Category archives: Backyard Chickens

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!

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

Introduction to Snow!

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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

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