Backyard Chickens

Last week we received a call from a freelance writer doing a story on chickens as pets. The article is expected to be published in April and I will keep reader’s posted.

Also, Jordanne received a call one night from a guy who has a few backyard chickens of his own. It’s common for Jordanne to receive emails and phone calls from folks who have chickens or ducks and need advice on how to start out or what to do if they have a sick animal. She does her best to answer each and everyone of them. Having chickens for over five years now Jordanne hardly considers herself an “expert” but has come to realize that there is a difference between keeping chickens and knowing chickens. So often she hears cases of sick chickens when it’s too late – when it’s gone beyond saving. She advises first time chicken owners to get to know their flock and be aware of their behavior. In fact know their flock so much so that they would be able can pick out any slight irregularities. By knowing your flock you sense things that aren’t right and this certainly helps if any animal is showing signs of sickness or disease. Early detection is vital, especially if like us urbanites can’t rely on regular vets to treat animals holistically.

This phone call was a little different in a disturbing sort of way. The poor guy needed comforting because he’s so attached to his chickens that when he found one of his chickens pecked nearly in half by others in his flock that he had to mercy kill the poor girl. He was undoubtedly shaken. Unfortunately, there is a dark side to chickens. Cute and personable as they are, chickens do have a cannibalistic nature that sometimes manifest itself in a horrible way. Jordanne asked him a normal set of questions 1. how much space per chicken 2. what feed are you giving them and so on to determine what caused them to turn on one of their own in such a gruesome way.

On a high note, he also mentioned that the one chicken he bought from us in spring is the biggest of his flock of 11. Jordanne concluded that it had to be because of how the chick was raised on organic feed and apple cider vinegar at an early age. Apple cider works wonders.

More on the benefits of apple cider vinegar and poultry

We keep a jar of apple cider in the chicken coop handy so we can easily add it to the water. Since we don’t treat our animals with unnecessary drugs or antibiotics, apple cider vinegar is a natural, cheap and easy supplement to keep your backyard flock healthy.


  1. Farmgirl_dk says:

    Hi there – I’m fascinated by your description of the benefits of apple cider vinegar! I’d never heard this. I’m getting ready to start my own (first) flock, so tips like this are greatly appreciated. One question I have: When I clicked on the “apple cider vingegar and poultry” link, there is text at the bottom that states: “Cautions:
    Apple Cider Vinegar should be applied to the skin diluted. I always keep a spray bottle handy in the barn and kitchen”. How much water do you add to dilute the apple cider vinegar in your spray bottle for topical use?
    Thanks! 🙂

  2. Cathy says:

    Your chickens look wonderful! DO you add the apple cider vinegar to their daily fresh water? How does it affect their calcium and eggshell formation?