The Eggbound Chicken of the Chicken Mafia

Homestead Stories
Good morning 🙂 And, Chicken butt. Now, I can seriously and honestly tell you I know more about chickens than I really care to. But, it hadn’t always been this way. I was raised on a farm and yes, we had chickens but the most contact I ever had with them was collecting their eggs and scattering their feed. So when I got chickens on my own little patch of dirt years later, I was starting out with zero knowledge of chicken care taking. I knew to water and feed them but that was about the gist of it. And as I turned to Facebook chicken groups to get information I couldn’t help but wonder what kind of crazy chicken people I had taken on as friends. I mean seriously,…
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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 chickens have flown the coop.

Chickens, Our Homestead
Okay. The chicks STILL don't have a permanent home. The newness has worn off. The girls are NOT paying close enough attention and even while I am in the garden more and more with spring planting and yard work I can't watch them day and night. We are down to one. I'm trying to decide whether to buy more or abandon the idea all together. There is one tough red bird hanging on, and I have my suspicions that 'she' is a 'he' The comb is getting bigger and the tail feathers getting longer and longer all the time... hmmm.
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