Barred Rock Chickens: Complete Breed Profile

The Barred Rock chicken is a hard working member of the backyard chicken flock. She is a beautiful, calm and productive member of any flock.

One of Americas’ first and finest poultry creations, she has been a worldwide success for thousands of poultry breeders, enthusiasts and backyard ‘keepers for well over 100 years.

Read on to learn more about this underrated and often overlooked hen to see if she fits well with you and… [Read More]

Orpington All You Need To Know: Personality and Egg Color

The Orpington has become a well-loved favorite among the chicken crowd – deservedly so. She not only lays lots of beautiful eggs, but is generally a laid back, quintessential backyard hen.

This breed was created in England turning the last part of the 1800s’ by a man who had a slightly different vision of chickens than his counterparts.

Read on to learn more about this once controversial breed and its’ place in the hearts and… [Read More]

Hatching Eggs – Everything You Need To Know

It’s that time of year when thoughts turn towards getting or hatching some chicks, so we thought we would dedicate this article to hatching eggs whether they be your own hens or bought eggs.

There are a few important points to know when hatching for the first time, so if you are a hatching novice, read on!

Hatching chicks is as much an art as it is science. Once you have discovered the best and… [Read More]

How Do Chickens Lay Eggs?

Our ‘topic of today’ is all about how chickens make and lay those delicious ‘cackleberries’ that we all love!

We usually don’t think too much about the ‘how’ of egg laying – I think it is fascinating – I hope you will agree. It is a long and fairly complex process which can occasionally be fraught with problems, some of which we will discuss here today.

Time & Hormones – The Internal Clock

Nearly… [Read More]

Brown Leghorn: Egg Laying, Broodiness, and Temperament

The Brown Leghorn is a favorite of the poultry industry because she is such a hard working girl!

If you have the space, some of these girls would certainly keep you in eggs very nicely – read on to find out more about these ‘Italians’.

Although we are talking about the brown Leghorns here, there are a few other colors to choose from.

History/Background

The Leghorn chicken is originally from the Tuscany area… [Read More]