‘Chicken Behavior’ Archive

Sunrise chicken skunk encounter October 18, 2013 3 Comments

Have your chickens ever encountered a skunk? The other morning I had a chicken skunk encounter–yikes! It happened quite early in the morning when I was out taking sunrise photos.  I especially love those rosy mornings in spring and fall, where the light casts everything as pink. Our silvery old barn is always a little […]

Do chickens have accents? October 11, 2013 1 Comment

I often find myself wishing for research grants so science could affirm the answers to weird questions that pop up in my mind. Maybe that’s what a chicken nerd is supposed to do: come up with weird questions. For instance, do chickens have accents? I think they do. It doesn’t take a sensitive ear to […]

Pet chickens treat us as equals. October 4, 2013 4 Comments

According to Sir Winston Churchill, “Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.” I say: pet chickens treat us as equals, too. To have well behaved animals, you take the role the animal needs you to play. You must learn how to be a leader for your pet dog. […]

Top 4 causes of feather picking in the home flock September 27, 2013 4 Comments

One of our readers is having problems with feather picking. She writes:   Listen Lissa, My chickens turned a year old this past August. During the winter months, I noticed one of my chickens lost a lot of vent feathers, all the feathers around her bottom and part way up her back and then had an open sore […]

How to keep clean water in the coop September 8, 2013 17 Comments

How do you keep clean water in the coop? Having clean water in the coop at all times is important for keeping healthy chickens, but achieving this can be a challenge.   I don’t know about you, but for me, litter and poop in the water is the main problem I encounter.  It seems that no […]

Why chickens don’t come in out of the rain August 12, 2013 10 Comments

Do your chickens have enough sense to come in out of the rain? Probably not. Actually, that your flock would “come in out of the rain” is not necessarily sensible behavior… not for chickens. A rainy day can be a good day for a chicken to forage more widely than normal. On overcast days, the extra […]

4 Problems with my DIY Roll-Away Nestbox August 4, 2013 3 Comments

The ladies are now laying like crazy!  All our hens are laying, so we are getting eggs almost daily. This is the good news; the bad news is that Isa is not completely broken of egg eating. Unfortunately, my DIY roll-away nestbox is not working as well as planned.  We are getting some eggs from her, and she has […]

Dear Chickens (an open letter to my flock) July 19, 2013 3 Comments

Dear Chickens, We’ve been hanging out a lot lately, but there are a few things I think we need to discuss. Perhaps we can clear up for the youngest chickens with the help of some visual aids. Truthfully, I find the confusion a bit charming, so I won’t name names—after all, you know who you […]

Hide-and-seek eggs July 12, 2013 24 Comments

Mostly, chickens will lay eggs in the nest boxes you provide for them. Instinct usually has them prefer enclosed, shady, out-of-the-way spots for laying, and nest boxes usually provide that. Your nest box can be something built in to your coop… or it can be a modified bucket, an old drawer, a fruit crate and […]

6 Ways Roosters Rock June 28, 2013 36 Comments

Roosters rock! How do I love roosters? Let me count the ways. Um … Six. Yes, there are six ways. Possibly more, but at least six reasons that roosters rock. I get that roosters aren’t for everyone. Roosters aren’t usually permitted in towns, and it makes a certain amount of sense. You don’t need roosters […]