Archive for May, 2014

Crested chickens – When to Ignore the Cons May 30, 2014 4 Comments

Crested chickens: To keep, or not to keep? That is the question—whether ’tis nobler in the, er, flock to suffer the obscured vision of an outrageous crest, or to keep other breeds, and by consumer choice, avoid them… There are a few good reasons to avoid crested breeds—but there are also some compelling arguments that […]

Chicken Care Automation Part 1: Automatic Chicken Door May 28, 2014 11 Comments

I love to travel. I don’t get to do it nearly as much as I would like, but when the opportunity comes my way I’m determined not to miss out. Usually our jaunts are a night or two at my in-laws’ cabin in Massachusetts (living in New England, you either suffer through the cold, hunkering […]

Refusing to Roost in the Coop – Top 5 Solutions May 23, 2014 42 Comments

When your chickens are refusing to roost in the coop, it can be a big problem. A group of cats is called a glaring, which well describes the look cats give you if you try to herd them. This look is often bestowed from above, as out of reach as possible… or from beneath 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 […]

The Art of Handfeeding Chickens May 9, 2014 11 Comments

One question we often get asked by people planning for their first flock of backyard chickens is this: how do I get friendly birds? How do you train pet chickens to eat from your hand? In most cases, the answer is simple: Handfeeding pet chickens is something you almost never have to specially “train” them to do. […]

Predator pee and 7 more keys to freedom from predation May 7, 2014 6 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 […]

Breakfast for Dinner May 2, 2014 2 Comments

Yesterday morning, I decided I would make myself a nice simple breakfast. On an English muffin, I put a scrambled egg, melted Swiss cheese, and some thin slices of smoked ham that I’d fried just enough to crisp the edges. Sort of a real food version of fast food… and way, WAY tastier. That’s unusual for […]