My Chickens Are Smarter Than Animal Rights Activists

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It’s county fair season here the wild parts of America, which means farm animals, tractor pulls, goat races, games, fair food, rides, and good old American small town entertainment. My wife and daughter are active in 4H, and they’re helping staff the poultry tent this week, as they do every year. My daughter wouldn’t miss [Read More...]

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A 2,000-Year-Old Eggshell

Eggs are very important at Casa McD, so I was tickled to see this amazing discovery from Turkey: a nearly-intact eggshell from about 17 AD. The town of Sardis had been hit by an earthquake, and when residents rebuilt, they buried a pierced egg in a pot to ward off further dangers. The intact egg [Read More...]

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Verily, My Chickens Are in the Pan Used For Making Bread …

Dolly gets her beak rubbed. She finds it soothing.

…and they are indeed using their beaks to peck out the remaining dough in said pan. And no, granny’s dog does not bite. Since I’m still sick, blogging will remain a bit light. Here’s the last post I did with chicken updates. As you can see below, they’re growing into mighty protein factories. [Read more...]

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Chicken Progress Report [Photo Post]

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The new batch is growing quite nicely. They’re changing from little balls of fuzz into perching, flying (yes, chickens can fly), feathered fowl. Also, Ruby the Wonder Chicken is doing poorly. She’s been in the house with an impacted crop. We let her out of the cage now and then, and the chicks are fascinated. [Read More...]

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Habemus Pullum!: New Chickens Have Come Home to Roost

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This isn’t a full return to the Monday Morning Chicken days of yore, but it is Monday, and it’s sorta morningish, so make of it what you will. The fact is: habemus pullum! (Yeah, I’m sure I declined that one wrong. Look, I was a straight-C student in Latin. Gimme a break.)[NOTE: Maggie D. says [Read More...]

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Benedict, Dante, and Chickens

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You cannot leave one place without entering another. Yesterday was a day of beginnings and endings. As I watched papa Bene recede from the balcony of Castelgandolfo, I realized it was possible I’d never see him again in this world. There’s sadness in that, but as some of my fellow Catholic bloggers and I kicked around our [Read More...]

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Thanks, Y’all

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I’ve never been one of those folks who, come Thanksgiving, likes to make lists of all the things for which I’m thankful. I just kind of think of them and rhetorically wave in their general direction and give a thumbs up.  See, there are all kinds of things I like, such as good food, beer, and [Read More...]

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Yes! VICTORY!!!

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In your face agricultural-industrial complex! It took five months, about $600, and daily work, but two of our birds just laid their first eggs. These are the small eggs they lay when they start, but they’ll get bigger as the birds get older. Diamond and Ruby are the stars of the day: Amber is still [Read More...]

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