Awareness and gratitude are a chicken and egg situation. Which comes first? Are they one and the same? Being fully aware of the world around you, having knowledge of it, and experiencing it in all it’s subtle shades and endless variety is something that comes gradually as our perception becomes more and more capable of … More Practical Ways to Cultivate Awareness and Gratitude in Daily Life, Part 1
Another bitterly cold morning with wind chills around 50 below zero. These are the days when the chickens and duck just hunker down and get by. This is no frills living for them as they bide the time in their tiny 4 X 6 foot coop all day long. A 40 watt light bulb in … More Keeping the Flock Healthy in Frigid Sub-Zero Temperatures
Here’s our 3 eggs harvested today. I have to snatch them before they freeze and burst the shell, which is a real challenge. One of them was an enormously sized torpedo, which always makes me smile. That had to hurt! I’m guessing the tiny one is likely the first egg from one of the hens. … More Scrambling Up Treasures in the Polar Vortex
This morning I was greeted by the first four eggs from our newest flock of chickens. It seems odd that all four chickens began laying on the same day. The duck is still holding out. At least I assume she is, because I’m guessing duck eggs look different. Perhaps they have a deep chocolate color … More Finally We’ve Laid Some Eggs!
For any unpleasant or tedious chore in my backyard or garage, I find it immensely helpful to release my small flock of chickens and an odd duck to roam our small yard. This time around it was my annual last run of the lawn mower as I chopped up dozens of bags of leaves left … More My Mallard on the Wing Makes My Heart Sing Through the Tedium
Many people fantasize about quitting their day job in order to pursue a dream, start their own business, or simply live independently from “The Man.” When Jason Amundsen lost yet another day job, rather than pound the pavement for employment, he identified a niche to fill himself. In a recent conversation at his poultry operation … More A Locally Hatched Business
It’s hard to believe, but this motley crew of chicks should crank out somewhere between 2,800 – 3,200 eggs for our family (and a few for VIP’s nearby) before we ship them out for retirement in 2.25 years (calculation based on 5 laying hens). See if you can pick out the odd duck! We picked … More Duck! The Chickens are Here!