Fear Not! Big Chickens Go To Town – Interview with Children’s Author Leslie Helakoski

As a fellow bird and chicken-lover, the pleasure of interviewing Children’s Author, Leslie Helakoski is one of excitement and honor. She creates timeless works of humorous fiction, touching hearts and generations with smiles…everywhere.

Michelle — What is your favorite type of chicken?

Leslie — Big ones, of course!

Michelle — What inspired you to write these chicken books? What inspired previous books? Continue reading


4 and ‘how many’ blackbirds?

Our robins and bluebirds on average hatch about four eggs but the blackbirds usually hatch seven or eight.  WOW!  Since I am still getting into deadlines – for fun – I am posting a photo of a ‘packed full’ red-winged blackbird nest I found. You cannot see them all in this photo, but there are seven babes.

Kids are cool, even when they are chicks in a nest!

A nestful of blackbirds

A nestful of blackbirds

Nests everywhere…baby robins filling the trees!

How wonderful!  A nest of robins born right outside our kitchen window.  The proud couple were quite the pair.  The male persistently watched from the cherry tree four feet away while the female tended to the nest.  Whenever she left to find food he would chase anything coming close, far away – especially those silly old blackbirds.

I am still amazed at the fact they were eight inches from our indoor happenings.  The only time she complained was when the vacuum was running.

I hope you enjoy these photos, as I enjoy sharing simple moments from our life!

The early days...baby robins

The early days...baby robins

Growing, growing, last photo before we're gone

Growing...growing...and leaving the nest

Daddy robin is always on watch

Daddy robin is always on watch