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Since about October, the chickens have been molting.  What is molting?  Let’s ask the Murray McMurray Hatchery, from who we ordered our birds. Chickens will molt at about 18 months of age. Molting is where they lose all or some of their feathers and stop producing eggs. This is a natural shedding of feathers. Molting […]

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Will processed the last of the polish roosters with the help of our Monday farm hand, Adam.  Three of them went in the freezer, but the other two became coq au vin. In the process, we discovered that disappointingly small onions make for surprisingly ideal pearl onions. Let me also take this as an opportunity […]

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Your mission, if you choose to accept it… transfer 1 rooster and 4 hens to the lower coop for mating. Once Alston was in bed and a batch of zucchini bread was in the oven, we headed out under cover of darkness, not just because it sounds cool but because the birds are more docile […]

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I know, farmers aren’t supposed to take vacations, so don’t think of it as a vacation from the farm, at least for me.  Think of it as a vacation from my corporate job.  A much needed one.   Which is why I took two weeks. [insert “oh my god how did you manage to swing two […]

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I know, it’s been a while.  A long gap in writing during a time when I should have so much to say about the goings on of this place.  But I have a good excuse.  Actually, it’s an excuse that all you non-parents will find preposterous and all you parents will nod your heads in […]

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While we never kept chickens when we lived in town, our neighbor did.  She had 3 blue lace wyandottes named Mary, Kate and Ashley (don’t you just love my neighbor already).  Unfortunately, Ashley would always go broody – staying in the nesting box all day, getting aggressive when you’d try and collect eggs, you get […]

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