Live and Love Outloud Blog Photo Challenge

Baby Chick, Buff Orpington baby chicks

Over at the Live and Love Outloud Blog they are hosting a really fun Fall Photo Challenge this month. I stumbled across it while surfing a link party  (love 'um - you never know what you will discover!) and I decided to join.  I have missed a couple of weeks but I'm starting this week with the "Yellow/Light" Theme and when I was going through my photos I thought of my lovely … [Read more...]

Who was that Masked Man…or The Hen House Horror Show

Raccoons are a hen house nightmare

Maintaining a backyard flock of chickens has it joys – fresh eggs, great bug control, and comic relief.  That’s the upside! But the major downside is the inevitable yearlong daily battle with predators.  “Chicken dinner” is the top menu item with a number of hungry villains that frequent our little paradise.  There’s the hawks during the spring and summer; there are raccoons, … [Read more...]

The Chick “Coming out” Party


Momma Hen and her 9 baby Buff Orpington chicks ventured out today into their little yard.  We finally opened the “Chicken Maternity Ward” door and let Biddy and her 9 babies out in to their little private yard.  We separate them because other hens and the roosters might harm the little ones.  They marched down the little ramp to Mama’s clucking and then they were all over the … [Read more...]

They’re Here ….. Baby Chicks

Mama broody patientlt waiting

    A visit to the chicken house” maternity ward” on Father’s Day afternoon was rewarded with the sound of soft peeping.  And the drill sergeant-like clucks confirmed that our broody hen had become a proud mama.  She had spent 3 weeks patiently sitting on her “Baby Eggs” awaiting her little Buff Orpington babies … [Read more...]

Which Came first..The Chicken or the Fresh Eggs?

Free Range Chicken Flock

There is nothing like having your own fresh eggs from your own backyard flock! Fresh eggs....nothing compares! We have our own chickens and we have them for many reasons.  Both Bill and I had small family flocks growing up. Our breed of choice is the Buff Orpington.  Right now we have 25 chickens- 23 hens and 2 roosters (Baxter and Charlie) with more on the way. A couple … [Read more...]