LOOK WHAT'S HAPPENING
Day old from the hatchery, Rula, a Crested Rouen duckling and Omara, a Leghorn pullet, make friends
It's Baby Season
Our first clutch of hatchery babies will arrive February 13, just in time for spring Egg-Ceptional Observations Chicken Yard Tours
What fun have we ordered, you might ask? Two quacking Crested Khaki Campbell ducks and 24 cheeping baby chick siblings.
We prefer to order from Ideal Poultry in Cameron, Texas. Because they are so close, our babies don't have to travel very long. Ideal puts them in the US Mail - Special Live Animal Priority, on a Wednesday afternoon and they arrive at the post office the next morning.
It's a Fowl Affair
Fluff your Valentine's feathers with a very special It's a Fowl Affair valentine card.
Six different designs in a set of a dozen for $12.
Romance Poultry Style
It might be a surpirse to some that our chicken yard hatched some heartwarming romances.
For Waddleston, a Mallard Drake and Neowana, a Partridge Cochin hen, it was love at first sight. Pairing as youngsters, they shared a seven year love affair.
Read the stories of Neowana and Waddleston, as well as other the scandalous affair of Celeste the Boer Doe, and more on our page dedicated to steam love affairs..
Annual On-theFarm Egg Hunts
The annual Art on the Farm On-the-Farm Egg Hunts are coming again in 2014!
Save the Dates
Saturday April 12 and Friday April 18, 2014.
Two hunts each day. 9-noon and 2-5pm.
Join us as we
^ create a egg-hunting hat
^ hold baby chicks and ducks
^ decorate an egg hunting basket and
^ hunt for eggs! Not just any eggs - real chicken, duck &
goose eggs laid here on the farm.
Read more, see pictures of previous hunts, and pre-register the youngsters in your life.
Once a Teacher, Always a Teacher
Rooster Ron retired from full-time teaching. Now that he's published his first novel, The Nickel Bag, he's teaching in the chicken yard. His favorite topic is how do chickens and people eat differently. It's hands on and very educational!
Petting Baby, Our White Turkey Hen
During a home school field trip, Baby, a White turkey hen, makes a friend. We named her Baby because she not only loves to be petted, but also because she sometimes sits in laps, too!
Walking through the chicken yard is an interesting lesson in biodiversity or how life is naturally different.
Differences can be as subtle as the varied combs and feathers on Kiva, an Ameraucana rooster, and his hen friends (l to r) Craddock, a mixed breed, Zima, a Golden Campine, Gayla, a Golden Laced Wyandotte, and Omara & Hermione, White Leghorns.
Or biodiversity can be as widespread as the bountiful plants and trees around us and the languages we speak. Where do you see biodiversity today?
Happy to See Frogs
We like finding frogs in the chicken yard. Frogs, and other amphibians, require a deleicate ecoloigical balance in which to survive. Frogs living with our animals says we have done a good job creating balance for all.
More Fun & Games
Fun and games wait on pages throughout our website.
Have fun eggsploring on your own or use our game guide on Fun, Games & Holidays and hatch some eggstra happiness in your day
All games are now pop-up pdf files so you can more easily see and play them
My Chicken Diaries
Chickens are our passion
Education is our mission
Welcome to My Chicken Diaries
from the forever fowl Rooster Ron and Chickadoo Suz
(photo by Jason Moss)
Welcome to our enhanced My Chicken Diaries website. It's been a lot of fun working on it, updating stories and pictures as well as adding new pages.
As you scratch and peck around it, a few new features you'll find are:
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For several years, parents have asked if we could come up with something specifically for Cub and Boy Scouts the way we have the Egg-Ceptional Observations patch for Girl Scouts. We thought it was a great idea!
Tracey Tegeler and her Webelo Cub Scouts enjoyed an egg-ceptional morning on the farm completing their Egg-Ceptional Eggs-Perience patches!
We're please to share that Eagle Scout Rooster Ron with support from the Boy Scout Bay Area Council is now offering the NEW Egg-Ceptional Eggs-Perience BSA patch. Fall 2013 patch opportunities for both Girl and Boy Scouts are available. Please contact Chickadoo Suz or Rooster Ron through our feedback page or by calling 281.756.0616 or emailing email@example.com for more information..
Every year we order chicks from the hatchery. For those chicks, Suzanne becomes the mother hen. They live and grow in or near her classroom and under her watchful eye. It's fun to also include holding a young chick as part of chicken yard tours.
Our first chicks of 2014 will join us soon. Incuna, our most broody hen, is setting on a nest of eggs under her favorite building. It's a large clutch of eggs of various colors. She is a very attentive and successful mother hen. It will be fun to watch her chicks grow and to see what feather patterns they develop.
Our first hatchery babies - 24 chicks and 2 ducklings, join us around Valentine's Day. Spring chicken yard tours and visitors will get to hold and play with them
To request more information about tours or to inquire about a date for your group or to join in the fun on a scheduled tour date, you can conveniently use our new feedback page.
Chickadoo Suz and some Q&A fun at NASA's Space Center Houston
My Chicken Diaries was proud to participate in NASA's Space Center Houston educational activities. Our topic - ways to keep a flock of chickens while honoring the earth with sustainable practices. We talked about using nematodes, fly-eating gnats, composting and diatomaceous earth as alternatives to insecticides, pesticides, fertilizers and poisons. We brought a variety of chicken photos, eggs and games as well as shared a few stories fresh from the farm.
Chickadoo Suz and Rooster Ron will be joining in Space Center Houston's Earth Day 2014 educational activities on Saturday April 19, 2014. Be sure to come by and give us a cheep, cluck or crow!
Thanks to the generous sponsorship from Jack and his parents, Chickadoo Suz and her feathered ambassadors (four live chickens), entertained and educated the Woodrow Wilson Montesorri School's kindergarten classes. Kids and teachers touched farm eggs, pet the chickens and learned about the life cycle from egg to chick to adult. They were both great listeners and eager question askers. If you have an event that could use a little fowl introduction, contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chickadoo Suz teaches a troop of Daisies about eggs becoming chicks
photo by Daisy parent, Jason Moss
There's so much that can be learned from and about chickens. In Chickadoo Suz's Egg-Ceptional Observations Classroom touching and feeling is part of the learning and fun. How are chicken and human bodies the same and different? Have you ever held a goose or turkey egg? How about inventing a chicken using recycled household items? Did you know chickens come from all around the world or that mother hens sit on their eggs for 21 days to hatch them? Oh, the things we learn and the fun we have!
Thanks for stopping to roost. Tell your fowl friends and chicken lovers about our site and join us on Facebook where something new is always hatching.
Rooster Ron and Chickadoo Suz
(photo by Jason Moss)
Months later when it came time to celebrate her birthday (or hatchday as we call them on the farm), she chose an Egg-Ceptional On the Farm birthday party. Among the fun activities Taylor's birthday guests enjoyed, petting and feeding the flock, and holding the young chicks were among their favorites.
Adults have birthday fun on the farm, too! Barb Arbuckle, a Facebook fan of Lenny, the Donkey, had a "Meet Lenny" birthday party.
Barb's birthday guests had a lot of fun walking the farm with Lenny. After refreshments, they had fun with arts and crafts. It was quite a memorable on the farm birthday party.
"If I could make anything grow on trees, it would be kindness.
Kindness feels good to both the giver and the receiver. Never can have too much of it."
Anne Bechard of the Feathered Spirit Voices of Nature radio show invited Suzanne King/Chickadoo Suz to be a guest on her show. Read Suzanne's answer to "One thing I do to leave it better than I found it is…" and listen to a podcast of the radio show.
We're often asked why we're a no-kill farm
1. The "girls" labor for years to provide food (eggs) for us and we honor their contribution and feed and care for them even when this declines, much like society does for us as we decline.
2. We are big hearted and could never intentionally take the life of even one of our feathered children. We even trap predators and rodents and re-home them.
3. Even medically necessary euthanasia, albeit very rare, is very difficult decision to make and and even more difficult action to take. We choose it when there seems no alternative.
4. There is no need to kill. There are many other food options available.
5. The sacred is in all things. We live in community with it, not dominion over it.
Floyd and Hope, a tale of unrequited love.
Our latest newsletter features the story of Floyd and Hope, a tale of unrequited love.
Representing Hens for Houston, Suzanne had the honor of presentlng at the Texas Organic Farmers and Growers Conference in Houston on February 1, 2014.
Her topic was one her favorites, Hens for Fun & Eggs. Curious what she might have shared? View her Hens for Fun & Eggs presentation and let us know what you think
Getting to Know Millie
Millie, a French Guinea hen, invited herself into our flock, to a share of the feed and found a special place in our hearts for her.
As you take time this month to give thanks for your good fortune and the abundance in your life, Millie asks that you invite someone new into your flock and share your bountiful harvest with them. You just might find they touch your hearts, too.
People are a lot like eggs.
On the outside, they come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors.
But, on the inside, they all have a heart of gold.
Share your heart of gold and put an egg-stra cluck in someone's day.
Kaitlyn holds Andrea a Columbian Wyandotte hen
Looking for a little hands-on fun?
Chickadoo Suz and Rooster Ron suggest: a Chicken Yard Tour for your troop, party or group outing.
Scouts can earn the Girl Scout Egg-Ceptional Observations and the the Boy Scout Egg-Ceptional Eggs-Perience patches.
Chickens for Fun & Eggs
Chick out our Leisure Learning class: Chickens for Fun and Eggs taught by Rooster Ron (Ron Doak).
Free-range eggs are good for your heart.
Explore the pleasure/challenges of raising chickens in and out of Houston. Learn which breeds are better eggers, which are fun to look at and which are the best chickens to have around children.
Receive answers to such questions as: should you hatch from eggs or buy chicks, and are roosters optional. Housing, feed, water, basic care and aspects of keeping hens happy, healthy and laying will be covered. This lively class will feature the instructors' personal chicken experiences.
NOTE: On the weekend, tour the instructor's chicken farm near Manvel.
Next class: Thursday April 24 & Sunday Apr 27, 2014
Thursday June 12 & Sunday June 15, 2014
For more information or to register, contact Leisure Learning http://www.llu.com/.
Education is our mission,
& Chickens are our passion.
Be well, do good, and touch lives.
Chickadoo Suz and Rooster Ron
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