When my kids were young, if you told me that after they went away to college I'd get some chickens to fill up my empty nest, I'd have said you were crazy. Yeah, look who's crazy now. That's me - crazy, with chickens.


Sorry I've been gone for so long.  Maybe you've missed the barnyard. No excuses from me except I haven't felt I've had the time to write something properly. But now, yesterday, Lucy died.  She seemed fine on Friday.  I was able to spend a lot of time in the barnyard, my favorite place in the world, hanging out with my good animal friends. Lucy was scratching and pecking like she didn't have a … [Read more...]

Mum’s The Word

I think this has been the longest I've gone without writing about the animals since I started this blog.  What a nutty couple of weeks it has been.  The job is crazy good, Very Excellent Husband Don gave me his very unexcellent cold that rendered me wholly unproductive. We've had a warm spell of weather that has been glorious.  The wind has been blowing and blowing and blowing.  That's a mixed … [Read more...]

After The Storm

Ah, Colorado in winter.  This past Saturday Very Excellent Husband Don and I were trying out a new restaurant—sitting outside on the patio, rolling our sleeves up it was so warm and squinting in the bright January sun. Then yesterday, we woke up to this. In the olden days (pre-barnyard) this would mean enjoying an extra cup of hot tea while gazing through the window at the beautiful … [Read more...]

Just Another Day In The Barnyard

Sometimes, not much goes on around here. As usual, I've been taking my camera out into the barnyard to capture a story, but one didn't really materialize last week.  I'd go out, the animals would clamor for treats, then wander off and do their own thing again.  Frankly, kinda boring. But me?  I love it. Here's what got to see in one uneventful afternoon... Tia likes to be up close and … [Read more...]

Where Oh Where Have My Pretty Eggs Gone?

What's up with these hens?  I've collected at least one egg every day for the past four years. Now...nothing.  Not one single egg in the past three, almost four weeks.  I talk to the ladies, whisper sweet nothings into their ears.  I implore.  I cajole.  I beg. No eggs. Not. One. This is not totally uncommon.  Hens don't lay much when they are molting their feathers. The girls … [Read more...]

Last Tomato, First Snow

On Tuesday, I sat down on the patio in the blinding sunshine, all by myself, and ate the last homegrown tomato of the year.  I ate it on a big slab of toasted ciabatta bread from Moxie, a new bread place down the road that has THE BEST BREAD EVER.  It was slathered in olive oil and dusted with salt and pepper. It was unfortunately just a good, not a great, tomato.  I think I should have eaten … [Read more...]

Pickles and Pepper

Well, while winter has definitely arrived in the barnyard—we've had a couple of nights drop into the teens—we had a glorious weekend.  I cleaned out the garden beds and threw the tomato plants with the last of the fruit over the fence to the animals.  Yum yum! I continue to clean feathers out of the coops on a daily basis.  It's mind numbing how many feathers chickens can lose.  The molt has … [Read more...]

A Beautiful Fall Day

As soon as I went outside to feed the animals, I knew it was going to be a special morning. The light was gorgeous.  The leaves were starting to fall in earnest from the big elm that shades the barnyard and the goats were already out and strolling around, licking up the leaves one by one.  Tia and Junie B. were snoozing in the shed, but hopped up and watched as I opened the coop doors. Then I … [Read more...]