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 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

Excited for year 2 of our edible garden

It was about a year ago that work was completed on our landscaping project when we added a number of edibles to our yard. Having just moved from the Boston area I was fascinated by all of the fruit trees in our neighborhood and the possibilities for our own yard. I soon decided that if … Continue reading