Critter Chatter

Seasonality

Barnyard

When all you know is the year-round availability of everything from the supermarket, it’s easy to forget the reason why, for example, eggs are an emblem of spring. When you have your own hens, though, and after a long, eggless winter your hens are finally producing at top capacity right at Easter/Passover time, it becomes […]

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What I’ve Been Building This Winter

Barnyard

I love to build. I also love to “design” building projects from scratch. Sitting down with a pencil and some scrap paper and a few ideas is one of my favorite ways to wile away a winter evening. Then, starting to put things together, working out problems along the way, researching, adding on, tweaking the […]

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The Police Are Handing Out Sheep

Barnyard

A week ago, there was a knock at my door…at 8AM.  Police officers. “Ma’am, do you own a white goat?” “Yes.” “Is it missing?  There’s one jumping around on Poplar.”  (That’s our main drag through town.) Nope.  Goats don’t ROAM like a dog that gets loose.  And, they stay in pairs.  So, I was pretty […]

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Egg-Eater Blues

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About a week or two ago, the daily egg count began to take a dive. I might collect five or six eggs one day, next to none the next day. A couple of days I literally collected no eggs. Some days several, some days one or two. I found a couple of half eaten eggs […]

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Chickens in the Snow

Barnyard

I took advantage of the snow day here to sleep in. When I finally peered out of the window around 9 o’clock, I noticed there were no chickens pecking around the chicken run. We’ve had snow before, several times in fact, and the chickens didn’t seem to mind terribly so I became a little concerned. […]

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