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Sneak Peek!

Check out this sneak peek of the footage we shot during the First Seven Days of our most recent flock. I think you’ll agree, Doc Scott’s homestead is a beautiful place to live, love and learn!


Chick Quality Poster Downloadable

What is a quality chick?  Even though he’s seen millions of chicks in his lifetime this poster hangs in his coop as quick reminder of what to be checking.  Yes, Doc Scott knows it by heart but glancing at it … Read the rest


Almost 100,000 Views!

Doc Scott had an amazing day on farm with the Chicken Farmers of Ontario and we are blown away at the wonderful response!  The video is about to have 100,000 views!  What a milestone!  Share it with your flock today!… Read the rest



GoPro video series: Feather eating

In my “GoPro on a Rooster” series of videos, we are going undercover inside my chicken coop to see how my chickens behave when humans aren’t around. In this video, I can see one of my hens eating feathers….

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Introducing Brahma and the GoPro

I have always been fascinated by the behavior of chickens. Behavioral patterns tell you so much about your flock: the challenges they may be facing that affect egg production, issues with their health, or unwanted vices they have. The behavior … Read the rest


Domuvore: add it to your vocabulary!

I remember traveling to Cuba on behalf of the Ontario government in the early 1990’s. This was an agriculture mission, working with the Cuban government on strategies for improving poultry, swine and dairy production. The experience was tremendous, as I … Read the rest


The Best Baked Beans

I recently visited Grandma iChicken in Quebec, where I grew up. She made a fantastic feast for our Easter dinner, including a delicious baked bean recipe that has been around since before I was born! This is a must-try.

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A Thought on Beginnings and Spring

I take time each day to meditate and read from the Bible. Today I was pondering Psalm 91: 1 – 2, 4 (NIV):

He who dwells in the shelter of the most high will rest in the shadow of the Read the rest


How Many Eggs

For large, Grade A eggs, one can assume

  • 12 yolks = 1 cup
  • 12 whites = 12/3 cups
  • 5 whole eggs = 1 cup
  • 3 tablespoons whole scrambled eggs = 1 whole egg
  • 1 tablespoon yolk + 2 tablespoons white
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Introduction to Snow!

Copyright iChicken 2014

Early this winter, I let the chickens out on a day after a light snow fall.  The chickens quickly came out of their door, down the ramp onto the dirt pad, and then stopped.  It was clear that to

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My Free Range Broilers

Free Range Broilers

Meet my broiler chickens! Broilers are chickens we raise with the intention of harvesting them for their meat, as opposed to layer chickens, which we raise primarily for the eggs they lay. I raise both categories, and have a coop … Read the rest


A word on standards…

As fun, rewarding, and interesting as raising your own chickens can be, it’s also work! Great and worthwhile work, but work nonetheless. Paying attention to the details while raising chickens in their environment is really important. Being a chicken manager … Read the rest




Time to keep them in!

My chickens enjoy the free run in my garden.

Good day iChickeners! I hope you are enjoying the last weeks of spring as much as I am. I want to share a humorous, short story with you that serves as … Read the rest





At long last, our layer coop!

It’s been more than a year in the making, but our layer coop is finally built and is now abuzz with activity! I’ll devote plenty of upcoming posts explaining to you what I did, how I did it, and why … Read the rest


How do you know you have a healthy chick?

Healthy chicks become healthy chickens! So how do you know you have a healthy chick? Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

▪ Your chick should be vibrant and active.

▪ Your chick should vocalize contentedly. Is your … Read the rest


Simplicity

When I think of backyard farming, the word that comes to mind is simplicity. Simplicity is the art of getting away from the complexities of life and enjoying the peace and harmony of capturing the harvest at home.  To … Read the rest


Are you noticing spring around you?

I took a walk beside our cedar rail fence row and uncovered a little treasure.  As cold as it was, this spring beauty, a Crocus, peered out of the soil, coming to life. These little lilac blue perennials with goblet … Read the rest


Heritage Breed Preservation

The Light Sussex chicken is one of five heritage breeds the Poultry Research centre is preserving.

I believe that an important part of living sustainably is making a commitment the preservation of animal breeds and biodiversity, particularly those near extinction. … Read the rest


Chicks are like snakes…no, really!

It may come as a surprise, but chicks have some key biological similarities with reptiles.

For one, chicks cannot regulate their
body temperature after hatching, which means their internal temperature varies with their environment. For this reason, chicks are classified … Read the rest


Tapping a tree for sap

Few things are as tasty as fresh, natural syrup made from the sap of trees you tap yourself! Tapping a tree for sap is quick and easy, and the cost of the equipment is minimal. Dr. iChicken demonstrates his technique … Read the rest