Category Archives: First Weeks

Things One Doesn’t Wish to See in the Chick Coop

Blood. Particularly, blood in feces. As I was hanging out with the chicks last night, I noticed several piles of poo which had trace amounts of bright red [..]

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Calling Chicken Whisperers

Howdy, knowledgeable chicken folks! Lately, I’ve been seeing a behavior from Harry (the largest chick, a beautiful Buff Orpington, who is most interested in dominance.) While she most [..]

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Mother Nature Does Not Fool Around

My little hens are now almost three and a half weeks old, and HOLY COW how they’ve grown. They look like miniature chickens! When I first met them, [..]

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11 Baby Chicks = Cute Overload + 1

When I called our hatchery today to confirm it was ok to drive the 102 miles to fetch our new little friends, they said “come on up!” Also, [..]

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Prepping for Live Nude Chick(en) Cam!

Update: Live video stream and multiple-angle stills are up! Tomorrow’ a big day here at The Unlikely Homestead – I’m going to head out to Zeeland, and pick [..]

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Life is Good

As I type this, I’m sitting on the grass in the chicken yard, watching the girls hunting and scratching and pecking. There’s a pretty good wind up that’s [..]

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Those Awkward Teenage Years

These chickens have grown so stinking fast, I cannot believe my eyes. Less than a month ago, they were tiny little balls of fluff like this: At two [..]

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Growth and Life and Death

The five baby girls are all doing very well – their wings are about two-thirds fledged, and they’re probably twice as tall as they were less than a [..]

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Gardens and Seed Flats & Chickens (Oh my)

The babies have become much more coordinated over the last couple of days, and are beginning to express instinctive behaviors such as scratching and flapping – although they [..]

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Chicken Cam(s)!

Chicken cams, now with 100% more auto-refreshing and convenience.

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