When I went out to close up the barn this evening, I discovered upset chickens. At first I dismissed their behavior. But on second look, I discovered that one of my speckled Sussex hens had been murdered.
I suspect that a raccoon is looking for food for babies. My challenge will be to trap the raccoon before it can kill another chicken.
BOFFO EGG BOX!!! Hen Honcho Hoots: "Super Spring!"
Galien, Michigan. It was announced today from Busy Solitude Farm, home of the Beautiful Egg, that spring has arrived a week early. The hen team worked overtime to produce three dozen eggs in the past week -- "simply unprecedented production" was how Proprietor Johanna "The Egg Lady" described it.
Easter Bunnies hoping to fill their baskets with beautiful pastel blue, green, and brown eggs should place their orders now, or risk resorting to bland, old grocery store eggs and vinegar dye.
One night this past week I awoke with a start, feeling clearly that something was wrong. I heard something. A breathing sound. To my left.
That can't be, I thought. There's only a small space between the bed and the wall to my left. Anything breathing would be on the bed, or on the right side where the floor is covered with a comfy rug, and the door out of the bedroom is always open.
But it could not be ignored. Something was breathing to my left. So I turned on the light.
There stood Ulani in the small space between the bed and the wall. And when the light came on, she shook her head as if awakening, paused a moment to get her bearings, then backed up, turned around, and quickly walked to the other side of the bed before jumping up and laying her head on the pillow.
I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion. -- Thoreau
There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall. -- Colette
I hold this to be the highest task for a bond between two people: that each protects the solitude of the other. -- Rilke
As innocent as a new-laid egg. -- W. S. Gilbert
Raising children is like being pecked to death by chickens. --Anonymous, but my mother gave it to me!
Language...has created the word "loneliness" to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word "solitude" to express the glory of being alone. --Paul Johannes Tillich
Life begins when you plant a garden. -- Chinese proverb
The great omission in American life is solitude...that zone of time and space, free from the outside pressures, which is the incubator of the spirit. --Marya Mannes
If you were born lucky, even your rooster will lay eggs. -- Russian proverb
When the superficial wearies me, it wearies me so much that I need an abyss in order to rest. --Antonio Porchia
Cocks may crow, but it's the hen that lays the eggs. -- Attr. Margaret Thatcher
I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. -- Henry David Thoreau