The Bad Egg

Good Morning
September 30, 2008, 7:00 am
Filed under: Chick Pics



A Sneek Peak at the Coop
September 29, 2008, 7:00 am
Filed under: The Coop

I do plan to discuss in detail how I setup the coop for Wanda, Frida & Flo. In the meantime, here’s a picture and minor commentary:


Yes, that’s a grocery cart. No, we didn’t steal it — it was abandoned. We found it on the side of the road, far from a parking lot.

Instead of leaving it as an eyesore or sending it to the dump, we re-purposed it to become the Ultimate New Trend in Backyard Chicken Coops.

We also had a doghouse The Dog never fit in, so we set that up on top to be the future laying nest.

I will write up the full Shopping-Cart-into-Chicken-Coop Creation Story at a later date. But trust me, you will be impressed (dare I say … amazed!) at my genious and creativity and resourcefulness. I know I was.

Evidence to the Contrary
September 26, 2008, 7:00 am
Filed under: The Dog

Could this mean I am not Master and Commander of my backyard?


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No animal was injured or harmed during this photo session–but there was a lot of jumping, flapping, running and squawking.

I can’t blame The Dog for finding flying chickens enticing, but I guess I need to teach him more self-control.

Still, The Dog is way ahead of schedule.

Homemade Chicken Light
September 24, 2008, 7:00 am
Filed under: News & Resources, The Coop

The Husband and I had been talking about raising chickens since the beginning of the summer. We thought we’d wait until at least the California State Fair before we got the chicks, but when I called a local feed supply store back during the first week of August, they said they had week-old chicks in the store. I went and picked them up the same day.

Of course, we weren’t prepared. I took the chicks home in an empty cat litter box. When I got them home I set up a bigger cardboard box, put down pine shavings and set out food and water. Since baby chicks are so sensitive, I decided to keep them inside (on the kitchen table) as I hadn’t set up any heat lamp or protection in the garage or backyard.

This is where we kept them:

See that thing hanging down from the ceiling? I’d called my dad asking for help and he found this lamp in his garage and brought it over within an hour. This makeshift heat lamp was meant to keep the chicks at a toasty 90 degrees. It’s a regular hanging lamp with a 60 watt bulb.

As I set up the lamp I realized the chain wouldn’t allow the lamp to hang close enough to the box to actually cast warmth on the chicks.

In order to solve this problem The Husband got creative:

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The Husband decided to re-purpose one of his old bike chains into a lamp extension.  He was able to get the lamp setup to exactly the right height by twisting links in the chain. I was way impressed at his awesomeness.

So the bike chain hung the lamp from the ceiling and the regular lamp chain that you see is what I plugged into the outlet.

It worked well while it lasted. The chicks became too big for the kitchen three weeks later and out to the backyard they went (coop pictures to come soon).

Chickens and Velociraptors 2
September 22, 2008, 7:00 am
Filed under: Chick Pics, Stories

Chickens are miniature velociraptors. Velociraptors are just monster-sized, scaled-over chickens.

More photographic evidence:


Master and Commander
September 18, 2008, 12:19 pm
Filed under: Chick Pics, Stories, The Dog

I am master and commander of my backyard.

Photographic evidence:


Of course it’s Wanda on the soccer ball. Wanda always needs to explore and challenge  and conquer first.

Wanda believes she’s arrived. She’s king-of-the-hill. The backyard is hers now and she’s taken to telling the dog what he can and can’t do — after this pic was taken, The Dog stuck his nose closer to Wanda and got a peck for his curiosity.

The Dog backed away. Wanda did not.

Wanda may challenge me for my backyard title. As long as she doesn’t turn out to be a rooster, I welcome our future battle of wills.

Chickens in the NY Times
September 18, 2008, 12:01 pm
Filed under: News & Resources

The NY Times wrote an interesting (well, interesting if you like reading about chickens) article on Sept. 16th, 2008 about the different kinds of labels you might find on an egg carton and what they mean:

Unscrambling the Claims of the Boastful Egg

The plan for my chickens (and their eggs) are to be mostly organic and pasture-raised. I say mostly organic because I don’t know what chemicals, if any,  the previous occupants of our home/backyard may have used on the grass. It’s had several years of being chemical-free though, so I’m not too concerned.