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Just in time for the annual visit of Father Christmas to our little crossroads of Paoli on December 1, comes a charming post from Mary Bergin’s Roads Traveled blog. Mary has written about her obsession for out-of-the-way places, primarily in Wisconsin, for more than a decade and this week she turned her lens on Paoli. She writes:

Cluck is the newest business in unincorporated Paoli, whose small size and rural location on the Sugar River belie its ability to attraction tourists. In the community are at least one dozen businesses, most of them galleries and gift shops in revamped historic buildings. These include an 1854 one-room schoolhouse, 1864 stone mill and 1920s creamery.

CLUCK the Chicken Store had a surprise celebrity guest yesterday. Well, maybe the Hollywood Reporter wouldn't consider Christie Vilsak a celebrity, but we do. She is the wife of US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsak and she just lost a close race for Congress in Iowa. We talked about chickens and the local food movement, of course.

In our November 11 blog post, we told you about the event we had at CLUCK the Chicken Store with veterinarian Dr. Amanda Pike, Comforts of Home Veterinary practice, and Twain Lockhart, Nutrena poultry expert, and their advice about getting your birds ready for winter. One piece of advice that stood out from that presentation was, “don’t heat your chicken coop.” They got a bit of push-back from the crowd on that one. So we were very interested to see this post from that has the same advice: save the heat for your house. Take a look at their list of eight things NOT to do in the winter. And if you missed our seminar with Twain and Amanda, check out the November 11 post.

red chicken coop

Even though it's not even Thanksgiving, it is already time to think about spring and the arrival of new chicks, at least for those planning to get their first flock. Jeff Jicinsky, one of our most prolific coop builders, reminds us that now is a great time to buy a coop.

The Denver Post has a very touching story from Shelby Grebenc, a 13-year-old who raises produce and chickens to sell at farmer's markets. Shelby is an excellent writer and wise beyond her years, so it's well worth a trip to the Post's website to read the whole column, but we will share her touching conclusion with you here:

If you want sustainable, wholesome, pasture-raised organic, hormone- and antibiotic-free food, you have to support it. You can not get these things by talking about it and not paying for it. The next time you shop at a farmers market, think about what it cost me to grow it. Don't ask me to take less and then tell me you can get it cheaper at a big-box store. I know you can — but it will not be as fresh or as good as what I have, and you won't make me cry.

woman and man with rooster at table

Many thanks to Dr. Amanda Pike, Comforts of Home Veterinary practice, and Twain Lockhart, Nutrena poultry expert, for spending a couple of hours at CLUCK the Chicken Store on Saturday morning.

rooster crossing street

Kristine Zaballos sent us this really cool photo that appeared 50 years ago in LIFE Magazine (remember LIFE?) of Randolph the Rooster crossing Main Street in Whitewater. Ironic, Kristine says, because Whitewater is just now considering a chicken ordinance that would allow critters like Randolph to stride the streets again after all these years.

The ark chicken coop

Just when you think you know what a chicken coop should look like, someone comes up with something new. This one is by one of our coop craftsmen, Jeff Jicinsky, and it’s based on a classic chicken ark, but with a couple of twists.

CLUCK at National Book Festival

Thanks to Ron McCrea for sending us this cool picture from The Washington Post. You have to look hard, but we were thrilled to see CLUCK, from Jungle Fowl to City Chicks among the offerings on the table. Writing the book was the event that started all of this chicken business and ultimately got us started with CLUCK the Chicken Store.

She's after your chickens

That thing that goes bump in the night could be after your chickens, but what is it? The Great Chicken Coop Stakeout decided to find out what’s making noise in the night, at least in the Raleigh, N.C., area.


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