‘Backyard Chickens’ Archive

Meet the “Peeps” from My Pet Chicken: Amy November 30, 2021 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 […]

A Guide to Building a Chicken First Aid Kit August 17, 2021 No Comments

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 […]

Keeping Geese in Winter: Top 3 Tips November 12, 2020 No Comments

Are your geese ready for winter? Geese are large, hardy birds that often thrive in cooler weather. But if you keep geese in an area with long, cold winters and plenty of snow, a few steps should be taken to make sure your birds are comfortable. Prepping the coop for winter Like most livestock, geese […]

Chicken Pirates: what’s up with those shoulder birds? September 15, 2020 No Comments

Aargh! Are ye a chicken pirate? I kept chickens for over many years before I became a pirate. What took so long? Well, even though I’d had lots of chickens, none of them chose to be “shoulder birds,” until two of the birds from a 2016 batch of chicks from My Pet Chicken. “Brahma Mama,” […]

Jules – The Special Duck September 9, 2020 No Comments

Do you have a “special” member in your flock? You know, that one chicken, duck, goose (or hey, any other member of the flock!) that you nursed and nurtured through thick and thin? The one you count heads for every day to be sure they are still there? Yeah, I thought you might! Today I […]

7 Baby Chick Care Mistakes to Avoid September 2, 2020 No Comments

As you begin your chick raising journey, you’ll be faced with a variety of common challenges and mistakes when it comes to baby chick care. A few of those challenges begin the moment you hit that lovely purchase button and submit your order. Even the most expert among us make mistakes sometimes (yes, that should […]

Want eggs? 8 reasons to consider ducks. August 18, 2020 2 Comments

If you want to produce your own eggs, ducks may be just the ticket. While I wouldn’t echo Doris’s sentiments above (she’s rude), you’d be smart to carefully consider the benefits of adding ducks to your flock! Ducks are, without a doubt, my favorite backyard layer. Here are 8 reasons why: 1. Ducks are “cheep” […]