Tag Archives: chicks

An escape attempt

I wrote last Friday (May 19) about our newest houseguest, Herkie the baby sparrow. When he literally dropped into my life, he was a tiny featherless creature that looked more like an itty-bitty dinosaur than a bird. Rick and I set aside a corner of our dining room as a rehabilitation area, complete with heating […]

Peace reigns in the chicken yard!

I’ve written more than once about our rooster, Albert, who has been intent on trying to kill me, his fellow hens, and even our dogs as they wandered the yard. Albert arrived free with our shipment of hens last year. Once he was here, it seemed that he was the only one who was “free”; […]

Mr. Beasley moves out

I recently wrote about one of my hens — Mrs. Beasley — who was beginning to crow. Over the ensuing weeks, I came to realize that Mrs. Beasley is actually Mr. Beasley, and having two roosters was creating a problem for our small laying flock. Our hatchery order always includes a free rooster —  this […]

Trouble in the henhouse

Trying to keep a flock of chickens has been a bit of a challenge this year. Several years ago, raccoons decimated our flock while we were on vacation, and rather than replace them at that time (and lose them to the raccoons again), we decided to wait until our raccoon population was more under control. […]

Invading raspberry soldiers

We knew after this house was built that we wanted to have a variety of fruit trees growing on our acreage. There were already mulberries in the Timber, but we also planted an orchard with cherry, apple, plum, pear, apricot and peach trees, and several grape vines. We planted some currant bushes from my parents’ […]

Raccoon number eight

Yes, it’s hard to believe that we’re still trapping raccoons! We have caught seven so far and have been working on number eight for nearly a week. I’m beginning to think that this raccoon ought to open its own raccoon chapter of Mensa (the international high-IQ society). Although I consider myself to be fairly intelligent […]