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It still doesn't feel like spring is ready to pop out all over, but the chickens in the brooder sure are. There are only three of them, but they are already six weeks old and growing fast. The first picture is Sonia the Colombian Wayandotte. She's just getting her adult feathers so she looks pretty scruffy. They all do really. They're at the awkward age.

Do you live in Verona? Do you want to have backyard chickens? We just came across a great Facebook page and We Want Chickens website dedicated to getting Verona’s anti-chicken ordinance overturned. Every community is different. Some, like Middleton, embrace chickens.

Ukrainian Easter Eggs

Lavishly decorated Easter eggs are an ancient symbol of spring in Eastern European folk traditions. In Christian tradition, they represent the resurrection of Christ. However, the art and tradition of decorating eggs to celebrate the new life of springtime goes back thousands of years.

Sara Adsit-Smith, Elkhorn, is on a campaign to get the Walworth County Board to allow backyard chickens, but it has been a long process, according to a story this week in the Lake Geneva News.

showing how to hold a chicken

Thanks to everyone who took time out from a “spring” Sunday afternoon to stop in at CLUCK the Chicken Store to learn all about choosing and raising healthy chicks. A huge thanks to Melissa Leonard and Julia Naber who provided the fabulous information. We consider ourselves chicken enthusiasts, not experts. Julia and Melissa are experts!

It hardly seemed like spring at CLUCK the Chicken Store without the sound of chicks peeping in the brooder.

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Fortunately, our friend Virginia just got a new order of chicks and she's letting us raise four of them. They're just nine days old. They are what we would call a mixed bouquet of chicks: a Columbian Wyandotte, a Speckled Sussex, a Cuckoo Maran and an Easter Egger. We chose these little girls because we like the idea of having birds of a different feather in our flock. It's like having a really nice selection of flowers that all complement each other in the garden or in a bouquet. You can watch a video here.

With luck, the eggs should be beautiful, too: dark brown, light brown and blue/green!

3 chickens in a garden

Winter hasn’t relaxed its glacial grip on our area but we had a great time on Saturday (March 9) at the South Central Wisconsin Master Gardener Association spring symposium in Monroe.

It might not have felt much like spring, but the full house of gardening enthusiasts was ready to learn about everything new for the garden at an all-day affair entitled “Gardening Inspirations for All Season: Flowers, Chickens and Bugs, Oh My!”

A customer named Josh has stopped in a several times in the past few weeks with an important question: how much do chickens eat?

It seems his flock was ripping through a 40-pound bag of CLUCK organic layer pellets in a week! Josh has a scientific mind and he likes to measure how much his birds eat and what they eat, so the over-consumption wasn’t just a financial concern, but also a mystery to be solved. So this week, we got the following email from Josh:

The MadCity Chickens City-wide Coop Tour has been recognized as one of the best chicken coop tours in the U.S. by Mother Nature Network, an environmental news and information aggregator site.

We got an interesting comment today from a reader named Sandra on our Feb. 23 post about breeds and egg colors. Here's her comment:

"Even better than the example you gave is a chart I go to all the time when I am considering breeds. It really gives a great perspective on egg color/production, size, use, personality and so on. A really great resource": http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html

We looked at her chart and, boy is it comprehensive! We can't guarantee that it's all 100% accurate, but it is an excellent starting point if you're wondering what breeds to order. However, we have to disagree with the comments that Orpingtons and Australorps are "docile, but not really friendly." Ours have been the most people-friendly and gregarious birds we've had. We can't keep them from hanging out with us on the back porch, at least when we don't have 2 feet of snow.

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