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So you want chickens? Here are the first 4 rules of chicken farming. March 24, 2020 2 Comments

Does Coronavirus have you thinking about producing your own food? Sweet. But take a sec and think this through, please… Yesterday I was chatting with a good friend who works at our local feed and seed store. They’ve been swamped with customers clearing out seed packs, buying up gardening supplies, and scooping up hens. That’s […]

Agriculture & feed stores remain open per government order March 21, 2020 2 Comments

Are you concerned that if you order a new flock of chickens, you won’t be able to source feed? Don’t be: your local ag and feed stores will remain open! Agriculture stores won’t be forced to shut down per Presidential Policy Directive 21. Even as governors shut down retail businesses and ask people to shelter […]

March Backyard Chicken Checklist: 5 Pro Tips March 5, 2020 2 Comments

Spring has almost arrived! March 20th, 2020 is the spring equinox and we will all soon be enjoying more sunlight hours, with earlier dawns and later sunsets. (Thank goodness….) Here’s my March backyard chicken checklist to help you prepare for spring with chickens. 1.Incorporate chickens into your garden plans Gardening is the whole reason I […]

Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Chickens, Changing Backyard Chicken Laws October 9, 2018 1 Comment

As detailed in my last post, Cock of the Walk: When a Rooster isn’t a Rooster, many local chicken ordinances outlaw roosters, and most chickeneers are happy to comply. It is a small sacrifice to make. What about those parts of the country, like Baltimore County where I live, that have laws that restrict or […]

My Chicken Ate My Earring! August 16, 2017 2 Comments

Believe it or not, even chicken keepers like to glam it up every once in a while. For a gal like me, this includes a pair of diamond earrings that my husband gave me when we had our first child. But I had no idea that my chickens would like my earrings just as much […]

Chicken Activist One-Eyed Sal: Exclusive Interview April 20, 2017 3 Comments

Chicken Activist Sally Bird—or as she is affectionately known, “One-Eyed Sal”—is a Barred Plymouth Rock and an activist for change within chicken-kind, an outspoken critic of the pecking order as it now stands, and an influential member of her flock.  She granted us an exclusive interview from her coop and run on a lovely spring […]

Inside Birdbrains: Chicken Joke Survey Results! March 23, 2017 4 Comments

The Most Comprehensive Survey of Chickens Ever! Finally—after incubating the idea for months—the results have hatched!  Through months of vigorous surveying by phone and chicken joke focus groups, My Pet Chicken was able to interview more than 10,000 American chickens from a variety of breeds, geographic locations, and socio-economic situations. Our Annual Report on What Chickens […]

Saving the Flock from Hurricane Matthew October 28, 2016 2 Comments

Natural disasters are among most flock owners’ worst fears. Actually, they’re among our worst fears, whether we have a flock or not. They are sneaky, they surprise us with their intensity and power, and no matter how hard we try to prepare,  at some point anyone could be a victim of a natural disaster. Recently Hurricane Matthew […]

The Overhatch Madness of a Chickaholic August 17, 2016 5 Comments

Hi, my name is Jordana. And I’m a chickaholic. It was Monday morning, I was at my office here at My Pet Chicken and the phone was barely ringing. Hesitating, I hovered my cursor over the date selection on our baby chick page, debating if I really wanted to see what was available in our […]

Farm insurance: 4 good reasons to get it June 14, 2016 9 Comments

If you sell or give away your eggs, or have friends and neighbors over to visit your chickens — and you don’t have farm insurance — you could find yourself in hot water. (Hint: if you don’t know whether you have farm insurance, you don’t have it.) If you’re like most chicken keepers, you’re an unabashed […]