Best Time of the Year!!

This is my absolute most FAVORITE time of the year. Homegrown cherry tomatoes, fresh eggs from the coop, and some yummy greens make a pretty delicious meal, and picture at that!

Head over to our Facebook page, show us a favorite photo of yours (you know you have one in your phone) – and we’ll pick a winner and send you some goodies!


Mealworm Delight – Did you know?

There are some significant benefits to having Mealworm Delight on hand and we’ve listed them just below. If we are missing any – let us know and we’ll add them.

Mealworm Delight

  • Teach your chickens tricks with Mealworm Delight. Simply hold up a worm or two and they will follow after you, turn from the left to the right, sit atop a chair – the trick list goes on and on and on. Give it a try.
  • Feather re-growth in molting hens. Did you know that? And, mealworms help make pretty feathers at that.
  • Chickens not behaving (roosting in wrong spaces, staying out longer at night, etc.) can be resolved swiftly with Treats for Chickens Mealworm Delight. Just a few mealworms and everyone is back on their best behavior.
  • Mealworms have lysine in them. Lysine is an amino acid that assists in optimizing growth in poultry.
  • It’s important to know that mealworms are high in protein, really high so easy does it. 53% protein in about a quarter cup to be exact.
  • During the warmer months you can add mealworms to mixtures of dried/fresh herbs and fruit, freeze and serve as a cool treat.

Chickens LOVE Mealworm Delight!

Ohhhh, the yummy, irresistible, crunchy, teach-your-chicken-tricks tasty treat. That is just what our original Mealworm Delight is. We introduced Mealworm Delight in 2011 and since then, have been up to our ears in dried worms. Like, we could fill a swimming pool with all these worms.

Mealworm Delight

Mealworm Delight comes in either an 8oz bag or a 1lb 6oz bucket!

And right now, you can get 10% off of Mealworm Delight, bag or bucket! Click here to start saving today…

Coop Door Photo Contest

Whether you LOVE your coop door or not, we want to see it.  The world wants to see it. Fancy, unique, drab, colorful or just down-right plain – show us.

Post your photo to the Treats for Chickens facebook page (you can also find the post and add your photo to the comments) to be entered to win a 5 ounce bag of Nesting Box Blend – the world’s best smellin’ blend for your backyard chickens.

Coop Door Contest

The winner will be selected Wednesday, June 10th*** and must have a US Mailing address.

***UPDATE: contest extended to Friday, June 12th at midnight.

Did SHE Just…. CROW?

Okay ladies and gentlemen.. I must express how I feel about this sudden discovery. Do you all remember how the Treats for Chickens family got 9 baby chicks about four weeks ago? And how I was especially fond of one cute lil’ grey Bantam in particular? If not, here’s a picture to refresh your memory.. 

chick 2

My baby Gandalf! Get it? Gandalf the Grey from Lord of the Rings (Aren’t I so clever?)

And if you DID remember her, well, there’s just a cute photo of a chick to help get you through the day, LOL. Okay, movin’ on. Baby Gandalf has been going through lots of changes lately, as all baby chicks usually do when growing into Pullets/Cockerels and then into Hens/Roosters. But there have been two pretty significant changes that Gandalf has gone through that have most definitely stuck out to me.. 

Change #1.) Gandalf the GREY isn’t so GREY anymore!!


Gandalf was spending a little bit of time with me yesterday in my house!

Yeah. Pretty crazy right? This is my first time raising chickens, so seeing an all grey (light grey actually) chick grow into a full on BLACK chicken just blows my mind. 

Change #2.) My sweet little female chicken made quite a startling noise the other day.. I was not there to witness it, however Dawn (my boss and the owner of Treats for Chickens) did. This is basically how the conversation went down… 


My response is in blue. I was shocked to say the least.

Yeah. I was quite surprised. Dawn sent me the text message above on 5/27/15 when I was getting ready for work. After I got home, I took Gandalf inside for a while to see if he would crow for me. I started mimicking a rooster’s crow, hoping he would start singing back. After an hour of hanging out, my voice started going hoarse. So I returned Gandalf to the rest of his fellow brothers/sisters in the coop with no luck of witnessing a crow for myself. 

The only thing I have personally noticed on Gandalf that might point to him being a rooster is that his comb and wattle are significantly larger then the other hens his age. He also pecked me the other day pretty friggin’ hard! LOL. I don’t know if that is a sign or not, but he seems to be a little more aggressive compared to any of the other babies.


What do you all think? Given the pictures, and the information above… Hen or Rooster? Please leave your opinions below, I would love to hear some feedback! 

Jessica B., Project Manager, Treats for Chickens

Flock of Chicken Terms: A-G

Look no further for your “Chicken Encyclopedia”. Treats for Chickens has made this easy-to-view and understand list of the most commonly used chicken terms. With fun pictures to go along! Terms listed are A-G 

Bantam – A smaller variety of chicken

Bantam vs. Standard chicken (Photo credit)

Bloom – A protective coating on an egg that helps keep bacteria out of the porous shell of the egg.

Bloom – Natural coating to protect egg (Photo credit)

Breed A group of chickens that share various characteristics including comb and plumage style.

There are many different breeds of chickens (Photo credit)

Brood A batch of chicks.

A brood of adorable baby chicks (Photo credit)

Broody A hen sitting on a clutch of eggs until they hatch. A hen is “broody” when she has the overwhelming desire to sit and hatch eggs.

A broody hen nurturing and protecting her eggs (Photo credit)

Candeling To view the contents of an egg by shining a light thru it. Used to determine fertility.

Candling eggs reveal the progress of the embryo (Photo credit)

Cannibalism Chickens under stress pecking at each other.

No More Cannibalism

Two great products available to reduce and heal cannibalism. Rooster Booster Pick-No-More Lotion and Vetericyn Poultry Care

Chicken A domesticated fowl. Human Caution: tendency to cause addiction to their presence.

There are 2 different types of chickens; a hen and a rooster (Photo credit)

Clutch A group of eggs accumulated by a hen for incubation.

A clutch of eggs (Photo credit)

Cock A male chicken or rooster a year or more old.

A cock crowing

Cockerel A male chicken less than one year old.

A cockerel (Photo credit)

Comb The fleshy red spiked material on a chicken’s head.

There are many different types of combs a chicken can have. A red comb = a healthy comb. Click here to get comb reddening for your flock (Photo credit)

Coop A safe place for your chickens to roost, lay eggs and to be protected from weather.

This size coop can comfortably hold 4 hens (Photo credit)

Crest The bunch of feathers on the head of some breeds.

A crest of feathers

Crop The pouch in a chicken’s esophagus, at the base of its neck, that bulges with feed. Can feel like a golf ball.

Location of the crop (Photo credit)

Debeak To remove part of the top beak to prevent cannibalism. NOT RECOMMENDED. This is a very cruel method to prevent overcrowding incidents due to improper care!

De-beaking is NOT advised. Very cruel and causes pain to the chicken (Photo credit)

Droppings Manure.

Example of healthy chicken droppings (Photo credit)

Embryo The developing chicken inside a fertile egg.

Capturing 5, 6, 9, 12, and 18 days into the development of a chicken (Photo credit)

Fluff The soft feathering on a chicken’s butt.

Colorful, fluffy-butted hens (Photo credit)

Look in the “Categories” section to the right for more learning and fun!

Flock of Chicken Terms: H-O

Look no further for your “Chicken Encyclopedia”. Treats for Chickens has made this easy-to-view and understand list of the most commonly used chicken terms. With fun pictures to go along! Terms listed are G-O 

Gizzard An organ in the digestive system of a chicken that grinds food with grit swallowed by the chicken.

Location of a chicken’s gizzard (Photo credit)

Grit Sand and pebbles eaten by chickens to grind food in its gizzard. Birds allowed to free range don’t need to be offered grit — they find their own ideal sizes and types to suit themselves.

Examples of different types of chicken grit (Photo credit)

Hen A female chicken a year or more old.

This is a Delaware hen (Photo credit)

Hock The joint in the chicken’s leg between the thigh and the shank.

Location of the chicken’s hock (Photo credit)

Keel The breast bone of the chicken.

Location of the keel bone on a chicken (Photo credit)

Litter Biodegradable material such as pine shavings used on the floor and in nesting boxes to absorb moisture and keep housing clean. Straw and rice hulls can also be efficient.

One example of litter that can be used. This is pine shavings (Photo credit)

Mash A mixture of (wet or dry) coarse ground feed.

Different types of chicken feed. The far left is chicken mash

Mite A type of external crawling parasite.

A type of mite feeding on this chicken. Yuck! Click here to get your solution to assist in the removal of mites, lice, fleas, etc (Photo credit)

Molt The annual normal dropping out and regrowing of a chicken’s feathers. Your birds may look rather unsightly during this time, and the barnyard can resemble the aftermath of a big pillow fight! Lasts approximately 6-8 weeks.

A molting chicken. A couple products you can use to assist in feather re-growth are either Oyster Shell or Mealworm Delight (Photo credit)

Nesting Box The private area where chickens lay their eggs.

This is a nesting box. Use Nesting Box Blend to keep your chickens calm and free of mites, lice, and other ickies in the nesting box (Photo credit)

Oviduct The tube through which an egg travels over the course of its formation until it is laid.

This is how a hen lays an egg (Photo credit)

Look in the “Categories” section to the right for more learning and fun!

Flock of Chicken Terms: P-Z

Look no further for your “Chicken Encyclopedia”. Treats for Chickens has made this easy-to-view and understand list of the most commonly used chicken terms. With fun pictures to go along! Terms listed are P-Z

Pasting Manure sticking to the rear end of a young chick. Can be fatal! Remove manure with a cotton ball dipped in warm water.

These chicks have pasty butt! (Photo credit)

Pecking Order The order and social ranking of a group of chickens.

Clearly you can tell who’s in “pecking order” here.. (Photo credit)

Pellet Pellets are feed that is formed from a fine mash bonded together.

Example of a pellet is on the far right. Pumpkin Seed Snacks and Cluck Yea are two organic treats that have a nutritional pellet with egg-enhancing benefits 

Point of lay A young pullet about 18 weeks old, the age at which the bird could start laying.

About the size of your hen to start expecting her first egg (Photo credit)

Predators Raccoon’s are clever and ravenous. Skunks, dogs, cats, and even hawks may also harm chickens.

Potential predators to your flock (Photo credit)

Primary feathers The first ten feathers on the wing starting at the tip.

Location of the primary wings (Photo credit)

Perch A pole or dowel which a chicken sleeps on at night, also called a roost. A sturdy tree branch works great too.

Example of a chicken perch (Photo credit)

Plumage The feathering of a chicken as a whole.

This is Gold-Laced Wyandotte chicken. Her entire feathering is considered the plumage (Photo credit)

Pubic Bones The two bones sticking out from either side of the vent.

The index finger and the ring finger are on this chicken’s pubic bones (Photo credit)

Pullet A female chicken less than one year old.

A pullet (Photo credit)

Roost A pole or sturdy branch a chicken sleeps on at night.

A nice roost for these chickens to sleep on (Photo credit)

Rooster A male chicken a year or more old. Also referred to as a Cock or Cockerel.

A rooster crowing (Photo credit)

Run A chicken’s outdoor area. It should be fenced to keep chickens in and predators out. If you let the flock run during the day (and we know that you will), always close the coop door before nightfall.

Good example of a run; freedom for the chickens to roam, but within a restricted section as to keep them safe (Photo credit)

Scales The horny tissue covering the toes and legs.

Scales on a chicken (Photo credit)

Scratch Whole or cracked grain fed to chickens. Given as treats and can be fattening.

Corn, wheat, and milo make up this chicken scratch (Photo credit)

Setting The incubation of eggs in the nest by a sitting hen.

Hen sitting on her eggs (Photo credit)

Sexed Chicks that have been professionally sorted by sex.

One way to tell the difference between a hen and a rooster (Photo credit)

Shank The lower leg of a chicken.

The location of the shank (Photo credit)

Spur The sharp bony points on the back of a rooster’s shanks. Used for fighting and protection.

The long, pointy part behind the shank is the spur (Photo credit)

Straight Run Chicks that have not been professionally sexed. Bantams are commonly sold Straight Run due to the difficulty of sexing the tiny chicks.

This is bantam chick. She will grow up and be very tiny compared to standard chickens. It is very difficult to sex a bantam due to their size (Photo credit)

Vent The opening at the rear of a chicken where the digestive, urinary and reproductive tracts end.

The vent is in the very rear of the chicken (Photo credit)

Wattles The fleshy colored appendages hanging from either side of the lower beak.

Blood flow from the comb to the wattle helps regulate the chicken’s temperature (Photo credit)

That’s it! You’ve reached the end of our Chicken Encyclopedia. Hope you enjoyed, and learned a lil’ something. Our list contains just the most commonly used terms, however we are constantly adding to it. If you have a suggestion of a chicken term you would like to see be added, please don’t hesitate to reach out! We love your feedback. Comment below and let us know.