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More chicks? Yes, please

Chicken math is a funny thing. The punch line is that we always want more, right? Where I live, I am constrained by an ordinance that limits my chicken numbers to four. Oh how I wish I could have six….

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Catching up: Moving with chickens

Moving with chickens is an exercise in logistics. It seemed enough to pack up every single thing in my house and come up with a plan to move it about an hour from my house in Metro Detroit. But what…

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Snow birds

We had our first snowstorm of the year, bringing with it about 4 inches of snow, and temperatures that dipped into single digits overnight. One morning I walked out to find my prized heated water fountain had frozen over. In…

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In the trenches

With the last bit of summer running past us, I decided to embark on a large pre-winter project: running an electrical line out to the chicken coop. Why do chickens need electricity, you ask? Mostly so I can plug in…

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A green egg!

Exactly two days after we received our first eggs from the girls, today we were greeted with another gift. A green egg. I knew Gigi was holding out. With eggs from Nellie and Loretta, it was easy to do the math….

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Week 17: Prepping for eggs!

Tonight, Loretta squatted for me! In chicken-speak, this means she’ll be laying eggs in the next week or so. For some reason, she wouldn’t come out of the coop today. Normally she’s the first one barging through the door. But…

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A dirty little secret (resolved)

It’s a backyard chicken keeper’s worst nightmare. That barnyard smell. For the first month, it was totally fine. Then one hot, muggy day, after a heavy downpour, it arrived. I had to be standing literally at or in the coop,…

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