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Results of the non-comprehensive Maple Leaf Life survey at the Summer Social (plus more pictures!)

July 31st, 2014 by Mike


We got ’em. We like ’em.

(Actually, raccoons seem to have gotten a few of them. Nonetheless, we like keeping them. Alive. A lot.)

That was a standout result of our completely unscientific survey at the Summer Social on what interests our  Maple Leaf neighbors.

The Maple Leaf Life high-tech, interactive, hands-on survey tool.

The blog’s WordPress software provides a list of the most popular “tags” we use on posts. It looks like this:

But those are the tags WE put on the posts.

We wanted to find out what YOU thought. More or less.

It appears, besides chickens, a lot of you want to know about crime. (Except for those who don’t. But nobody checked that box – possibly because we forgot to create it. But you could have written it in….)

We also forgot to make a box specifically for prowled or stolen cars – the most common crime in Maple Leaf and Seattle as a whole.

Here’s what we got, though:

We were a little surprised at the interest in transit – which might have been a write-in. But we enjoy generally good bus service – remembering that the Northgate transit area and mall rank highest in juvenile petty crime in the city.

We also like dogs (and the Maple Leaf Dog Oasis!)

Cats, too. We’re big on finding lost pets and getting them home.

We post frequently on weather – in part because we’re like that and in part because there’s a Davis Vantage Pro2 on the roof of Maple Leaf Life South, so, why not?

More people were interested in snow, though.

With that report out of the way, here’s some more photos from Wednesday’s night’s Summer Social. (Click on “more” to go there.)

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And now we have a found chicken

September 10th, 2013 by Mike

Ester emails:”I found a stray chicken and have it in my spare coop at the south side of my house: 9609 8th Ave. N.E.

Please come by and take it if it is yours. Please do not take any chickens from my front yard. They are a flock of seven and I’d like to keep them.

I’d try to integrate the stray to my flock if nobody picks up the stray, but my chickens may peck it too much as it is an outsider. Thanks!

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Maple Leaf home among "Top 25 Urban Farms"

July 11th, 2013 by master

For the third year in a row, the home Maple Leaf’s Stacy Brewer is on the coveted Seattle Tilth’s Chicken Coop & Urban Farm Tour.

The annual event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 13, takes you to “Seattle’s Top 25 Urban Farms,” as voted on by expert panelists. From the website:

In this self-guided tour, you will see simple chicken coops built in an afternoon and elaborate finely-crafted coops that took weeks of planning and building. See what accommodations are needed for keeping miniature goats, ducks, mason bees, honey bees and bunnies. There are sites all around the city, including NW, NE, West Seattle, SE, Central, as well as NE & SE outside of Seattle. Enjoy a unique and inspiring urban adventure!

Cost is $12 for individuals; $10 for Seattle Tilth members or bicyclists; $5 for youths ages 4-15; $35 for groups or a family of three to six people; and $30 for groups or a family of Seattle Tilth members or a group of bicyclists; and free for ages 3 and younger. Tickets are available online.

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And could this be a feral chicken on N.E. 91st.?

March 29th, 2013 by Mike

More animal news…Chris emails:

“The chicken captured in the attached photo has been scratching around Northeast 91st Street between Roosevelt Way Northeast and 12th Avenue Northeast. She’s fun to watch, but she looks a little skinny and I don’t think she has a safe spot to bed at night. Please let me know if you have received a report of a lost red chicken and/or post to MLL.

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Chicken Coop & Urban Farm Tour again stops in Maple Leaf

July 13th, 2012 by master

Do you have your tickets yet for Seattle Tilth’s Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour? You won’t have to travel too far this year to see a few of them, with a stop each in Maple Leaf and Meadowbrook, and two in Ravenna. But with more than 50 families ranging from Everett to Duvall opening up their homes for the annual tour, you might be missing out if you stick with just Northeast Seattle.

Our resident gardening blogger, Stacy Brewer of Seattle Seedling fame, has previously had her chicken coop featured in the tour (and in the Seattle Weekly!), so it’s no surprise the tour is returning to our chicken-friendly neighborhood.

What is the Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour? From Seattle Tilth’s website:

This is your chance to visit folks who are keeping chickens and creating “urban farms” right here in the city of Seattle and in the surrounding area.

In this self-guided tour to dozens of sites, you will see simple chicken coops built in an afternoon and elaborate set-ups that took weeks of planning and building. See exactly how chickens, goats, ducks and honey bees live together with people in an urban environment.

The tour is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14. Tickets cost $12 (plus discounts for groups/families, bicyclists, youths and Seattle Tilth members) and are available at Brown Paper Tickets.

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Thornton Creek update: snails, chickens, beavers

September 22nd, 2011 by master

Ruth Williams with the Thornton Creek Alliance recently sent out an update on Thornton Creek with several notable items.

First and foremost, the invasive snail species found recently in Thornton Creek means that it’s imperative people and pets stay out of the creek:

New Zealand Mud Snails are definitely entrenched at the mouth of Thornton Creek.  Please be very careful not to encourage their spread.  This means keeping yourselves, children, and pets out of the creek.  Anything that has been exposed to these tiny invasives must be scrubbed and thoroughly dried in order to keep them from spreading to other waterways.

Since the tiny snails already have taken over Capitol Lake in Olympia, it’s clear there’s little regular citizens can do to keep them out of  waterways they’re already in. But your efforts can at least prevent them from spreading their reach.

There’s even more ways to help Thornton Creek coming up. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, you’re invited to the Beaver Pond Natural Area Fall Work Party, which is taking place at Maple Leaf’s Thornton Creek Park No. 6.

When: Sunday, Sept. 25th; 10:00-1:00
Where: 8th Ave. NE and NE 106th St. (at the beaver pond)
Jobs: Weeding, mulching, and establishing clear places for new plants when planting season arrives
Please bring: yourself, friends, family, and a water bottle
Attire: dress for the weather; old sturdy shoes.
You’ll find on site: snacks, tools, gloves, good company, and useful work

For more information, email Williams at or call 206-930-8965.

Lastly but also most timely, the Thornton Creek Alliance, in cooperation with the Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave. N.E., is holding a public talk from 7-8:30 tonight called “Gourmet Gardening or Urban Farming? Tomatoes, Chickens & Bees!

Have you even tasted local honey? How about a really fresh egg? Hear about neighbors’ adventures and learn of community resources at this fall program from the Thornton Creek Alliance in cooperation with Meadowbrook Community Center. Speakers include Becca Fong from Parks Urban Food Systems, Stephanie Seliga from The Just Garden Project and Sheila Stickel from Seattle Community Solar and more. For more information, call Judy Olson, education vice president for the Thornton Creek Alliance, at (206) 523-4384.

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This time it’s a lost chicken

April 14th, 2011 by Mike

Ralph emails to say that on Wednesday a lost chicken appeared in the alley between Roosevelt Way Northeast and and 11th Avenue Northeast.

I’m a city boy and don’t know anything about chickens. This one is having a bad hair day. There are plenty of dogs, cats, raccoons and such so I don’t know if it will survive until its owner finds it.

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This time it's a lost chicken

April 14th, 2011 by Mike

Ralph emails to say that on Wednesday a lost chicken appeared in the alley between Roosevelt Way Northeast and and 11th Avenue Northeast.

I’m a city boy and don’t know anything about chickens. This one is having a bad hair day. There are plenty of dogs, cats, raccoons and such so I don’t know if it will survive until its owner finds it.

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Lost your chicken? The third animal report of the week

February 10th, 2011 by Mike

Update, 3 p.m. The owners of the chicken – whose name is Becky, or is it Aurora? – have been found. We think. And Carolyn has been rewarded.

I wanted to thank you and your readers for all of the help today.

Becky’s owner just came by and picked her up. The chicken had walked/flew five blocks to get to 97th Street. While hanging around waiting to be claimed, she laid an egg for us. So, Becky may be an adventurous chicken, but she is a very polite guest.


Earlier this morning Katie e-mailed us to say  “a neighbor suggested the Maple Leaf blog might be a good way to find the owner of a chicken that was in my yard.

“If anyone is missing a big chicken, there was one in my yard yesterday and again this morning. On 97th St, between Roosevelt and 12th.”

And a few minutes later we got another mail from Carolyn:

Could you help us find the owner of this chicken?

This friendly escape artist has been wandering up and down NE 97th St.between Roosevelt and 12th for the last two days.

It has now been captured and is in the front yard of 1050 NE 97th St. If this is your chicken, please drop-by and claim it.

There is a photo attached to help with identification.

We’ve posted about neighborhood chickens before, but would be interested in getting doing a rough chicken census. Anybody out there with chickens, let us know. Heck, send us photos!

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Urban Farm Bill gives new meaning to eating locally

August 26th, 2010 by master

The Seattle City Council has approved a bill that could soon have a lot more chicken coops and urban farms popping up in Ballard and across the city. The ordinance updates the land use code on urban agriculture uses, including allowing “urban farms” and “community gardens” in all zones. Residents will now be able to sell food grown on their property. The legislation also changes the number of chickens allowed per lot from 3 to 8. You can read more about raising chickens in the city here.

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