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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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When we started keeping chickens, we bought a dozen Rhode Island Reds (RIRs) from a guy down near Red Hook, New York.  The hens were about 16 months old and they cost $2 each.  It was the perfect starter flock. … Continue reading

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Naked Chicks Everywhere!

We might have a bit of a chicken problem. When we started keeping chickens, we rescued a starter flock of 12 Rhode Island Reds that were destined for a brief life in a factory farm.  This was an excellent and … Continue reading

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