- Alameda Magazine has an article in its latest issue on backyard chickens in our city. The print edition even has a photo of Joy, one of the Rhode Island Reds we previously owned and passed on to another family last year.
- Of our many friends who have told us that they also want to raise chickens someday, the first has followed through.
- If you haven't noticed, the price of eggs is soaring. That's because the price of chicken feed is soaring. And that's because corn prices are soaring. And that's because so much of it is being used to make ethanol and save the planet (except that we burn seven barrels of fossil fuels to produce eight barrels of corn ethanol, not to mention all the other reasons it's a bad idea). Sigh.
Before we moved them outside permanently, we were putting them outside (in our backyard) during the day and bringing them in around dusk. After doing so for about six weeks, we had a scare the first time we forgot to bring them in before dark. I was the one who forgot, as Ann and Madeleine were spending a rare overnight away from home (precluding the need to bring the chickens in before Maddy's bedtime).
Once I realized it was dark and I hadn't brought them in, I rushed out the back door and heard something big scamper up the redwood tree (probably a raccoon). I found two very scared chickens huddled up against our front fence and no sign of the others. After bringing them in, I spent another half hour unsuccessfully looking for the others before calling Ann to tell her the bad news. I decided to look some more and after an hour found two more, each hiding up against the fence in far corners of the yard (one behind our compost bin). I kept looking for our last chicken—"Quiche, our Ameraucana—"even checking our front and side yards to no avail. I looked again at 6am the next morning and finally found her nonchalantly walking along the other side of the street (yes, for the first time in our experience as hen farmers, we did have a chicken cross the road).
Hopefully the future will be less eventful for this flock.
It's hard to get them to pose, but formally introducing them with the photo on the left (clockwise from the top), are new chickens are: Quiche, Sunny (as in sunny-side up), Soufflé, Frittata, and Scramble.