UCP Episode 024: Train Your Chickens to Do Tricks! – Discussion with Animal Trainer Giene Keyes

Giene Keyes at Chicken Clicker Training Seminar - photo courtesy of Giene Keyes

Giene Keyes at Chicken Clicker Training Seminar – photo courtesy of Giene Keyes

So you have backyard chickens and they’re great.  They provide you fresh eggs daily; they eat bugs and weeds in your yard; and best of all, they provide you with countless hours of entertainment watching them flit and play in your backyard. What if keeping backyard chickens could get even better?  What if you could train your hens to come when you call? Or what if they could learn to go into their coop upon your command at any time of day? Well you can teach your chickens to do those very things and so much more!   Continue reading

UCP Episode 020: The Heat is On for the Hens – Summer Proof Your Flock

Saguaro Sized Chicken

Chickens in the Desert – photo by cogdogblog

If you think summertime heat is uncomfortable for you, imagine being wrapped up in a down comforter and trying to stay cool out in the hot weather.  Your backyard hens are essentially robed in their own down comforters and dealing with the sun blazing down outside on them all day. There are however, some thoughtful and creative ways to keeps your birds cool this time of year.

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