Posts Tagged ‘backyard chicken keeping’

My dog saved me from a dragon May 15, 2015 3 Comments

Today we’re going to talk about factory farm chickens. But first, a story. It will tie in; just bear with me. Yesterday, my little dog Reggie saved me from a dragon. Well, not a dragon, of course, but it may as well have been as far as he was concerned! We were taking our usual hike […]

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 […]

Top 4 Reasons Factory Farms HATE Your Chickens August 15, 2014 20 Comments

Do you raise backyard pet chickens? Factory farms hate your chickens—and they hate you. You and your chickens are Public Enemy #1 to them! In fact, the main reason humanely produced local eggs tend to be so much more expensive than eggs produced by factory farms is because the price of factory farm eggs is kept artificially low when […]

New Chicken Blogger: Farmer Sam July 29, 2014 7 Comments

Let me introduce myself! I’ll be My Pet Chicken’s newest flock member and chicken blogger, so I’d like to share a little about myself. My name is Sam, although I prefer to be called Farmer Sam by my chicken keeping friends. I live in Fairfield, Connecticut where I raise chickens and sheep.  I started my […]

Silly Chickens and Mud Puddles June 27, 2014 6 Comments

Silly chickens. Chickens can be contrary. You can provide them with the most fabulous coop, and some will want to roost in a nearby tree in the rain. You can give them huge, roomy nests filled with soft, clean nesting material in a secure place, and they want to lay eggs in the dirt under […]

Right to Farm – Your garden and backyard flock June 13, 2014 6 Comments

On Facebook yesterday, we shared a story from Michigan. Michigan residents have just lost their Right to Farm protections. There was a variety of response to this distressing news.With the responses were a few misconceptions. For instance, some were panicked, seemingly under the mistaken impression that backyard chickens have been expressly outlawed. That’s not the […]

Chickens and Gardening: Top 5 ways to combine May 16, 2014 2 Comments

Chickens and gardening: in some ways, these two hobbies are incredibly compatible. After all, chickens eat plant pests. Their droppings and litter can be converted into some truly fantastic compost. And there’s a certain symmetry in making choices that allow you to produce eggs, fruits and vegetables on your own little family farm. Local food […]

Predator pee and 7 more keys to freedom from predation May 7, 2014 7 Comments

Connecticut’s state motto: “He who is transplanted still sustains.” This is so fitting! We moved in November of 2013 from a rural/suburban New England town to our current residence in Connecticut, and have been fighting ever since to sustain our dwindling flock of chickens. While we had run-ins with predators at our old haunt—including raccoons, hawks and coyote—it […]

Chicken Dream Prize February 7, 2014 164 Comments

If you read the My Pet Chicken blog, you’re doubtless familiar with the My Pet Chicken website. Now there’s a My Pet Chicken Handbook, too–and we’d like to celebrate! Read about what we’re giving away and how to enter below. We wrote our book because we realized that the vast majority of the frequently asked […]

Chicken Facebook Status–what would your chickens say? November 29, 2013 5 Comments

Chicken Facebook status: what would your chickens say? Chickens are such social creatures—much like humans—that I’m sometimes reminded of the interactions of my chickens when I read Facebook statuses, especially in November when many people are expressing thankfulness. Some hens are pretty amiably happy when they have food, water, shelter and companionship. Most are. But then […]