The plight of the battery cage hen is no secret.
We’ve all seen the photos. Hens crammed into small pens, each afforded less space than a single sheet of paper. Unable to engage in natural chicken behaviors like scratching, perching, or nesting. No… Continue reading
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It’s a little disconcerting to open the chicken coop these days; it looks like a chicken has exploded inside. There are feathers everywhere – in the coop, in the pen, blowing around the yard.
It’s apparent… Continue reading
Are your chickens ready for winter?
It’s been a glorious autumn in Iowa, but these photos from last winter provide a chilling reminder of what lies ahead. Where I live, negative double-digit temperatures are all too common during the winter months, along with blowing snow and ice… Continue reading
Did you know that heat is more stressful on chickens than cold?
That’s not to say I don’t worry about my chickens when the temperatures drop below zero during the long Iowa winter. But they have ways to stay warm. On the coldest… Continue reading
How would you like to be confined to a 6 x 20-foot pen for your entire life?
That’s the fate of my suburban chickens. And if you keep backyard chickens in the city or a suburban subdivision, lifetime confinement probably is… Continue reading
I will be spending a bit more time counting my chickens from now on.
If you were watching the Chicken Cam over the weekend, you saw chicken math in operation. On Saturday, I brought home the newest additions to my flock. And now I’d like to introduce them to you.
Aren’t chickens a lot of work? I get that question a lot about my three backyard hens. And my answer always is, “No, not really.”
Don’t get me wrong. As the caretaker of your backyard flock, you will have responsibilities for the health and well-being of your… Continue reading
Before embarking on your own suburban homestead adventure, it’s important to ask yourself the question raised in the title of this post.
I personally think that people should have just as much right to have pet chickens as they do dogs… Continue reading
Are you thinking of adding a few laying hens to your backyard this spring? Housing chickens in a suburban backyard may be easier than you think. This guide will tell you how you can provide your chickens with a suitable place to live, access to the outdoors, and protection from predators… Continue reading
Here are about two dozen reasons to raise backyard chickens.
It seems that everybody is jumping on the backyard chicken bandwagon these days. If you don’t raise chickens yourself, I bet you know someone who does. And if you don’t know anyone personally, here… Continue reading