‘Joys Of Keeping Chickens’ Archive

Top 10 Chicken Gift Guide December 11, 2015 No Comments

That special time of year when everyone asks what I’d like to have has come. Each year, my family and friends try to find the perfect unique items that match my chicken loving personality. This is the time I can ask for the chicken gift I’ve wanted, that I just couldn’t pull the trigger to buy […]

Blue Genes, not blue jeans December 8, 2015 No Comments

One of my favorite colors to hatch is the “blue” or “splash” chickens.  The breed doesn’t matter, I am all about the splash or blue chicken. I don’t know why, I am just attracted to blue genes. Blue genes, not blue jeans. Though I do like the latter: but I digress. However, with most blue […]

Backyard Chicken Farmer December 2, 2015 6 Comments

My name is Judi and I work for My Pet Chicken, one of the best companies ever—especially if you’re a backyard chicken farmer like me! A lot of my fellow My Pet Chicken employees write for our blog so I thought why not try it, too? I wasn’t always a backyard chicken farmer, though. In fact, you […]

Docile chickens: What is docile? December 1, 2015 8 Comments

When I first started raising chickens, one of my biggest concerns was how they would interact with each other, and my family.  Everyone has seen the cartoon hen who bullies the flock, or has heard stories about the aggressive rooster who attacks whenever you step into the barnyard. I wanted to make sure to get […]

Blue Combed Chicken Mystery November 30, 2015 2 Comments

Recently I have been made aware that there is a fascinating “new” breed of chicken floating around the internet.  No one knows what it is called, where it comes from, or where to get one. It would seem it was first spotted on Pinterest, which is a great place for locating the new and unusual, never-before-seen […]

4 ways to validate your chicken addiction November 28, 2015 3 Comments

Crisp autumn air surrounded me as I went to feed the chickens this morning. Dried leaves crunched under my feet and the hens scratched for the last of the bugs trying to keep warm under the fall carpet. This season makes me start to dream. The birds look so pretty in their fine “dresses” as […]

Spoiled chickens November 17, 2015 13 Comments

I may have a flock of spoiled chickens. My brother-in-law has started his first job: he works at a bagel shop, and he knows the way to my hens’ hearts. His company normally donates any leftover bagels to halfway houses and homeless shelters, but on occasion, in support of spoiled chickens, he brings the inedibly stale […]

Molting Season or Exploding Chickens? November 9, 2015 6 Comments

Now that the heat of summer has passed, and the fall nights are cooler, you may have noticed your coop is a little messier than normal. Perhaps much, much messier. This time of year, whenever I collect eggs I can’t help but wonder: is it Molting Season or do I have Exploding Chickens? With autumn comes molting […]

Egg Size Really Does Matter November 4, 2015 2 Comments

The lovely array of available chicken breeds lay a rainbow of colors for backyard chicken keepers’ egg baskets. The feeling you get from gifting a dozen eggs to a friend and the moment they open it to see colors they didn’t think were possible (outside of egg dying) is gratifying. These yummy little orbs make anyone’s meal or […]

Chicken math, in motion November 2, 2015 No Comments

I promised myself I wasn’t going to raise chicks this year.  Well, that is not true, actually. I promised myself I wouldn’t raise any more chicks AFTER the adorable box of Easter Egger Bantams I ordered in April this spring.  After them, no more chicks this year. It is almost NOVEMBER. I don’t need any […]