Backyard Chickens

Starting your own backyard flock



Are you thinking about starting a backyard chicken flock, but not sure if it’s for you?  Are you unsure where to start?  Let me introduce you to the wonderful world of backyard chicken keeping! Explore the links below to learn more!

Welcome to our coop! Enjoy this photo tour of our chicken coop & get some ideas on what to do (and not do!) when building your own


Come check out the Photo Tour of our Coop & Run!





Backyard Poultry
& Salmonella

Dealing with

Combs, Wattles,
and Lobes

Reasons Healthy
Hens Stop Laying

Raising Ducks &
Chickens Together

Chicken Breeds
Cold Climates

Free Range

Lessons from
Chicken Moms

Fertilized vs
Unfertilized Eggs

Best Chicken
Breeds for Pets

Top 6 Herbs
for your Chickens

Keeping Chickens
Cool in Summer

Keeping A
Farm Journal

Should you
worm chickens?

Being a Good
Neighbor Farmer

Best Tasting
Eggs Ever!

Mites & Lice
in Chickens

Preparing Farm
Winter Weather

Supplemental Light
in Winter

All About
Chicken Eyes

DIY Chicken
Coop Plans

Chicken Terms
for Beginners

Things to Consider
Before Chickens

How Much Space
do Chickens Need?

How Much Time do
Chickens Require?

How to Train
Your Chickens

How Much Do
Chickens Cost

Basic Chick

Chicken First
Aid Kit

Giving a Chicken
Health Exam

Homemade Coop
&Home Cleaner

Gypsy the

Recycled Wood
Mini Coop

What is a
Broody Hen?

Life of a
Backyard Farmer

Gardening for Your
Pets & Livestock

Choosing the Right
Chicken Breeds

Why do Chickens
Dust Bathe?

Heritage Breed

Deep Litter
Coop Maintenance

Preventing Frostbite
in your Flock

Benefits of
Keeping Chickens

Festive Garland
for Chickens

Hows & Whys of
Fermented Feed

Vintage Egg

Should You Get
a Rooster?

Designing Your
Perfect Coop

What to do with
Aging Hens

Backyard Chicken

Helping Your Flock
Through Molting

Introducing Chicks
to your Flock

Hatching Eggs with
a Broody Hen

Integrating a Single
Chicken to the Flock

Deep Cleaning
the Coop

What to Feed
a Sick Chicken

Growing Wheat
Grass Indoors

DIY Brooder


  1. rhonda kaine says:

    Help! I have a sick hen. I just read your article but I’m lost. I’ve just adopted 2 hens, 5 yrs old, not laying anymore. I have had them in quarantine for 2 weeks now. One of them started looking sick a week and 2 days into quarantine. She is getting worse. Wet stool, looks terrible. Interesting thing happened. I noticed right away one morning that she was showing signs of not feeling well. Standing still,scratching ground slowly. I have them in a greenhouse. It’s cold here now but we had a mild day and sun was really bright. Knowing this could happen I checked on them and the sick hen was laying on the ground panting. The other hen was fine. It wasn’t hot, I think was just such a quick rise in temperature. Anyway I opened up the
    doors and she recovered. Her breathing normalized. Fast forward to day 3. I picked her up to put her in the box for the night and was heavy!! I thought she would weigh nothing after not eating for a couple of days. I think her previous owner was fattening her up. I got her the day before he killed his meat birds. Could her weight be affecting her? I noticed her comb was slightly bent when she arrived and I was concerned but she ate and acted fine for a week. Although it gradually bent to completed flopped over. Sorry this so long. Any suggestions?

    • Liz says:

      I’m glad you had them in quarantine so they couldn’t get your other birds sick – smart move! Do you have another area where they could be kept, a dog crate in a basement or garage maybe? I’m wondering if the hot humid air in the greenhouse is effecting them. Most chickens do fine in the heat, but humidity can be hard on their breathing. If the greenhouse is closed up, the ammonia from their droppings could be building to unhealthy levels. At the very least, I would leave every vent in the greenhouse open at all times. You say she was rescued from slaughter – is she a meat breed bird or was the farmer just going to process her as a layer that had stopped laying? It would be highly unusual for a meat breed chicken to reach 5 years old, they simply aren’t designed to live that long.

  2. Linda Tyner says:

    I have a hen with no upper bill. She cannot peck. She scoops pellets from the top of the feeder. Is there a way I can help her feed easier?

    • Liz says:

      aww poor thing! Sounds like she is figuring things out with scooping food though. Providing her bowls with feed deep enough for scooping is a good idea. You might also want to consider switching from pellets to crumble feed, it will be easier for her to scoop

  3. Nancy says:

    Hi Liz,
    I have 3 Call ducks, 2 female and one male. They will all be 7 years in May and july. Starting today Sunny, my one female is attacking Peeps, other female, and biting her in the neck. Ranger my male just stays out of it. Why is this happening?

    • Liz says:

      It’s hard to say – she could be reprimanding her for something or just reminding her who is boss. If she is just nipping at her and not pulling out feathers or breaking the skin, I wouldn’t worry about it and just call it sisterly squabbling. I hope she settles down soon!

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