I think Iman is hiding eggs from me again. She likes to do that a few times a year, and seeking out her stash becomes an Easter egg hunt as the hubby and I scour the chickens’ 2,500 square feet of foraging space for their secret nest. (Last summer’s search yielded almost a dozen eggs!) […]

August 4 2014      16 comments     Linda Ly

It really is a blessing to be able to walk around the yard, basket in hand, and harvest all my meals for the day. It’s like grocery shopping in my own home, and it’s my absolute favorite thing about having an edible garden. While this can be done almost any time of year, the shoulder […]

September 27 2013      22 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Hierbas   Verduras

For the last week or two, I’d been noticing that my chickens weren’t laying as many eggs. I’d find one a day in their coop as opposed to the two or three they usually laid. They were eating normally, acting normally, and the one afternoon that I actually did find three eggs in their nest, […]

June 25 2013      43 comments     Linda Ly

If you asked most people what color egg yolks are, they would likely answer yellow. Yolks have always been associated with the color yellow, which is unfortunate because backyard chicken keepers know better. Backyard chicken keepers know that yolks can and should be a bright, bold orange, and those bright, bold orange yolks are a […]

March 7 2013      110 comments     Linda Ly

I know it’s not spring yet, but in my neck of the woods (which I affectionately call “the land of 72 and sunny”) it already feels like spring, and it even looks like spring too. I guess that prognosticatin’ groundhog was right after all — spring is near, and this is what I’m seeing around […]

February 19 2013      13 comments     Linda Ly
Flores   Gallinas   Jardín   Semillas

Have you ever wondered why a hard-boiled, farm-fresh egg — from your own backyard or from the farmers’ market — is such a pain to peel? As any backyard chicken keeper knows, a day-old egg is notorious for being sticky and difficult. The shell comes off in bits and pieces and you inevitably peel part […]

October 30 2012      18 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Gallinas

Despite many chicken-keeping sources claiming chickens like to share nest boxes — up to four of them per nest — each one of my divas prefers her own throne. Go figure.

May 7 2012      13 comments     Linda Ly