About

At 25-years-old, being called “The Chicken Lady” is not something you’re quick to bring up in conversation when making new friends!

This name of mine developed some years ago, on a farm I used to work at. People began approaching me with chicken problems and I apparently had chicken solutions. My actual name is Laura Field, but I since have embraced “The Chicken Lady.” Let’s face it, you might forget who “Laura” is, but ain’t nobody gonna’ forget The Chicken Lady!

Today, I have moved on from my two farms in Mass, (Hancock Shaker Village and Ice House Hill Farm), to take on a new venture at Woodstock Sustainable Farms in Woodstock, Ct. I hope you enjoy my blog and please feel free to message me with questions or comments.

Also, for those interested, I provide fun, educational, and hands-on presentations to local elementary schools, bringing real live farm animals either into the classroom or out on the lawn. If you’re school is located in or near Northeastern Connecticut and you would like to give your students an opportunity to feel like a farmer, click here to contact me for more information.

Someday my own place will be as beautiful as this place that I work at.

Me and my babies.  (Photo taken at Hancock Shaker Village)

21 thoughts on “About

  1. I’m rooting for you! I was raised on Long Island, New York, in Nassau County. That’s a New York City suburb with wall-to-wall houses – the opposite of where you were raised. Houses and property and school taxes on Long Island are very expensive, so, as an adult, I could never afford to buy my own house, though I was raised in a house. I lived in apartments or rented houses. It was my lifelong dream to own a small house on a big land, and grow perennial flowers. I was a single parent, so finances were tight. Finally, when I retired from my County job, with a pension, I could follow my dream. At age 63, I bought a small house in Lancaster County, PA, and I love owning my own house and (smallish – but big enough for me) land. I live in the Borough of Ephrata, and beautiful Amish and Mennonite farms surround my town. I never tire of driving about looking at the beautiful countryside. I know that with your partner, you will find your dream – and MUCH sooner than I did. I’m rooting for you! Good luck!

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  2. Wonderful to read your story Pat, and thank you for the nice comment! I think dreams have a way of really working out if you let yourself believe them and focus on them. When I was a little kid I actually wanted to be Amish! I don’t exactly have that particular dream anymore, but I would love to live in the beautiful countryside that you speak of. Actually, if you read my most recent post, (currently in the making), my dream of having my own farm is slowly starting to come true! Glad you’re dream came true and thanks for rooting for me my friend!

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  3. Riley and I enjoyed meeting you today. Thank you for letting my little blue eyes hold the chickadees and Emily. At the end of the day feeding was quite a ruckus. We may be back tomorrow; my little girl is hoping to see some piglets. Good luck to mama tonight we name the first piglet “cupcake” 😉

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    • The first piglet is officially named Cupcake! Mama just gave birth today, and shortly I’m going to post the whole filming of it up on this blog. I’m so glad you had a great time, it was woderful meeting you guys.

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  4. I was there for the birth of the piglets. I thought it was one of the incredible things I have ever seen in my life, and I doubt I’ll see anything else like it either. Just a tremendous experience!

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  5. Hey Laura
    I met you at HSV at the baby animals tour. I was the mom who could milk the cow and talked chickens with you. I have a dilemma. I am moving to Florida and can not take my chickens with me. I can take them to auction but they would likely end up in the soup pot. Not that I mind that so much but for some, its an early demise. I was interested if you would be interested in some or all of them. Most are so pretty and even the not pretty ones are nice and produce nice brown eggs! I also have 2 dogs and one of them hates the heat. She is a beautiful 3 year old border collie with lots of energy! I don’t know if you could use her on the farm? Let me know if you would be interested in any of my guys. Thanks Wendy PS we had a GREAT time with you at Baby animals!!

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    • Hi Wendy, I’d definitely be glad to help take some chickens off your hands. How many do you have. What breeds? Any roosters? Also, we probably can’t help you with the dog situation, but I know a lot of people who work at the Berkshire Humane Society and they are incredibly careful with who they adopt out to so that your dog has the best home possible, (if you wanted to go that route). Anyways, it was great meeting you too! And let me know on the birds. 🙂

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      • I have 20 hens, no roosters. One light brahma, one black minorca, one golden laced wyandotte, about 4 or 5 New Hampshires, 3 or 4 Rhode Island Reds, a couple of sexlinks, and 4 or so of a cross of somekind (they are white but lay brown eggs) Maybe I forgot someone but its about 20. What ever you think you want, I could bring them late in the day to HSV so they wont get hot, before you leave for the day. Thanks about the Humane Society but I think I’d like to know who she goes to. If all else fails, she’ll just have to come to Florida and stand the heat. Let me know what you want and when you want them and I can bring them over or if you want to take a ride in the country you can come take a look. Thanks! -Wendy

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      • If you want, definitely bring them down some time this week. I’m usually done for the day around 4 or so. Anytime before that will work just fine. I should be there almost every day next week, so whatever works for you!

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      • Ok I will bring them on Weds. I will try to bring all in one trip. If they are too crowded, I will do this in 2 trips. Otherwise, I’ll see you sometime in the afternoon on Weds. Thanks so much-Wendy

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  6. I love this! My husband and I are in a similar situation. We LOVE the idea of living for self sufficiently and naturally. We have a new backyard chicken coop and are hoping to someday own our own land where we can grow our own food and keep animals! I stumbled upon your blog and thought I would share our URL on our efforts to live more naturally/healthfully and learn about what it takes to someday have our own little family farm!
    I’ve recently written about our backyard chickens and I look forward to following your blog!
    http://www.beyondtheeveryman.com/

    Abby

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    • I just read up on your blog and it looks awesome! I posted a comment and consider yourself followed! IF you have any questions or have problems during your new chicky adventures, please don’t hesitate to ask me anything! I’d love to help you guys out! Good luck!

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  7. Laura,Did you have a good summer? Referred by Don Calman
    I have referred your blog to my two grandsons, Cory Murphy and Greg Murphy because they wanted to see a picture of you. They both live in Brooklyn. V=Cory is 28 and a city landscaper although his home is in Lakeville Connecticut.
    Perhaps they will read your blog, which I found interesting and fascinating.
    Norman Avnet.

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    • Hi Norman! It’s been forever since I’ve seen you! It’s been a good summer, but an overwhelmingly busy one. Thanks so much for sharing my blog with your grandsons. Any new reader I can get helps. Hope you’re doing well and maybe I’ll be seeing you at the country fair. Take care. – Laura

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  8. hi i love your site…my dream has been to homestead..i hope to buy land and build a tiny house start off in a camper and work the land…right now im fortunate that i rent a apartment with a huge yard and my landlord lets me do whatever i want right here in the berkshires. so i currently have 2 smallish chicken coops one with 8 egg layers and one with 4 hens and a rooster for breeding i also raise meat rabbits witch has been a huge success for me…just recently started doing quail and honey bees also have 5 raised veggie beds and a herb garden and a large berry patch..hoping to exspand my raised beds this year to 10 and produce 80 percent of my own food wish me luck

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    • Hi Brian, it loks like you’ve landed a pretty good gig where you’re at! I wish you the best of luck and if you have any questions along the way, especially when you start breeding your chickens, you know how to reach me!

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