Posts Tagged ‘backyard pet chickens’

Water repellent feathers: NOT due to the oil gland April 17, 2015 3 Comments

Chickens don’t necessarily go inside when it rains–and as we’ve discussed, it’s not because they’re not smart enough. They’re smart! They just know that they’re outfitted with pretty durn good rain gear: water repellent feathers. Especially in light rains, water just rolls right off. (Ducks have even more effectively water repellent feathers–you may have heard the […]

Vegetarian chickens? Ha! April 10, 2015 5 Comments

One of the weirdest things I see on the cartons  of commercial eggs in stores is this: “Vegetarian-fed.” Vegetarian chickens? Ha! What are they thinking? Chickens are omnivores, so even setting aside the conditions most commercial hens endure, it seems strange that any company would purposefully claim their hens are vegetarian chickens. You don’t have to be an […]

Six Kid Favorite Bantams February 13, 2015 3 Comments

When you’re looking for pet chickens for your family, don’t forget the bantam varieties. There are lots of kid favorite bantams! If high production egg laying is not your top priority, there is plenty to recommend these little cuties. While the eggs laid by bantams will typically smaller than the eggs of large fowl varieties, there’s something about the […]

Top 3 ways to help your molting flock September 19, 2014 6 Comments

Molting, or shedding old feathers to grow in the new, is triggered in your flock by waning sunlight hours, and typically happens in late summer or fall. During this time, your flock will look pretty raggedy, and may slow down or temporarily stop laying while their feathers grow. So how can you help your molting […]

Top 4 Reasons Factory Farms HATE Your Chickens August 15, 2014 20 Comments

Do you raise backyard pet chickens? Factory farms hate your chickens—and they hate you. You and your chickens are Public Enemy #1 to them! In fact, the main reason humanely produced local eggs tend to be so much more expensive than eggs produced by factory farms is because the price of factory farm eggs is kept artificially low when […]

New Chicken Blogger: Farmer Sam July 29, 2014 7 Comments

Let me introduce myself! I’ll be My Pet Chicken’s newest flock member and chicken blogger, so I’d like to share a little about myself. My name is Sam, although I prefer to be called Farmer Sam by my chicken keeping friends. I live in Fairfield, Connecticut where I raise chickens and sheep.  I started my […]

Hen stone – Chicken Rorschach Test July 18, 2014 No Comments

Traci recently found a stone at the beach. “It looks exactly like a hen!” she said. A hen stone. I saw the hen in the stone immediately, a bearded hen like a Faverolles. WOW! “That’s crazy,” I said. “I can even see her beak and eyes!” We marveled together. “She looks bearded to me,” I pointed […]

Chickens and Gardening: Top 5 ways to combine May 16, 2014 3 Comments

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 […]

The Art of Handfeeding Chickens May 9, 2014 11 Comments

One question we often get asked by people planning for their first flock of backyard chickens is this: how do I get friendly birds? How do you train pet chickens to eat from your hand? In most cases, the answer is simple: Handfeeding pet chickens is something you almost never have to specially “train” them to do. […]

Chicken Dream Prize February 7, 2014 164 Comments

If you read the My Pet Chicken blog, you’re doubtless familiar with the My Pet Chicken website. Now there’s a My Pet Chicken Handbook, too–and we’d like to celebrate! Read about what we’re giving away and how to enter below. We wrote our book because we realized that the vast majority of the frequently asked […]