Month: March 2018

A Completely Understandable Reason Not to Tame Your Chickens

I’ve talked about the reasons it’s a good idea to have tame chickens in your backyard flock. But, like most things in life, it’s not perfectly black and white. I don’t raise meat chickens. I’m sort of interested in it, and I admire those…

Chicken Art

Look at this awesome barn art I got from local artist and fellow chicken keeper, Chris Temple. I love it!!! Here’s a link in case you’d like something like it too: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/293146914540231

Pink Eggs

I know I’ve talked a lot about blue egg layers, but we want ALL the colors in our egg basket, so let’s talk about pink eggs now! Do I have pink layers? Sort of 😊. In this picture of today’s eggs, you can see…

Children and Chickens

Animals of all kinds tend to bring out the best in children. When I was a horseback riding instructor in college, I loved that the most surly, uncontrollable, teenaged boys would come up to the barn, and invariably become sensitive and careful with the…

Taming Roosters

Do you have an aggressive rooster? Believe it or not, this little fluffball rules the roost in our coop. He’s not exactly intimidating. But even he can get a little “roosterish” from time to time. As soon as steps out of line with me…

Rooster Spurs

Crystal R. Bender asked about removing roosters spurs. You may want to remove a rooster’s spurs if he is being too rough with your girls. But generally, most people remove a rooster’s spurs is if he is being too rough with his human handlers….

Barn Decor

New decorations for the coop and gate. We may be a muddy mess, but we’re a cute muddy mess! 😂 A few of you have asked about where I found my gate roosters. It was one of those 3am finds on eBay. I was…

Why You Want to Tame Your Chickens

The more you handle you baby chicks, the more tame they will be. It’s great to have tame chickens for lots of reasons! First, it’s more fun to have tame chickens. If you haven’t kept chickens before, it may be difficult to believe, but…

Happy Saturday!

Fence project – done!!! It’s not perfect because I don’t weld, but it’s pretty gosh darn close, and certainly $1500 worth of close! 😁 Now on to the next project. I’m gonna use this 95 gallon galvanized water tank from the barn, and the…

Mending Fences

My first project of the day: this broken fence. Seven old cypress trees blew over in the last storm. Luckily, there wasn’t much damage, except for a section of this fence. I’ve already got a roll of this fencing, from some chicken projects I…

Paddy’s Baby Cup

As I am getting out our springtime things just now, I came across this sweet chick baby cup. It belonged to my grandfather, “Paddy”, born in Palo Alto, California, in 1917. I’m so grateful it was preserved! #mylittlechickens

The Farmer’s Market in the Farm-to-Fork Capital

Let me tell you about this incredible farmer’s market! Sacramento has always been the heart of California agriculture. When I was growing up we called it “Sac-o-tomatoes”. And we really do grow a lot of tomatoes here! In the summers, the curves of the…