rooster redux

i lost my primary rooster last night. he was a silkie, a little blue fireball named ozzer who inspired fear in all the other roosters. all man, that one. this means that the pecking order will need to be reestablished, which is uncomfortable from a human standpoint. all the bullying, all the pecking and infighting. … Continue reading rooster redux

on living rural (and introversion), v.1

every once in a while, i come across an article or throwaway line about what dumb yokels country folk are. these get right the hell up my nose, because they're inevitably couched in this smug, hipster philosophy that we just don't know any better. like, it can never be a conscious choice to live out … Continue reading on living rural (and introversion), v.1

gratuitous chicken pictures: a chronological slideshow from the department of backstory

while putting together an earlier post, i had to go to my all-but-defunct photobucket account and i found a lot of pictures there that i'd forgotten about entirely. they're pictures that i posted long ago on a private journal, so friends and family have likely seen them before. for everyone else, this is exactly like … Continue reading gratuitous chicken pictures: a chronological slideshow from the department of backstory

the grisly death of an innocent squash

the thing about chickens is that they're basically very small dinosaurs. whatever thing you definitely don't want your chickens to do, that's what they'll do, by definition. they can not be trained, they can not be redirected. they do not recognize your "rules". they have a pretty simple lizard brain that, apart from a few … Continue reading the grisly death of an innocent squash

unrest in the chicken coop

my late grandfather was a chicken man. he passed away while i was still quite young and i only vaguely remember the flocks he had later in life. apparently, though, the chicken gene runs true, because i am absolutely smitten with fowl. for years i said "when i have chickens" (in the same way, now, … Continue reading unrest in the chicken coop