The Urban Coop Shopping Guide

When you own the tools and materials and have the know-how, building your own custom chicken coop can be one of the most rewarding aspects of keeping chickens. But what happens if you don’t have so much as a screwdriver and have no carpentry skills of which to speak? When my husband and I left […]

Healthy Hens

  Photo by iStockphoto/Thinkstock Herbs and garlic can help keep your flock in fine shape. Poultry are susceptible to a dismaying variety of diseases and health problems caused by viruses, bacteria, parasites, nutrient deficiencies and other factors. Marek’s disease, infectious coryza and Newcastle disease are just a few of the nasty illnesses circulating the bird […]

5 Funky Eggs You Can Still Eat

Courtesy .brioso./Flickr Odd eggs are par for the course in the world of backyard chicken-keeping and are usually still fine for the frying pan, as well as a little laugh. On the whole, egg abnormalities should usually not cause any concern. Sometimes, though, bizarre eggs may indicate a deficiency in vitamins or a hereditary anomaly […]

Two Roos

Photo by Audrey Pavia Henryfonda and Liberty, my two young roosters When I decided to let one of my hens hatch three eggs a few months ago, I had my fingers crossed that I’d get all girls. I knew that was unlikely, so I decided I’d be happy with two. It turns out I didn’t […]

Chicken Stats

Use these quick facts to better understand how your chickens operate.

8 Tips for Layer Production and Health

Courtesy iStockphoto/Thinkstock Keep your layer chickens healthy by allowing them to free-range in a safe place on your urban farm. Getting fresh eggs from your backyard isn’t as easy as just plopping a chicken in a coop. To get quality eggs—keep your layer chickens healthy in the process—you need to provide your hens with a […]