Chicken Laying Boxes

Chicken Laying Boxes

Chickens, Farm Animals
One of the most critical pieces of a new chicken coop is how and where to build the chicken laying boxes. This is important because if you don't give attention to a few, but basic rules, you have a healthy chicken coop, but lacking egg production. What to do and what to avoid. Nests should be placed in a darker corner of the coop. Hens like their privacy and prefer less light while they sit on the nest. With too much light and not enough privacy they can get nervous, even sometimes dropping their laying to about 3 a week. While many books will tell you that they will lay in smaller boxes, if you give your hens some space and make the cages between 12"x12" or even 14"x14", it…
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How do I prevent mice in my chicken coop?

How do I prevent mice in my chicken coop?

Chickens, Organic Pest & Disease Control
I love backyard chickens but I'm definitely not a fan of mice and rats. Just because you have chickens in your backyard, doesn't mean you also have to have mice or rats in your chicken coop. In most cases, it's the spilled grain that attracts mice into the chicken coop. Once inside, the mice may discover that there's also fresh water and may conclude that your chicken coop is actually quite cozy place to live! While both mice and chickens love grain and seeds, chickens are actually omnivores, which means they also eat meat. This means that a mouse that is a bit slow running through the coop, might find that he becomes a light snack for one of your chickens. I wouldn't however, rely on your chickens to keep…
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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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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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And the Walls Are UP!

Our Homestead
[caption id="attachment_182" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Squeezing the most out of the sunlight left!"][/caption] We got a bit of a late start. Work comes second and the family is first. The babies just had a tough day today... we did have a bit more help than usual though! Remember the girls, my daughter and her friends that talked me into this chaos? While my daughter is in Oregon away at school, one showed up to help!! Yeah! She played with the babies, fetched and towed water, tools, held things, lifted stuff, I had surgery this week on my leg and she was truly appreciated, as I was not much help on some things. We got one door up, the $1 door from the garage sale. And the lights up for the babies…
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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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The baby chicks get a new home

Chickens, Our Homestead
This will have to do for a bit. We're not making really great progress on the chicken coop. Red is still in the chicken run and I don't trust the dogs to leave him be. The babies are so small, they can escape through the chicken wire. I'm going to have to use smaller wire around the bottom so if we have baby chicks later, they will be safe and sound inside the run. Still in my small living room. Last time, in the spring, we only had five, this time, there are eleven. This is going to get old really fast. LOL! [caption id="attachment_2880" align="alignright" width="300"] box of chicks[/caption] The heat makes the smell stronger, faster. At least they are safe from the dogs and cat. Strider (the cat)…
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Time for new chicks!

Chickens, Our Homestead
Guess what my mother informed me she found while perusing my favorite ag store today? BABY CHICKENS! in the fall no less... I was really torn. Starting baby chicks in the fall... getting them grown up enough to face a cold surly winter. Should I? Mr. Red is so lonely... he needs some more of his own kind. What is a rooster, without hens? So, I go home, I research the city statutes that I had left the girls to do last time we bought chicks in the spring. Sure enough, they were right. We are allowed twelve birds. Only one can be a rooster... well, that is accomplished well enough, so I bought eleven chicks. Once again, hoping for the best. If you'll recall, that's what we thought we…
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Chicken Run Complete

Chickens, Our Homestead
Chicken Run Phase One Complete Here in the yard in front of the chicken run is where I sit and take a break in between digging post holes and stapling wire. This was so much fun doing with the girls. Well, at least two of them showed up for the hard work. ;) Building a chicken coop has proven to be a bit trickier than I had hoped it would be. I suppose I could have skimped on lumber or not sunk the posts so deep and used less cement, blah, blah, but this will last for a very long time. If I ever sell this house, I hope they like chickens. Where I wanted it built, toward the back of the yard from the house, there is a tree…
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