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Broody Hens and the Meaning of Life

May 22nd, 2014 · 19 Comments

Instead of making excuses for the fact that I have not made the tiniest appearance here at The Tangled Nest for, um, five months, I’m just going to jump right in with this:  Ophelia, one of my beautiful Buff Orpingtons, is broody. She’s been sitting stubbornly in the nest box for days on end and bristles […]

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Opossum in the Chicken Coop

August 8th, 2013 · 15 Comments

One night this week I was later than usual closing the chickens into their coop–they had already put themselves to bed on the little roost-branch in the corner.  When I shined my flashlight in the door, I jumped–I thought I was seeing the biggest rat on earth.  But I quickly recovered, and realized it was […]

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Tags: chickens, urban farming, urban nature

Welcome Spring

March 31st, 2013 · No Comments

Thank you Marigold, Ophelia, and Ethel for the beautiful eggs. And happy spring to everyone! I heard the neighborhood flickers drumming in earnest on my early morning walk today. Let the wild rumpus begin!   You may also like:Baby Crows In Our Midst “Crow Divebombing Help” – A crow aggression primer for desperate web searchers […]

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Infographic: How To Build Our Backyard Chicken Coop

December 12th, 2012 · 16 Comments

I am flattered that the author of a new chicken book called Henhouse has turned my humble coop-building instructions into this amazing infographic and posted it on This is a slightly simplified version of our coop, with no “chicken Guantanamo” cage underneath, or aviary around it. But after many years of use, this design […]

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Friday Links: Beekeeping Donkeys and Rooster-free Eggs

November 23rd, 2012 · 3 Comments

Happy Friday! I’m trying a new feature where I share a roundup of links at the end of each week, for your weekend perusal. Let me know what you think. Beekeeping Donkey: I love this story from Brazil about Boneco the beekeper’s donkey, and his custom-made donkey-sized beekeeper’s suit. The Best Voicemail Ever: Our friend […]

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Deconstructing Dinner: An Interview at The Tangled Nest for a New TV Series

September 19th, 2012 · 4 Comments

Last Saturday I was delighted to welcome the good folks from Deconstructing Dinner for an afternoon at The Tangled Nest.  Until a couple of years ago, Deconstructing Dinner was an internationally syndicated radio show covering food and the emerging food culture, with a focus on the relationship between our food choices and ourselves, our households, […]

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A Cool Coop: Caring for Chickens in the Heat

August 16th, 2012 · 3 Comments

It’s actually hot in Seattle!  Yes, I know that you folks in other parts of the country have had many 90+ days, but for us Pacific Northwesterners, it’s rare–our bodies aren’t used to it, and neither are our chickens!  I’ve noticed the girls are panting a little, and seeking shade.  Here’s one from the archives […]

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How to Herd Your Chickens (or ducks)

July 17th, 2012 · 12 Comments

Y’all may have seen these photos when they were in the news last month, but they have taken on practical significance for us lately. Our chickens get to roam free  all winter, but now that the garden in our little urban backyard farm is tender and tasty, they are supposed to stay in the the […]

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The Tangled Nest Urban Chicken Roundup

April 30th, 2012 · 4 Comments

It’s urban chick season once again, and past Tangled Nest posts on chickens, coops, and chick-rearing are getting a lot of readers.  We thought we’d make things convenient by gathering our most salient “chicken wisdom” in one place. Here is advice gleaned from our twelve years of backyard chicken-keeping, taking you from fluffy chick, to […]

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Eggs: Fresh and Freshest

April 21st, 2012 · 1 Comment

In France, farm eggs at the market are stamped with two dates:  “Fresh until,” and “Extra-fresh until…” You can actually request extra-fresh eggs from your fromager/egg-monger! Eggs are extra-fresh until they are about 7 days old, and during this time are best for coddling, poaching, mayonnaise, aioli, mousse, or a very special cake. If you […]

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