Time and Temp


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• African daisies
• California Poppy
• Calendula
• Calla Lily
• Narcissus
• Lavander
• Ivy geranium
• Mexican Sage
• Pride of Madera
• Lantana
• Society garlic
• Wild geranium


• Baby arugula
• Onion and garlic greens
• Thyme
• Rhubarb
• Parsley
• Strawberries


A Rooster Visit





We thought the girls might enjoy a visit from a rooster on this “Merriest of Eves”. Not so……They think he is a bit flashy for their taste. A real dandy!

As the saying goes, “Beware of roosters bearing gifts”.

Wishing you the happiest of holidays and blessings in the coming year.


To Free Range or Not

Free ranging in the raspberries.

Hens Scratching Among the Raspberry Plants

I don’t let my hens free range. Free range means to forage in an area that is free of fences. I don’t even know of a place that is totally free of fences in Cambria. And if I did, I don’t think my hens would last a day. […]

No Roosters Needed

"Dudley" lives in Cambria and has spent years protecting his "girls".

“Dudley” lives in Cambria and has spent years protecting his “girls”.

I’d love to have a rooster. I’m an early riser so the crowing wouldn’t bother me. But then again, there are my neighbors to consider. There’s an ordinance in our community that allows to have up to 20 hens but no roosters. So […]

Egg Production Down, Hens Moulting


Tulip (Ameraucana) and Poppy (Wyandotte) are Moulting

I’ve been going a bit crazy lately. As you know I have two websites, this one, Backyard Hencam, and Central Coast Gardening. Keep in mind, I’m not technically gifted. In fact, I’m barely functional. While I was updating the two websites, I ran into all kinds of […]

Why “Chicks” Love Their Chickens

Lee feeds treats to hens

Women Love Their Hens

Why is it that women love, and are dedicated to, their hens? I think I know the answer. The hens show the familiar attributes of our earliest female friends. Remember those high school girls you hung out with? They were all unique and they acted out of heart and spirit, […]

A Pocket Gopher Inside the Chicken Run


A pocket gopher hole in the coop.

Our chicken run has been invaded by a gopher! It has somehow found its way under 12 inches of hardware wire that we buried under the soil to keep out digging predators. Well, it worked for the predators but not for the crafty gophers. We’ve had a […]

And Now There Are Four……..


I’ve been engaged in what they call “flock management”. Flock management is one of the responsibilities of having a flock of chickens. It sometimes requires making a difficult decision. The decision of having to “cull” one of my hens has taken over a year for me to make. What a heartless sounding word “cull” is. […]

Tulip is Back With Flock

Tulip taking a dust bath.

Tulip enjoys a dust bath.

Tulip is soooooo much better. We’ve put her back with her flock for a few hours each day. Today she laid her first egg since her injuries last week.

The first day that we put her in with the other hens, I waited to see if they began pecking […]

Ameraucana Hen Doing Well


“Queen Tulip” Sitting on Don’s Lap

Thought you’d like to know that Tulip is doing well in her cage in the garden shed. She was so depressed when she was being picked on in the chicken run, I was afraid she was just going to lie down and give up. Now she is talking […]

Ameraucana Hen “Tulip” is Sick

Tulip feels sick

This is what a hen looks like when she’s sick.

Our gentle Tulip, the Ameraucana hen, is sick. Several days ago, I noticed that some of the feathers on her back had been picked off. Those of you who have chickens know that once they start picking on a hen, they don’t stop. They […]