The New Chicks (Plus Funny Video)!

Chicks vs DogMeet Sleepy & Buttercup… my 2 new chicks. At 4 days old, they literally just showed up on the doorstep (Yeah, how cool is It to get a surprise of peeping fuzzies?)

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What are Easter Egger Chickens?

Above: Storm, an Easter Egger rooster. I believe him to have both Silver Amaraucana and Australorp in his parentage.

Easter Eggers (aka EEs) are cross-breeds created by crossing a green or blue egg-laying breed with… basically any other chicken. Contrary to a common myth, they differ from the somewhat uncommon true Ameraucanas…

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Black Chickens: The Rare Ayam Cemanis

Above: Ayam Cemani Cock

The Ayam Cemani is rare breed of chicken with a unique physical trait… They are almost completely black… Their feathers, skin, organs, tongues, feet and even bones are all black! The only thing on them that is not black is their blood (which is for the information, normally colored)… Continue Reading

Blood Stained Egg Shells

Blood-stained egg

Finding an egg in the nest box with blood on the shell can give any chicken keeper quite the scare… At least it did for me, my first time, a few years ago! Young hens and pullets coming into lay are most prone to laying blood-stained egg shells than older hens. However, it can happen at almost any age. So… how does it happen… and maybe more importantly, is it dangerous? Continue Reading

Basic Guide On Chick Care

Chick Care: How to care for baby chickens

Whether you’re hatching your own or buying from the local feed store, new chicks can be loads of fun and excitement. However, chicks, like all animals, have basic needs and the early stages of an animal’s development are critical for its long-term health. This guide is intended to quickly walk you through the basics and prepare you so you (and your little peeps!) can get the most out of the experience…

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Can Hens Crow? You bet!

crowing hen
Above: Dusty, my Buff Orpington & dominate crowing hen

Hens can crow. Yep… It’s true. Though I have read about this before, it was a pleasure to be able to experience it in person. I had a hen that crowed. In this post, I will include why and when hens crow and even feature a recording of a Buff Orpington hen crowing!

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Chicken Nutrition: Feeds & Supplements

What to feed ChickensTo grow, lay eggs and stay healthy, chickens need good nutrition (which includes a balanced amount of vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates and fats). However, with so much contradictory information out there, what should we be feeding chickens? Are table scraps and treats okay for chickens? Do chickens need supplements? What are all the different ration feeds for?

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Sussex Chicken Breed

Above: Columbian Sussex rooster

The Sussex chicken breed is a very old breed that originated in Sussex, England. It is very closely connected, in origin, to the Dorking chicken…

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Beginner’s Guide to Chicken-Keeping

Beginner's Guide to Chickens
Right off the bat, let me just say… chickens rock. I have owned chickens for years… Chickens are a joy and I can’t imagine not having them. However, believe me… as a chicken keeper who has learned the hard way… There are things I wished I would’ve known during my beginner’s poultry experience that could have saved me lots of work and trouble… Chicken keeping doesn’t have to be hard or complicated… but it definitely can be. In this guide, I have included some basic chicken-keeping tips and info to hopefully help make your beginning experience with chickens a good one… So here’s to simplicity and happy, healthy chickens!

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Heritage Chicken Breeds

Heritage Chickens

Heritage chicken breeds are APA (American Poultry Association) recognized breeds that where originally bred to be hardy meat and egg producers. However, most heritage breeds where bred before large scale meat production was really around. For this reason, they are often smaller and slower to mature than modern meat production breeds (such as the Cornish cross). Additionally, they may not lay as much as modern Egg-production Chicken Breeds (such as Leghorns). However…  is more really better? In this article, I provide more information on heritage chickens and (including why they are so cool). I also include a list of a few heritage breeds…

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Interesting Facts on Combs & Wattles

Chickens' Combs & Wattles

Chickens have what we call ‘combs’ and ‘wattles’ adorning their faces. The wattles hang from the bottom of the beak and the  comb adorns the top of the bird’s head. Not all chickens have both combs and wattles… In fact, wattles are often absent in bearded varieties (like some Easter EggersSilkiesPolishes and Crevecoeurs). Also, some chickens have some pretty unique comb variations. However, though they may appear a little strange at first, combs and wattles are really neat and can also tell us a lot about chicken health. In this article, I will be explaining more about chicken combs and wattles…

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Natural DIY Honey Wound Salve

Almost every poultry keeper has encountered flock injuries… from mere scratches from rubbing up against the chicken wire to gouges caused by wild animals (such as hawks or raccoons) or dogs. In this article, I include a free recipe for DIY poultry wound care salve, effective for treating external injuries in poultry (people too!)…

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Cheap, Easy Ways to Bust Birdie Boredom!

Above: My flock in the coop on a cold, snowy day

Boredom is a common problem for chickens… Not only are chickens are susceptible to it, but bored birds cause mischief… Which can be anything from egg-eating and plucking one another’s feathers out to digging potholes in the run and removing bedding from the nest boxes. 😧 Bored chickens cause extra trouble and work. 🙁 However, more critically, long term birdie boredom leads to excessive stress (which often leads to health problems), canibalism and reduced egg production. In this article, I include some tips on how to help bust birdie boredom! Continue Reading

Preventing & Treating External Parasites

Although chickens pick up occasional external parasites from time to time, keeping the population in check is key to a happy, healthy flock. Not only can parasitic overpopulations cause major discomfort, they can weaken chickens’ natural defenses and lead health problems… and even death. In this article, I will be sharing how I prevent and treat external parasites in my backyard flock… Continue Reading

Belgian (Barbu) D’Uccle Bantams

Bantam Mille Fleur Rooster
Above: Mille Fleur Barbu D’Uccle Bantam Cockerel

The Belgian d’Uccle (pronounced ‘dew-clay’ and also known as the ‘Barbu d’Uccle’) is a beautiful chicken breed. It is one of the few ‘true’ bantam breeds. A true bantam is a miniature bird that has no larger counterpart. The true bantam breeds category also includes Sebrights, Seramas, Japanese, Dutch and Booted Bantams…

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A Long-Crow: Chickens with the Longest Crows!

Above: Tomaru Long-Crowing Rooster by Chicken Addicts Anonymous

Long-crowing breeds are not recognized by the APA (American Poultry Association) and are very rare chickens. Though the longest recorded crow was ~25 seconds, Long-crowers have been known to extend a single crow for over 30 seconds (Read more of this article for a recording!)…

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Windstorm: The New Ruler of the Roost

Above: Windstorm, my rooster

Meet my newest flock addition! He is a beautiful iridescent black and silver Easter Egger named Windstorm (‘Storm’, for short)…. Continue Reading

That’s a Chicken?! Fun & Funky Chicken Breeds

Above Image of a White Sizzle rooster from My Pet Chicken

Is that really a chicken? Yep! It It’s a Sizzle! (No pun intended. These birds where not originally intended for the BBQ). Sizzles are frizzled Silkies. Find out about more odd and unusual breeds (including Sizzles, Frizzles and Silkies) here!

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