Category Archives: Flock

Posts that address general flock issues

More than just eggs

When someone new to chickens decides to get their own flock, it is usually images of fresh eggs and cozily clucking hens that dance before their eyes, not poop-splattered walls patterned after Jackson Pollock. The first hint that chickens produce … Continue reading

Posted in Cleaning, Flock, Hens, Humor, Manure, Winter | Leave a comment

Tis the season for receiving…

…chicken-themed presents.  How many amongst us hobbyist flock-keepers have received such gifts  for birthdays, holidays or just because? I think it is safe to say that nearly all of us have – from friends or family who just couldn’t resist that cute … Continue reading

Posted in Hens, Humor | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

How long do chickens live?

This is a question that I am frequently asked, and a flippant answer might well be: as long as the flock keeper decides they should live. Many people  think that chickens are short-lived,  and in our modern, factory-farming approach to … Continue reading

Posted in Flock, General, Health, Hens, Roosters | Leave a comment

What we have here is a failure to innovate!

The thaw has arrived.  Or perhaps it is a faux thaw, as often happens.  But real or just a tease, the past week’s temperatures have been warm, the snow is melting and the sun is back.   As every Alaskan knows, or … Continue reading

Posted in Cleaning, Flock, good ideas, Hens, Humor, Uncategorized, Winter | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Breath of Fresh Air

Thanks to the Lower 48 taking on our Polar Vortex- winter here in Fairbanks has been perfect: mostly warm, with plenty of snow for skiing and other winter recreating.  It’s been good for chickens too.  Maybe not for outside frolicking … Continue reading

Posted in Flock, Winter | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Tumoltuous!

In the past couple of weeks, my chicken house looks like several chickens have spontaneously combusted… it’s a cloud of feathers.   But every chicken is, luckily, accounted for.  It’s just my Easter-egger going through a late-season molt.  Though I know … Continue reading

Posted in Egg-layers, Flock, Health, Hens, Information, Uncategorized, Winter | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Survey says….

….99.9999999999% of chickens in Alaska hate winter. Gandalf the Rooster registered his disgust today at approximately 1:30 PM when he burst out of the sealed lower coop door and gave a thoroughly peeved-off crow. I was alerted to the chicken … Continue reading

Posted in Flock, Humor, Roosters, Winter | Tagged , , | Leave a comment