‘Breeds’ Archive

Lissa’s Favaucanas – Good news and bad December 6, 2013 70 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 […]

Black Friday Flock November 26, 2013 2 Comments

It’s that time of year! Baby chick ordering for 2014 has begun at My Pet Chicken. Before you leave for Black Friday shopping, you may want to reserve your Black Friday Flock. Some of the rarer breeds (or preferred colors) of baby chicks sell out fast! Black Copper Marans, for example, are often all reserved […]

The best chicken breed for your personality November 8, 2013 12 Comments

People are always asking us which is the best chicken breed–which breed should they get? Of course, we have to explain that it all depends on what you’re looking for in a chicken! We often point them toward our “Chicken Chooser” Breed Selection Tool, an online “quiz” where you can input your criteria, and then […]

Backyard Pet Chickens: 5 Tips for Beating the Heat July 5, 2013 19 Comments

You can tell your backyard pet chickens are too hot when they hold their wings away from their bodies to help release heat; they may also pant with their beaks open to try to cool themselves off. But what can you do other than choose heat hardy breeds…  or move north? After all, while you may […]

Microflock: Top 7 Pet Chicken Breed Choices June 7, 2013 41 Comments

If you have a microflock—meaning an exceptionally small flock of three to five hens—you have to be selective with your breed choices if you want to be able to gather enough eggs to supply your family. Some towns tightly restricts on the number of hens you can keep to just three or five, so you […]

My blind hen, Hildy February 15, 2013 43 Comments

I’ve sort of hesitated writing about Hildy, my blind hen. Why? I get emotional about her. Of all the chickens I’ve had, she was one of my absolute favorites. She died a little more than a year ago. But I was looking through some old photographs, and I made it through without crying, so maybe […]

Chicken breed identification: It’s all in the details January 11, 2013 5 Comments

At My Pet Chicken, we get lots of questions from folks who would like assistance with chicken breed identification. We can often help… but sometimes we just aren’t given enough information to provide an educated guess! So, be sure to provide details. A picture is always helpful, but keep in mind that it will have […]

Winter layers and Cold hardiness – NOT the same thing! December 28, 2012 40 Comments

One of the mistakes I initially made years ago when choosing my chicken breeds was that I didn’t understand that there was a difference between cold hardy breeds and winter layers. To me, a breed that was described as cold hardy was bound to be a winter layer, too. But that’s not true. It’s just not the […]

Choosing chicken breeds—a guilty pleasure? November 30, 2012 7 Comments

Bearded chickens. When it comes to choosing chicken breeds, I go for beards. Why do I love them so much? I’m not sure quite why, but bearded hens to me look especially lovely. Seems a beard might make a girl look masculine, but not in the case of chickens—at least not to me. The fancy […]

5 rules for keeping multiple roosters October 26, 2012 26 Comments

Roosters can be a challenge sometimes. Don’t get me wrong–I love roosters! But they can be territorial and protective of what they regard as “their” hens. That’s part of their charm, of course, but when they compete with one another too much, they can hurt each other, or even hurt the hens! When you have multiple […]