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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 […]

Coronavirus Chicken Checklist March 22, 2020 No Comments

How to breeze through the apocalypse with your flock So you’re hunkered down, doing your patriotic duty to stop the spread of coronavirus. What next? I’ve come out with this coronavirus chicken checklist to help you make the most out of it. 1. Get the necessities: food, grit and shavings/bedding Agriculture and feed stores won’t […]

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 […]

Share eggs & get your stingy town to (finally) legalize chickens March 19, 2020 1 Comment

Do you live in a town you wish would stop stomping on backyard chickens? Have you tried to legalize chickens and failed? Does your town council or zoning commission seem to want to control your every move? Do they force you to pay for a permit for the privilege of raising a few hens? In […]

My Pet Chicken is open for business! March 13, 2020 1 Comment

With so much uncertainty around you-know-what, with schools and businesses closing, we want to let you know where we are. And as of today, we are open for business! Here’s what you need to know: COVID-19 does not affect birds as far as we know Our understanding is that birds do not carry COVID-19 and […]

5 Secret Ways to get Sold Out Breeds December 16, 2019 No Comments

When you’re in the notoriously tricky business of counting your eggs before they hatch, the “counting” is more of an art than a science… Many of you have stalked our website for months to get that day-old chick breed you really want. Maybe you wanted chocolate or olive eggs in your basket, or that sweet bantam pet for your […]

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 […]

Be careful what you wish for: the Change.org petition that harms chickens September 13, 2014 284 Comments

We have recently been the target of a Change.org petition started by a vegan animal rights activist which denounces the shipping of baby chicks. It’s time to bring you all into the loop.  The following petition has received more than 71,000 signatures to date: A post on Facebook today had me livid and I felt compelled to […]

Farewell, Ashlee June 27, 2013 42 Comments

Ashlee, we woke up this morning to find you had left us. Always the first to come running when you saw us in the yard, always forgiving as our kids endlessly carried you around the yard like you were a doll, beautiful with your white and gray and buff–you will be missed. You gave us […]

Grocery store egg labels: what they REALLY mean April 25, 2013 7 Comments

Here’s an article I recently wrote about grocery store egg labels for dLife, a wonderful online resource for folks with diabetes. Many chicken-keepers are already aware of the difference “cage-free” and conventional eggs—and that’s part of the motivation for keeping chickens. For you who aren’t aware, this one’s for you. Checking out the egg case […]