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Lesson 1200 – Peregrine Falcons and Gas Pipelines

Quick update. The snow has stopped and now comes the task of shoveling out. School was cancelled and my kids think it means *another* day of staying in their jammies and getting caught up on Downton Abbey.

Not so fast, my little poppets. Oh yes, we have plenty of snow plows in our family, we have 6 strong sturdy ones. Suit up kids, hot chocolate and TV rewards only after your work is done.

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As many of you recall, this summer we were visited by a large bird of prey. I found it sitting in our yard twice and then one day, I saw it flying off with our beautiful Sebright bantam – Isabelle.

In the past I’ve seen plenty of hawks in our wooded area. In fact, over the years, we have watched a family of Red Tail hawks grow and mature (it turns out that adolescent hawks, much like adolescent humans, tend to be very mouthy, making quite sure all know that they are around.) Hawks are beautiful and definitely have a kind of majesty about them, which is all well and good, as long as they keep that majesty away from my chickens.

But I didn’t think that that was what we had here. Continue reading

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Lesson 1196 – The view of a Poultry Show from a teen

Okay, this will be the last post (for now anyway) with photos from the Northeastern Poultry Congress. You’ve seen my view of the show, you’ve seen my husband’s view, and now ….. it’s time to see what a 15 year old girl thinks of the poultry show.

Before we left, we gave a camera to my youngest daughter Emma and told her to go ahead and take all the photos she wanted. Many of her shots were blurred, (darn those quick moving birds) but she did manage to get a few really good shots.

Apparently, Emma likes chicken eye detail just as much as the rest of us do.

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And she thinks that sleeping chickens are darling.

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Tom turkeys are worthy of attention. Continue reading

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Lesson 1195 – Ready for my closeup

Chickens are notoriously difficult to photograph. Many won’t let you get close enough, and if they do, they are always turning their heads to get a better view of you (the potential danger.) Chicken photographers know that for every good photo you got, there were at least 10 (if not more) blurry ones that needed to be deleted.

This is why poultry shows are a chicken photographer’s best friend. The bird is in a small cage which is lifted onto a table at a perfect viewing angle which stacks the odds in your favor. You are allowed to get very close and if are patient, you’ll end up getting shots like these, taken by my husband; Marc.

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Lesson 1194 – Scenes from a Poultry Show

This past weekend, Marc, Emma, and I went to the Northeast Poultry Congress. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Poultry shows, think Westminster Dog Show but with feathers.

I’ve been going to the show for years to meet up with co-fowl friends, as well as to see and be amazed by all the many, many different kinds of poultry. Here are just a few photos from the show – prepare to be amazed.

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Yes, there is a chicken in there. Continue reading

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Lesson 1193 – Can’t we?

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Can’t we all just get along?

Please?

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

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Lesson 1191 – Remembering the mighty one

I was going through old photos trying to find some of last year’s Maple Sugar weekend in New Hampshire for an article I’m writing and I came across this beautiful picture.

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This is Alkaia. Here story is originally posted here.

Alkaia was a chick who should have never been born. The time I hatched eggs from an incubator, Alkaia was in one of the eggs. She didn’t grow as quickly as the others and she never developed an egg tooth.

In short, she wasn’t strong enough to make it out of the shell.

But she knew how to peep and call for help. And when I heard her, I came to her assistance (of course I did, that’s what a mama hen does.) With some help, I managed to pull the shell off of this little chick and released her from what would have soon been her coffin.

She was a premie. She was so very fragile. I jury-rigged a tiny chick neonatal intensive care unit for her in the incubator – a small plastic container became her crib and a few drops of water kept her from drying out.

And then I held my breath.

Alkaia barely made it through that first night. She expelled her yolk sack and didn’t have the strength to even stand.

But little by little, she got stronger. She started walking, started eating, and eventually she lived long enough and got big enough to join the others in the hen house. Continue reading

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Lesson 1190 – Caring for the flock when it’s ridiculously cold

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The temps have really dropped around here. We live in an older house that just can’t keep back the cold and when the thermometer dips into the single and negative digits, everyone (even the dog) starts wearing shawls and fingerless gloves inside the house. (We call it the season of Bob Cratchit.)

If it’s this cold in the house, it must be brutal in the coop. Although the chickens know what to do, (they really do) when it’s this cold there are a few things you can check in order to make things as comfortable as possible for your chickens. Continue reading

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Lesson 1188 – Strike that pose

My daughter is home sick from school, nothing too terrible, but enough to justify a day or two of taking it easy (and hopefully not infecting others.) The rule in our house though, is that unless you are incapacitated by illness (or passing a kidney stone which, unfortunately one of our kids did this weekend) you have to get up and move.

No one gets to spend the day in bed, just because you have the sniffles. It’s always been clear to me – the more you act sick, the more sick you will act.

So, I make mild to moderately sick kids get out of their beds and at the very least, dress in comfortable clothes and come downstairs to get something to eat and watch TV or a movie. And if I don’t think they are moving enough I give them “chores” to do. (It’s not that I’m such a mean mom, but one of the problems my asthmatic kids can get into is lung trouble when they don’t move around enough and force deep breaths during illness.)

This morning, I asked Addy to go out to the hen house to get a few chicken photos for me.

On the way, she grabbed the jar of freeze dried meal worms from the counter. She figured that if she gave the birds some of the treats, they would then politely pose for a photo in exchange.

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What Addy didn’t realize was that chickens *love* meal worms and while she did get photos of the chickens, she quickly discovered that no posing goes on when meal worms are anywhere in the picture. Continue reading

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Lesson 932 – Elf in a coop – December 25

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Eeehiyo – the elf in a coop and Carol – our Christmas Chicken.

Wishes for a healthy, prosperous, and peace-filled New Year from our flock to yours.

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

Also, join me on Facebook to find out more about the flock (children and chickens) and see some pretty funny chicken jokes, photos of tiny houses, and even a recipe or two.

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Lesson 931 – Elf in a coop – December 24

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The chickens were nestled all snug in their coop…

No, wait, when you have chickens, there’s really only one word that rhymes with coop and I’m not going to go there today.

Instead, Eeehiyo and Carol are going to leave homemade Suet (yum) cookies and fresh water by the henhouse with care in hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

Also, join me on Facebook to find out more about the flock (children and chickens) and see some pretty funny chicken jokes, photos of tiny houses, and even a recipe or two.

Like what you read here? Consider subscribing to this blog so that you’ll never miss a post. And feel free to share with those who may need a little chicken love.

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