Carnage

Why we like free-ranging chickens. Sort of.

“If you’ve got livestock, you’ve got deadstock,” is how my friend Jen, at Milkweed & Teasel, puts it. Losing animals is a part of keeping animals. You care for them and protect them the best you can, but disease, accidents, and predators will sometimes win. I know this. I’ve told myself this every time we’ve […]

The varnishing point

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In spring, pretty much everyone – me included – is talking about spring. But can we get serious about seasons for just a minute? Because, really, there are only two, neither of which is spring. There is Not Nearly Enough, and then there is Much Too Much. Because that is how the cycle of food […]

Picture this

Now that it’s spring, we all know what a young man’s fancy turns to – the inadequacy of his photography skills. Oh, wait … that what my fancy turns to. There’s just no answering for young men. I just got back from a ten-day trip (I was in Kenya, but that’s another story), and I […]

Sprung!

Chickens always want to help.

Yeah, it’s been a while. And it’s just within the realm of possibility that some of you have been wondering what’s been going on here over the last three months. Well, I’m here to tell you! Winter. Winter was what was going on here, seemingly for the last several years, and there just wasn’t much […]

Peace on Earth: Henhouse Edition

See her there, in the back?

First, let me wish you all a happy new year. I hope 2015 is a year of good health and good food. It is also traditional, at this time, to give a shout-out to peace on earth, the universal perennial hope for a newly minted year. You’ll be happy to know that we here at […]