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A new beginning

In many cultures around the world, eggs and — in particular — chicks are symbolic of new life and rebirth. So picking up two new chicks today couldn’t have happened at a better time. In recent days, I have faced…

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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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