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Top 50 reasons you might be addicted to chickens December 7, 2012 32 Comments

We all had fun reading all the responses to the You Might Be Addicted To Chickens game we posted on Facebook! I collected  some of our favorites and came up with a great list: Top 50 reasons you might be addicted to chickens You might be addicted to chickens if…   you plan your dinner menus […]

Egg eating hens – 5 ways to deal November 18, 2012 17 Comments

Dealing with egg eating hens is a very frustrating problem—one I’m trying to deal with right now. I prefer our hens leave their eggs for us to eat, so I have some work ahead of me! Let me start off telling you about our problem chicken, Isa.  She is an ISA Brown chicken (a sex-linked […]

Overrun: How I made my chicken run predator-proof November 7, 2012 24 Comments

In an earlier post I mentioned the damage done by hurricane Irene to our enclosed chicken run. Our run hadn’t been predator-proof for almost a year. Things have been very busy at My Pet Chicken and it took a scheduled one-week family vacation this summer to finally pull me from behind the keyboard and put on my […]

We’ve got the blues! September 17, 2012 9 Comments

In May, I posted a teaser about some new breeds we were starting, and asked you all which breeds YOU wanted most to see us carry. I’m so happy to announce that some of those breeds are now available! As hatching eggs, we have Cream Legbars, and as baby chicks we now offer Blue Ameraucanas […]

The Story of Hot Shot July 17, 2012 34 Comments

Oh, me, did I ever bite the bullet. One of my lovely chickens, a Campine/Black Marans cross named Hot Shot, developed a foot infection, commonly called bumblefoot. Off we go to the vet and she had surgery to open up the infected foot and came home to live in the house and get her daily […]

3 lessons learned – Forgetting to shut the coop May 18, 2012 51 Comments

It was my fault, I admit it. I forgot. It was the first time, and hopefully the last! I forgot to shut the coop that night. Now, there are myriad reasons to make sure to shut your coop up at night—especially if you free range like we do—and most of them have names like weasel […]

Chicken Run!? May 17, 2012 1 Comment

There was quite a response to Traci’s post on White Leghorns. This is a related story, which I meant to post weeks ago… (Yikes! Time flies.) To say that this past New England fall and winter were atypical would be an understatement. Hurricane Irene blew through in late August and one month later we were […]

Poultry Keepers Best Friend May 16, 2012 20 Comments

Have you heard of Diatomaceous Earth? Listen closely, for it is the best thing since peanut butter and for chicken keepers it is your best friend. Take heart if you’re interested in keeping medications to a minimum, because it is non-toxic and totally natural. Plus, it’s accepted in organic feed regimens. What is it? Is […]

Exciting new breeds for next year May 9, 2012 140 Comments

I’m so eggscited, I just can’t keep it to myself. We’re in the midst of developing some exclusive, new breeds for sale next year. Yes, exclusive! Yes, new! A few of the chicken fanatics (chickenatics?) that work here at My Pet Chicken have dreamed up some lovely new birds that will be hardy, gentle, and […]

How to Become Ms. or Mr. Mother Hen – Day 18 May 8, 2012 276 Comments

Day 18: LOCKDOWN. (Cue the “prison door slamming” sound effect.) Actually, I sort of hate that term, “lockdown.” Instead of locked doors, I’d rather be thinking of fuzzy little chick faces peering out of my hand.   But at the same time, calling it “lockdown” can be a good reminder.  It means, “After this time, […]