Backyard Chickens and Bird Flu: How to Spot It and Why It Matters

Backyard Chickens and Bird Flu How to Spot It and Why It Matters Blog Cover

In December 2014 it was confirmed that bird flu (also known as Avian Influenza or HPAI H5) has spread to the US for the first time since 2004.

Since December more than 40 million turkeys and chickens have been killed due to the virus.

This is a very worrying time for many backyard chicken keepers with many people being unsure how to best care for their chickens during this time.

Today we have compiled all of the… [Read More]

10 Breeds of Chicken That Will Lay Lots of Eggs for You

10 Breeds of Chicken That Will Lay Lots of Eggs for You Blog Cover

For many people the main incentive of raising backyard chickens is a fresh supply of eggs. I still remember walking down to my chickens’ nesting boxes for the first time and picking up those warm fresh eggs!

But one thing most beginners don’t know is that the breed of chicken you get makes a huge impact on the amount of eggs you should expect to receive each day.

Certain breeds, such as Japanese Bantams tend… [Read More]

Chicken Feather Loss: Cause and Cure

Chicken Feather Loss Cause and Cure Blog Cover

It can be a frightening sight, walking out towards your chicken coop and seeing feathers scattered everywhere.

My first thought is usually the worst- has a predator broken into the coop and attacked my chickens?

Luckily, I haven’t ever lost any of my chickens to a predator and their feather loss is normally something much less serious. The most common reason for a chicken losing their feathers is the annual moult; however this isn’t the only… [Read More]

14 Ways Keeping Backyard Chickens Saves Your Garden and the Environment

14 Ways Keeping Backyard Chickens Saves Your Garden and the Environment

Chickens were domesticated around 9000 years ago in Indian and Eastern Asia. Since then they have been the source of much amusement, enjoyment and food.

Today, we want to honour the backyard chicken and show everyone just what an incredible animal they are. For instance, did you know that the average US household would need 5 chickens to ensure a fresh supply of eggs all year round?

We have decided to prove exactly how great… [Read More]

9 Healthy Treats Your Chickens Will Love

9 Healthy Treats Your Chickens Will Love

We all love to spoil our chickens with treats every now and then.

Giving treats to your chickens helps to give their diet some variation. It also helps to keep them happy and laying eggs.

If you’re not careful buying treats for your chickens can cost lots of money, that’s why most of our treats are normally kitchen scraps and left overs… In fact, 75% of the cost of keeping chickens is made up of… [Read More]