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

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

Our chicks are here!

I am sitting next to their brooder right now as they take a little nap. I could seriously watch these little ones all day. Not only are they super cute but everything from the way they move around their brooder box, to how they sleep, to how they interact with each other to how they … Continue reading

The Coop

We have quite possibly found the most perfect coop for our yard! Our criteria: premade since we’re busy and just don’t have the time to build one, or even have one built uber-designed to take care of all of the needs of a small flock in a small footprint pretty since our yard is small … Continue reading