The Bad Egg

Up, up and away!
October 30, 2008, 7:00 am
Filed under: Chick Pics

Another good morning.



Hanging Out
October 28, 2008, 7:00 am
Filed under: Chick Pics, The Dog


Backyard Foe: The Squirrel, continued
October 25, 2008, 7:00 am
Filed under: Stories, The Dog


This squirrel likes to visit our telephone pole every morning, just to see if maybe The Dog isn’t there. But The Dog is always there–waiting:


“See how I raise my left paw?” The Dog says. “I may be a mutt, but there’s hunting dog in there somewhere, so watch out. This is MY backyard. These are MY chickens.”

First installment of Backyard Foe: The Squirrel

Backyard Foe: The Hornworm
October 22, 2008, 7:00 am
Filed under: Stories

I HATE hornworms. They ate almost all the blossoms on my tomato plants for the last two years. The only chemical-free way I know of getting rid of them is by pulling them off one by one (which is easy to do since they are HUGE!). But if I don’t check the plant first thing in the morning, 3-5 worms will have shown up out of nowhere and consumed half a plant by 10am.

The one good thing is that after I pick them off, no new infestation happens until next year. I’m going to try planting my tomatoes in a different spot next time and see if that helps.

And guess what I found out? The chickens don’t like hornworms either. Give them an earthworm any day, but a hornworm that oozes green juice?  They won’t touch it.



Dog Guardian Practice
October 20, 2008, 4:28 pm
Filed under: Stories, The Dog


The Dog sees you, squirrel. Better bother someone else’s chickens.


Engineered to be Featherless
October 12, 2008, 7:00 am
Filed under: News & Resources

This is an article from a 2002 issue of News Scientist that I just found.

Wrong on so many levels:

Featherless chicken creates a flap

(Photo: Havakuk Levison/Reuters)

Financial Collapse Equals Chicken Book Boom
October 10, 2008, 7:00 am
Filed under: News & Resources

From October 8, 2008 edition of Publishers Lunch (a newsletter devoted to everything about the book publishing world):

UK Publishers Think Thrifty
We’re headed into uncharted waters in gauging the effect of economic crisis on the consumer publishing business, and the Guardian looks for some signs. UK chain Waterstone’s “has seen 200% increases in sales of two titles about keeping chickens in recent weeks.”

That’s right people. What this obviously means is that when the world ends, those most likely to survive will be the ones who keep chickens.

Especially those who keep chickens in style:

It’s like Cormac McCarthy’s The Road:

(this is an image from the movie adaptation coming out soon)

Except instead of carrying silly things like canned goods and clothing, you take your chickens wherever the apocalypse sends you.