Tag: chickens

Charm City Cook: Backyard Chickens


So, you have a friend in the country with chickens. Or, you read an article online about people in Brooklyn raising chickens on a rooftop. Or maybe you opened up the new Williams-Sonoma Agrarian catalog and thought…I want chickens! Then you start to wonder if they’re even allowed where you live. Well, if you live in Baltimore City, here’s some advice from someone who’s recently jumped into city chicken keeping.

Charm City Cook: A Faux Farmer When it Comes to Losing Chickens

Amy with chickens Dottie and Millie
Loss is a part of having pets. If you’ve ever lost a pet, you know. It’s brutal. Even with chickens. Over the course of about a week, a predator killed all three of my new backyard chickens. They were two months old and had personalities, names and favorite snacks. As I found each one dead over the course of week or so, I became more and more discouraged. I kept thinking, this is nature. Farmers deal with this stuff all the time. Still, I stood over that little coop and cried.

Charm City Cook: Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?


Last summer, I became an urban farmer. Okay, not really. I just started keeping chickens in my Baltimore City backyard when I got four baby chicks from my friend Joan at One Straw Farm. Over the last year, I have learned so much: figured out what to do with hens that turned out to be roosters (oh my, the drama), introduced new (hopefully) hens to the flock, got creative in food choices for them (they eat so well) and all the while marveled at this relaxing, yet productive venture. After a stressful day, sitting in my backyard listening to the girls free ranging, I just feel at ease. And…the eggs. Ah, the eggs. Nothing like going out to grab an egg from the nesting box, still warm. Eggs have never tasted better. No going back now…

Charm City Cook: Put an Egg on It

I’m sure you’ve heard of the Portlandia bit “Put a bird on it!” where spazzy crafters decide that everything’s better with a bird on it. Etsy gone wild. The food version of that is “put an egg on it!” It seems to be the ultimate food porn of the moment. There are even Pinterest boards dedicated to it. I love this one.
I made an amazing asparagus gruyere tart this weekend and shared some with my neighbors. They added a fried egg on top when they had it for dinner. Great idea, guys! Fresh eggs are the best, best, best. That’s why I got my girls. (Thank you, again,Joan!)  I get two to three fresh eggs everyday, so now I’m putting eggs on all kinds of stuff – pizza, chili, salad, pasta and more! 

Old Tyme Fun at Homewood House (Featuring Chickens, Bees)


If you’re a fan of the archaic, the quaint, the old-tymey; if you’re the type who likes making her own beeswax candles; if you’ve often dreamed of living in a big pretty farm house with a goat inside the Baltimore City line, well then Historic Farm Day is for you.

The Historic Farm in question is now the Homewood House Museum, a classy-looking building on top of a grassy knoll on Johns Hopkins’s campus, right next to the library. And sure, these days it’s right in the middle of the Charles Village bustle. But 111 years ago, it was a working farm and summer estate for Charles Carroll Jr., complete with fruit orchards, a dairy, a smoke house, an ice house, and a cattle barn. (Incidentally, the cattle barn is still standing, and serves as the home for Hopkins’s undergraduate theater program.)

Usually, the old house serves as a museum of its own period furnishings and architecture. But now that homesteading nostalgia is trendy once again, Homewood is celebrating its other history — its past as a working farm. This Sunday, April 1, Homewood House will host wool-spinning demos, pony rides, chicken-raising show ‘n’ tell, and a program on starting heirloom seeds. There will even be a real-live petting farm.