do a YouTube video,) it’s throwing out the eggs for thirty days after treatment with doxycycline. That’s how long it takes for the drug to clear their systems. Isn’t this sad? The antibiotics and the stress caused...

Eggers – HenBlog – Friday, March 26, 2010

gain too much weight. Too much fat around the vent area can cause problems with laying, heart problems, and inflamations. I feed corn, too,and the hens eat it like candy! I've decided that a little is great, and too much is harmful. Just like overeating anything. I wouldn't take away the corn treats, but I am going to try to find out more information on portion size per hen. I am opting for more greens, especially dandelions, which I have read will help prevent parasites. I think Terry's site is a great place for henkeepers to gain appreciation of all...

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

...to keep them busy. Lauren had something else up her sleeve. It involved using power tools. Lauren loves working with power tools. Caper does, too. Lauren and I designed a treat dispenser for the goats, which she hung. It’s made from a couple of old dog toys that Lily doesn’t like. Filled with carrots, the goats like it very much. But, like the cardboard box, the treats didn’t last long. Truly, the best part of the enrichment that Lauren brought was herself. The boys didn’t want her to leave. Come back, Lauren! Lauren and I were tired from enriching the...

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

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

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

...out east on Long Island instead of sharp shooters- Lily Dog! They are lovely to look at but I am terrified, especially at dusk, that one will jump out on the road. A family friend was paralyzed due to such an accident. Terry Golson I don't agree, and I'm no fan of the HSUS. Terry Golson It would help if they ate the invasives! Kim Perkins It is also disheartening that in here in Maine people affected by tick borne illnesses are having difficulty finding doctors to treat them. They are having to travel out of state and pay for...

The Poultry Show – HenBlog – Sunday, January 15, 2012

& Peck blog also about this show. If Donatella Versace did chickens...... Mrs Bok Awww love those pics. Aren't chicken shows so interesting! Donna I love the poultry shows as well. I make a point of going to see them at the fair every year. I wish I could find a division that lets adults show birds. I know 4-H has one but nothing close to me. I have a gorgeous Andulusian that I would love to show! Terry Golson The county fairs here all have adult divisions. goatgirl That photo of the little showmen is priceless...in so many ways....

Folk Medicine Cure? – HenBlog – Monday, July 16, 2007

...washed her vent clean, trimmed the surrounding feathers (carefully, with scissors), and smeared the prolapse with Preparation H and pushed it back in. I put Betsy in a small dog crate with food and water and lined with clean newspaper. The vent soon prolapsed again. I repeated the Preparation H treatment. She showed no signs of distress or discomfort, but that prolapse wasn’t going away. Then I read on the Backyard Chickens forum, that someone had success with an old folk remedy – honey. I didn’t have much to lose, so I got some from the kitchen and spread about...

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

I am eagerly awaiting my first order in 3 weeks (a variety of Bantams). I have concerns after reading the blogs about mite and lice problems. I saw a product on the Welp Hatchery website called "Poultry Protector." It claims to treat lice, fleas, and mites with this spray-on treatment. Not sure what active ingredients it contains other than it states "enzymes"....has anyone heard or used this product before? Gigi Terry Golson The best thing you can do is to keep them clean and give them a place for dirt baths. I've heard of that spray, but haven't used it....

Wormer Warning – HenBlog – Friday, May 16, 2014

that the animals that live with an animal on antibiotics is affected by the drug. Lisa Webb Thank you Terry for what are always well researched blogs. I hope that many who benefit from your blogs in order to better meet the health needs of their flocks and to enjoy these wonderful birds to the fullest potential are also supporting you financially when they are able. Let's all treat Terry to a latte! Alissa Ah, yes, I was remembering a story about a new FDA rule that food producers must get a vet's prescription in order to use antibiotics for...

The Chicken Keeping Workshop – HenBlog – Sunday, July 31, 2011

...this journey. Thanks again! Ken from MO. Oh how I wish I didn't live so far. Looked like a great time. I am a firm believer that people who keep and care for animals are wonderful people and make great friends. Denise I am so glad you had a good turnout. What a wonderful way for people to be introduced to chickens, or just to gain more valuable information about their flock care. You are a great teacher - and baker, I'm sure:-) Amber Have you considered publishing your chicken medicine cabinet recommendation list? You've referenced individual items as problems...

A Scary Day – HenBlog – Friday, August 14, 2015

...gorgeous plant that must be over seventy years old. The guys were trimming it, too. They know and love my animals, and decided to give them some rhodie branches because they know that deer like it, and thought it’d be a treat for the goats. It was my total fail that I didn’t tell them to not feed it. Rhododendron is toxic to goats. An hour or so after the crew left, I saw the rhodie branches in the goats’ enclosure. I tossed them into the woods. I wasn’t worried. The goats have walked by these plants numerous times and...

Fat Hens and Flock Health – HenBlog – Thursday, March 14, 2013

Flock Mistress Well said. I was guilty of putting out too many treats and lost a hen to Fatty Liver Disease and have another one who have it. The vet gave her medicine to help jump start her liver and I know how you feel about vet visit for chickens. But she's very special to me. And it worked. Her old personality came back and she's much more active and the fatty lump under her has gone down in size. I learned my lesson and I'm much more careful now with what they get as a treat and how much....

Coop Ventilation – HenBlog – Friday, May 23, 2014

...as important as floor space! If the roof has a vent like the one pictured above, it shouldn’t be right at the top of the roost, but well above the sleeping hens’ heads. Too often, people like the idea of having the smallest coop possible. When planning shelter for your chickens, reverse that idea. In the case of hen housing, bigger is better, Still, I understand about space constraints and have an annotated Pinterest page with small coop ideas. If you’ve had problems with ventilation, let me know. If you’ve solved those problems, I really want to hear about it!...

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

for YEARS so I've done lots of experimenting. She gets a half teaspoon in a treat every evening and lays a perfect shelled egg. If I forget and skip a dose, I get a soft shelled egg. Not much harm in trying. Jp Hi Terry, I've a question about chicken age and chicken illnesses: would you say most birds that have problems are after their second or third year of age, or have you kept stats on each bird's age/illness trends? I've had a few minor losses here and there at different ages with different factors, but overall I've been...

Teaching Stay and Come to a Horse – HenBlog – Monday, March 2, 2015

...what he is doing right – all four feet on the ground, weight square over them. Calm. The treat makes the behavior rewarding and worth doing again. The click ends the behavior. If he moves after it, no problem. He still gets the treat. I build duration. I step away, count to three, he remains standing, I click and treat. If he moves, no matter, there’s no click. We try again. There’s nothing to punish, no reason to scare him back into position with a threatening rope or a harsh word. The training is quiet. The horse is relaxed. It...

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...

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

...Sorry for all the problems you are having trying to watch the cams! One of the fundamental principles of IT work is only change one thing at the time. Throwing that caution to the wind, I changed three things at once: • installed a major update to JW Player, the embedded video player we use here at HenCam • changed configuration to better support Android, something we've been trying to do for a long time • added support for new streaming standard MPEG-DASH While I keep trying to get everything working, if you have problems viewing the cams, try these...

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

...OEG bantams) My Murray, Margie and E-bay are sweet, calm, yet extremely active, love to jump up on your lap and eat of your hand or jump up on your lap and look for a treat then "tell" you all about it if you don't have a treat. The hens actually "coo" when I hold them. I got Murray and Margie as day old chicks and a broody hen raised them. I did handle them each day so they would not be afraid of me and being handled. E-bay came from eggs I bought on E-bay and I raised her...

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

Also, there’s some evidence that pumpkin seeds help to control a chicken’s internal parasites. Even if all of those good things weren’t in the pumpkins, I’d provide one to my flock because it keeps them busy and out out of trouble. It wasn’t right that the Gems should enjoy pumpkin season and not the hens in the Little Barn. It was time to treat the Literary Ladies. So, as much as I like to rely on my own garden for treats for the hens (and there are plenty of weeds around to feed them) I went out and bought a...

Bird Watching – HenBlog – Sunday, June 9, 2013

lilies and yours are so lovely. Steve outdid himself with these pictures. His camera caught a perfect robin's egg blue. Is there a prettier blue than that? Not in my eyes. You live someplace that you don't even have to go outside to count your blessings. I'm happy for you, Terry, and your family. The only thing I might be envious over though, is the colors in your daily egg collection. Can't wait till the young ones start laying. :o) Pat D. I live in Missouri, and the Bluebird is our state bird. Great pictures, I sure enjoy all your...

Petunia – HenBlog – Sunday, December 26, 2010

...but I could tell that her problems weren’t due to everyone’s first guess, which always seems to be a bound egg. There were no eggs forming in her reproductive tract. And since there were no eggs in the fluids, it wasn’t my first guess of internal laying, either. I know enough to know that her internal organs were diseased. I think this is typical of older hens. I saw it in Ginger and Marge, two other hens that I’ve done autopsies on. All had enlarged, thickened, discolored ovaries and other organs that don’t look at all like the diagrams in...

Traffic Jams – HenBlog – Friday, June 19, 2015

treat my birds if possible, before I leave on what could be a two or three month trip. I bought a treatment for parasites that I can add to their water for a few days, throwing away the eggs they produce during the treatment and for a couple of days afterward, but I prefer to treat them naturally. I will also be powdering them with wood ash and adding it to their bedding and dusting areas. You may have written about this already. A link to more info would be much appreciated. Best wishes, Linda Lambert Jan We live in...

Dog Training – HenBlog – Friday, November 7, 2014

...my slipper? Only then does she bring the slipper back.   She has positioned him right next to the treat jar. As I said, Lily is a very good trainer.   She hands over the slipper and Steve gives her a treat. Good boy! Lily thought up this trick all by herself. I never taught her to fetch slippers. Lily came up with this genius idea and carefully trained Steve to do each step. She managed to do it all with positive reinforcement so that Steve enjoys the trick as much as she does. I’m taking training lessons from Lily....

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

Not quite two weeks ago, I noticed that Eleanor, the Barred Rock, was limping. Sometimes hens sprain a muscle jumping off roosts. I didn’t worry about her. But the next day she was moving even more stiffly, so I picked her up and examined her. This is what I saw: Her bottom was red, swollen, hot and had feather loss. I immediately put her in an isolation stall to keep the other hens from pecking at the red skin, and so that I could treat her. Also, a chicken’s droppings are the best way to diagnose what is wrong. Keeping...

Bumblefoot – HenBlog – Tuesday, August 7, 2012

...appreciate you sharing your procedure and treatment. I know it feels wonderful to have a successful outcome. Amber Hi Terry, thank you so much for another helpful post! Is bumblefoot generally accompanied by other signs of infection (swelling, redness, limping), or can it appear as a flat scab or callus with no other symptoms? Kit Poor Tina, glad to hear though that she came out okay. She must have stepped on something, and maybe gotten a infection that way. Those puffy feathers really do block their views, will you be giving Tina and Siouxsie some feather cuts soon so they...

Eggers Update – HenBlog – Saturday, October 10, 2009

is an efficient way to treat all of your birds at one time. I don’t want to treat everyone, which is one reason to keep Eggers separate from the flock. However, although Eggers seems to like the doted-on life indoors, but I’m eager to get her back out! I might end up dosing her with the medicated water, using a syringe intended for giving human babies cough medicine. If I do that twice a day, I’m sure she’ll get the medicine in her. It’s a bit of a chore – but better than cleaning out the crate in the kitchen!...

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

...faces when made to take medicine. I repeated this until I got about a half-ounce down her throat. Finally done, I put Buffy back out in the hutch. I filled her bowl with laying hen pellets and hulled sunflower seeds. She set right to eating. I don’t know if this will work, but I am confident that this treatment is what Buffy needs to recover. It might be that she’s too worn out. It might be that she has cancer or something equally serious. But, as I’ve said before, this hen has had more lives than a cat. Several times...

Why Old Hens Die – HenBlog – Thursday, February 17, 2011

...exhibit symptoms. Blackie does test positive for leukosis – as does one young hen, but not the other. These viruses are shed in fecal matter and feather dust. They’ll always be on my property. They’re ubiquitous and are probably on yours. What the blood tests show is that some birds will get the viruses and others won’t. It’s a matter of genetics, constitution and vaccination. I’m not convinced that it was Marek’s or leukosis that did in my birds. There’s another possible culprit – adenocarcinoma. Adenocarcinomas are malignant tumors, also caused by viruses that chickens are prone to. In fact,...

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

are working! Candy’s ears are becoming more pliant and the skin is turning a healthier pink. The medicine stings where the skin is raw, and Candy hates the smell of it (which also masks the aroma of the banana chips, so she doesn’t get a treat immediately). In a few days, I think she’ll be ready to go outside. Domestic animals have been bred for centuries (and some for millennium) to suit our needs. Dairy animals produce more milk than necessary for their own offspring, so that we can use it, too. Sheep have fine wool, beef cattle put on...

Fussy Eater Rabbits – HenBlog – Monday, November 10, 2014

...for us, but then he liked rats and snakes, so who's accounting for taste here???? Eleanor Awww, your blog is amazing, and it's great to see all the pictures of your chickens!!! I love chickens, and they are ma favourite animal. I have 4 bantams, and 9 regular chickens, all of which I love to pieces! I've just got a quick question: have u ever tried feeding ur chickens spaghetti?! They love it, trust me!!:) Terry Golson They do love spaghetti, but too much of it and they lay thin-shelled eggs, so they get it only as a rare treat....

Tina – HenBlog – Monday, December 10, 2012

...helped me greatly as a new backyard chicken raiser we have a nine acre farm and are starting to plant trees for lumber . My hens are definitely my pets. I must say you are an excellent communicator and I appreciate all your information. Donna This was a great post Terry..Thank you. The cute little spotted birds I showed you in my coop that I could not remember the name of? The are Exchequer Leghorns. You might want to put some on your list! And don't forget the Blue Andalusians! They are gorgeous and good layers. Linda I'm glad you...

How Long Do Chickens Live? – HenBlog – Tuesday, April 10, 2012

...and are in a backyard flock, they’ll still not have long lives. They’re designed to put on weight quickly and their bones and hearts can’t handle the strain. Chickens bred for high egg production, like my Golden Comets, Agnes and Philomena, are constantly depleting their systems in order to produce eggs day in and day out. Sometimes you lose a hen to what I call “sudden chicken death” (SCD). There are no warning symptoms. They simply give out and you find a bird, dead on the floor. If they live past three, they’ll often have health issues and stop laying....

Digging Dandelions – HenBlog – Wednesday, April 18, 2012

...do want these pretty little flowers. So, I dig up the dandelions, one by one. If I do about four minutes a day of digging, I can keep the dandelions under control. It’s a tedious chore and it makes my back ache. But, I do get immediate gratification because I have a cheering section. The chickens eagerly scarf up the dandelions. Dark, leafy greens are essential to a flock’s health, and what with how high feed prices have gone up, I feel quite frugal giving them this treat. Candy eats the flowers and the greens. They are also very good...

Animal Friendships – HenBlog – Tuesday, December 18, 2012

...to see your photo on this post. Now I can see for myself what everyone else has been viewing so thank you for that. But! The photo of Pip and Candy, now that is priceless. What a very sweet picture that is. That must be one of the best animal interaction pictures I have ever seen. I made my husband look at it too and it also made him smile. That is beyond cute! Thank you as always for sharing. Bobbie Terry, thank you for making my heart happy today and putting the smile back on my face. Love the...

It’s Greening Up – HenBlog – Thursday, March 8, 2012

...little Scooter just high stepping it down the road. So Proud he is... I had to take a second look at the photo with Agatha in it, she blended in at first glance. Terry Golson Ken, if you sit on the couch and scratch his butt, he'd consider yourself yours. No loyalty whatsoever. Viki in Grass Valley CA Terry and all, Earlier this month, Animal Place, an animal rescue org. rescued thousands of hens from an egg farm in Califonia that went out of buisness and left 50,000 hens to starve to death. 40,000 could not be saved. If anyone...

Horse Whiskers – HenBlog – Tuesday, March 1, 2016

have. I stay away from nasty places. And Karla's right, you handled that soooo well. You can't print my first knee jerk reaction to that woman's comment. You rock! Kim I'm not sure how I ended up here, in my random internet search for something I have now forgotten, but I just finished reading about horse whiskers and wanted to let you know how much it made me smile. It's been years since I've been around horses and I'd forgotten... about horse whiskers and dust baths and food pickiness (reminds me of my dog who can separate her food like...

Big Boys – HenBlog – Friday, November 9, 2012

...time and I tell them just what I'm going to do to them before I do it. Some people think I'm crazy but animal people understand. Terry do you routinely have the goats tested for worms or were they showing symptoms? Hope the treatment takes care of the nasty worms. Rebecca Hope the little scamps do well with the treatment. Bobbie LOVE the look on Caper's face! PIcture 1 getting the talk from Goat Maid's husband - so serious. You sure married a great guy Terry! Do the goat boys have a yearly check up? Dianne R Your story and...

Buff Orpington From Chick To Adult – HenBlog – Tuesday, May 14, 2013

was thinking of when he wrote ' the last of life for which the first was made' a most contented - even fulfilled - hen. Terry Golson Yes, that's Buffy. Terry Golson Oh, I should have put a broody photo in there :) Mikayla I have a question: I've noticed that on pictures of older hens, some have combs and some do not. Why is this? Elaine Your comments are great. Thanks for sharing all the lovely pictures and thoughts. Suzanne As George Carlin put it, "Life is a series of dogs." (Or hens!) Carrie Lee McCleary I like that...

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

Jaye I hope so too - that it's a passing phase, that she just ate something when she was out foraging that didn't agree with her. Maybe a spa treatment would help? It must be disconcerting that she doesn't have any obvious symptoms, but just "isn't her usual self " Bobbie awww Opal. Hoping all goes well. I know you will keep her comfortable and do the right thing for her Terry. santeebunnyshelter How is Opal this morning?? Jaye I was happy to see Opal back in the big barn scratching about with her flockmates this morning. She looked to...

Chicken Necropsies – HenBlog – Monday, August 12, 2013

I detailed here. That other category covers everything from cancer, to fatty liver disease, to internal laying. Once again, it’s sheer guesswork to try to deduce the underlying cause of your hen’s symptoms. Once again, almost everything you read online is wrong. A chicken has only so many ways of looking ill, and that penguin stance, the listlessness, the dark comb, can be caused by any number of very different ailments. Sometimes those symptoms don’t point to a lethal disease. Sometimes a chicken simply needs to get their internal systems moving. Maybe her mineral balance is out of whack. Maybe...

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

...what you find upon doing the necropsy. Fascinating. Over the five years we've kept chickens, hens and roosters, a number have died of diseases with various symptoms but we have never done a necropsy and we don't know what they died of. (I don't think I'd be able to bring myself to do one.) Many of our sick chickens have recovered with some preferential treatment e.g. the spa, special diet, time out in the "IC" unit, which is typically spent in a large cage in our garage, and meds that we think will help but we never know if they...

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

...solid as this one did. It helps to know how the chicken’s digestive tract works to determine if something is amiss. The crop is a holding area – the organs in the rest of the digestive tract are far smaller. So, there are times during the day when the crop expands, but slowly, and as she digests the food, it shrinks. The organ immediately after the crop is the gizzard. This is where tough and large pieces of food are ground down. The gizzard is small and muscular. Chickens swallow tiny rocks, which go into the gizzard to help break...

The Broody Hen – HenBlog – Monday, July 21, 2014

enough to keep your hens healthy. Feed laying hen pellets (they're 16% protein, which is right for hens), and don't give scratch grains. Veggies and alfalfa are good for treats. I've written about feeding here. Jp I have a bantam among my flock of Rhode Island Reds. The bantam is the only one I've noticed going broody, but it only lasts a day on average, and hasn't caused any problems (except the cursing out she gave me when I collected eggs: maybe that's why the rooster steers clear of her). The others are starting to lay eggs, so I guess...

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

Sara I think the dog cover is adorable! I think you also need a (ahem) cat book :) Nice job! Patti I have shared on FB and Twitter...I like the dog book cover best...only because I have two dogs and could picture either of them in that car!! Kris the pigs are just TOO cute! jaye Tough choice, but my vote is for the pigs cover of the Vintage Farm Animal Photographs book. Leecia Price 'Vintage Dog Photographs' !!! The dog looks like my chow-mix Remy, a very sweet, if bratty, boy. Thanks for the opportunity to win these. Leecia...

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...

Why to Feed Chickens Pellets – HenBlog – Friday, June 5, 2015

a week, and most of them survive the laying process and a day in the nest, so I haven't been worried. I only feed scratch as an occasional treat or bribe, so the rest of their diet is free choice oyster shell, greens, and squash or melons, plus whatever they dig out of the ground in their large pen. Should I change to pellets? Sue I forgot to say, all my hens are a year old and have been laying for six months. Terry Golson Crumbles are simply pellets that are ground up. (Unless they're some organic brands which are...

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

Joyce Renshaw I love it I love it. Wish I did have that face looking at me every morning! Lacy Dollar love it!! it always looks like they are smiling at you. i have two choice pictures on my fridge of some smiling goats, and everytime i look at them i get a smile of my own!:) bunnylady ADDDDDOOOREEEAAABBBLE!! Ken (from MO) Cute, cute cute. That nose is just begging for a big ole smooch!!! Side note, frozen green beans are a great snack for dogs. I have a tendancy to over indulge my dogs. My Boston got a little...

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

Deborah Little Blue was my favorite. I'm so sorry. Laura B awww sorry for your loss i loved little blue as well. i have two pullets that look like her and their mother was named "Pearl" and she was a splash cochin bantam just as yours is. She was taken by a snake :( and ever since ive been following your little pullets. The rest of them from the pictures look all healthy and wonderful so I am excited for you that you will have more eggs soon! Take care. Jen Oh so sorry about Little Blue-- I was rooting...

Lily Puts the Toys Away – HenBlog – Saturday, July 17, 2010

...can't sit still while I treat Cooper. I haven't tried clicker training yet but have always been interested. Is the point to clicker training to have an audio cue for an achieved goal without having to food reward each time? From what I've read though, in the beginning you treat with every click and then wean slightly so a treat is intermittent. Is this correct? Thanks for sharing Terry! Very much an interest of mine. Terry Golson Cheese DOES make Lily happy, and I couldn't have trained her without giving her tangible, immediate rewards. But, once she's mastered a trick,...

At The Big E – HenBlog – Tuesday, September 24, 2013

purchase than a corn dog!! jennifer bevins lol. Always love the posts here as well as the pictures. We don't have things like this where I live and am so pleased when you show pictures of these events. My favorite is the Clydesdale. He is a handsome fellow. Personally I think God made the horse as the most beautiful animal. Always glad to come here. Hope all have a good day at Little Pond. Jean R Wonderful pictures. There is a bit of a farmer in me, I think. I am not so familiar with horses, but Clydesdales are breathtaking....

NOT Mycoplasma! – HenBlog – Tuesday, May 31, 2011

gram-negative bacteria. Perhaps one of those, or both, caused the symptoms. Perhaps not. Fortunately, regardless of the cause, the treatment worked. I’m of two minds about how worthwhile those tests were. Obviously, since I’m just getting the results back now, the knowledge they provide isn’t timely. If I’d waited to make treatment decisions based on the tests more hens would have died. However, if the Tylan and doxycycline weren’t effective, it would have been important to confirm exactly what infectious agent we were fighting and the cultures would have been worth the expense. In the end, for me, it’s worth...

Year End Egg Count – HenBlog – Wednesday, January 6, 2010

...number for how many hens I keep, but certainly enough to keep us in omelets and pudding. It costs about 8¢ day to feed and bed each hen, which comes to just over $400 a year. Divide that by the number of eggs, and each egg costs 30¢. If I were to buy organic eggs at the market, I would pay the same amount. However, add in the cost of the hens, the equipment, medicine, egg cartons, electricity, sand for the run when it gets muddy, fencing, cabbage and cost of the pet sitter when we go away…this is only...

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

...are herd animals that can read the emotional life of another horse 20 feet away by the flick of an ear. They are animals that form lifelong friendships. They also hold grudges. Horses believe that everything has cause and effect. So to keep that kind eye intact, it is not enough to simply dote on your horse. it’s not the love you feel, or the treats you give, but how you treat him. Every action (or inaction) matters.So, to nurture Tonka’s kind eye, I have to comport myself in a way that relates to him (even across a field, my...

The Troubles Of Biddy – The Vintage Hen – Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Kathleen The lessons of 1917 hold true today, parents learn that sometimes our little chicks are actually little ducks.But we love them anyway. Ofcourse my little chicks have grown into beautiful swans, but that is another story ; ) Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life The graphics are so sweet. Terry Golson Swans, elephants, lemurs... flexibility as a parent is the key! Terry Golson She was a very talented artist and founded Fisher Price toy company with her husband in order to produce toys based on her illustrations. Go back and look at some of the first Fisher Price toys and...

Fresh Corn for Hens – HenBlog – Thursday, February 5, 2015

It’s snowing. Again. Despite shoveling, the hens’ outdoor space has been reduced to a modest rectangle, enclosed by four-foot walls of white. Less space and dreary days can instigate pecking and feather picking amongst the girls. I’ve been proactive, trying to stave off the cabin fever that leads to bad habits. Chickens are hard-wired to move about and forage all day. Don’t be tempted, during the cold of winter, to give them a big bowl of warm treats in the morning. They’ll gorge and then stand around. Instead, give them something interesting to do that will keep them busy for...

Sweet Clementine – HenBlog – Thursday, April 10, 2014

to internal laying, resulting in egg yolk peritonitis. Both girls were treated at the vets, antibiotics etc, and the first one lasted another 6 months. My second girl filled up after just 2 weeks of being drained and medicated and died. It is an awful thing to happen to chickens, but unfortunately it is not uncommon and I feel that once they begin with it, in my experience, it always reoccurs (especially with the hybrids that are just bred to be egg machines). You have covered this subject very well as chicken keepers should be aware of these symptoms. I,...

The Beast Gets Sunburn – HenBlog – Tuesday, June 24, 2014

...:) I've used a variety / combinations just depending on the circumstances and the breed of fish. Goldfish/Koi do well with voice and visual. They are -very- interactive fish. I like to use voice and a distinctive treat container. The sight of the treat container can help on a day their attention is lacking and you really need them to get a move on. Or away. Treats are whatever works with that fish. Worms in all their varieties are generally a favorite. Even freeze dried tubifex worms (they come in cubes). Goldfish/Koi are generally not picky. Even just extra 'regular'...

Flock Update – HenBlog – Sunday, July 1, 2012

...squished as well! I hope Topaz is soon over her broodiness and is able to eat regularly (and give Pearl some space). As for Twinkydink; well, she's just amazing. The pictures you've been getting of Topaz are priceless! Sheri It sounds like you've been going through a lot on the farm. It was probably best to put Topaz back in the coop (3rd time) to cool down, once again. I'm saddened to hear that Philomena passed away but she at least went peacefully and is now with Agnes. It is another loss for you and the other hens. I'm so...

Extending the Goat Paddock – HenBlog – Monday, September 7, 2009

...things happen, like I would feed them something that made them sick because I didn't know any better. Raising goats was a continuous learning process. I always had to be so careful. I remember how picky they were, but loving, each with their own personality. They were like big dogs. The worst problems we had were when we took the goats to the fair, petting areas, or summer camps. Places where they could pick up problems like pink eye from people or other animals. One of the best pieces of advice I could give you would be to have anyone...

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...

Thank You – The Vintage Hen – Sunday, October 20, 2013

Bobbie Thank you for the pictures Terry! Love that you caught Misty's beak open, makes me smile. It warms my heart that the Literary Ladies let Buffy be, so that she may have her share. I'll be watching for FULL crops today! Laura This character-filled, yet tolerant flock is a reflection of their Flockmistress. Glad to see them enjoying something it will take days to figure out and peck out. So much better than one big treat gorge-fest. Cath I've only just found your blog and I'm loving it! Such happy hens. :) Jen from Va I can't get over...

Getting Better – HenBlog – Wednesday, June 6, 2007

...like this. I don’t wonder why farmers cull a bird at the first sign of disease. Also, like human medicine, the drugs are expensive – I’ve spent over $60 so far. Then, there’s the issue of transmission. These hens are saved, but will they pass this disease along to the next bird to join the flock? If I was a farmer, I wouldn’t want to wait to find out. But I’m not a farmer; I have these chickens for eggs, but they are also my pets. They’re treated and they get to stay. That said, I have some questions that...

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

...the barn. Sarah's job is to supervise getting the others into the coop each night, with running commentary, as we carry her. (She's forever caging rides.) It's a nice reinforcement to know the profit came when I went over organic feed, which cost nearly double over commercial feed. I went from $3/doz. for regular eggs to $4.50/doz for organic and am sold out all the time. It's nice to know someone else also tracks these things, and the results. Terry Golson You have names for all 45 of your hens? Terry Golson General rule of thumb is a 20% drop...

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...

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...

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

...raining buckets. Even running as fast as I could back to the house, I got soaked. This morning Betsy was put right back in the broody coop. She has water and a small piece of watermelon. She doesn’t have any other food – her crop is getting smaller but it’s still full enough. I know she’s fine. She’s pooping and she’s glaring at me. I’m hoping it’ll be only two more days before she back to her sweet self. I’m also hoping she’ll forget about the egg eating. When werewolves turn back into people they forget their evil ways, right?...

Cold Combs – HenBlog – Thursday, January 9, 2014

...cream to thier combs on the freezing nights. I wont use vaseline as it is a petroleum product and I prefer natural organic methods. I heard coconut oil will work also. So far so good, but they put up a stink when I do it. Bobbie Awww, poor Misty, Her summer photo is just gorgeous! I hope her comb and wattles will return! Suzanne I love that picture of Twiggy posing for the camera! Mikayla Terry, I was worried about respiratory ilnesses with my poor coop design, but the issue that I was least worried about popped up. Frostbite. My...

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...

Sunshine in the Barnyard – HenBlog – Saturday, March 12, 2011

...included) around the barnyard in some sunlight! Kit Nice picture of Beast, I thought the Beast was a male fish. Have any of her offspring ever survived a spawning ? I can imagine a few little white fishes in that pond of yours. Terry Golson I think the Beast is a female. The pond also started with normal orange goldfish and a few fancier ones. There are now small (but growing) white and white mixes. Leecia Price Terry, Thank you for the lovely pictures of your barnyard and your animals. I enjoy them so much. The snow brings so much...

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

...so far. They looked terrible! The first winter the girls were laying two to three eggs a day. Now we are getting only one egg a day. Haven't had any problems so far (crossed fingers). They free range and are my ever present garden helpers. Looking forward to keeping track of your doings. Your pie party sounds fascinating - I LOVE pies! Brenda I have a Black Copper Marans that was hatched last Feb. She has not laid an egg yet and she is a big girl. I've read that late laying is normal for this breed. Right now nobody...

Shell-less eggs – HenBlog – Thursday, April 7, 2016

Melissa I am going through this EXACT same thing right now! It was a relief to see your post! Tracy Aww, poor girl. This aging thing is rough on all of us! Amy Sanchez You might want to give this a try. I have a Jersey Giant who was laying soft shelled eggs and this fixed the issue. http://www.morningbirdproducts.com/product_calciumpluspowder.html My JG gets 1/8 tsp mixed into a treat every day as late in the afternoon as I can. I recommend buying a 1/8 tsp measuring spoon so you are exact. You want to give the hen as close to 1...

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

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

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

...had chickens 40 years ago. I forgot how engaging they are. I would love a chicken t shirt. Katie Albert We have about 4 dozen hens. Many breeds from Rhode Island Reds to Silver Laced Polish. I started out with just 6 four years ago, I thought it would be a neat project for my 3 year old. Well my dear husband has went crazy with it! We just love them. Kathleen Do they have to be alive? I just bought a really cool stone chicken for my garden because alas I can have an live ones. Not sure if...

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

...motionless for minutes, while one of the goats was staring at her for some time and left again. She then turned around and started eating melting snow. She looked so pale. After some time she turned around and stood hunched again. So sad. Then Misty or Nancy stepped outside and looked at Twinkydink attentively. The other animals must know death is near for her. I heard about the blizzards and hope this extreme weather doesn't cause serious problems in your country. Ken My experience is that in these extreme cold roosters suffer the most. 1. They don't put on the...

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

...garden surprises! I like to let stuff go to seed before I pull it and then see where it pops up later on! Do you ever refer to the farmers almanac? Donna My surprise this year was cantaloupes! They flowered like mad and then did nothing for MONTHS! I was so mad at them I stopped watering them and one day I spy a big round cantaloupe hiding under the leaves. I am not mad at them anymore! Marie I can't wait to see pictures! Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life I hope I get some surprises like that next year...

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

...she find all she needs in the pond? And how do you know??!! Pat D. Cool pictures! A fish you have had for 10 years! Wow! Tracy Good Lord. The Beast really is well named. Tell me, how do you sex Koi? Natalie, the Chickenblogger She is a remarkable beast. Terri I love to watch koi. They are not only beautiful but can be very friendly. Nice he/she has gold fish for company :) Kris The Beast and her minions. I love that. Great pictures. I just recently acquired a pond liner and have ordered the pump for it. Now...

From Chick to Adult Hen – HenBlog – Friday, April 10, 2015

...new babies this year, the inn is full, maybe next year. I do go to the grain stores and look though! I agree about the Grand Dames I have 3 from my original 6 They are regal ladies they just turned 4 They rule the yard, stay together, I just adore them, but I know they are old now, my black star Winnie-poo still lays quite a lot, funny we thought we would lose her when she was a chick, she was always the smallest. She turned out the strongest, never have any problems with her. Louise Stopford The picture...

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

...the treat and came out of the nest box before she finished what she was doing. She made some funny leg stretches, and dropped a perfect egg point down in the mud where it remained upright.Then she shook herself and went for the treat! Terry Golson Very funny. Hens do lay eggs while standing up, but I've never seen an egg remain upright :) Terry Golson And it's exactly for that ditziness that we keep Polish. Pat Dennis I love the Polish hens! I am sorry if I am the only one who doesn't know about this, but is that...

Greens In Winter – HenBlog – Tuesday, February 15, 2011

...but they love to nip the ends off the tops. I know that they can get compacted crops by swallowing long blades of tough grasses, too. Always something, isn't there! I was told one time, in response to an article I did against dubbing, that I was one of those people who treat their chickens like Disney characters. Supposedly caring if animals are happy and safe is against good "business" guidelines. I cannot toughen my heart or ignore my empathy, and treat animals as units of profit. Sigh. I won't dress them up in little gowns, but I want them...

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

...you. He’s not happy. The trainer sees this sullen behavior and wants to change the tone. Because horses don’t usually respond to treats like happy, tail wagging dogs, the tendency is to click and treat basic behavior over and over. The ears do prick up during that moment of eating! But rather than generating enthusiasm, I think that his compounds the pinned ear problem. It becomes a behavior chain: pin ears → get food → pin ears → get food. I’ve had many conversations with Karen Pryor about this basic mistake that so many trainers make (I’ve done it myself)...

Winter Settles In – HenBlog – Sunday, December 11, 2011

...blog (there are many things, this is just one) is how you manage to pack in the most relevant, helpful information in your writing, without writing paragraph after paragraph. You always have good quality pictures, something interesting to say about the pictures and your life, what you've learned and what you're feeling. In just a few words! Now that is a gift! The English write that way...spare, but enough. Like Beryl Markham in "West with the Night." Your writing reminds me of hers - and she was enchanting. So are you. Your blog is the first I click on, whenever...

Bumblebee Farm – HenBlog – Saturday, September 22, 2012

...sparse, but I have a bumper crop of butternut. Terry Golson :) Debbie Beautiful pictures Terry. I love your optimism that even though you didn't get a good crop of pumpkins you did get a beautiful weed that is attracting bumble bees. Sara Amazing pictures. Suzanne Sometimes weeds are very beautiful! Good pictures of the bumblebees! - I just finished reading "Adventures in Ecology" by Edith Clements; one of the photos' caption says it is a sphinx moth pollinating a flower- but you can totally see a pin sticking out of the moth! Well, I guess cameras weren't fast enough...

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...

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

I was wondering why it is important to clear white pine seedlings? Has there been trouble with white pine in your area? Or is it just to keep the pasture clear? M.E. WOW! GORGEOUS! What a treat! Vicki in So. CA Absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much. Terry Golson Those seedlings can choke a pasture in a year. Elizabeth Anne (TX) Thank you for the daily gentle therapy break. Your pictures are so calming and peaceful. I know you love and appreciate all you enjoy around you, and thanks for sharing with us. Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life Gorgeous! Kit...

A Beautiful Winter – HenBlog – Thursday, February 19, 2015

running all day and look whenever I can. Brings hours of enjoyment and nice to read comments from people around the globe. Just wish more would treat you to a coffee or sent dollars as I did, I do not think they realize how much the site costs to run and how much it would be missed if gone...(.There I've said my piece ) Stay safe and warm :) Marie Beautiful pictures, Terry! My favorite is the pussy willow - can spring be far away? Charlie I guess it's all a matter of perspective. I agree with Scooter's sentiments ......

On Instagram – The Vintage Hen – Friday, March 13, 2015

Jan Great pictures, but where are the girls !! Will you still be doing your blogs ? Marie Scooter has the cutest face! Durbin Goodwin Scooter has that look like I have had enough of winter already. While Lily spends her time dreaming of when the grass will be green again. I have a facebook page but do really fight the social media thing. Like you, I find twitter to be pretty silly. Keep those pictures coming. Visiting you and your animals is such a highlight of my day. Terry Golson One photo a day. Not to worry, the blog...

Bluebirds – HenBlog – Monday, July 1, 2013

see phoebe occasionally, but i've never seen her do and move around in the pictures or seen her little house that apparently she's supposed ot live in. i try finding her w/ the places that my site offers - no luck can you help? i'd like to watch phoebe, altho it's the girls and the goats that are my first thought. do enjoy everything i see, tho - and thanks for thinking of a great idea! jennifer bevins Hi Terry, I think I'm messing up all your good instruction. I give my girls their "treats" at the end of the...

A Sick Hen – HenBlog – Friday, October 9, 2009

Bunnylady Awwwweeee !! Poor chicken!! I hope she is ok!! Sounds like she is in the proper hands for her medical care!! Tracy Byers Please explain the diluted epsom salts. What is their therapeutic purpose? I really appreciate you blogging about this- it is instructional and educational for all of us. Donna Let us know how she fares....Chickens are EXTREMELY hard to diagnose...They always have the same symptoms, but the droopiness is the first...She is so pretty and I am sure you caught it in time...Have a good weekend! Donna Terry Golson The epsom salts act to detoxify whatever is...

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

...want them to have emotions, to wish that they looked forward to seeing us and all that silly stuff we think. It's not ever doing right by an animal to humanize it. When I read Temple Grandin's book, she told a story about a lion that was to be transported across country by rail. Someone thought it would be more comfortable if it had a pillow to sleep on, rather than straw. The lion ate the pillow and died. A terrible story, but a great example of what treating them like a human can do. Yes, we are their stewards,...

Sick Hens – HenBlog – Monday, July 8, 2013

...out in the middle of nowhere doctoring their own animals. If we couldn't do it ourselves, we couldn't do it at all. jennifer bevins I agree with Kris. I went to Arcata Pet Care and ordered the Duramycin and eye ointment just now. They didn't have the terramycin, but I ordered Vetericyn instead. Sounds like a good medicines to have on hand. Dahlia Was just cleaning my coop and noticed my young roo has a puffy eye, and bubbles in the corner. Came to hencam to see if you had any advice and here is a post about poor Ruby....

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

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

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

...At the time, my chickens didn’t show symptoms and I never saw bits of tapeworm in the manure. Chickens are naturally resistant to parasites. So, I did not run out and purchase a chemical wormer. I did get rid of the pile of damp hay that the chickens were scratching in. I did start removing all of the manure daily from the coop and pen. I haven’t seen a hint of internal parasites since. (This is confirmed by the fact that in the several necropsies that I’ve done, that I’ve yet to see a single internal parasite.) Some people worm...

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

...broody. She huffs up and stays put for an hour. Eventually, she lays an egg and leaves the nest. She’s got an Orpington’s thick coat of both downy and glossy feathers. Add to that the rise of her internal temp with broodiness, and she could have problems. I’ll be checking on her today. Candy still has on her thick winter coat – she’s only just begun to shed – and rabbits die from heat stroke, so she’s the one that I’ll keep the closest eye on today. Steve has already taken down the wooden sides on the hutch that keep...

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

...(normal) and egg-laying (not happening.) I put her on antibiotics, and after a day, she perked up. I’m not sure what’s going on. Eggers is my sad-sack, Eeyore bird. For a White Leghorn, she is uncharacteristically droopy, even when perfectly healthy. I’m worried because Snowball had a similar list of symptoms (albeit without the bizarre pond-wading) before she died. So, Eggers will be pampered and given antibiotics for a week. She’s the lowest on the pecking order, so she seems pleased to be all by herself. Whenever I come into the barn, she demands more food. Can chickens be hypochondriacs?...

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

...her systems so that she could produce manure and excrete any bits of eggs that might be stuck in her tract. Keeping her in a darkened room helped to stop egg production. All along she was able to eat and drink on her own. If she hadn’t been able to do that, I would have euthanized her. I do not believe in feeding gruel or using an eye dropper. If a chicken can’t eat, they have a good reason not to. (However, I will dose a hen with medicine if she is sick with a respiratory disease, and her eyes...

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

Those of us who spend our mornings scrubbing out and refilling waterers, shoveling manure, and topping off feeders, have one view of the utilitarian metal items in our backyard chicken pens. We don’t think about bringing them inside and putting them on our dining room tables! However, these days rusty farm implements are chic. Yesterday, at the Brimfield flea market, I spied an assortment of feeders, no longer fit for animal use that were being sold for more than the price of new galvanized merchandize at Tractor Supply. I have to say that tidied up, this makes a charming plate...

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

...a few moments before all chaos broke out, so I left the store without them. But, I couldn’t get the collars out of my mind and so for the price of a bit of elastic and ribbon on sale, I made neck tutus for the goats. Sorry, boys. This is what Pip thought of it. I think that he’s saying thppptttt! Of course, wearing decorative collars was yet another excuse for head butting. But it was all worth it (to me) for this one adorable moment. Just wait, goaties, for what I have in mind for our New Year’s celebration!...

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...

Feather Picking – HenBlog – Wednesday, February 5, 2014

...pecked into her. Years ago this happened in my flock, and it was only chance that I discovered a large wound under the covering of hard outer feathers. Removing the hen for treatment changed the pecking order. When she returned she no longer roosted in that spot, and the issue disappeared. If it was just a dominance issue, it’d be easy to solve – remove the offending hen for four days, and when she returns, she’s lower on the pecking order and therefore won’t feather pick. That’s what I’ve done to Misty. Not only is she a feather picker, but...

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

Even as a child, I preferred fresh, ripe fruit over candy. So, although I indulge in treats for my goats, I’m not wont to give them junk food. It’s not good for them, and since I don’t crave it, I don’t feel that I am keeping them from some unique and amazing delectable treat. Lately, however, I’ve been told by an experienced goat keeper (whom I greatly respect), that goats love licorice. Black licorice. And that I was being stingy and mean-spirited for not providing a bag of this candy for the boys. Then, in one of my favorite goat...

Merging Two Flocks – HenBlog – Monday, November 2, 2015

...Phoebe where she is, she’ll happily live there on her own. Phoebe likes to tunnel in snow, so we wouldn’t have to shovel the pen. Also, it’s easy to clean up after her, because she has one area that she pees in. Tidy, less work, and a happier bunny. Win-win. But, these flocks have lived separately for a couple of years. Even when free-ranging at the same time, they keep to themselves.   I want them to meet and mingle. Twice now, I’ve let them out and tossed corn on the lawn.   Scratch corn is a rare treat, and...

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

...in town has a older horse with a myriad of soundness problems. He needs to get out and walk to keep from getting too stiff. I offered to help, and so I’ve been riding Mica, slowly at a walk, since July. Doing this gave me an excuse to talk with the horses. Oh, how I’ve missed those conversations.   I’ve also missed watching the horses talk to each other. Here is Mica and his buddy, Oliver.   I was feeling pretty good, up there on Mica’s back. The owner of another horse at the barn asked if I’d like to...

Pumpkins For Chickens – HenBlog – Friday, October 5, 2012

...a deep dark orange, quite in the Halloween spirit! But the best part about feeding pumpkins is the entertainment that it provides for your flock and for you. The Gems were immediately interested in this big orange thing in their midst. They soon began pecking a hole in the hard shell. This keeps them busy and out of trouble. It’s always a good thing when Agatha has something to keep her occupied. This is the best type of treat for your flock – one that’s stimulating and long-lasting. I put a pumpkin in with the retired girls. Candy likes gnawing...

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

is laying rubber and thin-shelled eggs. We feed our 3 hens organic layer pellets and have grit and oyster shell/crushed egg shell available. They get to free-range in our yard evenings and weekends. I do like to give them treats like oatmeal and quinoa with yogurt on cold days and melon on hot days. They love bananas. I'm having an infestation of earwigs right now so I collect them at night and let the girls have them in the morning. I also usually put some greens in their run during the week when we are at work. After getting 2...

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

...Westie is 12 as well, and still chases squirrels like Lily. I worry about something like this happening to her. I hope Lily enjoys her training and special treats. All good thoughts coming her way! chickencarol I hope Lilly is soon on the mend. It's at times like this that you wish you could explain to them that everything you do is for their own good. Kristi Have you put the peanut butter/treats in the Kong and then frozen the whole thing? It lasts a lot longer that way! Terry Golson With Lily, "a lot longer" is 45 seconds :)...

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

don't bat an eye! Congrats on your GREAT year! Terry Golson Ken, No one messes with Martha! Terry Golson $5 a dozen? Wow. Big city prices :) Donna I tell them they are from "special hens"...Easter eggs...I know after Easter they won't fly, but it is filling the "egg money" jar...my regular ones I sell for $3.00...There is a organic farmer out here that sells her veggies and eggs to an upscale organic restaurant in San Diego..she gets $7.00! WOW!!!!!! Deborah Eileen Fisher is very nice. She does those nice flat knits that will show up nice on camera. :)...

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

I was given a large peppermint stick. I had an idea of who might like it. As expected, Caper took a sniff and declined, but Pip was game to try a new food that smelled like his favorite herb.   The hanging toy is supposed to make it a challenge to eat a treat. Pip was up to it. He crunched.   He nibbled.   He licked. He got bits of candy stuck to his beard.   Is this how Rudolph’s nose got so red? Alas, Pip still can’t fly. Merry Christmas! I’m taking a week off from this blog...

Buffy – HenBlog – Thursday, January 2, 2014

...Shirley, my little Polish hen, one of your spa treatments. This is Shirley's 3rd spa in 2 Yr. She may, or may not, come through this time, but oh how she loves the warm spa water, and the warm blow dry after! Thanks Terry. Sorry for us, and you,.... losing a friend, but grateful how you tactfully remind us that death is part of life, and we must treat our animal friends the best we possibly can, accept it, and go on. Ken Sorry to hear this. As you know she was one of the luckiest chickens ever to grace...

Sorting Photographs – HenBlog – Wednesday, December 23, 2015

I’ve set myself a task to complete by the New Year. Since January 1 of 2000, I’ve been downloading all of my photos onto my computer. For every blog post photograph that you see, I’ve taken another twenty photos that don’t get used. I’ve left them in my files and moved on. A month ago I tried to go back to find an image and it was a daunting task. There were 50,000 pictures stored in Photos! It’s become impossible to go through the files and find a good photograph. It was time to sort, discard, and organize. I’ve been...

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

...friend. I love old pictures. Thanks for sharing such an unusual one. Terry Golson Doesn't matter what a man wears, if they treat their animals kindly. Your cats have been lucky to have you. Vicki R I LOVE this picture! I think he has a cat toy in his coat pocket, too. I wasn't allowed to have an animal when I was growing up. I think my mom was a bit of a clean-freak. But... I've had many cats during my 40-some-odd years of adult life, usually two or three at a time - never just one. (Luckily my husband...

My Dog Nurses – HenBlog – Saturday, December 18, 2010

jonquil vicodin is my happy pill of choice...which is pretty much why i avoid them ;) glad you're home recuperating with your walking blankets. Georgene from Florida Time heals all things......I think Lily has figured this out and is patiently waiting for time to pass. Your best days (and loudest) are ahead of you ! Maryanne Much luck with your recovery....nothing like canine company to keep a smile in your heart. Laura B Hope you feel better soon! I know my 3 cats and 2 small dogs all piled up on me make me feel better when Im not well!...

Unsung Chicken Of The Week – HenBlog – Saturday, March 3, 2012

...Lucy - who is mostly a rich mahogony-red with white and black speckles. She is under the weather again and back on your Epsom Salt regimen. Sara I still miss Lulu. Feel better soon! Sandra Brigham Awww. Sorry to hear that. Get well quick. My sister's whole family, here in town, had it all at the same time. Kit Oh boy I have been their, just getting over one along with a sinus infection. At least this time I wasn't taken in an ambulance to the ER like I did the other two times. If you were treated like me...

Dangerous Weather – HenBlog – Thursday, January 31, 2013

...greet people ? And does she have a favorite treat, I have heard alot of koi fish like honey nut cheerios, silkworm, bugs and some even love chicken ? Ken Kit I'm very impressed you remembered my Whichway and Wrongway. I'm doing well, I had a open appentectimy (sp?). Yes my stubborn self waited too long to go to the doctor so I had to have the open surgery instead of going through the belly button to remove it. Yes Terry the worse part of being laid up is relying on others to tend to your animals. I am just...

Misty’s Disappearing Act – HenBlog – Friday, August 7, 2015

...when I call, Misty does not. I wasn’t about to wade into the weeds and chance upon a wasp nest. I waited safely on the grass. Finally, she remembered that she isn’t a wild thing and that the shaking of the scratch grain container means good things, even better than what her foraging brings. I didn’t let the hens out again until this man came. Organic pest control. He suited up, bagged the wasp nest hidden in the vegetable garden and took it away.   I harvested tomatoes last night. And one huge zucchini that I gave to the hens....

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

...predators showing up who will be attracted to my chicks--even if I haven't seen them before. I will absolutely keep in my mind any "friendly" animals that come too close, as I had the mistaken "frothing at the mouth" vision of a rabid animal. Robin Measles here, too! They did a spot on the news advising us that if you were in town and had been riding a particular bus that day, to advise your doctor and watch for symptoms. *shakes head* Robin A sick raccoon took up residence right off our front porch near the door. Nearly got my...

Hens Don’t Have Teeth – HenBlog – Friday, April 20, 2012

...time he didn't treat then lingering infection til my doctor gave me antibiotics. Chemist painkillers were ineffective but oil of cloves saved my sanity! (Some would argue). Smells nice, tastes foul but very effective I found. Is lovely to have your girls to look at when I'm going to bed and miss my babies. I'm in Adelaide South Australia so get my nocturnal chook fix thro u. Thankyou. hope your pain free soon!!! Bobbie Get well soon Terry! My Sis has had problems with a root canal that she had for 2 months now. Get some rest. Janet Rodgers Terry,...

Meet Owly and Beatrix – HenBlog – Tuesday, June 4, 2013

...our 4 week old chicks. I had to chase him off. My dog just sat there and watched him and yawned. Thank God there's no way to the chicks. Our run is 1 inch by 1/2 inch very strong gauge mesh. Do you think I messed up by not getting the 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch. Do you know if chickens draw snakes in? We've lived here for twenty years and have seen one small zipper snake and one huge rat snake at the creek. Been to doctor with blood pressure problems and I'm sure it's wild now. I am...

Garden Harvest – HenBlog – Tuesday, July 19, 2011

...wash with your favorite seasonings, flour and fry in bacon grease. YUMMY!!!! I know it's not the healthiest of choices but I only treat myself once a year. Both sets of my grandparents fried just about everything and most of that in bacon grease and lived to ripe old ages, go figure. Mention that to a doctor now a days and you'll give them a corenary. ;-) Terry Golson Ken- I bet those were pastured pigs. They have a much healthier profile than the factory raised ones. Same with truly grass-fed beef. Back then the fat you used you raised...

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

...read the fine print. http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/confinement_farm/facts/guide_egg_labels.html Jeremiah I've heard of lighting to encourage laying, and for health reasons. Do you use any lighting? Theresa Thank you so much Terry! We are designing a coop and will definitely use this good advice! (More windows honey...!) Denise I feel fortunate that my hens can go out every day of the year. I actually worry more about hot summer days since our temps sometimes reach 95-100. Shade cloth and misting helps but I still worry as I see them panting. I sometimes wish I could leave my hens in on days when it's not...

Brood Coops – The Vintage Hen – Thursday, March 21, 2013

...and the greenish Americana eggs are a huge hit with the "city slickers" I work with so I went for more Americanas this time. I am selling for $3.50/dozen. No one blinks an eye at the price. I never charged for them kind of just bartered but with the price of feed I started charging. Terry Golson It'll be my first year with the Americanas. I'm eager to see what they'll be like. Around here no one blinks at $4 a dozen, and most ppl are charging $5. Organic eggs at the supermarket are going for $3 a half-dozen! Carrie...

Egg Holders – HenBlog – Tuesday, May 18, 2010

...girl. that is my life. So your life is very appealing to me. Take care Tracy I wondered about the egg holder on Martha- I fell in love with it! Just saw your post on Purple Podded Peas- had to laugh because I just painted my nails with sherbert orange polish and had the same reaction from the hens...I was hoping maybe they could tell the difference-HA! Terry Golson Have you seen my teacher's page? http://www.hencam.com/henblog/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Teachers-Page.pdf Also, let me know when you show hencam and read TILLIE in your classroom. I'll put a hello message up on the homepage! (This...

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

...Jean R I nominate Mr Stripey -- yellow/orange/red. Gorgeous on a plate with green zebra and other colors. Absolutely yummy -- mild acid. Big quirky shapes. The best tomato ever. Verrill has 'em. Not organic. Sigh... George McRae How wonderful!!!!!!!! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cypripedium_acaule. An interesting bit about them is that during the era of acid rain and the devastation it caused in the Appalachian chain and all along the east coast, these cyps thrived! Their need for acidity in the soil, made the acidity of the rain a blessing!!!!! jean on the tomatoes - i remember the rutgers variety from the 1940(!)...

Birthday Wishes – HenBlog – Thursday, November 12, 2009

...on so many levels. Donna Hi Terry...I have a friend here in California who has goats and makes her own goat milk soap and lotion...She also raises chickens and sells her eggs to an upscale restaurant in San Diego ($5.00/dz!!!!!!) and organic produce..the website is below.... Super nice lady..I get my bantams from her....D. http://www.localharvest.org/store/M11467 Jane Brewin Hi Terry, A very big "Happy Birthday" to you for the 17th. My birthday is exactly a week later. Hope you have a fun day. Lois Deberville Happy late birthday! If you lived closer to VT, I'd have baked you a hen cake!...

Fat Hens – HenBlog – Thursday, March 10, 2011

...secondary infections. Ken If you can find it wheat straw is good in the winter. The hens won't eat it but scratch for the few grains of wheat left on the stalks. In the spring and summer I feed a small amount black oil sunflower to my hens in the evening as a treat and activity to keep them busy. My run always has a layer of straw, leaves or grass clippings depending on the season. The grain falls into the litter and the hens scratch for it. I spread it from one end of the run to the other....

More Bunny Photos – HenBlog – Tuesday, June 4, 2013

...I suggest Ariana, welsh girls name meaning silvery. Heather from WA I like the name "Cora" Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life What a sweetheart. Glad to see a bunny in your hutch again. Vicki in So. CA Cecily – a Beatrix Potter bunny name. I found it on this page that lists fictional rabbit names (children's literature included): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fictional_hares_and_rabbits ...might give you some ideas. Vicki in So. CA Oh, yes... and she's ADORABLE! lemniskate She's lovely! I think she's a Luna. Susan My 5 year old suggests Lolly, which I like. Also like Cinder. Linda Puff the pretty rabbit lived...

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

...care, but they lucked out; I forgetfully left my stash of butternut squash in the garage, where it froze, which ruined it for cooking – but not for the hens who were happy for something to do as the ground is frozen solid and no good for scratching in. The goats, with their thick fur, don’t mind this weather, although somehow they managed to convince me that extra hay in their bellies would keep them even more comfy. It’s hard to say no to the boys. So, for those of you who are skeptical when I tell you that hens...

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

Anke Happy Birthday and congratulations! He's a beautiful horse! Sandy What a beautiful horse! Can't think of a better birthday gift! Happy B-Day! Jenifer How Wonderful! And a very Happy Birthday to you Terry! Lynn Noone Happy Birthday, Terry! And the best gift of all: happiness!!!! Sandy WOW just WOW Happy birthday and what a beautiful horse Celia Allen As Sandy said ....WOW! Aren't you the lucky lady! Happy Birthday to you Terry ! And such a beautiful horse......! I'll do my riding through you and all the pictures you're going to post. Enjoy your day and I'm so pleased...

Keepers – HenBlog – Thursday, May 23, 2013

...the great chocolate eggs, she really has a great temperament. If I sit among the hens, she always jumps up on my leg and hangs out preening and chirping. Great pictures of all of your birds! Marigold Those first two pictures remind me of salt and pepper shakers...Ha! particularly the second one. I guess you could name those two Salt and Pepper. :) Terry Golson Brilliant names. You must have been on your thinking stump. Terry Golson You can buy legbands at many feed stores, and online. But, you could simply put a twist tie on, too. Terry Golson Pip's...

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

...feeder. The pipe has lots of potential for treat feeders, medicine dispenser. Hmm. A run on the PVC pipe corner of the store for sure! Terry Golson Share what you invent! Cresca Love that feeder - very clever. I will be making one for my trio. Is the kelp for iodine? I've never been told that my goats need kelp. You are right Terry about goats brightening up any day! Such characters! Natalie, the Chickenblogger Thanks, Jonathan... I had the same question. Natalie, the Chickenblogger So, self serve baking soda... or sort of sprinkled over other food? I am learning...

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

...was a lovely lovely dress, even looked cute with wellies or worn over jeans - I checked the price, not too bad, I thought I'd treat myself - oops - dry clean only! Mmmm - very suitable for sitting around in a muddy field in an English summer! Luckily. around here you can go to the local shops wearing mud-splattered clothes. If you dress up clean and smart the post mistress will say "Going somewhere?" Hope you had a great birthday! Celia Ken Happy Birthday Terry!!!! The washing process isn't really what wears clothing out it's the drying process or...

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

Robert A. Terri, My dad work at the large Postal Facility here in Boston. He says that they treat those boxes with great care. Many are going to the large science industries, but rest assure, if my dad handles your Chicks they will get there safely. lol Kit I remember with the gems, at least two chicks were crushed to death, and then acourse you had to put down Little Blue. I can't remember which hatchery you used last time, either it was McMurray or Cackle, I think. I can't wait to hear what breeds you will pick, other than...

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

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

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...

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...

Coop Bedding Test – HenBlog – Tuesday, November 12, 2013

...neater than the fine wood shavings I have that get blown around easily and end up in the food and water. Margo Just wondering if the bedding is organic or pesticide free? Ken I agree completely. The damp and moldy hay/straw then causes respiratory problems. Terry Golson And that's why I'm giving this a thorough testing before writing more about it! Sue I totally agree with Donna and Ken. I use straw out in the pen area during the winter rains (such as they are in SoCal) to keep the hens' (and my) feet somewhat clean and dry, but inside...

Coop Cleaning Routine – HenBlog – Monday, October 21, 2013

...goes in my chicken houses and other animals' pens are organic materials from my property. I don't have any problems with mites, ammonia smells, and I turn my 10 to 12 inches deep (for winter) bedding often. My bedding for winter is made up of shredded pine that's collected in my woods and run through the shredder and rye grass straw,. I thoroughly cleaned my chicken houses for winter this past weekend, and after they were completely empty, swept, and windows and screens cleaned, I then used white vinegar in spray bottles and sprayed everywhere. Then, I opened the windows...

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...

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

...a week of the first treatment. I was told that they had to have contracted it by sharing the same area (my back yard!) that wildlife regularly passes through. Poor Mr. Fox...it's a rough way to go. Terry Golson A couple of readers (see above comments) said the nite-guard not effective. Certainly, it won't help with daytime issues. How did your dogs get the mange? Did they recently tangle with wildlife? Ken I bet the fox has mange as well. My biggest predator problems are hawks, especially Coopers Hawks. I lost one on Tueday, that makes the fourth one in...

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

...I have had a (wet) summer of Boring Brooders. Now I have a (wet) Autumn of Moody Moulters. For days my coop looked like there had been a pillow fight in the night. My Welsummer girl, Gretel, now looks like she has been and sat on a porcupine. No eggs, obviously. *sigh* Donna I have always had Delawares. I have never had one go broody. They are resistant to diseases and are friendly and nice to look at and terrific layers. I love my Orpingtons. I call them my "Golden Retriever Birds". So far, none of them have gone broody...just...

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

...I couldn’t. Without a dog, I didn’t go for walks. The space around me felt hugely empty without another being linked to me with eyes, ears, and that finely-tuned dog attention. I went looking for a border collie mix. I found Lily. The “rescue organization” (I put that in quotation marks, as it turns out it was one person who did not know what she was talking about) claimed all sorts of things about Lily’s temperament, socializing and breeding. She was wrong on every count. But, Lily needed a person and I needed a dog. I put her into the...

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

...patterns. My three year old hens are calm, healthy, curious and still laying almost every day, and I'm sure that's because they forage in the woods all day, come home to a clean and safe coop at night, eat an organic diet and are handled respectfully and with care on a regular basis. I just despair when I see people doing things like this rent-a-chicken nonsense, in the name of being healthy and organic, when it's just a small-scale version of commercial agriculture. Thanks for posting, Terry. joyce Renshaw Funny I saw this ad yesterday and thought NO,NO NO. The...

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...

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

David & Wendy Scott Oh look at those sweet faces and all saying "Come on Mama, come play with me." We all get those faces; from human and pet, and take the time to play because it makes our days just a little bit brighter. Marcia Matthysse I can't believe you even stayed outside long enough to take those beautiful pictures! Magic Cochin I love those fluffed goats! Celia Tracy Thank you for sharing the beautiful pics! In the pacific northwest I spotted my first snowdrops on long walks with the "wild child" puppy this weekend- made me smile, and...

A Rainy Day – HenBlog – Thursday, September 8, 2011

...laying hen pellets. Scratch feed is unnecessary if they have access to the outdoors and dirt to scratch in - important for all chickens, I think! Scratch is like candy. A tiny amount for a treat, but don't overdo it. With little silkies you have to be very careful to feed them a good diet. For a treat you can feed her leafy greens or pumpkin or a melon. You might want to read my FAQs on my chickenkeeping.com page. kristen thanks !!! Kit Your right, I forget about that. A rooster is like a stallion, and just as bloody....

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

...has faded also but they both look beautiful. May Miss Lilly have many more happy healthy years. Best to you all. Deb M Lesley S Brilliant post! Great to learn Lily`s story and admire all those beautiful pictures of her! :) x 13 jan Fantastic blog lovely to see all the pic's of Lily. Happy Birthday, long may life continue so you can enjoy your well earned retirement. Scooter will keep you company I am sure.......:) connie moreau She has become an important part to all of us who visit your site...she is fun to watch and hear about:) I'm...

Etheldred’s Changing Plumage – HenBlog – Wednesday, November 27, 2013

...Louize I just wanted to say hi from Blackham England - I think you blog/website is amazing - just love the barn-cam - just love all of it - your hen pictures are brilliant - I wish I could get my girls to stand still for one minute to get such good pictures - sadly i,ve found the only time that happens is when they're poorly. but you have inspired me - hopefully I will add more pictures soon x Terry Golson Glad that you found me. I spend a lot of time taking photos. There's much sitting and waiting!...

Home From Italy! – HenBlog – Thursday, September 10, 2015

Jan Glad you had a great time, pleased you are back safe and sound. Did you buy any shoes or just browse !! Your temp's have been really hot while you were away, hopefully it was a bit cooler in Verona...:) Connie Moreau You made some wonderful memories! Thanks for sharing! We have added 2 llamas to our animal family.. I am wondering more about your training and what it could do for our 2 young guys....hmmmmmmmmm Robin The pictures are wonderful! I luuuuve old places. So glad you had a good time and a safe trip! Lesley S Love...

Good Morning – HenBlog – Monday, February 25, 2013

snows have come in March. Who knows? Maybe God will open the store houses of heaven and shower us with the cold, delightful, frozen treat that outlines the landscapes and causes all to look with great wonder and awe. Kristine This morning it was a Jacaranda Tree literally filled with screaming shrieking Rainbow Lorikeets. Which is almost always a treat. Unless, as it was this morning, 5:37 a.m., and you could do with another couple of hours of sleep. As you may have guessed I'm in another hemisphere. ;) Otherwise, I too, would be enjoying soft winter quiet early in...

GO Red Sox GOats! – HenBlog – Wednesday, October 9, 2013

not least lots of scratching from admiring Sox's fans. By the way I'll be at the deciding game of the STL Cards series tonight. My brother works in the marketing department for Anhueser Busch and invited me. I'll be about 10 rows up from the Cards dugout. Tune in an look for me, I'll be the one with a Cardinals jersey on. ;-) GO CARDS. Donna Logan What a wonderful way to start the day with these pictures of the boys!! Someone should send them to the Red Sox organization. Maybe this could be their Halloween costume, with shirts and...

Horse Friendships – HenBlog – Friday, October 24, 2014

...a smile on my face! So glad that you've found a better place for Tonka. Looks like Maggie thinks so too! jaye Great idea! Cheryl How sweet. Love your stories. Thanks for sharing. Tori I don't know why, but I am a little choked up reading that. I'm so happy Tonka has an "everyday" friend, especially one who is so sweet and smitten! But you are definitely still his BFF. :-) Love the pictures of Tonka trying to say hello. Amy Rhodes I always love reading your posts on animal behavior - so personal and insightful. I would imagine most...

Hatched! – HenBlog – Sunday, June 16, 2013

Marcia Palmater Thank you for sharing this story and the great pictures with us! Carlson Looks like Phoebe has taken over Buffy's spot under the nesting boxes. Bea Gibson I've been thinking Siouxsie's clueless nature has given her the best. She can be outside among the gems, sleep on the ladder and can also spend time with her old pal Edwina. She may not be the gems favorite hen but she is tolerated and it happened all on her own.. when they pushed her off the roost, she climbed back up. If Edwina continues to stay in the barn she...

Blizzard Ready – HenBlog – Monday, January 26, 2015

...glad to see you and the animals are all safe and tucked in for the incoming action! I long for proper snow here, we are forecast for 2 hours of sleet on Thursday :o( . Hope everyone comes through it and stays warm, see you on the other side! Robin Always love pictures, live or still, of the boys playing. The snow is almost done here. It wasn't quite as bad as expected - no wind - but the snow is soooo wet. All the tree branches are coated with inches of snow. It is pretty. And I'll be taking...

Phoebe Meets the Old Hens – HenBlog – Wednesday, June 12, 2013

...to do her harm. She has rabbit food, hay and greens in her hutch, and that makes up the vast majority of her diet. Tanya K. I love the way the old girls have tucked in for the night and Phoebe is under the nesting boxes. I think she's hatching a plan to make them like her. Elaine Thanks for sharing such sweet pictures! Ginger Lange Great pictures and story! I love the second one of Betsy showing off her wings... Thanks for posting these :-) Sheri She is so adorable. I was surprised Betsy wasn't too kind to Phoebe....

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

Marie Your son picked the perfect name again! She is beautiful. Elizabeth Anne (TX) I love her name! She is wonderful and your pictures are terrific. She's perfect. Brenda I love the new bunny! Michelle Slplendid! Michelle *splendid. :) Kathleen M O'Connor Great name. So happy that you have a new bunny. Rebecca She is a another "Star" or "Moon" I should say in the HenCam Galaxy! Great name choice from your son. BARB HORSTMEYER What a sweet bunny. Now you have another story to write. Thank you for sharing all your animals with us, all the girls at the...

Behind the Scenes with Angels – HenBlog – Thursday, October 31, 2013

I thought that you would probably like to see how I got the goats to wear their costumes and look so angelic. I’m a pretty decent animal trainer. I readied myself with a sliced banana, a food that they love but get rarely. When I train, I tell them when they’ve done what I want with a sound marker – a clicker – which enables me to communicate with precision. I slipped the clicker (that I have attached to a bracelet) onto my wrist. I brought the props and the treats into the barn. The goats are always excited to...

The Austin Report and a Giveaway – The Vintage Hen – Monday, April 8, 2013

Pat D. I love your boots, and the pictures of your trip! Those chicken coops sure look like cute little cottages! Thanks for sharing! I think you should come to the Ozarks, next! In the Fall we have a Farmfest in Springfield, and in Mansfield, we have Baker Creek. Baker Creek Seeds are heirloom seeds, and they have poultry there of all kinds. Look up www.rareseeds.com. The Gettles are a very neat family. They have a very nice seed catalog, a magazine and several books out. Their place is like an old time town. They even have a vegan restaurant...

Frosty Morning – HenBlog – Friday, November 23, 2012

Ângela All very beautiful .... Terry Golson Not what you see in Brazil? :) Natalie, the Chickenblogger Brrrrrrrr... boy, would we be delighted, and chilly, if your weather came our way! Lovely visions... thank you. Terry Golson I'm heading to LA next week and am looking forward to wearing sandals and a tee-shirt! Kim Lovely pictures, as usual, we have rain! Tanya K. Thanks for the beautiful pictures Terry. Looking at them is like taking the trip to New England that I actually can't take right now. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Bobbie Beautiful photos. Two weeks ago we...

Exercise For Laying Hens – The Vintage Hen – Monday, September 24, 2012

Vicki in So. CA Healthy food, fresh air and exercise aside, these pictures are fantastic... especially the one with the blue apron! Natalie, the Chickenblogger Love this! Carol I do love the artwork. If only life could be just like that picture! I have a scan (Cornell U. Library) for my nook reader of 200 Eggs Per Year: How to Get Them, A Practical Treatise On Egg Making and Its Conditions AND Profits in Poultry by Edgar Warren, 1899. I wonder, if in your collecting, you may have a hard copy of this book. I like to sit and read...

Free Goat Feed – HenBlog – Wednesday, September 5, 2012

...afternoon too. Just curious, what is on Pip's nose? Maybe a dragon fly? Terry Golson A dragonfly landed when I snapped the photo! I didn't realize it until I saw the pictures. Diana & Doug Your pictures are an inspiration to my daughter who invested in a pricey camera....and as I told you earlier in the week I have gotten 3 eggs from the one chic but no others are laying, should I be worried that they might be roosters? I think I need patience.....it's so hard. jennifer I've got star,milk & bull thistle like crazy over here. I'd love...

A Good Day – HenBlog – Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Bobbie ahhh love the outdoor pictures. We are having unseasonably warm weather. I wish I could be outside in my own 'wallow' soaking up the sunshine. Terry Golson Yes, I am often jealous of my animals' leisurely lives! Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life Sounds wonderful. I just made a nice dust bath for my girls and cleaned up the coop and gave them some greens from the garden. They are having a nice day too. Jill Cashman I just love your pictures. They help me have a good day. :) Elaine That Candy is just too precious!! She truly is...

Thanksgiving Pumpkin – HenBlog – Thursday, November 24, 2011

Magic Cochin Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Terry! It looks like your hens are almost overwhelmed by their treat... I wonder if it will turn into a golden carriage at midnight? Celia x Barb Olds Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family...Great pic of the girls and their pumpkin,that would look good in a frame on my wall or a fridge magnet :) David & Wendy Scott Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Our girls will get their treats once it get light. We're expected a wet and blustery day with snows plying up in the mountains. Love the pictures....

Old Hen, Young Hen – HenBlog – Tuesday, October 4, 2011

lauren scheuer Ooooh those old hens. Thank you for this lovely comparison. I love looking at my young'uns and wondering what experiences will shape their personalities and their beauty in years to come. Denise What a great comparison, Terry. Some days I feel like an old hen, fondly remembering the days when I had a fluffy pullet bottom:-) Marianne Blackburn such grand old ladies and cute young ones :D Beautiful pictures! Lucy I love this post, very educational as I am new to keeping young Hens! I am definitely feeling more in the 'Old Hen' category myself! :) Wendy I...

Where I Was – HenBlog – Sunday, December 30, 2012

camera has its limits, but is so easy to use and carry. Terry Golson The color makes me happy. Judy marvelli Glad you had a nice vacation. Welcome back. My chickens are a bit upset with the ice, run out of thier hutch right into the shed where they spend the day. Debbie What a beautiful place to vacation. Once again you took some amazing pictures. The egret is gorgeous. I did notice the blue toe nails and how they match your chic beach bag. Looks like you had a wonderful vacation. Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life Gorgeous at your...

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

...Love all the pictures, Terry, but I must choose "In the Clover" as it captures the true mischievous spirit of these darling boys! *Lisa* oh wow- did I miss the deadline? or is it Midnight tonight?? marissa got peanuts is my favorite! it's so funny to see goats give you that loving and hopeful look in waiting for that special treat! although I do have to admit that it's funny to hear them when you don't happen to have anything to give them..... Deborah It's a toss up between got peanuts and meeting of the minds. The photography is beautiful....

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

will think warm thoughts for you and your human, furred, and feathered family tonight. Can't you just push some of that precipitation back to California??? I don't think we've had a drop of rain for all of January! Stay warm and safe! Suzanne Yes, those are beautiful pictures of Tonka running! But I have to say, Maggie looks so pretty against the snowy background! -Is that mirror for riders benefit, or is it for acclimating horses to "sudden movements" in their peripheral vision? Robin Lucky Tonka! So many owners forget that just because it's snowing, it doesn't mean that the...

This and That – HenBlog – Wednesday, May 27, 2015

such a good job keeping the earwig population down. Hopefully yours will keep next year's tent caterpillars from developing. Isn't it interesting that people used to think that horses always had a foot in contact with the ground when cantering? And that moving pictures developed because of the desire to prove this? Congrats on your dressage score! Tonka is a beauty. Linda What a beautiful picture of you and Tonka! Congrats on your dressage score and best wishes for the upcoming show. Lynda Wonderful post! Whenever you post pictures of Tonka I can't get over what a beautiful horse he...

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

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

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...

Sick Hens Update – HenBlog – Tuesday, June 5, 2007

I found an avian vet! Although not very experienced with pet hens, at least she was willing to see Buffy. Poor Buffy, both eyes are crusted with yellow mucus. She looks miserable. The vet gave her a thorough exam and, thank goodness, except for a swollen comb and sinuses, Buffy doesn’t have any symptoms of respiratory disease. Dr. Rittle believes that Buffy has avian conjunctivitis, a disease caused by mycoplasm (a unique form of bacteria). It is found in poultry flocks, but also in wild house finches. Because I have two other hens, Ginger and Petunia, who had swollen eyes...

When Packaging is Everything – HenBlog – Monday, September 8, 2008

...berry box lined with fresh green hay. Cute idea. But, $8.95? To give you a comparative price, I sell a half dozen eggs, all large, for $2.00. I’d be happy to throw in a handful of hay, too for free. Astonishment and joking aside, I don’t like what these eggs are telling the consumers in that wealthy corner of Cambridge. That good eggs are a rare treat to be served only on special occasions? I’m glad I’ve got hens in my backyard. I eat two eggs for breakfast every morning. I’m feeling rather posh – that’s $3.00 worth of eggs...

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

that she is too sick to save. In either case, knowing exactly what ailment has plagued your chicken is impossible. After doing twenty necropsies on older and ill birds, it’s still guesswork for me until I look inside. Don’t believe anyone who gives you a diagnosis after just hearing a description of behavior and external symptoms. But – that doesn’t matter. What does is that you’ve done what you could, and that you have a way to decide the kindest option for your hen. If you’ve had success with my Spa Treatment, please leave a comment! Note – This treatment...

The Gems are Old – HenBlog – Thursday, May 29, 2014

...fill up on pellets before being given healthy treats such as greens and watermelon. However, finding goodies by free-ranging on your lawn and garden is still a good thing. I’m now treating my healthy-looking Gems as the old girls that they are. Careful management will allow them to lay eggs as sturdy as they can make them. Some hens will sail through the next few years. I hope that most of them do. But, I expect that I’ll see difficulties in the months to come. This is as much a part of chicken keeping as is being smitten by those...

Words Matter – HenBlog – Friday, October 30, 2015

...here is a video of how we taught Tonka to do a square halt. What I love about this is that once he understands what the behavior that I’m asking for is, he takes ownership of it, and I no longer have to micromanage where he puts his feet. (Please note that for this video I didn’t have a treat bag and the cookies were stuck in the small pocket of my breeches. I’ve since purchased a pouch that doesn’t bang when I trot and treat delivery is much quicker!) Do notice the relaxed attitude and the seemingly conflict-free training....

Fatty Liver Disease In Hens – HenBlog – Thursday, July 16, 2015

...bird flu is now in North America, it's prudent to keep foraging hens away from wild birds. I've taken down my wild bird feeders. Samantha Brooke Very informative and well-written article on a topic that deserves more awareness than it gets. My hens have always been such little starch fiends! Bread scraps, chips, and crackers have been a favorite treat that kids love to feed the birds, because they love to see the girls come running... So hard to crush them when they squeal and giggle, but I have to make sure they don't treat the birds *too* much. :)...

The Rooster Puppets’ New Home – HenBlog – Sunday, April 22, 2012

I used random.org to select the winner of the rooster puppets giveaway. It was sheer luck, but the roos couldn’t be going to a better home. Here is the entry from Shelley: Having a summer day camp for kids with disabilities. They will be riding, grooming and other stable chores, feeding/caring for chickens, collecting eggs so they can participate in the weekly farmer’s market, crafts and working on social skills. Spruce Point Farm Camp in LaGrange, KY Bet they would sell alot of eggs using the puppets! Shelley, I want to see a photo of the roosters and kids at...

Farm Chic at Brimfield – The Vintage Hen – Thursday, May 15, 2014

...booth was filled with farm implements and old feed bags.   I was smitten with this image of a farmer hen. Wouldn’t it make a great pillow? Unfortunately, there was a large hole near her wing.   I came across the loveliest cast iron lawn ornaments that I’ve ever seen. These deer had grace and agility that belied what they are made from. They were $2500 each, not an outrageous price for their quality, but I didn’t bring them home.   I spent hours wandering and browsing. I’m not one to want to fill my house with a lot of...

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

...almost impossible to determine what could be wrong. She's still eating with gusto so I am at a loss for what to do. She's had many spa treatments and pampering. It breaks my heart because she has always been our favorite...my son used to hold her in the palm of his hand. So we've been treating her well....we just want her to know how loved she is. <3 Jan Rest in Peace Opal, I will remember you as the elegant regal lady you once were. Sending a big hug your way. Diana Plainville, CT. Terry- My husband and I attended...

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

It’s been a rough day. I had to postpone our vacation to care for sick chickens, and despite my best ministrations, two hens remain at the brink of death. I’ve gone away in the past and left a sick chicken at home. In those cases, I’d done what I could, and time would tell. But, in this situation, I had to stay. Four hens were too sick to drink their medicine down. I had to dose them several times today. I needed to wipe off their beaks to clear their airways of mucus. The care that I could give them...

My Money Making Scheme – HenBlog – Monday, October 11, 2010

Like most families out there, our cash-flow situation is tight. The hens aren’t laying enough to bring in egg money. What to do? Yesterday I was in a trendy Boston neighborhood, wandering around a crafts fair and farmers market. I also popped into an old warehouse that now hosts vintage sellers on the weekend. One of the vendors was selling this: The tag said claimed it is a “chicken feeder from Texas, cleaned and sealed.” The price? $175. !!! So, here’s my idea. I’ll get a few nesting boxes, let my chickens give them that authentic patina, and then sell...

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

...appear to be an eye injury, or perhaps a wasp sting? But at the end of 24 hours, listen, and you’ll hear mucus-clogged breathing. Some hens in your flock might not be affected at all, and some, get hit hard and like Opal, will die within a day if not attended to. Fortunately for my flock, the symptoms burst on the scene just hours before I left on vacation. If I’d gone, there would be four or five dead hens right now. But, luck was with them. My plans were flexible. I could stay home and care for my chickens....

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

Last night when I closed up the barn, I was cautiously optimistic that the birds were out of imminent danger. That afternoon I’d been able to feed the two with the most severe symptoms, Amber and Florence, some scrambled egg (feeding back the eggs I’d otherwise have to throw out.) (Notice the jealous healthy hens on the other side of screen door.)   But, despite my attempts, Opal was too sick to eat. I gave the hens that were still lethargic and with mucous-veiled eyes another dose of antibiotics. I use this. Getting a teaspoon of liquid laced with antibiotics...

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

...cinnamon. Then I put a single-layer of something, pecans, or chocolate chips, or chopped apples – whatever I have leftover from pie baking, on the dough (leaving the edges empty.) Roll it up. Slice it like you would a sugar cookie log. It’ll look like rugelach. Place on a non-stick baking sheet (I always use parchment paper.) Bake in a 375 degree oven until lightly browning on the edges. A baker’s well-deserved treat! These are pecan pie-crust cookies. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! (Just a reminder that if you haven’t yet seen my Goat Notes, to go to my Etsy.com store!)...

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

...seen this happen.) Also. the material builds up and you'll have problems at the doors and with it spilling out of the wire fencing. But, contained in one portion of the run, you don't have those issues and you get all of the benefits. One other consideration for me is that my barns are in my backyard and part of my landscaping plan. It has to be practical, but decisions are also made with an eye for beauty! Jane I made a hardware cloth hoop abbot 4 feet in diameter with a nice wide opening that is bent off so...

Epsom Salt Soak for a Hen – HenBlog – Monday, August 4, 2014

...Diarrhea and stringy black, or worse, green, manure is an indication of serious problems. However, Opal did not lay an egg. There was nothing more to learn. I put her back in the with flock. The next morning, Opal looked okay. If I hadn’t seen her off behavior the day before, I wouldn’t have noticed the subtle lack of vigor that she still presented. My best guess, and it is only a guess – don’t believe anyone who gives you a definitive prognosis in a case like this – is that there is some sort of glitch going on in...

A Kiss From Ursula – HenBlog – Friday, July 29, 2011

...and keeping their minds active and bodies fit. Still, seeing a seal swim in a circle on cue is cute. When the trainer asked, “does someone from the audience…” my hand shot up before she could finish saying “… meet Ursula.” I got to touch Ursula’s flipper, which felt like rubber. I got a kiss, and I smiled the rest of the day. On the way out, we passed the rehab and veterinary area. A sign said that a moray eel was being treated for prolapse and egg binding. Who knew that eels had the same problems as our chickens?!...

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

note: this post has been updated with a translation! It’s rare to find old postcards with pictures of nice goats. There’s joke cards with butting billies, and tourist snaps of mountain goats. But, rarely do you see anything with dairy goats. That’s not surprising since there wasn’t much of a market for goat milk or cheese in this country until recently. So, when I saw this card at last month’s Brimfield Flea Market, I didn’t hesitate to buy it. Look at those gorgeous bucks and their shepherds! No doubt this is the “Greatest Goat Farm in New England.” I couldn’t...

Goat Treats – HenBlog – Monday, February 10, 2014

michelle Those cute beards and little stubby legs...adorable! I want to scratch them! Terry, I urge you to buy organic peanuts. It is just one of those foods. Even for the goats. Peanuts are full of pesticides and even if you are not bothered by the goats eating non organic, by purchasing organic you are protecting the land, farmers & workers plus your family (if they are snacking too). Michele b They are just too cute! They do have whimsical faces and glints in their eyes! Karen B. My chickens go CRAZY over peanuts too! I guess they're a popular...

Saving Clementine – HenBlog – Thursday, March 27, 2014

treatment too.....she especially seems to love the blow-drying at the end. I will be giving her a treatment soon again now that it is very spring-like here.....lucky girl! Terry Golson A constantly runny bum can be due to vent gleet - do a blog archive search to read what I do about that. As far as Clem's egg laying - I was relieved that she stopped. I actually kept the crate darkened to try to get her to stop. I don't want her to keep dropping eggs into her abdomen. I won't be able to save her another time. Lesley...

Integrating One Hen Into A Flock – HenBlog – Tuesday, February 4, 2014

As much as I like the idea of a closed flock – one that is raised together and never exposed to other chickens – there are times when I do add a hen into my established group. I do this with trepidation, as it is rarely easy to integrate a new chicken into a mature flock. Chickens establish a pecking order. Once it is in place you shouldn’t notice it much. Closely observe your flock and you’ll notice subtle body language. Perhaps when a treat is put down the highest status hen will get it first and keep others away....

Chicken Waterers – HenBlog – Thursday, September 20, 2012

Chickens love to eat. They’ll let you know that they are going to waste away if they aren’t fed right now and that an hour without a treat is a hardship. The truth is that they can go for days without food and recover just fine. What they can’t do without is water. Manure is 75% water. Egg whites are 90% water. Laying hens need to stay hydrated in order for their body processes to work. When it’s hot in the summer and the only water is in the sweltering coop, the hens won’t go inside to drink and they’ll...

Goat Candy – HenBlog – Friday, April 16, 2010

...the whole peanut, crunchy shell and all. Caper tasted one and said patooie! I’m trying to train the goats, and would like to find a treat that both like that I can use for rewards. They love goat sweet feed, but I dole it out in very small quantities – you have to be careful with wethers, who are prone to urinary calculi. One thing I’d like to have the goats do is to walk nicely on leashes. Goats are easily distracted, skittish around new things, and really don’t like to be told which way to go. It’d help if...

HenCam Calendar – The Vintage Hen – Thursday, October 24, 2013

I’m selecting photographs for the HenCam 2014 calendar. I have a year’s worth of photographs, and yet there are very few that are good enough to make the cut. Why? you ask. The chickens are beautiful and the goats are charming. You must have thousands to choose from! I do have many, many photographs. There are pictures of Beatrix hogging the camera.   There are photos of goats with dirty noses.   There are photos of a rabbit NOT staying still for the camera.   But, I’ve manage to select a dozen images and Steve is doing the technical stuff...

Naming the Chicks – HenBlog – Friday, April 29, 2011

...to name them after skeksis from the film The Dark Crystal. Because they look just like the Muppets by Jim Henson. So one is called Skeksis One and other Skeksis Two. I don't know if you are a Doctor Who fan but Lis Sladen who played Sarah Jane Smith recently died. I have always big a fan of her, she was one of my favorite companions. You could always name them after the famous female companions of The Doctor. petoskystone i like the gemstone idea best as icecream & transformer names are tough on the tongue when trying to get...

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

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

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,...

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

lauren scheuer Awwww, Pearl. You're worth the trouble. Trish (Mucky Cluckers) She's such a lovely girl and even prettier after her wash. Well done you! We have a Lavender Pekin who looks very similar, with feathers down her legs and covering her toes. If there's a tiny patch of mud, she'll find it and get it all over those feet feathers. Should we consider designing wellington boots for them? Terry Golson And it's the feathered-feeted birds that get mud on the eggs. Sigh. Beauty at a price. I'm afraid that if Pearl had Wellies, they'd all want them. Julie I...

Feeding and Cleaning – HenBlog – Thursday, July 9, 2015

...you for posting. I'll have to watch our barn swallows more closely. Their babies, in multiple nests in the barn, poke their little heads over to look at me all the time. Rebecca So interesting! We've been watching a live feed in our area of an Osprey nest with three chicks. When the Osprey's poop, they walk to the edge of the nest and shoot their poop out! http://www.bouldercounty.org/os/openspace/pages/ospreycamera.aspx Lesley S Amazing photos! I did not realize parent birds were as busy removing stuff from one end of their babies as they are valiantly filling the the noisier end. The...

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

...makes me so sad. It is a battle against that sort of money-unit thinking which takes us away from our rural roots. Money might talk, but it is up to the people who want something to make it known. Say it out loud by not buying the factory product. That's the way money talks! eastlandgrl interesting, thanks Terry Golson Ranting is a start, but the next step is to support the organizations who are exposing the animal husbandry abuses, and are actively trying to change regulations. The Cornucopia Institute has a letter that you can print out and sign. http://www.cornucopia.org/2010/09/organic-egg-business-being-hijacked-by-corporate-agribusinesses-help-reverse-this-scandal/...

The Wet, Cold, Spring Garden – HenBlog – Thursday, May 1, 2014

be a big fail this season - nothing coming up. :-( Terry Golson Mine has, too. It's hard not to harvest some right now, but I'm waiting. Lori Heard you on NPR, great show! Others can listen here. http://www.wpr.org/listen/570201 Terry Golson Thanks, Lori, for the link. I so need to update my "in the news" page. It was a really fun show to be on, and I was so happy to be on a pledge drive to support public radio. Loved hearing the Wisconsin accents, too :) April I can't imagine such cold temperatures at this time of year -...

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

...(no soap!) Tell your son that cast iron is the best way to get iron into your diet. Terry Golson Several things differentiate supermarket eggs of any type from homegrown. Freshness is key. Also, even supermarket eggs are washed in a warm water and chemical bath (organic uses organic chemicals.) Eggs are porous and they take on odors from their surroundings. The list goes on (I cover this in detail in my upcoming book.) BUT at least organic chickens are being fed a higher quality ration. Organic companies vary widely in animal care practices so I can't make a blanket...

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...

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

...She’ll like it! (I have a YouTube video of how to bathe a chicken here.) If it’s a chilly day, blow dry before putting her back out. If the epsom salt treatment is going to work, it will after two days, a treatment each day (oral and/or bath both times.) I did both treatments, and it worked for Agnes. She’s still with us. Look at her comb now. I still don’t expect Agnes to lay another egg, or even last past the summer, but I’ve made her more comfortable. I even saw her lord it over the treats the other...

Icy Pond – HenBlog – Tuesday, February 14, 2012

...being able to hybridize. Probably Wikipedia! To add to what Kit said- goldfish eat their young but not directly: they tend to nibble surfaces, consuming their own eggs. But they are not predatory, just grazers. Kit Oh okay, thank you Suzanne for that information. I thought goldfish would also eat their fry as well. But it's just the eggs. Martina in Newfoundland maybe just a pond cam. for those of us stuck inside all day. Martina in Newfoundland http://www.southtexaswgc.org/spawning.htm here's a link to some info on Koi/Goldfish hybrids Suzanne I used to be really into goldfish! Once in a while,...

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...

Winter Water Woes – HenBlog – Friday, January 14, 2011

...we had Beau Bunny in our back yard, we used a heated dog dish. The cord came wrapped in a coil of wire so the bunny couldn't gnaw through it. We got it at the local feed store for under $20. http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=heated+dog+bowl&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=6297073397311853285&ei=eVs4TY6NG8WBlAf8gfmPBw&sa=X&oi=product_catalog_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CEMQ8wIwAg# Margie Wolson Sorry, didn't see where you can't run electric. :( Becca Hi...I just watched your appearance on the Martha Stewart show...4-2-10! Great job. I'm new to the chicken world. No chickens as yet. We are waiting for our house in Florida to sell and then moving to Virginia...closer to Kentucky where I was born and raised! Right...

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...

Remember – The Vintage Hen – Monday, November 11, 2013

...because there is nothing better to put a smile on my face as when I am watching a bunny, hens and goats! Yes, thank you to all Veteran's for their service to this country. Deborah Pruden Terry, A friend of ours, Karen Jefferies, retired Navy, started Veterans' Moving Forward. http://www.vetsfwd.org/site/index.php They raise service and companion dogs for placement with veterans. She has more energy than a puppy and more determination than just about anyone I know. They also sell adorable calendars to raise funds. Deborah Judy marvelli Thank you terry, so correct it has turned into a monday sale day,...

Your Hen’s Hearing – HenBlog – Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Marie Up here, the farmers play the radio in their dairy barns at milking time....supposedly it sooths them?! Marsha Kern Very cool, I had wondered what that was on my chickens and how they do hear! Thanks. Jan Chickens are very intelligent, they learn very fast and remember. The slightest sound and mine will look, if they see a large shadow or bird they run for cover even with no sound. They always look for me an hour before bedtime for there treats, even though the day length is altering. Will your clocks alter on 29th March or is it...

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

...Donna I agree..looks like a Wyandotte..I have one..she is gorgeous...Delawares can be rather large...few more weeks and we will know for sure....roo or hen? Terry Golson Waiting to see more mature feathering. Have ideas, though! Terry Golson My vet tell me that the hens stay on the water-soluble Tylan for 10 (that's if the symptoms clear. Longer if necessary.) Eggs are edible to humans 12 days after the medicated water is removed. The Doxcycline has a 30 day withdrawal period. Terry Golson Not stupid, especially for people coming from having only had pets. "Capons" are neutered boy chickens. They're "caponized"...

Cats – HenBlog – Friday, June 26, 2015

...have not had one in my life since I was very young. That cat was a black barn cat named Sassy. The name wasn't fitting at all as she was the sweetest animal, always wanting you to love on her. My sister owns 2 cats now. I like visiting with the cats, but only if I've taken allergy medicine. ;) Lesley S There has never been a time in my life yet, where cats were not a large part of it. Some of my favourite childhood memories include one of our pet cats. Who could forget all the nights it...

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

...actually hear the clip clop! It's like I was riding with you! Ellie I have a friend who just got an implant on one side....he can hear the cooing of his new little granddaughter..brings tears to our eyes. Elaine We are so fortunate that medicine has advanced so much. Your postings are a real treat and I'm so happy when a new one appears. Thanks for sharing!! Terry Golson That's wonderful! Sue Love this post so much! Blub... Carol Caldwell Like everyone else I felt touched by this post. I know how much the clip clop is music to your...

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

Debbie Great picture! I too love vintage pictures, partly because the sepia tint gives the picture a warm feeling. But this is one old photo that I would like to see in color for the red, white and blue. Happy Flag Day. Bea Gibson Today takes on a different feeling when you think of it through your great grandparents and grandparents...arriving here with little in their pockets and not knowing the future but most likely having the same smiles on their faces. What a wonderful photo and thanks for sharing. Christina Rose Terry, I agree. This is the best time....

When To Euthanize a Chicken – HenBlog – Monday, May 23, 2011

...Mary in Indiana So sorry to hear of the loss of your dear hens. I appreciate your willingness to share so much with us. Glad to hear Betsy was such a good girl - I hope she got some special treats! Terry Golson The water in the chicken house has medicine in it and I don't want Candy to drink it. I let her out early in the morning before the chicken house is opened up. Yvette I'm so sorry for your loss, Terry. We owe it to everyone in our care to make the hard decisions for them at...

Candy – HenBlog – Wednesday, June 2, 2010

lauren scheuer what a sweet, funny little face Candy has! Nice pix, Terry! Terry Golson Lauren, she's giving me a LOOK! She really didn't like the treatments. The medicine stung, and I had to scrape the fungus off with my fingernails. She is so happy to be back and not fussed with! Angela Mesquita I was longing to see Candy. She is beautiful with its new ears. You're an excellent mistress of animals Nancy K Do you mean to say that those AREN'T the "lawn guys"??? Ann-Marie Thanks for those lovely pictures Terry great photography Sharon Great photos! I especially...

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...

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!...

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...

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

...Bread Pudding, I’ll stir in a half-teaspoon of vanilla, too. I get out 4 apples. I use my nifty hand-cranked gadget that, in a few turns of the handle, peels, cores and slices. I toss the apples in with the bread and add a handful of plump organic raisins. It all goes into a ceramic casserole. I pour the custard on top and press down so that the bread cubes are immersed in the batter. Let this sit so that the bread absorbs the egg mixture. Preheat the oven to 350ºF while the pudding rests. While waiting for the oven...

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...

Blue Friday – HenBlog – Friday, May 27, 2011

...feel better already" and so I do....thanks for sharing. Ângela I love your photos! You're great photographer! ;) Jean And I always feel better when I read your blog and check in on the animals. That little blue chick is charming --I was nervous about her for a while. Glad to see Candy can join the hens now. And I think I see Siouxsie and Mazie back in the run. Yippee! Jim Papin Take time to miss them.... Georgene from Florida The little blue chick is the one I keep looking for each time I check the chick cam. Are...

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...

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...

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...

A 10 Day Break (so far) – HenBlog – Thursday, January 28, 2016

Christine O. Good for her! My Henny has laid 4 eggs so far this year but I'm expecting that she'll hit the pause button. She did this last year and started laying steadily in February. louise stopford My 3 year old hybrid went through a stage at the end of last year producing softies. She had a good moult and then laid a couple of perfect eggs. She has now stopped again! I always worry about the laying problems that start to occur in older hens and wish she would stop laying altogether (and just concentrate on being a spoilt...

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

Chicks need to be kept safe from predators, warm and dry, and in clean bedding. What they don’t need is to be kept away from all dirt and microbes. When chicks are raised under a mama hen, they venture forth for short forays. They peck at the ground, taste a bit of green grass, and get exposed in small increments to the germs naturally living all around them. Some of these microorganisms are beneficial. Certainly, the bits of grit and minerals in the earth are good for chicks, as are tiny amounts of a variety of foods. It’s still too...

Winter Molts – HenBlog – Monday, February 4, 2013

and down the rung. It's uncomfortable for them, so the less handling, the better. Terry Golson A "Brown Shaver" is not a hybrid that we have here, although perhaps it's similar to our production breeds that are leghorn x RIRs? Terry Golson Carol, it sounds as if Treacle is ill. A hen that is unenthusiastic about treats is not well. Carol Caldwell Is there anything else I should be doing for her? If she has worms would this cause these symptoms? When I say she is not so enthusiastic for the treats, I meant she is not first there as...

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

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

Lash – HenBlog – Thursday, September 26, 2013

...dose chickens with epsom salts or olive oil that should help you: http://hencam.com/faq/diagnosing-a-sick-chicken/ Chari in Boise Hi Terry, I just read your Spa Treatment and am wondering if this has helped hens begin laying again. For some reason my Wyandotte (Dottie) has stopped laying. I realize that it is getting late in the season, but I don't want the fact that she is not laying to cause her any problems over the fall/winter. Would you suggest the Spa Treatment? or any treatment? Thanks for your site and all the good advice you give! Jenny on Whidbey Hi Terry, I was...

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

...to hear about Nancy Drew she was such a beautiful bird, I wonder if she knew and this was part of the reason she turned on Twiggy recently. You now have me concerned for my girls, they have a very large run 130 'x 30' so get plenty of exercise, have high quality layers pellets, but its their treats. They get toms, cues, carrots and cabbage as their main treats, but everyday they get a childs size yogurt pot of mixed seed, hearts and chopped peanuts which are high in protein and fats, shared between 6 hens. Should I stop...

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

...after they have passed the spring months of their second year. During spring and early summer dressed hens command good prices." This is why the dual-purpose breeds were so important. Mr. Biggle goes on to point out that hens in their second year go into an unproductive broody period. This was before high-producing, egg-laying strains were developed (these have broodiness bred out.) What breeds do you have (you're not counting the pet silkies, are you?) Lucy Suitor Holt I agree. It's best to understand the process that causes that weirdness and let the puppies have the strange ones as treats....

Old Petunia – HenBlog – Tuesday, November 30, 2010

...canal. I like you suspect cancer or some other organ disease. OT, I made turkey bone soup with the turkey carcas this past weekend, it was good and what a great use of all that dark meat no one seems to eat. Wendy Oh dear, poor Petunia! She does look fed up, but as you say, her face is a good colour. The 'not joining in' always worries me more than anything. I find keeping them stimulated can sometimes snap them out of that moping and buck them up a bit, so I hope she enjoyed pottering in the sun....

I is for Indian – The Vintage Hen – Saturday, December 27, 2014

Jp The point about "purebred" animals is exactly why I was asking about the Game Bird: I'm looking to mix up my poultry a bit. I chose Rhode Islands because of their versatility (eggs AND meat) and their tolerance to my local conditions, but I'm looking to mix in something else just to keep the genetics more adaptable. Jean R It seems that every time we breed animals for special characteristics we create more health problems. It's not just the pug and other purebred dogs, but cats and horses too. Visit the open house at Tufts Veterinary School and see...

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

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

February Eggs – HenBlog – Sunday, February 7, 2010

...website advertised in Scholastic magazine order forms at the Early Head Start in Pt. Angeles, WA. I'm doing a lesson plan on Chickens and Eggs for my Early Childhood Education's, Creative Curriculum class. I was so excited when I saw your book. I ordered it and have been devouring your site all day today. I shared it with classmates in a post. Hopefully others will look you up. My husband is building me a wonderful hen house. Hope to have layers by May. Thanks for all your pictures and information. Terry Golson Thanks! A lot of schools have egg hatching...

Bathtime – HenBlog – Sunday, March 28, 2010

...up from her neck to her nose. If you swaddle a rabbit like a baby, they go limp and calm, so that’s what I did. Steve held a bundled-up Candy over the laundry room sink, while I took my nail brush and sudsy Ivory soap to her nose and ears. Then, I massaged on a special medicated ointment. Next, she got a blow dry. Candy looked like a relaxed customer at a spa massage. Her favorite bunny treats were waiting for her in her hutch (dried banana chips.) The next customer at the Little Pond Farm Spa was Coco. We’re...

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

Quiz. What is this? a) a giant’s tic-tac mint b) a horse pill c) an egg laid by Siouxie You’re right! The answer is C. It’s the odd egg of the week....

Getting Better – HenBlog – Wednesday, June 18, 2008

...and since my idea of “moderation” is not what my doctor was describing, I have to wear a sling for six weeks so that I DO NOT garden. Not even pull a weed. Or use my chef knife to chop the lovely veggies I’m growing. Or walk the dog holding the leash in my right arm. I’m sulking. On the other hand, LuLu is feeling quite well. She is still in the infirmary with Buffy. They’ll be there until LuLu’s feathers grow back. Which they are! Take a look. Those funny quill-like things are new feathers, not yet unfurled. For...

Country Living Magazine and PETA – HenBlog – Monday, April 7, 2008

I subscribe to Country Living magazine. They have lightweight articles on collecting, decorating and “country life.” So, I was excited to see, in the May issue, a page about backyard chicken keeping. (Do you realize how trendy we are? Little flocks have made it into a national magazine!) But, at the end of the page, was this, “Baby chicks are often purchased as Easter gifts – then sadly abandoned. Lucky ones find new homes, like the cover model of the 2008 Rescued! calendar (peta.org).” So, I’ve just sent this off to countryliving@hearst.com. Dear Editor, I keep a flock of fifteen...

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

...reservoirs of disease. When chickens stay inside, their respiration and manure causes dampness in the coop. Cobwebs hold onto that, and the germs. A clean sweep before the bad weather hits is preventative medicine. I also swept the storage area and cleaned up and corners that mice might want to hole up in. Mice eat chicken food and are also intermediary hosts of parasites. They’re cute, but I don’t want them sharing space with my hens. The goats are ready for winter, too. They’ve grown their furry coats. They say that they need a layer of fat to stay warm...

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

...create. To make your own simple life, start your day in a coop. If you can’t keep your own hens, I’m happy to share mine at HenCam. I don’t rail against this modern world. Having read about housekeeping in the early 1900s, I am ever so grateful for my washing machine, central heat and electric lights. I’m especially grateful for modern medicine and the miracle of my cochlear implants. But I don’t want to be so immersed in the modern world that I miss out on Mrs. Kine’s fields and streams. The barns in my backyard act as a counter-balance...

Chicken Spa – HenBlog – Wednesday, April 9, 2008

...oil. Extra virgin. The good stuff. It’s all I have in the house. I used a syringe that is supposed to be used to give children cough medicine. It works for chickens, too – I opened her beak and poured it down. Once she tasted the EVOO, she liked that too, and swallowed all of it. Buffy does enjoy her private room with the heat lamp: As you can see, she remains bright-eyed. She’s drinking water and will eat corn out of my hand. But something is seriously wrong. She’ll get another spa treatment this afternoon. Let’s hope it works....

Pecked to Death – HenBlog – Tuesday, March 11, 2008

...bare skin showing, the other hens go after her. The solution: 1. Give away the Wyandottes. Their personalities don’t mesh with the other hens. They might do fine in a different, free-ranging flock of large hens, or they might become stew. 2. Put duct tape on the bare back of the the pecked hen (duct tape should be in every farmer’s medicine cabinet!). By the time it falls off the feathers will be growing back in. 3. Any chickens with wounds need to be isolated in pens (dog crates work great), their wounds washed and topical antibiotics applied until healed....

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

...to hire a professional cleaner to finish the job.) Then there was the year that we went away and a foot of snow fell the next day. Luisa shoveled her way to the barn. Luisa was also here to care for Coco when she was ill, and when Lily had a bandage on her foot and needed medicine. I’m hoping we won’t have anything dramatic happen while we’re at the wedding, but I can go because I have competent care lined up. This year there are no pumpkins in the woods. I think that Lily will stay out of trouble....

Goat Vaccines – HenBlog – Thursday, April 14, 2016

...yearly for Clostridium perfringenstype C + D. There are diseases that arrive suddenly and are fatal, this vaccine protects against one of them. We’ll also collect a fecal sample to check for internal parasites. So far we’ve only had a mild infestation once, which was cleared up with ivermectin.   While here, Dr. Sarah will vaccinate the dogs for leptospirosis. My dogs are at risk, as they drink from natural water sources that are frequented by wild animals. A farm call by a vet is a small price to pay to keep Lily on the job and the goats healthy....

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

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

Prolapse – HenBlog – Monday, July 9, 2007

...you are responsible for their well-being. You do the best you can. But there are limits, especially with farm animals. A farmer could more easily put a price on what it is worth to save her, both in time and money. In my little farmette, Betsy straddles that line between pet and producer. I’ll nurse her. I’ll bathe her. I’ll take the time to care for one little hen. But, she won’t be going to the vet (which would be a costly long-shot) and I’m prepared to cull her if she suffers. This is the reality of living with chickens....

Tyson Foods – HenBlog – Wednesday, November 21, 2007

I subscribe to a poultry industry e-newsletter that provides a daily list of pertinent worldwide articles. What people who buy a dozen eggs a week, or a broiler a few times a month, don’t realize is how huge, international and powerful this industry is. This newsletter gives a window into that world. But, despite the incredible volume of poultry products on the global market, it’s organic poultry that is getting a premium price. The other segments of the industry have miniscule profit margins – they make their money by selling on a huge scale. Also, it’s hard to develop brand...

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

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

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

...sell in them in February, when the price was high. They used something called water-glass to preserve the eggs. Water-glass is a chemical, sodium silicate. When mixed with water, it forms a protective gel, which sealed off the pores of the egg shell. So, if you boiled an egg that had been sealed in such a way, the air in the egg would explode the shell – unless you pricked the end with a needle. If your eggs do crack when cooking, it is likely that the shells were thin. Older chickens lay thin-shelled eggs. Even fed oyster shell for...

Rose Tomato – HenBlog – Friday, August 3, 2012

This is the epitome of summer. Sometimes I go and stand in my garden just to inhale that green tomato plants smell. In August that sharp scent is more appealing to me than any blooming flower. This tomato is an Amish heirloom called Rose. I’ve never grown it before, and I relied on the scant tag information at purchase. “Large” it said. Right! The tomato pictured above weighed in at 1 pound, 3 ounces! At $4 a pound for tomatoes at the farmers market, this one hefty tomato has doubled my money back on the price of the seedling. When...

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

...And the Driskill has a Friday night happy hour with half-price margaritas! On Saturday, Lauren and I will be at the Buck Moore Feed and Supply, which is where the tickets for the coop tour are picked up. She’ll have her book, Once Upon A Flock, to sign, and I’ll have Vintage Chicken Photographs. Stop by and chat for awhile. Lauren has to fly home on Sunday, but I can’t pass up a chance to see the bluebonnets. It’s something that’s been on my wish list ever since I was a little girl and saw photos in a magazine. AND...

Fancy Poultry – HenBlog – Thursday, January 7, 2016

Even before photoshop, people doctored images to get a laugh. What you see going on here is a delivery of poultry via horse power. Farmers were paid for their product by the wagonload. When a poultry dealer came to town and a long line of wagons would line up through main street, waiting their turn to be weighed. The gentleman that you see to the front of the photo is working the weights of the scale. Once a price was agreed upon, the crates of chickens would be put onto a freight train to take to processing near the city....

Bucolic – HenBlog – Monday, July 28, 2014

...someone had been serving iced tea and cakes, I’d never have left. There were garden ornaments.   I loved these locally welded plant supports. My least favorite springtime gardening task is setting up the peony cages. These would solve that, and look beautiful, too. Alas, they were out of my price range. However, that boy tearing around the track at Lime Rock has learned how to use a welding torch. I know what I’m asking for for my birthday.   And there was this clever idea at the shop entrance – chicken wire on the wood porch to prevent slipping...

HenCam Baseball Cap! – The Vintage Hen – Monday, April 29, 2013

Many of you noticed Steve’s baseball cap in this post. You asked for your own HenCam hats. I’m pleased to announce that you can now purchase a high-quality baseball cap with the HenCam happy hen logo from Zazzle! Sorry, no goats included. However, Zazzle is running a Mother’s Day special, so from now until May 1 the price is only $16.96. Click through the HenCam Store to get a HenCam hat of your own....

You’re Invited – HenBlog – Tuesday, May 27, 2014

...likely to be the most fragrant and beautiful space that I’ve ever done a program in. That event is free with the price of admission, so come early and tour the grounds. Even better, walk the gardens and then join me for dinner at the Twigs Cafe! I’ve reserved a table, so email me to let me know if you’d like to join us. Speaking of gardens, I’ve added a new program this summer – A HenCam Garden Party. It will take place here at Little Pond Farm on July 12. If you’ve ever wished for a party where people...

Flock Health – HenBlog – Monday, June 11, 2007

...the birds, it is virulent and can lead to severe respiratory disease. Fortunately, I caught it in time before that happened. Also, fortunately, there are drugs that work. Thanks goodness for drugs. I’m one of those people who buy “antibiotic-free” meat, but I am so grateful that drugs are available to save my pets (and children!) So, don’t even get me started on farmers and doctors who use these sub-therapeutically, creating drug-resistant, highly dangerous, bacteria. (And really don’t get me started on people who chose to travel for their own pleasure, knowing that they could transmit drug-resistant TB!) Anyway, a...

Now What? – HenBlog – Friday, July 12, 2013

...had a pillow fight with herself. Soft cochin feathers were everywhere.   What was going on? There was a big bare patch on Pearl’s back.   Had she been attacked? The skin was smooth and I didn’t see a sign of injury or aggression. Hmmm…. I picked her up and a clump of feathers came off in my hand. I checked her for feather mites and lice. None. I concluded that Pearl is molting. (Read all about the molt here.) Pearl was unaffected by the respiratory bug, at least she didn’t have the symptoms. However, stress can bring on the...

Updates – HenBlog – Monday, April 14, 2008

...again to share your feedback. Enjoy the end of your week. So, again, a sane word goes a long way. Buffy Update: Although the spa treatment had her feeling better, she is not well. A HenCam friend said that he lost two hens with similar symptoms. A necropsy showed cancer. I think that’s what Buffy has. For now, she is eating, drinking, pooping and roosting in the coop with the other girls. Her eyes are bright and she doesn’t have that look of panic, or lethargy, that sick chickens get. So, I’ll leave her be and see how it goes....

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

cause symptoms, but usually they’re more severe and lead to death. Perhaps a mold on some wild bird food that she got into? In any event, the treatment for eating something they shouldn’t, is to douse with epsom salts. There’s some excellent info at the Mississippi State University web site. So, I mixed up a teaspoon with an ounce of water and, using a syringe used for human infants, poured it down her throat. The idea is that the salts will settle in the gizzard and flush the system of toxins. It might have been too little too late to...

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

...quickly escalate. One sick animal means that everyone becomes ill. These farmers use an “all in, all out” model, which is when all of the animals arrive together, are kept for a short time, and then harvested. The empty barns are disinfected, and a new flock moves in. Not only is this impossible to do in a backyard set-up, it’s unnecessary. Most birds are carriers of one disease or another. They don’t show any symptoms, but they harbor pathogens. When stressed, they still don’t look sick, but they do shed germs. That’s why you can purchase what looks like 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...

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!...

Pearl’s Two Molts – HenBlog – Friday, November 8, 2013

...free-range and that their dust bathing bin in the coop is full and clean. I’m careful not to feed bread and pasta as treats, but do toss them a handful of my dog’s expensive fish kibble every few days, because the chickens need quality protein in order to regenerate their feathers. (But, overdoing the protein can cause problems, so I use restraint.) I recently got some chopped alfalfa, which is very good for them. Older hens can have a bit more trouble getting through the molt, so the ancient chickens in the Little Barn are getting a handful of shelled...

Cochlear Implant Update – HenBlog – Tuesday, January 25, 2011

...the tongue treatment because he knows your going in the house. That little stinker. robin w. It is a whole new world for you Terry . . . . E N J O Y ! ! ! Kim This brought tears to my eyes. I am so happy for you. The things we take for granted.... Amy Terry, how wonderful!! I am a Speech-Language Pathologist and very interested in aural rehab. My mother is severely hearing impaired and it is a genetic trait passed from generation to generation. I am hearing impaired but not as badly as my sister. The...

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

...A couple (not all) of her hens got frostbite. This is what frostbite looks like – note that the tips of the comb are black. (The comb is shiny from ointment.)   Frostbite is not a condition to ignore. It can be painful. The dead tips can fall off and become infected. The color change can cause pecking issues amongst hens. Roosters will have a drop in fertility. This hen was treated with bacitracin, and a day later looked much better. (She did get dirt on the sticky stuff, and so the comb looks dark, but that’s not more frostbite.)...

Goat Balloon – HenBlog – Monday, December 20, 2010

...of paws. To her dismay, not enough snow to tunnel in, but we're expecting more later this week. Terry Golson Hi Angela- I am feeling better! I see the doctor on Thursday to have the incision looked at. I hope I'll be allowed to wash my hair. But, it'll be a long recovery. So, what fruit is in season there? Do you have a garden? La'Nelle Thinking of you and sending warm wishes for the holidays and your recovery! Thanks for taking the time and effort to keep the blog updated, all your hard work is really appreciated. Hope your...

Surgery Update – HenBlog – Wednesday, February 29, 2012

...and follow doctor's orders. I can't wait to see you out & about wrestling the goats! Julie O'Brien Love the pic of Florence! Hope the rest & recovery continues to go well. Best wishes from Australia Donna So happy Terry! Very good news! Wishing you a speedy recovery! Enjoy "doing nothing" for as long as you can! Santee Bunny Glad to hear the surgery went well and recovery is going well too!! Feel better ASAP from cold/rainy CA!! Barb Olds Hello Terry, Glad to hear you are home and resting. I know rest and recovery is sometimes hard for someone...

Chicken to Human Diseases? – HenBlog – Monday, July 16, 2012

...a year old in August and I couldn't believe all the "precautions" that were taken, many suggested by his doctor. Sanitize wipe this, sanitize gel that, hypoallegenic this blah, blah, blah. I told my son I'm shocked the human race has survived this long. Tracy Byers Great FAQ- thank you! Terry Golson Studies are also showing that children exposed to pets have fewer allergies. I think you have a lot of grandkid watching to do, Ken! :) Kris It's undeniably hard not to squish my cute little hens. I love them so. My son said to me the other day...

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

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

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

...nasty. I am curious how much Benadryl did you first give her? And one would think that Phoebe the rabbit would also be an easy target for critter bites with all the rooting she does. There is always something interesting brewing when animals are in our lives. Kris Glad she is back to her old self! Our Westie is 12, but like Lily, still getting into mischief from time to time. :) Wendy Poor Lily! I'm so glad she's feeling better! Unfortunately, I'm well acquainted with spider bites! :/ I ended up at the Doctor twice last year due to...

Spring Coop Dusting – HenBlog – Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Lynda Schoenbeck Yikes! That soiled mask is awful! I always wear a regular mask like the ones they had out in the doctor's offices. Perhaps this isn't sufficient? Great posting. I had planned on getting to this today but perhaps I should first purchase one of those better masks? Robin Plant pots that I left outside over the winter and animal enclosures.My lizard is up and at'em with a voracious appetite (i.e. lots of poop) and we won't discuss how overgrown my aquariums are... :D jan My set-up is different to yours and I poop pick every day, plus thorough...

A Welcome Return Visitor – HenBlog – Friday, August 2, 2013

was gone but I found a caterpillar hanging from a butternut squash vine. When I lifted the vine to move it out of the path the caterpillar fell off so I picked it up, put it in an empty egg carton and the next day it had become a bright green chrysalis. Hopefully in about two weeks it will become a beautiful butterfly that will flutter about in my gardens. I found two more caterpillars this morning while strolling through the vegetable garden. Terry if you run your finger gently over the caterpillar it will go into defense mode and...

BarnCam Troubles – HenBlog – Wednesday, March 13, 2013

...dirt back in and it was fine but I can't imagine what they would do to my yard if I let them out for more than 20 minutes a day. Terry Golson The best place to learn about children's book publishing is to join SCBWI.org. Good luck! Tanya K. Hi Terry, Just getting caught up with your blog. Regarding the previous entry- check out craigslist in your area (I checked Boston), there are many rabbits for adoption. Even a Giant Flemish, although that might not be a good match for the girls. Not matter what rabbit you decide on, that...

Exercise for Hens – HenBlog – Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Janet We have serious bobcat issues in our area so we can't let our chickens out in the yard. What can we do to keep them healthy and happy? Robert There is an e-copy on the internet archive . https://archive.org/details/bigglepoultrycon00biggrich wyldstyle Oh my goodness I really want that book!! wyldstyle Oh my goodness I really want that book!! I love old books and old chicken books are the best!!! Thanks for posting the link. I'll have to check it out :D Kim Perkins My husband always laughs at me when I comment on how tired the hens will be at...

Trees for Bees – HenBlog – Thursday, May 20, 2010

...cute, too. Wendy good old Wiki! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cockchafer the grubs of these beetles live in the soil - a nightmare if you have foxes or badgers about as they dig the lawn up looking for them. The chickens love them too. I see now the antennae aren't feathery, I think I was getting carried away! They're more like little hands waving. Terry Golson Hi Wendy- I'm sure we have June bugs like you have, but what we call a June Bug around here are the Japanese Beetles - those ravenous imports that eat down rosebushes first, then go on to everything...

Our Porch Resident – HenBlog – Monday, July 6, 2015

...the nest builder. (The male points out a good site, and then lets her do the work. .)   A pair of Eastern Phoebes claimed a prime nesting location above the first pillar of our front porch. They built the most beautiful nest I’ve ever seen, using moss, strands of dried grass, and goat hair. Each day the female Phoebe laid a perfect, very small, brown egg. She stopped laying when she had a clutch of five.   Then she sat. (The female does the incubating, and that’s how I know that she is a she.)   Check back tomorrow...

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

...the drive to go see him will be much more relaxing though maybe a little longer, knowing he is a happy camper. You have been busy, checking out all those places for your biggest boy.....nothing worth having comes easy, does it? Carolyn If you get tired of listening to words, try tuning in to my radio station - theclassicalstation.org. Nothing but classical music 24/7. The only ads are those for the station itself although some of the sponsor's acknowledgements do come close. The station is totally listener supported and runs almost entirely with volunteers. It's quite an amazing operation and...

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

...to only be paid in coins so the money can go in the bottle... I can't find the information, how long is the waiting period before the eggs are edible after treating witht the duramycin Terry Golson Jonathan, it was your good and observant care that saved your chickens. Noticing illness at the onset of disease allowed you to get them the medicine that they needed ASAP. Wait 10 days after the last dose and the eggs will be safe to eat again. That's very impressive about saving enough for a W&D. From everyone's stories I'm getting inspired to set...

Oriole – HenBlog – Sunday, August 7, 2011

...an egg for ages, so it’s unlikely to be a problem there. There’s nothing that I can do for her other than to keep her comfortable. I think it’s just a matter of time. I have a theory that many gorgeous purebred birds are so inbred that they don’t last long. But, in the midst of all of this worry and trouble, look at who graced the water feature. It’s a Baltimore Oriole about to take a bath in The Beast’s pond. There’s always beauty. Sometimes it’s a glimpse out the corner of your eye, but it’s there, nonetheless.  ...

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

...That's not a chip on her shoulder. RIRs are always, voraciously hungry. Some have fewer inhibitions than others. My Speckled Sussex, Etheldred, is like that. Make sure that you never feed her when she does that. If you have treats, ignore her and throw the food in the direction of the hens with both feet on the ground. She'll figure out that her efforts are futile. Terry Golson Judging by the fact that at this moment Twiggy is on top of the rabbit hutch, I don't doubt what you're saying at all. As soon as it cools off, the Girls...

A Horse’s Attitude – The Vintage Hen – Saturday, June 14, 2014

...with friends? Paisley Looks like a roping saddle and a curb bit. Cow horse for sure. Deana Looks like saddles I've seen many times in my grandfather's barn. The saddles were used on a cattle farm. The rope was used as a lasso to give medicine or brand cows/calves. The high back was for comfort and to hold the rider in seat. The high horn was used to hold on to and secure the rope when lassoing the cattle. We no longer use horses on the farm. Sadly they have been replaced by 4 wheelers and side by sides. Marie...

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

...treated as livestock, mine are spoiled and treated as pets. So they have had daily contact and handling since they were chicks. I think that makes a HUGE difference. I've only had one instance where my daughter was feeding them grapes and one got her finger pretty good. Purely an accident. Ken LOL Ken My dad gave me two bantam chicks one year (got them from a guy at work). I had them in an aquarium in my room for several weeks and then my dad and I built them there own little coop. They would not (that's me talking)...

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...

Vintage Photos of People and their Chickens – The Vintage Hen – Sunday, May 27, 2012

Brenda The bowtie is a puzzlement. Terry Golson It's a formal portrait! Leecia Price Terry, I look forward to your posts here! Tanya K. You're so right about chickens being a part of everyday life. Even going back to the late sixties there was a poultry "farm" on Northern Blvd. in Little Neck (NY). My cousin and I would go there and pet the chickens- we did not realize that our favorites also made an encore appearance on the dinner table the same night. But somewhere during the course of my childhood the live chicken stores and backyard flocks quietly...

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

...club in Poland, in Poznan. Leecia Price Thank you Terry, my selfish hope is that there are many, many more years left of your writing here, for us it is a real gift. Miriam Congratulations on your six year achievement! We so enjoy ALL your writing - especially love your HenBlog and learn so much about the joys and realities of keeping chickens. We will get our first chicks - 4 Buff Oroingtons - in mid-May and are so grateful to you for giving us the confidence to take on this project. Kim I love hearing about the hens, even...

Updates – HenBlog – Thursday, April 12, 2012

...school year! Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life Great boots and great price. Even at Target they are almost $30 so you got a great buy. Tanya K. Here we are once again, at the Haven, enjoying the other worldliness of your backyard. Thank you for the great mitzvah! rachel Poor Buffy is looking rather bedraggled this beautiful Saturday morning. Has some been at her again? Stevie Oh, spring broodiness. We've already had a Buff in the "time out" pen, too. I'm sure we'll be finding her in the nest boxes again soon. Some girls are more determined than others! Stevie@ruffledfeathersandspilledmilk.com...

Snow Photos For Those In Warm Climes – HenBlog – Monday, February 7, 2011

Vicki in So. CA I'm not familiar with the normal amount of snow for your area, but with all the news coverage about the last few storms, I'm guessing this is way more than usual. Glad to see that you can get out of your garage. But once you do... be careful. It looks slippery out there! Georgene from Florida WOW, that is amazing ! I know it is bothersome, but it sure is pretty ! Thanks for educating us !! Leecia Price Hi, Yes, thank you for catering to me, here in N. FL without snow or even ice....

Winter Eggs – HenBlog – Monday, February 21, 2011

...and could have kicked myself! Winter eggs! It's a great story! goatgirl Yeah, I'm going to say "Love the egg holder" too. I'll be keeping a watch for one like it. I am also looking for an egg scale but don't want to pay $50 for it:) Carmie of the Single Nester All of those gorgeous eggs! Could use some for more of your delicious recipes. So glad you read my review of your book. I do love it and I think that is sad you don't get anything from those outrageous prices on Amazon. Question - how did you...

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

Kit I love the Fresh Strawberries sign. They are so cute, thanks for the giveaway Terry. Erica Kroll ooooh! I like the "fresh eggs - light blue"! It coordinates with my purple coop and my austrolorp hens! Brian Goslow I love the heirloom & cherry tomatoes sign, with the fresh vegetables a close second. Stephanie I lv the Organic Eggs sign! Thanks for the giveaway, they are so much fun! laura h I like the Organic eggs, chocolate, tho the goat sign is cute!! (entering on FB :) ) Claudia Any of the "Fresh Eggs" or "Organic Eggs" signs. They're...

Little Pond Farm Animal Update – HenBlog – Wednesday, March 24, 2010

...nabbed one. Obviously the males were so engrossed in their battle they were not watching for predators. The price of "love". Nancy K. One of my sweetest, friendliest Mille Fleur bantam Cochin pullets has a sore leg and I can't see anything wrong with it either. She's always been the baby that comes right up to me for petting ~ I hate to see her in pain but she seems to want to be left in with the flock. I tried isolating her in a corner so she was still in the same pen and could see everyone but she...

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....

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

...many times I have put everything to rights in the barn and then am heading to my car in "dress" clothes (i.e suitable to be seen in public with no holes from snagging on fencing, goat or dog or pony hair, or poop stains from animals)when I see a barn disaster and have to go fix it. I ruined a pair of shoes yesterday when I saw the automatic water trough was running over for no reason except that I had just put on nice white sneakers. Aaagh! www.ruffledfeathersandspilledmilk.com Terry Golson I know I don't buy "dry clean only" clothes!...

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....

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...