Welcome to Chicken Scratch


Jill ClinganHere is a conversation I had with my 7-year-old son, Jack, last week during breakfast:

Jack: You know, Mom, some people don’t know what chicken poop looks like.

Me: You’re right, honey.

Jack: Some food fell on the cafeteria floor at school, and it was brown and white and shaped like chicken poop, and some people said it didn’t look like chicken poop. But they are wrong, because I know what chicken poop looks like.

Me: (Oh dear.)

Family Picture
A family photo with chickens and ducks.

3/18/2015 12:44:59 PM

I keep trying post a message, but I seem to be doing something wrong! So, I'm hoping third time's a charm........we just started our first flock with12 mix-breed chicks & ducklings that are 6 weeks old that we're keeping in a small barn (really just a large shed, but who cares) and 5 four day old ducklings living in the house with a heat lamp in the family room. My worry is, what's going to happen when I put them in with the older fowls in 5 weeks. Will there be feathers flying? Will they get along? Any suggestions?

3/14/2015 7:24:10 AM

Jill, welcome to the GRIT blogging community. Farmyard two legged feathered friends can indeed be quite entertaining, can't they. I don't have any live stock or birds as I live in the urban area of a large city. My claim to fame is urban farming on vacant city lots. I buy them from the city after they have foreclosed on the properties and then plant gardens on them. I have four raised beds with non traditional growing methods in my back yard. That's just for fresh table use. My big garden is called Terra Nova Gardens and is located about 20 minutes away from where I live. It's 60 X 60 and is still under construction. The city night shade critters consider my garden a buffet delight so I'm in the process of building six foot fence around the garden in an attempt to at least slow them down a bit. I'm looking forward to your posts and hope to see them often. ***** Have a great breakfast farmyard discussion day.

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