Category Archives: Raising Chickens

How To Prevent Salmonella In Backyard Chickens

It seems like there are outbreaks of salmonella every other week. An outbreak can cause millions of eggs to be recalled every year. Can you prevent salmonella in your chickens? How do they even get salmonella? How can you remain safe from it? What is salmonella? Salmonella is a bacteria that can live in many […]

10 Benefits of Raising Your Own Chickens

Some people dismiss having chickens as being hard, expensive work. Something for farmers or something that won’t give you any benefits. Is it really worth it? What are the benefits of raising chickens? It’s cheap. Yes, there are some initial costs like getting them a proper housing, however, once you get through those costs, chickens […]

Building a Chicken Tractor: 4 Key Considerations

A larger scale chicken tractor, check out all the shading features!

Building a Chicken Tractor: 4 Key Considerations A chicken tractor is a portable chicken coop and run that is joined together. Building a chicken tractor normally means that you have the structure on wheels. The biggest benefit of a chicken tractor is that you can move it around your land. This prevents your chickens from […]

When it comes to my baby chick order, what is drop shipping?

As the annual live chick ordering frenzy ramps up into full gear during the spring months, you may have seen what is sometimes considered a dirty word/term in the backyard chickens and hatchery world – “drop shipping”. What is drop shipping when it comes to live chickens, ducks, geese, game birds, etc.? The term “drop ship” means […]

11 Fast DIY Treats for Your Backyard Chickens

Woman feeding chicken treats in her backyard.

One of the most enjoyable ways to interact with a flock of chickens is to feed them treats. The enthusiasm of hens pursuing a special meal or a few bites of fruit is amusing enough even if you don’t tie it to a rope and hang it from a tree branch for the chickens to […]

5 Unusual Backyard Chicken Raising Tips

A couple with their baby girl raising chickens in their backyard

There are a lot of different things a homeowner can do with their backyard. You can turn it into a garden plot, a swimming pool, a playground for kids, or even an enormous zen rock garden if you want to. One of the most productive things you can do with your backyard, however, is raising […]

Wintertime Flock Nutrition

Wintertime Flock Nutrition. Feeding a Barred Rock hen by hand in winter.

Ah, ’tis the season…to chow down on every carb that’s not nailed down! Humans store energy during cold weather, but chickens actually crave more protein in their diet to get them through winter. While you’re shopping to stock up on pasta, grains and delicious baked goods, what kinds of feed and supplement are on your […]

SUPER QUICK Cyber Monday Deals for People with Pets that are Members of the Family

Super Quick Cyber Monday Deals for Pet Owners

It is Cyber Monday, or Deals Week, or Black-Month-Or-So-Before-Christmas, or whatever you want to call it. The bottom line is, Amazon is offering pretty awesome deals for pet owner’s today. Whether or not you are a loyal Amazon customer (as 50% of American households are) you should take them up on some of the insane […]

Black Friday Deals for Chicken Owners

assorted silkie chickens

Black Friday Deals for Chicken Owners Well, that dubious day of American consumerism is upon us – Black Friday (and Black Friday’s younger but quickly growing cousin, Cyber Monday). In true Amazon fashion, there are some amazing deals to be had online.  Earlier this year in July, Amazon had it’s Prime Day, and there were […]

Free Range vs. Pasture Raised Chicken: What is the Difference?

Low angle view of two free range chickens foraging together in summer grass.

Those labels on chicken can be confusing – and understanding the difference between different chicken raising practices is key if you intend to raise your own chickens, whether for eggs, meat, or both. Consumers have become very aware of factory farming and are often willing to pay more for chicken or eggs that they know […]

The Ten Coolest Backyard Chicken People to Follow on Instagram

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They say that pets become like their owners, and owners become like their pets. This juxtaposition is readily apparent between the adventurous backyard farmer and her or his flock of chickens. This is evident when you see the social nature of both hens and backyard chicken owners on Instagram. In case you were unaware, chickens […]