About Me

Welcome to Backyard Chickens Mama! Here’s a little bit about me:

Planting the Seed….

Growing up in the city and experiencing my childhood in the ’70’s, owning backyard chickens just wasn’t a “thing.” It wasn’t until I had children of my own did I realize how rewarding of an experience keeping backyard chickens really is.

Back in 1995, my son’s Kindergarten class incubated and hatched chicken eggs. It was an amazing experience, not only for the kids, but for me as well!

This was an educational experience that my son’s teacher provided for her students every year. Each year the baby chicks were given to a local farmer.

Unfortunately, (or maybe I should say fortunately) that year the local farmer would not be able to take the baby chicks.

We wanted to make sure the chicks found a good home and knew a man that kept chickens that was willing to take them. My son’s teacher was thrilled that we were able to rehome them for her.

The only catch was that the man was out of town for a week, so we were going to have to care for the chickens until he returned.

So we brought a cage full of little chickens home and got a taste of what it was like to raise backyard chickens!

My son and daughter with kindergarten incubator chicks.
My son and daughter with my son’s kindergarten classroom incubator chicks.

Not long after this we had the opportunity to take on a few young chickens that a customer of my husband’s was not able to keep. A couple days later, we realized why he was not able to keep them. We were awakened by the sound of a “COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO!”

Unable to keep roosters in our city, we had to rehome them. Fortunately, the same man that took our young chicks hatched from our son’s school was able to take these roosters as well.

Getting Our OWN Chickens

It was then that we decided to purchase some baby chicks from our local Ace Hardware store. Every Spring, we enjoyed checking out the day old baby chicks. But this time it was different. This time we were going to bring some home to raise in our own backyard!

We gathered all of the necessary brooder box supplies and built our own brooder.

Home Made Chick Brooder
This is the home made brooder that my husband helped me build.

We purchased two baby chicks, three days later decided that was not enough and went back to purchase two more. Little did I know, this was just the beginning of my addicting hobby!

About Me. My Backyard Chickens

It wasn’t long before I went out and purchased my own incubator so I could enjoy the process from the very beginning.

Today- Starting a Website

Because of my love, knowledge and enthusiasm for the hobby, I wanted to start a website where I can share what I have gained over the years.

I feel that both new chicken owners and enthusiasts can benefit from sharing tips and tricks to raising happy, healthy and productive chickens!

Sharing What I Learned

I write and publish articles on a weekly basis, covering a wide variety of topics including:

Again, welcome to Backyard Chickens Mama. Enjoy browsing through the articles and if you have any questions or topics that you would like for me to cover, let me know by contacting me or commenting below.

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