The HUF hens are 1 year old!!

Our little flock has made such an impact on our lives I can hardly believe they have only been with us slightly more than a year. It is hard to imagine life without them now! They each have their own unique personality, they follow us around the yard and even seem to try to talk … Continue reading

Feeling Enriched, Body, Soul and Mind – Benefits of sharing homegrown and crafted bounty

You know how when kids get so excited about something that they can hardly contain it? They need to bounce and smile ear to ear? That was me this morning…before, during and after the garden share we attended. Our backyard chickens have been very productive the last few weeks with some nice weather and we’ve … Continue reading

The HUF girls are 4 months old!

So much has happened since I last posted a HUF chicken update! Our girls are growing up! They are all now just over 4 months old, which means we should see eggs soon! I can hardly believe it! Any day now! But I do have to remind myself that it could take longer too, heritage … Continue reading

Fresh Air, New Homes and Names!

Lots of chicken developments here on the Hawthorne Urban Farm! We have a little roo! Based on input from the very knowledgeable group at BYC (Backyard chickens) we determined out of our 8 chicks, one was a boy. I reached out to Cheryl, who we purchased him from, since she had mentioned she knew someone … Continue reading


Around mid-morning, I poked my head into the bathroom where our chicks are to check on them one last time before I headed out with my daughter for a few hours. I was startled by the site of our Barred Plymouth Rock chick perched on the rim of their brooder. We knew it would happen … Continue reading

Chick update: Week 2

All of our chicks have now crossed the 2 week mark! Yay! Everyone is doing well, including our two youngest and newest additions, the Blue Birchen Marans. It is amazing to see the changes in their feather development every day, sometimes even from morning to evening. I managed to get some photos yesterday, so let … Continue reading

Getting your chicks – Go Local

It is worth the effort to try to get your chicks locally, so that they little guys don’t have to be stressed by being packed and shipped before they get to you. Going through the mail is tough on chicks.

Babies are babies and moms are moms

My bond with these little chicks was almost immediate. So much so that to my surprise, I have been reliving some of the same emotions I had when Sofie was a new infant! Not to the same degree, but definitely present. I find myself worrying about them, whether they are too cold or too warm, … Continue reading

Chick updates!

We picked up our chicks over the weekend and they have settled in. They are amazing to watch. We are totally in love with them already. If you want more details on them, check out my posts on my other blog, Hawthorne Urban Farm, which is focused on our adventures with Urban Farming, i.e. chickens … Continue reading

Chick Update: Week 1

The Ameraucanas and Javas are now 15 days old, passed the critical 2 week mark! The Easter Egger and Barred Rock are still only a mere 8 days old. It is pretty amazing to see them grow, even just over these last few days. I can’t believe we only just got them this past weekend. … Continue reading