Rosita

Rosita, my 9 month old Golden Spangled Hamburg pullet and member of my breeding stock, was attacked by a dog yesterday. Someone’s Wolfhound (cross?) had gotten into my yard through fencing that was designed to discourage birds from leaving the yard – not for keeping dogs in or out. It then knocked over another section of fencing and got into… Read more →

Rationalizing Emotions

I’ve been really depressed lately.  Like really depressed.  Like barely wanting to live depressed.  Don’t freak out and call the authorities* – I’m 100% fine right now.  But I want to talk about a thing that frustrates me a lot when I’m depressed. I talk about my problems with mental illness pretty openly. I’ve always refused to be intimidated into… Read more →

Burning Bridges

I’ve had to let go of a few old friends recently. Nothing was inherently wrong with the friendship itself, per se. More or less, I hadn’t seen some of them for fifteen years. I was a very, very different person than I had been when we were bffs back in the day – because I’d been, you know. A child.… Read more →

That Damn Pecking Order

BTW, y’all, it’d be reeeeeeal nice if the Instagram peeps stopped picking at Tino of @rooandcrew every time he posts a video of his birds fighting, with demands that he make them stop or reporting him for cock fighting. Recording a chicken fight that is happening near you is not, in any way, cock fighting and you devalue the fight… Read more →

On The Great Dumpster Fire Of America

(I use BetterHelp for online counselling – which I highly recommend.  This was originally a post to my therapist, hence the inclusion of information some might see as obvious.  It just occurred to me that it would also make a decent post.)   I’ve come to realise more and more over the last few months that my mood really started… Read more →

Beak Trimming

  It’s uncommon, but sometimes chickens need to have their beaks trimmed.  This isn’t the same as debeaking whereby a day-old chick’s beak is burned off with a hot knife to the point where the growth matrix is damaged, inhibiting its further growth for the rest of the bird’s life.  We breed our own birds and don’t believe in debeaking… Read more →

Oopsie Bread Recipe

If you’ve ever gone low-carb in an attempt to lose weight, you’ve probably pined for bread – or at least the versatility that bread can bring to a meal.  Suddenly, without access to sweet, sweet carbohydrates, meals get more complicated.  How do you have a burger? How do you have toast? A sandwich? Pizza? Breadsticks? Lasagne sheets? At first, when… Read more →

Nutella Rugelach

It’s Hanukkah. To me, that means family, food, and tradition. One of my favourite Hanukkah treats is the trusty rugelach – a fancy rolled up cookie. Rugelach is a transliteration from Yiddish, that basically means little twists – hence the shape! There are LOTS of different interpretations (Yay! Transliteration!), but little twists is the one I like best. Even though this isn’t a fried… Read more →