‘Backyard Chickens’ Archive

Chicken Run Ideas: Simple Shade and Wind Block November 6, 2019 No Comments

Whether it’s sun, wind or rain, our flock has limited protection in their run. On the worst days, our chickens will hide in their coop and not come out at all. Maybe, like us, you’ve tried planting a tree, and found that it’s too slow-growing and doesn’t protect much from the rain and wind. Or […]

Tragedy to Artistry: Appreciating Chicken Feathers October 11, 2019 No Comments

It was crisp and cool, with the pleasant smell of fall in the air, as I walked to my chicken coop. The sun was shining, birds were chirping and the leaves were just beginning to morph into stunning shades of red, gold and orange. What a fantastic morning! My daily routine begins with a quick […]

The Story of Little Chicken Explorer July 31, 2019 No Comments

Once upon a time, there was a little chicken. She was young and her world quite limited by the barn and walls of her run. Little Chicken had many friends inside her coop, but she dreamed of the world outside with sunlight, bright green grass and delightful, skittering bugs to chase. “Stay inside where it […]

4 Ways to Prepare for Incubator Hatching March 28, 2019 No Comments

I know what it feels like to anxiously stalk tracking info so you’ll know the very minute your hatching eggs arrive. The wait is awful! Quite a lot of prep and planning goes into successful incubator hatching. And because I’ve done this a few {cough} times before, I thought I’d share my four simple steps […]

Raising Waterfowl for Eggs March 26, 2019 No Comments

While you might think that chickens are the easiest way to backyard egg laying success, ducks and geese also produce tasty and nutritious eggs. With their own distinctive qualities, duck eggs and goose eggs can add a unique flair to your farm stand or small egg business, or they can just make breakfast a little […]

6 Justifications for Feeding Your Hatching Addiction March 8, 2019 No Comments

I know you’re sitting there dreaming about hatching, but if you’re like me, you’re glancing over your shoulder at your significant other, considering how to explain just why you needed to go buy eggs. Assuming you have one of those really great partners who enables your hatching addiction, this could be as simple as saying […]

Grocery Store Eggs: 4 things to look for February 26, 2019 No Comments

Welcome to winter! Are your girls being stingy with their eggs like mine are? I live in New England, and it is bitter cold. The wind makes it just plain ole raw. My girls are also getting older. Right now, I am getting barely any eggs, and when I can trudge through the weather into […]

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.

What happens when frostbite strikes February 8, 2019 No Comments

Last week, with the windchill, it was 19 below zero here in Connecticut. I secured our coop and tucked everyone in for the night. The next morning, I was shocked to see one of my roosters, Luigi, with the worst case of frostbite I have ever seen.

When A Predator by the name of Weasel Comes to Visit January 29, 2019 1 Comment

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 […]