Category archives: Backyard Basics

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

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

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


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

Chickens at home: it’s easy!

If there is one thing I want to communicate to you through iChicken, it is this: you can do it!

No matter where you live, no matter what your circumstance is, no matter what your financial means are – you … Read the rest

Chickens at home: it’s for the environment!

Living sustainably or living “green” means to live in such a way that you reduce your personal impact on the environment. One easy way to decrease your carbon footprint is to eliminate your need to go anywhere but your backyard … Read the rest

Chickens at home: it’s for your health!

It’s no secret that eating whole, nutritious foods is important for overall health, especially if you have small children or elderly people around your kitchen table. Pesticides and contaminants can enter our bodies through the food we eat, so it’s … Read the rest

Welcome to iChicken!

Welcome to iChicken, your source for everything related to growing chickens in your backyard.  I am Dr. Scott, veterinarian and chicken expert. I have worked on all sides of the poultry industry for the last 25 years. To put it … Read the rest