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Teacher’s Page – FAQ

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

Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce – Recipes

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

The Chicken Medicine Cabinet – FAQ – Health and Behavior

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

Chick Care – FAQ – Health and Behavior

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

The Spa Treatment – FAQ – Health and Behavior

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

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...

Gail Damerow Visits The HenCam (and a giveaway!) – HenBlog – Thursday, March 15, 2012

...can see the other stops here: 2-Mar For the Love of Chickens http://fortheloveofchickensblog.blogspot.com/ 3-Mar Vintage Garden Gal http://www.vintagegardengal.com/ 4-Mar The Garden Roof Coop http://www.thegardenroofcoop.com/ 5-Mar Common Weeder http://www.commonweeder.com/ 6-Mar Chickens in the Road http://chickensintheroad.com/ 7-Mar Garden Rant http://www.gardenrant.com/my_weblog/ 8-Mar Fresh Eggs Daily http://fresh-eggs-daily.blogspot.com/ 9-Mar My Pet Chicken Blog http://blog.mypetchicken.com/ 10-Mar Coop Thoughts http://www.thegardencoop.com/blog/ 11-Mar BoHo Farm and Home http://www.bohofarmandhome.com/ 12-Mar Happy Chickens Lay Healthy Eggs http://happychickenslayhealthyeggs.blogspot.com/ 13-Mar A Charlotte Garden http://acharlottegarden.blogspot.com/ 14-Mar Farm Fresh Fun http://farmfreshfun.blogspot.com 15-Mar The HenCam http://www.hencam.com/henblog/ 16-Mar Life on a Southern Farm http://georgiafarmwoman.blogspot.com/ 17-Mar A Dozen Girls, the Chicken Chick http://eggcartonlabels.blogspot.com/ 18-Mar North Coast Gardening http://www.northcoastgardening.com/...

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

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

1916 Eggs – HenBlog – Thursday, January 6, 2011

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...

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

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

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

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

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

Linda Symons A friend just the other day told me an 'egg money' story about their grandmother. She sold eggs from her flock on the side without her husband knowing it. She kept putting the egg money away in a jar or can. After a time she had enough to buy a bigger place down the street from where they were living. She mentioned to her husband that they should buy the place and move there. Of course he could not understand where they were going to get the money until she mentioned her egg money. Well he lowered his...

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

...good for the year. The only thing I'd add is that chickens really seem to like having a buddy who looks like them. Found this out the hard way when I bought four difference breeds. I hindsight, I would buy chicks in pairs. And if you really have your heart set on certain ones, buy extras. I've had a sexed pullet turn out to be a roo. When you only buy two, that puts you in a bad place. Had I bought four, I could have easily given or sold a pair. Brigid Great info! My barnyard bantams are usually...

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

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

Barn Boots – HenBlog – Sunday, October 16, 2011

...or Servus (both made in the USA) We have them at our Tractor Supply Stores in Virginia or get them online. They are just plain navy blue, not cutesy at all, but they get the job done and they hold up well. Cheryl LOL. We just bought our homestead last month...CAN'T WAIT till we're out there full time with our chickens and various other critters and start wearing out my own pair of boots! Anna We are a family of farmers/hunters and LaCrosse Burleys are the best rubber boat we have used! Martina White I like my cheap stretchy rubber...

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

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

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...

Egg Holders – HenBlog – Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tillie Lays an Egg gave me an excuse to buy more vintage chicken items than anyone should ever collect. Most of the items came from ebay. I’d never have been able to accumulate all of the board games seen in the bedroom tableau, or many of the other props used in the book, without that on-line marketplace. But, I also go to flea markets where I find things that I don’t even know I’m looking for. Last week was Brimfield, one of the biggest and best flea markets in the country. It’s exhausting, but the miles that I walk up...

Chicken Necropsies – HenBlog – Monday, August 12, 2013

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

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

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...

Presents – HenBlog – Wednesday, April 7, 2010

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

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...

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...

Wormer Warning – HenBlog – Friday, May 16, 2014

I post a mix of storytelling, daily observations, and chicken care advice here at HenCam. I haven’t written any serious animal health blogs recently, not because I’m not doing them anymore, but rather because I’ve been delving deeply into some issues. (As an aside, I want to thank everyone who contributes to what I do here at HenCam. When you purchase one of my books, or “buy me a cup of coffee” you enable me to take the time to think, research and write. I’m very grateful to you!) Today’s post is important. All animals have internal and external parasites....

Sick Hens – HenBlog – Monday, July 8, 2013

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

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...

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

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

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...

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

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

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

There’s going to be a cold, torrential rain tonight and it will continue well into tomorrow. There’s a few nice-looking green tomatoes left on the vine, but there’s no chance they’ll ripen, and they’ll probably be inedible by Saturday. I don’t have the time or interest to make green tomato chutney (though am happy to buy the efforts of others at farmers markets!) Still, I hate to see the tomatoes go to waste. So, this afternoon I decided to make this: I pulled a package of short ribs out of the freezer. These came from a a farm near Troy,...

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

...that I didn’t order. It was hard to leave out the Speckled Hamburgs and the Welsummers. A shiny black Australorp would have been nice…. Now that I’m done with the chick order, I’ve been perusing the seed catalogs. At least when I buy too many seeds I can tuck the extra away in a drawer. But, chicks go quickly from tiny fluff balls that fit in your hand to spiky pterodactyls. This is a Buff Orpington at 4 weeks. It’s a good thing that I can fit a large brooder into my barn! What breeds are on your chick list?...

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

...we trade it with the neighbors, who have a dairy, for several small cubes. Works great. Haven't had any problem with the chickens. This year however, because of drought, the field wasn't even worth cutting. I have been using wood chips instead. I miss having the alfalfa. I'm going to have to buy some, if I can find it. Bummer. Carol It's nearly impossible to get alfalfa hay here. The horse people buy an entire field of it before it is harvested. I did get a bale once and kept it in the shed. I gave the hens one "flake"...

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

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

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

...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...

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

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

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

...summer I think she expects a slave to wave a palm frond over her head to keep her cool. Kit Nah, she is just a disapproving rabbit. This is one of my favorite rabbit sites, you can share your pics of Candy disapproving of the chickens. http://www.disapprovingrabbits.com/ Kit Candy is a hollands lop right ? I don't suppose Mrs. Golson either you or Georgene have had Flemish Giants ? One of the blogs I follow online has a 13 year old female Flemish Giant named Cinnamon. I think she is still alive, her owner kinda of did a photo book...

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...

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

A 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...

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...

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...

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

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

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

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

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

...don't hesitate to buy a dozen if you want only 6. Now you will have to find homes, clear throat, cull the roosters. If you buy chicks that are a day or two old a foster hen is a dream in my book. Takes a lot of the work and worry out of raising chicks. I have an old gray farmyard bantie hen that will take chicks at any time if she is broody. I can give her to them at high noon and she accepts them. If this hen is not broody and I have another broody hen I...

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.)...

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...

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

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

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

I’ve never expected my hens to be an inexpensive source of eggs. There’s no economy of scale here. I buy laying hen pellets, a fifty pound bag at a time, from the local feed store. Pine shavings, scratch grains and oyster shell also comes bagged and purchased from the same source and hauled home in my car. Up until this year, I’ve never kept an accurate accounting, and so I’ve never known how much I’ve spent. Willful ignorance. So, in 2010 I decided to keep a running tally of the cost of keeping my girls. I started with 16 hens,...

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

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

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...

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....

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

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

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...

Warhol Goats – HenBlog – Tuesday, August 13, 2013

While we were away the GoatCam finally gave up the ghost and died. Over the few days that its circuits went bonkers, the GoatCam got artistic. For awhile a gallery of Warhol Goats were streamed online.   IT Guy Steve spent yesterday morning replacing the cam. I assisted by getting the goats into the pasture and closing the gate behind them. They do like *helping* with tools, but for some reason Steve thought he could do a better job without them supervising. So, the GoatCam is now back up and running, albeit a bit less colorfully than last week. We’ll...

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

...knees. I have a wide foot that is hard to fit, but finally managed to find a pair that makes my feet happy and keep my toes toasty. They’re not the fun sort of boots that I wear in the summer, but fashion doesn’t matter when your toes are blue. I’ll be able to face anything that Mother Nature throws my way this winter. Still have to buy a present for the barn girl (or guy) in your life? Get these. *I have no connection to the company but believe in keeping everyone who does barn chores happy this winter!...

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...

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...

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

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

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

...rack. I spent several hours wandering the booths. I bought two eggs cups (of course!) and a vintage agriculture brochure. And then I went to Tractor Supply, where they have shiny feeders and waterers, which I didn’t need (remember all of that scrubbing in the mornings?) But, I did buy something new and made of metal. I bought a farm gate for the goat paddock, which to my mind is very beautiful, indeed. We’ll see if it is goat-proof as claimed. Pip and Caper love a challenge. You’ll get to see the new gate after I put my teenage son...

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

Donna They kind of look alike! That is there Great Great Great..etc....Granddaddy for sure! Donna I mean "their"......It is still early here! Kit The body reminds me more of a shamo espically with the longer legs and thinner body. But plummage wise I see it with the RIR's. I do know people will collect taxtermied hens, and they usually go for around a hundred dollars. I know someone mentioned online they even saw a taxtermied Polish hen. And I have seen taxtermied silkies on ebay. I have just gotten into eating the website the blogess, and along with zombies she...

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...

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...

Feather Picking – HenBlog – Wednesday, February 5, 2014

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

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...

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

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

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...

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

...comment on chickens in the back yard. I have one convert at my place of employment. She now has 12 hens and loves them. I am working on the second one. She asks me additional questions almost everyday. I am working hard on the mission of at least two hens in every backyard ;-) Terry Golson Have you sent her to HenCam? She'll be getting goats, too :) Ken from a cold St Louis Actually I did. I also got her to buy a subscription to Backyard Poultry Mag. Donna I am with you Terry..My girls stay with me until...

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...

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...

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...

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 :)...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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

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

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

New Barn – HenBlog – Wednesday, December 6, 2006

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

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

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

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...

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

...treatments to help these old hens. Agnes looked to be on death’s door last month, but she’s still here thanks to epsom salts. Epsom salt is a combination of magnesium and sulfate. You can find it in the pharmacy, as it’s used by people as a laxative and as a foot soak. For such a simple and inexpensive product, it has many curative functions. The magnesium improves circulatory health, flushes toxins, improves muscle and nerve function, maintains the proper level of calcium in the blood and increases oxygen use. The sulfates help form brain tissues and joint proteins, creates mucin...

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

...things to do to hasten his recovery. I did an internet search and set off for the pharmacy. The tree guys were still on the property. They were as worried as I was. While I was gone, they massaged Pip’s belly and encouraged him to walk around. (I found this out later, and have no doubt that the TLC from Pip’s friends was an essential component of why Pip pulled through.) I created a magic goat elixir. Activated charcoal and Amazon Auto Links: PAAPIError: InvalidParameterValue: The ItemId B0064GBCL0 provided in the request is invalid. (to detoxify the system), mineral oil...

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

...to prevent a human health crisis now whole classes of antibiotics are illegal to give on a sub-therapeautic basis (this is a good thing.) However, the drugs remain available for purchase, and can do much good when handled correctly. Some anitbiotics can only be had through veterinarians, but others can be purchased with ease at feed stores and on-line. Once in private hands, it’s up to the farmer to be careful with their use. The label might say, “for cattle and poultry” but the truth is that they are NOT legal for laying hens. The “for poultry” on the label...

Saving Clementine – HenBlog – Thursday, March 27, 2014

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

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...

Winter Eggs – HenBlog – Wednesday, December 7, 2011

...soup. I think about this when I make decisions about how to care for my hens over the winter, and what I expect from them. I don’t keep chickens for a cheap source of food, or even to have eggs to sell to my neighbors. I have chickens because I want fresh eggs for my own table and because I like having hens in my backyard. I have a lot of chickens for a three-person household, so they don’t have to all earn their keep. The girls in the HenCam coop are retired. Agnes, being a hybrid designed for laying,...

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

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

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...

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....

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

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

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...

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...

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....

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....

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

...but I doubt it. Oh, well, I do like having Veronica in the flock. I’m partial to big, classic laying hens, and she is that. Veronica is chatty and calm. Here she is with Owly. Owly is not steady or calm. She is looking up (which is a trait specific to Owly and in all of my years of chicken keeping, I’ve never had such a quirky hen.)   Veronica is steadfast. That’s a good thing when there are hens like Twiggy and Owly in the mix.   I think that if I want chocolate eggs, I’ll have to buy...

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

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

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

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

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....

February Eggs – HenBlog – Sunday, February 7, 2010

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

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

...the new flock for replacements. I've found that upping protein supplementation to 1/2 oz/bird/day of animal source greatly decreased the length of time for a molt. It must not exceed 10% of daily feed ration, so needs to be adjusted for smaller birds, etc. We use ground ocean fish as we have a good cheap source. So far, our eggs fly off the shelves, so no fishy taste. But we carefully weigh the daily allotments and freeze them, so there's no mistake. They normally get 1/4 oz/bird/day. This is the first year we've had the drifts of feathers in the...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

...will hold out for "candy" if they think they can get it! Sunflower seeds are fattening, but good for hens. Feed in moderation. A hundred years ago, farmers fed spoiled milk which provided protein and calcium. You can feed yogurt. Some people feed pet food kibble, but personally, the cheap stuff has really gross ingredients in it, and I can't bring myself to buy it. Honestly if your hens are eating high quality laying hen pellets and not over-indulging on bread and corn, they'll get through the molt fine. kristen I am ready for thanksgiving and then christmas yay !...

Alfalfa Update – HenBlog – Thursday, October 23, 2014

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

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

...ground on the outside of a woven wire fence sure deters climbers like raccoons and possums. Easy for me since I use electric fence for ponies anyway but works for most critters. I also string stuff (mostly that very cheap, very strong, very light electric fence "string" across the top of the run. It is pretty visible and even though I have red-tailed hawks nesting practically next to the run, they don't bother the hens. I'm going to put netting over the small run to protect the new chicks and to keep them from flying out! My fence is 5'...

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chicken Waterers – HenBlog – Thursday, September 20, 2012

...time. Terry Golson You could get a vintage ceramic chicken waterer. I've seen them for not much more than the new metal ones. wildchildt Terry- Am getting prepared for the winter soon to come here in Colorado. What kind of water heater is that in your pic? Where did you buy it from?? Thank you, T. Carol Hmmm, I didn't know they even existed. Thanks, I'll look around. BTW I think that weed in your pumpkin patch is called ladysthumb. I have this desire to learn a few new weeds every year, and that one is so invasive in a...

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

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

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

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

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...

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

I spent Monday at the humongous (no exaggeration, it takes up the Javitz Center and two Piers) NY Gift Fair. This is THE place to go if you are a creator/purveyor of …. stuff! Things for the home, gifts for your friends, artist-designed stationary, clever items for the office, luxury for the bedroom. It’s all there, and more. Buyers from retailers big and small come from all over the world to find stock for their shops at this event. My book, Vintage Chicken Postcards, was there, at the Ellie & Friends booth. (Ellie is a rep, who sells to delightful...

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...

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...

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

...have had many chickens over the years. Some I have lost to feral pests, some have died peacefully and some I have given away to friends to enjoy. My mother, who is on a farm has over 100 girls, has even been the recipient of a number of spoilt roosters - Sumo a white light Sussex and Chiefy a Rhode Island Red. They still remember their name and me when I visit. While I don't blog like you, I do like to share my chickens; I upload photos to FB and video to youtube - http://www.youtube.com/user/dangarstoll. I love your blog...

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

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

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

...They are all great breeds that I enjoy. Thanks for sharing your home with ours! Kelly I shared via E-mail to my cousin! P.S. she loves it!!! Kelly lol, I just noticed that I have two blue ceramic chickens that would look great with that! :) Kit Hi Tracey, I was on youtube today and came across these two videos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuO3xkMJBLI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXbZBiaVO2s&feature=related about two Buff Orpingtons sisters who decided together to tag team and try to sit and raise 28 babies together. They ended up successfully raising 23 chicks mostly of Barred rock and buff orpingtons. I have acourse seen...

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...

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...

Steamed Eggs – HenBlog – Wednesday, March 2, 2011

...be watching thrift stores and garage sales for those old egg cookers. Kit They do have modern egg steamers for those who can't make it to flea markets, http://www.eggsteamer.com/ and I found these on amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=egg+steamers&x=18&y=16 and some people suggested using rice cooker or steamers as well http://wize.com/rice-cookers-and-steamers/t10457-egg Terry Golson Click on the photo and it links to the blog I found this picture on. I wouldn't trust that cord, even if I could plug it in! Terry Golson Glad to have it confirmed! Terry Golson Thanks for these links. I have a rice cooker, but it doesn't have a...

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......

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...

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...

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!...

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

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

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

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

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

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

Traffic Jams – HenBlog – Friday, June 19, 2015

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

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...

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;...

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...

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...

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

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

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

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

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

...to have passages clear and tools stowed where the goats can’t reach them to “help.”) Have I left out your favorite chicken coop tool? In another post I’ll list the things needed to setup a coop, like waterers and grain bins. * Please note that I have Amazon links to these tools so that you can get an idea of pricing. I have not necessarily purchased items through these online stores. However, if you do shop Amazon, please start by clicking through a link on my site. I’ll get a small commission from Amazon, which helps to support HenCam. Thanks!...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Chickens Die – HenBlog – Sunday, December 20, 2009

...gets a very detailed report. Perhaps other states departments of ag also have free programs. Randy It's hard not to make pets out of them, especially when you hatch them yourself. Little Chicken is our baby, even though he's a full grown rooster now. But having the knowledge of sudden death incidents and predator attacks, both of which we've experienced, helps tremendously. But ya gotta love the little things. Terry Golson Massachusetts also does autopsies - but with budget constraints they are limited to flocks with what appear to be dangerous contagious diseases. The necropsy has to be approved by...

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...

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...

Itchy Days – HenBlog – Thursday, April 4, 2013

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

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...

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...

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

...chickens in the winter - you are misinformed. Chickens die of heat stroke. With proper shelter, like mine have, they thrive in the cold. Marie You GO girl! Pat D. There is no organization anywhere that is ,"like God", or that they should be compared in any way. God created animals and He allows free will. He does not condone all the choices that man makes. This is Terry's blog, and Terry you have a world-wide audience that uses our free will to get on-line and read, and enjoy your blog. I am with Marie, " You go girl! "...

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

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

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

...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...

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...

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

...of gooseberry pie? On an entirely different topic, I just turned my Chicken Calendar page and was greeted by Pearl, looking like a glamorous June bride! Oh, and re the slugs Lesley, you can fill shallow pie tins with cheap beer, and the slugs will gallop to the bar, consume and die, altho this will be an endless adventure, since all of the neighbor's slugs will be eager to join the party... Christina Rose Beautiful nest! We have a few robins in my Pasadena area, but I've never gotten to see a bluebird in person--how fortunate! Glad your girls are...

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

...of soil without bamboo and they still prefer the bamboo pot! You can see my RIR here: http://polloloco-pdx.blogspot.com/2011_07_01_archive.html Paulette in New Mexico They look so incredibly happy and relaxed, it might be a small sacrifice for such contented hens. Yemina Terry; where does one obtain course sand? Mike Ours go onto the lawn every winter to protect them from floods - we live by a river - the lawn comes back during the summer, but the weeds come back faster! Terry Golson It's sold in bags at all lumber yards. Get the cheap builder's sand, not the more expensive fine...

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

...say...I sure hope the goats get equal time AND 2) Those are some stylin' boots and now the Goatmother wants some. See what you have done? :) Terry Golson I'm having a hard enough time keeping track of Eastern vs Central time! Terry Golson Sorry, no. Terry Golson I seem to wear through barn boots every few months. Doesn't matter if they're expensive or cheap. So I got to Marshall's. Colorful, inexpensive boots. Christine O. That was fun! Thanks, Terry. You are a very animated storyteller and I bet the children loved the story and seeing (and hearing) the Gems....

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...

The Workshop – HenBlog – Sunday, July 8, 2012

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

Animal Update – HenBlog – Monday, May 30, 2011

...alive. I have learned so much from reading your post and have enjoyed them everyday! Linda in Ms Claudia I am sorry to hear about the outbreak. My question is about antibiotics: Is 30 days the standard length of time to wait after administering antibiotics? Or does it vary by antibiotic? Do you know of a Website with official information on this? Thanks, Claudia Terry Golson Drugs vary. Tylan requires a 12 day wait period before eating the eggs; Doxycycline has a 30. The info is available online, but I don't know of a web site that has it in...

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...

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

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

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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....

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....

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...

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...

Bathtime – HenBlog – Sunday, March 28, 2010

...googled Martha Stewart. Her listing has a number of choices to click. I chose "tv" to get http://www.marthastewart.com/affiliateinfo. On the right there's a link for 'Local TV Listings'. You can fill in your zip code and get the date, time, and channel according to your provider. For me it's Friday, April 2, 2:00, KNBC (or NBCHD). I've already got it set to record! Hope this helps. ~Vicki Larry Can't wait to hear all about your trip and share it with our fellow Fernites! Colleen How are you doing in the most recent Deluge? I've set my kids to ark building.......

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...