What to Do When Your Chicken is Sick

sick chickenImage by Alec Salter Design

As a backyard chicken
keeper, there likely will come a day when you realize you have a sick chicken
on your hands. You may notice that your pet chicken isn’t eating or that she
seems lethargic. Or you may notice physical signs of illness, such as a pale
comb or a drooping tail. So… Continue reading

Caring for Chickens in Extreme Weather

Iowa in WinterWinter in Iowa

Lessons from the Polar Vortex

There’s nothing like an extreme weather event to get you rethinking your chicken-keeping practices.

The polar vortex event that hit the Midwest in late January sure had me rethinking mine. I spent a week trying to keep my small flock of chickens alive during record low temperatures and insanely wicked wind chills. Fortunately, we all survived. And I learned a… Continue reading

What to Feed Chickens: The Controversy

What to Feed Chickens: The ControversyIn Part I of a two-part series, I am taking a look at the controversy around what to feed backyard chickens and providing some advice on how to evaluate the conflicting information you may find out there.

What to Feed Chickens: The Controversy

In these times of #BlackLivesMatter vs. #AllLivesMatter, Hillary… Continue reading

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