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Pecking Order – FAQ – Health and Behavior

how we manage their care. It’s up to us to control the flock dynamics to have the best scenario, that of a peaceful, healthy flock where everyone lives amicably together. Pecking order, and as the term implies, is established by using their beaks. But, that does not mean that the hens spend their days attacking each other. A group of chickens should quickly reach an agreement, and each hen will know her status. Status determines who gets the best tidbit and who gets to sleep in the prime spot on the roosts. Think of the pecking order as a resource...

Handling and Storing Eggs – Recipes

In the summer of 2010, 380,000,000 eggs were recalled due to a salmonella outbreak directly caused by the consumption of eggs from factory farms. Obviously, this has raised concern about the risks of eating eggs. Rest assured that if you keep chickens in a healthy, humane environment, (or buy eggs from such farms) that the risk of disease is miniscule. There are reasons for this that I’ll explain below. However, you still have to be careful with egg handling and storage. I’ll talk about that, too. An egg that comes out of a hen’s oviduct is clean. In order for...

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...

Treating Respiratory Diseases in Chickens – FAQ – Health and Behavior

...wants to see death rampage through their flock. However, for the backyard chicken keeper, there are other ways to deal with respiratory disease. I once brought home a lovely Rhode Island Red pullet. Within days, all of my other hens came down with a respiratory disease caused by the bacterium, Mycoplasma gallisepticum, (MG.) The bacteria which causes MG is an odd creature; it lacks a cell wall. That means that it is fragile when it is outside of the birds and can be killed with heat, sunlight, disinfectants, or simply time – after 3 days, it dies. But, inside the...

Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce – Recipes

...Sea Salt that I brought back from Rome that I used for this. Delicious. My stash is almost gone. You can buy good salt at many markets and gourmet grocers. I’d like to go back to Rome, though to get mine! Shake the pan so that the vegetables are evenly coated with the oil, vinegar and salt. Put it into a 300 degree F. oven. Bake for an hour, or longer. The tomatoes will burst and shrink and their flavors will concentrate. You could put it through a food mill to get rid of the seeds and skins and have...

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...

Children’s Books Featuring Chickens – FAQ

...(Many illustrator-authors) Dial Books for Young Readers 2006 Fourteen talented children’s book illustrators come up with answers to this age-old question. Very funny. The Painter Who Loved Chickens by Olivier Dunrea This book is about, well, exactly what the title says. It is absolutely charming. The picture of the Silkie is worth the price of the book. Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman 2006 Exuberant and madcap fun. Also worth finding are: Big Chickens , Big Chickens Fly the Coop and Big Chickens Go to Town by Leslie Helakoski, illustrated by Henry Cole Hattie and the Fox by Mem...

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

...ended up on the dinner table (see the "no boys" rule above). This year, my daughter and I settled on 10-ish as the magic number. I have bought small lots of pullets from local(-ish) folks (my bride's preference), but I was looking for a little more variety this order. And I kind of like getting them as chicks. The kids love that part of the process. However, this limits the places I can order or buy the hens to a very few sellers unless I find someone to share an order (and I knew you weren't ready for more yet,...

Pecking Order – HenBlog – Thursday, July 19, 2012

2 more added in 2011, and 3 new pullets from this year. What I notice is that yes, there is an overall pecking order, with Maisie on top and the new kids at the bottom. But the hens prefer to associate with their original flockmates, so they hang out in 2, 2 and 3. I wish I had the space and the legal leeway to just have 2 separate coops, so I could keep each new year's kids together for minimal integrative stress. I may yet see my way to creating a second coop. I have a large (1/3 acre)...

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

Ken The whole shopping thing drives me nuts, yes I'm a man but still!!! Here is what I don't get, so the stores all open at 3 or 4 am the day after Thanksgiving. They all have lost leaders at "rock bottom" prices and usually a handfull at each store to draw you in. But what doesn't make "cents" to me with this early opening stuff (now stores are opening on Thanksgiving too) is if I have budgeted $500 for shopping for the holidays does it matter if I spend it at 4 a.m or 4 p.m.? No, when it's...

My Chick Order – HenBlog – Tuesday, March 29, 2011

...crevices and the rafters. I’ve put the roosts outside so that the sun will disinfect them. As soon as the ground thaws, Steve will turn over the dirt in the pen and I’ll plant grass. Dust and earth harbors diseases and although I can’t eliminate them, the cleaning will reduce the load. I placed my chick order deep in the middle of this snow-bound winter. Even after years of having chickens and knowing what I like, it was still a hard choice! To make the decision easier, I ordered more than I want to keep, thinking that I could sell...

Road Trip – HenBlog – Monday, April 28, 2014

state, no billboards, malls, trash, just natural beauty. We stay in a lovely BB in south western Vermont. Love it. Suzanne Beautiful...! As for pizza, whenever I have a really really good pizza, it crosses my mind that I'd like to order a pizza crust baked without any toppings, just to see how good it is. I can only imagine the kind of look I'd get when ordering a topless pizza! sandi roberts Oh how neat to get to go to the King Arthur Flour store. I get there email and read and reread. I know my cart would have...

1916 Eggs – HenBlog – Thursday, January 6, 2011

Sara Such an interesting topic. When I can, I go up to a farm by Princeton, NJ called Cherry Grove Farms. They are a small operation and pasturize their chickens when it's warm and keep them in barns when it's cold. Their eggs are $5 a dozen, but oh so worth it. http://www.cherrygrovefarm.com/products/eggs-2/ When I can't get there, I go to Whole Foods and buy the Giving Nature brand which is certified humaine. I don't know what else I could do. In a pinch, I'll buy the Organic Valley brand (the only kind I'll buy from the supermarket). Am I...

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

I’ve placed an order for 25 chicks for delivery the first week of April. I’ve purchased them through a mail order hatchery. In 1880 if you wanted more chickens, you hoped that your broody hens did a good job. By the first decade of the 20th century, you might have had your own kerosene heated incubator and were able to substantially add to your flock, and maybe sell to your neighbors (and buy a puppy with the proceeds.) By 1917, when the postal service changed its regulations and permitted chicks to be sent through the mail, it opened the way...

Feather Picking – HenBlog – Friday, October 21, 2011

There’s always a hen at the bottom of the pecking order. That’s just the way it is. The chicken on the bottom of the totem pole will be the last to get the tossed treats, will wait to eat from the feeder until the boss-hens are done, and will, literally, rest on a lower rung of the ladder. In the HenCam barn, Betsy, being a tiny thing, is told, by the other girls, to “shove off.” Betsy might be at the bottom of the pecking order, but she’s no wimp. She darts quickly out of the way of stabbing beaks,...

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

...ones from a distance. With the lower vision nursing home residents lighter colored chickens would be easier to see and identify. I'm so excited you're involved in this! Terry Golson Good point. They'll be getting distinct breeds, several with light-colored feathers, so they should be able to see them all. Terry Golson Should be a very pretty flock. For readers who don't know - Cream Legbars are a British breed, developed in the 1930s. Annie Alright,My order has been shortened :) 3 Delawares 3 Speckled Sussexs 3 White Leghorns 1 GP Hamburg and 2 Black Stars Terry Golson Excellent choices....

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...

New Chicken Coop Bedding – HenBlog – Monday, November 25, 2013

...Koop Clean at my regular feed store. I just changed over from sand to pine shavings in my coop for the winter. Although I like the way sand performs in the summer, it just seemed too cold for winter. I am looking forward to a followup on how Koop Clean performs over time. Suzanne I was thinking the same thing. You can buy zeolite alone from a good aquarium store. According to one fish-keeping book I'd read, zeolite can be re-used, if you soak it in salt water. I imagine that it wouldn't be worth separating from the hen manure,...

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

Post Update: This contest is closed. Judy M. won! To celebrate the publication of Vintage Chicken Photographs: 30 Postcards, I’m having a giveaway! I am so excited about this book. The photos are charming, funning, and evocative. The quality of the paper, printing and binding is superb. To see more about it, go to it’s page on my store. (Did you notice that I now have a store? I have some fun plans for it!) All you have to do to enter is to click on one (or more) of the media share buttons at the bottom of this post....

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...

My Favorite Smell – HenBlog – Wednesday, September 29, 2010

...excess of eggs to sell to the wholesaler, who in turn furnished eggs for the local grocery stores (I figured out then just how "aged" store bought eggs might be). But the best part of all was wandering up and down the aisles to find the perfect fabric pattern of the feed sacks, which would then be turned into frocks. I still have some treasured feed sack aprons that Mom made for me! Carolyn OMG! I remember Erickson's. It's taken me the best part of an hour to remember but I did go there and it must have been for...

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

...you don’t. The recipes can them be filed away and referred to the next year. 3. Write up a complete shopping list. Put down exact quantities. Not “milk” but “2 cups whole milk.” I count eggs. This year I need 61 eggs for the 20 pies that I’ll be baking. I’ll be buying 5 dozen – my molting girls aren’t going to provide them! 4. Create a cooking schedule, with what you need to do ahead of time, and what gets cooked at the last minute. List every item, and the order that you will do it. My schedule starts...

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

...icelandics? I saw a flock in Iceland, but they are very rare here. Tell me about them. kay That looks so inviting. I've been thinking of starting from "scratch" instead of buying more day old chicksthis year from the hatchery. So-o-o much more fun. They will feel truely like my babies. I've bred just about every animal we've ever had except my chickens. Ken Yes I am. Going to the feed store about 30 miles away that always has at least a dozen pullet chicks to choose from. I plan on getting 6 but will probably come home with 8...

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

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

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

...birds? Healthy Chicks and More? Cass Yep, that is the websites name. I would buy from them again but now that Ive got a rooster i will probably just let one of my broody girls raise her own next spring. Sarah Veazey I would recommend ordering chicks from My Pet Chicken. They have a GREAT selection and you can order as few as 3. I've had great luck with them and can't wait to place an order in the spring! Terry Golson My Pet Chicken is not a hatchery. They get chicks from Ideal and other hatcheries. They are unique...

Feather Picking – HenBlog – Wednesday, February 5, 2014

...will resort to a swift peck. I’ve written about pecking order, and how to stabilize it and keep it in check here. Sometimes, though, even in flocks with no pecking order drama, a related problem arises that causes no end of consternation on the owner’s part – feather picking. The feather picking that I’m going to talk about here isn’t the aggressive, status-seeking pecking that happens with pecking order squabbles. Feather picking can occur in the most peaceful of flocks. I’m currently seeing it with my Ladies (the six young hens raised together as chicks, seen on the HenCam main...

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

to be had, and how to keep them occupied in the run during the day. This is a great solution, and, like MicheleB, I hope my feed store carries it in the form you recommend. Julie Walters Thank you for posting this. Question, We have a rabbit so we already buy alfalfa or timothy hay for her. Could I try my chickens out with what I have to see if it is something they would like? Or- Is it not a good idea because it doesn't come chopped up like the one you have shown? Thanks in advance! Julie jaye...

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...

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

the fresh eggs they get. But if I had a rooster crowing at all hours, I doubt the fresh eggs would win them over. I prefer to keep the peace. My broody recently hatched 3 eggs and I have a strong suspicion that one of them is male. He already has a good home picked out for him. Mikayla A good rooster is a staple in my flock. I have the best rooster I've ever had right now. Such a gentleman, very kind to his ladies. He only has 3 ladies to tend to, and I infact just let one...

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

meet me at the Wild Center??? Bladerunner Hah! I live 15 minutes from the Bob's Red Mill store & cafe. Evil. Evil, I tell you! Stupid black hole swirling vortex that my money keeps disappearing into... Linda Symons Enjoy it Terry! This morning I'm going to one of the area schools to purchase 3 Rhode Island Reds to add to my flock. The new additions will make a flock of 5. I already have 2 Buff Orpingtons and am satisfied with them but decided I wanted to add to them. I'm looking forward to getting the new additions. I am...

I've Got an Etsy Store!and other fun things for you – HenBlog – Monday, March 10, 2008

Etsy is a sell site for crafters – each seller gets their own “store” on Etsy. It’s one of my favorite web sites. Not only is it fun to peruse (great user interface!) but since everything listed is made by the sellers, the individuality and creativity of each craftsperson/artist comes through. I apologize in advance if you lose work productivity today because you get entranced and can’t leave. I opened an Etsy store of my own to sell pinbacks and magnets. There will be more chicken-themed items up soon. But, if you know any knitters, I’ve got some lovely magnets...

Good-bye, Opal! – HenBlog – Thursday, July 7, 2011

Ken from MO. One suggestion when ordering from a hatchery, place your order over the phone. Stress to them you do not want the free chick. I do this when I order or combine an order with a chicken buddy and I have always had them comply to my request. KathyG Sounds like Opie got the best place to live for an unwanted roo. I got 3 bantam peeps at the feed store this spring and all three were roosters. Talk about your bad odds. For some reason, this feed store will take back rooster chicks, though, so I took...

Pecking Order – HenBlog – Thursday, July 5, 2007

Pecking order in chickens is literally determined by pecking. Usually, this jostling for status is only briefly dramatic. Once everyone knows where they stand, the top hen just has to turn her head in a threatening manner, and the lower-ranked hen moves off. When I selected the seven hens to live in the new barn, I based my choices on which ones I wanted in my children’s book. I picked six hens out of the flock that I already had, and I decided to purchase Prudence, as I wanted a classic solid brown hen, too. I’ve never had a problem...

Twiggy Switches Flocks – HenBlog – Monday, August 24, 2015

new home at 8 weeks old, a week or so ago after she started laying again. She is a healthy, feisty hen who has been number two in the pecking order all along. However, I noticed last night that the order on the roost had changed slightly, and the aggressive hen was parked next to number one hen, then a bit of a gap and then the other four hens, including the Silkie. I found that odd, because the aggressive hen used to be lowest in the pecking order. Maybe the flock dynamic is in the process of changing because...

Egg Holders – HenBlog – Tuesday, May 18, 2010

it front and center for the cooking segment. It got more air time than me! It is special. Eggs were shipped in wooden crates. There’s always a lot of such boxes at flea markets. More unusual is this egg holder, obviously homemade, with springy wires to hold the eggs safely and gently. I enjoyed looking at it, but didn’t buy it. Here is my big find at Brimfield. I’ve never seen one of these before. It’s an egg cabinet with it’s original key. Was this in a store? In a home? Who would lock their eggs up? Do you know?...

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

...me to bring him in again and agian to be checked. I read online and figured it out myself. I could have saved $100's of dollars. laura b Great article. I havent found a local vet that would even know how to treat a chicken however I just found out about one that comes to our local feed store 1st thursday of every month that will. But none of my chickens are sick right now. Ive had chickens 3 years and we have had to put a few down when they were ill. Ive also used internet and farm store...

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

they have blue Orpingtons and Marans, as well as Speckled Sussex and classic New Hampshire Reds. A friend in town is tacking his wish list of breeds to my order, so I’ll be getting about three dozen chicks. He’s the type of guy who buys a whole pig from a local farmer because he cares about what he eats. Two years ago he built a coop and got hens for the eggs. So, you’d think he’d order all hybrids. They’re the ones that lay everyday and all through winter. But, he’s fond of Dorkings, and, after looking through the Meyer...

Alfalfa Update – HenBlog – Thursday, October 23, 2014

...chickens.? We lived in the PacNW. jaye I got the same response from people at local feed stores in our area - we are in South Eastern Ontario. Seems the only alfalfa products carried in our region are alfalfa cubes or alfalfa/timothy hay cubes. Ken I might suggest buying a bag of pea gravel for grit. I have processed many a older hen/rooster (many with plenty of free range time) in my day and you would be surprised the size of rocks among other things one finds in the gizzard. Connie Moreau I live in the PNW and I found...

Not Too Sweet Breakfast Muffins – HenBlog – Friday, February 21, 2014

...is tricky to bake with – recipes burn easily and the crumb (a baker’s term for texture) is hard to get right. Also, pastries made with honey stale quickly, so any muffins not eaten on the first day should be frozen. (I store them in a zip bag, and remove one at a time, and warm up in the microwave.) But, I love the flavor that honey brings to these muffins. Just be sure to buy local honey. Supermarket brands often originate from China, are adulterated, and have high levels of pesticides. I’m fortunate that there are beekeepers right here...

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

...it, would you recommend any other probiotic products? Thank you! Terry Golson I've seen it at Agway, but call ahead. If it's not stocked they can order it for you. There are other brands on the market, too, but I haven't used them. Greg Hello, Annie, Our company produces Gro-2-Max. It isn't available in many feed/supply stores yet. We're expanding distribution, but at the moment it still sells mostly online, through poultry suppliers and other retail channels. If you like, you may order directly (via Paypal) for free shipping. Just email info@gro2max.com with the quantity you would like and we'll...

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

Jonathan It must have been a good year for pumpkin crops The prices seem to be half of what they were last year. I have paid less then 5 dollars a pumpkin this year compared to the 10 dollars a pumpkin last years... Jonathan I live like 30 miles west of Albany, NY Diana Plainville CT The pic of the boys on the stumps is priceless....should be entered in a contest and money could be donated to a pet rescue foundation. It's such a perfect picture. Suzanne At the Pierce College farm last fall, I noticed a wagon full of...

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

...don't like strawberries. Mine free range all day and pincher bugs are their favorite source of protein. Lucy Suitor Holt My girls love grapes, too, and ignore strawberries. I give them bowls of milk which they love. I avoid wheat and offer them a few sunflower seeds as a treat. I give them corn, but mostly buy huge bags of frozen whole kernal corn and thaw it..or buy older sweet cob corn from a local food store for discount. They ignore dried corn and it attracts too many other creatures. The girls search for bugs all day and then snack...

Barn Boots – HenBlog – Sunday, October 16, 2011

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

Winter Eggs – HenBlog – Wednesday, December 7, 2011

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...

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...

What’s Going On Here? – HenBlog – Monday, November 14, 2011

retirement. Still, if having lots of eggs are important, then go with the high production breeds and forget the ones that go broody, and the heritage breeds that lay only 3 eggs/week. 2. Adding a hen or two to an established small flock is difficult and stressful. I have more about that on a FAQ. I also don't know if your coop can accommodate additional birds. I've been reading recommendations for coop size far too small for hens!!! 3. It can take 3 months for a hen to recover from a molt - even if she looks fully feathered to...

Winter Dust Baths – HenBlog – Thursday, March 3, 2011

...that was mislabeled as a Plymouth Columbian Rock, but instead seems instead to be a silver-laced something or other. She has been a bitch from the first. She pecks everyone, including me, and is a complete bully when it comes to grabbing food out of everyone else's beaks, and pecking poor little Babe. When I mentioned this to the guy at the feed store where I bought her, he said, "oh, THOSE chicks. They were all like that. We had a terrible time with them. They all pecked each other like crazy. We will never order them again." which made...

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

...(Francie loved to chatter loudly, about everything, but she's barely been whispering for the past two weeks.) I kept dismissing it as a tough early molt, or the effects of being at the bottom of the pecking order, but now it's clear that something terribly wrong is going on inside her. For all the fellow flocksters who are reading this, Terry has provided very wise off-line counsel through this tough experience. What resonates most was this comment she emailed me: "I can tell you that after 20 necropsies, in hindsight I've never thought "I should have waited to euthanize" but...

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...

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

Yesterday, along with a thousands of other treasure hunters, I went to Brimfield, an annual flea market that fills up fields alongside more than a mile of a country highway in Massachusetts.   Although the avid collector can go on-line and find whatever one is looking for, sometimes, you need to browse. Sometimes you need to stumble across an item that you’d never even know to search for. LIke this five-foot stuffed canvas parakeet, that was once a sign in a pet store. I didn’t buy it, but somehow my life is enriched because I’ve seen it.   I spent...

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

meat birds. I like to keep adding to my flock of layers...went a little overboard on the layers this year. As I get older I find I like a smaller batch of meat birds to process at a time. I always cuddle them and thank them for nourishing my family as I give them the best life I can. The first time was a little hard, but they were delicious. Carol I ordered a dozen fertile eggs, as I ordered TOO LATE and didn't want to be raising young pullets in the fall. (Order Early, my lesson learned after my...

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

want! The hens have more than paid back the cost of their feed (layer crumble at 11.50 a bag) and their treats. I made enough profit to buy a laptop computer last year. I try to have a few pullets over winter for good egg supply. They get "gifts" of cabbages and whole grain breads from the store discount shelf. Also, occasionally the store will supply huge boxes of greens for free. In summer I grow greens of all sorts and cabbages, sunflowers and calendula flowers for the hens...and all the tomatoes they can eat. This year, I hope to...

Worms – HenBlog – Thursday, January 21, 2010

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

Signed Copies and Upcoming Events – HenBlog – Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mother’s Day is coming up, and my The Farmstead Egg Guide and Cookbook would make a nice gift. If you have a neighborhood bookstore, please pick up a copy there. Tell the store that I sent you :) If you’d like a signed copy, you can purchase one directly from me through my on-line store. In order to keep the cost down, I ship via media mail, which, depending on where you live, can take awhile. So, if you’re thinking of getting a copy for Mom, don’t delay and do it now. Make sure that you leave a comment telling...

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

...Amoxicillin in capsule form, is sold at true aquatic pet/fish stores (Not places like Pet Depot, Pet Dept., etc.) They are sold behind the counter by the capsule from a large bottle at $1.00 a pc. I was told at the time that these cap's were becoming harder and harder to get, even by the fish stores due to people purchasing them for human use. I went home and went on-line and bought a large bottle from the manufacturer. Much cheaper then $1. a pill, also. I did put my hen on Amox 250mg twice daily and she did improve...

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

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

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...

Beulah Returns – HenBlog – Monday, February 3, 2014

...to each other.   However, Clementine was clearly on the bottom of the pecking order and skittered away if the other hens even looked at her. She had the barest bottom, made worse by runny white diarrhea. It looks like vent gleet to me.   Today Lisa is going to give Clementine a warm soak in an epsom salt bath and treat with povidone. Hopefully, I’m right about the vent gleet and the treatment will clear up the mess. However, I could be wrong, and I’ll be checking back in with LIsa next week. Feather picking is, I think, the...

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

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

CGPS – HenBlog – Friday, August 23, 2013

Did you know that all hens come fully equipped with a Chicken Global Positioning System, otherwise known as CGPS? Yes, indeed! The CGPS comes with a highly accurate search capability. For example, the hen thinks “raspberries,” and in no time at all she finds the site!   The CGPS is linked to every member of the flock, so that all individuals can meet at the location.   Once the site is found, the coordinates are never lost or forgotten. There is no limit to the number of locations that the CGPS can download and store. This flock’s database is soon...

The Beast Emerges – HenBlog – Friday, April 4, 2014

...garden needs attention.   The Gems have offered their assistance and have been loosening packed down leaves and destroying all lurking larvae.   Yesterday I was in a store looking at gardening tools and noticed the seed display. There was a two for one sale! Despite the fact that I have not yet taken stock of the seeds leftover from last year, I couldn’t help myself. I bought 18 packets. Even those of us who are frugal and careful shoppers suffer lapses and go on seed buying sprees this time of year. Kale will be sowed today. Spring is here....

Winter Molts – HenBlog – Monday, February 4, 2013

...cases that I’ve been hearing about, the hens are fine. What’s happening is that people, in their desire to get chicks at a time convenient to them (but not what farmers saw as prudent in the past) , are buying birds that hatched out of season. Mail order hatcheries are selling chicks year-round. If you bring your chicks home in September, then their first molt will be in the worst weather of late winter, and you won’t see eggs again from those hens until early summer. In the past, when winter eggs were pricey, a farmer’s profit would be made...

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

...to medications. I haven't yet read the Chicken Chronicles, but will put it on my list. Kathleen Thank you for this PDF. I have not used a chart in all the years of having hens. I really don't know why I hadn't thought about. Defenitly didn't want to think about the cost. I look at it as just a pleasure like eating Chocolate. Can't put a price on happiness. I'll keep track of how many eggs now just out of couriousity. Betsey F My 3 Marans have been doing pretty well this fall (they were hatched in March)--at least one...

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

...lot due to deaths and births. I have 3 small coops and a brooder. In 2 years when I retire, I plan to expand their numbers and also to acquire a pair of dwarf goats. I love my chickens and can't imagine life without them. robin w. We have 38 chickens. The girls are free range and have total access. Some days its good . . . . others not so much. I ordered 25 pullets from Myers . . . on your lead . . . and they are just about 4 weeks old and ready to get out...

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

...less. Maybe that works if you don’t get dirty. Impossible here. I also read a recommendation that you take clothes to the dry cleaners less frequently. Huh? When my clothes need washing, it’s obvious! You can’t exactly brush off muddy hoof marks. With that in mind, here is the next rule: #2: Only buy clothes that you can throw in the washing machine. Avoid buying items that need dry cleaning, or each time you wear them (and that wearing might last only 10 minutes) you will hear the cash register go ka-ching! $5.00 please! I bought a cozy, silky, beautiful...

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

...Meyer Hatchery order of 25 chicks specified ten different breeds. When the chicks arrived some were yellow, some were stripey like chipmunks, two had feathers on their feet and two were dead. The hatchery web site has photos of chicks, but honestly, all those yellow chicks look alike. Ken and I divided the order as best we could. This is what was ordered: 2 Delawares, 2 Blue Cochins, 2 Barnevelders, 2 Welsummers, 2 Buff Chantecleers, 2 NH Reds, 2 Buff Orpingtons, 3 Dominques, 3 RI Reds, and 5 Speckled Sussex. I know that I got the Blue Cochins that I...

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

...ordered an extra to share! I had no idea people were as nostalgic as I am where I work. I'm sure I'll have to order extra! I'm looking forward to see what else appears at The Hencam Store! The postcards were just amazing. The quality of the photographs/postcards and paper are excellent. Terry Golson I am so happy that you're happy. I've been showing the book around, and everyone smiles when they see it, and everyone is reminded of their own story. Terry Golson I got the softest pima cotton pjs. An indulgence! I got some ideas for what I...

Previous Appearances – April 11, 2009

Northshire Book Store is an amazing indie bookstore in the gorgeous town of Manchester Center, Vermont. Make a day trip of it! This event is the day before Easter, so it’s the perfect time to enjoy a story about a chicken and her eggs. Tillie likes to travel in the car, and although it’s a long drive, we’ll both be there....

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

...and then blaming the store if someone gets sick. I resort to buying kale, collards and green cabbage and sprouting seeds and beans for them. Ken Anna don't know what state your in but in Missouri a few years ago the state past a law that protects grocery stores, restaurants and food pantries from such law suits, yes food pantries could be sued. There are things they have to do to make sure "not ready for prime time groceries" are not contaminated but they can now donate to food pantries without fear. I volunteer once a month at my church's...

Previous Appearances – March 28, 2009

Come and meet Tillie and me at this delightful store....

A Peek Into My Kitchen – HenBlog – Monday, November 9, 2009

organized kitchen allows me to focus on the cooking. I can’t get into that flowing cooking zone if I have to stop and hunt for a tool or ingredient. I think that some people don’t like to bake because of the five annoying minutes it takes them to find the cloves. That doesn’t happen in my kitchen. I’ve got the spices in alphabetical order. Note that this isn’t extreme – the containers don’t match and I believe that my cinnamon is one bottle out of order. I designed my kitchen with function as the top priority. But, cooking is fun...

Chicken Breeds – HenBlog – Tuesday, December 1, 2009

...got five more. I just adore them all. Each has her name and my Light Brahma is the friendly one. She is so sweet and she laid my first egg yesterday! :) Jeanette Hylla Evans Sweetie. Everyone has had a Sweetie. As a late entry to the henhouse, the only Ameraucana at the time was bullied a bit and knew that I was her protector. She happily came out of the coop and sat with me in a comfy chair at the farm store (www.GreenStringFarm.com) or had customers hand feed her berries and greens. She followed me when called kissed...

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...

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

Robin Um. No. I'll pass on the 'plate rack'. And a goat proof gate? (snickers a bit) Can't wait to see it! Lesley S I admire your strength of will to come home with only a couple of egg cups and gate from a flea market. Of course the way I resist is not going off island to attend any because my will-power is not nearly as good as yours. I love watching the T.V. shows that have challenges for people given a budget then they are to buy items then re-purpose them to sell later at a higher price....

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

...a resource is great news. I will now need to read your 4-legged posts for my "Terry Talk" (I just admire the way you weave words together). One more thing - to all you followers of Terry's Blog - buy a cup of coffee or chocolate or snacks for Terry's team. I think the cost for my Latte is certainly worth the time she spends on this site.....and it will make you feel really good! Srsly! I'm buying her a cup right now. KP - Seattle, WA Jane from Hawaii Oh Terry we will miss your hen blog. I can...

Petunia – HenBlog – Sunday, December 26, 2010

Petunia died on Christmas Day, which, honestly, was a few days longer than I thought she’d last. She was one of my retirees. Hadn’t laid an egg for probably a year and a half. Her best production days were more than three years ago. She and Marge, who died last summer, were my two New Hampshire Reds, a breed I lucked into getting when a neighbor ordered extras from a hatchery in October of 2004. They’re brown-egg layers, friendly, docile and good foragers. I like how basic and sensible they look. Fancy chickens are fine, but the New Hampshire Reds...

Presents – HenBlog – Wednesday, April 7, 2010

...from readers of this blog. (Thank you! I’ve been enjoying every note!) I planted lettuce. I was about to sit down at my computer and finally get to writing work. Really and truly. But the mailman drove up with a package for me! From my friend, in England, Celia Hart. It was an out-of-the blue, unexpected Easter gift. Here is what she sent. Chicken ornaments! Heritage bean cards! A raffia flower! All made by her. Some of this is available in her store, but you don’t have to buy a thing. Her blog is a gift in itself. Now, I...

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

the way to the airport we were able to squeeze in visits to two more stores, one a tack shop where I picked up some new reins for Tonk’s bridle.   And one was a classic feed store. It’s chick season everywhere. I wish this place was near me. I’d pick up a few. What a great selection, there are Iowa Blues, Campines and Leghorns, and they’re vaccinated for Marek’s!   I’m back home where the sky isn’t quite as blue, and it’s not quite as warm, but it feels like springtime (finally!) and it’s time to plant the lettuce....

Gift Giving – HenBlog – Friday, December 11, 2009

My husband can't believe my favorite store is now Tractor Supply, Co. and that I really would appreciate Carhartt overalls for Christmas. Terry Golson Yes, they really do go to bed just before sunset. The bunny, however, is out there in 20 degree weather in the dark, happily hopping around. I've got to go close her up now... Terry Golson I got my favorite cookie jar - in the shape of an Australian Cattle Dog - at a Tractor Supply :) ANGELA Terry and family, Happy Hanukkah! Jane Wishing Terry and family and all their animals a "very happy Hanukkah"......

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

one was a rooster, (Otis) who I have kept. Otis lives with my 2 goat brothers, B.B. and Lee, and 3 other roosters, that I couldn't bear to part with! I had 2 Ameraucana's the same age as the Marans, and they laid their first eggs on July 30th, with the Marans (1 pullet),laying a few days later. They are beautiful dark brown eggs, sometimes perfectly brown and smooth, other times with dark specks on them. They are not as dark as other varieties of Marans that I have seen on the internet. I believe hers are getting lighter in...

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

cabbage or savoy. I bought a head there anyway. I spend a huge amount on American beefhide rawhide flips for my dog, Lily (she goes through several a day – doggy prozac for my crazy puppy). I also buy Lily supposedly indestructible toys which she shreds, sometimes in minutes, or, with luck, a few days. I also make tug toys for her (not hard to do, just braid strips of polartec and sew in a squeaky toy). All of this is to say that I spend a heck of a lot keeping my dog happy. So why not buy an...

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...

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

...store? I will gladly help support this site. It is really cheap therapy! Terry Golson It's on the sidebar of the blog pages, but it should go into the store, too. BTW, for the price of 4 cups of coffee, you can get my book of postcards :) Wendy Scott Happy Birthday to HenCam and all the family of Little Pond Farm. What a wonderful addition to our family and lives. Karen in Temecula Happy Birthday. Your book Tillie Lays an Egg introduced me to Little Pond Farm in 2009. I have enjoyed each visit even though a few visits...

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

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

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

...peel. Eggs less than 10 days old are always a pain to peel – the white sticks to the shell. This is because the membrane between the shell and white isn’t firm. So, if you want to hard-cook your freshly laid eggs, put them in a carton, label it with the date and store in the fridge for a week. I have a recipe to share with you that uses hard-cooked eggs, but the eggs in my fridge are too fresh. So, I’m going to buy eggs from a small local farm and will post the results later this week....

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

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

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

...I witnessed in a pet store had me laughing in frustration, if you get my meaning; it was that or scream. This woman's dog got away from her and was tearing around barking and jumping on people. She was chasing the dog saying, "Come!" and clicking the clicker and tossing treats on the floor (which were ignored). This escalated into her shouting "Come!" and holding the clicker up in the air, pointing it at the dog like a gun, and clicking rapidly as she chased the dog around the store. Finally, someone grabbed the dog as he went by. She...

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...

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

...but knew that most grain stores would have it. The first feedstore that I went to had bales of it for sale that weighed 125 pounds each and were the size of small sofas. I didn’t buy one. But, Erikson Grain had a more manageable bag. The alfalfa looked coarse, but a close inspection showed much dried green leafy matter. I shook the hay over the ground in the outside run. The hens, who had been clucking loudly at me, all went quiet and immediately set to eating. Even Agatha (she’s the Speckled Sussex on the far right) stopped being...

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

integrate the punk rock girls into the big barn, they are doing fine in with the HenCam flock. They’ve even discovered that they are in the middle of the pecking order, not the bottom. Joy! No one has pecked their heads for a week. However, they’ve turned the roosting routine topsy-turvy. They now sleep where Marge and Petunia used to perch. The leghorns, instead of being on the second rung, now crowd into a nesting box. The social order is settling out, but it’s not done yet. I’ve got a long list of names for the new girls but am...

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

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

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

...boxes. Yes, Gizi has a point but I will miss not being able to see which chickens are visiting in the hutch. Yes, I think a compost heap cam is in order. Gizi YESSS:))) Thanks Terry-the background is beautiful now. Big kiss from France Gizi Kris Way to go ITGuy!! :) rose g. After watching the little circle of dots dance in the center of the black screen for a while, the whole screen just turns green for me. No message. Any suggestions? I did get a peek yesterday, one out of 3 visits. Ü Ellen I got error loading...

Fat Hens – HenBlog – Thursday, March 10, 2011

...she was very interested in different chickens and had lots of questions. She ask me about cornish game hens that you buy in the store. Well I kind of ruined one of her "special" meals when I told her they were "regular" chickens that were processed at about 3-4 weeks of age and probably not even a hen but a rooster since they get bigger than there hen counterparts. She was hopping made they charged at least twice the price of a fryer, she thought they were some special hen. When I raised cornish I was never so glad for...

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

I was in a pet store the other day and saw holiday collars for dogs. Let’s call them “neck tutus.” They were sparkly and silly and happy. I never dress up my dogs (Scooter hates wearing even the lightest weight collar) but I am embarrassed to say that I thought, I’ll put these on the goats! However, I couldn’t bring myself to spend money on something so frivolous and which was sure not to be worn more than a few moments before all chaos broke out, so I left the store without them. But, I couldn’t get the collars out...

Broody Coop – HenBlog – Friday, April 8, 2011

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

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...

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

Melissa My mother used to say "Winter's back is broken." when you got past the middle of February. Love the pic of the chairs in the snow. You must do another in the summer and put them side-by-side. Carolyn Love the caps of snow on the fence posts (seen from the goat cam)! The snow we got last week is almost totally gone. Now if the P.O. can just find my box from the Bakers Store that UPS delivered to them last Thursday... Celia Hart So much snow! Here in the east of England we've had barely a frost, let...

HenCam 2014 Calendar – The Vintage Hen – Friday, October 25, 2013

The HenCam 2014 Calendar is in the store! Like last year, I designed it, and with a great deal of help from ITGuy Steve, uploaded it to Zazzle, which prints and ships it out. Right now, Zazzle is running a calendar sale, and you can get it for 30% off. Just click through to my store to place an order. Or, go right to Zazzle to take a look at all of the calendar photos....

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...

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

...book I need to buy one. I love Lauren's blog. Deana Truly wonderful....goats, chickens, and a dear friend! Judy N. Wow!! this box trick is might work for my little Chihuahua Bella, she's a busy one year old that figures out all my tricks! You and Lauren sure have some cool ideas for the boys! Goats and Chickens are my favorites!! both so entertaining!! Thanks for the laughs! I will need to buy this book even if I don't win one..My daughter grew up with chickens and goats on our farm, so she would like the book too!! Thanks for...

Eleanor – HenBlog – Tuesday, October 23, 2012

...vent remained rough and red forever after.) For the last couple of years, I’ve said, “Eleanor isn’t going to last the winter,” but I was wrong, until this past week when I knew that she was done. Eleanor was seven and a half years old and I have had her since she was a chick. She came here with Edwina, they were two Barred Rocks bought from a neighbor who had extra chicks in a Murray McMurray order. For years I didn’t like her much. Often, when Barred Rocks are in a mixed flock they are at the top of...

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

My very first chicken was a hand-me-down from a neighbor, who after a 4-H project with her daughter was left with one small white bird. I said I’d take the hen if she was done with chickens, and so I got Buk-Buk and a dilapidated coop (which was mostly a box with a small wire pen attached.) Buk-Buk was the gentlest, sweetest hen. She was a Cochin, which is a breed with masses of feathers, all the way down to its toes. I loved Buk-Buk, but not her feathery feet, which got muddy in the spring and fall and encrusted...

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

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

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

have kept mine in the garage and in a spare bedroom closet, doesn't seem to matter. I'm in Texas, but it does get cold in winter at times. Just don't let them freeze or be too warm. Cindy What to do with 1 1/2 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken breasts that needs to be easy-to-fix and yummy? Terry, I made HenCam Stew. I got inspired by your short ribs dinner so I went up the street to buy veggies from our local produce farm. I got out my Dutch oven, cut the chicken into 3" pieces, and browned them in...

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

...scheduled two Chicken Keeping Classes here at my home. April 27 and June 8. Class size is limited, and these programs always sell out, so make your plans now. For a current and detailed list of all of my programs, and links for signing up, see my Upcoming Events page. Chicken Keeping Workshop at Little Pond Farm Just for fun, I’ve added a product in my store. A tote made from the Purina bag. Only four available (until I buy more chicken feed!) But, I have plenty of Vintage Chicken Photographs: 30 Postcards in stock. Meanwhile, it might not look...

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

Most chickens are not long-lived, but a few defy the odds and make it into a grand old age. In October of 2004, I got five chicks from a neighbor who had purchased a large order from Murray McMurray Hatchery. Two were Barred Rocks, two were New Hampshire Reds and one was a Black Star. The Barred Rocks were named Eleanor and Edwina, and I soon rued the day that I got them. They were voracious eaters, and woe to any chicken that got between them and their food. They established themselves on the top of the pecking order, and...

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

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

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....

An Icy Path – HenBlog – Wednesday, January 21, 2015

...that GLW right :) Judy If you order the YakTrax (with coils) be sure to get the ones with a strap over the foot arch to keep them on your shoe, otherwise they come off very easily, and you end up retracing your steps trying to find your lost shoe attachment. The Stabilicers look like they would work splendidly, although they are pricey. Marie Yes, they are a little pricey but.....aren't YOU worth it. Better than a broken hip! Barb in Bethlehem These are inexpensive, durable and very easy to get on and off. I need more than studs to...

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

Judy marvelli Awesome, its a shame everything is so cheap and cheesy now! How old do you think this is? Terry Golson I'm not sure. 1940s? Flock Mistress I was cruising the candy aisle at the store yesterday waiting for some photos to print and it really seems like there are more chicken items than there used to be in the past. Still plenty of bunnies. But I was even tempted to pick up a few of the chicken ones cuz they were just so darn cute! Tracy Byers While my basket is not that cute, it is the same...

“How To Raise Chickens” Book Giveaway – HenBlog – Monday, April 15, 2013

...I had a friend Who worked at the local humane society here in Pasadena, CA. One Saturday evening at closing for the weekend she found a shipping box from McMurray Hatchery, Ohio left on the doorstep. Inside were three, week-old white chicks that bounced out like popcorn when the box was opened. Whoever ordered them did not want them so they were dumped. My friend brought them to me. They were Light Brahmas. Two were girls--one a rooster. I named them Kukla, Fran and Ollie. Ollie grew to be a huge, beautiful, but noisy and aggressive fellow tormenting his sisters....

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

...back of a horse.   Only a few weeks ago, Steve and I were talking about how happy I was that I was riding again. He said, “buy a horse.” And so I did.   I thought that it would take all winter to find the perfect partner, but, thanks to a HenCam reader who knew someone who knew someone, I found Tonka. I’ll be boarding him at a stable two miles up the road from my house, where there are other horses to keep him company, and people to attend to his daily needs.   Tonka arrives the first...

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!...

Repurposed – The Vintage Hen – Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I remember, when I was a very little girl, seeing the milkman deliver dairy products into a tin box in the carport. You can find those containers at flea markets. I have one. It’s in the guest bathroom. I could use it to store toilet paper.   But, for that, I use this vintage egg basket that long ago lost its handle.   Instead, I have repurposed the cooler for use as a trash can.   Do you remember the milkman? Do you have one of these coolers? What do you use it for?...

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

...pets like I am. So I wonder if Im doing ok with the sand box or should I add some other type of grit??????????? Carrie Lee McCleary PS Im excited to see your new chicks too! Terry Golson If you buy chicks from a feedstore, they will (should) tell you if they've been vaccinated. Chicks do like to dust bathe, and a box of sand will make them happy. You can also buy chick grit (ground granite) that your chicks will consume as needed. I'll be putting mine in a feeder, as I don't want to waste $ and I...

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

...are like bulls eye targets for the others to peck at, but these birds are fast and agile, and so can step out of the way of aggressors. In fact, in a mixed flock, the Andalusian is, if not on the top of the pecking order, able to dart here and there and get what they need. Misty is both a confirmed feather picker, and she was the top hen in the Ladies tribe. If it was up to Misty, Beulah would have stayed out in the cold and never have been allowed to step foot in the coop. Misty,...

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...

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

...feathers, but these young pullets seem to like. And it keeps them cool. Don't these pictures beat all ? http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=538337 Judy I noticed that Little Blue was in the coop sitting on her rump, so I am glad to hear that she and all the other critters are doing okay. It is awfully hot here in DC too, so I am making your cucumber salad for dinner tonight, to go with the tomato sauce on pasta from your Thousand Low Fat Recipes cookbook. Little heat in the kitchen and really, really yummy...(I've "tested" the cucumbers, and the sauce is an...

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

Sunday oh man i would LOVE to. wish i lived in MA. this sounds like so much fun, and so CHEAP! Gina A couple hours in paradise! Too bad I live in So. California! David & Wendy Scott Or in Seattle. You need to see more of the beautiful West Coast. You need to have Steve tape it and post it or I'd pay $20.00 for a copy of the DVD. Jane good idea! Hawaii is too far away as well! Kit This would be wonderful if only you were in VA instead of MA, and it is cheap for...

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...

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...

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

...the wings and round the bloomers. And that's that! One application does it - if I can pick the 'nits' from the more biddable hens I do; otherwise a spot of plucking may be in order. I find they don't mind if you do it quickly and put raisins in the other end... Terry Golson Wendy, the only DE that I've seen that's safe for consumption is brown, but maybe someone makes white? What did the label say on yours? I special ordered mine from my local feed store. Terry Golson Since your hens like them so much, I tried...

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

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

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

...Little Pond Farm. As for movies... a friend lent me The Devil Wears Prada when I was recovering from major surgery. I didn't think I'd enjoy it but my tired body and fuzzy brain loved it! How about Julie and Julia, I remember enjoying that at the cinema or Slumdog Millionaire worth it for the ending alone. Do you like costume dramas? My recovery was greatly helped by the boxed set of 'Wives and Daughters' www.imdb.com/title/tt0215364/ watched over a whole week of afternoons with my cats on the sofa. All our good wishes Celia Christine Carlson Best wishes to you...

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

...shape while baking. But, I like a soft custardy-custard, so I’m not going to bother with that step. I put the batter ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk together. The basic proportions are: 3 cups of milk, 1/2 cup sweetener, 6 eggs, 1/2 teaspoon of salt. I use 1% milk. I actually like bread pudding made with lowfat dairy – cream is too heavy for my taste. For sweetener I combined honey and brown sugar, but this is flexible depending on the fruits used. Other times I might use sugar and maple syrup, or all white sugar. For Apple...

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...

Books by Terry Golson

Farm Animal Photographs: 30 Postcards Small farms at the beginning of the twentieth century kept a wide variety of livestock, and everyone from the young children to the grandmothers interacted with the animals. These vintage photographs capture the bond, affection and admiration of farmers for their livestock. In this collection of thirty vintage images, you’ll see angora goats, dairy cows, donkeys, sheep, kittens and more. The postcards are printed on high-quality, 5 by 7-inch card stock, and can be enjoyed in this book, or removed from the binding and framed, or mailed to friends. Available in The HenCam Store. Wholesale...

Workshops! – HenBlog – Sunday, September 9, 2012

Through this website I am connected to a world of like-minded chicken friends. I’m not one of those people who bemoan the collapse of community because of technology. At least in my life, it has broadened my circle to encompass the globe. (Anyway, let’s save that on-going argument for others.) But, it is true that email and websites aren’t the same as meeting in person, so I schedule events at which I can do just that. Today I’ll be at a Fern’s Country Store, in the center of my little town (it’s the only store!) to sign copies of Tillie...

Too Ripe Pears – HenBlog – Wednesday, October 14, 2009

...it even better. I usually put some five spice in it so it's not just pumpkin-pie-type spices. He likes that slightly savory kick to it. I made him a grated apple pie last fall. Maybe this fallI'll make him a grated pear pie too. Donna Hi Terry....I got so hungry reading this I had to get my crummy leftover lunch out of the frig!!!! Donna Carolyn My most recent order to KAF arrived today. More goodies for my kitchen. Not sure I could live without that store. Have you ever visited the store. I managed to get there once when...

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...

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

I'd buy either, but would prefer an actual book. Ken I definately would prefer the book. Those are some very large chickens or small children. Leanna I like postcards. You can find great frames (including the matte and glass) very inexpensively at stores like TJMaxx and Marshalls, and they are the perfect size for displaying unusual and interesting postcards. That way you can enjoy the images all of the time and change them out seasonally or just for something new. Jenerva Postcards PLEASE! Would love to send them and collect them and display them :) Kitty McKnight I like the...

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

It’s always a challenge introducing a pullet to an established flock. Because my chickens are different sizes, ages and breeds (and currently in different phases of molt), there’s a lot of jostling establishing pecking order. It’s not as easy as introducing the new hen and saying, “play nice girls.” I have two flocks that live separately, except for when they roam the lawn together, and even then they don’t mingle much. The hens in the big barn are more assertive. In my experience, Barred Rocks and Wyandottes do not tolerate bantams, and that observation rang true this week. I let...

What Breeds? – HenBlog – Thursday, April 28, 2011

Maryanne So sad that they didn't all make it alive to their destination. I have 3 Speckled Sussex (along with 3 Pekin ducklings) that I got at the Tractor Supply Store here in Virginia. Unfortunately they were from a straight run batch but I decided to take my chances anyway-suckered by their too cuteness! After I got home with them I happened to find out that some chicks/breeds can be feather sexed. So I tried with mine and came up with 2 cockerels and one pullet..they are now about 7 weeks old and all 3 are CROWING! I'm still hoping...

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

Joy Bonenfant We are getting chicks this spring and will be adding them to our current flock. We will keep the chicks in the brooder until they are old enough to be outside.How do you gradually introduce the chicks to the barnyard environment? Jonathan Looking back, i have brought new pullets in 3 times and each time all of my birds got sick and had to be given antibiotics, but it wasnt immediate it would be like 3 or 4 weeks after, I never made the connection untill the last time I did it... it is unfortunate but a neccessary...

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

You’ll see some hens always at the outskirts and others keeping a clear distance from birds that they don’t get along with. Where chickens roost is determined by the pecking order. Bring in a new chicken and the established routine is upset. The hens lowest on the pecking order will challenge the newcomer to see if they can move up. Your dominant hen will want to ensure that she keeps her place. Everyone will tell the new hen to go away. The behavior can range from pinning the new hen down and pecking at her head (which can kill), to...

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

...layers (as they are bred for the commercial industry - unfortunately). They have wonderful personalities, they are very friendly and very inquisitive - I love these brown hens!! Ken Mary I use to order from McMurray all the time. I always placed my order by phone. I specifically instructed them that if they could not "guarantee the surprise/extra" chick was a pullet then please do not include. They were extremely accommodating. I either got the extra chick or I didn't and the extra was never a rooster. (I did occasionally get a rooster in the bunch of pullets I ordered)....

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

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

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...

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

...You can clearly see the typical white tips caused by frostbite.   The question is, why did this hen get frostbite? After much back and forth with her owner, I think that we figured it out. The day that this happened it was blowing which caused the windchill factor to dip so dangerously low that school was delayed. Her hens stayed smartly inside. But, she still had the pop-door open. This hen is low on the pecking order, which means that she was the one delegated to stand closest to the windy opening, and so got frostbite. If your chicken...

New Camera – HenBlog – Thursday, February 27, 2014

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

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

the pigs is second place for me. Jen Pitino I just liked you on fb. Sorry I hadn't done that sooner! Jen Pitino I've shared this post on my chicken twitter account @urbanchxpodcast. Martina I like all 3 of the covers but if I had to pick a favourite it would be the dog cover! Cyndi McClain Love you site and the helpful information you share. Hope I win! Anna Wineland Love all the covers, but of course I prefer the chickens, as I am a chicken geek and love your site! oukay I love the proud woman with her...

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

...the part about Eggers being "punky"...that is the best word I have when my birds are not quite right..I wish Eggers a speedy recovery. Also, interesting webcam that you might like...an owl in San Marcos (down San Diego way)...Mama Owl and Baby Max have quite a following...Check it out..I think you might like it! www.ustream/theowlbox Terry Golson The owl cam is wonderful! Ann-Marie Hi Terry, I have been watching your girls as much as I can with the difference in the daylight times here in Australia. I noticed that Eggers was sitting on the perch and the others had got...

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

from Islington, here). We don't have those metal nest boxes in the UK, they seem very practical and anti-mite to me! This may amuse... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVvcD4Czx4Y&feature=related ...and is horribly familiar! Terry Golson Wendy - the bottoms pop out for easy cleaning. Also, the roosts fold up - once in awhile it's good to get them out of the way, or block off the boxes. Jean Husson Tina should have those speakers to pipe in her back-up band......Then, again, a jukebox may be a better idea. Lay an egg, hear a song? Kitty McKnight Wow $175. for a four seater, I wonder...

Everyone Stays In – HenBlog – Sunday, January 3, 2010

...not noticed any difference in the taste of the eggs at all. I avoid any fish simply because I don't want to take the chance of fishy eggs ;-) I buy the cheapest I can find. I currently have 24 hens and I throw like 5 or 6 handfulls all about the coop, so they don't get much. I only do this when they will be stuck inside all day, I don't want them to get too bored as we know that can lead to other problems. I have to go out before daybreak so I throw it about and...

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

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

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

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

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

Mo It's all Greek to me.....(C'mon now, you KNEW that was coming!) Becky It's Greek to me too, but those look a lot like Angora goats????? I would love to know more about the Greatest Goat Farm in New England too. Angela Mesquita I'm curious too. I love old photos. Rob (Wendy's husband) Hi Terry, here's what I've been able come up with in Google: http://translate.google.co.uk/?vi=c&hl=en#el|en|Αγαπετε%20κύριε%20ελασων%20το%20και%20σας%20ευχαριστε%20στείλε%20%20τό%20τυρί%20%20αύριον%20μείνε%20έσυχος I think it's to do with cheese (turi), possibly thanking someone for their interest? Please bear in mind my Greek knowledge is based on Ancient Greek school lessons from 30 years ago and my...

A Reading Rabbit – The Vintage Hen – Saturday, April 4, 2015

...and are now forgotten. Here in the San Fernando Valley times haven't been good for toy stores. My favorite, called Creative Play Resources, closed about ten years ago. It was one of those places where you could count on getting a colorful, stimulating, low-tech toy such as a kazoo or a cute set of watercolors. Fortunately my favorite health food store, Follow Your Heart in Canoga Park, has a counter devoted to those kinds toys- what a life-saver! :^) J.K.Feltri-George Nesting is also one of my favorite spots, Terry. I am glad that you mentioned that wonderful little store here!...

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

...in junior high, I was allowed to buy cafeteria food. Having lunch in a school dining hall with several hundred kids was horrifying enough, but bringing an odiferous, falling apart paper bag to the communal table would have made the experience unbearable. How I appreciated getting my meal handed to me on a neat tray! I no longer wished for a lunch box. Anyway, at this point, lunch boxes were not cool. Recently I bought this lunch box. I wonder how different my life would have been if I had carried my salami sandwiches to school in it. It would...

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...

The Weather – HenBlog – Monday, January 18, 2010

...will see. quiltbea Love your pictures and your saga of the goats and your hens. I got my Johnnny's catalog as well and circled all the things I wanted to order, then put it away for another day when I'm more realistic and will reduce that order to fit my purse. We got 12" of snow this weekend and its snowing again. Ugh! Its to be expected in Maine tho I'd like to see a little less of it. Terry Golson Somehow the snow seems worse when the Boston paper (just 30 miles from here) says "light snow showers, no...

R is for Rhode Island Red – The Vintage Hen – Monday, January 5, 2015

reminded of them, thanks, teri Ken Now that you mention it I don't believe I have ever had a RI Red go broody. MicheleB I have a New Hampshire red. She is my best layer and was top of the order until a scuffle with one of my glw. We had to put her in a time out for 2 days back when she was about 18 mos. Now she is number two and much better behaved. She has never gone broody. She follows my everywhere and waits at the back door for me. She will be 3 in March....

The Real Opal – HenBlog – Monday, July 11, 2011

...with respect. Terry Golson The Gems are all exactly the same age, and yet they go to bed according to breed. I've a feeling that if they were harried moms like your Gladys and Babbs that the bedtime order would change! Donna I did make a Julia Child roast chicken after watching that movie "Julie and Julia"..it was delicious..of course the chicken was a nice organic one from the heath store! I do have one roo..he is a barred cochin...He is harmless...He attempts to "mount" the hens that are twice his size and falls off on the other side....very humorous!...

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

...before they begin to lay, is the time to introduce the boxes. I like metal nesting boxes because wooden ones can harbor mites. These boxes have removable bottoms for ease of cleaning and a bar in the front so the girls can hop up and look in. Incredibly, right when I was about to go on-line and buy nesting boxes, I won these on a giveaway from a blog I’ve been following for quite sometime! Pam is a farm woman in Georgia and her talented husband, called Farm Man crafts all sorts of things, from boats to soap molds. He...

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

...not elivated try placiing the four corners of the cage on bricks or something. The cooler air on the bare breast seems to help snap them out of "it". I do put my spring broody's to work. I buy day old (or two or three) chicks at the feeds store and slip them under the broody's at night and let them do the work of raising them. My experience has taught me that the hen needs to be broody at least two weeks or the liklihood of rejection goes way up. I have done this for years and would say...

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

...half a dozen of fresh eggs from his own hens every now and then. I intended to buy a treat for these hens to thank them for their lovely eggs and was about to buy a jar of dried mealworms. After reading your blog I think this is not such a good idea. Do you have a suggestion for a better present, Terry? Terry Golson An impacted crop gets large and hard as a baseball. Nothing can get through and the bird can actually die of starvation and thirst. Massage and small amounts of olive oil can help move things...

Waiting – HenBlog – Monday, October 29, 2012

Kim Sensible Candy! Hoping it goes well there when it arrives, we are monitoring Sandy from the UK and thinking of you all. Stay safe. Natalie, the Chickenblogger Well, the Empress looks noble and wise. We must defer to her good judgement. Here in spirit... on storm watch with you. We hope for the best. Bobbie Aww! Another great photo Terry. You gotta love that Candy girl. I''m hoping the best for you at Little Pond Farm. Hope the Frankenstorm situation does not happen, something about snow! Keep safe and dry! Cynthia Sending good thoughts and energy your way for...

Eggers – HenBlog – Friday, March 26, 2010

have a better life. Terry I think you are on to something about the 3 year thing. I have not kept records but the hens I keep as pets (as compared to the hens I keep two years and cull) seem to die for no reason around 3 or 4 or live to be 9 like my Wrongway, my black austrolp, buff minorca and golden laced wyondotte. Terry Golson Yes, she will. Terry Golson Ken - I agree. They either drop at 3 or so, or they go on for years. I'd like to get some stats to back this...

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

Elizabeth Candy is so funny! Your snowbank looks just like my snowbank--covered in bits of straw. Maybe Candy would like a wooden crate or similar to perch on. My house rabbit used to like to climb up the stairs and sit on them and survey the living room. Erin maybe some variation on this: http://media.photobucket.com/image/bunny%20playground/corsiphoto/photos-part2/rabbitt.jpg ? (assuming Steve is feeling handy) bunnylady My bunnies have a 3 level wooden house and some have a plastic kiddy house with a slide and they love to go up and down the slide. Ken My first thought was similar to bunnylady's. Maybe something...

February Eggs – HenBlog – Sunday, February 7, 2010

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

Cold Combs – HenBlog – Thursday, January 9, 2014

...lot about frostbite in poorly ventilated, damp and too small coops. Sorry about your Seabright! Justine Wow, extreme cold and frostbite are wicked stuff. Fortunately, my hens haven't had to deal with that here in FL. It was down to 33 earlier this week which they handled just fine. Cold weather doesn't last long. Looking for to seeing spring in your area and watching your hens thaw out. I'm sure spring is beautiful! =) Pam R. A few years back I found this: http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/historicpublications/pubs/SC093.pdf Culling Farm Poultry 1922 I've used it since for culling for layers. In it, it described...

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

...a day. Japser, Amber, and a few others are regulars. Misty, despite her nervous energy, is also a good layer. But it's not daily, like with the Ladies. Terry Golson The wild birds are getting more melodious. Kim They are such pretty eggs! Here in England, we rescue hens that have been intensively farmed for their eggs. Once they pass their peak, they are sent for slaughter to be made into cat food or into cheap pies :o( . I rescued 3 in December and they havent stopped laying as yet! They have new feathers growing (they arrive almost bald...

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

...laying. So, your new hens might not lay until February. My Gems (so-called because I’ve named them all after fancy rocks) hatched on April 25. They are 7 months old. I’ve been getting 3 eggs a day for the last month. That’s only 3 eggs from 12 healthy pullets. But I’m not worried. They’re animals, not machines. This summer there was a stretch of brutally hot weather. No one wanted to eat. Then at the end of last month there was a freak snowstorm. That could put anyone off their schedule. And then there was the stress of a humungous...

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

...all delightful! :) kris moran Farm Fresh in Provence blue just the thing my girls would love for their coop : ) Beth With so many delightful signs, how does one choose only one! We are known in the area for our handmade painted barn quilts and these would fit right in with the character of our red barn! If I had to choose one though it would be "Pumpkin Patch". =) Leecia Price I see the sign shown comes in orange, purple and red too but I like the green one shown the best (fresh eggs from happy chickens'....

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

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

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

...the nest, yet, so do I put her in the isolation chamber now or wait till she's nest-bound? I usually wait and she's herself in 3-4 days. Terry Golson Yes, she is! When you buy from a dedicated breeder, this is the quality that you can get. I bought her and Coco from Don Nelson, in Rhode Island. He's a poultry judge and he breeds bantam white leghorns. Coco is even typier than Betsy! Terry Golson These little ones go broody a lot, don't they! I'm waiting for Coco to go broody again... I wouldn't use the broody coop until...

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

...to buy "Certified Humane" eggs. Is that just hype or does it mean anything? I just ordered your "Egg Cookbook" from Amazon. I can't wait for it to get here! Ken Here here, I see those prefab coops advertised and just want to scream when I read the number of hens they say they can hold, just a tad better than a battery cage situation. I couldn't agree more with Terry on her comment on roosts. I have two coops as well and my hens have been confined for almost two weeks now. On the weekends when I can go...

Steamed Eggs – HenBlog – Wednesday, March 2, 2011

...to do with eggs, but chickens. We are about to get chicks-in April,for the first time. 3 Buff Orpingtons, 3 Silver Laced Wyandottes, 3 Araucanas, and 3 Barred Rocks. I chose them because they are supposed to do well with children. My daughter is possibly receiving a White Leghorn chick from school (they are hatching eggs). I had read some things about Leghorns dispositions. Do you think it will be a good add on both for the kids (will it play nice) and with the other chickens? Thanks for any feedback! Rebecca Terry Golson White leghorns are active and friendly....

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

...hens. I’ve had chickens since 1996. I’ve lost chickens to a vicious raccoon attack, to hawks and to disease. I was surprised to see that Eleanor and Edwina, Petunia and Marge are the most long-lived hens that I’ve ever had. I like having old hens. I like that I can recognize Marge’s buk-buk-clucking. I like seeing Eleanor laze about, her beady eye cocked up at me, clearly saying, I’m here and I’m not moving. So there. I like seeing how Buffy puts up with Lulu’s attempts at friendship. I know these hens. The chickens give me more than eggs. There’s...

It’s Almost Here! – The Vintage Hen – Friday, March 7, 2014

be worth the extra for me, too! Terry Golson Great, stay tuned. I'll get a listing up on the HenCam store. Terry Golson Okay! I'll list it in the HenCam store. Terry Golson I would like to go to Italy! Gayle S I ordered your book from Amazon, and it has shipped. I am looking forward to readin it and using the recipes. I just finished reading your article and recipes in this mornings Boston Globe Magazine section. Great! Vicki R :D Judy marvelli I pre ordered mine awile ago, cant wait, love cookbooks! Also saw the globe item, congrats!...

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...

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...

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 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

...winter they slow down or stop, depending on breed and age. So for those of us who can happily eat 4 eggs a day, what are our choices? Stop eating eggs when there are none (obviously what was done in earlier times)? Buy supplementary eggs at the grocery store? Alas, the local pasture-raised chickens also stop laying in the winter, so buying eggs at this time of year means I can't be certain they are not prison-laid. Or cheat, er, stretch the rules, by having more than the statutory 4 hens? That has been my choice. I currently have 7...

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

yolks can be frozen, but you have to add a bit of sugar. If I have excessive eggs, I make pudding. Can never have too much custard! I promise a custard tutorial after the new year. Also, quiches freeze nicely, both baked and unbaked. Order "Tillie Lays an Egg" from any online seller, or ask your local indie store for it. Go here for links. Randy I'm sure you listen, and I'm sure they have plenty to say. Aren't the animals great?! Have a great holiday...Happy Hannakuh and Merry Christmas!! Stephanie Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! Thank you for keeping...

Wormer Warning – HenBlog – Friday, May 16, 2014

store manager. He didn’t know. I did some research. Hygromycin B is an antibiotic. This is not stated on the label. I guess we’re supposed to know. Or, perhaps the manufacturer hopes that we don’t? Many of us raise chickens to have a source of eggs not tainted by drugs. Since this is being sold at feed stores to backyard hen keepers, and is packaged as if it is a natural supplement (after all, it has vitamins and probiotics in the ingredients), I am outraged. Hygromycin B was approved by the USDA in the 1980s, but, for business reasons, has...

W is for Wyandotte – The Vintage Hen – Sunday, January 11, 2015

...and 4th of the pecking order in 9 hens. The one , flower is always getting into scrapes with my NHR and trying to pick on the other glw who is higher than her in the pecking order. She's onery lol like a child to keep an eye on. I have a slw, Blossom, who is so gentle and sweet she hasn't laid an egg in over a year. During the big storm here last dec when the birds were not able to get out as much, I found onery Flower , eating the feathers off of Blossoms tail and...

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

...Really laughed out loud at these pictures. As much as I am a Pip groupie, you have had some fabulous pictures of Caper lately. I love his contemplative expressions. What a sweetie. Now if they just made little tiny Red Sox caps for hens....... Michele b Very cool goats! Deborah Pruden You're funny. Michele b Wondering f molting affects Pecking order. Everyone seems fine, but my NHR who was on top has dropped down to 4th. I saw her back dwn from food from 2 of Glw. No injuries, everyone getting along. But the order definitely changed and wondering if...

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...

Chook – HenBlog – Saturday, June 10, 2006

My cousin Meredith, who moved to Australia twenty years ago, was here this week for a visit. She brought me the perfect house gift – a copy of the magazine “Australasian Poultry.” The cover photo is of a little girl holding a hen and the caption is, “Kids and Chooks.” “Chook” rhymes with “book” and it is my new favorite word. In Australia and New Zealand “chook” is slang for chicken. “Chook” sounds just like the clucks that my chickens say when they are pleased with something. I think that “chook” is an endearing and expressive term and I would...

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

LICE – HenBlog – Tuesday, May 20, 2008

...But it works, fast, and I’d rather have a live chicken that a dead organic one. Snowball and Buffy are in the spa. They don’t lay eggs, but if they did, I’d discard any eggs laid within a week after treatment. An organic product that does keep lice in check is feed-grade diatomaceous earth (DE). My local feed store has ordered it for me, and I’ll have a 50 pound bag on Thursday. It will go in the dirt areas where the chickens bathe. DE has sharp little edges (seen under a microscope) and it causes the lice to dehydrate...

Tillie at the Bookstore – HenBlog – Tuesday, January 13, 2009

meet Tillie on Sunday. There was champagne and cookies. I made these: I found these adorable gummy “fried eggs” at a store. Who could resist? I read Tillie Lays an Egg to a rapt audience. And then “Tillie” (you know her as Eggers on Hencam) greeted everyone. Eggers was absolutely fine away from her flock mates. The store was warm and interesting and she ate a lot of corn. She likes being a star. Isn’t my skirt just the best? “Tillie” and I will be visiting more stores soon. Check my appearances page for our schedule. (photos by Spencer Webb)...

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....

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...

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...

Asparagus Season – HenBlog – Thursday, May 5, 2011

...porches, don’t grow asparagus. When I had my raised bed vegetable garden built, the center space was reserved for asparagus. It was a sign of commitment to this place. Besides, I love asparagus, which, like corn, tastes best if there are only minutes between harvesting and cooking. (This is true. If you only buy asparagus from Peru at the supermarket, you’ll be blown away by the difference of fresh and local, and even more so if it’s been picked steps from your back door.) After a few years I was harvesting enough asparagus to serve it with spring dinners. I...

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

For a couple of years I’ve kept two separate flocks, one in the big barn and another in the HenCam coop. But, I have fifteen chicks coming next month and I need the big barn for them. So, I needed to combine all thirteen hens into the HenCam coop. Each of these flocks are set in their ways. They have an established hierarchy. To a visitor the pecking order isn’t obvious as all is peaceful. But, upset the equilibrium and drama ensues. I knew that I couldn’t simply throw them together and hope for the best. There would have been...

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

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

Winter Chicken Feather Damage – HenBlog – Friday, April 17, 2015

Spring is here, but we’ll see the effects of the hard winter for months to come. I’m not speaking about my garden, but rather my hens. Confinement, lack of loose dirt to scratch in, and boredom, leads to feather picking. Sometimes this is associated with bullying and aggression, but often it’s not. It’s a social behavior that relieves stress. Some hens, like Jasper, actually encourage the other hens to peck at the feathers at the base of her tail.   Owly’s feathers have been broken off by her flock mates.   Veronica prefers to have her neck feathers removed. She...

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

As many of you know, I had a cochlear implant implanted on December 17. My surgeon says that I had a tougher recovery than 90% of her patients. More pain, more of a reaction to the anesthesia, and more weird side-effects. But that’s over with! (Well, almost.) On January 10 the device was turned on, and, as expected, voices sounded like they went through one of those machines that a criminal might use to leave a ransom message. It takes awhile for the brain to make sense of these new pathways for aural inputs. Already, after only two weeks, voices...

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

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

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

...to breathe that air on a hot day, so don’t make your chickens. The coop itself can be a deathtrap. Too many new chicken keepers buy small coops that are advertised for urban backyards and “one to three chickens.” They’re basically covered nesting boxes. They have no air space and poor ventilation. They’re not designed for hot climates and for three chickens packed in at night. Here is one chicken in an ark. She’s broody. This is the only use for these coops. Even big henhouses can have ventilation issues. My HenCam coop didn’t get the louvered eaves that I...

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

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

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

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

Candy’s Ears – HenBlog – Friday, May 21, 2010

...bell, trying to attract the attention of that nice maid (usually so competent) to let her out. Terry Golson Thank you. She rings her bell. We are giving her clover. But, still, she's sulking. Her ears are looking better already. I'll post photos next week! Bunnylady Awwwwe pooor baby!! Ann-Marie Hi Terry, Thank you so much for telling us about Candy and thanks for writing me an email I should have looked here first, you have all the eyes of the world on your cam and I did wonder and worry if Candy was OK. Warmest Regards Ann-Marie in Australia...

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

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

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...

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

...collections that I’ll get to show her. My husband and I are driving down to NYC a week from Monday. I’m not sure yet if my hens are invited, but just in case, the posh boutique hotel we’re staying in allows chickens in the room (my publicist checked.) I don’t know yet when the episode will air, but I’ll be sure to let you know. I’m also sure that I’ll have some good stories to tell when this is all done. But for today, I’d better go out and buy some new shoes. I don’t have any that are television-worthy....

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....

I’m Profiled In Chickens! – HenBlog – Wednesday, October 26, 2011

...that red hen with that little hat made out of finger from a girls’ glove, and those leg warmers from the same re-purposed gloves, that has me smiling. Hobby Farms puts out a whole series of good, well-written, useful magazines. The new kid on the block is their Chickens magazine. It’s not yet available by subscription, but you should be able to find it at feed stores and other venues. Or you can buy it from the publisher. I’m profiled in the January/February 2012 issue! Agatha is relieved that she didn’t have to get dressed up for the photo shoot....

This & That – HenBlog – Sunday, March 18, 2012

I’m heading out to the Boston Flower and Garden Show this morning. I’m looking forward to seeing the display of flower arrangement “hats” that were inspired by the royal wedding. I’m looking forward to the pristine garden displays with every plant fully and perfectly in bloom. But, I have to confess that I really go for the vendor area. The last time there I found socks embroidered with chickens. And I’m hoping to buy interesting seeds for the vegetable garden. But not too many. Really. Meanwhile, I have a few miscellaneous things to share with you. The winner of The...

Lash – HenBlog – Thursday, September 26, 2013

...reading your "End of Life" article, and was cuious on how you cull your birds. I've read SO much on the best way to do it, but I'm just not sure. I am sure that one day, i will have to make that choice for one of my birds, due to bad health, or injury.....I am dreading it!! But, I want to make sure I do know how to. Do you have any advice, or an article? Thank you! Suzanne Just to clarify, Norma was given epsom salts orally? Is there a standard dosage? For the epsom salt bath, how...

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

...my chickens are free ranging all day, but I've never had a problem with the shavings. KathyG I am currently reading this book, and scheming to get my girls out into my larger garden -- within limits! I have high hopes for success, even if all I can do is contain them within select small areas with fencing, hoops or other temporary housing. Mother Earth News' blog 'Community Chickens' has a new post on the same topic, with a great YouTube clip of a guy in Australia, demonstrating his 'chicken tunnels'. I just love that chickens seem to be moving...

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

...turn sweet and red), Brussel sprouts and carrots in the ground. Once those are gone, I’ll let the hens into the vegetable garden to turn over the raised beds and dig up grubs. That might be sooner rather than later. It was 37 degrees this morning (for those of you who go by Celsius, it’s 3°.) I’ve a hunch that the first frost will come early this year. Some of you don’t have this obvious ending (and relief that the work is over) to your gardening cycle. Do you take a break anyway, or are you planting your winter crops?...

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

...anything? I read something about this before getting chickens but now I can't find anything. What are your thoughts. Like you I free range only when I am out there to keep an eye on them. I work from home so they get out 30-40 minutes at lunch and thn 2 hours in the evening while its light out late. Pam R. Very interesting. My first flocks got to 3 years old, some of them. It seems we've had these odd eggs off and on over the years. The first time it happened years back, they weren't eating the oyster...

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

...while driving to work in the morning, its so dark they are hard to see! Vicki R Wow. Great pictures, and beautiful animals! Seems there must be a considerable lack of natural predators in the area in order to have such an overpopulation of deer. Wolves for example, if reintroduced (controversial, I know, but just a thought) would most likely be a large part of the solution. Nature usually balances itself rather well if left alone. Rebecca Great shot of Lily she is at the ready! Lyme Disease tragic for those who are infected. Even if the deer do not...

Sweet Clementine – HenBlog – Thursday, April 10, 2014

...I always find your posts informative! Thank you. LaVerna I will try that. Thanks so much. Carol Caldwell So sorry Clementine has gone but I am so glad she had extra time and died in her sleep. What an amazing girl she was. Louise Stopford Sorry to hear about the sad news that Clementine has died (and had just 2 more weeks to enjoy her life and be enjoyed). I know only too well, unfortunately, about the horrible effects of internal laying. Having started my chicken keeping life with 3 hybrid warren girls, I lost 2 after one year due...

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....

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

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

Marge – HenBlog – Wednesday, May 5, 2010

...your blog for about a week now and when I read it tonight it was so sad that Marge had died, on my Birthday too. I love watching your girls, I will be getting mine very soon. Thanks for sharing the stories with us, love watching the cam. Warmest Regards Ann-Marie Australia Terry Golson I'm glad to hear you've rebuilt and are ready for your chooks. What breeds are you getting? You have some interesting hybrids in Australia that we don't have here. Lynn Terry, I'm so very sorry to hear your said news. All of my hens are getting...

A Change In The Air – HenBlog – Friday, September 16, 2011

...until Thanksgiving. Keep pressing on, Terry ! Jenny from Australia I find myself addicted to Hen cam at times, flicking back and forth to see what the goats are up to and I love catching up with your blog. I just noticed yesterday how many bugs were out! All the trees are blossoming and the Magpies are nesting and swooping all the cyclists in the area. (hilarious) Spring has sprung in a big way. We are in for a really warm day today and soon, the pool will be warm enough for a dip. I love winter in Australia! We...

Surgery Update – HenBlog – Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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

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

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

Bathtime – HenBlog – Sunday, March 28, 2010

...it at one time. It went kurplunk!! Tracy Your weather looks just like ours in the pacific NW- we have standing water everywhere!! Hopefully it was nicer in New York? Can't wait to see the show- just have to find someone to tape it for me... Ann-Marie We get Martha in Australia but not sure how old her prog would be once they get here but will look out for you, cant wait to hear all about it. Warmest Regards Ann-Marie Vicki in So. CA Hi Ken. I googled Martha Stewart. Her listing has a number of choices to click....

Giveaway! – HenBlog – Friday, April 2, 2010

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

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

Predators are everywhere. In the city there are raccoons and opossums. Even rats. (Uggh!) Some southern states have snakes large enough to down a chicken. There are fox and coyotes, bobcats and fisher cats. There are loose dogs (the worst) who trot through your yard and grab a hen. I live across from 800 acres of forest, with a wildlife corridor that extends, not even a mile away, to a river that is a national wildlife refuge. I live on a street where people walk their dogs – sometime off-leash. Woodlands border my yard. These tall trees are perches for...

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...

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

...litter box) got the sand and DE already. David & Wendy Scott Hen bliss Viki in Grass Valley CA Don't you love it when they pile up like that, no one willing to give up the best spot! Even the lowest on the pecking order will hunker down and not budge. The seem almost druck with the bliss of it. I only have 3 hens but they still do it. Mel Love it. Totally happens at our house! I have some potted bamboo and my hens all fight over it for dust bathing. I tried giving them their own pot...

Storm Preparation for Chicken Coops – HenBlog – Friday, January 23, 2015

...have there - the bird feeder is such a great idea for bread slices - keeps them busy for hours when its stormy outside....Greetings from Australia Jan Hope this works I have been watching for over two years but have never tried a message. Just wanted to say a very big thankyou to you for your wonderful animals, and to Steve your IT guy/husband for his amazing web cams. If my comment works, I will tell you about my six girls. Meanwhile keep up the stoic works. Lol from Hampshire in England. Justine I eagerly logged in this morning to...

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...

Blizzard Ready – HenBlog – Monday, January 26, 2015

...LOL They absolutely do not like the snow but are happy to be at least able to get out of the coop when they want, some fresh air does wonders for them it seems :) Finally getting some eggs again, 3 a day now. Wouldn't you know it, we had to buy some eggs due to not laying at that moment.. now we have way 2 many eggs for our own consumption, the mail lady is happy, as are the (3) neighbors we have, we give the eggs to them when we have 2 many. It is just me and...

Winter Eggs – HenBlog – Monday, February 21, 2011

...will sit on the corner this weekend...I love doing that..I meet the most interesting people! Terry Golson I imagine you'd be popular if you sell wine and eggs! Terry Golson Isn't it great to be able to buy local sausage from pastured pigs? Totally different, totally better than supermarket sausage - even the expensive brands. marissa LOVE. THE. EGG. HOLDER!!!! Mary Ann I love this post. I had not thought of it, but the five eggs I am getting daily now make me just as happy! I stuck one in a pocket tonight and broke it when I bent over,...

Updates – HenBlog – Thursday, April 12, 2012

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

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

...to decide where to dig the hole in the yard. Any tips on location? Kit Here is a nice little website on some of the different varities of Koi fish, the one I think the Beast is from is, bascially a catch all of unclassicable koi fish. http://www.blueridgekoi.com/koi-goldfish-resources/koi-variety-guide/ Phobe the rabbit is also a girl. Kit Here is a website on a few ways to sex koi fish. http://www.koi-fish.com/koi-care/sexing-koi.html Since the Beast is so big, I think she is a girl, and I think a few of her offspring have made it as koi/goldfish hybrids, but her hybrid offspring are...

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...

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

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

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

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

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...

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...

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

Jenifer Sheldon posted on my Facebook account - thank you for all the information! I'm a newbie at this, but inherited some older birds. jenifer Diana How about word of mouth? Have told 3 people in the last 3 weeks about your blog. All newbies to wanting or having chickens. We have 5 hens who are just about a year old. Love your blog and it has been very helpful. Thanks! Bonnie Jo I shared via FaceBook! Bonnie Jo Mary McQuain I shared this on facebook Kay Robbins I emailed my friend about your web site and now she too...

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......

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

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

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!...

Previous Appearances – September 9, 2012

I live in a small community with an unusually high proportion of published authors. Ferns, the general store in the center of town (it’s the only store in town!) is hosting a Carlisle Author’s Booksigning. I’ll be there with copies of Tillie Lays an Egg. Stop by!...

Vintage Farm Animal Photographs: A Book Of 30 Postcards – The HenCam Store

$10 Quantity: We're Sorry   I’ve selected 30 images from my collection of vintage photographs and made them into a book of postcards. On small farms, people lived with a multitude of animals. Goats, mules, horses, chickens, cats, cows, dogs and more. These vintage photographs capture the close relationship, and the affection and admiration of farmers for their animals. The postcards are large, 5 inches by 7 inches, and printed on high-quality heavy card stock. Unlike most postcard books, this one doesn’t have a perforated edge for card removal. Instead, It’s bound cleanly along the top. Leave the book whole,...

Vintage Dog Photographs: A Book Of 30 Postcards – The HenCam Store

$10 Quantity: We're Sorry   I’ve selected 30 images from my collection of vintage photographs and made them into a book of postcards. Here are thirty vintage images that document the humor, comfort and love that we get from our dogs. The postcards are large, 5 inches by 7 inches, and printed on high-quality heavy card stock. Unlike most postcard books, this one doesn’t have a perforated edge for card removal. Instead, It’s bound cleanly along the top. Leave the book whole, or tear off a card as you would a sheet of paper from a tablet. Wholesale inquiries welcome....

Vintage Chicken Photographs: A Book Of 30 Postcards – The HenCam Store

$10 Quantity: We're Sorry   I’ve selected 30 images from my collection of vintage photographs and made them into a book of postcards. There are chickens in laps, on heads, in arms, and even on a bicycle! The postcards are large, 5 inches by 7 inches, and printed on high-quality heavy card stock. Unlike most postcard books, this one doesn’t have a perforated edge for card removal. Instead, It’s bound cleanly along the top. Leave the book whole, or tear off a card as you would a sheet of paper from a tablet. Wholesale inquiries welcome. $10 Quantity: We're Sorry...

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...

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...

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;...

Thank You – HenBlog – Thursday, June 7, 2007

I started this blog about a year ago, and I’ve so enjoyed hearing from Hencam viewers. You’ve shared your enthusiasm for poultry, your humor (it’s a rare person who lives with chickens that doesn’t have a humorous take on life) and your questions. I’ve been told great stories about memorable hens. I’ve heard from people from Australia, Africa, Great Britain, Spain, Argentina, Canada, and the US (sorry if I left anyone out!). But I have to tell you, that the concern and support – and good humor – that I’ve received since telling you about the illness to strike my...

Look Up, Look Down – The Vintage Hen – Monday, October 13, 2014

...and commuted to the suburbs to work. We made things out of jute. I clearly remember her saying how much more real natural materials and colors were. In her mind the natural world was muted. I never understood that. I saw this,   and this:   What is colorful in your world? I have many readers in Australia and Brazil. Do you see wild parrots? Back in high school I made a fiber hanging based on feathes from our pet lovebird – vibrant greens and yellow and reds (actually, rather like the colors in these photos) which shocked my teacher!...

Weird Winter – HenBlog – Friday, December 22, 2006

I hear that those of you in Colorado are having SNOW. My cousin in Australia is taking her summer vacation in record heat. Here in the American Northeast we have had a very mild winter; no snow, below freezing only at night, and warming up during the day so that the kids go to school in jackets – no bundling them up to look like mini-Pillsbury doughboys. The chickens are happy not to be cooped up by icy weather (bad pun intended). Although, I’m sure they’d be happier with some bright sunshine so that they could take a nice dust...

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

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

Prolapse – HenBlog – Monday, July 9, 2007

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

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

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

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

3 sisters to go. Austin is a great experience. One sister is wanting to build a coop and run, so this could be a terrific opportunity. Hope to see you there! Carrie Lee McCleary Have a wonderful trip, sounds like fun! Love flea markets, never know what you might find! Jenifer so jealous! sounds like a ton of fun - have a great time! Debbie B Terry, Welcome to Austin. I've lived here for nearly 35 years and it's the best place in the world. I am so excited you are coming to town - unfortunately I may be going...

Fox Neighbors – HenBlog – Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Often, when we think about wildlife, we imagine that they live in deep forests, and would rather not be near humans, but many wild animals prefer manmade fields on the edges of woods. The meadow across the street from my home borders a 700 acre woods. It has a path through it that dog walkers use daily. Recently another type of canine has also been enjoying it. In fact, because of that combination of overgrown field, near to sheltering trees, these canines have decided to take up residence. The path is an ideal place to survey its hunting grounds. Lily...

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

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

Fancy Poultry – HenBlog – Thursday, January 7, 2016

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

Lulu – HenBlog – Thursday, May 19, 2011

...you need to treat with Tylan. In the United States, you can get drugs on-line and in feed stores. Even if you have access to an avian vet, few of them have experience with chickens. The decision to go to a vet is difficult. It will be expensive. Although we hate to put a price on our animals, we have to. How much are you willing to spend on your chickens? Will spending that money make a difference? I think that it is realistic to have limits. Around here, an office visit is $65. The drugs this time came to...

Rose Tomato – HenBlog – Friday, August 3, 2012

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

Goat Vaccines – HenBlog – Thursday, April 14, 2016

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

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

...parsley, greens, carrots and spinach. Unusually for this time of year, the bright sun has dried out the soil and I have to water. But, there’s still a danger of freezing and burst pipes, so I have a very, very long hose snaked out to the garden from the house. It’s worth it, though, look a parsley sprout! That’s not the only thing that’s green and growing. The peach tree is filled with buds. Daffodils are blooming in the sheltered path along the stone wall. But, beauty always comes with a price. The warm weather has spurred the first crop...

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

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

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

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

An Empty Nest – HenBlog – Wednesday, July 22, 2015

rescued is as well! Jan Spoke to soon, both outside cams not working this morning just black screen, inside cams working though. Mary I had 3 baby robins in a nest on my porch light. They had to jump ship this week. First one and an hour later the other 2. At hour 3 I peeked out at them because I heard a lot of ruckus. There was the stray cat with it's rump sticking out from under my car and the adult robins going crazy in the tree's. I ran out the door too late. Kitty was on the...

Wrongly Accused – HenBlog – Thursday, September 19, 2013

Carol Betsy's behaviour would worry me! When I sit in the coop to observe I take in my tablet, to read a bit or to get absorbed in a game. It helps pass the empty time. Isn't it interesting that when you are in there, the hens see you as one of them? They are not intimidated to go about their usual ways. Kim Just watched Betsy on the roost, still waiting for her turn on an egg! Twiggy hung around outside a nest box then left to go outside. She pecked Nancy on the head when she had the...

Clear Eyes, Smooth Eggs – HenBlog – Thursday, July 18, 2013

Celia Hart This is such good news Terry! The Gems are looking so much happier and well - the are so lucky to have you to take care of them. xx Lynn Noone Oh, Terry, this is such good news! Thanks for the update! sue noy Brilliant news, so pleased they have come through. On another subject, the new webcam.....I sent a message saying I couldn't view it on my tablet, but this morning I fired up the PC and I can view it on there so its obviously something to do with the tablets configuration. I will seek the...

Phoebe’s House – HenBlog – Thursday, June 20, 2013

Elizabeth Anne (TX) She is a joy to watch. I know you are enjoying her even more than us! What a character! kay After falling in love with Candy & missing her, I bought my own bunny. His name is Baxter I got him in April he is about 3 mos old & getting close to being old enough to nueter. I'm so happy with him but he likes to chew on the edges of the wall to wall carpeting. He's an indoor bunny & plays with the 3 dogs every night for a few hours in our family room....

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

...R Pearl really is a gorgeous animal, but as my grandmother said, "Pride must suffer." Carrie Lee McCleary That sure is a fancy girl! Her bottom is so pretty, it looks like rows of ruffles, she would win best dressed at the chicken ball, she sure has some funny feet! Jean R I think I remember your trimming Tina and Siouxsie's topknots to keep them from getting sodden in rain and snow. Could you do that with Pearl's legs and feet to help with the mud problem or would that have adverse side effects? Pat Dennis Cochins are beautiful! There...

Traffic Jams – HenBlog – Friday, June 19, 2015

...thank you but I do have a question you might be able to answer. I have read that food grade diatomaceous earth is a good remedy for mites and internal and exterior parasites. I cannot find "good grade" in our area. It is unheard of at our feed stores and pet stores here in La Paz. Could you please tell me if I might use "swimming pool grade" powdered diatomaceous earth just one time without dire effects on my birds. I can get the "food grade" when I travel to the US later this summer, but I would like to...

What I Can Hear Now – HenBlog – Tuesday, September 20, 2011

...or side effects? Or does the stereo aspect simply not work well enough to make it worth while? Or something else I haven't though of? Are you looking forward to the High Holidays? You will be able to hear the music better, I hope? Bobbie Both of my parents are totally deaf. The one thing my dad said, that sticks with me, is he wished he could hear the grandchildren laughing. My parents were not good candidates for the cochlear implants. Any more eggs from the Gems? Vicki in So. CA Wow. It's been almost a year since your implants...

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

heidi What a GREAT idea! My chickens won't step one foot into the snow and I fear they are bored out of their little brains. I think I will make a tether ball too! Donna And cabbage is pretty cheap so it makes everyone happy! marissa That was a hard lesson learned last winter for our flock! We have been diligent in keeping the run area with lots of straw and hay to keep them busy...and its worked! They are so happy this year. I really like the cabbage idea..I'll have to do that! I have been watching the web...

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

...at the Vizla that she holds a grudge against. If that's all she did, there'd be no smiles here, but, thank goodness there's more to her than that. Hope the week is better for you than whatever went wrong on the weekend! Ken My Skippy (rat terrior mix) has a fleece St Louis Rams blanket (one of the really cheap ones they gave a way at a Rams games a couple years ago) that he LOVES. It's just the right size for him to drag around. If he wants it on the couch he drags it up there, if I'm...

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

...part of using sand is if it gets wet. Takes a little more muscle and vigorous shaking to get sand through the rake. It also takes a little while for it to dry out. All in all we like it. We will be going to pine chips in the coop this winter. Seems like it would be a little more warm and comfy. The river sand isn't as cheap as we heard is was. It cost us 25 dollars for a half ton. Not sure yet how long it will last in run, but it will be replaced in coop...

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...

Itchy Days – HenBlog – Thursday, April 4, 2013

...she was able to get out and about. She seemed to be taunting the other girls through the fence. You go girl. Carol Caldwell So sweet to see Buffy dust bathing with the boys looking on. Elizabeth Anne (TX) With the goats being perfect gentlemen, does that mean the are ready for the GENTLEMEN sign to be added? Susan Parker Thanks for the picture of Buffy. I love her so much and I miss seeing her. oukay Love the references to "the Goat Maid"! Terry Golson I looked and looked, but there were no signs to be had. caitlinvb I...

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

Wanda Hudson It's a good thing that they moved; you would have had poo everywhere. Even on your snack tomatoes. Lesley S Is that a vintage container? It is very pretty. My poor Tomato plants have not grown in the 3 wks I have had them planted. Too much rain! Dogs sure love their pillows....mine insists on resting her head on one when up on the couch. Joyce Renshaw Is something wrong with Twinydink? or is she just sunning? Lesley S I meant to ask you about slug pellets. I have always used `safer slug pellets` in my garden as...

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

...only looks are. My nonAKC border collies work sheep everyday but the AKC version as a whole can't match their ability. Terry Golson The border collie folks fought against inclusion in the AKC, and for good reason. Glad to hear you have the working BCs! Terry Golson Well put, Tracy. Oh, I'd love to go to Crofts! Perhaps I can figure out how to make it a blogging/business expense? :) Terry Golson Connie, what amazes me is that after 9 years of blogging, that I've had very few comments that change the tenor of my site. There have been only...

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

...scones and pie. You are magically creative in the kitchen, my friend! xo Mary Oosterheert Lauren, your hinge work is fabulous!!!!! And those little chickens in the photo are beyond adorable! We are build it yourselfers here and I have a garage full of Craigs List cheap and freebie materials just waiting to be put together. Not always perfection but way cheaper than the other options. I have very similar plans for coop/ pen set-up. Just waiting for the board to finalize a new chicken ordinance so I know how much space I will be allowed. While I am fighting...

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...

Join Me On A Walk – HenBlog – Monday, October 24, 2011

The wonderful people who live in this house sadly have to sell off some of the farm that they’ve lived in for over a half century. But, instead of cutting it up into a housing development, they’ve carved out the best piece, the acres that border a river and abuts a National Wildlife Refuge, and they’ve offered it for sale to a land conservation trust. Today the public is invited to walk on this parcel. The weather is fine. It’s overcast, but not cold. Pull on a pair of sturdy shoes and a sweater and join me. There’s been no...

Working From Home – HenBlog – Monday, April 5, 2010

...the webcams went off before I could watch them, the rabbit came down to talk to the goats was lovely but couldn't help worrying about them he he I guess sometimes you just wait for the cameras to go off before you put them to bed, must be a bit off putting sometimes knowing the world is watching what you do. Kindest Regards and love watching Ann-Marie in Australia Terry Golson Now that the weather is nice I don't have to close them up right at nightfall. The boys hate being put to bed, but Candy is even worse. She...

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

...now it's working!!...I can see both outside runs (nothing much happening as it's 3 am in the morning over there....I'm in Australia) but anyway it all seems to be working. If Steve can explain it all, I'd be very grateful....computers are a mystery to me! Tracy Terry, I know that you write about hens, koi, goaties, gardens, wild birds and many other topics. And I'm sure some folks come to your site to learn more about any or all of these subjects. But I suspect that the reason most of us visit and read your posts is to 'visit' with......

An Early Spring – HenBlog – Wednesday, April 14, 2010

...that here so they think it is colder than it really is. Love watching your girls, I still have not bought anymore yet but aching to get some soon Kindest Regards Ann-Marie Australia Donna AAAHHHH!!! You made my morning....150 kids expected through the library today...I am leaving the pics on my desktop for a calming moment! Thank you Terry! Veda I just ordered your "Tillie Lays an Egg" book. We have 6 one year old hens, 10 4 week old hens and 4 roosters. I bought the book for my 3 year old Son. I really think he will love...

Chicken Talk – HenBlog – Thursday, April 29, 2010

...When she sees me she complains that I haven’t fed her lately. She says buk-BUK-BUKBUK-BUK! I’m glad she’s not a rooster, or she’d be unbearable. Her sister New Hampshire Red, Petunia, listens in, but rarely says a thing. Lulu, being a scatter-brained hen, talks on and off during the day. I’m not sure what she’s saying. Sort of like a crazy person who talks to herself. Chuck-chuckle. The punk rock hens, Tina and Siouxsie don’t say much. Nor do the Golden Comets. How much and how loud a hen talks is linked to breed. Then again, that doesn’t explain Marge....

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

Contrary to what you see in the movie Chicken Run, chickens don’t have teeth. Like all birds, they have beaks. Which means they can’t chew – at least not in their mouths. Instead, they eat tiny rocks, which are stored in their gizzard. The gizzard is a tough and powerful muscle, and as it squeezes and churns, it uses the rocks to grind up the food. Today is one of those days that I wish I had a beak and a gizzard. Instead, I have teeth, which despite me doting on them day and night require much attention by my...

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

...prayers to the family, and I agree Terry, something has been taken from all of you in Beantown. Hope it can be restored one day. Anna I'm so glad yall are ok. I think you maybe the only person I know from Mass, but I was hoping you guys were all right. All this tragedy lately is just awful. :( Love from Mississippi. Melissa Love from Dallas :-) Ângela Solidarity of Brazilians. Elizabeth Anne (TX) May you all feel the love from Texas and all over. Tragedies are horrible. Experienced one across the street from the school where I teach...

Nursing Home Hens – HenBlog – Thursday, May 30, 2013

...the UK I'll let you know! Love the way the names were chosen. Jean R Such a fabulous idea -- I cannot find the words to express it, save this is where I would go when I need a nursing home. And Mae Belle lays blue/green eggs, to boot! Melissa The pic of you with two of the residents brought a tear to my eye. Congratulations to you and the director. This is a win-win-win situation: Residents, personnel and "the girls." Marcia Palmater Congrats on a job very well done! I agree, I hope others decide to do something like...

Essential Coop Equipment – HenBlog – Thursday, October 17, 2013

Judy marvelli I love sitting with the girls. Very relaxing foodnstuff Love the matching gumboots! I sit on an upturned large flowerpot. Must get me a cute stool like yours. Terry Golson The stool is from Ikea, which I'm sure is in Australia. Joan So nice! Terry, are there some that seem to never want that relationship with you? Are there some that never want you to pick them up or do they all seem to want to be company with you? Christine O. Beatrix and Owly are so cute! Going riding today? Cindy Quigley Great article. We recently found...

Gratitude – HenBlog – Thursday, November 28, 2013

...of heaven for me. Happy Thanksgiving! Arlinda Symons HAPPY THANKSGIVING AND HAPPY HANUKKAH TO YOU TERRY AND TO YOUR FAMILY TOO!!! I HOPE YOU ARE HAVING A WONDERFUL WONDERFUL DAY!!! THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE!!! Pat D. I am thankful for you, your family, all the animals at Little Pond, and this wonderful blog that is part of a daily devotional I have come to love! Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah! Forever Friends across the miles! Kim Happy Turkey Day Terry! I am very grateful for all your sound advice and help through the last year, all things chickeny are...

What To Do With A Dead Chicken – HenBlog – Monday, June 2, 2014

Lisa Webb I have to admit that we rather unceremoniously leave the carcass at the edge of our woods where it is quickly taken by either coyotes, feral cats or foxes.It seems the most natural approach. LJB Here in the UK we are not allowed to bury hens as they count as agricultural animals. Nor are we allowed to burn them without a licence. These laws came about to protect us from foot and mouth amongst other things, so I would urge folk to comply with them. So like you, we double wrap them and put them in the dustbin/trash....

Betsy – HenBlog – Friday, November 21, 2014

...such a delicate little lady. I haven't been watching lately, because I'm not on the computer when it's daytime over there (I'm in Australia). Arlinda Symons I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Betsy. She was one awesome bird!!! Dianne Terry- sad news to hear of Betsy's passing. But so glad she went before the winter cold. Instead she was comfortable, resting in the sunshine. Not a bad way to go. Jane from Hawaii Thank you for sharing. what a huge relief when there is a peaceful ending for a loved hen.So many are not as lucky....

Dead Tree Beauty – HenBlog – Monday, June 9, 2014

...bit off kilter! Terry Golson Now I will have to look for that book. Terry Golson Lovely story. Tree skeletons are beautiful. Terry Golson I think that flickers are the prettiest birds! Caroline What a lovely place. It reminds me of some of the rainforests I have visited here in Australia, except for the woodpecker! What a fascinating bird but it sounds like it can be a problem. When we go on holidays to the mountains we love to see the cockatoos land on the verandah of an evening but they also are a problem for homeowners as they love...

Fine So Far! – HenBlog – Tuesday, January 27, 2015

...all okay. Keep digging!!! Been watching all day, lol Connie Moreau I was outside yesterday tying up my raspberry plants...it was 60 degrees....sunny and beautiful....but we have a lot of winter left here in the PNW. Our winter is hit and miss until late April. I am wishing for a good old snow storm just once before spring....take care all of you there on the east coast...we are thinking of you here.... Kim Hi Terry, I took a screenshot of Hencam at 3.40am (your time, 08.40am UK time), it looked a lot then! Glad everyone is safe indoors. Jonathan Indy...

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

maybe July. Joanna UK Hi Terry Wow what a lot of snow. Here in UK we grind to a stand still if we get over an inch....lol. My daffodils are ready for opening whilst the snowdrops are starting to fade. I noticed the bluebells in our wood are shooting up too. Keep the wonderful photos coming. Terry Golson The thought of bluebells makes me smile. Terry Golson Have you been to the greenhouses Tower Hill Botanic Garden? Go! You need a respite. Terry Golson For those who don't know - rhodies stay green even in winter, but they do a...

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

...to sit in the nesting box all day! She disagrees. Kris My White Rock is broody for the second time. She hatched 3 last year. I've yet to get her some fertilized eggs so I am hoping she hangs in there a few more days until I can get some. The other day she had 16 eggs under her. :) I am lucky with her...she is the sweetest Hen, even when broody. She's a great momma too! Terry Golson right... you're missing my dubious expression :) Terry Golson Is she a bantam? It's rare that the large white leghorns go...

If You Don’t See Them… – HenBlog – Monday, May 2, 2011

...know some dogs at his size are bossed around by hens. Magic Cochin I love Blackie's retirement home - what a kind thing for an elderly hen. Celia PS: Just spotted you've got Adirondack chairs just like ours! Ann-Marie Hi Terry, I bet you must have been flooded with inquiries about where the chooks were, I must admit I did wonder myself but did remember that you do let them out occasionally. Love your photos, I have not been able to see the girls much lately because of our time difference here in Australia and noticed you have some different...

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

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

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

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

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

...with that? Is it all linked to gas prices? I almost cried in the market....I am on a roll to be more "creative" in food department. Terry Golson What saved my food budget this winter is that I was able to freeze lots of vegetables and vegetable sauces last summer. I've been using them up in a myriad of recipes. Lettuce is expensive, and here on the east coast I say that eating California lettuce is like drinking very expensive imported water - that's about all it is, anyway, green water! I've been buying local bibb lettuce grown hydroponically. I...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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....