Posts Tagged ‘pet chickens’

How to chicken blog: 5 fabulous tips May 22, 2015 No Comments

When you get pet chickens, it changes your life… so much so that you may want to write your own chicken blog. You might be surprised how foreign the concept of chicken keeping is to some people, so you may want to share your own perspective! How often do they lay? Are they friendly? How […]

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 […]

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 […]

Right to Farm – Your garden and backyard flock June 13, 2014 6 Comments

On Facebook yesterday, we shared a story from Michigan. Michigan residents have just lost their Right to Farm protections. There was a variety of response to this distressing news.With the responses were a few misconceptions. For instance, some were panicked, seemingly under the mistaken impression that backyard chickens have been expressly outlawed. That’s not the […]

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. […]

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 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 […]

Lissa’s Favaucanas – Good news and bad December 6, 2013 88 Comments

We have some good and bad news about our Salmon and Blue Salmon Favaucanas. We’ve had nearly 400 people (at the time of this writing) sign up to be notified about when our Salmon Favaucanas—our new “designer cross”—will be available to order.  Those of you who have been following the blog will remember this is […]