‘Chicken Behavior’ Archive

Lovely Old Birds September 15, 2015 2 Comments

One of the best parts about working at My Pet Chicken is being able to talk about chickens, all day long, with people who like talking about chickens!  We discuss young birds, and old birds and everything in between. If you’ve just caught the chicken-fever, you know what I am talking about when I say […]

The Snotty Little Red Hen January 30, 2015 9 Comments

When I was a kid, I loved all my “Little Golden Books.” I had a lot of Disney—and a lot of folk and fairy tales. One of my favorites was “The Little Red Hen.” Remember that one? In the story, a Little Red Hen finds some grain which she plants, harvests, mills, and so on–eventually […]

6 Ways to Improve Your Chicken Photos December 15, 2014 4 Comments

Who doesn’t love taking photos of their beautiful chickens? Be honest, if you’re reading this blog, most of the photos on your camera and social media are of your feathered friends, whether they are eating some treats or laying an egg. My Pet Chicken has shared some tips on getting good chicken photos before. Now […]

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 […]

Laverne, the Godzilla of Broody Hens October 8, 2014 9 Comments

This post was written by Joyce. You have to admire the perseverance of a would-be mother hen.  I have a Salmon Favorelles named Laverne who would starve on the nest before she would give up being a broody hen, even when there are no eggs under her.  As a rule, when I’d like a broody […]

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 3 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 […]

Refusing to Roost in the Coop – Top 5 Solutions May 23, 2014 51 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 3 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. […]