‘Chicken Health’ Archive

Salmonella, the CDC, and Handling Pet Chickens July 17, 2015 6 Comments

We have always advised practicing good biosecurity with your birds. When you handle them, make sure to wash your hands—make especially sure your children wash their hands. Baby chicks look like adorable, kissable little fluff balls. But of course they’re walking and pecking around in poopy litter. Erg. That’s a salmonella danger. While backyard pet […]

Chunky Chicken Giveaway! April 24, 2015 308 Comments

No, we’re not giving away fat chickens. We’re giving away samples of our own My Pet Chicken branded treats, in a Chunky Chicken Giveaway! If you win the Chunky Chicken Giveaway, you’ll receive

Four Important Feather Foot Concerns December 12, 2014 14 Comments

Feather foot chickens: there’s just something about the magnificent feathered legs of breeds like cochins or silkies. Fancy feathered chickens in general—including those with crests, beards, tufts and/or muffs—can be fun to keep as pets, simply because they’re so showy and spectacular. Many people have never seen feather footed chickens before. Sometimes even the chickens […]

Top 10 ways to prepare the flock for winter December 2, 2014 4 Comments

I like to prepare the flock for winter, and I like to do it early. I’ve always found being an early bird and preparing well in advance for new seasons, or even batches of chicks,  is a good idea for a few reasons. Firstly, by the time some seasonal items are really necessary, they can be sold […]

Top 3 reasons to have a second coop November 21, 2014 9 Comments

Let’s talk luxury. After all, there are chicken needs, and there is chicken indulgence. I’ll be the first to admit that most people view a second coop as an indulgence, not a need. But there are certain circumstances where the second coop can quite literally be a lifesaver for your flock. Update: Right now (July 2017), we […]

Top 5 most cold hardy chicken breeds October 3, 2014 14 Comments

One of the most important things you can do when choosing which breeds you want for your flock is to choose breeds appropriate to your climate. With cold winter weather on the way for most of the US, let’s have a look at cold hardy chicken breeds. Our website makes it easy to choose from a list […]

How Hildy the Blind Hen Died September 26, 2014 8 Comments

This will probably be my last Hildy story. If you haven’t read the stories about my blind hen Hildy, you may want to start at the beginning. Read the other posts related to Hildy the blind hen: Introducing Hildy the blind hen Hildy the blind hen in the pecking order Hildy the blind hen and […]

Chicken watching for Labor Day weekend August 29, 2014 No Comments

In addition to visiting with family, grilling food, having a picnic and so on… don’t forget to enjoy some chicken watching this Labor Day. It’s good for the soul, and good for your chickens. We’ve talked about the benefits of chicken watching before. More than once. Some people refer to chicken watching simply as “chicken […]

The Ragged Feathers of Summer: 7 causes August 8, 2014 2 Comments

When your day old baby chick feathers in for the first time at 12 weeks old or so with her complete juvenile plumage, there’s almost nothing quite as beautiful. Each feather is shiny and new. And a perfectly-frocked, robin-sized bird that runs to you for affection is more exciting than most of us would care […]

Lissa’s Favaucanas – Good news and bad December 6, 2013 88 Comments

We have some good and bad news about our Salmon and Blue Salmon Favaucanas. We’ve had nearly 400 people (at the time of this writing) sign up to be notified about when our Salmon Favaucanas—our new “designer cross”—will be available to order.  Those of you who have been following the blog will remember this is […]