December 6, 2016

This is how happy chickens spend most of their waking hours: scratching around looking for good things to eat. In these pictures, taken shortly before Thanksgiving, theyr'e working their way through fallen leaves in their pasture--turning them into rich compost that w...

October 28, 2016

Last week I took a camera down to the pasture to try to take some close-up chicken portraits. Most were pretty blurry: It's not quite as hard as photographing cats, but chickens do tend to move suddenly. Here are a few of the best:

September 10, 2016

Beneath all these very excited hens is a tray piled with pieces of overgrown zucchini and some tomato skins and seeds left after making sauce. The girls do love treats from our garden.

July 29, 2016

Our little girls are getting to be all grown up! Here are the first two little eggs our Golden Comet pullets have laid for us:

The big egg in the middle is a jumbo, from one of our leghorns. The two brown eggs, much smaller, are the color we'd expect from our Comets. In...

July 29, 2016

Our young Golden Comet chickens, hatched this past spring, are now almost all grown up. Earlier this month, they started running with the rest of our flock:

Much of the pasture our flock shares is wooded, and with the hot weather we've been having, they certainly benefi...

June 1, 2016

A few days ago, a good-sized black bear visited our chicken coop. It's very unusual to see bears so close to the house here. Since they're hunted in the woods around us, most learn to avoid contact with humans and dogs.

This particular bear, though, was obviously accu...

May 15, 2016

Our young comets are very tame, thanks to the affectionate care given them by the young woman who raised them for us from chicks. (We don't have enough electricity here to run a heat lamp to keep young chicks warm. She does.)


Sometimes one will jump up in my lap.



January 29, 2016

One of our araucana hens gave us an enormous egg this week--nearly four ounces. That's the size of TWO medium eggs! Too big to fit into an egg carton, so we ate it for breakfast yesterday. Bill wanted me to take a photo for posterity. Here it is.


January 8, 2016

During the winter, clusters of our chickens usually gather here on sunny days:



This spot, right by the main gate, is where the sun reaches their pasture earliest on winter mornings. Even on cold days, it's a nice warm place to bask. Also a good place for them to keep...

October 22, 2015

Sometimes, our two dogs get VERY interested in what's going on in the pasture where our chickens live.


Fortunately, our little pet rooster is on the prowl.


Just kidding. This little guy weighs all of about 5 pounds. He's not going to be much help as a guard--that's wha...

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