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Chicken Consultant: Top 10 FAQs February 11, 2016 12 Comments

You may be new to chicken keeping or an old pro but beginners and experts alike all end up having a question at some point. Hi there, my name is Shannon, and I’m a professional chicken consultant. *Waves* Yup, chicken consultant. That would be me. You may be wondering how much my services cost. The answer is: […]

Top 10 Chicken Gift Guide December 11, 2015 No Comments

That special time of year when everyone asks what I’d like to have has come. Each year, my family and friends try to find the perfect unique items that match my chicken loving personality. This is the time I can ask for the chicken gift I’ve wanted, that I just couldn’t pull the trigger to buy […]

The 5 Best Points of the Orpington November 19, 2015 5 Comments

I’m a Lavender Orpington, and my name is Hermione… although usually mom just calls me “Good girl!” There are lots of things my mom especially loves about me, so she wanted me to tell you about myself to illustrate the 5 best points of the Orpington chicken breed. But I’m not just a pretty face. […]

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 […]