I had a sick hen and was worried about whether or not she was drinking enough water. I figured out an easy way to force feed her water using a syringe (without the needle). Continue reading How to Make a Sick Chicken Drink Water
WARNING: This post has a lot of graphic butchering-related pictures. If images of butchering a chicken offend you, you should stop reading. (You might also consider becoming a vegetarian.) Continue reading How to Butcher a Chicken in Your Garage, From a First Timer’s Perspective
Earlier this year, my husband got to watch one of our backyard hens laying an egg in the coop. Continue reading Backyard Hen Laying an Egg, Caught on Tape
I only have female chickens, so I was immediately confused what was going on in the hen house when I saw this… Continue reading Two Hens Wrestling for the Same Nesting Spot
Out of my 5 backyard hens, only one is laying regularly. This lady’s name is Owl. She’s 5 months old, and has been laying eggs for a full month now (she started laying at 4 months). Continue reading Same Chicken, Many Colors of Eggs
I’m ECSTATIC to state that after months of building a coop, learning about poultry, talking to other people (sometimes strangers) about their backyard flocks – I HAVE AN EGG! Continue reading Collecting the FIRST EGG EVER from my backyard flock
Every time I walk into the backyard, the chickens quickly notice me and immediately start making noises. They’re like little feathered watch dogs. Continue reading Funny Hen Noises
In April, Brian started building the frame of a chicken coop and run area in our yard. The chicks were non-existent, and it was all still just an idea.
Were we crazy for building a chicken coop in our urban backyard? Could we make it look nice or would it be an eye sore? Would it decrease the value of our home?
In April, we started the project (see pictures from Part 1 here). We had little chicks who would soon need a bigger home.
In June, it was time for the chickens to live outside. We made more progress on the coop and run area in Building a DIY Backyard Chicken Coop – Part 2.
Now in August, months later, we’ve put the final touches on it. Continue reading Building a DIY Backyard Chicken Coop – Part 3 (The Grand Finale)
‘Do chickens eat grass?’ sounds like a rookie question for people who have been around chickens before. But before I got chickens and I was doing my poultry ownership homework, I had to Google it.
Now that I have my own little backyard brood, there’s no question: yes – chickens absolutely love fresh grass!
Here’s a video of me walking into the run area and feeding them a handful of grass.
Since Brian tackled building the coop in part 1, we’ve also built the run area.
Good-bye old rusty fence with the plastic doggie door (which worked pretty well, btw) – we’re on our way to creating the chicken Taj Mahal. Continue reading Building a DIY Backyard Chicken Coop – Part 2