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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 […]

Cuckoo for Cuckoos – Cuckoo Bluebars, that is! March 24, 2017 No Comments

At my house, we recently had the privilege of hatching some of My Pet Chicken’s Cuckoo Bluebars, and what an experience it was! We have never ordered fertile eggs before, always hatching eggs from our existing flock, so even the shipping side was a new experience for us. You can also get cuckoo bluebar started pullets […]

A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens March 20, 2015 30 Comments

Our friend  Melissa Caughey of Tilly’s Nest just released her first book about keeping chickens: A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens. The most delightful thing about it is how it focuses on chicken keeping as a family activity, with “make and do” ideas for family projects you can complete together for your flock. Reading A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens actually made […]

5 Ways To Teach Life Skills to Kids with a Flock March 12, 2015 2 Comments

Not long ago I saw a post on Facebook about a child who had just gotten a website up and running for his small, local business selling hatching eggs and chicks. I was fascinated! I have children of my own, and we have also been on the journey of starting small business endeavors within their […]

Egg color: 3 myths busted November 1, 2013 3 Comments

Egg color in general—and chicken egg color in particular—is often a mystery, even to people who have kept chickens for years. Where does the egg color come from? Is egg color related to ear lobe color? Does egg color have any effect on nutrition? Let’s take a look at some of the more interesting myths […]

5 Reasons to Reduce Your Egg Candling March 31, 2013 326 Comments

Egg candling can be a most addictive experience.  Years ago, when I first started home incubation, egg candling would begin on the third day, and then happened again nearly every day thereafter until lockdown. I couldn’t get enough. Secluded in a dark room with a very strong flashlight, I would imagine my pile of eggs […]

Chicken coop gumption January 25, 2013 12 Comments

I need more gumption, chicken coop gumption. I don’t want any more frozen eggs. Yesterday there were four frozen–four! The fact is, I sometimes don’t get out to the coop enough, especially in winter. When it’s icy and cold, I need to go out more often to gather eggs, or they might freeze. I know […]

Chicken family history October 29, 2012 158 Comments

As most peeps here at My Pet Chicken, I keep a small flock of backyard chickens. Currently I have just a small flock of three, but I’ve had as many as seven. I didn’t grow up on a farm, but I did spend a lot of time at my Grandparents’ farm. They didn’t have chickens, though, so […]

Chickens vs. Derecho: who’s the winner? July 13, 2012 2 Comments

Chickens vs. Derecho: who’s the winner? We were eleven days without power as a result of the recent derecho, and as of Friday, July 13 2012, there are people here in my state without power still, although it is finally looking as if the number of people without is shrinking. (The power company, rather cruelly, keeps […]

How to become Ms or Mr. Mother Hen – Hatch Day May 11, 2012 187 Comments

Hatch day–finally! I’m not sure how it can seem as if it takes forever to get here and also as if it’s hardly been 21 days, both at once. It does seem like it took no time and forever, though. So, there were no power outages during incubation that would cause  problems. The temperature and […]