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
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
“Who Does She Think She Is” by Jacqui Fehl
Counting My Chickens turned one year old today and, in light of this momentous occasion, I think it’s high time I faced the facts.
I’m a crazy chicken lady.
There, I… 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
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