Category: Fearless Farm Frau

Chickens will rule the roost

It isn’t easy being a chicken. Especially one of my chickens. I’m really glad they can’t read about those pet chickens that are so popular now. You know, the ones who have heated coops with padded perches, get daily gourmet meals prepared by a chef, and whose owners actually believe that chicken sweaters are a cute and useful item. Some […]

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We survived the ‘Icepocalypse’

Happy New Year, everyone! Now that the holidays are over and everyone thought it was safe to get back to normal life as we knew it, apparently we needed a little more excitement. Remember when we were kids and snow days were something that happened seemingly without warning? Snowstorms usually started the evening before, accumulated like crazy over night, and […]

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Christmas decorations evolve

Well, my friends, it’s been another whirlwind year. From the Chicken Spring to the summer screen door blues, the Great Birthday Blowout to the defective cookie jar, I find myself wondering how on earth we managed to squeeze it all in. And now, all of a sudden, it’s Christmastime. I’m not usually one to follow fashion trends, but going through […]

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Does your cookie jar leak, too?

As I advance in age, I find myself realizing more and more often that my parents were right. “Take a jacket,” they said. “It might get cold later.” It usually did. If it didn’t, I did. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Funny, it never seemed to cut down on doctor visits, but it was a healthy, convenient […]

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We feed them so they feed us

It’s October, and that means harvest time again. While some are bringing in corn or beans, my family is stocking the freezer with the succulent meat chickens we’ve been raising. And, as it seems to fall every year, whenever we try to schedule butcher day, other plans somehow manage to intrude and postpone the planned date. It doesn’t bother me […]

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We survived the state fair

It’s that time of year again. The corn is getting dry, the nights are cooler, and suddenly the days are an hour shorter than they were last week. The kids are settling back into their school routine, and the chickens are finishing up their fall molt. It’s slipping toward fall. And, as always, fall is fair season. The county fairs […]

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Beard becomes a growing issue

Very little can truly prepare a parent for hearing some of the things that come out of their children’s mouths. No matter how many times you’ve read “Kids Say the Darndest Things,” believe me, your offspring will come up with something better. I spent the first half of my children’s lives petrified that they would loudly say something inappropriate about […]

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Cats, screen doors don’t mix

Well, you learn something new every day (and if you don’t, you probably should). Today’s tidbit has to do with who invented the screen door. Such a simple thing, an almost unseen presence as you breeze in or out, turns out to be a fairly contested item. Some will insist that Hannah Harger of Man­chester, Iowa, obtained the first patent […]

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Chicken move takes a family

Humans as a species seem to be extremely interested in the movements of other species. We are captivated by stories of the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano, or how the fragile monarch butterfly somehow seems to make it all the way to Mexico to reproduce. The nightly peregrinations of a bat colony in Texas draw thousands of tourists, as […]

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Good times in New Orleans

Some of you might know the old Duke Ellington tune “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.” Little did I think that the title applied to me. I mean, I get out. I go to McPherson for errands, I’m in Hillsboro several times a week, and sometimes we even get to Wichita for special occasions. I’m no stranger to larger metropolitan environments, […]

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