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Teacher’s Page – FAQ

...a nesting box. Classrooms that do a hatching program usually give the chicks away before they feather out and become adults. The HenCam is a way to introduce mature chickens to the students. Fun craft projects and other things Make a chicken mask. Glue on feathers. Make a yellow chicken crown. Glue on cutouts of eggs, chicks. Add feathers. Do the chicken dance. Here is the dance on The Lawrence Welk Show http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UV3kRV46Zs Make a chicken “purse” from a plate. http://www.freepreschoolcrafts.com/easter-chick-purse-from-paper-plate/ Use a plastic cup to make a chicken clucker. http://www.sciencebob.com/experiments/chicken_cup.php I welcome your ideas! Please email me at terry@terrygolson.com...

The Spa Treatment – FAQ – Health and Behavior

...to contract to move things along, and perhaps they’ve weakened. Sometimes an egg forms incorrectly, and the resulting mass is hard to expel. The Spa Treatment will move things along. What I call The Spa Treatment is simply a nice long soak in an epsom salt bath, a dose of olive oil, and TLC. Epsom salt is a combination of magnesium and sulfate. You can find it in the pharmacy, as it’s used by people as a laxative and as a foot soak. For such a simple and inexpensive product, it has many curative functions. The magnesium improves circulatory health,...

Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce – Recipes

...stems. If you have a few extra plum tomatoes, quarter them. You can chop and onion, or peel a few cloves of garlic. Or not. Put all onto a baking sheet. This is my favorite heavy pan. It’s dark patina is from years of use with olive oil. Pour on a glug of good olive oil – enough to coat the bottom of the pan and make the vegetables glisten. Sprinkle on a teaspoon or two of balsamic vinegar. Dust on sea salt – don’t use cheap table salt. The salt flavor matters. Kosher salt will do. I have Sicilian...

Chicken Manure Management – FAQ – Housing

...the way. What I came up with is cheap and tidy. I use plastic garbage cans that have been thrown out because their bottoms cracked. I cut off the ends, and put the trash cans near my vegetable patch. I add the manure and the shavings, and also, once in awhile, dead leaves and discarded greens. As the manure dries out and the mass shrinks, I add more material. Even in the winter, when the compost is frozen, I keep topping it off. Once it is full, I let it sit for at least six months. It will go from...

The Chicken Medicine Cabinet – FAQ – Health and Behavior

...will do this) then you can pack the wound with this dressing. Don’t buy these items ahead of time, as they have a limited shelf-life, and storage in a hot and/or freezing barn limits their effectiveness. But, once you do have them and use them, don’t put them back in the house with the products you use on yourself! If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile you know how much I believe in epsom salts, which can be used both internally and externally. The “spa treatment” of a warm epsom salt soak helps with laying issues, abdominal swelling and...

Chick Care – FAQ – Health and Behavior

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

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/...

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...

1916 Eggs – HenBlog – Thursday, January 6, 2011

...have a useful page which defines some of those quasi-meaningful terms, like "cage-free." Terry Golson Jam- yes, they've tried to develop featherless chickens, but it wasn't economically sound. None exist that I know of. There is a breed of chicken with a featherless neck - amazingly cold-hardy and good layers. I think they're ugly, but a friend loves hers! Jean Husson Terry -- I have been buying my eggs (and chicken and pork) from Pete & Jen's Backyard Birds. As you may know, they are taking a well-deserved vacation this winter and will re-open in March. In the interim I...

Where to Buy Chickens – HenBlog – Monday, November 12, 2007

...after the roosters have been named and part of the family for a month or so. Chicks are fun, and a large hatchery order is, too, but there are other options for where to go to get a flock started. The place to go to buy a hen or two is a poultry show. Many gorgeous breeds will be on display. You can talk to a breeder to find out what’s right for you. There’s usually a sale area. Go early. Individual pullets sell quickly. Or, you can arrange with a breeder to buy a hen from his or her...

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...

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

...nothing to me (on a personal level, that is..it is a "have to" thing!) but my stash of egg money means something I cannot explain. I don't tell my husband how much I have, I have it hidden in a special place, in a special container, and the joy I have just knowing it is there if I want to buy those cute red shoes with ankle straps..well...I just make sure I prance outside and thank the girls! Magic Cochin I sold 3 half dozen boxes last night - to the girls at Pilates. Apart from buying a few bags...

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

...Hamburgs (we just lost our last one to natural causes a couple of weeks ago. We've had 5 or 6 over the years. They're not very friendly - they don't even socialize well with other chickens - but they are pretty to look at. - (1) Rhode Island Red (great bird, but a little dominant, as you mentioned) - (1) Australorp (Always try and keep a few of these in the flock) - (1) white Plymouth Rock (we haven't had an all-white hen in a couple of years. This was a special request from my daughter. I've got another RIR,...

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

...cooled a bit the hot gravy brings them back to life. Happy Thanksgiving all. I have A LOT to be thankful for. Jonathan Do you buy eggs from friends that have chickens, or do you buy from the grocery store Bea Gibson I have a Broil King elec. Buffet server that I use almost every night and it was worth every penny. We like our food hot. I can set out the soup and mashed and a veggie and know they are hot when served. This year I had to replant my garden twice but I did manage to fill...

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

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

Chicken Necropsies – HenBlog – Monday, August 12, 2013

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

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....

Truth in Blogging – HenBlog – Wednesday, December 24, 2008

...and yes, I’ve had coffee at Starbucks. In the summer I buy at a farmers’ market, but in the same week I’ll end up at a Stop and Shop Supermarket, the Whole Foods, and Trader Joe’s. I love Indie bookstores, and as a writer I am ever-grateful to their love of books, their ability to sell the obscure author and the personality they bring to towns. But, I also buy books at Barnes & Noble (my teenager loves their superb magazine selection), and I buy off Amazon and Abebooks.com. Obviously, there are a zillion choices out there. I try to...

Clearing out the Pantry – HenBlog – Monday, June 16, 2008

I eat locally in season, but I also believe in imports. It’s silly not to use cinnamon, drink orange juice and coffee, and buy sea salt. Trade routes have existed for millennia. Then again, it also doesn’t make sense to eat mealy peaches from Chile, or buy feedlot beef when I can get the best meat from a farmer a few miles up the road. Most of my meals are made from scratch, but they are simple. Some veggies, a bit of protein, a nice grain. My pantry is stocked with staples like canned beans and pasta. My freezer has...

Barn Boots – HenBlog – Sunday, October 16, 2011

...off and inspected it carefully? I'd be surprised if those are gnats - I'm thinking something more nasty will be on a bad injury. Could a predator have attacked her? In any event, clean it up, use antiseptic cleaner. Use an antibiotic/analgesic wound cream. If the wing is broken you might be able to splint it. But if she's in pain you might have to euthanize her. Good luck! Suzanne Ew! -One day it's applesauce, next day it's smooshed goatberries! :-) kristen I havent had the best luck with chickens but it will be okay her wing is looking way...

Broody Coop – HenBlog – Friday, April 8, 2011

...chicks in the mail - auracanas, buff orps, silver lace wyandotte -jersey giant. I am also about to adopt a baby rabbit - a flemmish giant mix. What are your thoughts on them successfully living together? If it's not a good idea, I will need to find a rabbit hutch. The coop is a nice one, and the chicken yard is about 10' x 16 and fully fenced and roofed with wire buried beneath the ground level also. My blog is http://thisoldhousetoo.blogspot.com... there you can see the new coop. Love your blog! Terry Golson Check my FAQ's - I have...

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

...years. Yes, I'll be getting more birds in the spring. I'm not sure where I'll get them from - I'd love to put eggs under Lulu, but I can't have roosters. I'm thinking of buying a half-dozen chicks. Would like to go with a small hatchery. What I'd really like are some birds with grey plumage. I have my heart set on some marans. Bonnie Jo Terry, I have 3 buff orpington hens that were 2 years old in August. I have not gotten an egg since early spring. It has been a VERY hot summer here in the midwest....

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

...  Some pumpkins require a moving company to carry to your home.   Every year, I buy pumpkins for the hens. This year, I bought one for the goats. It was an experiment. You never know with goats. They are very fussy eaters. (Yes! Their reputation for eating anything is far from the truth.)   It turns out that the goat boys love the rind, but not the innards. Which is great, because it’s the gloppy stuff that the chickens like the most. I’ll be tossing this pumpkin in with the chickens tomorrow, and buying a new pumpkin for the...

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...

What’s For Dinner – HenBlog – Thursday, October 14, 2010

...----. And food sold in amounts for just a very few servings. Ah well. I can dream! Dianne About those green tomatoes.......you can wrap each one in newspaper and stick them all in a box. They will ripen slowly and you can have red tomatoes sometimes as late as December. I have done this several years. Terry Golson It freezes really well. Make it and put in single-serving containers! Terry Golson I'll try it. Should they be in a cool place or is it okay to keep them in the kitchen pantry? Dianne Not necessary to be real cool, I...

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

...Terry! Your 'Birthday Present' is Beautiful! I'm so happy for you. Kit Happy Birthday Terry !!! Good luck with Tonka, I hope some day he will be able to meet your goats as well. I am sure all three would get along quite well. Lynda What a beautiful horse! How old is he? Karla Terry - it's not luck - it's the Universe responding to you! You look so happy, so serene. Life is good! Bea Gibson Happy Birthday and yeah to your new friendship! Lisa Chmelar Happy Birthday - Tonka is a beauty! Lynn@Southern Direction Great pictues. This is...

Presents – HenBlog – Wednesday, April 7, 2010

...print. Hope the one I want doesn't sell out before I get a chance to buy it. the 7msn ranch Missed Martha's show on Friday but just watched in online - I can't believe you clicker-trained a chicken! Well, yes, I can believe it, but how cool. Poor Tillie, though...there's Martha click-click-clicking away, confusing her. Anyway, you and Tillie both did such a great job - I enjoyed seeing you in person. Terry Golson I actually clicker trained several chickens! All of the photos in Tillie Lays an Egg were staged. What's so wonderful about that sort of training is...

Alfalfa For Hens – HenBlog – Monday, January 7, 2013

...Debbie and Sasha, for your comments. I should have explained the coarse stem issue better. You are right to worry about impaction with tough, long food items. That's why I wish that I had a chaff cutter - to mince the stems until small. But, I don't. The alfalfa stems aren't going to appeal to my hens - fat chickens who have plenty of good food in front of them at all time. The stems are wider and coarser than hay. I watched for awhile, and not a single hen even pecked at the stems. All they ate were the...

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

...at the beach to tote snacks and sunblock. Patti Maxine Hi Terry I would use the bag for grocery shopping - but would also like to know exactly which bag that is so I can order some with logo of my band - www.hensinthehouse.com I sent you a private email also. Kimberly Smith In my circle, I'm known as The Farmgirl, simply because we live in a suburban area and I have managed to squeeze 5 laying hens on my property. I would TOTALLY show up to bookclub with this tote, or take it to homeschool meetings, or buy produce...

Setting Up The Brooder – HenBlog – Tuesday, March 26, 2013

...are so much fun - I love the anticipation of this! Thanks for spreading out the info in sequential posts! jennifer bevins Sure enough I was going to buy medicated feed and my chicks are going to be vaccinated. Glad I read your comments. Now I won't. I didn't know they needed grit. Will put that on my list. Really is a nice setup. The chickeebabees will be delighted. Was wondering what kind of chicks you have coming. Maybe you posted somewhere and I missed it. I think I read you were getting some Aracaunas. I think that's how you...

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

...upsetting to read about people with vans driving in and just taking animals. They mean well, but do way more harm than good. Ken I hope no one has to go through such sudden and total devistation either. Trust me, it's stressfull. Carol Vilevac Terry - May I suggest Idaho Mountain Rescue (http://www.imsaru.org/) - a Search and Rescue group that consists of private citizens/volunteers (with K-9 teams). As members pay for their own equipment, I am sure that they would appreciate any and all donations. For more information on the American Rescue Dog Association, and photos of the dogs working...

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...

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

sarah a gift book, definitely -- we have bought (and given) many image collections in postcard book format over the years, and I've found that no-one seems to ever use them. But the way that they are put together (usually with tear-out perforations) makes them fall apart. Either way sounds like it will be an adorable collection! Francelia I'd buy the book, not the postcards. Great website by the way! JoAnn Book form would be great!!! Thank you Terry! Cresca Albright I like the book idea better. Rob The Boston Public Library has been uploading many, many wonderful hi res...

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

...also the folks who think that positive, enriching dog training is abuse and that all zoos are evil. I know that there’s nothing that I can say that will convince them otherwise. What’s scary is how powerful PETA and other groups are. Keep an eye out for their hidden (and not-so-hidden) agendas. Buy products from farmers who respect the covenant between domestic animal and owner (I buy local, grassfed beef). Encourage small-scale domestic farm animal keeping. The more people have backyard hens and “get” this relationship, the better off we will all be. (I’ll stop ranting now. Thanks for reading.)...

Egg Laying Resumes – HenBlog – Tuesday, January 13, 2015

...the area that I can get eggs from, when I dont have any. I never want to buy supermarket eggs again, I used to buy organic eggs when I was without but no more If I cant get from a local small farmer I will do without. Humane treatment is huge with me. Terry Golson I just bought a dozen eggs from farmer who has a small flock of pullets that are kept in an old barn and run. You're right - I'd rather by those than organic from an industrial concern far away. Lisa Webb I'm thrilled to have...

What To Feed Chicks – HenBlog – Thursday, March 28, 2013

...a boxful of chicks arrive at the post office, and no food for them. Buy a bag, and a galvanized can to store it in. Label it! Another difference is that chick feed is finely ground into “crumbles” chick feed crumbles laying hen pellets (You can buy adult chicken feed as crumbles. Some people with bantams use it. However, chickens toss feed on the ground and the crumbles turn to dust and becomes inedible. Pellets are less wasteful. Chicks need the smaller size of the crumbles, adults don’t.) Some feed stores sell only one type of chick feed while others...

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...

Sick Hens – HenBlog – Monday, July 8, 2013

...that it is not overgrazed. lauren scheuer I'm sorry you had to miss your vacation, but I'm glad you're the kind of person who would choose to do so. :) Tanya K. Hoping for the best, Terry. If anyone can heal your girls, it's you. Erica No cocci nor worms. She's been on Corid for two days, so it's possible that it could have been cocci - I will continue for the 5 days just in case. She is doing much better this evening - eating and a fullish crop. Still acting sleepy, but much more alert then yesterday -...

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

...happy. It turns out that the hens are happier, too. I can tell by their behavior that the cupola was worth every cent. Wendy- my husband did the math for you - it's very close to our numbers here, both the cost of the feed, and what people are paying for eggs. Lucky you that your neighbors think you're sane for talking to your hens - mine think I'm crazy for it. I think they'd prefer I muttered to myself! Hylla Evans There is economy of scale definitely. Organic pellets cost almost four times what normal layer pellets cost, especially...

Asparagus Season – HenBlog – Thursday, May 5, 2011

...during the last minute to two minutes. delicious! not so good on the re-heat though so this is really an all-tonight-or-nothing kinda method Ken Yummy. One of my favorite veggies!! Denise I grew up in a small town in Iowa. There were 2 elderly people, considered eccentric, who would go out in the ditches around our town and chop asparagus. As kids, we thought they were old crazy people, but they were probably wiser than we realized. Jane I harvested my first crop this week - amazing plants - if you turn your back for just a few days the...

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

...is a Harlequin by Homer Laughlin. Harlequin was the cheaper version of Fiesta Ware and sold at Woolworths. Produced 1936-1964. I am a big collector of Fiesta ware. http://www.flickr.com/photos/59189026@N04/sets/72157625983909128/ Michelle Thanks for sharing these! I just started collecting egg cups (I have 2 antique) and am excited by the possibilities. I love your little charmer cup! Terry Golson Rob, no, I didn't know that. I don't spend a lot, I buy what I like, and I haven't put the time into researching my collection, so thanks! Mary I love those old egg cups. I have a few cute ones and...

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

How charming is this? Before there were cheap plastic baskets, there were inexpensive paper baskets.You can still find them at flea markets, and they’re still an affordable bit of fun. I found this for less than $10. Just look at the plumage and expression on this chicken! The back half looks like my Welsummer, but I’ve no idea what the front end is based on, which, I think, makes it all that more charming. Does your Easter bunny have a vintage basket to put eggs in?...

Keepers – HenBlog – Thursday, May 23, 2013

...year and ended up with 2 out of 5 being roosters. I was fortunate to rehome both, but I made a decision not to hatch anymore eggs. I have 2 Wellsummers and they are named Coco and Chanel. I think the other readers' suggestions make sense for the Cuckoo Marans:-) Erica The breeder I am buying from only sells straight run. Because we are within driving distance, he is generously selling me pullets so that we don't have to deal with the roos. I would have a hard time with culling them, even though I know that is what will...

The Chicken I Eat – HenBlog – Friday, June 15, 2012

...restaurant and the most interesting item on the menu is chicken, I’ll order it. The reality is that the poultry industry is a trillion-dollar, world-wide business. My buying power isn’t going to make even a pin-prick of a dent if I opt out. On the other hand, my buying power makes a world of difference to the small farmer who is doing animal agriculture right. All of the red meat and pork in my freezer is purchased from local farms. Up until recently the best choice I’ve had for poultry is to buy organic at the regular market. Organic doesn’t...

My Lunch Box – The Vintage Hen – Thursday, July 5, 2012

...(and differentiate it from the other kids'). By the end of the year they would have pretty much worn off so we'd pick out new decals for the next year. Normally lunch consisted of a peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich (sometimes peanut butter and sliced banana) on Wonder bread :-( and mother's homemade choc. chip cookies or what she called cowboy cookies (basically an oatmeal choc. chip :-) Stephanie in AZ I remember I had a black plastic one with Barbie and her friends on it. Yes, it had a Thermos. I went to a Catholic school at the...

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

...the nursing home. wendy You know what I would have! Well done for avoiding Hamburghs - they are barking mad and fly very well although they are beautiful. Only Minorcans are more trouble.... Shame you couldn't have squeezed a Light Sussex in there - everybody needs a Gladys! Tami Rhode Island Reds! Love them, they have been the easiest to care for are respectable around my hostas and are quiet! Lesley S Love your choices....particularly the Andalusian and Araucana chicks. What colour variety will the Araucana`s be? I am sure there will be many happy people at the nursing home...

Signs Of Spring – HenBlog – Friday, April 19, 2013

Spring is (finally) here. The Red Buckeye is in bud. Red Buckeye Scilla are in bloom in the front woodland. The reason that there aren’t more of these flowers is obvious. The first asparagus spear of the season has emerged. Yesterday I planted the cool season vegetables: lettuce, kale, peas, and carrots. I’m going to buy a packet of radish seeds today. Chicks are feathering out in the brooder. Blue Andalusian Chick The egg basket is full. Although it’s missing a few eggs. TWO Buff Orpingtons are broody. (Topaz and Beryl are for sale. $15 for the two. If you...

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

...beaks. Mine still has metal legs and Purina embossed on both sides. Christine O. I think that feeder is exactly what I need for my girls. I've been using some round tubs but they tend to flip the food out as Ken mentioned...or they just climb in which tends to flip the tub on its side. I'll keep it for 20 years and then make a nice plate rack out of it. :-) Pat D. Sorry, I love the idea, but I would buy a NEW one, wash it real good, and then use it for a plate rack! I'm...

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

...put it in use. Terry Golson Candy would love those ramps, but then the goats would be jealous! Kit One lady I read online has acutal cardboard castle that her rabbit loves to chew and play in. Georgene from Florida Is Candy considered old ? What is the lifespan of this breed ? She sure is cute. Glad your snow is melting away. Tracy 56 degrees and sunshine- wow!! You must be in heaven! Love the pics of Candy! Terry Golson Glorious out! Last year it was this nice mid-March, we turned on the outside water and a week later...

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...

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

...Little Princess (Alfonso Cuaron) -- brilliantly directed and a powerful story The Black Stallion (Francis Ford Copolla) -- visually stunning Elf -- Will Ferrell at his best. Enough said. PS still working on bringing you to Westport, CT! Looking at the last week in April or first week of May. I'll keep you posted. :) robin w. Best of luck to you . . . As for movies . . .Elf & Ferris Beuhler's Day Off. Step Brothers and The Hangover . . . if you like that kind of humor. Jen Terry - will be sending you good juju...

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

...wrote - it gives me a chance to vent about the trend to buy meal worms for chickens. Not only is it expensive, but it's unnecessary, especially for free-ranging hens. Also, although the commercial meal worms are likely safe, realize that meal worms are the larval stage of the dark wing (darkling) beetle's life - a beetle which spreads parasites and E. coli on farms. As far as your hens turning their beaks up at pellets - well, they might not be too hungry, what with the treats and the free-ranging. Some hens do prefer crumbles, but they can certainly...

Goat Treats – HenBlog – Monday, February 10, 2014

...;) I do miss my goats. So much fun. Carol Caldwell Your goat boys are so beautiful and so very well behaved. Such lovely photos. Terry Golson 4-H is still a great organization! Karen robinson On a programme about Alaska being broadcast in the UK this evening, a homesteader just remarked, about his little herd of goats: "money can't buy you happiness, but it can buy you goats and that is pretty much the same thing". I thought of you. Terry Golson goats = happy. At least my goats. Terry Golson Well behaved? That's what a still photo does :)...

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

...bedroom...it's football season and I could give a care...I needed something top watch "The Tudors" on! HEE HEE! wendy My Nana put all the money she earned working in a wool shop near Sunderland in the 50s into the lining of her handbag until she could no longer close it! They ate all the eggs themselves in the war and long after, with rationing, she was still preserving them in Waterglass under the spare bed... Brynn These "egg banks" pictured look new! Where can I buy a set? They are really awesome. Please let me know! Thanks!! Ken I barter...

The Poultry Show – The Vintage Hen – Thursday, November 1, 2012

...to lpts of dog and cat shows, but never to a poultry expo. Told my friend "do not let me buy anything" lol. Ill be looking for you. Terry Golson Great! I shouldn't buy anything either. Don't let me get a pair of geese! Debbie Thank you Terry. My husband and I are planning to go to the show tomorrow, can't wait. Elizabeth Anne You don't need geese! You already have a terrific watch dog! Judy marvelli I looked for you saturday, no luck. I had a great time. Fell in love with some of the bantams, especially the ducks....

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

...some of the finer details went by the wayside, only to reappear once I got my girls and started hands-on learning. Initially, I told myself (and 'promised' my girls) they could live until they died naturally -- that I wouldn't replace them when they slowed down their laying. But I didn't fully grasp just how quickly they slowed down. Our city ordinance allows only 4 'poultry' animals per lot. Which is fine in theory, I guess -- 4 hens, 4 eggs/day -- again, in theory. But in practice, of course chickens don't always lay an egg a day, and in...

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

...them out! Donna I LOVED the blog this morning Terry! So funny!...I also could not find Good Dog Lily and Marky in the picture! I have Lauren's book in my Amazon wish list.....PICK ME!!!! ohhhh, I hope I win ONCE UPON A FLOCK! Ohhhh, I SO hope I win ONCE UPON A FLOCK! And I know the perfect person to share it with! Judy Gillham What fun - I am enriched just reading about your enriching day! And - Yay - I found Marky and Lily! Jeannie Brett Ohhhhhh, I SO hope I win Once Upon a FLOCK! And I...

Straw for the Path – HenBlog – Monday, February 23, 2015

...come out if there's any in the run. So glad you and Steve were able to get away for the weekend to recharge, Terry. P.S. Steve, get a snowblower. Seriously. We resisted for many years too - until this year, when we had no choice but to buy one, due to sudden unexpected health issues. You'll be able to find just the one you want, and at a much better price, if you don't HAVE to buy it right away. Don't worry - you will get lots of use out of it, because I'm pretty sure it will snow again...

Milk-fed Hens – HenBlog – Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Jane I am so glad you are better! Re the milk - I had not tried that, but they sure love yogurt! Aloha from Hawaii, Jane Denise We don't have dairy farms around here so we have to buy from the store. I know my hens really like yogurt but I've never given them a bowl of milk. I'm glad you're feeling better. Nothing like getting hit with a virus when you're already in recovery. Cynthia Delighted you are feeling better. I know the chickens and goats and dogs are delighted as well. Scott So glad you're doing well! My...

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

...ladies, only one remains, the turken having fallen off the perch, dead in her sleep, which I now see as an exception and a blessing. I do think all our animals are at the front line of a chemical onslaught, even when we try to avoid it. If we buy from hatcheries it is present in their history and if we buy commercial feed it is unavoidable. I buy organic when I can get it, but I know my feed store saturates the area with bug spray regularly, and then there is drift. Anyway, thank you Terry for your excellent...

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

...on a regular basis. Some use febendezole, (known as flubnavet in the UK) which is the same thing as Safeguard horse wormer. It is not approved by the US government for chickens. Others use wazine, which is approved only for young stock and not for laying birds. Wazine is only effective on roundworms. The problem with regular worming of either of these, is that parasites develop resistance to drugs, and when you really need the chemicals to work, they will no longer be effective. I’m not minimizing the real problems that many flocks have with parasites. This pamphlet stated Internal...

Wormer Warning – HenBlog – Friday, May 16, 2014

...animal illness--and outright banning the use of antibiotics for growth (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/12/health/fda-to-phase-out-use-of-some-antibiotics-in-animals-raised-for-meat.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0). I didn't realize the rule hadn't been implemented yet. Apparently it'll be rolled out over the next 3 years, but obviously it hasn't yet affected the likes of Rooster Booster. Velvet Sparrow Very good article and I strongly agree, Terry! Any use of medication in our flocks should be done only when and where needed, carefully and judiciously applied. Terry Golson Loopholes galore in that rule. I don't expect to see any real changes. Sara A. I use ivermectin (brand name noromectin) as a dewormer. There is a 2...

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

WARNING: graphic photograph A leading cause of death in caged laying hens is fatty liver disease. Also called FLHS or Fatty Liver Hemorrhagic Syndrome, it’s a disease in which the liver becomes compromised and eventually hemorrhages. Fat can no longer be processed and it is deposited on the organs and in the body cavity. Although the way that we care for our backyard hens seemingly has little in common with the industrial agriculture model of confinement in small cages and cheap food, our small flocks are also succumbing to fatty liver disease. This is bad news, because the hens quickly...

From Backyard to Kitchen – The Vintage Hen – Monday, October 7, 2013

On Saturday, October 19, I will be doing a program as part of the Concord Festival of Authors. The event that I’m in will take place at Verrill Farm. It’s a gem of a farmstand, so if you’re thinking about taking a drive out into the country to leaf peek and pumpkin buy, do make it a destination. Come on the 19th, and stay for the program. It’s free, it’s open the public, and I hope to see you there! Our panel of three writers is titled, From Your Backyard to Kitchen. The two other authors will be talking about...

New Barn – HenBlog – Wednesday, December 6, 2006

There’s been a lot of activity just outside the chicken yard. The vegetable garden and fence came down and a four-foot deep, 12 x 20 foot hole has been dug. I’m getting a new barn! At first I considered buying a 200 year old granary. You can buy such things from salvage companies. But it seemed like a lot of trouble and expense. And I’m on a schedule – I need the barn for a photo shoot in March for a new project. Then I found what seemed to be the perfect solution. Country Carpenters makes timberframe barns. The building...

Goings On At Little Pond Farm – HenBlog – Saturday, April 21, 2007

...one of that flock. Who else? Tell me which is your favorite hen. Lastly, I’m sure you’ve spied the two new, pretty as can be, Bantam White Leghorns. I bought them from breeder (and poultry judge) Don Nelson. I know some of you out there say, “I don’t have room for a flock.” Well, go to a local breeder and buy two hens for your backyard! You can buy gorgeous pullets of just the breed your heart desires. Check the American Poultry Association for a list of shows near you. Go, look at the birds, and connect with a breeder....

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

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

Phoebe’s Day – HenBlog – Tuesday, November 5, 2013

...in, so instead I trained her to come. Knowing what she wants and being consistent is the key. Every night she watches me close up the Big Barn and put the goats away. She kicks up her heels and does one last tear around the pen, and then she runs inside for her treat. Banana chips. I feed her two, then close up the pop door and say good-night. A bag of banana chips is $1.19. If you’d like to send Phoebe a present and support what I do here at the HenCam, you can buy her a bag here....

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

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

The Marans’ Egg – HenBlog – Wednesday, October 23, 2013

...the "chocolate brown" category. I have read that only Black Copper Marans reliably lay chocolate eggs, also Penedesencas are known for being reliable chocolate layers - but I have no experience with either. At first I was a bit disappointed that Danger, our Marans, didn't lay the true chocolate eggs - but now I don't really mind. The speckled eggs are pretty and she plays a big roll in the coop dynamics - so overall I'm pretty satisfied with her. Pat D. I got 2 Cuckoo Marans as day old chicks on March 6th, and one was a pullet, and...

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...

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...

Gone Fishing – HenBlog – Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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

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

...spirit, for sure! Sean As much as I'd love to see the girls (and goats), the idea of touring the famed Golson Gardens ;) appeals to me just as much! Darn wedding! :-) Kit Did you hear that Cinnamon the rabbit that made Disapproving Rabbits so famous died earlier this month, at the regal old age of 13 years old ? She is though greatly missed. Gina I would buy the DVD - excellent idea! Magic Cochin $20 is worth it for Terry's ice-tea and cookies ;-) Celia Georgene from Florida Oh, I would LOVE to come and bring my...

Worms – HenBlog – Thursday, January 21, 2010

...of my readers want to comment? I'd worry that you'd have garlic eggs. Go with the DE. In my experience, it works. It seems that it "never rains but it pours" in California. Poor llama. What do you give a llama for treats? I imagine a soggy llama would have a soggy llama smell.... Wendy A very timely post - just picked up my wormer for the hens today. In England we can buy layer's pellets that have a wormer already in them, made by a company called `Marriage's' - so much easier than mixing the powder in and you're...

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

...thinking that in the coming weeks I make try and make a little 'egg money' myself. Oh well enjoy your trip---enjoy your weekend. Randy Beautiful country. I'm sure you'll loe the drive! Have a safe trip. ~Randy Ken My other half doesn't like to take road trips with me. If it should be a 4 hour drive it will take me 8. I love the back way and love to stop at all the unique stores on the way. Enjoy, drive safe and don't spend too much ;-) Carolyn Unfortunately, (or maybe really fortunately for my bank account) I'm a...

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

...statement, but If your only options are organic or regular, and you have the extra $ to spend, buy organic. If money is tight, there are other products that will give you more value. If you can find a local producer, then shop there, even (especially) if it's a cooler at the end of a driveway. Marie Thanks for the information, I can scrape up an extra $1 for the organic, certainly if they are worth it. Ken Yep me too, no soap. I tell him the heat kills any bacteria. Sherry FYI - the Harvard course is still running...

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

...loves to collect taxtermied animals and make outfits for them. I know the coolest taxtermied animals I saw on ebay were of baby ducks that were dressed up and postioned to look they were a chainsaw killer going on to killer other baby ducks. Here it is on ebay http://www.ebay.com/itm/Taxidermy-Duckling-Siamese-Massacre-Freak-Out-Creative-Taxidermy-Global-Shipping-/251119821082?pt=UK_Collectables_AnimalCollectables_SM&hash=item3a77e8611a Carol I wouldn't want to be caught in a dark barn alone with that fellow! By the way, whenever I see pictures of RIRs I look at their feet. My production reds seem to have really big feet. Much bigger than any pictures of RIRs I have seen. I wonder...

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

...Bobbie OFF TOPIC POST - I received my calendars today, HOORAY! They are beautiful Terry. Again, thank you for doing this! The colors and clarity are amazing. Have a great Holiday Pie Party Terry. Thank you! Sheri They look delicious. Your guests and friends are certainly in for a treat. I am so looking forward to getting your cookbook and trying it out. Angie Plapp Looks beautiful :) nothen like loven' from the oven to warm a belly!! Nina YUM!!! Wendy & David Scott So did we receive our calendar this afternoon. Beautiful pieces and so funny that we can...

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

...p.s. Poor Jasper - that is one extreme-looking molt! Hopefully she will be feathered in again soon. Shelly Zmerzlikar Great read, just what I was looking for. My fav Blue hen, Falcon (kids named her), is molting for the first time. She is 5 years old. Heading to TSC for some bagged alfalfa. I never buy it, I'm always afraid someone will mistakenly feed it to my horses. Lol. A bag of it would be great. Girls (and guy) will be most happy. Niall Anderson SUPERB PHOTOS AND ADVICE - THANKS, TERRY. Terry Golson I can assure you that your...

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

...you have something to eat (well?, DO YOU?) or if you can give them a scritch on their snoot. :-) Misty Valadez I find all the chickens wonderful but I will pick "Misty" since we share the same name! Marshall Pilcher I liked Buffy, miss her ;-( Yvette I hold dearly the dearly departed, beautiful Lulu responsible for my initial HenCam addiction, way back when. Seeing her and the rest of the girls was (and is!) such a treat, every day. I still secretly thank Lulu for introducing me to one of the most interesting, entertaining, educational, and well written...

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

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

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

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

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...

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...

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

...I'm not sure what kind it is! Sweet peas have been appearing randomly also, and several flowers that I have NEVER planted on my property... the birds are bringing me gifts now! jean chitwood i got a good one this year - early in spring i nearly pulled up what i thought was a sunflower that i didn't want growing there - only i felt sorry for it and tamped it back in - after all, a sunflower wouldn't bother an asparagus patch very badly. but then the 'sunflower' started runni ng across the yard and it turned out to...

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!...

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

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

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

...and today, they're outside and looking relatively frisky (especially that gold hen, who seems to put the skids to the bunny--he moves out of her way). it's cooler here in the city of satan--64F when I first checked. hooray! must be cooler there, too. enjoy!! wonderful photos of the koi, btw. i didn't know there were different varieties. there are lots here in koi ponds at the national arboretum. i should get over there and expand my pitiful knowledge. thanks for this wonderful blog, Terry. Kim She's a whopper! Do you have to feed her extra fish food or does...

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

...her. We had chickens when I was a kid(alot of them) it's appt to happpen but it's still hard watching one get singled out. Good luck..I'm sure a solution will come along. KathyG Didn't know about the comb ID thing -- very helpful. And good idea about the rabbit hutch for Safe House. I've used the cat carrier, but as you said, the hens don't like it and it's really too small. A good reminder about daily observation of the flock and observing small changes. I continue to learn new things from you Terry -- thanks for sharing chickenalia with...

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

Wendy My Secret Agent's handbook, when I was small, told me you can use lemon juice to write on an egg, also a mixture of alum crystals and water.... I think we should both have a go and post our findings! Although that would mean buying some eggs as my girls have all but given up for the year. Sean You don't seem like the type who sits still very well! Betsey F Watch out for those herons! A week or so ago, I had a Great Blue Heron (who has always peacefully fished in our creek) sitting on a...

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

...out in the middle of the day I would say half of my flocks are sitting on the roosts. I believe they do they for two reasons, a way to keep their feet warm and a way to have a little piece and quiet away from the activity on the floor. Terry Golson Hi Kathleen - thanks for buying my book! For the best definition of the various "certified humane" read this Cornucopia page. The problem is that factory farms have created their own "certified humane" but the Humane Society also has a certification - so you really have to...

Digging Dandelions – HenBlog – Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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

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

...your directions with my Rhode Island Red who has had a bottom similar looking to Buffy's. She was very sweet about getting the treatment, but I think the Providone was a little irritating? She is happily roosting for the evening now. I hope it works. Thanks for your blog! Missy Thank you for the info on vent gleet. I treated 4 hens last night. I have a new tydyed shirt:-). My older than dirt barred rock, No Neck, was going downhill fast. I dug a hole for her :-(. Today, she is getting her sea legs back and is starting...

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

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

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...

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

lauren scheuer Aaaa! Either the gas range will melt his tail or you'll absorb enough aluminum to melt your brain. Best leave this fella on the display shelf, in a place o' honor! Kris aww, i think he looks like he's smiling! :) Heather K. Great vintage tea kettle. I don't think I've even seen one like this. Cindy B Why not keep him at-the-ready to tote out to the run when the girls get out-of-hand! His drill sargeant attitude will get 'em in line .. .. .. Carol I guess I haven't had chickens long enough - I see...

Feather Picking – HenBlog – Wednesday, February 5, 2014

...check the blog today. You already probably know all of this stuff, but it was an interesting read to me. http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/697052/i-think-i-found-a-miracle-cure-for-feather-picking Terry Golson One can only hope! Terry Golson Thanks! Terry Golson Much of this link is problematic. I do NOT like the pinless peepers. They interfere with eyesight. They don't solve the problem, as she finally admitted. As far as the supplement - I don't buy it for a minute that it worked. Much of what you read on BYC is not true. Correlation and effect are not always linked. Terry Golson They'd probably watch :) Terry Golson Bumpers?...

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

...all! Anna Hughes We started with two - Doris and Daisy - which sadly went down to one after a fox attack which Doris survived (just) after lots of physio from us. After that we decided to start working our way through the alphabet, so acquired Ellie and Eddie. We now have a lovely pepperpot of 3: red, white and black. I think ex-battery are next on the list, but we need some more room first... Sarah Hello from the California Sierras! I have six chickens total: 2 Barred Rocks --Myrtle and Pearl, 2 Silver Laced Wyandottes --Agatha and Henrietta,...

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

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

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...

Blue Friday – HenBlog – Friday, May 27, 2011

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

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...

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

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

Lulu – HenBlog – Thursday, May 19, 2011

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

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

...It’s the basis of my spa treatment. Epsom salt is a combination of magnesium and sulfate. You can find it in the pharmacy, as it’s used by people as a laxative and as a foot soak. For such a simple and inexpensive product, it has many curative functions. The magnesium improves circulatory health, flushes toxins, improves muscle and nerve function, maintains the proper level of calcium in the blood (very important for hens!) and increases oxygen use. The sulfates help form brain tissues and joint proteins, creates mucin proteins that line the digestive tract, detoxifies contaminants, and improves absorption of...

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

...does get frostbite, bring her in and clean the affected area with a warm saline solution. Blow dry her. Slather with an ointment like bacitracin, or for a natural soother, aloe vera. If she appears to be in pain, you can use an analgesic cream found at your pharmacy. Then, I’d put her right back out with the flock. If the damage is so severe that the others peck at her, then you’ll have to isolate until healed, but be aware that it will be difficult to reintegrate her with the flock later, so it’s not a kindness to keep...

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

..."cage-free" chicken farms. That's why I'm so fussy about where the meat I buy comes from! Ken Amen Terry. I'm still fortunate that family members still raise a few steers and hogs. I buy my red meat from them. Chicken and turkey on the other hand unfortunately comes from the store, can't find a supply of pastured raised poultry around here except at Thanksgiving. Jennifer Terry, Well your post is the only thing I have found that comes close to what is going on with my flock. I thought I would run it by you and see what you think....

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

...solid and healthy overall. Deanne G Oh thank goodness. My heart dropped and I had to skip to the ending.....Lots of hugs for Pip! Tracy Byers Oh My! that is a scary day (and night)! We had a dog once that unbeknownst to us ate an entire bag of Hershey's easter egg candy- wrappers and all. She laid by the back door for 3 days while we tried to figure out what was wrong- then found the colored foil wrappers in the yard…meanwhile *I* was accused of eating the candy :) Took that man on a tour once I saw...

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

...info; I love that you take such good care of your girlies <3 Denise Thanks so much for the information. I have a hen that might benefit from this. KathyG Thanks for the chemistry part of the lecture. Here I was, half-suspecting the 'epsom salts as cure-all' was just an excuse for your personal healing magnetism to be worked. I used epsom salts last fall for an eggbound pullet -- and I will print out this post and keep it handy for aging hens and other future needs. Santee Bunny WOW!! She looks wonderful!! Terry Golson With egg-bound hens, I...

Traffic Jams – HenBlog – Friday, June 19, 2015

...in Florida, has a similar problem with feral peacocks. It’s not easy to treat on-going infestations of worms with poultry. There are no approved drugs for laying hens. (Beware of “Rooster Booster” – it’s marketed as a drug that can control parasites, which it does, but it’s an antibiotic.) People do use OTC drugs (in the USA, unlike in European countries, you can purchase these at feed stores without a veterinarian’s prescription.) However, not all drugs work on all worms. If you’re going to go the route of chemical treatment, have a vet do a fecal exam and recommend the...

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...

A Goat Platform – HenBlog – Wednesday, November 6, 2013

...ever want to mix.   In no time at all, Lauren had constructed a goat platform. The goats checked it out.   Different ways to get on and off it were explored.     The goats approved.   It’s big enough that I can sit with them, which at first I thought would be a sweet thing. However, Pip had a distant memory of being a little baby goat and sitting on my lap. Just after this photo was taken, he settled all hundred pounds down on me. I told Pip that was not a good idea!   The platform...

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

...Kate Excellent information, thank you. This has been such a harrowing time for you, and from what I've read, all of your online followers have been biting their nails with worry. I know I have. It's amazing how attached one can become to someone else's chickens! Speaking of which, you didn't mention Miss Fluffy Britches (my lovey name for Pearl)--was she afflicted at all? I re-watch your YouTube video on calling chickens just so I can see Pearl. She is delightful. :-) Laurie Thanks Terry for answering my questions tonight so quickly! Its nice to know I have a trusted...

Saving Clementine – HenBlog – Thursday, March 27, 2014

Niall Anderson Brilliant work, Terry: she looked so close to death in the early photos that you've achieved something really remarkable. Laura I'm so glad you told the story and posted the photos. Also, that you waited until the period of treatment was over before writing about it. Um, how does a person get Duramycin? I'd like to have some on hand. Terry Golson It has a use-by date, so I wouldn't buy it until needed. It's available at most feed stores and also on-line. Terry Golson Thank you. Kim Wow Terry, you did awesome work as usual! She really...

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

The “little pond” here at Little Pond Farm was built six years ago. At the time, I imagined beautiful koi gracing the serene water feature. Koi are expensive and I had no experience with them. So, I bought a 2-inch koi for only $3.00. I liked that it was white with a big black spot on it’s head. Distinctive, like a paint horse. It grew and grew, but the spot didn’t. Now, that koi is huge and all pale peach in color and looks like an ugly, plain catfish. I also put a few cheap goldfish in the pond. They...

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

jean thank you, teri. i already have a concrete slab in a corner of my back yard. have been thinking of buying a little pre-made barn-type building - made to look either barny or house-like - and this was an interesting post for me. my problem being that with the space, knowing me, there will be something to rescue and i'm not so sure i'd want that. will keep thinking. Jim What a great post! I made my coop to look kinda rustic using pallet boards on the outside. I wanted it to look like a barn as much as...

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

...pill as far back as possible and tickle the neck to make the hen swallow. Easy! I used a plunger syringe that comes with infant medications to pour two tablespoons of my good, expensive extra virgin olive oil down her throat (I’m sure that cheap olive oil would work – but I don’t have any in my pantry!) The oil is to help move things along, just in case she was egg bound or impacted. The next day, Eleanor wasn’t eating and looked a tad worse. Perhaps she’d eaten something toxic? Or toxins were building up because her tract was...

Winter Eggs – HenBlog – Wednesday, December 7, 2011

...all winter, for those who had enough extras in the fall to store. robin w. here, here . . . . well stated! Bobbie Yum! Vanilla banana pudding sounds wonderful. Is it in one of your cookbooks? I've listed your books on my Amazon want list for Christmas. I seem to think I saw a show on PBS about milk and it was a seasonal food item also. I'm with you - no artificial lights! Jean I am embarrassed to admit that I was unaware of the seasonality of eggs until a few years ago when I began buying locally...

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

...and onion, or peel a few cloves of garlic. Or not. Put all onto a baking sheet. This is my favorite heavy pan. It’s dark patina is from years of use with olive oil. Pour on a glug of good olive oil – enough to coat the bottom of the pan and make the vegetables glisten. Sprinkle on a teaspoon or two of balsamic vinegar. Dust on sea salt – don’t use cheap table salt. The salt flavor matters. Kosher salt will do. I have Sicilian Sea Salt that I brought back from Rome that I used for this. Delicious....

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

...before there was cheap refrigerated transport to ship eggs, eggs were seasonal. I have brochures from the turn of the last century talking about how to make money on “winter eggs.” Those of us with backyard hens, go from having an abundance of eggs to having a few precious ones a week. Sometime around December I buy a dozen eggs at the store. It feels wrong, but I do it. This year, I’ve tried an experiment. I have a light on a timer in the big barn. Hens need 14 hours of light to lay. I’m giving them that with...

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

...with grain. It’s not easy and it’s not cheap to raise a steer on grass, and only grass. You have to have a lot of land. You have to be able to rotate pasture. You have to have enough rainfall, but not too much. You can’t be under several feet of snow for months. And then you have to be able to slaughter and package and ship it. Last week, I got to taste true grass-fed beef, raised by Burgundy Pasture Beef, owned by the Taggart family, who ranch in Texas. I tasted their steak in a blind taste test;...

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

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

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

...yesterday, and thought she was going to roll around in it all day. Such happy hens. LynnT All those recipes sound great! Some favorites around here: -- apple and onion pie with bacon (very medieval -- use one onion and a crumbled slice of cooked bacon to every three apples) -- apple/date/fig/dried cranberry pie with marsala wine and orange zest -- rhubarb-pear pie (as tasty as strawberry-rhubarb, and the pear slices turn such a nice pink!) -- pear-ginger pie thickened with minute tapioca (I use crystallized ginger, but paper-thin fresh-sliced is good too) One of the local grocery chains can...

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

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

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

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

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

...- the small details make me happy. Terry Golson That's so nice to hear! Terry Golson Chickens are quite sturdy. The difference for backyard poultry keepers is that few of us have vets to turn to, or others with years of knowledge. So, we talk about the problems - in disproportion to the no-problem times. Hens are easy compared to the animals you already have. Denise Very helpful advice, Terry. I need to pick up some supplies today. And since I no longer have horses (at home), I think I'll store things in my former horse medicine kit which was...

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

Judith Adam Bravo, Terry (and Steve)!!! The site looks terrific! I can see all your love and attention in it, and also, how rewarding the work has been. This will really put a new face on hencam, and introduces an enhanced era of growth in your farm life. It's a wonderful thing to share so much, with so many. Warmest regards -- Judith Jean R What a wonderful new site. I love every bit of it, especially the animal bios that really help me figure out who I am looking at. Felt better that you have a hard time differentiating...

Warhol Goats – HenBlog – Tuesday, August 13, 2013

...toward the han cam. So where is the rabbit hutch? I missed the Warhol goats - just had a black screen when I checked in. Rebecca Me too.....I think the T-Shirt idea is great. I'd buy one. Pat D. Genius deduction! That's like---- got lemons, make lemonade! Messed up camera scenes----Warhol art!!!!!! Love it! Ke I thought you had upgraded to an infrared heat sensing camera with night vision ;-P Judy I like the Glowing Goaties better than anything Andy did...instead of Pop Art you've got Pip Art! Donna I actually like the goats "neon"! Carol I agree with the...

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

Jean R Buffy is quite the survivor -- and she looks good. Lynda Oh, I do know the feeling. My chicks have been in the garage at night, and then outside in a temporary pen outside during the day for two weeks now. They are going on 9 weeks old and full of mischief! They have had enough of their confined space (and so have I!). My coop fence is finally up and they really need to be integrated with the big girls. But the chicks are bantams and they still look so little next to my full size hens....

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

...those years ago. Vicki R Happy Birthday Lily girl. You are just as beautiful as ever. I love seeing all the wonderful pictures of you through the years. (That one of her with the zoomies - grey face and big smile - tells it all. I mean, how happy she looks! Melts my heart.) kathy Happy birthday Lily! You described my 9 yo pointer perfectly. After her fight with a coyote in our yard, she really doesn't want to be bothered making friends. We just got a beagle puppy and though Daisy tolerates him outside, she wants nothing to do...

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

...And before we designed the plastic sliding sheets to cover the nestboxes, I used it to clean the top of those. I also have a good shop vac and use it once I've stripped the coop of the deep bedding. It works great to get the cobwebs and dust from the ceiling and inner wire wall, too. But mostly I have many of the same tools. Robin I just stopped in for a quick peek before bed. It's nearly midnight. But somewhere out there someone -finally- actually did germ studies wood vs plastic. Turns out the plastic lost. More germs...

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...

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!...

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

Susan Otto It's very scary about the egg situation.Your very lucky to have your girls.My husband is a policeman in Carisle and has never mention the farmers market. I will have to take a ride in and visit the market some Saturday. We usually get our mums at a little flower farm in town though. Linda Symons Awesome, way to go Terry. With all that's going on with eggs now I'm glad I have my girls. I love them and they love me. How do I know they love me----they reward me with the greatest eggs. For that I am...

Chickens Die – HenBlog – Sunday, December 20, 2009

...the snow. I put a large tarp on the ground before it snowed here in Iowa so they would have a place to play. Now I must shovel it (along with the walk and the drive)---all for the love of chickens. Karen I love my hens like my pets as well. I had my dogs kill one of my hens this summer and couldn't blame them for it, but I was mad as could be and had trouble looking at the dogs for days!!! I learned to never leave them unattended since (i have one dog in particular who likes...

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

...they have a second loop for going around the belly to hold gem still. PS - oh please take video of trying to get Pip on a leash :-) Magic Cochin Hee-hee! Very good picture story Terry :-) Goats seem to be one step ahead of you all the time! Celia Colleen They do make straight jackets for cats, it's a bag with many zippers....but for my cats, I play with their toes all the time, then they notice less when I trim. One cat that didn't work for....she hissed and bit and scratched, only when she saw the clippers....

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

...glad to see riders in western saddles ALL wearing approved hard hats!! Durbin Goodwin Hi Carolyn: I live in North Carolina in a small town called Spring Hope. We just moved to out in the country with nothing but farming around us. Where is your town located? MicheleB Wow it looks like a great place to live. I love the cupcakes him! Carolyn As you may have surmised from what I wrote (Terry knows all about my homesickness) I lived in her town, Carlisle, MA, for many years. I moved to NC in 1996 and settled in Durham. I'm not...

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

...they are supposed to be safe around your pets. This year having chickens added to the mix, I have not used them as they look so much like their pellets. I was hoping the Hens would have a taste for slugs but alas my garden is still over-run with the slimy plant eaters. What do you use in your garden? Carolyn I have a window box outside my kitchen window - nothing planted in it this year - but several days ago when I was baking cookies, I kept hearing scuffling out there and the cats were quite interested. Then,...

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

...loft every day. RichardB I use a combination of all 3 - they like the hay, but as you say - the pine shavings are easier to clean - I think I'll stop using shredded paper though as yes, it sticks to the hens eggs... sarah Hi Terry - this is only somewhat relevant, but I'm asking nonetheless...I recently read about someone who lines her run with straw or dried leaves because it not only gives the chickens something to scratch through but also absorbs the waste. She cleans it out only periodically. My thinking is that leaving the poop...

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

...entirely right. Another very informative post: thank you, Terry. Jan Thanks, that was my thought to. She's a lovely gentle hen. Do you think she could be slightly deformed on her rear end, she never holds her tail feathers up like the other girls and it might explain the funny shaped egg ?? MicheleB I have a Glw that always has a messy bottom. Has since she was little . She doesn't have a very pronounced upright tail like my other 2 wyandottes. She has tail feathers but they seem shorter or something. But she seems fine - lays a...

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

...often AKC sanctioned "form over function" approach, put kindly. Bulldogs that cannot breed or whelp naturally; Irish Setters that have lost all endurance -- or common sense -- in pursuit of too tall frames and hair coat only; Cavalier King Charles Spaniels in which heart problems are the rule not the exception; German Shepherds that can barely walk their hind leg angulation is so exaggerated; Grat Danes bred so large and tall their hearts can no longer support their infrastructure.... The list goes on and on. Spend a day at Croft's dog show in th UK to see what many...

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

...the cape at the bullfight, but I can attest our big Brahma bull didn't care one bit what color it was, or who you were for fact, he hated everything. On a cat note, TC, our beloved stray cat, emphasis STRAY, wouldn't eat good stuff, like tuna or sardines (cat good). He would only eat the cheap stuff from the Dollar General Store. The expensive stuff name brands he would turn up his nose. Good 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...

Alfalfa Update – HenBlog – Thursday, October 23, 2014

jonathan What is your opinion on using Alfalfa pellets instead regular alfalfa? Terry Golson I'm skeptical that it has the full nutritional value of the unprocessed leaves. But, that's a guess. There's no research. jean teri - here's a thought on alfalfa. and it doesn't come with any research done on it by me - it's just something i think. alfalfa is great stuff. however, i think (underline that) that in the history of the keeping/feeding of chickens it's a rather 'new' crop, is there any history of chickens that would indicate their grain and roughage were from crops like...

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

...:) Next year it shall be called Fort Knox! Sara When lived in St. Louis you could buy bags of daffodils cheap from the highway department. They plant them on the hills supporting the off ramps and overpasses. So I planted maybe 150 bulbs and watched the squirrels dig up the bulb, throw it aside and plant their acorns in the ready made holes. Terry Golson Hilarious! Terry Golson Woodchucks are both stupid and mean-tempered. Spoken from experience. Be careful around it! Ken Carolyn, don't get me started on the deer. All of my hostas have been eaten flat with...

Bucolic – HenBlog – Monday, July 28, 2014

...the Koop Clean. Let me know if you think it's worth the special order. Pine shavings are perfectly adequate, but my hens like scratching around in the Koop Clean. Lesley S Husbands and or sons that weld are a gardener`s dream come true. I am lucky enough to have both and have been blessed over the years with many cool items that have been built for me for our garden. Most of them have been made using re-bar. It is cheap to buy and looks wonderful as it ages outside in the elements. My sons started the trend building me...

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

...eggs is a pleasure to behold and I get that from my mixed flock, ranging from the dark terracotta of the Welsummers to the almost white of the Blue Australorp. Here, on the other side of the Atlantic, production has also picked up, although my bantams lay less well than large fowl. Unlike you (and unlike the past 3 winters), we have had no snow as yet, although temperatures were around freezing this morning. One of my two silkies has been producing eggs on 4 consecutive days, then missing a day - or at least she did, for just over...

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

...my published books.The economic reality of traditional publishing is that I am far from able to make a living at it, and in fact it hasn’t even paid for the cost of running the cams. Meanwhile, my blog and answering your queries have become a full-time job. It’s one that I love and want to continue to do. That’s why I finally put GoogleAds up on my web pages and have asked you to buy me a cup of coffee. You’ve responded! I celebrated by going to a bakery in Chinatown and buying this… teapot cake? coffee pot cake? Whatever!...

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

...my hens (about 12 years ago) never used to lay at all when I first got her - or so I thought; then one day I just happened to be there when she laid a soft shelled egg and all the other birds rushed to fight over who would eat it. This was no nosey / interested / experimental thing - they knew, this had clearly been happening for a while. An old (in his 90s) poultry man I knew (he's no longer with us) told me to try not letting her eat spinach family greens. Once I started putting...

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?...

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

...you from New York and fingers crossed that the rest of the summer is uneventfully fantastic for you! jean wow! it's not hard for me to hate summer just because ofall the stinging,biting,itching,buzzing and allergies goingon. my favorite, fervent prayer is for an early frost and i start indulging in that along about april. i always say that the only thing that makes summer endurable is the eating - i do love sweet corn. i'll bet the hens do, too. do you raise any of that - have never heard you mention it - the goats would enjoy it, too...

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

...hole to China this morning. lol carol Terry - your photos are amazing! What kind of camera did you just recently get? My little cell phone contraption isn't the best -everytime I get ready to take a National Geographic Prize-winning photo, the ringer/vibration tone goes off. I have more photos of shaking animals -that doesn't look so good when one speaks about training! Miranda I lost my first chicken today :'( Respiratory illness. But I am proud that despite a nightly fox visit we have yet to lose one chicken to a predator! Terry Golson Thanks! It's a Nikon Coolpix...

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,...

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

Ingrid Great idea Terry, I'm going to give it a try today. I bought a serrated peeler at the kitchen store but it is different from yours - hope it works as well. Don't have a vacuum sealer yet, but thinking about it. Susan Otto How easy and sounds so yummy. I don't grow tomatoes (small yard) but I do buy them at a great farmstand in Salem NH . Can't wait to try making the sauce this week. Donna I am in heaven..all my husband wants for his birthday is for me to make spaghetti (with real sauce)..you saved...

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

Marcia Matthysse Iceland! Wow!! Did you come home with any Icelandic wool? Nancy K. Wow is right! How long were you there? Was it strictly a pleasure trip? Do you have family there? Too cool! lauren scheuer Oh my goodness Terry - those photos are spectacular. Sounds like a lovely trip. Wendy It's somewhere I've always fancied going - flights used to be so cheap from Heathrow and they even did day-trips! It looks wonderful, you can sort of see how clean the air is, now that the dust has settled. Terry Golson I came home with hand-knit leggings and...

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

...;-) It truely is adorable. Donna Thank you Terry! Me too! Wendy When we went to my friend's house, 16 years ago, to pick up the then 8 week-old Kipper and his litter sister The Boo (given name Inge), they were to be found in the middle of a huge dog bed, while the family's immense Dalmation slept on the floor next to it. This had been going on since the kittens' eyes had opened, and the dog didn't dare try to get into his bed for fear of being hissed at! Louise Love the dog bed - well done...

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

...cam wondering when you'd get snow! Our neighbors think I'm crazy when they hear I shovel out my chickens.... Terry Golson But the chickens are so appreciative -- makes the shoveling worthwhile. Sandy Hi Terry Glad to hear you're doing OK! Lots of snow here too. Have a safe trip home. Ken I tried iceberg lettuce once and that lasted all of about 15 minutes. They ate that so fast it made your head spin. Cabbage definately last a lot longer. I suspect because it's wrapped tighter ;-) Another activity for cooped up hens is to throw black oil sunflower...

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

...are a great idea! I've heard of people in Texas - where they know about heat - do the same thing. Terry Golson Kit- there's always exceptions and bringing your animals inside when they can't cope with the heat is one of them! I know a rabbit breeder who takes her bunnies into the basement. Rabbits also die of heat stroke and so there are times when her outside animals come in. Some people have cool garages with concrete floor that also provide a safe place in a pinch. I've never known a hen to want to wade. That Polish...

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

...Can you hear my hysterical laughter Terry? Guess what my flock has been up to under our big Yew tree this winter? ... oh my goodness, it's a case of lawn? what lawn?!!! It's a very good thing that I don't wish for a perfect lawn - I'll tidy it up before summer - and I have some very happy hens :-) Celia Marie How Cute is that! I just wish I could be down there watching those girls enjoy their dust bath and listen to their chatter. Dianne Thanks! I'll see what I have that would work(instead of a...

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

...it was nice to have a little inventory for sharing. I'm wondering if my rooster wants to be a papa again. He was sitting on the nest last week, tucking straw around him and clucking. He is such a freak:-) Sure enough, he was sitting on someone's egg. LOL Betsey F My pullets (about the same age as yours)began to lay about 6 weeks ago--at least the three Marans did. Shep, the little Ancona, laid a few eggs but hasn't laid one for about 2 weeks. My old hens (mostly 4 years old + one Buff Orpington who's at least...

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

...isn't until they're just under 2 years of age. Terry Golson Ken, don't be jealous - there's a tornado warning west of here! I'm in the safe zone, but there's going to be dangerous flooding and lightning. Which just proves "it never rains but it pours." Terry Golson One could only hope. But, I think she likes it! Bobbie That is too funny Terry. I am also jealous of your rain you are having now! Pam R. Yup, had 2 tornado warnings while at the NOFA Summer Conference at UMASS/Amherst yesterday afternoon. Poured like crazy here for hours, some lightning....

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

...tried making coffee like this (I'm a bit of a coffee snob in the morning!) Terry Golson Oh, my, I need to learn about apron etiquette! I will have to track down that book. Terry Golson Have you tasted it???? Terry Golson I've read that since the shells are a base, and coffee is acidic, that the shells and dissolved calcium carbonate from them de-acidify the cheap coffee. I don' know if it's true, but it's a good theory! Carol Hi Terry, In the 50's and 60's my mother used to put a raw egg shell in her percolator now...

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

...mess I would have to clean out of the coop in the spring. Your post is helpful because I now realize I also don't have the right kind of structure to keep litter that deep. I do have a question about the level of humidity. I have a wireless monitor in the house that tells me what the coop temp and humidity level is. The humidity has been fluctuating widely due to crazy weather - one day 40 degrees, the next night -4 (this happened in Vermont just last week!). I've also for the first time ever had a couple...

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

Jude Mowry Even the wild birds were enjoying your coop activities!! 12:41 12:42 PM est I was viewing the hencam and noticed a small bird on the bottom left. Your hens did not seem to care sharing their space (he-he). Jean Husson I get a kick out of Candy's visits to the hen coop. Her feathers are kind of funny, but she's just one of the girls, it seems. Nice picture of her jowly face. Great seeing Edwina and Eleanor -- how beautiful are they with coral crests contrasting with the black and white feathers! Pip was hamming it up...

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

...always insisted on playing classical music for her chickens. I thought he was crazy, but I just sent him these links, admitting he was right all along. Clearly, I have a lot to learn. I just enrolled in a free online class from the University of Edinburgh, which is apparently famous for its animal programs, on chickens. Anyone here want to join the fun? Coursera rocks! Coursera.org/course/chickens Terry Golson I'm letting this link go through - but I read the course description and am not sure that I'd agree with everything taught in it. So, enjoy, but I'm not endorsing...

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

...just runs out on a limb, lays his head down and naps. is that who is sleeping in your tree?? Jane from Hawaii My predators are dogs - other people's pets. I lost several hens before I found my solar charged electric mesh chicken fence. I have had it almost 3 years with no losses. I got it online from premiere fencing and they were very helpful. It wont help with hawks though! Kit Oh man, I am so sorry to hear that. I know when we first got our dog Morgan he had Giardia and ended up spreading it...

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

...been immediately eating it - all well and good but how many eggs can a person eat a week? what is your recommendation for keeping, storing, using frozen eggs? Love your hencam and stories. How to order "Tillie Lays an Egg"? Cluck, cluck, cluck, sherry Terry Golson Yes, eggs will freeze if left in the nesting boxes. I don't eat eggs that cracked in the coop for fear of germs getting in. Those I feed to the dogs. If it's frozen but not cracked, go ahead and eat it. Egg white freeze nicely. Thaw and use for meringues, etc. Egg...

Animal Update – HenBlog – Monday, May 30, 2011

...an easy to understand comparison chart. If anyone has a useful link, do let me know! Colleen She could be Little Blue Sapphire! sarah Sorry to hear about the sick birds! We had an outbreak of mycoplasma last year ... Unfortunately from what I read, it's impossible to truly eliminate from a flock - apparently the active infection is treatable with the antibiotics, but the affected birds remain carriers for life, and will easily reactivate the infection -- and get sick again during any time they are under unusual stress (weather, etc). This was our experience. After nursing our flock...

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

...planned on doing that when I got the Gems, and it was, of course, the first summer without a broody! Terry Golson Yes, she is. Look closely and you'll see that she's molting. She used to go broody. But she's an old lady now and doesn't go broody or lay eggs. Terry Golson That's exactly the problem - at least 50% will be roosters. It's almost impossible to rehome them, so unless you are willing to "harvest" them, it's best to stick with buying sexed chicks. Terry Golson PS But I have to say that I've been seeing some wonderful...

Dominant or Domineering? – HenBlog – Monday, June 10, 2013

...to build me a small coop area for any naughty girls - he'll be thrilled - NOT! Amanda I love posts like this. The photos really help a lot! I am trying to learn everything I can about chickens and their body language. Thanks so much! Terry Golson The old hens do fine on the chick crumbles, but the chicks can't eat laying pellets. Anytime after 14 weeks or so (when I've used up the crumbles) I'll switch over to laying hen pellets. Kris I think I would go through a bag a day if I let my older girls...

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...

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

...weather! I don't recommend heaters, but you've done your research, have a safe one, and are careful. Glad to hear that those Chanteclers are living up to their reputation for being good Canadian birds. Lisa Webb My girls are getting rolled oats, a few sunflower seeds and kale daily to keep them going. Terry Golson Perfect! Robert- I love those cheerios! :) Robin Stomp that pumpkin! :D I came online just as you brought the pumpkin to the Ladies. Still no Ladies out to eat the pumpkin yet, just Phoebe. It's hilarious watching her choose just the exact pumpkin string...

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

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

The Workshop – HenBlog – Sunday, July 8, 2012

...Kristine, it's great to hear from you! Reilly deserves a shout-out for being such and awesome, responsible chicken keeper. Terry Golson I've already had one person from Utah come - she was in Boston on business and extended here stay. So, maybe one day you'll have a chance. Terry Golson Sounds like a very useful course! Robert A. lol toast coasters. I have seen those before in a store. Melissa Loved the pic of the goats trying to get everyone's attention! Suzanne How about a live podcast? We could all attend from afar! Greg I think a lot of people...

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

...dear Candy, under the peach tree! My deepest sympathy to you, Terry. Louise So sorry to hear about Candy - she will be much missed - must be the bunny with the biggest fan club! She had a lovely life and brought joy and fun to so many. Anthony It is so sad to see the hutch closed up. I am so sorry that Candy has passed, but I was glad that she was in your care when she did. I hope the little white hen won't be too lonely - they seemed to be friends. Lori Candy was always...

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

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

Use Your Imagination – HenBlog – Wednesday, January 23, 2013

...? I know I saw one online in my local area that was an angora mixed rabbit. Maybe Terry will be able to find one near her that will bond with her son. Dan in Los Angeles If only I could draw as nice as that. Cool drawing! taylor i love your blog! i am happy you go teach about chickens to the littler kids. Suzanne Speaking of chicken education, any L.A. area HenCam fans going to the Pierce College extension class, "City Chicks & the Soil: Raising Urban Chickens and Improving Your Soil"? I'm on the waiting list... :-|...

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

...around it. I'm a bit quesy about eggs, I don't know if I would have eaten it?! Marie ps of course my eggs come from the supermarket - but I do buy Vermont eggs! Christine O. I am eagerly awaiting the first egg from our Easter Egger. She is the only one of our three 10 month old pullets that went into a moult in November. Her comb is getting redder and today was the first time in quite a while that she did the squat for me. If her blue egg comes out looking anything like your picture, I'm...

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

...came to my garage about two years ago as an abused kitten and at that time he looked like a little crook - sneaky, sly, mean. well some good purina cat chow, plenty of patience, and actually, a lot of attention - and this is a true thing, a really true thing. the other day i looked at him and i said "mango - you look different!' and he does. i believe he has turned over a new leaf and is an honest cat now and his face has filled out - and he looks - well, honest! Terry Golson...

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

...in S.California it was also a beautiful day, clear and bright, with a touch of a breeze. jean chitwood we had a beautiful day also. the crane colts left wisconsin on the first leg of their very first migration. they fly behind ultra light aircraft, it's on camera and so exciting to see \it's that time of year and all creatures must enjoy it - you could tell they were excited. Terry Golson I tried to find the map of your run online. I bet you'll be in Estabrook woods right across from my house! Listen for the barking dog...

Goat Yoga – HenBlog – Monday, October 8, 2012

...You can do this 2 ways . Either lift your buttocks into the air or just keep them on the bed. Do as many of these as you want as long as you are not feeling pain. Count like this: one -one thousand , two- one thousand, three- one thousand etc for the 5 sec hold. If you need to do just a few to start then that is fine. You will be strenghtening your abdominal muscles, buttocks, and leg muscles. Here is a critical fact you need to know. You abdominal muscles will not support your spine in a...

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....

Finally! – HenBlog – Wednesday, April 20, 2011

...up, rotted and disappeared. The scilla bloomed for what seemed like one hour, then melted back into the ground. But my neighbor's magnolia tree is in bloom! Denise Congratulations:-) My daffodils are long gone for this year along with my crabapple blossoms. While you're just moving into Spring, we are about halfway through. Enjoy your season, I daresay you've waited long enough. Terry Golson Where I used to live (2 miles up the road) I had a snowdrift crabapple. Prettiest spring blossoms! Ken My daffodils all came up but very few actually got flowers. HMMM. Jean Our forsythia is out...

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

...these as they don't draw much current. They have suction cups for hanging inside the container, near the bottom. They are safe and out of the way of rabbity teeth! Just be sure you set the temperature low so that the water is not overly warm and distastful to the pet. Terry Golson A "dove in a chicken suit." Exactly! :) Terry Golson There are also heated bottles for rabbits - but I can't run electric out to her hutch. Erin hmm.. maybe a piece of pvc or something with enough space to wedge in the warmer? Margie Wolson When...

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

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

Foggy Morning – HenBlog – Thursday, February 2, 2012

Sunday gorgeous! Corrina Whoops, wrong spot - the picture is gorgeous. Spring is around the corner! Marie This really isn't on the subject of weather, but have I noticed you helping Buffy off the roost on several mornings? Do hens get arthritis? Terry Golson I do help Buffy down every morning! She's a heavy breed and she's old. She's none too graceful on her own and I worry about her. Hens do get arthritis. The other old hens seem to be able to manage getting off the roosts better than her. Marie Being an old hen myself, I can relate...

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

...Suzanne Which came first, hard work or love?- not unlike the relationship between the chicken and the egg! :-D I find myself wondering how we can consider our modern way of life so successful, when so many of us must devote our time to careers which we do not enjoy, simply to be able to afford to do the work that fills us with joy ("hobbies"). -Not meaning to sound so glum! I hope that many people find as much satisfaction in the work that pays the bills. :-) nancy Excellent post! I know we certainly have more invested in...

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

...googling (that's a word, right?) chickens and other farm animals to add to my farmette (I have four horses), and I decided to research chicken keeping. I have been wanting to add to my farm for a while, but couldn't decide on what animal to look into. I stumbled upon www.rentacoop.com, a local chicken renting business. This is NOT to be confused with rent a chicken or some nationally based companies- this Rent A Coop business is local, and is the way I decided to go. I know the work necessary to keep animals happy and healthy, and by "renting"...

Buffy’s Purple Head – HenBlog – Wednesday, March 28, 2012

...to. I'm sure she'll be fine and you'll figure out a way to integrate her into the flock. Rosemary A testament to your writing skill - yes i did cry - so sweetly told. Strong witness to the power of nature in our lives - Beautiful! Kit Poor Buffy, she is one of my favorites. I hope she and Betsy will at least have a nice spring. Laura Your Buffy was the inspiration for our flock of 4 Buff Orps in 2007. I always look for her on camera. I'm sorrowful that she won't have many more years of health...

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!...