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This weekend, we let the chickens into the yard for a bit so the kids attending our farm warming party could have an animal to pet.  The ladies were a huge hit.  In another two weeks or so we’ll make this a regular part of their day, but we’re really waiting to hit that 10 week […]

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Last week, Will moved the now 6 week old chickens to the hoop house. This will be their permanent home, and we’ll use the electric poultry netting to day-range them on various parts of the pasture, once they are a bit bigger (i.e. less tempting for hawks). A good friend of ours gave us the […]

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We always assumed we’d build a movable chicken coop, a la Polyface Farms.  Will even read a book on day ranging chickens while in Las Vegas (just picture that for a moment… everyone else sunning themselves while flipping through US Weekly or Vogue, and my husband decked in a pair of jeans rolled up the […]

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32 day old chicks arrived at the post office yesterday morning.  We got 5 more than last time, as Will thought having 30 laying hens sounded like a nice, round number (plus 1 rooster and 1 mystery chick). We stuck with largely the same breeds as the original peeps (Barred Rocks, New Hampshire Reds, Black […]

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Today we called the local extension to report the chicken massacre, and they told us to call the local police, who told us to shoot the dog if we see him going after the coop again.  Yup, The Law just suggested I commit murder (pet-tricide?) by successfully discharging a firearm in the direction of an […]

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Last night something got into the chicken coop and killed all 27 birds.  And left their bodies.  All evidence points to a dog (based on the fur caught on the hole and the bodies being left vs. eaten). Will had the misfortune of finding the massacre during the morning chores, when I was already off […]

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