The Chicken Mama

Follow me as I plow into the world of the semi-urban barnyard. We live on an acre (I call it Happy Mama Acre) but we’re less than five minutes away from Costco, Target, Whole Foods and…well, you get the idea.

I started with backyard chickens. Then a goat and a pig came up for adoption. Who knows what will be next!

–Joan

Law and Order – Barnyard Offense

January 7, 2013 The Chicken Mama

My oh my. When my first fluffy chicks arrived in the mail almost two years ago and I embarked on this wonderful chicken mama experience, I had no idea I’d be writing about this. I’m sorry to report that Liberty the rooster has turned into one bad, bad boy.  The barnyard has gone from G […]

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Christmas Tree Recycling

January 2, 2013 The Chicken Mama

I was gritching at Very Excellent Husband Don before Christmas after reading our local recycling facility’s rules for what to do with all our Christmas trash.  Good grief.  It was very long and complicated and involved intricate sorting of materials and going to multiple drop-off points to get it all recycled properly.  I stuffed it […]

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Well, That Was Surprising!

November 14, 2012 The Chicken Mama
This entry is part 17 of 18 in the series Chickens

This entry is part 17 of 18 in the series ChickensI was in the barnyard about a week ago, preparing for the upcoming cold and snow.  I’ve been working on this for a while.  Water, food, shelter – providing these in all kinds of weather is important for the animals. The chickens already have a […]

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Close To Perfect

November 9, 2012 The Chicken Mama

Some days are….close to perfect. Not fancy, not special. Just close to perfect. Today was one of those days. And not a single photo to prove it (o.k., one photo). You’ll have to take my word for it. This “close to perfect” day might sound ridiculously boring to you. So I’ll be brief. Started reading […]

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Feathers Feathers Everywhere

November 1, 2012 The Chicken Mama
This entry is part 16 of 18 in the series Chickens

This entry is part 16 of 18 in the series ChickensSometimes nature gets it right, sometimes maybe not so much.  Seems like fall is a common time for chickens to shed their feathers, or molt.  Molting usually happens after an extended, intense laying period (summer) and is also triggered by decreasing day-length. Losing your feathers […]

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Goats (And Pigs and Chickens) Have Feelings Too

October 15, 2012 The Chicken Mama
This entry is part 15 of 18 in the series Chickens

This entry is part 15 of 18 in the series ChickensWe went to a talk last week given by Marc Bekoff, Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He’s written a number of books (the last two with Jane Goodall) on the emotional lives of animals and he’s a […]

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Our Life Is A Saturday Movie Marathon

September 26, 2012 The Chicken Mama
This entry is part 16 of 18 in the series Chickens

This entry is part 16 of 18 in the series ChickensSome people’s lives are like a British movie.  All sedate, with people talking slowly, sipping tea and somewhere in the background a corgi dog naps quietly. Yeah, not us.  The past week Very Excellent Husband Don and I have marveled at how crazy everything STILL […]

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

September 10, 2012 The Chicken Mama

Hello again!  How have all of you been?  Me, you ask?  Well, August was quite the crazy month. The universe alternately whispered and shouted to me for 30 days straight. We sent kids out into the world.  Now all three are in college.  (Can I hear an “amen”?) There’s no empty nest – too many […]

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Change You Can Believe In

August 7, 2012 The Chicken Mama
This entry is part 13 of 18 in the series Chickens

This entry is part 13 of 18 in the series ChickensWell, August is in full swing here at Happy Mama Acre!  This month’s theme is growth and change… In the barnyard, our lovely hen Aretha Franklin went broody and has been patiently sitting on five golf balls for almost three weeks. (Chickens are a lot […]

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New Chick! New Chick! New Chick!

July 10, 2012 The Chicken Mama
This entry is part 14 of 18 in the series Chickens

This entry is part 14 of 18 in the series ChickensI’m always amazed when I sit down to think about what to write every week at HOW MUCH goes on around here… And things always seem busier when you’ve got a new baby in the house. Meet Liberty, hatched on the 4th of July! She’s […]

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