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My chickens stopped laying at the start of fall. It was expected of Iman, my ornamental Golden Laced Cochin, but unusual for Kimora, my highly productive Barred Rock. Last winter she still pumped out an egg or two a week, but between the heavy molting and the fowl pox, her body was just not up […]

January 23 2014      26 comments     Linda Ly
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In American culture, the number 13 is considered unlucky. But in Chinese culture, 13 is a very lucky number. When the numbers are spoken in Mandarin or Cantonese, they sound like the words for “growth” and “living” and signify a lifetime of prosperity. With all the awesome things that happened this year — the lucky 2013 — […]

December 30 2013      3 comments     Linda Ly
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It’s almost winter, and both my chickens have finished their molts just in time for the cooler weather (and what timing — we dropped from a balmy 72°F on Monday to a chilly 57°F today!). It was an especially trying year for the chickens, since they both suffered from fowl pox at the same time […]

December 4 2013      17 comments     Linda Ly
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Not surprisingly, chickens get chicken pox too. Except in their case, it’s called fowl pox and like the human version, it’s a contagious viral disease with no cure and no treatment, other than trying to keep morale up. Both of my chickens are in the middle of their molts, so I didn’t think too much […]

November 4 2013      23 comments     Linda Ly
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It’s been three weeks since the passing of our Easter Egger hen, Gisele, and while I’ve finally accepted her death, her memory is still a little sad to process. I think the situation struck me especially hard because she was the first pet I ever lost and I know she won’t be my last; the […]

October 8 2013      29 comments     Linda Ly
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Ever since my tribute to Gisele, where I mentioned giving her spa baths and blow-dries, I’ve gotten a great many chicken-keepers curious enough to ask why I do it and how they can do it, too. The spa treatment is what I use when one of my chickens is acting “off,” but I can’t immediately […]

October 2 2013      40 comments     Linda Ly
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I lost one of my chickens last week. It was devastating to find her so sick and not be able to save her. It was also the first time I had a chicken in distress, and I tried to act as best I could in that situation. Nothing could’ve prepared me for her passing, and […]

September 24 2013      45 comments     Linda Ly
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