Archive for March, 2013

Chicks coming to Belmont Feed and Seed

The next order of chicks is on the way for 3/26 or 3/27.
This shipment will include the following breeds:
-Amber sex links
-Isa Brown (Red Stars)
-Rhode Island reds
-New Hampshire Reds
-Barred Rocks. 

-Buff Orpingtons
-Assorted Bantams

Look for Cuckoo Marans, pullets next week.


All in a day’s work….

Well, today was a double-header.

This afternoon, I consulted to a family off the Mag Mile who very kindly rescued baby chicks from a less-than-ideal situation after they were hatched at a school. There are two little ones who are doing their best to hang on.

Then I moved on to a family who lost a hen for unknown reasons. Necropsy revealed a very impacted crop due to grass clippings and a thin-shelled egg, broken in the oviduct.

Mike the Headless Chicken

Mike the Headless Chicken

In 1945 a farmer butchered a chicken – but left the brain stem intact. Mike the Headless Chicken lived for 18 months without a head. Weird science.

CNN has a photo gallery; more details on Mike found here.

David Letterman’s Top Ten Signs You Have A Special Chicken

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

10. Lays eggs and bacon
9. Clucks in five languages
8. Holds a bachelor’s degree in hotel management
7. Struck down law defining marriage as between a rooster and a hen
6. Knew when to invest in Apple and when to get the hell out
5. Comes with soup, salad, and choice of potato (No, I’m sorry, that’s a sign you’re having the chicken special)
4. The chicken is on the short list to replace Alex Trebek
3. Can scientifically prove the egg came first
2. Regularly lays ping pong balls with winning lotto numbers
1. Is only member of its family not currently a McNugget

Spring 2013 classes

Hi, chicken fellow chicken enthusiasts!
It’s been a busy spring, and I’m working on getting caught up on my blog posts.

A few important dates to note:

Saturday, March 23: Chicken-keeping and coop-building classes at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Saturday, April 13: 

Saturday, May 4: Plainfield Expo, Plainfield, IL

Saturday, June 1: Chicken health workshop, information to come