The Bad Egg

And then there was The End
August 7, 2010, 8:23 pm
Filed under: Chick Pics, News & Resources, The Experiment

Well, a lot has changed over the last few months. As a result of the economy, etc., etc., the S.O. is going back to school full-time and I am taking a salaried position. My new job is not in Sacramento, so we’ve moved from the house into an apartment. Most places for rent are not too keen on dogs and cats, let alone chickens. The Dog and The Cat are with us, but  we have given the chickens up to good homes. Wanda, Frida and Flo are still living in a Sacramento backyard, while Mildred, Gerty and Stella have taken a trip across the river and now reside in a West Sacramento backyard.

I am writing this post to officially close down the blog. I’ll probably leave everything up for awhile, but I have no plans to post anything new after this one. The S.O. and I are intent on finding pastured eggs near our new place–they just taste better! But that’s all the plans related to chickens that we have right now. Down the road, if we are in a position to be allowed chickens again, trust me, we’ll raise them. They are too easy and the eggs are too delicious!

Anyways, here are some goodbye photos:
Wanda, Frida & Flo

Mildred, Stella & Gerty

Gerty & Stella


Size Matters
May 6, 2010, 7:00 am
Filed under: Chick Pics, Stories

The adult chickens are definitely talking about the two month old chicks even though they like to pretend they don’t care. We can’t let the old and the new mix until the new chicks are full grown, otherwise I’ve read I’ll be inviting violence, mayhem and death.

Just look at Frida and Wanda plotting with each other already:


It’s hard to see, but the chicks are in the pen. They are still that small compared to the adult chickens.

Chicks in the Hay
May 3, 2010, 7:00 am
Filed under: Chick Pics

Mildred (the light colored one) has no fear of me or The Dog. She pecked at my fingers and grabbed for The Dog’s whiskers the other day. The Dog whined, but otherwise let her attempt to pull a whisker out.


First Day Outside
April 27, 2010, 8:41 pm
Filed under: Chick Pics

Let’s just say The Dog is very interested in the new family members:

Spring Chickens!
April 7, 2010, 6:24 pm
Filed under: Chick Pics, The Experiment

I am definitely one of those people affected by lack of sunlight (called Seasonal Affective Disorder). To put it succinctly, and possibly melodramatically: when I don’t get enough sunlight, my soul darkens. Now that the sun is shining again in Sacramento, I actually have the energy to start this blog up again.  It’s not just me though. Wanda, Frida and Flo understand the need for sunlight too.

Chickens won’t lay eggs unless they get 12-14 hours of sunlight per day. Lots of people add artificial lights to their chicken coops in order to ‘trick’ the chickens into laying eggs like normal, but not us. I know they are not laying eggs as a sign of protest against the sun disappearing. If I were in their shoes I’d be protesting too, so no artificial light. What that means though, is the S.O. and I (and The Dog) have been negotiating over who gets to eat the 4-6 eggs per week we’ve been getting these last few months.

Maybe 4-6 eggs per week seems like a lot of eggs to some of you, but we had been used to about 20 eggs per week. Let me tell you, breakfast has been a bit of a battleground! Well, it could have been if my S.O. hadn’t been nice enough to just let me have the egg when there wasn’t enough for both of us.

Still, the S.O. and I have been going through withdrawals and The Dog, well, The Dog is not happy that he’s gone without eggs for months.

There’s only one acceptable solution to a problem like this–meet Mildred, Gerty and Stella!

Birth-date February 25th, 2010. More pics and updates soon 🙂

Bashful? Maybe Not.
October 27, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Chick Pics


Maybe Not:

Wet Chickens
October 13, 2009, 9:37 pm
Filed under: Chick Pics

Over three inches of rain today in Sacramento. Here’s the result: