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Hand-Hatchlings

A couple of our hens went broody a little over a month back. Because chicken eggs take three weeks to hatch, it isn’t uncommon for additional eggs to be added to the original clutch along the way. The sitting mama will … Continue reading

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Spring has Sprung

When we were kids, our dad would always mark the arrival of spring with one of his typically silly sayings. It went like this: “Spring has sprung, the grass has riz, I wonder where the flowers is!” While it is … 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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These Chicks Have Two Mommies (or, It Takes a Village)

One by one, our hens have gone broody over the past two months. Fifteen new chicks have joined our flock in that time, hatched from four broody mamas. And now there are even more. These new chicks came from a clutch of … 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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