About Us

Thank you for stopping by! My name is Leigh. I am a writer, journalist and information mining freak by trade, a full-time mother of three crazies kids, by choice, and now I am also a chicken keeper… the perfect prescription for my ever-dwindling sanity. 

When I decided I wanted chickens, I set about researching and learning all I could about these feathery critters. In doing so, I have been blessed to meet some of the most wonderful and knowledgeable people around!

This blog is frequently updated with informational articles written by regular guest bloggers like Vicki, Sue, Karen, Tom, Chrissy in CA and others who are  long-time chicken keepers. 

"Bee" wrote a huge number of the earlier posts on this blog, including the amazing story of the Gnarly Bunch. We are so very thankful for all that Bee has contributed to this blog and wish her well in all her future endeavors!

As well as doing the editing, managing and organizing of this blog, I also write some of the pieces using information I have learned from this wonderful group of people.

The photos you will see scattered throughout the blog posts come from shutterbugs in our own ranks (credit will be given below each photo), from images with expired copyrights and from me.

Are you looking for specific information? Please check out our Index tab for a list of subjects we have already blogged about. If you have any questions or would like to see a certain Natural Chicken Keeping subject covered on our blog, feel free to email me at: shabbychicken@hotmail.com and our “panel of eggsperts” will try to answer them for you.

You can also “talk to us” and ask questions on our forum – Join us HERE.

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We hope to see you again soon!



  1. Hi, great fermented feed article.

    Just wanted to let you know that after I read your article, and googled for more, I came across a site which appears to have lifted quite a bit of your material.

    It could be just me, however it really felt like I was re-reading your article, from a high-level synopsis point of view.

    I realize you may not care, however I emailed the author and asked her if giving at least a cite or link to your site would kill her.

    Haven't read any of her other blogs/articles, however I somehow think this sort of cribbing is what blogging is now.
    I guess thats one way to win an award...

    Cheers, and keep up the excellent work at providing some real intellectual depth to your articles.

    1. Fred - thank you for your concern and your compliment to our blog. I read the article in question, (found Here) and while it does seem that it could possibly be a recreation of our own article on fermenting, we are going to take the high road on this one and simply say we are happy to see people are reading and affording their own chickens a healthier life. Yes - it certainly would have been nice to at least get a mention.
      We at Natural Chicken Keeping will continue to strive to provide, good, well researched articles and hopefully by doing so our own readership and sponsor base will grow. Anyone coming across both articles in the same day will see the approximate dates both went live - either at the top or in the comments - and come to their own conclusions.
      Thank you so very much for being one of our readers, and we hope you will suggest our blog to others interested in a more natural approach to chicken keeping.

    2. FYI: I was looking for information on dealing with chicken mites and saw your article on "Natural Way to Rid Chickens of Lice & Mites". Don't know if you realize but the bottom of the page and all the comments are blocked out with a large yellow "screen". I have never seen this before on a blog. Mike from Virginia

    3. Mike - thank you for letting me know! I think I have the problem fixed now. I sure appreciate it when readers alert me to issues like this.

  2. This looks like a very helpful site. Too bad I can not read the articles because of the pop ad blocking the text. Doesn't seem to be a way for me to move or close them. Please fix this.

    1. Kris - please let me know exactly which articles are having issues - provide links so that I can quickly fix them. So sorry for the trouble!


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