Backyard Adventures

I drove up to Eugene, Orgeon yesterday to visit family and get out of the Fresno heat.  Well, I thought I’d be getting out of the Fresno heat, but I got up here just in time for an Oregon heatwave!  Oh well, it’s still cooler here than in Fresno and even at the end of summer, Oregon is still green and beautiful.  Hot or not, I’m really happy to be here.

I brought Smack along for the ride because he has some Boston Terrier cousins in Oregon he needs to catch up with.  Much to his surprise this morning, he discovered he has some new cousins here in Eugene as well… chickens!

We woke up today and met my sister-in-law Katie’s backyard flock.  They’re so much fun!

Smack has never met chickens before and I must say that he handled the experience surprisingly well.  But once he figured out that they will run if you chase them, the race was on.

Smack, Ella, and Charlie

We’re all having a blast so far.  Besides the chickens, Smack has Ella and Charlie to play with and a couple of cats to chase around.  I have a feeling he won’t want to go back home with me after a week of adventures in this back yard!

I had my own fun this morning, too.  I fed the chickens by hand and followed them around with my camera for a while.  I have a feeling I’ll be doing that a lot while I’m here.

The best part of the morning so far was the big plate of scrambled eggs that were provided by these lovely ladies.  We kept chickens when I was a kid, but it’s been years since I had eggs this fresh!  If I had a house with a yard right now, I’d seriously consider starting my own flock.

Ella seems to get along with the chickens just fine, so I’m sure Smack could learn to handle it.  Even the cats don’t mind sharing the yard with the birds.  It’s one big happy family around here!

Tomorrow I’m heading up to Portland to meet up with a bunch of other food bloggers and have some more adventures.  The trip to Portland is being hosted and has been arranged by Travel Oregon. They have lots of fun planned for us!  You’ll be hearing more about that soon.  For now, I’m off to hang out with the chickens again.

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11 Comments
  1. Tari Pie

    Beautiful Chickens!

    12:25 pm  Sep 7th, 2011
  2. Patti at Camp Blogaway

    LOVE the chickens. Have a lovely, organic time.

    12:25 pm  Sep 7th, 2011
  3. Jessica

    I love the photos of the chickens and Smack together! One day when I have enough space, I would love to have a few chickens for fresh eggs and because I have this weird chicken obsession. :-D And this gives me hope that my dog and the chickens could share the yard!

    12:41 pm  Sep 7th, 2011
  4. Julie Lindgren

    my dog knows chicken are for eating. i think it quite surprising that the dogs, cats and chickens all coexist peacefully.

    2:22 pm  Sep 7th, 2011
  5. Pina

    Thanks for sharing your photos they are wonderful. I am a animal lover of all kinds. I have a dog, Parker and a cat named Maximus. Have a great time.

    3:41 pm  Sep 7th, 2011
  6. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    What a fantastic fun time you are having!
    Have a happy day and enjoy taking more pics of the chickens.
    :-) Mandy

    12:16 am  Sep 8th, 2011
  7. Neil | Butterfield

    Enjoy yourself, you have taken some lovely photographs here.

    6:43 am  Sep 8th, 2011
  8. Susan Taylor

    I kept my 3 chickens and three small dogs separated for two whole years, they traded access to the backyard. One day several months ago on a Friday I just couldn’t stand the stress and I just opened the coop and back door at the same time. Every once in a while a pup chases a chicken, but they all enjoy the peaceable kingdom, dogs eating the romaine spears and chickens pecking at the dry dog food. Enjoy.

    6:50 am  Sep 8th, 2011
  9. Jen S

    Enjoy your time in Portland! I can’t wait to read about which bloggers you meet up with.
    We’re indeed having a heat wave here in PDX right now. It kinda reminds me of summers at my relatives in Folsom and Auburn , Ca while the dry winds are vaguely like Santa Ana winds in So Cal. I’m sure your guide will recommend some great restaurants : there are so many to choose from.

    1:31 pm  Sep 10th, 2011
  10. Joe Hili Malta

    I have 5 hens and a cock at my back yard. They supply me with fresh eggs every day.
    And, the most funny, the singing of the cold every early morning!

    10:55 am  Sep 12th, 2011
  11. Joe Hili Malta

    I have 5 hens and a cock at my backyard. They supply me with fresh eggs every day. And, the most funny, the singing of the cock every early morning.

    10:57 am  Sep 12th, 2011
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