Roosters Posing as Hens

The hatchery “warranty” states that they’ll refund money should we receive more than our fair share of roos (10%). I’ve had great luck until recently. The beautiful white and black Easter Egger girl I kept decided to be a rooster, as evidenced...

Why do Hens Crowd into One Nest?

The cackling coming from the coop was deafening– well, perhaps not deafening, but louder than one might consider necessary. Three of our four layers decided to lay at the same time.   Mind you, there are three nests adjacent to one another, so there is no...
Dealing with Roosters

Dealing with Roosters

Not all is quiet on the eggShell farmette. A young rooster found his voice two mornings ago. He is one loud mama. I knew he was going to crow because he began to flap his wings and put his beak up to the sky, a sure sign, I’ve found, that we’ve got a roo...
Potty Train Your Chicken

Potty Train Your Chicken

Did you know you can potty train chickens? I didn’t. But, it does make sense. During WWII, highly trained ravens to held little cameras in their beaks to aid in spying activities. This training is largely based on operant conditioning, sometimes called clicker...