‘Backyard Chickens’ Archive

Chicken Leggings – DIY Project August 20, 2017 1 Comment

Chicken leggings? You bet! Actually, I never used to be big on leggings, but it seems like they’re everywhere now! Once I picked up a few pairs from a thrift store to layer under dresses, I got hooked—they are so comfortable! But my entire secondhand collection of leggings consists of solid colors, so I thought […]

How I trick my chickens into growing my garden July 21, 2017 No Comments

I will admit this up-front: I want my garden to be great.  Not just okay, but great.  But here’s the problem: I don’t want to work hard. Here’s how I trick my chickens into growing my garden. Yes, I’m a lazy gardener. Thankfully, chickens are NOT lazy. They love to forage, and that can help make […]

2 Ways Chickens Change the World (literally!) June 2, 2017 2 Comments

Can chickens change the world? It’s easy to look at our world today and buy into a narrative of hopelessness and despair.  The headlines in our 24/7 news cycle world are never lacking for violence, fear, and desperation.  Even while our world grows smaller and cultures grow closer through the almost-miraculous information-sharing capability of the […]

7 Reasons your Flock Needs a Giant Brahma April 5, 2017 14 Comments

By now you’ve probably seen the viral videos of that giant brahma rooster strolling out of his tiny little coop.  Millions of people have viewed the video of the “largest chicken in the world!” We know that because so many of you immediately came to us to ask about the breed,and to ask, “How big do Giant […]

Power Out? 3 Ways to Save the Hatching Eggs March 26, 2017 No Comments

Incubating can be such an adventure. As exciting as it is, though, there are also many things that can go wrong! When we rely on machine incubation instead of a broody hen, it’s a good idea to be prepared to save the hatching eggs in the event of an emergency power outage. Now, don’t let […]

Cuckoo for Cuckoos – Cuckoo Bluebars, that is! March 24, 2017 No Comments

At my house, we recently had the privilege of hatching some of My Pet Chicken’s Cuckoo Bluebars, and what an experience it was! We have never ordered fertile eggs before, always hatching eggs from our existing flock, so even the shipping side was a new experience for us. You can also get cuckoo bluebar started pullets […]

Inside Birdbrains: Chicken Joke Survey Results! March 23, 2017 4 Comments

The Most Comprehensive Survey of Chickens Ever! Finally—after incubating the idea for months—the results have hatched!  Through months of vigorous surveying by phone and chicken joke focus groups, My Pet Chicken was able to interview more than 10,000 American chickens from a variety of breeds, geographic locations, and socio-economic situations. Our Annual Report on What Chickens […]

Chicken privacy March 10, 2017 9 Comments

I was ready for many adventures when I decided to start keeping chickens! I imagined us all in the garden working and snacking together. I envisioned us napping on the hammock under the summer sun. I knew we would have many interesting conversations, even though I don’t know how to cluck! The one thing that […]

Chicken Coop Fire – Moving On After Tragedy March 8, 2017 13 Comments

“Mr. Tim, your coop is on fire!” We ran outside to see the coop engulfed in flames…

Snow on a Texas Flock February 2, 2017 1 Comment

Like many of us with backyard flocks, I’ve been anxiously tracking the forecast. In Texas we don’t get much snow, but our temperatures can drop low! I had been hearing all week that the snow and ice would miss us, so I wasn’t expecting much outside of freezing temperatures. Little did I know there would soon […]