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Lesson 1229 – Guess what?

Guess what?

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Chicken Snow Butt.

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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 1227 – Clever Norwegians

When you raise chickens, you get chicken things.

A friend (hi Cinda) recently sent over this little guy. It is a boiled (felted) wool chicken designed to hold a box of wine as a gift. You open the buttons in the back, insert the wine and voila, instant gift. Apparently this adorable chick was handmade by a woman in Norway.

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I don’t have many boxes of wine lying around, but I have discovered that if you roll up a tee shirt – preferably an old one (or two) with a few holes and tears that you’ve been trying for ages to get away from your college-aged son- and insert it into the chicken, you get a lovely non-alcoholic couch buddy.

And who wouldn’t want that? Continue reading

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Lesson 1226 – Here comes the sun

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This weekend we let the chickens out. There wasn’t much space for them to walk around (the snow is still quite high in our backyard and the only real walking area is the shoveled path to the hen house), but they took full advantage of the tiny bit of freedom and change of scenery.

Once the girls got outside, they stretched their legs and pecked at the grain around the coop that had frozen long ago into the ice. They clucked, they spread their wings, and they turned their faces to the sun.

By evening, the entire flock was happy to go back inside the coop to roost – worn out by the exercise and ready for a rest. Continue reading

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Lesson 1225 – Sad Mrs. Sam Sack

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This week has been interesting… and busy (did you miss me?)

I’m teaching my two writing classes at the college, preparing for spring chicken workshops, getting out articles, reviewing a book, all while I hold the home fort down.

I’m also doing a 10-day medical cleanse suggested by my Lyme doc to “detoxify” (it consists of a very limited diet – fruit, veggies, fish and beans – while taking vitamin and nutrient supplements.) I’m on day 7 of 10 and while it’s not difficult, it does include planning. Continue reading

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Lesson 1223 – Chickens in towns? Heck yes!

It has come to my attention that a group in Deltona, Florida has taken a portion of one of my blog posts regarding a solitary situation with a smelly coop and they are using it to support their arguments for not allowing backyard chicken flocks in their town due to smell.

Utter hogwash. I write for Backyard Poultry Magazine, Mother Earth News, Grit, and I hold chicken workshops throughout New Hampshire. I am in complete support of towns (and in some cases, cities) allowing residents to maintain a backyard coop – definitely 100% in that court. It’s the reason I go around the state and teach people how to care for a backyard flock. Continue reading

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Lesson 1221 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks

Sometimes you just need to be held

Sometimes you just need to be held

Friendship is not a big thing …. it’s a  million little things.” anon.

Even with all the snow on the ground, it’s time to start thinking about chicks. People and groups are starting to ask me to present information on how to get and care for those little Easter-card-worthy balls of fluff.

Last spring we added 12 new members to our flock and only one of them died. Those are pretty good odds when you purchase a slew of chicks from store bulk batches. We currently have a flock of 27 birds (provided we can make it to the other side of winter without any losses.) A good-sized backyard flock.

I shouldn’t want or need any more chickens. Continue reading

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Lesson 1220 – Lyme Disease Update

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I mentioned last week that we had a check-up with the physician who is treating us for Lyme disease (and tick co-infections.) We have become so comfortable with this guy that he has become our family doctor, watching over and monitoring most of our family’s health.

With regard to Lyme disease, we seem to have kicked it out of our family (knock on wood) After about a year of steady antibiotic and supplement therapy, most of our symptoms are gone or greatly reduced. Continue reading

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Lesson 1217 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks

How come the dove gets to be the peace symbol? How about the pillow? It has more feathers than the dove, and it doesn’t have that dangerous beak.” – Jack Handy

Two of the kids and I went for a checkup with our Lyme doc (who has actually now become our family doc.) I’ll give an update on our Lyme situation next week, but for now, I want to show you the magical talking pillow (again.)

In the waiting room, our doc has some pillows that look like they have faces. For goodness sake, you’d think we’d be over these pillows by now, but no. EVERY time we go to the office, these silly pillows reduce us to tears with laughter. Continue reading

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Lesson 1216 – Using a spoon

We got another 4 inches of snow last night, flurries are expected this afternoon, and there’s another big storm heading our way for Sunday.

This is our poor dog,  Pippin’s run – at this point, it’s kind of like holding the ocean back with a spoon.

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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 1214 – Baby it’s cold outside

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Boy this has been a tough winter. I’m hearing accounts from all over New England of people who are losing chickens.

In the winter, it’s common to lose some of the older or not quite as strong members of your flock. Last winter we lost 3 birds. They were alive and well one day, frozen solid the next. It’s a way for nature to ensure that the most fit will survive.

It happens, but you don’t have to like it.

As of yesterday, we haven’t lost any of our flock to the winter weather, but with continued snow and record low temperatures in the forecast, I fear, it’s only a matter of time. We do what we can for the flock and hope against hope (and Mother Nature) that we will all come out on the other side intact.

Some things you can do for your flock in the extreme cold: Continue reading

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