Tag Archives: urban chickens

A new start in a new year

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? My husband and I caught colds on a trip to Cambria before Christmas and I am just now getting around to my list of resolutions. It is pretty much the same list every … Continue reading

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Egg production on our urban “farmlet” over time

Aw, who else graphs out the egg production of their chicken flock? Only an uber-nerd would do that. Guilty as charged! I keep a tiny flock of chickens in our tiny southern California yard. Our entire yard is 4,500 sq … Continue reading

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December 5: Pullet update and seed-saving adventures in Southern California

The year 2016 is drawing to a close. We finally turned on our furnace on Nov. 28. The nights have been getting down into the low 40s pretty regularly. That sent Chicken Little, our oldest hen, into the enclosed nest … Continue reading

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Adventures in keeping urban chickens

I have been keeping hens for six and a half years now. I started with three adult hens of about one and a half years of age in the spring of 2010. I wanted pullets, but the farmer sold me … Continue reading

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Maybe we won’t starve after all–July 21, 2015

There is hope for my summer garden. I finally found the energy to plant veggie bed #3. And just in the nick of time for it to enjoy a surprise rainfall. I say surprise because coastal southern California normally gets … Continue reading

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Chicken woes on my urban “farmlet”

We are down one more hen on my little urban farm. Cheep, one of the two Barred Rock hens that  I raised from day-old chicks, took sick in early June. The other hens were happy, healthy, and laying eggs. Not … Continue reading

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How my garden does grow–27 April 2015

It is past time to bring you up to date on spring in Southern California. A warm and DRY spring. We are in the fourth year of what is being called a mega-drought. No more rain until November. I still … Continue reading

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Most beautiful spring ever, March 2015

I don’t know what it is, the age of our plantings or the weather, but this has turned into the most beautiful spring ever in our southern California yard and garden. I am utterly enthused about our prospects for a … Continue reading

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Farewell to Henrietta, Hello to spring

There is a change in my flock of backyard chickens, and I’m not happy about it. Continue reading

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A warm Harvest Monday and setting harvest expectations for 2015

A warmer than average winter will probably negatively affect fruit production on my urban mini-farm this year. The reason why is…. Continue reading

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