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Little Siouxsie Sioux

On the sixth day, I found little Siouxsie Sioux crumpled near the front of the brooder. Not knowing how long she had been out of the heater, I worried about her body temperature. I held her close to me, and…

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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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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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Poop scoop boogie

Tonight, on their third night in the coop, two of the three chicks walked up the ramp and into the hen house all on their own! Once the birds saw Matt and I walking toward them, Gigi immediately flew up…

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