Warm Chicken Eggs

Occasionally i would have accidentally good timing and happen upon a chicken egg in the nesting box that was still warm. None of my hens were broody so i could only assume it had been laid recently. There was something about a perfectly smooth warm chicken egg that felt infinitely more special than the refrigerated …

3 Days Off

I ended up with 3 consecutive days off. I felt like i should really make use of it; since i wasn’t contributing any income during these three days, i ought at least to be productive. I began with a long overdue project; cleaning the chicken coop. I couldn’t imagine how my arthritis riddled body was …

A Long-Overdue Cleaning

When i injured my foot i realized that my ankle was probably not going to tolerate fifteen to twenty minutes of squatting in cramped conditions underneath roosting bars while i wore gloves and a mask to scoop shavings into a trash bag with my hands. The tray was meant to slide in and out from …

Deworming the Flock

i had read somewhere that organic squash or pumpkin seeds could be used to deworm chickens and that farmers regularly chucked whole split squash or pumpkins into the pen for their flock to eat in order to keep the worms at bay. I had a couple chickens that demonstrated trouble keeping on weight and i …

Drowning in Eggs

Crystal’s eggs weren’t the only ones i had to worry about. I was allergic to chicken eggs, though i had always dreamed of having chickens, much enjoyed them as pets, and found them totally useful as bug exterminators and in light of the fact that i had no garbage disposal to handle kitchen scraps. I …

Cashew Takes on More Responsibility Around the Homestead

Cashew gets a bad rap with most of my family members and friends because they don’t understand what she’s for. I have 2 dogs. One’s a companion and the other is a working dog. One was potty trained from the get go and spends her free time napping. The other took a good solid year …

the Brush Fire

Disclaimer: I did not take any of the following photographs. The photographs were all taken by volunteer firefighters from this and surrounding counties. Out in the country there are no “local channels”. We have a newspaper but that’s about it. If you shell out for cable television you will be watching the news and the …

The Chickens Surprised Me!

Ladies and Gentlemen, for the first time ever, in the scorching texas heat during the middle of summer, all 5 chickens laid an egg. I entered the coop hoping for 3, rooting for the possibility of 4, and was surprised to find; 5 eggs. From left to right we have Lily’s, Petunia’s, Daisy’s, Buttercup’s, and …