Posts Tagged ‘backyard chickens’

The truth is that I’ve been afraid of our chickens!  imagine that, all this talk about urban farming and I was afraid of getting pecked.  My husband, being the great man that he is, insisted that I catch and hold the chickens and get over my fear.  The first time I tried it I looked like Rocky Balboa chasing the rooster and I didn’t even get close.  hi five!

Hey readers, I just sat down at my computer to find the above passage–already written and ready to go. Thanks, coach! BTW, if you’re pretending to be me, you should remember: I’ve never seen Rocky. So that reference goes right over my head.

And just so you all know, I did pick up the chickens today. Every one of them. And it was neat. So thanks, coach.


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crime watch

Early last week, unknown assailants claimed yet another life–this time just outside the chicken coop.

Authorities now recommend that small birds and undersized rodents stay clear of the area, especially after dark.

coroner on the scene

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good eggs

Sorry it’s been so long, but I’ve been really busy making gifts from the kitchen!!! Tomorrow’s the deadline so as soon as I’m done, I’ll show you what I was up to.

In the meantime, we did finally eat our first eggs:

Was fried eggs a cop out? Maybe you think I should have done some legwork and found just the right recipe? Well, the truth is I was being lazy. But I was also just really really hungry. And because I only added butter and S&P, I could really taste those eggs. They were worth the wait.

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3 chickens + 50 lbs lay mash + 5 lbs kitchen scraps = 1 shitload of poop
1 ton poop + 1 composter = an amazing kitchen garden!

For an amateur urban farmer, I’m a terrible gardener. But that’s all about to change, thanks to the chickens and our handy dandy Earth Machine!

We got ours at the Bureau of Sanitation’s bimonthly compost bin sale. And you can too. All for just $20. That’s 75% off the retail price!

But will it work? Stay tuned!

*Please excuse my profanity, but in case you don’t know, this is an actually expression, albeit one coined by me.

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two and counting…

Jenni: Keep up the good work!

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Is the chicken coop a high-crime zone? That’s what residents are asking after the discovery, just this morning, of a second body in the hen’s run.

Victim number one–a bird of unknown species–was found late yesterday afternoon. Cause of death unknown. Investigators uncovered no signs of struggle and identified no visible wounds.

victim no. 1

The bird’s death was believed to be an isolated incident until this morning’s gruesome discovery.

victim no. 2

Is a serial killer on the loose? We’ll keep you posted.

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meet jenni

hey jenni

Wes’s Pets & Feed (in case you haven’t heard of it) is the go-to place in Los Angeles for backyard-chicken enthusiasts. The owner (a man called Wes, but named Foz) is kindly and knowledgeable and a great promoter of chicken raising. So two months ago when he told us “you should never be afraid to add chickens to your flock,” we believed him. And after he looked around for just the right animal, we came home with this lovely bird.

Jenni is a Buff Orpington. According to the Murray McMurray Hatchery catalog 2009, “These are large, stately birds…Easy to dress for the table, they are white skinned, plump, and juicy, a beautiful eating bird.” They’re good winter layers, thanks to their full plumage. And they’re awfully pretty.

the flock

But times are tough for the new man in the flock, even when she’s the biggest. The pecking order is very literal for chickens. And Hennie and Penny just don’t like her. Poor Jenni. Maybe that’s why it took her so long to lay an egg. Or could this be the reason?

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