‘Chicken Behavior’ Archive

How Hildy the Blind Hen Died September 26, 2014 8 Comments

This will probably be my last Hildy story. If you haven’t read the stories about my blind hen Hildy, you may want to start at the beginning. Read the other posts related to Hildy the blind hen: Introducing Hildy the blind hen Hildy the blind hen in the pecking order Hildy the blind hen and […]

4 Strategies to Beat Flock Boredom August 19, 2014 10 Comments

Flock boredom can be an occasional problem in any flock. Do your chickens sit around for most of the day, not amused by each other or the things in their coop? Let me help you beat flock boredom. Keeping your flock entertained is good for their health, and the quality of their eggs. These methods […]

The Ragged Feathers of Summer: 7 causes August 8, 2014 2 Comments

When your day old baby chick feathers in for the first time at 12 weeks old or so with her complete juvenile plumage, there’s almost nothing quite as beautiful. Each feather is shiny and new. And a perfectly-frocked, robin-sized bird that runs to you for affection is more exciting than most of us would care […]

The Hesitant Spouse Coming to Love Chickens June 6, 2014 4 Comments

When we first got chickens so many years ago, my husband was not especially enthusiastic. Don’t get me wrong. He was never against backyard chickens. Theoretically, he liked the idea of being able to produce our own eggs. Plus real eggs are fabulous even before cracking—not boring like store eggs! Even better, we had a wonderful friend, […]

Refusing to Roost in the Coop – Top 5 Solutions May 23, 2014 48 Comments

When your chickens are refusing to roost in the coop, it can be a big problem. A group of cats is called a glaring, which well describes the look cats give you if you try to herd them. This look is often bestowed from above, as out of reach as possible… or from beneath the […]

Chickens and Gardening: Top 5 ways to combine May 16, 2014 2 Comments

Chickens and gardening: in some ways, these two hobbies are incredibly compatible. After all, chickens eat plant pests. Their droppings and litter can be converted into some truly fantastic compost. And there’s a certain symmetry in making choices that allow you to produce eggs, fruits and vegetables on your own little family farm. Local food […]

The Art of Handfeeding Chickens May 9, 2014 11 Comments

One question we often get asked by people planning for their first flock of backyard chickens is this: how do I get friendly birds? How do you train pet chickens to eat from your hand? In most cases, the answer is simple: Handfeeding pet chickens is something you almost never have to specially “train” them to do. […]

Singing the egg song April 11, 2014 5 Comments

Lissa received this question about the egg song from a fellow Chickenista: “My australorp started singing her egg song again after some time not laying, and she even disappears for a certain amount of time in the backyard.  I’ve looked everywhere for her egg, and especially hard near where she emerges right before she sings, […]

Roosters v Coyotes January 10, 2014 14 Comments

This morning I could hear the yipping and howling of coyotes down in our holler. Even so, I’m not too worried; I have roosters to help keep a look out. But how can roosters hope to deal with coyotes? Let me explain! Coyotes are in my area year-round, but we tend to be aware of […]

Chicken Facebook Status–what would your chickens say? November 29, 2013 5 Comments

Chicken Facebook status: what would your chickens say? Chickens are such social creatures—much like humans—that I’m sometimes reminded of the interactions of my chickens when I read Facebook statuses, especially in November when many people are expressing thankfulness. Some hens are pretty amiably happy when they have food, water, shelter and companionship. Most are. But then […]