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Opossum in the Chicken Coop

August 8th, 2013 · 3 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

Infographic: How To Build Our Backyard Chicken Coop

December 12th, 2012 · 10 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 Visual.ly. 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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Tags: art, chickens, urban farming

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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Tags: chickens, eggs, food, urban farming

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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Tags: chickens, seasons, urban farming

How to Herd Your Chickens (or ducks)

July 17th, 2012 · 4 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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Chickens Versus Snowpocalypse

January 18th, 2012 · 24 Comments

Hi, Tom here… Lyanda’s away on a writing retreat so I am hijacking her blog for a few days. In Seattle it’s a snow day–we are having our annual “snowpocalypse,” when a few inches of snow completely shuts down the city and sends cars skidding into the curbs and children flocking into the unfamiliar white [...]

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Tags: chickens, seasons, urban farming

Return of the Prodigal Chicken: A Holiday Story

December 8th, 2011 · 11 Comments

Most people ate turkey on Thanksgiving.  Us?  We came home from the holiday feast with a live chicken. Last May, our older chickens went into Urban Chicken Retirement at my Uncle Joe’s farm in Maple Valley.  We’ve taken our aging flocks there in the past, where they  nibble away their golden years in wide sun-dappled [...]

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Tags: chickens, seasons, urban farming

Autumn Scenes from an Urban Smallholding

September 28th, 2011 · 7 Comments

I love the idea of a “smallholding.”  It’s a term still used in England, one I re-discovered while leafing through a favorite book the other day, The Freedom Manifesto by Idler editor Tom Hodgkinson (also love The Idler…).  A smallholding is a modest parcel of land, usually just one-family’s-worth, that supports some farming and other [...]

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Tags: chickens, food, fruit trees, garden, urban farming

Urban Chicken Retirement: What to do when older chickens stop laying?

July 26th, 2011 · 68 Comments

We were a host once again this year for Seattle Tilth’s Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour, and one of the main questions would-be chicken keepers voiced was what to do with older chickens after they stop laying, or slow way down?  The numbers vary by breed and individual, but most chickens lay really well [...]

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Tags: chickens, urban farming