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DIY PVC Chicken Feeder for Small Coops November 11, 2015 1 Comment

We all hate wasted bird feed, all those little bits that spill out of hanging feeders onto the ground, or the excess waste of crumbles or pellets lost from a ground feeder due to scratching hens. There is a cost to this wasted food, especially when you run out a week sooner than expected, and have to […]

Egg Size Really Does Matter November 4, 2015 2 Comments

The lovely array of available chicken breeds lay a rainbow of colors for backyard chicken keepers’ egg baskets. The feeling you get from gifting a dozen eggs to a friend and the moment they open it to see colors they didn’t think were possible (outside of egg dying) is gratifying. These yummy little orbs make anyone’s meal or […]

COOP GIVEAWAY and The Great Holiday Coop Decor Extravaganza! November 25, 2014 601 Comments

The lights are shining, and the garland is being hung. At My Pet Chicken, we’re all definitely getting into the holiday spirit, whatever holiday you celebrate with your loved ones. I’m MPC’s Shannon. At our place, we always get the house all done up and shiny for all to see, but this year, our chickens […]

Unexpected Coop Visitor: the Cardinal November 10, 2014 2 Comments

On a snow covered winter morning, to my surprise, I found a wonderful but unexpected coop visitor in my coop’s window. This darling little red cardinal, in all his genius, found his way into our silkies’ coop through an opening in the run wire. Our unexpected coop visitor then came in an open door in the floor to […]

Feather Sexing: Why it Won’t Work September 30, 2014 6 Comments

Going to the feed store with my daughter to see the chicks in the spring is a favorite past time with her. Occasionally, we see a new breeds we’re interested in taking home with us. The signage often contains vital information about the chicks that help us decide which to take home. To us these […]

The Hen: An Appreciation – E.B. White October 27, 2013 2 Comments

Our blog at My Pet Chicken has made many posts and references about the social misconceptions associated with keeping a backyard flock. Such as Lissa’s post: Do chickens make you look poor? Yet, the humble chicken always finds its way back into our backyards and hearts.  When I read this essay by E.B. White—“The Hen: […]

Hen and Chicks in the garden? September 16, 2013 No Comments

Look at the hen and chicks! (No, not the feathered kind.) They’re something you don’t need a green thumb to grow! They do well in pots, inside and out, rock gardens, sandy gardens and they’re completely drought tolerant. They don’t do well in soggy soil though, so be careful to keep your hen and chicks […]

Simple Hollandaise Sauce May 7, 2013 3 Comments

Oh the French… they have some of the most wonderful sauces I have ever tasted, and yet they’re often quite complicated to make. Hollandaise sauce is among my favorites, but my schedule and lack of patience had me turning to the grocery store packet mix when I have a craving for eggs Benedict. I hated […]

Gardening For Your Chickens April 30, 2013 7 Comments

As a gardener I want my entire family to benefit from what we grow. That includes the chickens and ducks. Fresh foods are important to the health of our chickens; healthier chickens means healthier eggs. When choosing our seeds to plant for the year, we keep the chickens and their needs in mind. You may […]

Backyard Chicken Class 101 March 7, 2013 16 Comments

I recently taught my first backyard chicken class–what a blast! Over the years, I’ve answered a lot of chicken-related questions, but I find that hands-on demonstrations really help with in-depth understanding. This was the first official chicken class I’ve taught… but honestly I’ve taught “unofficially” for years. For instance, we’ve had guests and friends to […]