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Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce – Recipes

...salt at many markets and gourmet grocers. I’d like to go back to Rome, though to get mine! Shake the pan so that the vegetables are evenly coated with the oil, vinegar and salt. Put it into a 300 degree F. oven. Bake for an hour, or longer. The tomatoes will burst and shrink and their flavors will concentrate. You could put it through a food mill to get rid of the seeds and skins and have a concentrated tomato sauce. Or, use as is. Toss with cheese tortellini. I used it to top grilled swordfish steaks. Easy. Pure summer....

Chicken Manure Management – FAQ – Housing

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

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

...before the new year. There will be better navigation, room for new content and I'll be adding those bios. Ginger Well this how "newbie" to the chicken-world *I* am ... I thought "GEMS" was just a term of endurement for the ladies of the coop Ginger "endearment" ... Why can't autocorrect work when I really want it do ... Geez Sean Yay! So very excited for the redesign! Sounds great! Went out and bought a copy of the magazine today. Can't wait to take a look. Sean Auto correct is very rarely my friend. I feel your pain, Ginger! :)...

Vintage Easter Basket – The Vintage Hen – Friday, March 15, 2013

...my mother got for me when I was less than 1, so it is now 53 yrs old! It is a dark wine color woven basket and has held an awful lot of Easter treasures over the years :) Terry Golson Tracy, that's the best basket of all. Suzanne Very beautiful, I love the bold colors. At first I thought it was made of tin. The chickens are drawn in such an interesting style! Even though it's a relatively cheap swap-meet find, isn't it amazing that such an item escaped tearing, fading, or simply being discarded because it was old-fashioned......

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

...spend a heck of a lot keeping my dog happy. So why not buy an expensive cabbage for the girls? I won’t do it often – those big cheap cabbages satisfy just as well -but this once? They’ll need it today. I think of it as an expense like those rawhide flips for Lily. And if that’s elevated the hens to a status above “backyard chickens” well, that’s obvious already, isn’t it? BTW, Marge is laying lovely brown eggs. That’s the nice thing about hens, for all the trouble and expense you get something tangible, and absolutely perfect, from them....

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

...running. I know, because I’ve trained mine to come, and it’s hilarious and a lot of fun to watch (See video here.) But, corn, or the similar product of scratch grains, is nothing but empty calories. There’s no reason to feed it to your hens. Even “scratch grains” are not necessary to feed. I do have corn on hand for calling the hens back to the run, but I know the danger of feeding too much. Each hen gets less than a teaspoon as a treat and I don’t feed it on a daily basis. scratch grains for hens  ...

A Goat Fence – HenBlog – Wednesday, September 25, 2013

...the fence can't hold water, it can't hold a goat." There is nothing for them to use as a ramp nearby, and my goats aren't exactly athletic, so they'll stay in. Hopefully. Melissa The boys look as if they think it was worth the wait. Too bad you don't have any Ross stores in your area. You can get MK bags at a fraction of the retail cost.... Kris In that last picture, he's totally saying...."Mom, put this one on the blog so they all know how much we loooove our new fence...look, I'm smiling!" Kim Theyre smiling again! Looks...

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

...house :) Terry Golson I once had fuzzy bunny slippers but Lily dog said they were toys. Terry Golson I have to be careful in the barn - all those cams! I've been told not to tug at my underwear when mucking out the coops. Terry Golson Did you know that farming is one of the most dangerous occupations in America? Terry Golson Thank you. Terry Golson OOH, we need a title for that book? Any horror story aficionados out there? Terry Golson I carried a bucket home from England. See this post: http://hencam.com/henblog/2011/05/the-last-day-in-england/ Terry Golson I missed that. Love...

Chicken Keeping Workshop – HenBlog – Tuesday, June 28, 2011

...teenage children. What a treat to meet Candy and the others in person !! But, I will have to decline as Florida is just too far......please make a DVD ! Denise Can't make it from California. I remember your posting about the pie party and I'm thinking if you offer pie, that could be more tempting than cookies:-) I LOVE PIE! Terry Golson It's rhubarb pie season right now! trashmaster46 Sigh - I wish I could make it. Unfortunately, the bus takes a bit too long to get there from the west coast ;) Wendy I'd pay $20 (what's that...

Gone Fishing – HenBlog – Tuesday, September 14, 2010

...air, and flies slowly, limbs akimbo, wings beating hard, would hurry off when the kitchen door opens. You’d think that when I yell, watch out bird, while holding the eager dog’s collar, that the heron would appreciate the head start and get moving. It takes it’s time. The heron does, slowly, fly out of range. It’s a big bird. Huge. When it lands on a bare branch near the coop, the wood creaks and some bark falls to the ground. To Lily’s dismay, though, the branch holds. Lily has chased the bird off of the pond three times this morning....

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/...

Agatha At School – HenBlog – Thursday, January 12, 2012

...a toss up whether to see the horses or the chickens first. Chickens are pretty cool! Terry Golson Horses are awe-inspiring and sometimes scary to kids, but the chickens, busy, chatty and small, they intuitively relate to. That said, as kid, and even now, I wouldn't be able to tear myself away from the horses! Terry Golson There has been scientific research into chicken vocalizations. Scientists have separated out about two dozen different calls. But, rather than reading those papers, sit with your flock and observe. You'll see when one makes a noise for a certain bit of food, or...

Watch Me Skype – HenBlog – Tuesday, March 5, 2013

...Melbourne, Australia. You're 16 hours behind us (or 8 hours ahead on the previous day). Which is why HenCam is so difficult sometimes. So....I think....at 11 am on the 6th it'll be 3 am on the 7th here. Ummm.. have to set the alarm. I might just make your 2.30 session. It will be 5.30 am on Friday morning....no Thursday....oh, heck! Hope it all goes well, anyway. Linda Will there be audio for the barn cam? Marigold Two things I have to say...I sure hope the goats get equal time AND 2) Those are some stylin' boots and now the...

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

...Golson I'm used to playing second fiddle to a hen (do you have that expression in the UK?) Vee Oh yes and it seems to suit the situation quite well here doesn't it? Jen from VA A sophisticated lady for a sophisticated function. Love a Delaware. You rock Opal. Enjoyed the post. Thanks Terry. Arlene I don't own chickens but the hencam is first going in morning here on cape cod. Especially loved opal's visit to the museum...dirty toes and all. Terry Golson I'm happy to share my hens with the chickenless! Rebecca Another Book.....Opals Day Out at the Museum....

On the Lawn… For Now – HenBlog – Wednesday, June 24, 2015

...of other things that are better to forage for.     Owly and her friends are waiting for that moment of bursting red ripeness. As am I. Raspberries are too precious to share with the hens, They won’t be on free-ranging when it’s raspberry harvest season. Enjoy your time out now, girls!   I discuss how to manage chickens and a garden in a lecture that I’ve created for garden clubs. Check my schedule. Many clubs welcome non-members to their programs. I’m already booking into next year. If your club would like to engage me for this talk, contact me....

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

Donna I love Austin..wish I could meet you at the bar for Margaritas! Have a wonderful trip! P.S. Ordered Lauren's book...looks very good... Jenni So exciting! We will be there for the coop tour too! Hope to see you for sure, as you have always been so kind in your responses to our home hascarpet@yahoo emailings. Safe travels! Erica Get a "batini" at the Driskill! It's their signature cocktail named for the bats in Austin. I love the Driskill and used to stay there often. It's haunted! Elizabeth Anne (TX) Going to see if I can get some of my...

Keeping The Girls Busy – HenBlog – Friday, April 6, 2012

...as it is. Lucky for them, much of it is weeding, and I’ll be tossing them clods of dirt and dandelions. Meanwhile, the goats are asking to help. I don’t think so boys. Why don’t you play on your stumps? I’ll be posting more information about the Garden Tour soon. It’s open to the public, and tickets do sell out, so I’ll let you know when they go on sale. Do think about taking a drive out here that weekend. It’s worth a trip. The town of Concord has Louisa May Alcott’s house, Walden Pond and Revolutionary War buildings. We’re...

The Garden Tour – HenBlog – Monday, June 4, 2012

...glistens in balls on leaves. After the last visitor drove off, Steve took video of the garden and we put together a rainy day garden tour. Sunday was overcast, but the chickens didn’t mind at all. As promised, I let them out to free-range. The garden is fully mature, and it took them a bit of looking to find dirt to scratch in. They wandered about, eyeing the flowers and pecking at the grass. They enjoyed themselves immensely until a hawk swooped low. I hustled the girls back into their secure pens. They’ll get to finish their tour another day....

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

...behavior. Lots! Jen Terry - as always, it's so lovely & enjoyable to read your blog entries. I'm so happy for you that you were able to make this trip. I was recently gifted a book that I think you may enjoy (if you aren't already aware), it's called, "The Compassionate Equestrian" by Dr Allen Schoen and Susan Gordon. Here is a link to read more about it: http://www.horseandriderbooks.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=H&Product_Code=COEQ&Category_Code=WCOM Perhaps I will bump into you again at Equine Affaire in November. All best wishes, Jen Kim Perkins It looks like you had an amazing adventure Terry! Michelle Looks like a...

The Last Day In England – HenBlog – Wednesday, May 18, 2011

This morning I said good-bye to Celia’s handsome chickens and her beautiful 18th c. walled garden and headed over to Cambridge for a stroll. It’s a beautiful place. Here are the famous punts. There are gorgeous buildings, like this. Fortunately, Celia knows her Cambridge and medieval history, so I also got a sense of the stories behind this many-layered city. Celia’s husband graciously drove me to Heathrow Airport. I had my suitcase and prized possession – the bucket. I found this pail in Rye at an antique shop. It’s dirty and large, and I love it! It was probably handmade...

Vacation Week – HenBlog – Friday, April 23, 2010

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

A Weekend In California – HenBlog – Monday, April 18, 2016

...in my neck of the woods! I grew up very near the Crow Canyon Saddlery, and now live about 80 miles east of there, in the California foothills. Too bad you couldn't bring Tonka :-)...Henry Cowell is an amazing place to ride!!! I know lots of people with lots of extra horses...next time, I could hook you up! Wish you did some sort of event - I'd have come to see you (but I'm sure you're glad you weren't!) Terry Golson Next time I'll take you up on that! Walking around the Cowell I said, "I'd rather be riding here."...

Travel! – HenBlog – Tuesday, May 10, 2011

...good :) I hope you enjoy every minute of your trip. Bon Voyage! Denise Have a great trip. And I look forward to your posts while you're away or after you get home. Safe travels. Kelly Maybe you would know, do polish do ok in the cold? Jenn If you don't like gin, try Pimms. It's the national drink, practically... Kelly I'm so excited! I just got done ordering 4 baby chicks from mypetchicken!!! (All females) I got 1 Light brown leghorn, 1 white crested black polish, 1 assorted polish, and 1 dark cornish!!! I can't wait until they come!!...

Egg Basket – HenBlog – Monday, March 30, 2009

...it, the job is done quickly, and I have a sense of accomplishment. When I use the cheap-o plastic broom, I hurry through the work and am not as thorough. Tools don’t have to be expensive to be a joy to use. I have a hand weeder that cost less than $10. It’s a simple wooden handle with a straight spike for digging out roots, like dandelions. It’s getting old and I’ve tried to find another. None fits in my hand the same way. None give me the same leverage. Collecting eggs is probably the favorite task for most chicken...

Egg Laying in Winter – HenBlog – Monday, January 19, 2009

Early in the Fall the hens begin to molt. Like leaves falling, it’s not all at once, but little by little. Some start in August, some in October. The girls look scraggly. Then they grow in aptly-named “pin feathers” (which look like short porcupine quills). Finally, they fluff out, hopefully in time to have a nice feather coat for the winter cold. During the molt they stop laying; their energy goes into feather-making. With winter, the daylight hours shorten and the temperatures drop. All of this triggers the “don’t lay!” button on the hens. Before there was heat and electricity,...

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

...blocked? Was she getting dehydrated from lack of water? I mixed a teaspoon of epsom salts (the cure-all for toxins) in a half cup of children’s pedialyte (electrolytes.) Unfortunately, the only pedialyte that I could find at the store was cherry-flavored. Which, it turns out, is very sticky and if it gets on your skin turns it bright red for a day. Next time, I’ll use latex gloves! Anyway, using that plunger syringe, I poured this mixture down her throat. Not as easy as the pill. What a mess. It was a beautiful day, so I let Eleanor out in...

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

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

1916 Eggs – HenBlog – Thursday, January 6, 2011

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

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

...my barn. Nothing can get in.   Concrete is easy to keep clean. I actually enjoy sweeping the barn.   In the summer, the floor stays cool. In the winter, however, it does hold onto cold. The goats’ stall is lined with a rubber mat, which insulates them from the chill. It’s easier on their legs, too. (Caper, you might have noticed, is lame. He’s had a bone chip in his knee since he was little. Soft footing is a kindness to him.)   Chickens don’t need a rubber mat. However, in the winter I do add a bit of...

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

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

Beauty and the Beast – HenBlog – Tuesday, June 9, 2009

...restocked our friend’s pond. We still had plenty of small ones that were sure to get bigger soon enough. They have. We’ve had a Heron here, too. I don’t mind, we have too many small goldfish in the pond, anyway, and the Heron is a gorgeous, shy bird that I’m happy to feed. I’m not worried about the koi. If that fish were a trout, it’d be the one that the fishermen tell tales about. It’s wily and sure to outlive us all. The lily in the pond bloomed today. Isn’t it a beauty? Next to it is the beast....

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

...freeze that, too. Tracy Excellent! thanks for sharing- I'm off to the tomato patch and kitchen now! It's a miracle we have ANY ripe tomatoes this year in the Pacific NW, so I don't want to waste a single one! Elizabeth Have you ever thought about a roasted tomato omelet? Looking at your picture, I can just imagine one. Terry Golson I've done it! Though you have to be careful that the tomatoes aren't watery. Even easier is a cheese omelet with the roasted tomatoes on top. Susan Boy, that sounds good! I love this time of year! I froze...

Winter Eggs – HenBlog – Wednesday, December 7, 2011

...slow to start laying, and then it got into late fall, with shortened daylight hours and dipping temperature. I was hoping for a few eggs this winter and not expecting to fill my egg cartons. But, they’re pullets. They’re healthy. They’re fed well. This is what I had in my egg basket yesterday: The big egg in the back is from Agnes. The rest are from the Gems. That’s a wealth of eggs. I’m giddy with eggs. I made a double-batch of Peach Bread Pudding for my local library’s employee appreciation lunch. I had enough for a cheddar omelet for...

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

...not familiar with Monterey County....it is not a backwoods kind of place...and yet cockfighting like I said is going strong, my feeling is that it is because it involves gambling and has rather large payoffs. http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/planning/cca/pc/2010/10-13-10/srpc_pd070731_101310.pdf Terry Golson I've heard that sometimes a lone rooster is more personable than when he has a harem. I hope he is a fun chicken to have around! Interesting about the cockfighting. Thanks for clarifying what's going on with it. Noel Hi Theresa, There's a French dish you might try using those farm raised roosters, it's called: Le Coq au Vin. bon appetit! Noel...

Previous Appearances – July 12, 2014

...you to post photos of your coop and girls. There will be iced tea and homemade treats (for the humans!). Rain or shine (I’ll put up a tent, and we can mill about in the screen porch and barns if the weather is inclement). $15 per person. $5 for children under the age of twelve. Ticket choicesAdult $15.00 USDChild under 12 $5.00 USD If you are buying tickets for both adults and children, click “Add to Cart” for one choice of ticket, then click “Continue Shopping” from the Shopping Cart page to go back and select the other choice of...

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

...easy to buy for. Donna Amen Terry! Well said! Can I just say that the holidays, I DO NOT look forward to? I hate the mall and the stores where everything is the same. Buying something for someone who doesn't need a thing just for the sake of buying? I don't get it. I finally put on the "suit" and told the entire family we don't need "stuff"..if I need "stuff" I will buy it myself! They listened..we don't do "gifts"..just have a nice dinner and relax. I do get my daughters a couple "things" as they are girls and...

Upcoming Events – The Vintage Hen – Monday, July 22, 2013

Kate When I'm expecting an important call, I assign Marge's ringtone to their number. There is no mistaking the sound for another person's phone and even if I happen to miss hearing it on the first "cackle", the startled looks from the people around me make it obvious I have a call coming in! It's also made for some great conversation starters. Granted, at first, most people may look at me like I'm nuts for having a chicken cackle ringtone....but a few pics of the girls and Cabbage Tether Ball or Phoebe & Pip (?) chatting nose to nose and...

The Big Apple Circus – The Vintage Hen – Tuesday, March 31, 2015

...lips relaxed. They didn’t have to do any spectacular tricks to impress the audience. Padding along on their big soft feet was enough.     The goats, though, did have a few tricks to do.     Perhaps Pip and Caper need a couple of mini horses to ride on?     (Note Jenny Vidbel’s costume. Very clever. Multiple pockets were hidden in the folds, each filled with appropriated treats for each species.) This circus is a rarity. I don’t like seeing big cat acts, or side-shows with rare and “dangerous” animals. But, how nice that the children (and we...

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

...flock like the "Gem-Like Colors"? M.E. You have a great human soul!! M.E. Ha....try to find a dozen eggs from well-raised chickens for less than $4 here in the city of Satan. The farmers market eggs are pretty much $5 a dozen. On the other hand, in WF t'other day, they had some kind of bake-it-yourself "Italian" meatloaf, complete with foil pan. It looked to be 2 pounds, cost $18! Eggs, especially from a happy, healthy farm, are still a bargain! Terry Golson Come to think of it, those are chicken-y colors. Onyx has that green shimmer in her feathers....

Houdini Goat – HenBlog – Thursday, June 17, 2010

...the fence. All goats have this superpower of being able to warp the rules of physics. I was outside and saw him do it and yet I’m still not sure how he squeezed through. My next goat will be named Quicksilver. The goats are now in the paddock. The gate to the meadow is closed. The goats are lying next to it, chewing their cuds, looking innocent. But, they’ve never, ever laid there before. I know what they’re doing. They’re contemplating their great escape. I’d bet my money on them. (PS There’s no photo. I was too busy wrangling goats.)...

Container Pot Planting – HenBlog – Monday, May 14, 2012

...home, I'm sure they could have just booted me out and saved me the trouble. Garden has gone completely mad in my absence... Maryann It looks BEAUTIFUL...enough said! The Kitchen Witch Very nice! Sheri Looks beautiful. The hen adds a special touch. Lily took a photo opportunity to be included (hey, I know I'm not a hen, bunny or goat but I'm still cute :-) Kaye Ha misread your post title as container pet planting. Thanks for sharing as always! Lisa Terry, They look lovely. Can you share what's in each pot? -Lisa linda staats only the most expensive pots...

Tomato Blight – HenBlog – Friday, September 14, 2012

...as far as I can...is there any way to avoid them? I know it is a moth? ICK! Sheri Great photos of the boys. I love their expressions. Pip is very happy indeed. Well, they'll be other opportunities for Caper to get something that his brother does not like. But, for now, Pip got to enjoy the green tomatoes. I've heard about worms in tomatoes, but not a fungus. At least they were enjoyed by Pip. Bev Terry, that damage on the tomato looks more like sun scald to me. I've had plenty of blight over the years but it...

Free Goat Food – HenBlog – Friday, August 29, 2014

...to clear the meadows ? Terry Golson She has a young herd of Nigerian dwarfs, like Pip and Caper, but truer to the breed in that they are actually small. Suzanne -Couldn't resist adding: there's another "Black-Eyed-Susan", a vine (genus Thurnbergia), not native to North America like Rudbekia. Suzanne I wanted to add: the active ingredient Round-up is not harmful in itself, but its adjuvants are very harmful to fish and amphibians. Less harmful formulas supposedly exist (Monsanto's "Rodeo"?) but although I've heard of these, I've never actually seen them for sale... I feel saddened that people aren't more considerate...

Lily’s Prognosis – HenBlog – Monday, June 22, 2015

...her for three months. That’s dangerous to do to a dog, and besides, is that the life we want for her? Dr. Craig and I agree that it is not. Lily was slowing down before this injury. She figured out how to be Lily despite old-age aches and pains. Now she’s figured out how to be Lily despite one damaged leg. What do you need Lily? I’m listening. DNA update: The swab test didn’t get enough material for the lab to work with, so I had Dr. Craig pull a blood sample. We’ll have results in a couple of weeks....

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

...a photo of Candy into that web site. Thanks for the heads up! Terry Golson I got Candy from a local pet store which gets their rabbits from a local breeder - but have no idea if she's a full-bred anything. She'd like to think that she's a "royal lop." (PS you can call me Terry.) Kit She looks like a purebreed Holland lop to me, even down to her broken brown color. And her ear length looks the same too. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:2-month_old_Holland_lops.jpg Kit Your welcome, Terry. Viki in Grass Valley CA Thanks for the much needed smile :)I love it!!...

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...

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

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

Guess Where I Was! – HenBlog – Saturday, August 28, 2010

...my expectations. Jean Husson Looks like a fabulous trip. Love the sheep. Have to add Iceland to my list. Sharon Yes! Never considered Iceland, but I will now! I want to go before the ice caps melt though. Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing! Linda Symons Totally absolutely AWESOME! I need to add that to my list of things I want to do before I die. Glad you had a great time and the pictures are the best. Donna Fabulous! Gotta love those ponies! They are adorable! Glad you are back...We missed you! marissa You lucky lady!!!!! WOW! It's so beautiful!...

Lily’s New Bed – HenBlog – Sunday, December 12, 2010

...embarrassed at growling at me, but he had to. He just did. I set him down on the new bed. I called Lily over. She lay down, keeping an eye on Scooter. The bed is the perfect size for Lily to curl up. It’s big enough that none of her toes have to touch the carpet. That is, if she has it all to herself. But she doesn’t. Scooter says she has to share. Good dog, Lily. Finally! The little dog has gone downstairs to sit on a warm lap on the couch (the only reason to leave my office)...

Chicken Cabbage Tether Ball – HenBlog – Thursday, January 13, 2011

...was in college at the time and my roommates almost made me homicidal. Hope H. in NC Hi Terry! See you got the snow we dealt with earlier in the week. We have had snow twice this winter and it has been the first time my dogs, chickens, and goats have ever seen it. The dogs loved it, the goats and chickens hated it. Glad we didn't get 2 feet, hurricanes we know how to deal with, snow not so much! Have a safe trip home. Donna OK....I guess this would not be a good time to say it will...

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

...more eggs all the time! I guess I'm now in the egg business. Todd Terry Golson Oh, no, Donna! My hens travel in a wire dog crate (the banties in a guinea pig cage.) No chickens riding shotgun!! Donna I need a bigger car! She was so content sitting there on her pink egg I didn't think she would mind..now I know better..time to scan the want ads for a carrier..I saw some at the pet store..too much..almost $60.00 for a 24" one...I am too cheap for that.... Sharon I have yet to read, Tillie Lays An Egg, so I...

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

There’s been an early heat wave and I’ve already heard that several hens have died. Your chickens have warm feather coats. They don’t have long tongues like dogs to use to dissipate body heat. Chickens can’t wallow in mud like pigs. Shade helps, but they’re unlikely to cross a sun-burnt yard to get to a cool spot. It’s up to you to manage their environment to keep them healthy; below are ways to help your chickens to beat the heat. Provide cool water in a shady spot outside. If the coop is stifling hot, they won’t go in to drink,...

Itchy Days – HenBlog – Thursday, April 4, 2013

...of the French word capriole (taken from the Italian capriola, or leap of a goat), which means- jump, dance, or caper about. It can also mean "wild escapade"! How appropriate! Did you know this, or read this book, when naming Caper?!!!!! Terry Golson I knew what "caper" meant but I don't know that book. I'll have to look for it! Pat D. It is available and cheap, on Amazon! It is full of black and white photos, and info. Christine O. It's great to see Buffy out and about with the flock today. How did you get her back in?...

Barn Boots – HenBlog – Sunday, October 16, 2011

...products, as long as you hold on to the receipt. I know someone who returned 20-year old pants with a hole in the knee. http://www.llbean.com/customerService/aboutLLBean/guarantee.html Coach offers lifetime "repair," though they are careful to disclaim "for the natural life of the product". I know they're wonderful for restoring things like handed-down handbags. I wonder what they consider the "natural life" of boots? Jane from Hawaii Do you have a boot dryer? I love my boot dryer. Warm toasty dry toes are a great thing. I think I got it at Cabelas. Karla Terry, while I love CUTE boots as much...

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

...March. A sudden stop in laying is often due to stress. Perhaps there’s a predator around, or you’ve added to or depleted birds from the flock causing social upheaval. Perhaps there’s a lot of noise with construction going on next door. The weather can stress out hens, too, especially prolonged periods of extreme heat (cold rarely bothers them.) Or, maybe something is stealing the eggs. Snakes, skunks, and other animals will take eggs. Maybe one of your hens has learned to smash eggs and eat them (you’ll usually see a mess if that happens). Sometimes a hen goes “broody” which...

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

...their pen - and I just heard that you're coming to Lincroft, NJ next month for the NOFA-NJ winter conference. Yay! Thank you! Can't wait to attend your talk. Between you, Eliot Coleman and Michael Phillips this weekend will be fabulous! (Registration is at http://www.nofanj.org/home, for anyone who's interested!) Marty Rosen p.s. Francie, my silver-laced Wyandotte, had her first spa treatment this morning and sends her thanks, too. She was even calm through the lengthy blow-drying. Terry Golson It takes ages to dry the "bloomers" on a Wyandotte :) Looking forward to meeting you! Emily So jealous of you, Marty!...

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

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

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

...that I don't feed them. It makes for calm and mutually pleasant time together. Debi M I found this and thought of you and your chickens. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151011721043575&set=a.364127313574.154579.43564513574&type=1&theater Terry Golson Sweet. Diana & Doug I know I need some patience....I will try the fake egg, (never thought of that) they are so used to a routine of Doug going out in the morning to give fresh water and feed then me letting them out in the yard....just tonight in the coop 2 of the girls let me pet them, so I do have hope.....thanks so much for your knowledge and encouragement.....

February Eggs – HenBlog – Sunday, February 7, 2010

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

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

...humans. Had I known what was actually IN dry and wet cat food, I would have never started our cats on any of it. Now, however, just try and get them to eat something else. Bah. You can't "starve" a cat to make a point. They WILL out wait you, and in the meantime, can get very, very sick, quickly. I share this with new kitten owners, hoping to spare them the hell animals can endure from the much-touted "quality" commercial pet food. Education is key. Thank you, Terry, for educating us! Ken I love the picture of her under...

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

...form of lash. Meanwhile, yolks continue to form, dropping into the body cavity, and becoming infected. The hen eventually dies. Jasper is in her fourth year of lay. Egg-making glitches are not a surprise. There’s only so much that I can do. The hens have a good diet, with plenty of calcium for shell production. However, as a hen ages, she sometimes loses the ability to process essential minerals. That might be Jasper’s situation. Of concern to me is that she expelled a white and a shell, but no yolk. Where did that go? Perhaps she’s no longer making yolks,...

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

...hinges. Fancy moldings. Being an artist, Lauren couldn’t afford them. Being creative and a doer, Lauren came up with a solution. Trompe l’oeil!   Doesn’t her hen look grand framed in the window?   Lauren has two dogs, Marky and Angel.   In his youth, Marky could keep the predators at bay, but these days, he’s more into finding shade. Red Tail Hawks nest in the woods, but Lauren didn’t want to keep her hens enclosed because of them. So, Lauren built this chicken tractor to shelter her girls while out on the lawn. Note – this is NOT a...

Nesting Box Bedding – HenBlog – Monday, March 23, 2015

For the last twenty years, I’ve used the same material in my chickens’ nesting boxes – pine shavings. They’re inexpensive, soft, absorbent and easily cleaned. The chickens can move them about to create the sort of depression that they like to settle down on. I once tried paper from my office shredding machine, but it stuck to the damp eggs. I don’t like straw because a) I don’t want to have to buy a bale and store it, and b) chicken manure gets stuck to it, and then the eggs get dirty. The same with hay. However, just because I’ve...

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

...make it all clearer, at least to me. I learn so much from you. Terry Golson Nice of you to say so. Actually, I had a book proposal out on chicken keeping, which was rejected by all of the publishers. Self-publishing a traditional book doesn't pay (in truth, neither does trade publishing!) Publishing is an odd business. judy m I am sure your chicken people would be very willing to send letters to publishers Jan They don't know a good book when they see one. My daughter is ordering me " The Farmstead Egg Guide & Cookbook " of yours,...

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

...should give you butting lessons. :) By the way, how are the boys? I've been gone too long. :( Terry Golson Dear Marigold, the Boys are pleased to hear from another peanut-loving goat. In fact, thanks are long overdo, as the reason that they get peanuts is because they heard how delicious they are from you. Pip has some sort of skin issue on his left butt. When the vet comes to do spring shots, she'll take a skin scraping and we'll see what's what. He says it doesn't make him itchy, and not to bother, but I will :)...

Alfalfa Update – HenBlog – Thursday, October 23, 2014

...chopped alfalfa, but since that's not an option, unless I were to buy from a farmer and chop it myself, I guess I'll have to keep looking for something that will keep them entertained this winter. Terry Golson Actually, I got the idea for feeding alfalfa from agriculture books and pamphlets put out around 1915. The hens don't need the roughage, they need the leafy bits that are full of calcium and protein. Alfalfa is a legume. Hay (timothy and other grasses) have no value for hens except, perhaps, mature seed heads. Terry Golson Personally, I'm still feeding chopped alfalfa....

A Shared Harvest – HenBlog – Tuesday, August 5, 2014

...the second batch is well protected in its hardware cloth planter. I share with my neighbor whose land it is, my husband , mom, and co-workers. There is chard, kale, red cabbage, potatoes, onions, garlic, 3 types of beans, 4 types of tomatoes, jalapeños, Italian peppers, pumpkins, watermelon, cantaloupe, zucchini, and arugula. My neighbor says "too many flowers" but I love those too. Ken Christine I got a chuckle from your post about the gophers. Reminds me of a incident years ago I had four of the most beautiful rows (about 15 feet long or so) of green beans you...

Bucolic – HenBlog – Monday, July 28, 2014

...am going to have to see if hubby can turn out a few of these cages for me too. They would also be cute to run old tree limbs between in the hen pen for roosting. foodnstuff Lovely tour! Thanks for sharing. The chicken and the rabbit ornaments together....how apt for you....almost as if you were meant to go there. Sara Great self restraint not to come home with the car filled to the brim with plants and cages strapped to the top! Donna Terry! Wonderful post today! What a great place you live in! I was worried about you...

6 Eggs! – HenBlog – Tuesday, February 11, 2014

...it’s time to lay eggs, but that it’s not yet time to go broody. This weather is actually better than mid-summer, when sweltering heat depresses laying. Right now, the Ladies are cozy in their coop, and warm enough in the sunshine, to be able to crank out the eggs. Yesterday I collected six from the six Ladies.   Yes, even Veronica laid an egg! She’s a Cuckoo Marans, a breed that is supposed to lay chocolate brown eggs. She doesn’t. In fact, the darkest egg of the lot belongs to Beulah. But, that’s okay. Veronica is a chatty, cheerful hen...

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

Susan Parker Happy Birthday to Twinkledink, Edwina and the blog! Keep up the good work. You help a lot of people with all you do, especially 'shut-ins' like me. Thanks! Kris Happy Birthday to HenCam! That cake is amazing. :) Natalie, the Chickenblogger Happy Chica and Blog Birthdays! kit in CA Yes, Happy Birthday Chicks & Blog...can't thank you enough for all you share, blog & do! Love hearing about it all & here's to many more years :) Carol in Oregon Congratulations ... On your successful website! And wonderful blog! My husband and I had a "cup of coffee"...

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

...pooper scooper in the yard: http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/advancereg%3B-large-pan-and-rake-set I might even buy this new one. TSC only had the small version when I went shopping for it. Terry Golson Love the idea of the compost attached to the coop, so you can fill outside and not traipse through muck. Why didn't I think of that??? Terry Golson Thank you for that comment on my writing. Terry Golson I've never measured the humidity with a meter. I can tell you that if the windows are frosted over from the inside, then it is too damp inside. Also, humidity harbors germs, so in my...

Chickens and Lawns – HenBlog – Monday, February 20, 2012

...Roll on Spring! Donna That was hilarious! Yes..my lawn looks the same too...Oh well..maybe in my next life as I come back as a very rich English woman who has that gorgeous garden you visited.... Roberta Love it!!! I cover my girls run with a plastic tarp. In these February days of above than average temps I love to watch my girls sun bathe!!!! The girls are digging holes in their pen to bathe!!! I love watching them and they look so content!! I love the way that they flip sand on to their backsides!!! So entertaining yet so educational!!!...

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

...and happy trails! Jen from Va "But if you meet a friendly horse, will you communicate by m.o.o.o.o.r.s.e? m.o.o.o.o.r.s.e? m.o.o.o.o.r.s.e? How will you speak to that h.o.o.o.o.r.s.e?" Elaine Happy Birthday!! I don't know which one of you is happier at having found each other. I look forward to hearing much more about Tonka. Sue happy birthday!! what a great gift :) Terry Golson Wow. You took your passion for horses and turned it into meaningful life's work. Sara Happy Birthday and congrats on the new addition to your family! Terry Golson He's pure Paint, but he does have pointy Arab...

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

...real flare! Linda Off Topic but funny. Phoebe apparently likes to live dangerously. The hens are on the roost and she is under it! I hope she does not get pooped on! :-) jane brewin "Happy 4th of July" to you Terry - and also to your family (human and otherwise). Jaye Totally off topic, but I just tuned in to Hencam, inside the little barn, and I noticed that Twinkydink was in one of the nestboxes, but appeared to be panting, and decided to leave. According to your webcam, you're registering 90+ degrees F on your webcam at the...

New Home Construction – HenBlog – Saturday, June 1, 2013

...get out into the fenced, grassy paddock. Nice for them on this hot day. Bobbie CRAZY weather, huh! Heaters on one night, air conditioning on the next! Tracy I used to use dryer lint too, until I was cautioned not to as it completely dissolves in the rain and can result in weak nests. Never tried dog hair! Elizabeth Anne (TX) I'm enjoying watching Owly eat from the top of the feeder this a.m. So nice to have your flock as your own now and we all get to know them better. Elizabeth Anne (TX) Whoops! Not Owly, but Beatrix....

Church Basement Egg Coffee – The Vintage Hen – Monday, August 13, 2012

Natalie, the Chickenblogger Seems like I remember there being a 'cowboy' variety, too. I've not had the honor of sampling this brew. Since finding the tin, have you? Also, we found your book, before this blog, and if I haven't mentioned this before, then I should add: Thank you. My daughter and I enjoy "Tillie Lays An Egg," very much. Judy Gillham Love this find, Terry! Are you familiar with the Luther Church Basement Women Cookbook? I love this book with the recipes for "Green Jello", "Red Jello", etc. Plus the advice on proper apron etiquette for various occassions! Delightful...