All About 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, many bearded varieties like some Easter EggersSilkiesPolishes and Crevecoeurs have no wattles. 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

All About Sex-Link Chickens

Above: Golden Sex-link

Some of the most popular chickens today are sex-link chickens. However, they are not recognized as breeds by the APA (American Poultry Association). Many hatcheries sell sex-linked chickens under these names: Red/Golden Sex-Links, California Grays, Black Sex-Links, Comets, Stars, Red Buffs, Cinnamon Queens and Isa browns. However, contrary to popular belief, many of these hybrids are different and are obtained by crossing different breeds. Learn about the difference and how to tell what’s what here! 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

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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Meet Windstorm: My New Rooster!

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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Family-Friendly Chicken Breeds for Eggs

Fresh eggs are amazing and having chickens as pets can be a fun way to get them. However, not all chicken breeds are necessarily very people friendly… In this post, I have put together some of the highest-rated chicken breeds for temperament, maintenance and egg production!

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Faverolle Chicken Breed

 

Above: A Salmon Faverolle hen

The Faverolle is a very unique breed of chicken. They are somewhat rare chickens that originated in France (like Crevecoeurs) in the village of Faverolles (which is, as you might guess, where their name came from)… Continue Reading

USDA Egg Grades: How the Egg gets a Grade

Have you ever wondered what the little shield symbols on store-bought egg cartons mean? And maybe… more importantly, how those shields qualify those eggs to sold to the general public? In this article, I explain how eggs are graded as well as how the shields are used to qualify eggs for human consumption according to the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture)…

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Chicken Breed Reviews!

Chicken Breed Reviews!

I know I post a lot about chicken breeds but why don’t you take a turn? So, please post your favorite breed (and why that breed is your favorite) here! (You could even get your own flock featured!)

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