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Meet Amy from My Pet Chicken! We lovingly call our My Pet Chicken employees "Peeps!" My Pet Chicken is very unique in that ALL employees are poultry keepers ourselves, so we offer a wealth of experience and wisdom. Here is your opportunity to see how we became "crazy chicken people." In this "Meet the Peeps" […]
If you’re growing a garden, consider adding herbs for chickens. Their benefits are two-fold, because they’re good for your birds and you! Herbs are notoriously easy to grow and maintain. They’re not picky and can be grown in almost any soil and will adapt to almost any situation (except being waterlogged). You can even add […]
If we knew then what we know now, we would have saved for the big chicken coop first, rather than getting a small one and trying over and over to modify it to make it work for us!
Chickens and gardening: in some ways, these two hobbies are incredibly compatible. After all, chickens eat plant pests. Their droppings and litter can be converted into some truly fantastic compost. And there's a certain symmetry in making choices that allow you to produce eggs, fruits and vegetables on your own little family farm. Local food […]
Connecticut’s state motto: "He who is transplanted still sustains." This is so fitting! We moved in November of 2013 from a rural/suburban New England town to our current residence in Connecticut, and have been fighting ever since to sustain our dwindling flock of chickens. While we had run-ins with predators at our old haunt---including raccoons, hawks and coyote---it […]
Do your chickens have enough sense to come in out of the rain? Probably not. Actually, that your flock would "come in out of the rain" is not necessarily sensible behavior... not for chickens. A rainy day can be a good day for a chicken to forage more widely than normal. On overcast days, the extra […]
You can tell your backyard pet chickens are too hot when they hold their wings away from their bodies to help release heat; they may also pant with their beaks open to try to cool themselves off. But what can you do other than choose heat hardy breeds...  or move north? After all, while you may […]
If you have a microflock---meaning an exceptionally small flock of three to five hens---you have to be selective with your breed choices if you want to be able to gather enough eggs to supply your family. Some towns tightly restricts on the number of hens you can keep to just three or five, so you […]
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