Training Requirements for Backyard Chicken Keepers: A New Trend?

Backyard chicken training requirementsYou 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

Molting: Why Your Chickens Are Losing Their Feathers

molting

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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

Caring for Your Chickens in Winter: A Guide

Caring for Your Chickens in Winter

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

Meet Marigold and Betty, My Easter Egger Chickens

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.

Caring for Your Suburban Chickens: How Much Time Does It Really Take?

A happy suburban chicken

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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