Why did the chickens cross the driveway?

To make me crazy! Remember that temporary fencing?  It was a great way to keep the chickens contained yet able to be out of the coop.   Then one day, I come out and find all the babies cozy in the coop.  They were so relaxed….where were the big girls?? Zombie started flying over the fence…and…

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Winter Preparedness – The November 2018 Update

Winter in Chicago really starts in October I always think I’m more prepared than I am….we had some snow in October and we survived.  Crispy is on the mend and back in the Coop with all the girls.   Then they predicted a blizzard.  Those weather people always over react, right?   Not this time. When we…

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Pecking Order – Are you ready for a fight?

The flock is Integrated…I thought Even though we were letting everyone hang out in the run during the day, it was time for the next big move…co-habitation.  I was tired of chasing the little ones to separate them at night.  First, we put up some temporary fencing to make a more enclosed run.  The big…

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The First Egg!!!

24 weeks to get an Egg About a month ago, we went to Tractor Supply and bought some ceramic eggs.  The theory being if they see the eggs in the nesting boxes, it might be a hint to use them.  Everyday we would check the coop, but no real eggs.  About two weeks ago, the eggs…

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Chicken’s First Date: Introducing the new chicks to the flock

Integrating the Flock When the new wyandottes turned six weeks old, I knew it was time to start thinking about introducing the new chickies to the older girls…and Mr. Soup. I was a bit nervous because I had read a story about an introduction that wasn’t slow enough and an older bird violently killed a…

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Meet Felix & Oscar – Our new barn cats, well kittens

Barns need cats! It’s a fact.  Barns have mice.  The hubby has been complaining about mice in the barn for quite some time.  We have talked about getting barn cats, but I thought it was just talk for now since I have my hands full with chickens, chicks, dogs, and kids.  Little did I know…

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Cheep Cheep 2! New chicks are here again!

Chicks are here again! We talked about getting new chicks, but we were still undecided.  Then over the weekend I called Tractor Supply just to see how long they would have chicks.  They said until the end of September and they currently had Asian and Silver Laced Wyandottes pullets.  Then the hubby said he needed…

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