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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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In the Mood to Brood

We’re seeing fewer and fewer eggs around the farm these days. A handful of hens are currrently molting and another little gang have gone broody.  Both of these activities signal a break in egg laying for the hen in question. … Continue reading

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Chickens, Chickens Everywhere, Nor Any Eggs to Eat

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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Spraddle Leg Chick

While I’m sitting around waiting for Cindy to kid (aaaaaaaaaany minute now…), I thought I might mention that our Black Copper Marans eggs have started to hatch.  Of the dozen eggs we put in the incubator 22 days ago, 10 … Continue reading

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Hatching Chicks: An adorable, and slightly gross, photo essay

About a month ago, we started setting aside eggs to incubate. Since our original flock of Rhode Island Reds was starting to thin out, we felt it was time to start replacing those birds in order to maintain a good … Continue reading

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