Posts Tagged ‘backyard chicken keeping’

4 Problems with my DIY Roll-Away Nestbox August 4, 2013 4 Comments

The ladies are now laying like crazy!  All our hens are laying, so we are getting eggs almost daily. This is the good news; the bad news is that Isa is not completely broken of egg eating. Unfortunately, my DIY roll-away nestbox is not working as well as planned.  We are getting some eggs from her, and she has […]

Dear Chickens (an open letter to my flock) July 19, 2013 3 Comments

Dear Chickens, We’ve been hanging out a lot lately, but there are a few things I think we need to discuss. Perhaps we can clear up for the youngest chickens with the help of some visual aids. Truthfully, I find the confusion a bit charming, so I won’t name names—after all, you know who you […]

Hide-and-seek eggs July 12, 2013 25 Comments

Mostly, chickens will lay eggs in the nest boxes you provide for them. Instinct usually has them prefer enclosed, shady, out-of-the-way spots for laying, and nest boxes usually provide that. Your nest box can be something built in to your coop… or it can be a modified bucket, an old drawer, a fruit crate and […]

Backyard Pet Chickens: 5 Tips for Beating the Heat July 5, 2013 20 Comments

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 […]

Microflock: Top 7 Pet Chicken Breed Choices June 7, 2013 44 Comments

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 […]

Four Benefits of Chicken Watching May 31, 2013 18 Comments

Chicken Watching: I’d hazard a guess and say that all pet chicken owners do it. Probably fairly often. And most backyard chicken keepers will tell you that chickens are more entertaining than TV—and far more relaxing! So why am I writing about “chicken watching” rather than just “chicken keeping,” you might ask?

Chicken stampede: Who knew? May 17, 2013 18 Comments

Before I got chickens, I pictured them as rather easily spooked, nervous, flighty. But nothing seems further from the truth. When I walk outside, they don’t scatter and run away. Instead, I am the target of a chicken stampede. If you keep chickens, you know what I mean. Wherever they are in the yard, they […]

Keep your chickens from scattering the mulch May 3, 2013 40 Comments

My chickens free range, and there are a lot of benefits that go along with that. I love to garden… and there are a lot of benefits that go along with that, too. Sometimes these two hobbies are tough to combine though. Chickens love to scratch. They love to dig. They love to dust bathe. […]

Chicken Dinosaurs in my Backyard November 28, 2012 7 Comments

My 5 year old daughter is really into dinosaurs right now. I mean REALLY into dinosaurs. We read books, collect toys, watch dinosaur cartoons and she forces me to try to pronounce things like carcharodontosaurus or Velociraptor mongoliensis. So anything we find that we can read about these reptiles, we will. While she’s into dinosaurs, […]