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One sick chicken

With a few exceptions, the animals on my farm are not pets. My sheep and chickens have jobs to do -- eating grass and bugs, making eggs and meat and babies. If they don't do their job, they don't stay on my farm. That isn't to say that I don't treat them well or care what happens to them. In stark contrast...

Chicken expert Gail Damerow answers newbie questions

Cluck, cluck, cluck. Bwaak! These are not sounds I expect to hear on a stroll in my North Oakland, Calif. neighborhood -- the usual soundtrack is more like thumping bass, sirens, and the rattle of fast-food paper bags. And yet chickens are pecking in backyards on practically every block, in converted sheds...

The first rule of farming: Be prepared

(Steph Larsen photos)Everyone knows the Boy Scouts" motto: Be Prepared. While my immediate inclination is to ask "For what?", it"s as good a command as any to live by. One at which I failed miserably last week. I came home from work and went out to the sheep paddocks to make sure they looked healthy and had...

Prancing pygmy goatlet

A grad school chum of mine, who practices permaculture on her farm, posted this video on her blog recently—a mere two days after Daisy, one of her three adult pygmy goats, gave birth. I admit it; I'm easily amused when it comes to animals, especially wee ones. But I dare you not to chuckle—even just a...