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Cold weather chickens – 8 things NOT to do to in winter December 6, 2021 220 Comments

How to prepare your chickens for winter isn’t especially intuitive. In fact, many people may take steps that can actually make things more difficult for their flock rather than helping them to become cold weather chickens!  Choosing cold-hardy breeds (if you live in an area of cold winters) is certainly an important first step! But […]

Herbs for Chickens -Top 6 to Grow for your Flock August 6, 2021 No Comments

If you’re growing a garden, consider adding herbs for chickens. Their benefits are two-fold, because they’re good for your birds and you! Herbs are notoriously easy to grow and maintain. They’re not picky and can be grown in almost any soil and will adapt to almost any situation (except being waterlogged). You can even add […]

How to Pick the Best Chickens for Hot Weather July 23, 2021 No Comments

Picking the best chickens for hot weather is a crucial step to keeping a successful flock. We humans can head into the air conditioning or take a swim in the pool to cool off. Chickens rely on adaptations and behavior to make it through hot weather and to stay cool and some breeds are better […]

Top Five Summer Treats for Chickens June 30, 2021 No Comments

Summer treats for chickens can provide mental stimulation, nutrition, and a cooling break for birds during the season’s heat. A cooling break? Yes! A fun trick for your chicken’s summer snacking is to chill or freeze what you are providing. Just like humans, chickens will appreciate a summertime chilly snack. Check out these top five […]

Chicken Pirates: what’s up with those shoulder birds? September 15, 2020 No Comments

Aargh! Are ye a chicken pirate? I kept chickens for over many years before I became a pirate. What took so long? Well, even though I’d had lots of chickens, none of them chose to be “shoulder birds,” until two of the birds from a 2016 batch of chicks from My Pet Chicken. “Brahma Mama,” […]

Can baby chicks get too much chick grit? August 11, 2020 5 Comments

One customer’s story of too much chick grit…. Too much chick grit can be harmful to your newly delivered flock. One of our customers, Cindy (not her real name) excitedly picked up her peeping balls of fluff from the post office. She quickly took them home and settled them in their new brooder. They all […]

Scratch, Check, Peck, Repeat July 11, 2020 2 Comments

Scratch, check, peck, repeatThrough the winter cold, in the summer heatUnder spring rain, through the autumn leavesScratch, check, peck, repeat. Here you see a bug, there you see a seedKeep your body moving, everything you needLies underneath those busy, busy feetScratch, check, peck, repeat Cackle, cluck, purr, singEarly in the morning, hear our egg song […]

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 […]

What happens when frostbite strikes February 8, 2019 2 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.

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 […]