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
Goodbye!

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Designer Chicken Coops
November 19, 2009, 5:47 pm
Filed under: Chicken Tractor, News & Resources

Check out this gallery of images to get you dreaming about what your future chicken coop could look like … come on, I know you want one of your very own.

My favorites are the ones with a living roof, like this one:

Thanks to Melanie for the link.



Test for Egg Freshness
October 21, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: News & Resources

So I was going to write up my own post on how to test the freshness of your eggs, but the My Morning Chocolate blog already did: How to Tell if Your Eggs Are Fresh

Of course, our eggs sink like a rock 🙂
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Home To Roost – NY Times Video
October 17, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: News & Resources

Back in July, the New York Times published an interesting article and video essay about a mixed-media artist who became involved with chickens:

The article – Feathering Her Nest

The video essay – Home to Roost



Mass Hatchery
September 24, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: News & Resources

Oh. My. God.

This video begins slow and then goes nuts at about 2:05!

The most spectacularly horrifying highlights:

2:32 “The Separator”

3:10 “Females down one chute, males down the other”

3:50 “The Optical Counter”

4:05 “‘Falling’ into transportation boxes”



Multi-colored Baby Chicks
September 21, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: News & Resources

I don’t think this is cool, no matter how ‘safe’ they claim it is.

“The dye is injected into ordinary chicken eggs a few weeks before Easter….”

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First, what kind of dye? And just because the article says that the hatchery says it’s safe, doesn’t make it true.

Second, even if it is safe, it encourages people to buy chicks they have no intention of taking care of or even eating. It turns a living animal into a trinket. This is not being responsible with either our pets or our food.



Cross-species First Aid Kit (For Humans, Dogs and Chickens)
September 18, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: News & Resources, Stories, The Experiment

A Family of Injuries

Those of you who know me in real life — which, let’s face it, is probably all of you cause who else would read my chicken blog besides friends and family? 🙂 — and follow me on Facebook, know that The S.O. injured himself while mountain biking last week. A week before that, we were horribly irresponsible and let The Dog run around on a bunch of jagged rocks at the lake. The rocks cut up his pads so bad he limped and needed to wear the Cone of Shame for a week. Just a few days ago, I managed to cut my hand pretty bad on a broken piece of glass.

Injury of the Week

The chickens are not immune to our bad luck. We’re not sure how it happened, but Wanda injured her foot at some point during the last week. Possibly she jumped off something a little too high, or maybe pinched her toe–I don’t know. What I do know is that one of her toes swelled and twisted a bit so that it doesn’t lie flat on the ground.

She’s still laying an egg every day, walks around ok and jumps up and down from her night perch, but leaving it alone has only increased the swelling and she has a bit of a limp.

I researched the forums on www.BackyardChickens.com to see what other people do with an injured, possibly infected, chicken foot (it’s a pretty common ailment). Many people suggest antibiotics, but I don’t want to go there if I can avoid it.

Cross-species First Aid Kit

After sorting through the various advice, and figuring our family has further injuries in our future, I took a trip to the local drugstore with the specific goal of only purchasing first aid supplies safe to use on ALL members of the family.

Yes, that’s right. I am putting together an all-purpose, cross-species, basic first aid kit.

Here’s what I have so far:

  • Aspirin (just need to be careful about correct dosage for our various species and weights.)
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Neosporin (MUST be original formula. The ‘with Pain Reliever’ version is lethal to chickens. Otherwise it’s fine to use on all members of our family–human, dog, chicken, cat–but should be wrapped well when used on dogs. It’s not healthy for a dog to ingest a lot of neosporin.)
  • Cotton Balls
  • Bandages (I got the kind that’s easy to cut to fit dog-sized paws, chicken-sized toes, and human-sized shins.)
  • Bandage Tape
  • VetWrap (self-stick)
  • VetBond (super-glue meant to replace the need for stitches. Regular super-glue is toxic when it enters the human bloodstream. A prescription is needed to obtain medical grade super-glue for humans. VetBond has, from what I’ve researched online, the same formula as super-glue for humans, but because it’s for ‘animals’, you don’t need a prescription. Well, humans are animals too, especially when it means saving ourselves a trip to the emergency room. Just be super careful about really cleaning out the wound before sealing it over.)
  • Latex Gloves (I got a nice big box of gloves. It makes me feel less when squeamish dealing with various family members blood and other liquids, plus, it’s just more sanitary.)

I’m sure I will add to the above list over time, but it’s a good enough start for now.

One specialty item I added just for Wanda’s toe was a razor blade. I will need to cut into her foot soon and take out the infection.

Stay tuned …