October 23rd, 2013


[I found an old photo of Kateri and her beloved pet Speckly on my computer recently and posted it on Facebook. Seeing it made a friend recall and request this old column of mine about the two of them. So here it is.]

It finally happened. I was dreading this day. Speckly is dead.

For those who didn’t have the pleasure of meeting her while she was alive, I should

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October 3rd, 2010

Guess Where This Chicken Went?

I’ll share more tomorrow at Faith & Family Live!

May 8th, 2009

Spoiled Chicken

Her “people” make her dandelion necklaces.

When she tires of the glamour, she’ll probably eat it.

June 20th, 2008

Jonathan in the Morning

Near as I can figure, this fellow thinks that morning begins right around 3:30 am. The other night I heard him crowing his “Good Morning!” crow before I had even fallen asleep.

Smart? Not so much. Pretty? I think so.

photo credit: Kateri

April 16th, 2008

Happy Days

Here’s a peek at what we’ve been up to these warm spring afternoons.

Some of us have been feeding chickens.

Some of us have been wondering why we would waste delicious snacks on the poultry.

Some of us have been riding bikes.

And all of us have been ignoring the elephant in our front yard: a giant pile of won’t-go-away snow.

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January 14th, 2008

Chicken Q&A

My disclaimer: I am not a poultry farming expert. The information I share here is based solely upon my own experience with our own backyard flock.

Q: Aren’t chickens very messy? Or stinky?

A: I don’t think so at all. I think chickens are actually quite ladylike compared to many other animals. Of course they are animals, so there is going to be some … manure to deal with. My

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January 10th, 2008


It seems lots of you want to know lots of things about raising chickens. I’ll put together a question/answer post over the weekend. In the meantime, if you have a question you would like to have included, feel free to send it along. Rex the Rooster

October 6th, 2007

Fair Weekend (Updated!)

What we dropped off at the fairgrounds this evening:

Ambrose’s Apple Cranberry Scones (second place)

Kateri’s Chocolate Chip Cheesecake (first place)

Eamon’s Coffee Cake (second place)

Juliette’s Apple Crisp (first place)

and three of these, freshly bathed and smelling of lavender: (2 first places and a second) Wish us luck!