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    When your day old baby chick feathers in for the first time at 12 weeks old or so with her complete juvenile plumage, there’s almost nothing quite as beautiful. Each feather is shiny and new. And a perfectly-frocked, robin-sized bird that runs to you for affection is more exciting than most of us would care […]

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    In addition to visiting with family, grilling food, having a picnic and so on… don’t forget to enjoy some chicken watching this Labor Day. It’s good for the soul, and good for your chickens. We’ve talked about the benefits of chicken watching before. More than once. Some people refer to chicken watching simply as “chicken […]

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  • 09/26/14--09:00: How Hildy the Blind Hen Died
  • This will probably be my last Hildy story. If you haven’t read the stories about my blind hen Hildy, you may want to start at the beginning. Read the other posts related to Hildy the blind hen: Introducing Hildy the blind hen Hildy the blind hen in the pecking order Hildy the blind hen and […]

    The post How Hildy the Blind Hen Died appeared first on My Pet Chicken Blog.


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    One of the most important things you can do when choosing which breeds you want for your flock is to choose breeds appropriate to your climate. With cold winter weather in the way for most of the US, let’s have a look at cold hardy chicken breeds. Our website makes it easy to choose from a list […]

    The post Top 5 most cold hardy chicken breeds appeared first on My Pet Chicken Blog.


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    Let’s talk luxury. After all, there are chicken needs, and there is chicken indulgence. I’ll be the first to admit that most people view a second coop as an indulgence, not a need. But there are certain circumstances where the second coop can quite literally be a lifesaver for your flock. Top 3 reasons to have a […]

    The post Top 3 reasons to have a second coop appeared first on My Pet Chicken Blog.


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    I like to prepare the flock for winter, and I like to do it early. I’ve always found being an early bird and preparing well in advance for new seasons, or even batches of chicks,  is a good idea for a few reasons. Firstly, by the time some seasonal items are really necessary, they can be sold […]

    The post Top 10 ways to prepare the flock for winter appeared first on My Pet Chicken Blog.


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    Feather foot chickens: there’s just something about the magnificent feathered legs of breeds like cochins or silkies. Fancy feathered chickens in general—including those with crests, beards, tufts and/or muffs—can be fun to keep as pets, simply because they’re so showy and spectacular. Many people have never seen feather footed chickens before. Sometimes even the chickens […]

    The post Four Important Feather Foot Concerns appeared first on My Pet Chicken Blog.


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  • 04/24/15--04:22: Chunky Chicken Giveaway!
  • No, we’re not giving away fat chickens. We’re giving away samples of our own My Pet Chicken branded treats, in a Chunky Chicken Giveaway! If you win the Chunky Chicken Giveaway, you’ll receive a sampler package that contains one each Chunky Chicken Crumbles (1 lb) Chunky Chicken Caviar (11 oz) Kelp and Bug Crunchy Trail Mix (2 […]

    The post Chunky Chicken Giveaway! appeared first on My Pet Chicken Blog.


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    We have always advised practicing good biosecurity with your birds. When you handle them, make sure to wash your hands—make especially sure your children wash their hands. Baby chicks look like adorable, kissable little fluff balls… but of course they are walking and pecking around in poopy litter. Erg. While backyard pet chickens are not the […]

    The post Salmonella, the CDC, and Handling Pet Chickens appeared first on My Pet Chicken Blog.


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    Biosecurity for your flock means both cleaning AND sanitizing. But a lot of people don’t necessarily realize there’s a difference, or why you should be doing both. So let’s talk the basics of biosecurity. CLEANING is simply removing the gunk. When your chickens kick up dirt, bedding or other detritus into their waterers or feeders,  you clean […]

    The post Biosecurity: Difference between cleaning and sanitizing appeared first on My Pet Chicken Blog.


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    Now that the heat of summer has passed, and the fall nights are cooler, you may have noticed your coop is a little messier than normal. Perhaps much, much messier. This time of year, whenever I collect eggs I can’t help but wonder: is it Molting Season or do I have Exploding Chickens? With autumn comes molting […]

    The post Molting Season or Exploding Chickens? appeared first on My Pet Chicken Blog.


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    You may be new to chicken keeping or an old pro but beginners and experts alike all end up having a question at some point. Hi there, my name is Shannon, and I’m a professional chicken consultant. *Waves* Yup, chicken consultant. That would be me. You may be wondering how much my services cost. The answer is: […]

    The post Chicken Consultant: Top 10 FAQs appeared first on My Pet Chicken Blog.


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    If you sell or give away your eggs, or have friends and neighbors over to visit your chickens — and you don’t have farm insurance — you could find yourself in hot water. (Hint: if you don’t know whether you have farm insurance, you don’t have it.) If you’re like most chicken keepers, you’re an unabashed […]

    The post Farm insurance: 4 good reasons to get it appeared first on My Pet Chicken Blog.


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    Recently we’ve been asked about a pretty sensational story: whether the deaths of some chickens purportedly caused by necrotic enteritis (NE) were due to using feed or chicken feed supplements mixed at home. We think there must be some confusion somewhere in the chain of information, a misunderstanding that should be cleared up. Let’s get this out of […]

    The post Chicken feed supplements and your flock appeared first on My Pet Chicken Blog.


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    I’m a customer service rep here at My Pet Chicken, which means I’ve held the hands of countless beginners. I’ve laughed at your stories. I’ve helped you troubleshoot. I’ve placed hundreds of chick orders for you. I’ve assured you your breed selection is a good one. (You can hardly go wrong, after all!) And I’ve […]

    The post My Pet Chickens from My Pet Chicken appeared first on My Pet Chicken Blog.


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    While most of the eggs your hens will lay are going to be very normal, to start off October on a Halloween-ey note, I thought we’d take a moment to discuss the grossest egg you’ll ever see from your flock… if you enter the Twilight Zone! BWA-HAHAHAHA! (That was my evil laugh.) But the tale I’m going to tell […]

    The post The grossest egg your hens will ever lay appeared first on My Pet Chicken Blog.


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    If you keep chickens and haven’t yet heard about the FDA’s recent rules and standards changes please take a moment to read them. In this post, we’ll provide some small flock guidelines and reminders to help you understand what this means for your pet chickens. New rules set in place for increased food safety and security have changed the […]

    The post Small flock guidelines for FDA’s new rules appeared first on My Pet Chicken Blog.


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    It’s the Chicken Consultant again! You know me…chicken chatting is my profession. That in itself is difficult enough to explain to people when they run into me at the store, at a party or simply out and about in town.  It does for sure cause a hold up on my errand days though. My store trip can go […]

    The post Chicken Consultant: Top 3 Most Difficult Questions appeared first on My Pet Chicken Blog.


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    Chicken Activist Sally Bird—or as she is affectionately known, “One-Eyed Sal”—is a Barred Plymouth Rock and an activist for change within chicken-kind, an outspoken critic of the pecking order as it now stands, and an influential member of her flock.  She granted us an exclusive interview from her coop and run on a lovely spring […]

    The post Chicken Activist One-Eyed Sal: Exclusive Interview appeared first on My Pet Chicken Blog.


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