‘Joys Of Keeping Chickens’ Archive

3 ways to Choose Your Best Chicken Breed July 22, 2016 2 Comments

If you’ve never kept backyard chickens before, you may wonder what the best way is to choose the best chicken breed for you. As we often explain, there is no One Best Breed for everyone. Some people may want only the best layers, while others prefer only the friendliest chickens… or the most cold hardy chickens… […]

Nancy Luce – Pet Chicken Folk Hero April 8, 2016 11 Comments

Nancy Luce may be the most important pet chicken lover you’ve never heard of–called “The Madonna of the Hens.”  She lived and died in the West Tisbury area of Martha’s Vineyard in the 1800s—and she adored her pet chickens, which were a solace in her hard, troubled life. She loved them so much, in fact, that she wrote […]

Chicken Dream Job-12 Best Reasons to Work at MPC March 30, 2016 175 Comments

Have you–or has someone you know–been fantasizing about a chicken dream job? Do you want to leave your current job and getting paid to keep and talk about chickens all day? Are you looking for a way to help support your family with your beloved flock? Or perhaps you’re a budding writer looking to blog about your flock? If so, […]

The Egg Strike Is Over – We Have Eggs! March 8, 2016 6 Comments

Eggs, oh the wonders of eggs! Egg souffle, homemade puddings, baked goods, and the simple joy of my egg basket overflowing with the stunning variety of color laid by my sweet feathered ladies. I hate the annual chicken egg strike. But like all ladies, the hens need a break sometimes, much to my woe-is-me. It’s […]

Chicken Consultant: Top 10 FAQs February 11, 2016 11 Comments

You may be new to chicken keeping or an old pro but beginners and experts alike all end up having a question at some point. Hi there, my name is Shannon, and I’m a professional chicken consultant. *Waves* Yup, chicken consultant. That would be me. You may be wondering how much my services cost. The answer is: […]

Today’s Best Way to be Chicken Crazy January 28, 2016 2 Comments

Are you chicken crazy? We are. First we’ll share some clues that will tell you whether you–or someone you know–is chicken crazy, too. And then we’ll tell you the BEST way to be chicken crazy today. You may be chicken crazy if you post photos of our first egg on Facebook as if it’s a new grandchild, […]

Chickenzilla Gingerbread Showdown December 24, 2015 2 Comments

Happy Holidays, my fellow Hen Hoarders! I had the most amazing idea for a holiday post.  It involved an unwanted gingerbread house (licked clean), little tiny plastic people running in fear, and an attack by Chickenzilla! It was going to be epic. EPIC. So I threw on a jacket, grabbed the camera, ran outside into the early […]

Top 10 Chicken Gift Guide December 11, 2015 No Comments

That special time of year when everyone asks what I’d like to have has come. Each year, my family and friends try to find the perfect unique items that match my chicken loving personality. This is the time I can ask for the chicken gift I’ve wanted, that I just couldn’t pull the trigger to buy […]

Blue Genes, not blue jeans December 8, 2015 No Comments

One of my favorite colors to hatch is the “blue” or “splash” chickens.  The breed doesn’t matter, I am all about the splash or blue chicken. I don’t know why, I am just attracted to blue genes. Blue genes, not blue jeans. Though I do like the latter: but I digress. However, with most blue […]

Backyard Chicken Farmer December 2, 2015 6 Comments

My name is Judi and I work for My Pet Chicken, one of the best companies ever—especially if you’re a backyard chicken farmer like me! A lot of my fellow My Pet Chicken employees write for our blog so I thought why not try it, too? I wasn’t always a backyard chicken farmer, though. In fact, you […]