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Catching up

A lot has gone down in the last few months. During the summer, I fell ill. Then when my brother came to visit me during my recuperation, he had a heart attack. Suddenly our house was filled with concerned house…

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Hooked up for power

After a couple grueling weeks digging a trench, and having friends come over to do the handiwork, the¬†electrical line running to the chicken coop has passed inspection! The Ferndale city inspector came out bright and early at the beginning of…

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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 19: We have eggs!!!

Two eggs in one day? That’s how our first special delivery arrived this evening. As soon and Matt and I got home from work, I went out back for my daily egg check. I wasn’t really expecting anything; the last…

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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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