Getting your first backyard chickens is to embark on a fun new adventure. You will learn a lot along the way. And you will encounter some surprises.
I get a lot of questions from new chicken keepers about things they didn’t know or… Continue reading
You can call me Deborah Neyens, CCK.
Or maybe Deborah Neyens, CCCL.
Whether you regard me as a crazy chicken lady (CCL) or merely a chicken keeper (CK), I am now certified by the City of Cedar Rapids to do what I’m doing. I’ve completed a city-approved training course… Continue reading
It’s the time of year when going to Tractor Supply or Theisen’s can be an exercise in self discipline.
As you walk through the store on your way to the dog food, you hear the peeping. You can’t resist taking a peek into the tubs… Continue reading
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