New chicken keeper James Gibbon and one of his hens on his Montana farm.
Are you thinking about getting your first chickens this spring? Meet Counting My Chickens reader and aspiring blogger James Gibbon. James recently returned to his family farm in Montana and started raising his first flock of chickens. He says he has learned a lot about keeping chickens over… Continue reading
Counting My Chickens recently was named one of the top 50 poultry websites and blogs for poultry keepers by Feedspot. This was a nice honor, and it got me thinking about my own favorite online chicken resources. I was pleased to see many of them included on the Feedspot list, so now I’m sharing them with all of you.
My Favorite Chicken Websites
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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
Petunia came to the Counting My Chickens flock on May 11,
2014, and left it on May 31, 2019. She wasn’t one of my original hens, but she was
a longstanding member of the flock and a good friend and sister to Mabel and
Hazel, who have been around since Day 1.
In a tribute to her, I’m going to tell you Petunia’s story. This is her… Continue reading
Winter 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
There’s a new girl in the flock!
Those of you who follow my Facebook page may have seen my post announcing the addition of a new chicken to the Counting My Hens flock. Bernice came home with me on Monday. This is her story.
Jen’s Home for Wayward Animals
Bernice came to me… Continue reading
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I’ve always said there are more reasons to raise backyard chickens than just the fresh eggs – as good as that reason may be. Three other great reasons – to… Continue reading
Petunia taking a dust bath.
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How to Make a Dust Bath For Your Chickens
Everybody loves a spa day. But for chickens, a dust bath… Continue reading
So you want to get some backyard chickens. Or maybe add new chickens to an existing flock.
You may be thinking of those cute, cuddly baby chicks you see each spring at the farm supply store. Or an exotic heritage breed you saw in a hatchery catalog.
But have you considered adopting… Continue reading
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In Part I of a two-part series, I took a look at the controversy around what to feed backyard chickens and provided advice on how to evaluate the conflicting information you