The Vintage Hen

I wrote my first HenBlog post in May of 2006, and I’ve been writing several times a week ever since. I keep thinking that I’ve covered everything there is to say about backyard chickens, and then something new crops up in my flock, or I come to a better understanding of what I’m seeing, or there’s simply something amusing that I want to share with you. Nine years, and I’m still enjoying what I do here.

I added The Vintage Hen Blog (that’s the space I’m writing on now) to showcase my collection of vintage agricultural and animals photographs, like this.



And this.



And this.



I collected my favorite photographs and put them into books of postcards, which are available in the HenCam store.

I’ve come to realize that I don’t need to have this separate blog, and in an effort to streamline things, I’m combining this space with the HenBlog. All previous posts will be searchable on the HenCam archives through the “search” button on the right of the page. I’ll continue to share these old photographs on the HenBlog. In fact, writing this post makes me realize it’s been awhile since I shared these old images with you. Perhaps I should regularly post a vintage image each Thursday? What do you think?

I need to simplify things here, because I am hard at work on a new website – The Cooperative Horse – where I’ll be writing articles about horses, training, and deeper questions of how we relate to the animals in our lives. I’ll let you know when that’s up.


  1. Terry, I always check your site and enjoy all of your posts. They are humerous, insightful, and calming. Something we need more of. Look forward to your new website. Thanks for all you do.

  2. I love these photos, but I am wondering what is going on with the first one. Is that a knife sitting on the table???? If this man is training that dog to hunt I’m a little freaked out!

  3. Great photo’s, love the hairdo in the third one. As I have said before I have read all your blogs from the beginning even though I only joined recently. They are informative, funny and some times sad well worth reading for anyone who has not read them all. Also a vintage image once a week would be interesting. Hope the new website goes well for you, but please don’t forget us who love the chickens :)
    Jess asks if the new site is about Tonka and if so will we have lots more pictures and possible webcam ??

  4. Awww, I’m gonna miss the Vintage Hen :( Well, I’m glad you’re still going to be running the Henblog :) A ‘vintage’ day would be nice.
    p.s. did you hear back from the lab yet about your dogs???

  5. I enjoy everything you share. You”re down to earth approach to animals is a breath of fresh air. So many of the other chicken web sites are so full of sugar and fluff it hurts my head! You are the best and thanks for all you do!

  6. Instead of you”re it should be Your…it drives me crazy when I do things like that!

  7. Throwback Thursdays are perfect for vintage photos. Looking forward to your streamlined approach!

  8. I love the vintage photos, and if streamlining means it’ll make things easier for you, then I look forward to seeing them on the original henblog on Thursdays. Works for me. :)
    Best of luck with the new site. I’ll visit there too, because Im such a fan if the way your relationship with Tonka, but my heart will always be here.
    Still keeping happy, positive thoughts for Lily. Big kiss on the head for her.

  9. Can’t wait for your new horse site! With horses, there is always so much to learn. And I love the way you try to understand each of your animals, whether it be a chicken, goat, bunny, dog or horse. Looking forward to your new endeavors!