baby chicks sitting on grass

The Most Common Mistakes to Avoid When Ordering Backyard Chicks

When you start your own backyard flock, you want to do everything right. However, there are many common mistakes that beginners make. Sometimes those mistakes start right when they’re ordering their chicks. Here, we lay out those mistakes to help you avoid them as much as possible: You order too many chicks When starting your… Read more »

chickens in a chicken coop

How to Fix a Stinky Coop

We love our chickens, but sometimes, things can get a little stinky. Chicken coops can get smelly, which can be upsetting to both you and your chickens. Thankfully, there are ways for you to reduce coop odors. Read on to learn more: What causes coop odors? Before we get into how to fix a stinky… Read more »

chickens feeding on grit and oyster shells

Chicken Grit and Oyster Shells: Everything You Need to Know

While often confused for one another, chicken grit and oyster shells are two different things. And both are crucial to your flock’s health. Grit and oyster shells provide essential nutrients that will ensure the health of your chickens and their eggs. Here we discuss everything you need to know about chicken grit and oyster shells…. Read more »

chicken eating feed

Should You Use Organic Chicken Feed?

We all want our chickens to remain happy and healthy. A huge part of their overall quality of life is their feed. For many backyard chicken owners, they are torn between using standard chicken feed and organic chicken feed. While organic chicken feed has become popular in recent years, is it truly worth the hype?… Read more »

Cheerful male farmer holding brown chicken

Therapy Chickens: How Raising Chickens Can Improve Mental Health

We are facing a mental health crisis in America that has only been compounded by the COVID-19 Pandemic. With more people suffering from depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses, the use of therapy animals has risen drastically. Many people turn to dogs or cats for animal assisted therapy, but did you know chickens can also… Read more »

chicken eggs in carton

The Ultimate Egg Buying Guide

You’re in the grocery store and a column of egg cartons stand before you. You see various words and phrases etched onto the cartons like Grade A or Free-Range. When you open the carton, some eggs are white, while others a soft brown. Many people just pick up the first carton of eggs they find,… Read more »

bowl of chicken eggs and duck eggs

Chicken Eggs vs. Duck Eggs

For many Americans, an egg or two in the morning is a classic breakfast staple. Whether they’re scrambled, over-easy, or mixed in with a quiche, most of the eggs we use come from chickens. And granted, chicken eggs are certainly nutritious and tasty. Nevertheless, more and more people are now discovering the benefits of duck… Read more »

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Why We Refrigerate Eggs in America

Any American who has traveled to Europe has probably noticed one striking culinary difference—eggs are not refrigerated. Instead, they are left to comfortably rest in bowls on kitchen counters. It’s a phenomenon commonly seen in many other parts of the world as well. As a result, we are left to wonder  who is right in… Read more »

Chicken Growth Stages: How Chickens Grow Throughout Their Lives

Chicken Growth Stages: How Chickens Grow Throughout Their Lives

Baby chicks are cute, small, and fluffy. It’s no wonder why so many people fall in love with them! But baby chicks won’t stay chicks for long. Just like all of us, chicks grow and mature into adults, eventually retiring as seniors. A lot of things change when a chicken goes from a fluffy baby chick… Read more »

red hens in the snow

7 Cold Hardy Chicken Breeds for Your Backyard Flock

For those of us in colder climates, we’ll soon start preparing for the fall and winter months ahead. As we prepare, so too will our chickens. However, some chicken breeds are better at adapting to the cold than others. Many of these cold hardy breeds have small combs and wattles as well as plenty of… Read more »