Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick with P. Allen Smith and some of his heritage breed chickens

The trip of a lifetime to Little Rock Arkansas combined with a most inconvenient stomach flu 24 hours prior to my flight meant that I didn’t have time to prepare a Flock Focus Friday for you last week- you’ll forgive me though, right? I was invited to attend P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home Retreat to be the guest reporter for him at his Poultry Workshop, which was an honor indeed! I knew that I would be filming television and radio segments with Allen the day before the workshop, but I didn’t realize that I was going to be the only chicken blogger/writer in attendance that weekend- holy pressure, Batman! I had the time of my life and can’t wait to share the scoop with you. I have been catching up on work and fielding new offers and opportunities all week, but I promise to share more details about my trip very soon!

The front gate at P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm & Garden Home Retreat
The gate at P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home Retreat.
the view from P. Allen Smith's Garden Home, overlooking the sheep pasture and duck house
The view from P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home, overlooking the sheep pasture, duck house and new poultry barn in the background.
P. Allen Smith's Black White Faced Spanish pen at his Garden Home Retreat in Arkansas
P. Allen Smith’s Black White Faced Spanish pen in the new poultry barn, which was just built last fall.
P. Allen Smith & Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick at his Garden Home Retreat
Allen and me on the way to chat with his brother (who really needs his own reality show- he was a total hoot)!
These hatching eggs were gifts from P. Allen Smith from his heritage breed pens.
Egglets from P. Allen Smith, safe at home in Connecticut! 
My chicken compound in Connecticut was a flooded mess this week
Back to the coal mines on Monday. :) The torrential rain created flooding in many parts of Connecticut, including my chicken yard.
We no sooner bailed the water out of the chicken run than it began to snow.
The rain and flooding was just the start of the weather fun this week as Mother Nature reminded us how quickly things can change in New England in April. Snow. Seriously?!
Serama cockerel

What a difference a day makes! The snow quickly melted the next day and Caesar stood guard over the backyard while Mr. Chicken Chick built some new droppings boards for the coops!

Buff Orpington hen
Buff Orpington hen.
Silkie hen
Freida, White Silkie hen.
Speckled Sussex hen
Kate, Speckled Sussex hen.
All in one basket.
Catch of the day.
Columbian Wyandotte hen.
Lola, Columbian Wyandotte hen.

Important reminder:

I am a lifetime commitment, I am NOT a basket filler. I deserve a forever home & people who are prepared to care for me properly.

What do you mean the weekend is over?
The "May flowers" better be SPECTACULAR.
I was an Easter egg.
got coffee?
Coffee ready yet?
Can you see the weekend from there? Nope, there's a darn camel in the way.
And then I told him...<gulp> He’s behind me, isn’t he?”/></figure></div>

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Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick
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