‘Baby Chicks’ Archive

4 ways to validate your chicken addiction November 28, 2015 3 Comments

Crisp autumn air surrounded me as I went to feed the chickens this morning. Dried leaves crunched under my feet and the hens scratched for the last of the bugs trying to keep warm under the fall carpet. This season makes me start to dream. The birds look so pretty in their fine “dresses” as […]

Expert Tip: How to calibrate your hygrometer November 24, 2015 No Comments

Hatching eggs can be such a fun adventure!  It can be fraught with ups and downs, successes and failures… chicks and no chicks. It’s pretty easy to get NO chicks… but to get YES chicks, you want to calibrate your hygrometer properly. I was always an AVID hatcher, but I have to admit, it doesn’t mean I […]

Chicken math, in motion November 2, 2015 No Comments

I promised myself I wasn’t going to raise chicks this year.  Well, that is not true, actually. I promised myself I wouldn’t raise any more chicks AFTER the adorable box of Easter Egger Bantams I ordered in April this spring.  After them, no more chicks this year. It is almost NOVEMBER. I don’t need any […]

Embarrassed by my chickens October 2, 2015 4 Comments

I’m embarrassed by my chickens–yup! I won’t show you any pictures of them right now because I’m too mortified by the way they look.  It’s a shame, too, because there would otherwise be some cool photo opportunities. For instance, I have a mama hen and a bunch of baby chicks that we are raising outside a […]

Chicken Bloopers September 30, 2015 1 Comment

Chickens are not always the most cooperative subjects to take pictures of, as we’ve discussed before. Sometimes, you get chicken bloopers. We wanted some great chicken pictures for our website of our newest breeds and assortments of hatching eggs… and we did get them, eventually. As with any photo shoot, there were some unique (and hilarious) shots—our chicken bloopers—that we […]

A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens March 20, 2015 30 Comments

Our friend  Melissa Caughey of Tilly’s Nest just released her first book about keeping chickens: A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens. The most delightful thing about it is how it focuses on chicken keeping as a family activity, with “make and do” ideas for family projects you can complete together for your flock. Reading A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens actually made […]

Six Kid Favorite Bantams February 13, 2015 3 Comments

When you’re looking for pet chickens for your family, don’t forget the bantam varieties. There are lots of kid favorite bantams! If high production egg laying is not your top priority, there is plenty to recommend these little cuties. While the eggs laid by bantams will typically smaller than the eggs of large fowl varieties, there’s something about the […]

6 Most Important Rules for Home Hatching February 6, 2015 7 Comments

Home hatching projects can be a great project to enjoy with your family. There are many things you will want to consider BEFORE starting up your incubator, though… and if you’ve never hatched before, there are some things you may not think of. If your vision of home hatching consists solely of how cool it will be to […]

15 great chicken stocking stuffers and gifts December 5, 2014 No Comments

Chicken stocking stuffers: this has a double meaning, if you keep pet chickens! Firstly, it refers to what chicken-related things go into your stocking. And it also refers to the things that go into your chickens’ stockings. Yeah, you heard me. CHICKENS’ STOCKINGS. That’s how we roll around here. We, er, chicken roll so hard […]

Top 3 reasons to have a second coop November 21, 2014 10 Comments

Let’s talk luxury. After all, there are chicken needs, and there is chicken indulgence. I’ll be the first to admit that most people view a second coop as an indulgence, not a need. But there are certain circumstances where the second coop can quite literally be a lifesaver for your flock. Update: Right now (July 2017), we […]