All Things Chicken & Egg

Our chickens are loved and well cared for. They spend their days free-ranging in the grassy pasture, eating bugs and such, and sleep in a fancy coop complete with a heat lamp for the winters. In addition to scavenging, they're fed a variety of seeds, nuts, grains, fruits & veggies twice a day.
I hatch chicks occasionally and have fertile hatching eggs available for those that are interested in hatching their own chicks. We have white, brown, tan, green and green-blue eggs from the following breeds: black, white and blue silkies, bantam frizzle, sizzle, polish, bantam polish, rosecomb, ameraucana, silkie-cauna, barred rock, and red layers. We have information on Chick Care and Fertile Hatching Egg Care available.


Pickles Loves Her Chicks

I’ve hatched chicks before, sometimes in the incubator, sometimes under a broody mama hen. Since baby chickens hatch pretty self sufficient (they pop out fully feathered, can get around pretty well within a few hours of hatching, and can eat and drink on their own as long as you show them where the food and water is) I usually raise them inside in a little playpen so I can give them lots of attention…or, uhm…so I can watch them and snuggle them and take lots of pictures of them and give them tons of treats. We call it ChickTV.

This is the first time I’ve let a mother hen raise chicks, and I’ve been surprised by what an excellent job hens do taking care of their babies. I didn’t think mother hens had much to do besides keeping their babies warm, but Pickles has proven me wrong. She does keep them warm, but she’s also great at reminding them to drink, showing them how to look for food and catch bugs, and does a great job cracking sunflower seeds and other large pieces of food into tiny pieces they can eat. She pecks at the food until it’s crushed, picks up a tiny bit in her beak, then calls her babies over with a cute little cluck. They all come running and she drops the little pieces of food into their mouths. She’s careful about making sure each one gets enough to eat before she eats anything herself.

It’s the year of Downton Abbey-themed names here, so these three newbies are Mary, Edith and Sybil. They’re probably all roosters. : )

Pickles Feeding Her Baby Chicks


Rocco the Rooster

Rocco was found wandering around a neighborhood after a monsoon storm last month. A good Samaritan named Tracy brought him to us after an unsuccessful search for his owners.

Rocco is a very tiny bantam ameraucana / Easter Egger chicken. He is quiet, shy, and not at all aggressive. He loves eating fresh fruits and veggies and goes crazy over his mealworm treats. (YUCK.) He would love to find a flock of his own and a permanent coop to call home.

Rocco is available to a good home for an adoption fee of only $1.00! Contact Us to set up a time to meet him.

Rocco | Adoptable Bantam Ameraucana Rooster


Update: Rocco has been adopted! He has a great new home in Queen Creek where he can free range with a flock of his own. : )


The Mixed Chicks

Frizzle-Rosecomb | Polish-Silkie | Silkie-Ameraucana

paris, polish silkie

Polish Silkie Frizzle Chicks

These three mixed breed chicks are from my most recent hatch. [Read more…]


Smooth Sizzle Chick




How to tell if your chicken eggs are fertilized

If you’re thinking about hatching some chicks from your backyard hens, you’ll need to make sure your eggs are fertile before popping them into the incubator. So how can you tell if your eggs are fertilized? Take a look at the yolks [Read more…]


The Tiniest Egg