Wanna know a bit more about me? Check out the About page. Why Bitchin’ Chickens? Here’s the backstory. Now that’s out of the way, let me tell you what I’m trying to do with this blog and what I’d like from you.
I started Bitchin’ Chickens in mid-November 2018. I don’t know how you’ve stumbled across me or who most of you are (though I am a tad curious), I’m just happy that you’re here and will be happier if you choose to stick around. And maybe even a bit ecstatic, if you come out of the shadows and participate a little. Not your thing? That’s ok, but it’s nice to know who I’m talking to sometimes.
I’m in my 13th year of keeping chickens and I still have a lot to learn. I’m glad to see so many folks enjoying chickens, but have become increasingly frustrated with the amount of misinformation that circulates around the internet. Name any topic and you can find polar opposite opinions and advice from one site to the next, and even within groups.
Some things get repeated like a mantra, year after year, with no basis of truth. I feel that does a disservice to both new and experienced chicken-keepers , as well as to the birds that we care for. Sometimes I just have to step back, breathe and concentrate on the things I can change. And that’s where this blog comes in.
I’m an educator by trade and I want to bring the same passion and enthusiasm I have in my paid work to this site. One of my goals with Bitchin’ Chickens is to present not just my experiences, but some researched material on something new to me. I’d get bored if I kept on doing the same old, so I’m always looking to expand my horizons. That’s not so easy as many sites do not back up their assertions with empirical evidence. If you see something here you think is incorrect, please let me know; I want to present information to the highest possible standard. My goal is to strengthen my knowledge and share that with others, in order to improve the standard of care for backyard chicken flocks.
I also maintain a Facebook page, Bitchin’ Chickens Farm. I started it 6 weeks before this blog and find that folks there are more likely to comment or react. Perhaps the nature of FB is that it is more interactive. I’d love to see more of you respond to what you see. Click on ‘like’, leave a comment or use the ‘rate this’ feature (5-star system) at the top or bottom of all my posts. If there’s something you liked or would like to see, let me know. I’m open to hearing what folks want. If I don’t know the answer I’ll find it.
I’ve also partnered with several people who have been generous enough to share their stories and photos which I’ve incorporated (with credit) into my pieces. If you’ve got something interesting you feel I can use, send it my way. Collaboration is a good thing and learning is a two-way street.
If you aren’t following this blog or my FB page please consider doing so: the links for both of them are further down the home page. If you know folks who you think would enjoy my blog share my site info.
Many of my followers, somewhat surprisingly, don’t have chickens: they may have in the past, or maybe they’re just curious about what we chicken- keepers are up to. This blog is open to all and sundry. Anyone who does have chickens knows they have individual personalities, are entertaining, calming and a whole lot of fun. Let’s share the chicken love and do it with style and veracity.
In the spring of 2019 I took a day long Small Flock Management workshop led by two Avian Veterinarians from the Ministry of Agriculture. Dr Bowes referred to me as her star pupil and later completed necropsies on several birds I sent to the Animal Health Centre where she worked. We chatted a few times, she offered opinions on some of my necropsy photos and I became a fan girl. Needless to say, I was stoked to read her feedback on this blog (as I wasn’t even aware she’d seen it): “I’m so impressed with your blog, it really rises above most others in the chicken world.” I feel like I got the seal of approval from a professional that I hold in high esteem. Dr Bowes comments (and those of my readers) make me feel like I’m on the right track.
P.S. The photo was just to grab your attention. Did it work? I thought so – he’s cuter click bait than I am. I’ll stick to writing but will continue to post shots of my stunning looking birds so you can get chicken envy.
Oh yeah, by now you’ve figured out there is no $200 – just lots of good info and maybe some laughs along the way.