‘Chicken Care Tips’ Archive

Use First Saturday Lime for Chickens & Your Garden Will Thank You! March 27, 2020 5 Comments

One of my must-have supplies for backyard homesteading is First Saturday lime. Garden lime (no, not the citrus plant!) is a rock powder that is widely used in organic gardening. Garden lime is alternately called limestone, agricultural lime, aglime, or just plain lime. It’s all-natural, safe for pets and kids, and it’s organic-compliant. (You can […]

So you want chickens? Here are the first 4 rules of chicken farming. March 24, 2020 No 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 […]

March Backyard Chicken Checklist: 5 Pro Tips March 5, 2020 2 Comments

Spring has almost arrived! March 20th, 2020 is the spring equinox and we will all soon be enjoying more sunlight hours, with earlier dawns and later sunsets. (Thank goodness….) Here’s my March backyard chicken checklist to help you prepare for spring with chickens. 1.Incorporate chickens into your garden plans Gardening is the whole reason I […]

January Backyard Chicken Checklist: 9 Tips to Help Your Flock January 10, 2020 No Comments

Start the new year off right and keep your backyard chicken flock clean and organized with our January backyard chicken checklist. Learn about chicken care tips and must-have products to help your flock get through winter. 1. Give your flock outside access. Even if you think it’s too cold, give your chickens access to the […]

How To Keep Chickens Warm in Winter: 7 Ways to Help Your Flock. December 18, 2019 No Comments

Honey, it’s cold outside! Chickens can take the cold better you would think, and in most cases don’t require heating at all. We know you’re worried about how to keep chickens warm in winter, but for the most part, you don’t need to. Read about how to know when to — and when not to — […]

Which Goose and Duck Breeds are Right for Your Farm? February 16, 2019 No Comments

Waterfowl can be a great addition to your farm, but it’s important to know the differences between duck breeds and geese, and what they bring to the farm.

When A Predator by the name of Weasel Comes to Visit January 29, 2019 2 Comments

Predator attacks are part of owning chickens. There are many informative help topics, blogs, social media posts, books, and even podcasts with great tips for protecting your flock. Most folks study this information and do everything possible to prevent the inevitable. Yes, I said inevitable. No one really wants to hear or think about attacks […]

Chicken Vent Gleet: An Icky, Sticky Problem October 25, 2018 No Comments

As a My Pet Chicken Customer Service Rep, I receive health-related questions from y’all almost daily. A common question is about what appears to be a pasty butt in older chickens. In my experience, this is usually a case of “vent gleet,” so I wanted to share what I know about it with you. A […]

Cats and Chickens Can Be Buddies…… April 25, 2018 14 Comments

Seriously, cats and chickens, seemingly mortal foes, can be good buddies! A bit over a year ago, my ten year chicken dream was finally realized. Four, seven-week-old pullets came home to our Tennessee hillside. My husband had built a fine coop and it was predator proofed to the max.  Said girls were named —names that […]

How to Sprout Seeds for Chickens February 7, 2018 No Comments

When the winter comes and the cold sets in, there are fewer fresh greens for our chickens to forage. Fresh greens, grasses, and sprouts are a huge part of their foraging diet most of the year… that is, until winter. That’s why we love giving the chickens something fresh over the winter, a treat to […]