Secrets to Build a Chicken Coop Cheap and Easy

Secrets to Build a Chicken Coop Cheap and Easy

Chickens
If you ever thought about raising chickens or even building your own chicken coup for that matter, maybe it is time you actually did something about it. When you compare the price difference of building your own hen houses versus buying, you will be amazed at the amount of money you can save constructing them yourself. And it will not take as long or be as hard as you may have ever imagined. It is possible to get it done in a weekend or two. Before cutting your first 2-by-4 or nailing two boards together, it is a good idea to come up with a plan. Chickens need a clean dry nesting area along with some room to roam. They will forage for a portion of their own food if…
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Backyard Laying Hens- Free Range Eggs, For Free!

Backyard Laying Hens- Free Range Eggs, For Free!

Chickens, Farm Animals
Keeping your own stock of free range egg backyard laying hens is an enjoyable and rewarding pastime as more and more city folk are discovering with the increasing popularity of 'urban farming'. Hens can be kept in even the smallest of spaces as long as they have suitable shelter, a ready supply of food and small patch of ground to scratch around in. Hens can easily be bought as chicks from local farmers and smallholders. They will produce one egg per day per hen so even a couple of good layers will produce more than enough eggs for a family. They are easy to keep and feed and as long as you don't add a cockerel to the flock you wont get any complaints from the neighbors either! In no…
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The Hidden Link Between Factory Farms and Human Illness

Farm Animals, Healthy Eating
The FAO recently warned that global industrial meat production poses a serious threat to human health. BTW, Read the really frightening article in this month's Mother Earth News, The Hidden Link Between Factory Farms and Human Illness We all KNOW this. We all sense this. It is time we did more. Stop EATING this. There are AlWAYS alternatives. Eat less meat, buy from reputable growers that employ sustainable and HUMANE practices, raise your own sustainably or pay someone to, but do NOT support FACTORY FARMING! Here are some ideas on what YOU can DO Costs for factory farming are enormous, and as oil becomes more scarce or the price rises (whatever your philosophy) it will continue to provide the people with unhealthy, increasingly expensive meat. These are just a few…
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Chicken Laws and Backyard Chickens

Chickens, Farm Animals
Know the chicken laws in your state and city By now, you all know that we are raising our own chickens in the backyard. The idea is to gain more self sufficiency and "buy local".  It is important to know where your food comes from. Some are unfamiliar with the concepts, but for those of you who do and think you are living in solitude, think again. There are many beginning to understand the changes that are going to have to take place for this world to go solidly forward... Here is a new article found in the Chicago Tribune, Chickens earning their keep in Chicago backyards according to the article... More urbanites have animals for their eggs and companionship. "It's exploding all over the country," said Martha Boyd, program…
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Dogs 1 Rooster 0

Dogs 1 Rooster 0

Chickens, Our Homestead
Well, it's a sad day at our little homestead today. I left the dogs outside for what was to be a warm night. I thought they would enjoy it. Mr. Red had been aggravating the hens so badly, that I had turned him out of the chicken coop last weekend. Now, you have to picture this, LOL A big, Rhode Island Red rooster, chasing a big black Labrador around the yard. Molly, our lab does NOT enjoy getting clipped in the back when she's not looking. Red holds his own every single day... until today. I guess, since Molly was trying to sleep and he woke up at the crack of dawn, as usual, he found her napping. You can probably imagine the rest. The worst of it was that…
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How Can You Attract Butterflies to Your Garden?

Farm Animals
Butterflies can be attracted to your garden by a variety of methods including planting brightly coloured flowers and bushes, providing food in the form of rotten fruit or by providing other places where they will congregate. Flowers and Bushes To attract butterflies to your garden you need to provide attractive food in the form of brightly coloured flowers and feeders and puddles for drinking water. Leave a part of your garden wild by allowing the grass to grow longer and sprinkling wild flower seeds throughout the area. Choose an area that has sunshine for most of the day but is sheltered from the wind. A few flat stone scattered about will provide resting places. At the edges of the wild area plant flowers and shrubs with brightly coloured blooms. Butterflies…
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The ROOF is on the Chicken Coop

Chickens, Our Homestead
From the chicken run side closest to the house you can see how much progress we're making! I will be able to go in the gate and be out of the rain and they will have some shelter from the rain and still be able to be outside... so long as the rain is not blowing sideways. LOL We've stacked so many things off and on through the time we've been working on it that the wire is starting to sag in the middle, Errrr. But I think I can run some wire through it and it will be alright. Remind me, if I EVER build another chicken coop to NOT use 'chicken wire' it is a pain in the BUTT. Baby chicks get right through it, animals can push…
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Chicken Coop Progressing

Chicken Coop Progressing

Chickens, Our Homestead
What a long day, getting things square against all odds. The entire chicken coop frame was off square from the chicken run due to the fact that I wanted to use the 4x4's from the garden fence to build off of... seemed such a shame to let all that wood, cement, and hard work go to waste. You can see the autumn leaves are starting to really fall. Another reminder that we don't have long to go before it gets cold and the chicks still don't have a place to get out of the cold. Errrr. My son works during the day, goes to school three nights a week, has two children, one newly born August 28th and his brother will be two in November. His wife is taking online…
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Work Begins on the Chicken Coop

Chickens, Our Homestead
Well, my middle son Ryan, his wife Amanda, and my year and a half old grandson, Aiden had a fine 4th of July today! We worked on the chicken coop. All of us together and we had a ball! Well, okay, Aiden only kept the dog occupied, but he had fun watching his dad. This has been such a fun family project. It is going to rain tonight, so we got the left over wood we didn't have time to use covered up. I opted to not use treated lumber for the inside of the coop since it will all be covered and closed in ... the 4x4's are treated as they will be touching the soil, but the rest is above the ground. [caption id="attachment_2872" align="alignright" width="300"] north view…
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Our First Trip Outside

Our First Trip Outside

Chickens, Our Homestead
I planted an entire 4'x16' bed of strawberries I got from my mother's neighbor who was clearing out his strawberry bed for the winter. They do multiply, "you only have to buy them once", my grandmother used to say. So while I was out there all afternoon, I thought it would be a good time to get them outside for some sunshine, get them out in the fresh air and let them stretch their wings. I wish I could have taken a better video, they hop and jump so fast and you never know what is going to get them going... it's hard to capture the moment. But they had so much fun and I had a blast watching them. I sat down for a break and just laughed my…
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