Archive for June, 2009

Rhubarb Ice Cream

June 07, 2009

Chicken Gardening

The chicks have become garden groupies. Every time one of us goes out to do a little something in the garden, the chicks come running. They’ve finally connected the dots and realized that when we dig in the soil, wonderful goodies get turned up.

Roxanne gets the closest to the shovel—dangerously close, but then she loves worms and has an eagle eye. If I find a worm I’ll throw it to her and before it hits the ground she has it in her mouth and down the hatch. The other day she spied one on her own, a big fat one, and before I could blink she slurped it up like spaghetti—eeeewk!

Roxanne Gets in Close

Checking it Out

They’ve also taken a liking to one of my favorite plants, a beautiful white and green plant that adds a bright color to the shade garden. They must think it’s tasty or it’s had a run of bugs because they’ve nibbled it down to quite a bedraggled state.

My Once Favorite Plant

The girls do their part for the garden by providing great compost and turning the soil plus eating the nasty slugs and bugs in the garden, so I hate to complain when they get in the way of the shovel or nibble on the plants. According to the Omlet experts, chickens like a shaggy garden—that suits my gardening style perfectly!

Luckily my rhubarb plants are out of the chicks’ territory as I’ve been on a rhubarb binge lately. There’s something about the tart taste of rhubarb that I can’t get enough of this time of the year. I’ve been making lots of old time favorites from my childhood such as rhubarb sauce, rhubarb crunch and rhubarb custard pie. But this past week I’ve been longing for something new: rhubarb ice cream. Even though I’d never tasted it and didn’t have a recipe, it sounded so perfect I simply had to make some for myself.

Last Saturday I turned on the ice cream machine and began creating. The results? A creamy light vanilla ice cream with swirls of tart rhubarb running through it. Fabulous!

Unfortunately, it has a drawback. It tastes so good you can’t stop indulging. It’s like having a freezer full of Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia, and no one’s keeping track…… doesn’t last long!

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Rescue Chickens

June 01, 2009

An update to the Chicken Run Rescue story

A few days after my visit, they suddenly had 60 birds on their waiting list. The need for adoptions is high — those of you considering adding chicks to your home, please think of adopting!

I also feel honored that one of their latest arrivals is named Janice, a beautiful 4 month old red sex-link. (Sex-links are a breed of hybrids where the sex of the bird can be determined at hatching by their color.) She sounds delightful and if I had a bigger coop I’d have to adopt my namesake. I may have to get a bigger coop just to do so…..

Also, a new class if being offered by the rescue group for those thinking about owning chickens and those for who already have chickens. Make plans to sign up:


June 20, 2009, 9 to 1 pm

pre-registration required


Introduction to the basics of living with chickens with an emphasis on the practicalities of costs and commitment required and the rewarding bond that develops between humans and chicken companions. This workshop will furnish information about providing an enriched environment to meet their instinctive interests, needs, and activities and relevant state and local laws that protect them and their predators.

Presentations by local experts on chicken history and behavior, vet care and zoonoses (diseases that an be transmitted from animals to humans), animal law, shelter design specific to the Minnesota climate, non-lethal predator protection and landscaping for forage.

Appropriate for those who currently care for chickens or are considering doing so, animal control professionals, shelter staff and veterinary technicians. CE credits pending. Veterinary technicians like veterinary clinic near Houston Heights provide a great support in taking care of such abandoned chicks.

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Also, please subscribe to The Chicken Run Rescue Adoption Chronicles

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