Posts Tagged ‘chickens’

Predator pee and 7 more keys to freedom from predation May 7, 2014 7 Comments

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 […]

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, […]

Molting Hens – The Price of Beauty for Chickens October 31, 2012 8 Comments

Now that fall has arrived, many of my hens are either molting or have just finished the process.  Some of my molting hens lose feathers very gradually and the only obvious sign that they are in a molt are lots of fallen feathers littering the run and yard.  Others lose many feathers all at once.  […]

Chicken family history October 29, 2012 158 Comments

As most peeps here at My Pet Chicken, I keep a small flock of backyard chickens. Currently I have just a small flock of three, but I’ve had as many as seven. I didn’t grow up on a farm, but I did spend a lot of time at my Grandparents’ farm. They didn’t have chickens, though, so […]

The Chicken To-Do List October 19, 2012 2 Comments

Most of us probably have to-do lists, and I’m no exception. I wish I was, though. Sometimes I dream of having a Chicken To-Do list. No, I don’t mean a list of things I need to get done for or relating to my chickens. I mean the type of simple, straightforward to-do list my chickens […]

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 26 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, […]

Bug eating chickens: My secret weapon August 11, 2012 37 Comments

I hate to admit it, but I am terrified of large, ugly insects.   I love furry and feathered animals;  I can handle pet mice, pet rats, reptiles, and even slimy amphibians… but most critters with more than four legs are extremely creepy to me.  Thanks to lizards, geckos, toads—and of course our wonderful bug […]

Keeping video game chickens August 10, 2012 8 Comments

Video game chickens are rather maligned creatures. Have you ever stopped to think how many video game chickens there are? I believe it probably started with Zelda. Remember that game? The chickens in Zelda were called cuccos, and Link could grab their legs to have them fly him around in a limited way… or he […]

Silkies as Scarecrows? Will the Birds Fly the Coop? July 5, 2012 10 Comments

It gets hot where I live – very hot (summer temps easily reach 115 degrees)!  Since I live in the desert and have an open (3-sided) coop, the flock’s feeder is always visible to the local birds.  To my dismay, my chicken coop has been plagued with sneaky sparrows early on in my chicken raising venture.  We’ve […]