The Peeps & the Pets


I love watching my chickens when they interact with other animals… Chickens are very curious creatures and when they meet new animals, the exchange is often rather amusing (particularly with chicks and young chickens)…

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Vent Pasting in Chicks: Causes & Treatment


Vent pasting is a common issue with young chicks. Vent pasting is completely curable. However, it is often the result of stress or other health issues. Such problems may cause re-occurent vent-pasting if gone un-checked. In this article, I will be providing the causes of vent pasting as well as how to treat it…  Continue reading “Vent Pasting in Chicks: Causes & Treatment”

My Crested Peeps

After the euthanasia of one of my beloved Buff Orpington chickens, My Dad promised me that I could get any breed of chicken I wanted that spring… Literally. As long as I got one that was not prone to health problems or difficult to care for…

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Why Chickens Dust Bathe

Above: Tweetie, A silver Laced Wyandotte taking a ‘dust’ bath in some shavings. I do not think that shavings are very effective… At least she liked to dust bathe in real dust on a frequent basis.

Chickens love to dust bathe and will do it pretty much whenever they find a good patch of dust. Dust baths are also absolutely essential for a chicken’s proper hygiene maintenance… But why? You’d think that rolling around in the dust would make you… well… dirtier. However, for chickens, taking a dust bath actually cleans them! Here’s how it works… Continue reading “Why Chickens Dust Bathe”

Crevcouer Chicken Breed


 The Crevcouer (Pronounced ‘krev-coor’) is an interesting breed… With such a striking appearance, they are not easy to miss. Crevcouers themselves actually originated in France. In fact, Crevcouer means ‘Broken-Heart’ in French… Continue reading “Crevcouer Chicken Breed”

How Cold is Too Cold For Chickens?

Above: Marion, a golden-laced Polish hen in the snow

Chickens are very adaptable birds (thus the reason they are common livestock in so many countries). However, chickens can get to cold. So… when should you be concerned for your chickens in cold temperatures?

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How Hot is Too Hot For Chickens?

Above: Tweetie, one of my Silver-Laced Wyandotte hens drinking out of a flower pot… Seriously, I did just clean their water. I guess the flower water tastes better

Although the ideal temperature for most chickens is between 40 and 80F, most chickens are pretty heat hardy up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit for at least a short period of time…

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Bantam Chickens: Fun Sized Poultry!

    bantam-chickens-compared-regular-sizeFeatured above: Standard Silkie beside bantam. Image from My Pet Chicken

 Bantam chickens (also called ‘Banties’), come in many colors and varieties. Bantams only weigh about 1-2 pounds (one-third to one fifth the size of their larger cousins)… Continue reading “Bantam Chickens: Fun Sized Poultry!”

Australorp Chicken Breed

Above: Black Australorp Hen

Australorps are beautiful, docile chickens that originated in Australia. They where bred out of Black Orpingtons, which is where their name originated. (Australian + Orpington = Austral-Orp).

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Blood Stained Egg Shells

Blood Egg Shell

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! However, they are not always dangerousBloody eggs generally come from young hens and pullets coming into lay. However, it can happen at almost any age. So… how does it happen… and maybe more importantly, when is it dangerous? Continue reading “Blood Stained Egg Shells”

The Rhode Island Red


Rhode Island Reds (RIRs) are probably the most popular chickens in the U.S. However, Rhode Island Reds are not just popular in the U.S, they are popular throughout the world. They are one of the most easily recognized breeds, even for those unfamiliar with poultry. … Continue reading “The Rhode Island Red”

Egyptian Fayoumi Chickens

Above image of Fayoumi pullet (young hen) by Joe Mable

     The Fayoumi (Sometimes spelled Faiyumi) is a very old breed of chicken that originated in Egypt (specifically the Nile Valley). They have been around for a very long time. In fact, many historians believe that they were among the first domesticated chicken breeds… Continue reading “Egyptian Fayoumi Chickens”

The Orpington Chicken Breed

Above (Left-to-Right): A pair of my Buff Orpington hens (Lotty Dotty & Sandy) foraging in the grass

The Orpington is a very popular chicken breed. It is primarily known for its all around exceptional meat quality, egg production and friendly disposition. These qualities make the Orpington a popular addition to backyard chicken-keepers’ flocks…

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Plymouth Rock Chickens

Above: Barred Plymouth Rock hen

    Simply called “Rocks” by some, these hardy, cold resistant chickens get their name from Plymouth Rock (yep, the one from the early days of our wonderful country)…

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