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Lesson 1282 – Puddles of sunshine


No, this is not a chicken that has been attacked by one of our neighborhood hawks.

It’s not an injured chicken and it’s not a dying chicken.

It’s a very smart chicken who is out in the yard taking a dirt bath in a puddle of sun while she can.

We’ve had a lot of wet weather lately, showers, storms, and even tornado warnings. Continue reading

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Lesson 835 – You are good

I read this little story on my Facebook feed today:

An African tribe does the most beautiful thing.

When someone does something hurtful and wrong, they take the person to the center of town, and the entire tribe comes and surrounds him.

For two days they’ll tell the man every good thing he has ever done.

The tribe believes that every human being comes into the world as Good, each of us desiring safety, love, peace, happiness.

But sometimes in the pursuit of those things people make mistakes. The community sees misdeeds as a cry for help. Continue reading

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Lesson 818 – Busy summer

Swim meets, outdoor dinners, glasses of iced tea, and books to be read in the shade. Very busy summer, but isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be?

Just to keep you updated on some other work that I’ve done:

Here is a post I recently wrote on an interview I did with Susan McMartin who is a writer from the TV show “Two and a Half Men” (and yes, I did have a small case of writer-envy.) Susan graciously attended a Skype session at our public library (Merrimack, NH.) Our incredible library director; Yvette Couser, was Susan’s roommate in college which made things even more interesting (it was like having 2 degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon.)  Susan shared her experiences of being a writer, as well as the equally important period in her life when she was a writer without work.

Susan is also the author of the incredible book “Understanding the Fall” which is a ‘kick-to-the-stomach” kind of story about growing up in an alcoholic home. She read an excerpt of her book during the Skype session and honestly, we all exhaled our “didn’t know we were even holding it” breath only when she finished her reading. Very personal and truly powerful. Continue reading

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Lesson 816 – Not tonight

Sorry for the delay today, I usually get my posts up before 10 but today I’m a bit behind. The heat wave has finally broken and I think that my body, after days and days of oppressive temperatures and humidity, has started its own little protest.

A little extra sleep and lots of water are on the schedule for today.


Last night, I wimped out.

The plan was to introduce our two young  marans (Josephine and Mrs. (Mr.) Bucket) into the flock under supervision while they were all free ranging in the yard and then if that went well (which it did) put them in the coop with the rest of the flock for the first time last night.

For days now, the entire flock has been free ranging in our backyard with hardly a peep toward the addition of our two juvies. Oh, sure, there would be an occasional tweak every now and then but everyone seemed to be getting along. Our two juvies ran around together and the older birds made sure that the youngsters didn’t overstep any boundaries.

Last night was supposed to be the big night. I was going to move the juvies into the coop and then move our indoor babies out to “juvie pen”  (which would have meant no more chicks in the house, always a blessed event in a chicken owner’s life.) We were all very excited about this move (especially Spencer who has his computer set up near the indoor baby chick pen.)

As the sun started to set, the kids helped me collect all the chickens and get them into the coop, including our two marans.

Who immediately squished themselves into the corner where the dreaded cinder blocks had been (Marc had removed them long ago) and started calling out to me for help.  The older birds in the flock knew an opportunity when they saw one and kept pecking the trapped youngsters from behind.

Peck. Squawk. Moooooooooooom! Continue reading

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Lesson 803 – Happy Fourth of July

From our flock to yours:

Happy Fourth of July!


Enjoy the many parades, barbecues, and fireworks. Continue reading

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Lesson 777 – Gaining Ground by Forrest Pritchard – interview

gaining groundHey folks, there’s a new farming/organic living book out that is generating a lot of buzz. Written by Forrest Pritchard (and with a foreword by Joel Salatin) Gaining Ground is the true story of how a young man chose to take on the task of literally saving the family farm by turning it into an ethical and profitable way to make a living.

It’s a great story filled with ups and downs, humor and life lessons. In short, it’s the kind of book that makes you feel good after reading it. That’s the kind of story that I love most to read.

You can tell me about an adventure and I might read your book, but tell me how that adventure changed you and what you learned as a result and chances are, your book will make it to my reading list. Gaining Ground falls in the latter category, it simply was a pleasure to read and from which to learn. I have tremendous respect for Forrest, not only for his accomplishments and how he was able to share them, but quite frankly, anyone who sends a picture of himself kissing a chicken is first rate in my book.


Forrest Pritchard

Forrest Pritchard

I was able to ask Forrest some questions about his farming experiences. 

What’s the one lesson you want people to get from your farming experience? Continue reading


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Lesson 732 – Not picking up chicks


Last week I talked about how I was planning on picking up a few new chicks. From last fall, we’ve lost 4 of our older birds (out of a flock of 34) and so we have a little wiggle room to get some more flock members this season.

I was planning on getting 2 chicks now and then adding 2 more birds over the summer.

Last summer, in order to get any chicks in New Hampshire, you had to buy at least 12. As the chick buying laws have changed – you can now buy chicks in any quantity –  I went into our local Tractor Supply store ready to bring home 2 chicks. Continue reading


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