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Mother’s Day Brunch

After about 25 years in restaurants, I can safely say that Mother’s Day brunch is the worst possible shift the industry has to offer. It is stressful for a number of reasons, but mainly because EVERYONE thinks that THEIR mother … Continue reading

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Chicks and Tractors

Chick hatching season is upon us and, so far, we’ve got 11 new chicks bopping around the farm. All the hens seem to go broody within weeks of one another, so we tend to see a sudden drop off in egg … Continue reading

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The Saga of Molly the Bantam Splash Cochin

About two years ago, we went to a local farm swap to see what that was like. While it was kinda creepy–mainly a bunch of folks selling animals out of the back of their vehicles–there were also some very nice … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Hatching

This was an extraordinarily broody year on applewood farm. At least nine of our hens went broody over the summer, resulting in a population explosion in the chicken coops.  We went from having around 24 chickens in early spring to … Continue reading

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Ripe for Renewal

Growing up, I had two brothers and three first cousins with whom we were very close.  The six of us didn’t see one another very often, but when we did get together, it was fun and familiar and the connections … Continue reading

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Girls’ Night Out

We are still in a chick-hatching place at applewood farm these days. Our egg numbers have been down for about a month due to Excessive Broodiness.  Six of our hens have gone broody thus far: one hatched two chicks, one hatched … Continue reading

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The Things We Do for Eggs

Molly, the Broody Hen, continues to sit on nothing for 23+ hours a day and something’s gotta give. Because she and another hen (one of the Marans) have taken up the two “best” nesting boxes for their broody behavior, the … Continue reading

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