Life Lessons From the Coop

 We lost Salt this weekend. When we decided to add chickens to our menagerie, I knew the risks. We live in a subdivision, but we also live in a forest. A river borders our property. And we've always loved spying wildlife in our backyard. Deer. Possums....more
 @BlueRoseMama Hi Val! I adore that your sweet baby learned to say "hi" to the chickens--that's ...more

Farm Friday: Mmmmm.... Expiration Casserole.

Anne Kimball Bringing Borya Home One good thing about having farm critters: you never have the guilt of throwing (almost) perfectly good food in the trash.Every week when I get home from the grocery store, I spend a few minutes going spelunking in the fridge, pulling things outa there that have seen better days. Lunchmeat past the date but not yet to the point where your face goes all scrunchy? Let Annabelle the farm dog chow down. Rock-hard, stone-cold pizza? That's what we've got goats for....more

Farm Friday - Green Pumpkins

Anne Kimball Bringing Borya Home You know the mantra: reduce, reuse, recycle.And that other one: buy fresh, buy local.Well, I've done my part. Check, and check.Like every year, we bought our punkins at a local Mom and Pop Pick-Ur-Own farm....more

Invisible Squash and Chickens on Strike

Just a shortie today on how my family outwitted me in the battle for vegetable consumption.

Farm Friday - Rooster For Sale. Cheap.

Anne Kimball Bringing Borya Home Farm Friday - Rooster for Sale. Cheap. I swear, Big Daddy's days are numbered. The only way I can keep from slaughtering him would be to sell him down the river, which I'm considering very seriously. I never wanted a rooster. I never ordered a rooster. I do not enjoy owning a rooster. Oh, sure, her provides country ambience, and he's pretty to look at, but those are his only contributions and they do not tip the scales in his favor....more

A Chicken And Egg Mystery

I’ve just found an egg in the airing cupboard.It slightly threw me to find it there and I thought for a fleeting moment that I had finally gone mad - a tad earlier than I had hoped. Luckily I remembered, before I got too worried, that I had had a chicken in there yesterday, so it was not terribly surprising to find an egg there today. However, it was quite nice to find the egg whole....more

Maintaining Forward Momentum. Or Not.
Mmmm! Cake!more

Chicks to Chickens

Our little fluff ball chickies of less than two months ago are already mini-chickens! 5 days old, name: "chick chick"...more

Biggest surprise for our family was the "pet" aspect - they have so much more personality then I ...more

The Way of the Chicken

If you met me coming out of my office, I am sure your first thought would not be, oh that girl keeps chickens. Most people don't expect the four kids either. Among the women in my office - this one and previous ones - I'm out of place. There are a lot of one or two kid mamas, most of them live in New Jersey or Westchester or even Manhattan. It's a busy, demanding work life in the big companies where I've been the last fifteen years - Fortune 500 monsta companies. So there aren't many chicken farmers or big family women around. I grew up a small town girl....more

living in the country is a lot more fun that in the city. we have lots of chicken and rooster, ...more