‘Breeds’ Archive

Fantasy World Poultry Tour February 27, 2015 2 Comments

I’m ready to go on a fantasy world poultry tour. Why? I miss my chickens. I mean, technically, they’re still here. I’ve not stopped keeping chickens, of course. Nothing has happened to them. Nothing but snow. Deep snow. Deep, deep snow. My girls enjoy a little of the white stuff, but when it gets deeper […]

Six Kid Favorite Bantams February 13, 2015 1 Comment

When you’re looking for pet chickens for your family, don’t forget the bantam varieties. There are lots of kid favorite bantams! If high production egg laying is not your top priority, there is plenty to recommend these little cuties. While the eggs laid by bantams will typically smaller than the eggs of large fowl varieties, there’s something about the […]

Top 10 Hottest Chicken Trends of Spring 2015 January 2, 2015 17 Comments

Are you a watcher of chicken trends? Okay, maybe not. There aren’t many people who do that… but I’m one of the few. (Sometimes it does feel as if I’m a paparazzo hovering around the red carpet, just waiting to see which birds will go into the premier—the premier being, in this case, the New Year 2015.) […]

Four Important Feather Foot Concerns December 12, 2014 8 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 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 […]

The #1 reason to raise chicks in the fall September 5, 2014 8 Comments

Why is spring the traditional time to begin raising baby chicks? The main reason is that, in the past, chickens simply laid fewer eggs than they do today—and their top laying season was in the spring, so more eggs were available then for hatching. However, since modern chicken breeds have been selected for higher production […]

Chicken Math – Blessing or Curse? July 25, 2014 22 Comments

Chicken math: it’s sort of an inside joke with chicken keepers. It goes something like this:You get approval from your significant other to get just a small flock–maybe five chickens, tops! How do you get to five? Well, first you need two chocolate layers. Then you need two blue layers. So far so good. But you notice […]

Crested chickens – When to Ignore the Cons May 30, 2014 3 Comments

Crested chickens: To keep, or not to keep? That is the question—whether ’tis nobler in the, er, flock to suffer the obscured vision of an outrageous crest, or to keep other breeds, and by consumer choice, avoid them… There are a few good reasons to avoid crested breeds—but there are also some compelling arguments that […]

The Art of Handfeeding Chickens May 9, 2014 9 Comments

One question we often get asked by people planning for their first flock of backyard chickens is this: how do I get friendly birds? How do you train pet chickens to eat from your hand? In most cases, the answer is simple: Handfeeding pet chickens is something you almost never have to specially “train” them to do. […]

Top 2 ways to get “sold out” rare chicken breeds April 25, 2014 13 Comments

When getting into pet chickens, one of the most common disappointments in the process happens even to people who have done all their homework and have done their best to prepare. They’ve checked their local laws to confirm pet chickens are permitted. They’ve researched chicken care, purchased a brooder, and built or bought a coop. […]