Posts Tagged ‘broody’

Embarrassed by my chickens October 2, 2015 4 Comments

I’m embarrassed by my chickens–yup! I won’t show you any pictures of them right now because I’m too mortified by the way they look.  It’s a shame, too, because there would otherwise be some cool photo opportunities. For instance, I have a mama hen and a bunch of baby chicks that we are raising outside a […]

Lovely Old Birds September 15, 2015 2 Comments

One of the best parts about working at My Pet Chicken is being able to talk about chickens, all day long, with people who like talking about chickens!  We discuss young birds, and old birds and everything in between. If you’ve just caught the chicken-fever, you know what I am talking about when I say […]

Laverne, the Godzilla of Broody Hens October 8, 2014 9 Comments

This post was written by Joyce. You have to admire the perseverance of a would-be mother hen.  I have a Salmon Favorelles named Laverne who would starve on the nest before she would give up being a broody hen, even when there are no eggs under her.  As a rule, when I’d like a broody […]

What to tell your chicken sitter May 10, 2013 12 Comments

I wrote a post a while ago, entitled “three ways chickens will freak you out.” A recent comment by a reader reminded me of another way chickens can freak you out, and it inspired me to share the story of how I almost gave our chicken sitter a heart attack! Poor John. He didn’t take his “chicken sitter” duties […]

My broody bantam hen experiment–a recipe for tame chicks October 16, 2012 6 Comments

Every so often, I give in to one of my persistent broodies and let her raise chicks for me. I wasn’t planning to raise any more chicks this year, but couldn’t resist when my cute broody bantam hen became broody again.  Typically, my broody hens raise their babies outdoors, but I’ve found that my chicks raised outdoors, with less human interaction, tend to […]

Hatching Eggs: How I saved one “Lucky” chick September 18, 2012 24 Comments

My first attempt at hatching eggs did not go so well, but I had quite a surprising experience on day 21!  This unique experience made up for all the sadness and worry I had been going through with this batch of fertile hatching eggs. Three and a half years ago, when I was still fairly new to chicken raising, I did not own an incubator, […]

Silkie mamas rule the roost March 27, 2012 11 Comments

  Even after years of chicken keeping, I have yet to try incubating myself.  I have 8 wonderful Silkies who are willing to hatch just about anything I give them. When I’m not in the mood to be overrun with chicks, but they insist on going broody, I toss them a couple of golf balls to keep them happy. Over […]

Two Silkie Moms March 14, 2012 22 Comments

Silkie hens want to be moms. That’s just about it for Silkie hens. They live for it. If they aren’t raising chicks, they are brooding eggs or thinking about raising chicks or brooding eggs. I have the feeling that they talk about it amongst themselves when we’re not around. So when my little White Silkie […]