‘Gardening’ Archive

Hen and Chicks in the garden? September 16, 2013 No Comments

Look at the hen and chicks! (No, not the feathered kind.) They’re something you don’t need a green thumb to grow! They do well in pots, inside and out, rock gardens, sandy gardens and they’re completely drought tolerant. They don’t do well in soggy soil though, so be careful to keep your hen and chicks […]

Chicken manure benefits for the garden August 2, 2013 2 Comments

There are lots of benefits to keeping chickens. One of my favorites is that, if you garden, you can use your composted chicken manure as fertilizer. But what you might not know is just how many chicken manure benefits there are. Composted manure is composted manure, right? Wrong! There are chicken manure benefits you may […]

Keep your chickens from scattering the mulch May 3, 2013 36 Comments

My chickens free range, and there are a lot of benefits that go along with that. I love to garden… and there are a lot of benefits that go along with that, too. Sometimes these two hobbies are tough to combine though. Chickens love to scratch. They love to dig. They love to dust bathe. […]

Gardening For Your Chickens April 30, 2013 7 Comments

As a gardener I want my entire family to benefit from what we grow. That includes the chickens and ducks. Fresh foods are important to the health of our chickens; healthier chickens means healthier eggs. When choosing our seeds to plant for the year, we keep the chickens and their needs in mind. You may […]

Fresh greens mean healthier eggs April 3, 2013 5 Comments

I love my flock!  Watching their funny antics, getting mobbed when I show up with treats, and being adored by a few lap chickens is rewarding, but being able to supply my family with delicious, healthy eggs from happy hens is one of the main reasons I keep chickens. Hens with access to fresh greens […]

Eggshell Planters February 25, 2013 7 Comments

It’s the time of year to start thinking about the garden, and again I’m finding myself with heaps of empty egg shells. Of course the shells can go directly into the compost pile, but I’m always trying to find new uses for them so nothing goes to waste.  Last year, I raved about our  “Homemade Monster […]

How much I saved with my chickens and garden February 4, 2013 10 Comments

Back in 2009, after deeply rooting myself into the sustainable living lifestyle, I was curious about how much I actually produced from my chickens and garden—and how much I saved over the year. It sure would be nice to put a value on the time I spent working out in the yard. Curious about how […]

More Chicken Family History November 2, 2012 7 Comments

I loved Autumn’s post about Chicken Family History early this week. It reminded me of an old family letter I have. It’s a letter from my great great great grandma Virginia Jackson Marshall, written to my grandmother when grandma was eight and great granny was 92. In the letter, there’s no punctuation to speak of, […]

How backyard chickens can help you connect July 27, 2012 4 Comments

Occasionally, we run into a customer who has a great story to tell, and we just want to share them with you. Here’s a profile of one of My Pet Chicken’s customers, Kathy Bishop, and her flock of backyard chickens: _________________________ My Pet Chicken Customer Profile: Kathy Bishop “You don’t look like you would have […]

The 6 Silliest Arguments Against Backyard Chickens July 20, 2012 59 Comments

We’ve never heard any meaningful reasons against keeping a small flock of pet backyard chickens. Objections to urban and suburban chicken keeping usually spring from basic ignorance or a lack of education about chickens, and occasionally just a plain lack of common sense. Below are the basic objections you will hear… and as you will […]