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There is nothing more frustrating than being in the midst of caring for your first flock and hearing terms that make absolutely no sense. Much like traveling to a foreign country, chicken people speak an entirely different language. You could simply smile and act like you understood the conversation but you would be doing a […]Read more »
While in the coop doing my morning chores I was met with an unusual surprise. An unfamiliar colored egg had found its way into one of my nesting boxes. I was use to seeing nearly every shade of brown from my eight hens but never one with a completely white eggshell. This discovery lead me […]Read more »
The social understanding within a flock is a complicated issue. Chickens are social creatures who thrive in group settings. Pecking order is how your flock establishes hierarchy. It might seem brutal to us as chicken keepers who only want peace and harmony for our chickens, but pecking order is a necessary communication for your […]Read more »
Clinger The Bare Backed Hen & Her Super Simple Saddle My bare backed hen named Clinger (aptly named as she loves being around people) has had the misfortune of losing feathers all winter long. Thankfully, it was not due to mites or malnutrition but the combination of not molting in the fall and repeated encounters […]Read more »
I’ve been a free range backyard chicken keeper for years, but recently I’ve grown tired of the mess my flock creates. I still adore their endearing personalities and amusing antics, I’m just done with the “deposits” they leave on the deck and driveway! And – I’ve had a few episodes of stray dogs attacking my […]Read more »
Chickens are some of the most varied animals ever domesticated by humans. The APA recognizes 65 breeds alone and there are many, many more hobby breeds, fancy breeds, and interesting egg layers beyond that. Have you ever found a chicken on an internet search and wished you could have a few of that breed, […]Read more »
After a winter break, the chickens are well rested and ready to earn their keep again. 😉 There are many ways you can put your chickens to work this Spring, and they are happy to do so… Egg Production With longer days and warmer weather upon us, the ladies become more consistent with their egg […]Read more »
Chicken Terminology. Whether you are new to raising chickens or you are a seasoned chicken keeper, there are some words that you may scratch your head and think ‘what‘. We are all constantly learning new things, so listed here (in alphabetical order) are some common chicken terms. Bantam – A miniature version (usually half […]Read more »