Understanding Flock Dynamics

Keep the peace in your coop by understanding your chickens’ pecking order and the behaviors that go with it.

When Pecking Orders Collide

The chicks are almost 6 weeks old. They don’t know much more than how to eat, drink, forage and fly, and they approach mere acquaintances with too much familiarity. They lack social graces and respect for their elders, which the older hens won’t hesitate to teach. The chicks are still not allowed to free-range like […]

Success Story

Photo by Audrey Pavia My little, hurt hen (Lola) wasn’t too mangled when re-introduced to the flock after recuperating. One morning, about a month ago, Lola, one of my young hens, came out of the coop hopping on one leg. She was easy to catch, and I put her in a crate and took her […]

Chicken Expressions and Lessons

The English language is full of references to chickens. I never really paid much attention to these expressions until I became a chicken owner. My flock as helped me understand the true meaning behind many of these terms—on a personal level.

Back to the Flock

It wasn’t easy getting Bobbi Jo over her bout with fowl pox. Unlike her niece, Baby Jo, it took her more than a week before I felt she was well enough to return to the flock.