Chickens Elude Authorities

This just in: “Members of Manatee County Animal Services were unable to round up the feral chickens that have been roaming 16th Avenue West in the Village of the Arts. Enforcement supervisor Larry Adams and field officers Jerry Hill and Joyce Bentley tried for nearly two hours to no avail Monday. “We’d try to catch them and they’d go in flight,” Adams said. “They didn’t respond to the cracked corn...

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Another chicken story

This lovely piece of writing is from my friend Beverly Levine: We leap up and spread our arms like graceful wings. Our aging bodies are agile, light. We are in a swimming pool. Here, with the clear water to hold us up, gravity is forgotten, and we soar. We are mermaid ballet dancers, full of grace and beauty. We love the exercise at the spa, but conversation is the best part. This morning, Dorothy’s usually serene face is...

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A Chicken Moat!

Oh, I loooooooove this! If you have not checked out Make magazine, get over there. Most of their ideas involve doing cool stuff with high-tech gadgets, but some of it is delightfully, low-tech, like this plan for a garden surrounded by a chicken moat. Let the birds patrol the border, eat bugs, etc. They’d get the benefits of free-ranging without destroying the garden. Other ideas to really make this fabulous: 1. Plant a Row for the...

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A traffic jam!

Four hens trying to lay at once! It rarely happens that the Egg Stork arrives at the same time for all four of them, but when it does, it’s chaos. We have two nesting boxes (each bird does not need her own box; they usually take turns and besides they develop a preferred box) and as you can see, the box on the right is the box everyone wants to use. Abigail was there first, and that didn’t stop Eleanaor from just settling in on...

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But Does it Eat Snails?

Speaking of keeping a chicken in the house…check out the amazing Chicken Alarm Clock, courtesy of my friends Roni & Jessica. It crows and lays eggs to wake you up in the morning. Fabulous! I may have to have one in spite of my aversion to alarm clocks. Le Futur Amazing...

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Ah, the drama!

It’s rare to catch one of these dramatic moments, but I just happened to have the camera in my hand when Bess popped into the laundry room (perhaps to have a look at the cat food? or a return to her ancestral home in the downstairs bathroom?) and on her way out, who should she run into but Loretta. Loretta: Don’t move, Chicken Little. I’ve got you right where I want you. Bess: Nice try, hairball. We all know who’s...

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At the Garden Show

Here’s Bob and one of his chickens. She looks remarkably like our Bess except she’s about twice the size as...

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The Chick-N-Caboodle

I just got back from the San Francisco Garden Show where, for the second year in a row, I saw Bob La Mar of Little Valley Farms selling his chicken coops made from wine barrels. It’s a clever idea and he’s got the perfect approach for city-dwellers: a ready-made coop with nesting boxes, food, waterer, treats, and three young Araucanas who are hand-raised and just getting ready to lay. For $975, you get the whole thing delivered to...

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A Chicken Tractor in Michigan

Aw, I never got to have this much fun in school. Imagine all the attention these chickens get. Green Thumbs Around the World, USA

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