‘Backyard Chickens’ Archive

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” […]

Can baby chicks get too much chick grit? August 11, 2020 2 Comments

One customer’s story of too much chick grit…. Too much chick grit can be harmful to your newly delivered flock. One of our customers, Cindy (not her real name) excitedly picked up her peeping balls of fluff from the post office. She quickly took them home and settled them in their new brooder. They all […]

The Cross Beak Chronicles: Helen’s Story… July 30, 2020 No 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 […]

Top 4 Compost Methods using Chicken Manure July 24, 2020 No Comments

It’s time to clean the chicken coop again and we have 4 compost methods for using chicken manure in your garden. While coop cleaning is not the best part of owning chickens, it’s definitely necessary. You are left with a pile of bedding and droppings, also known as the second-best thing a chicken can give […]

Scratch, Check, Peck, Repeat July 11, 2020 2 Comments

Scratch, check, peck, repeatThrough the winter cold, in the summer heatUnder spring rain, through the autumn leavesScratch, check, peck, repeat. Here you see a bug, there you see a seedKeep your body moving, everything you needLies underneath those busy, busy feetScratch, check, peck, repeat Cackle, cluck, purr, singEarly in the morning, hear our egg song […]

Use First Saturday Lime for Chickens & Your Garden Will Thank You! March 27, 2020 10 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 2 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 […]