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

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

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

A happy suburban chicken

Petunia

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

Is it Legal to Raise Chickens in My Suburban Backyard?

Is is legal to raise chickens in my suburban backyard?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

Housing Chickens in a Suburban Backyard

Suburban backyard chicken

Hazel

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