4 Ways to Prepare for Incubator Hatching March 28, 2019 No Comments

I know what it feels like to anxiously stalk tracking info so you’ll know the very minute your hatching eggs arrive. The wait is awful! Quite a lot of prep and planning goes into successful incubator hatching. And because I’ve done this a few {cough} times before, I thought I’d share my four simple steps to successful incubator hatching.

First thing you need for incubator hatching: fertile eggs!
First thing you need for incubator hatching: fertile eggs!

Step 1: Read, read, read

If you’ve never tried incubator hatching before, your first step is to do some research. While it’s more gratifying to just grab some eggs and stick ’em in an incubator, that rarely leads to a successful hatch. Remember, you’re planning on developing living creatures that need special care. It’s not quite the same as baking a cake that doesn’t turn out. A great place to begin your research is on our free Guide to Incubation and Hatching.

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Raising Waterfowl for Eggs March 26, 2019 No Comments

While you might think that chickens are the easiest way to backyard egg laying success, ducks and geese also produce tasty and nutritious eggs. With their own distinctive qualities, duck eggs and goose eggs can add a unique flair to your farm stand or small egg business, or they can just make breakfast a little bit different. Read on to learn about the best duck and goose breeds for egg laying.

Duck eggs are much larger than chicken eggs
Duck eggs are much larger than chicken eggs
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6 Justifications for Feeding Your Hatching Addiction March 8, 2019 No Comments

I know you’re sitting there dreaming about hatching, but if you’re like me, you’re glancing over your shoulder at your significant other, considering how to explain just why you needed to go buy eggs. Assuming you have one of those really great partners who enables your hatching addiction, this could be as simple as saying “I have to test the incubator out.” Boom. Done.

But for those of us with the slightly more “responsible” partners who actually count how many birds are in the coop on a given day, we may need some good reasons to explain the small dent in the checkbook. Not to fear — I’ve got experience in this area! Here’s some lingo that’s sure to sway your significant other.

Newly-hatched chicks: a primary driver of hatching addiction.
Still-wet chicks: a primary driver of hatching addiction.
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Grocery Store Eggs: 4 things to look for February 26, 2019 No Comments

Welcome to winter! Are your girls being stingy with their eggs like mine are? I live in New England, and it is bitter cold. The wind makes it just plain ole raw. My girls are also getting older. Right now, I am getting barely any eggs, and when I can trudge through the weather into the coop, the eggs they have laid are frozen and cracked. So after a few weeks of being egg-free, I broke down and bought grocery store eggs. So I thought I would share with what I look for at the market.

Summer eggs are gone. Time to buy grocery store eggs
Gone are the plentiful eggs of summer
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Which Goose and Duck Breeds are Right for Your Farm? February 16, 2019 No Comments

It’s time to start thinking about spring birds! If you are considering adding waterfowl to your flock, here are few tips on which duck breeds and goose breeds to consider, and what these fun and entertaining birds may bring to your farm, homestead, or backyard.

A sebastopol goose is a good addition to your farm
A Sebastopol goose stretching his wings
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What happens when frostbite strikes February 8, 2019 No Comments

Last week, with the windchill, it was 19 below zero here in Connecticut. I secured our coop and tucked everyone in for the night. The next morning, I was shocked to see one of my roosters, Luigi, with the worst case of frostbite I have ever seen.

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When A Predator by the name of Weasel Comes to Visit January 29, 2019 1 Comment

Predator attacks are part of owning chickens. There are many informative help topics, blogs, social media posts, books, and even podcasts with great tips for protecting your flock. Most folks study this information and do everything possible to prevent the inevitable. Yes, I said inevitable. No one really wants to hear or think about attacks by predators like a weasel, but they happen. In this line of work, I meet and or talk with very few who don’t shed at least a few tears when a predator comes calling.

The Story of Lily 

Lily the hen belonged to a neighbor of mine who had recently acquired her and brought her into his flock. Lily was stressed and scared. She never fit in with the new flock and their resident rooster was aggressively determined to have his way with her. Therefore, it was decided that Lily needed a new home and so this sad, thin, and bedraggled loner joined our flock of four.




 

Lily's green egg, before she was attacked by a weasel

Lily laid a beautiful green egg

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Honoring Our Veterans: Wreaths Across America December 17, 2018 No Comments

Here at My Pet Chicken, we have great respect for our service men and women. They are the reason we have the freedoms we do today, and we support and remember them throughout the year.

Battlefield Cross

On Saturday, December 15th, along with thousands across the nation, My Pet Chicken participated in Wreath’s Across America by purchasing wreaths in the memory of those who have served and laying them on the graves of veterans. The day was was dark and gray with an enveloping fog and misting cold rain. We stood in the cemetery surrounded by the souls of those gone and the tears of those who remain behind remembering.

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How to make a chicken-themed holiday card December 14, 2018 No Comments

We love winter holidays here at My Pet Chicken. Everyone is decorating their coops, shopping for (or making) that perfect gift, and kitchens smell delicious — like vanilla, peppermint and cinnamon.

I adore giving homemade gifts during the holidays. Okay, I enjoy giving homemade gifts any time of the year, but holidays give a little extra spirit to the creations! One of the simplest things I love to do is make my own cards. Each card is unique and comes right from my soul and means so much more than selecting a commercially-made card in the store.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas”

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One Chick’s Holiday Experience and Her Lesson for Humans December 13, 2018 No Comments

Yay! Today we are going to our new home! Thankfully, those cool peeps at My Pet Chicken packaged us carefully so that we will survive our long journey.

What kind of home will it be? Will they have a big yard, full of bugs and healthy plants to eat? Will I be able to scratch around in the dirt and dust-bathe in the sunshine? Will they dote on us and show us off to their friends?

It’s so exciting!

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