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Give Bees a Chance

I love bees. Because I love (and respect and admire) bees, I maintain some hives. I am, however, in the category of what one might call “super hands-off” when it comes to manipulating those hives. What this means is that I keep … Continue reading

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The Boy Who Lived

We have found ourselves inundated with roosters of late. Now, in a flock of about four dozen chickens, give or take, you really don’t want/need more than three rosters, tops.  I’m super happy with two. In wintertime, when the hens … Continue reading

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Frozen Chicken

We got about a foot of snow yesterday. It started around 10:00 a.m. and continued well past 10:00 p.m.  By any account, that’s a decent amount of snow in a relatively short period of time. The pigs were utterly unfazed, … 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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The Sacrificial Chicken

I’ve always enjoyed seeing foxes. They are beautiful and wily and move with the swift grace of a dancer.  They seem so much like some wonderful cat-dog mashup that I always forget they are really bloodthirsty, chicken-slaughtering fiends. Until they strike.  Which they … Continue reading

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Make Way for Chick(ling)s

Y’know that lovely old children’s story, Make Way for Ducklings?  In it, a mother duck and her newly-hatched babes make their way through the crowded streets of Boston in order to meet up with Dad, who had flown ahead to find … Continue reading

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