Coups and Nesting

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  1. Choosing Coop Bedding

    Having bedding in the coop that works for both you and your chickens can make housing them comfortably just that much easier. While the natural inclination may be to go with the most inexpensive and easy to clean up options, there is more to consider than those things alone when choosing bedding. For example, you want something that will go the distance and be pleasant for your chickens without causing any harm to their health. With various coop bedding coop criteria in mind, there are a...
  2. Missing Hen = Surprise Chicks

    In recent times, we've discussed eggs not being where they are expected or supposed to be. Also mentioned were hens that liked to lay 'outside of the box.' This can be troubling if you do not intend to hatch eggs and sometimes those eggs laid elsewhere do wind up hatched. This could lead to extra flock members you for which you weren't planning or prepared as well as babies from an unintended cross. Either way, chickens have a way of surprising us sometimes. A few years back, we had a...
  3. Deterring Hawks with Fishing Line

    At a time of year when so many of us have chicks to protect, hawk attacks are even higher than usual on our list of concerns. While the chicks are safe in the brooder, the concern of a hawk attack may only be lurking in the back of your mind. However, as the time comes to introduce growing chicks to the outside world, hawk threats need to move from the back of your mind to the forefront. Hawks and other birds of prey are an unfortunate part of life with which chicken owners are forced to...
  4. Free Range 'Coop Service' for Confined Chickens

    Since predators can be a problem for some of us, free ranging our chickens becomes difficult. We do not want our chickens to fall victim to attack by predator from the ground or the sky, so sometimes the only alternative is to pen them up. This is an unfortunate but necessary way of life at times, especially when you take into account the benefits of free ranging. When you consider that research has shown free range eggs to contain more nutrition and also less cholesterol, not being able to...
  5. Safeguarding Against Rodents

    We all know what it is like to have unwanted house guests show up at our door. Even if we turn off all the lights and hide behind the couch, somehow they know when we are home and persist until let inside to join us. Then, once there, they make themselves comfortable, refusing to leave and making a mess. Having a house guest you do not want is enough to drive you batty, but worse than that are having unwanted guests, or more like pests, making themselves comfortable after gaining entry into...
  6. Bedding Rotation Plans to Save Money

    One of the main expenses in chicken ownership is providing bedding. Since clean, fresh bedding is of the utmost importance, keeping a constantly flowing supply is absolutely necessary. During winter months when cold weather is present, chances are you will go through even more bedding trying to keep your coop warm. When you consider all the bedding used and later thrown away, it makes sense to have a system in place to get the most use out of bedding before it must be discarded. The type of...
  7. Replace Convection with Radiant Heat if You Must Heat Your Coop

    It seems like almost every day there is another chicken coop fire in the news. With good intentions, people try to provide heat for their chickens during winter but so often these good intentions lead to disaster. While there are benefits to adding a heat source, such as keeping water from freezing, there is one huge reason to avoid it, and that reason is fire. Sure, having supplemental lighting will help raise egg production. Having a heat source will save you countless trips back and forth...
  8. Pros & Cons of Concrete Coop Flooring

    Coop cleaning is one of those tasks that is never much fun but must be done regardless. If you have a dirt floor, the job can be even more tedious as you cannot really do much with dirt other than slowly scoop up feces and food waste. An alternative to the work associated with a dirt floor would be opting to install a concrete floor. Concrete floors have both pros and cons associated with them but the benefits seem to far outweigh the disadvantages. Because of this, considering the addition...
  9. 300,000 Chickens Lost in Egg Farm Fire

    Chicken coop fires have come up many times in recent news. With winter upon us and frigid temperatures with snow and ice running amok, attempts have been made to warm chicken coops with fatal results. Some of these fires have resulted in not only loss of the coop and chickens contained within, but also loss of homes nearby. This is sad but avoidable reality for some as the heat lamp debate rages forth, especially when you consider that heat lamps are responsible for many coop fires. Fires...
  10. Turning a 5 Gallon Bucket into a Nesting Box

    Raising and caring for animals in a proper fashion, regardless of the type of animal in question, can be costly and expensive at times. Because of this, we all try to cut corners where we can to make up for monies spent. Never one to want to compromise on care and jeopardize the health and well-being of my animals, I am always looking for ways to create more economical shelters, feeders, fences, etc. Every cent I am able to save in those areas will enable my dollars to go further in other...
  11. Chicken Swings!

    Birds, as a species, have a tendency to perch. Regardless of the type of bird, they all seem to do the same thing, that being sit on a tree limb, ladder rung, railing or other type of similar surface. Hens are generally provided with nesting boxes where they can have a seat, but you can expand on that and give them other places to sit that can offer them a bit more fun and excitement. One such idea is to try out a chicken swing! That may sound bizarre, but those who have tried it have...
  12. Winter Management for Chickens

    According to experts, chickens are able to withstand quite cold temperatures, and they will only start suffering cold when the temperature drops to minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit, inside their coop. However, dampness inside the coop will cause discomfort much earlier. Secondly, you also need to consider if your chickens have become tough by habitual exposure to the cold. If you have been using heat lamps when they are not actually required, your chickens might not be able to manage the extra...
  13. Keeping Your Coop Warm in Winter

    With many instances of chicken coop fires in the news recently, such as this one that caused $35,000 in damages, it is only natural to wonder whether or not adding additional heat sources to your coop is safe or necessary. No one wants to risk injury to their chickens by burns or fires, but how can you ensure that your chickens stay warm enough in the winter months? Heat lamps are commonly implored as warming devices, but they are also responsible for many of the fires reported every year,...
  14. Building A Hoop Coop

    Have you ever found your chickens in a place you did not want, or expect, them to be? Have you ever come outside to find eggs in the shoes you left on your front porch or not been able to find any eggs at all? Worse yet, have your chickens fallen victim to that which goes bump in the night, leaving only a pile of feathers and no clue as to what the exact culprit may be? These things happen, but there are measures you can take to prevent them. Until you decide to place your chickens in the...
  15. The Quick Chick Brooder Fix

    I've used this style of brooder for the past two batches of chicks I've brooded and have found it convenient, cheap, and effective. I used it on one flock of 54 CX broilers in early March of last year and a flock of 28 dual purpose heritage blood Delawares near the end of April of this year. Out of necessity, some chick brooders need more space due to the number or growth patterns of the birds involved and this seems to become an issue of cost and convenience to some. Unless you have a...
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