Category: Chicken Breeds

Everything You Need to Know About Feather Footed Chickens

silkie hen in garden

Most chickens don’t have feathers on their feet, but not all! These feather footed chickens are a sight to behold, and they’re a great addition to any backyard flock. Nevertheless, they do need different kinds of care. Here, we discuss everything you need to know about your feather footed chickens and how best to care… Read more »

The Top 3 Chicken Breeds for Kids

young kid feeding chickens

Here at Chickens for Backyards, we believe every child should have the chance to handle and raise backyard chickens. Not only are chickens adorable companions, but they can also be a great learning opportunity. Raising backyard chickens can help kids learn about responsibility and about where our food comes from. However, while there are many… Read more »

How to Raise Chicken for Meat

overhead view or raw whole chicken

When you get your chicken meat from the grocery store, it often comes from large corporations that use unethical practices. Chickens are kept in cruel environments and there is little care given to their happiness and livelihood. However, we can help break this cycle. Small flock owners and free rangers can provide a healthy and… Read more »

Therapy Chickens: How Raising Chickens Can Improve Mental Health

Cheerful male farmer holding brown chicken

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 »

7 Cold Hardy Chicken Breeds for Your Backyard Flock

red hens in the snow

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 »

Chicken Feathers: Everything You Need to Know

Chicken Feathers

Chickens have many distinguishable features, and among those are their plumes of feathers. These feathers aren’t just for looks; they also provide chickens with protection from the elements and help them fly, to name a few reasons. Understanding how your chickens’ feathers work can help you better take care of them. Read on to learn… Read more »

The Different Types of Chicken Breeds

The Different Types of Chicken Breeds

Once you’ve decided to start a backyard flock, you need to figure out what types of chickens you want to raise. Indeed, there is more than one type of chicken. In fact, there are hundreds of breeds you could choose from, but many of them can be classified into three categories: egg layers, meat producers,… Read more »

Everything You Need to Know About Silkie Chickens

Everything You Need to Know About Silkie Chickens

The Silkie chicken stands apart from other chickens. It dates back to the Chinese Han Dynasty in 206BC, its name deriving from its unique black bones. In addition to its black bones, the Silkie also features black skin which is covered by a large amount of fluffy feathers. Silkies are one of the fluffiest chickens… Read more »

Everything You Need to Know About Cochin Chickens

Golden Laced Cochin Chicken in grass

A few weeks ago, we discussed everything you needed to know about Bantam chickens. Now, we’re turning our attention to another popular breed of backyard chickens: Cochins. A favorite of Queen Victoria and originally from Asia, Cochins are found in many backyard flocks. If you’re thinking about bringing in some Cochins into your own flock,… Read more »

Everything You Need to Know About Bantam Chickens

Everything You Need to Know About Bantam Chickens

Small, lovable, and with tons of personality, bantam chickens are a popular breed for backyard chicken raisers. Their diminutive size makes them perfect for backyards where space is wanting, and their upbeat demeanor turns them into excellent pets. If you’re just getting started with raising backyard chickens, bantams are a great place to start. Nevertheless,… Read more »