Easter Eggs!

Thanks, girls! And if you’re in the mood for some truly fancy organic dyed easter eggs, (I know, Easter is over, this information would have been useful a week ago), check out this great article on all-natural egg dyes made of spinach, berries, cabbage and more. Oh, and someone asked what chicken scratch was. Good question! It’s a mixture of hard, whole grains like corn and wheat that chickens absolutely love to eat. You...

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Sweet Abigail

She’s so eager to do her trick. The trick is simply that she hops from the back of this chair onto your arm for a treat. Unlike the smaller birds, she can’t get herself off the ground (or, as Scott says, she can but she doesn’t try hard enough…), but she has figured out how to do this. Anytime I go near the deck, she runs over and hops on the back of the chair and looks at me hopefully. It’s a little...

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The Coop O-Rama

I totally want one of these. Don’t my girls deserve an airy, lofty A-frame? Find out more at The Easy Chicken. They also sell lots of interesting poultry supplies. It’s actually a good thing I don’t have much time on my hands, or I’d be shopping for them, drafting up architectural plans, and most of all, cruising the feed stores to look at the baby peeps, all of whom want very much to come home with...

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Now what?

So I’m at the feed store picking up another bag of organic layer pellets. There’s only one store in town that offers the organic stuff, so I make a trip out there every couple of months for a bag. This time the woman behind the counter says, “We have organic scratch now, too.” Well, that’s great! I’d asked about organic scratch before and it hadn’t been available. But apparently I wasn’t the...

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How quickly they grow up!

The girls are all one year old. They’re officially hens now. Ah, time flies… I was at the feed store last week admiring the new crop of baby chicks and it was all I could do not to stuff a couple in my coat pocket and take them home. Here’s a little trick that will melt your heart: walk up to the brooder at the feed store and cluck at them like a hen would. Fifty baby chicks will come running towards you, pushing their...

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The Arkadelphia Chicken–Mouth-to-Beak Resuscitation

I wish I could share this woman’s appearance on Jay Leno, which my aunt June e-mailed to me, but I don’t have a way to post a video on the blog and I haven’t found it online yet. It’s about the funniest piece of television you’ve ever seen. I’ll keep looking. Meanwhile, you can meet Boo Boo and his rescuers here. Today’s THV KTHV Little...

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Faster Circuit Board Built With Chicken Feathers

Thanks to Roni for this one: a circuit board made of chicken feathers and soy. Yeah, we just build electronics with whatever we’ve got laying around the house. (get it?) Apparently ” the chicken feathers make it faster because they have a higher dielectric constant, which means the electrons running around the board will not have to fight with the board to get from a to b. The less electronic interference means faster point to...

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More crop trouble

Man, this chicken thing is complicated. Dolley recovered perfectly from her impacted crop (if you’re surfing around for crop info, check the February and March 2006 archives), but about three weeks later, we saw Return of Big Crop. I had heard that once a crop gets stretched out, it’ll stay that way, but this time instead of containing a hard mass, her crop was softer and full of liquid, like a water balloon. This could be a sour...

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Chocolate-filled eggshells

You go, Martha! For a while I was worried that Martha Stewart had lost her enthusiasm for the obscure and difficult, and was instead going for least-common-denominator tips and recipes to appeal to the masses. No more! Now we’re blowing out eggs (using a drill, of course), and filling them with melted chocolate that must be kept at EXACTLY 88 degrees while it’s being drizzled into the eggshell. Woo-hoo! I will NEVER do it, even...

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