About achickenchick

I am a 10 year old girl who loves animals especially chickens. This blog is about how to raise backyard chickens and other random things. Please comment any things you have questions about. Thanks!

News!

Here is the news I was talking about in my last post:

We gave away Pepper because he was a rooster (our city allows hens but not roosters). Salt was really upset and lonely! But we gave him to an animal shelter and he is in their petting zoo because he is so nice! The animal shelter is by our house too so we can go see him.

We got new chickens! Mini and Charlie are their names! Mini is a Barred Rock (just like pepper) and Charlie is a Buff Orpington. They were born in August and they are 4 months old (we got them when they were three days old)!

Salt layed an egg! Yes, she finally did it! It is blue/green, not because  it is disgusting but because she is an Easter Egger (the mutt of the chicken world) and they lay all different colors, some even lay gold! We have 7 total now and gave 3 away to some friends.

If any of you have chickens please comment so that I know I can move on with my tips and info! Thank you!

-A Chicken Chick

chicken friends

Hey, my friend dropped off her chicken a while ago and I remembered something. Not all chickens are friendly toward new people or other chickens. Her chicken (it’s a rooster) is not that friendly¬†toward me or my chickens. Of course, my chickens are always around other chickens so they were trying to be friendly. But he was not. And he started to¬†attack mine. I got really scared and started to freak out. I started to shew (never ever do that), and all sorts of things. Finally, I got him put up. But then I felt bad because he had such a small cage for a chicken.¬† So now we take them out at¬†separate times. Never do what I did and let them out together right off the bat.¬†¬†Let them get used to company.

– A Chicken Chick

Dust Bathing

If you see your chickens on the ground kicking up dust and all twisted up, don’t be scared and freaked out like I was. They are only dust bathing. Dust bathing helps get chickens clean, I know you are probably thinking ‘What? Chickens bathing in dust? Doesn’t that get them even more dirty?’ No it doesn’t, it cleans them. My chicken, Salt, looked like a snowball afterwords, so it gets them pretty clean. Also they seem to have a ball doing it too!

– A Chicken Chick

vacation

Sorry about not posting that much, I was on vacation. Here is a tip about when you go on vacation. Don’t just give them a lot of food and water, you need someone responsable to take care of your chickens (especially when they are almost grown or grown) because they need to have some time to play and have fun. I ALWAYS have someone take care of my chickens.¬† Now that I think about,¬†I always have someone take care of them whether they are grown or not. I hope this helps you like it helped me!

–¬†A Chicken Chick

The bond

Ok, I know many of you have seen my other posts, but this one is going to be different. It is going to be about one of the most important things that you and your chickens have……….a bond. From¬†an early age start picking up your chickens, so then later on they will trust you. Now don’t be like farmers and shew your chickens into the coop because then they will be scared of you. Some chickens will go through a stage when they are scared of you and don’t want you to pick them up. Don’t worry you aren’t being bad parents. In fact, my chicken Pepper is going through one right now! Don’t stall when you are picking up your chickens then they will feel like they are the boss. That wouldn’t be so good! Just be nice to your chickens. Hug them, kiss them, and hold them and you and your chickens will have a great bond that no one can replace.

My First Advice Post

Hey, I know that a lot of you don’t have chickens yet but are thinking about getting some. So, I am going to give you some advice about the coop and where to put the coop.¬† First of all you are going to want a coop that has a nesting area because they will feel safer and less stressed out when they lay. Oh! I almost forgot! Make sure your city/town allows¬†chickens! Anyway, back to the coop. You don’t need a big coop if you are only going to have a few chickens. Most of the coops that you get are going to be build it your self type of coops [ no matter how small ]. So, a good place to put your coop is in a hut [ on the ground ] that has space in between the walls and door. I have my chickens/chicken coop in a hut like that. If you don’t have a hut like that then just put a coop in your backyard. Hope this info helps you!

– A Chicken Chick