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Posted on Fri, Jun 17, 2011 : 11:46 a.m.

Ann Arbor Adieu - local food blogger says goodbye to backyard chickens and other local food delights

By Corinna Borden


Our girls settling into their new home at Dragonwood Farm.

Corinna Borden | Contributor

Corinna Borden has been a contributor to's Food & Drink section since the fall of 2009. Here she writes about choices she has had to make with her backyard chickens as she prepares to move out of state.

On Sunday, I watched two of my "girls" deflowered by a rooster.

I had been feeling wary of this upcoming event and my role as a chicken pimp, but we had no choice. Either we were going to kill the girls and bring them with us to our temporary rental home in the freezer, or we were going to give them to friends who have many chickens in their flock.

It seemed highly ridiculous that killing a living creature was deemed better than letting nature take its course — so our girls were introduced to their new flock. Five minutes later, two of our girls were ruffling their feathers, seemingly unperturbed by the 10-second coitus.

Saying goodbye to our chickens was the last in a long list of adieus as we leave this wonderful town.

We have lived here six years, and I feel I only know 40 percent of what makes Ann Arbor wonderful, especially in the realm of food.

As food is the only carnal thing humans can do in public, I salute all those who pursue this world. I am grateful to you all. This world of feeding our bodies, our health, our souls.

Corinna can be reached at


Moms Kitchen

Wed, Jun 22, 2011 : 1:05 a.m.

You will be missed.....hope you blog in your new spot and let me know the URL so I can read it!

Corinna Borden

Mon, Jun 20, 2011 : 11:03 a.m.

Thank you Tom and Steve!

Steve Pepple

Mon, Jun 20, 2011 : 10:54 a.m.

Corinna, Thanks for all the great articles and for being a part of Good fortune to you.


Sat, Jun 18, 2011 : 1:38 p.m.

Good Luck. Nice coverage of the AA food market. Enjoy your new residence and make sure you teach them about their home town.