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Eggs of Dubious Provenance

This morning I heard some odd noises from the chicken coop. One of the hens was working herself up to either a full-on “I laid an egg” cackle, or she was going to crow like a rooster. Hard to say. (They do both. It’s kind of a hormonal thing in post-menopausal chickens.)

Eventually the . . . → Read More: Eggs of Dubious Provenance

A sad chicken day

One of the hens died today. Martha, the other Buff Orpington (blonde) one. She had been acting glum the last few days, and the other two had been picking on her mercilessly. It was bad enough that I had to separate her from them. Last night I put her in Cinnamon’s cat carrier and . . . → Read More: A sad chicken day

Chickens doing chicken stuff

The whole entire world is literally made of dirt, but here’s these three dummies squabbling over the one spot to have a dust bath.

Every year around this time, people start asking if I plan to get more chicks. Since my current chickens are going to be five years old in a few . . . → Read More: Chickens doing chicken stuff

What about the other side?

Yesterday in the comments Gayle asked what the reverse side of Miri looks like. The answer is, “kind of unexpected.”

The color stripes trick the eye into thinking that it’s garter stitch in between the brioche sections. But as you can see, it’s reverse stockinette all the way. There is also some overall texture . . . → Read More: What about the other side?

Unpromising beginnings and unintended consequences

I have spent the last two nights casting on and knitting the first four rounds of my latest project. It is a huge cowl knit in fingering weight yarn, but the instant I saw a swatch of the pattern, I kind of lost my mind. (Language NSFW.)

As part of all the renovation work . . . → Read More: Unpromising beginnings and unintended consequences

Barred owl attack, duck!

So, I kind of just got attacked by a barred owl. Yikes!

Barred owls are not only kinda creepy, with their big black eyes, they also sometimes hunt during the day. Particularly this time of year, when they have fledglings to feed, and there’s so much daylight (it’s only dark from 10PM-4AM) that nocturnal . . . → Read More: Barred owl attack, duck!

Chickens and mayo (and mayo on chicken)

Two things I have been meaning to follow up on. First, many people have been asking after the chickens. They are doing well, and laying more eggs than I would have expected. They recently passed their fourth birthday, which is longer than most chickens get to live.

(I have not been able to . . . → Read More: Chickens and mayo (and mayo on chicken)

Sketch Wednesday: Evolution of a Chicken Head

Every afternoon I can, I go outside, let the chickens out, and spend about half an hour either reading or sketching. I always have a small tub of chicken scratch (i.e. treats) handy, to call the chickens back if they start wandering too far.

All I have to do is reach towards the tub, . . . → Read More: Sketch Wednesday: Evolution of a Chicken Head

Sketch Wednesday: Three Hens

Another exercise in working fast and loose, and trying not to get caught up on the details.

Chicken Dust Bath Video

It’s so funny to watch an animal clean itself with dirt! They really love a good dust bath, but alas, in our climate you can go months between times when it’s dry enough to indulge. (And chickens do not seem to enjoy mud baths.)

Here’s hoping your holiday weekend is as blissfully balmy . . . → Read More: Chicken Dust Bath Video