Category Archives: Urban Farming

Parkside Unity Garden

Just a few blocks from my work is this cute community garden: They used the strip of median next to the road, and built a lot of attractive raised beds.  It’s extremely productive, and they offer its produce free to … Continue reading

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Chicken Comedy of Errors

This morning, Greer knocked on the bathroom window from outside and told me I needed to come out right away.  (The day before, Ethel had somehow jumped over a partition fence the yard, so she’d missed getting locked into the … Continue reading

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Queen Ethel

Ethel is the queen chicken, and the most chicken-y chicken ever. She is an amazing forager, kicking dirt across the yard as she searches for tasty little bugs. She lays an egg almost every day, even though is three years … Continue reading

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Chicken Portrait

For those of you wondering why we didn’t put chickens on our Christmas card this year: It is quite difficult to wrangle 7 hens for a photo. I thought the above photo was very telling of their unique personalities, though. … Continue reading

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The Cat in the Hat?

No, not really.  There are two black and white cats that live in the neighborhood.  They’re adolescents from their size and behavior. I heard some upset hen noises on the patio as I was getting some coffee this morning.  Looking … Continue reading

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Air Raid Casualty

Air Raid today, 1 casualty, wounded in action. It was late morning, I had just finished my lunch when I heard that panic squawk.  Loud, and almost from the front yard.  I jumped up and headed toward the backdoor.  As … Continue reading

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Buffy is an Extremely Good Molter (Again!)

It hasn’t been that long since Buffy molted the first time, but in the course of a week, she’s lost almost half her feathers! She’s at it again, and even faster this time. (Cranky and hungry, too!) All the chickens … Continue reading

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Air Raid 2!!!

We had roamed out this fine Sunday morning to check out the Los Altos Friends of the Library book sale.  We did get a few interesting books to add to our collection.  We went home to drop of our finds … Continue reading

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Buffy is released, Goldie goes back to jail

So, after serving three days in chicken jail, Buffy was no longer broody.  Sister Goldie though started getting broody on Tuesday, that’s bad, two broody hens and I only have one cell in chicken jail!  So this morning when Buffy … Continue reading

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Buffy goes to chicken jail

Buffy had started acting broody.  The typical signs, defensive posture all fluffed out, acting weird.  That lasted a week or so without sitting in the nesting box.  She would act like that occasionally, but not consistently.  Then one day the … Continue reading

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