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Biosecurity: Difference between cleaning and sanitizing August 14, 2015 No Comments

Biosecurity for your flock means both cleaning AND sanitizing. But a lot of people don’t necessarily realize there’s a difference, or why you should be doing both. So let’s talk the basics of biosecurity. CLEANING is simply removing the gunk. When your chickens kick up dirt, bedding or other detritus into their waterers or feeders,  you clean […]

Salmonella, the CDC, and Handling Pet Chickens July 17, 2015 6 Comments

We have always advised practicing good biosecurity with your birds. When you handle them, make sure to wash your hands—make especially sure your children wash their hands. Baby chicks look like adorable, kissable little fluff balls. But of course they’re walking and pecking around in poopy litter. Erg. That’s a salmonella danger. While backyard pet […]

Strangest Egg Color I’ve Ever Gotten June 26, 2015 4 Comments

If you’ve kept chickens for any period of time, you’ve probably seen some unusual eggs. When hens first start laying their eggs may be quite small or even quite large double yolkers! They may be shell-less. Egg color can be stunning, too. In addition to white and brown, egg color may be green, chocolate, blue, olive, pink, cream, […]

Celebrity Lookalike Chickens June 19, 2015 1 Comment

There are lots of Celebrity Lookalike Chickens out there.  Everyone with Sultans, for instance, seems to have one named Lady Gaga–we think Silkies would be great Lady Gagas, too.  Mae West is a common name for  the uncommon Silkie Showgirls. And Phyllis Diller seems to be a name that gets used a lot with various unusual breeds, […]

How to chicken blog: 5 fabulous tips May 22, 2015 No Comments

When you get pet chickens, it changes your life… so much so that you may want to write your own chicken blog. You might be surprised how foreign the concept of chicken keeping is to some people, so you may want to share your own perspective! How often do they lay? Are they friendly? How […]

My dog saved me from a dragon May 15, 2015 3 Comments

Today we’re going to talk about factory farm chickens. But first, a story. It will tie in; just bear with me. Yesterday, my little dog Reggie saved me from a dragon. Well, not a dragon, of course, but it may as well have been as far as he was concerned! We were taking our usual hike […]

Chunky Chicken Giveaway! April 24, 2015 308 Comments

No, we’re not giving away fat chickens. We’re giving away samples of our own My Pet Chicken branded treats, in a Chunky Chicken Giveaway! If you win the Chunky Chicken Giveaway, you’ll receive

Water repellent feathers: NOT due to the oil gland April 17, 2015 3 Comments

Chickens don’t necessarily go inside when it rains–and as we’ve discussed, it’s not because they’re not smart enough. They’re smart! They just know that they’re outfitted with pretty durn good rain gear: water repellent feathers. Especially in light rains, water just rolls right off. (Ducks have even more effectively water repellent feathers–you may have heard the […]

Vegetarian chickens? Ha! April 10, 2015 5 Comments

One of the weirdest things I see on the cartons  of commercial eggs in stores is this: “Vegetarian-fed.” Vegetarian chickens? Ha! What are they thinking? Chickens are omnivores, so even setting aside the conditions most commercial hens endure, it seems strange that any company would purposefully claim their hens are vegetarian chickens. You don’t have to be an […]

Chicken Marionette DIY Egg Carton Craft March 27, 2015 1 Comment

When it gets to be the holidays, I get to feeling crafty. While my chickens have started laying again like crazy (thank goodness!), it seems like a bad time to waste egg cartons on crafts. But I don’t let that stop me! I decided to make a chicken marionette out of egg cartons. I’ll need […]