‘Chicken Health’ Archive

Avian Influenza is here: 5 takeaways February 22, 2022 1 Comment

You’ve heard about highly pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in the news unless you’ve been hiding under a rock! Wondering what this means for chicken keepers? Here are five key takeaways.  1. Your flock can’t contract Avian Influenza from My Pet Chicken’s chicks. Let’s address the pink elephant in the room first. Our breeder flocks are […]

Meet the Peeps from My Pet Chicken: Tanya January 13, 2022 No Comments

Welcome to My Pet Chicken’s “Meet the Peeps” blog series! We lovingly call our My Pet Chicken employees, “Peeps!” You’ve interacted with us by phone, chat, and email…now it’s time to “meet” us. My Pet Chicken is very unique in that ALL employees are poultry keepers ourselves so we offer a wealth of experience and […]

Cold weather chickens – 8 things NOT to do to in winter December 6, 2021 220 Comments

How to prepare your chickens for winter isn’t especially intuitive. In fact, many people may take steps that can actually make things more difficult for their flock rather than helping them to become cold weather chickens!  Choosing cold-hardy breeds (if you live in an area of cold winters) is certainly an important first step! But […]

A Guide to Building a Chicken First Aid Kit August 17, 2021 1 Comment

Owning a chicken first aid kit for your flock is a must! Let’s face it, no matter what level chicken keeper you are, there will eventually come a day that an illness or accident happens and you will need medical supplies for a member of your flock. As luck will have it, these events notoriously […]

Herbs for Chickens -Top 6 to Grow for your Flock August 6, 2021 No Comments

If you’re growing a garden, consider adding herbs for chickens. Their benefits are two-fold, because they’re good for your birds and you! Herbs are notoriously easy to grow and maintain. They’re not picky and can be grown in almost any soil and will adapt to almost any situation (except being waterlogged). You can even add […]

How to Pick the Best Chickens for Hot Weather July 23, 2021 No Comments

Picking the best chickens for hot weather is a crucial step to keeping a successful flock. We humans can head into the air conditioning or take a swim in the pool to cool off. Chickens rely on adaptations and behavior to make it through hot weather and to stay cool and some breeds are better […]

Top Five Summer Treats for Chickens June 30, 2021 No Comments

Summer treats for chickens can provide mental stimulation, nutrition, and a cooling break for birds during the season’s heat. A cooling break? Yes! A fun trick for your chicken’s summer snacking is to chill or freeze what you are providing. Just like humans, chickens will appreciate a summertime chilly snack. Check out these top five […]

The Cross Beak Chronicles: Helen’s Story… July 30, 2020 5 Comments

This is the story of Helen, my little cross beak Easter Egger. She is a survivor, to say the least, and has completely captured my heart. Helen was not expected to live very long, yet she is now three and a half years old already! She recently moved out of the main coop and is […]

Use First Saturday Lime for Chickens & Your Garden Will Thank You! March 27, 2020 12 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 […]

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 […]