Do Backyard Chickens Attract Rats and Other Rodents?

If you’re entertaining the idea of raising a few backyard chickens, there’s a good chance you’re concerned about them attracting rats, mice and other rodents. But do backyard chickens attract rats? Fact is, I’ve found that backyard chickens themselves don’t attract rats. What attracts rats, mice and other vermin is the chicken feed and other […]

How to Clip a Chicken’s Flight Feathers (Easily and Safely)

Lisa lived in a development and had a large, fenced-in backyard for her chickens to free-range during the day. The wooden fence between her and her neighbor’s yard was 6 feet tall. Everything was going great until one day, one of Lisa’s chickens decided to explore the other side of the fence. Chickens, depending on […]

8 Chicken Breeds with Feathers on Their Feet

cochin chicken with feathered feet

People raise chickens for many different reasons. The most common is for egg production, but chickens can also be raised for shows, exhibitions, as pets, or simply to enjoy. Chickens come in hundreds of different breeds. In fact, there are over 500 breeds worldwide although not every breed is officially recognized. Within each breed, there […]

Chicken Breeds That Lay Brown Eggs

Did you know that all eggs start out white when they are inside a chicken? It’s true! It is not until the eggs pass through the hen’s uterus, also known as the “egg painting station”, that they get their pigmentation and color.  Brown eggs are egg-stremely popular. The rich tones give the eggs personality. They […]

5 Chicken Breeds That Lay White Eggs

If you prefer white eggs and are looking for chicken breeds that lay those beautiful, brilliant eggs, there are many breeds to choose from. As a matter of fact, you might even be doing yourself a favor by choosing chicken breeds that lay white eggs, because the “painting” process of eggs requires extra nutrients and […]

6 Best Egg Laying Chicken Breeds (For Beginners)

plymouth rock chicken breed

If you have a backyard, you can raise chickens. Not only are chickens fun, quirky, and entertaining, they can provide a valuable service by laying fresh eggs daily.  The Washington Post reports that there has been a huge spike in orders for chickens. This is due to a lack of eggs in stores and because […]

Do Chickens Eat Mice (Does It Make Them Sick?)

white chicken eating field mouse

Is It Safe For Chickens To Eat Mice? Walking in on your chickens brutally devouring a small creature can be upsetting, but many chicken farmers have been through this and it’s generally nothing to worry about. We typically think of chickens as herbivorous creatures, or we just think that all they eat is chicken feed […]

How To Hatch Eggs With A Broody Hen (Tips and Advice)

Tips For Hatching Eggs With A Broody Hen Certain varieties of hens become broody quite easily while others may take a bit of prompting to get into the broody kind of mood. Hatching your very own baby chicks is delightful and extremely rewarding, not to mention very economic. You know just what breed of chicken […]

How To Stop A Hen From Being Broody (6 Tips to Break the Cycle )

tips for stopping a broody hen

Have you ever noticed how grass will grow in all the places you don’t want it and how you have to go to great pains to get it to grow in places you do want it, like your lawn?  Well, broody chickens are very similar. They go broody at all the wrong times and when […]

Chicken Coop Necessities | What To Put In a Chicken Coop

what to put in a chicken coop

With so much stress being placed on eating right and finding organic food and free-range eggs, it makes perfect sense to raise chickens in your backyard. There is no greater joy than collecting fresh eggs produced by your very own chickens. To “raise them right” you need to keep your chickens safe, comfortable, and happy. […]