Chicken Scratch Fever

Monthly Archives: May 2014


Week nine: The daily grind

How easy is it to take care of chickens, you ask? What I know for sure is that the hard part came before the chicks even arrived. It took us four months to build the chicken coop through blizzards, sub-freezing…

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Free range (sort of)

Today the girls got a taste of free range life, sort of. As Matt worked on the yard, I opened the door the coop and let the chickens come and go as they pleased. The first thing they did was…

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Officially official!

We’re legal, baby! For two months now, we’ve had our baby chickens, but we only had a partial approval for the coop. The final OK couldn’t come until the inspector returned to check out our chicks. In Ferndale, the town…

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Week eight: Clucky

“CLUCK!” Up to this point, the girls have made a variety of noises that range from their infant “peeps” to sing-songy trills. But this time it was undeniable. Loretta goes down as the first chick to cluck. It was throaty,…

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A day on the homestead

Today was a busy day on our urban homestead. While Matt was away running an errand, I got to thinking about poop. Specifically a better way to clean it up. First I want to report that my Stand-n-Scoop arrived in…

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A big, big world

Normally when I go out at dusk, the girls already are tucked away in the hen house. But last night, they busily munched away on a large piece of watermelon. We had a rare 86-degree May day, and the girls…

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Week seven: Pecking order

Just seven short weeks ago, I was teaching three little chicks how to drink … and marveling at their fuzzball antics. Today, they are miniature chickens, testing their wings and chasing worms. My, how time flies. Loretta, Nellie and Gigi…

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