Edible City is where I muse about urban gardening and share tips from my new book City Farmer

Monday, September 27, 2010

A New Hen for the Flock

My chicken flock is back up to three hens. (Exactly WHERE my flock is, I'm not saying, since the gals remain fugitives...chickens are not allowed in Toronto.)

I went to Blue Haven Farm (www.bluehavenfarm.moonfruit.com) near Fergus two weeks ago and chose a gorgeous, fine-tempered white bird of the Columbia breed. (She's the one on the right.) I expected her to lay white eggs (and was excited by the thought of daily blue, white and brown eggs) but she pops brown eggs. I saw it as a great omen that her first one had two yolks!

She has integrated well with Nog and Hermione--no fighting to sort out the pecking order.

As for her name, I'm thinking of Harriet.


  1. Hey, Lorraine -- Marilyn Denis is looking for experts for her new show. http://shows.ctv.ca/MarilynDenisShow/Casting-Call.aspx

  2. Hi Lorraine,
    I am from a small town and we have a fairly active horticultural group. I was wondering if you would be interested in coming to be a guest speaker.

    Could you please contact me at your convenience at mama_beare15@hotmail.com

  3. Hi Lorraine,
    Do you have any idea where I can get pictures on the internet of aesthetically pleasing vegetable gardens that blend in with the urban landscape? I'm doing a class presentation on your book 'City Farmer' and I need to show some photos. Anywhere you can direct me to?
    If you can let me know, that would be a huge help to me.
    Thank you,

  4. Hi Lorraine,

    I'm new to the site, so you've probably learned this since, but the colour of chickens' ears determine the colour of their eggs: Brown ears = brown eggs!