Raising Chickens

Caring for Your Brooding Hen

»Posted by on Jul 20, 2011 in Raising Chickens | 0 comments

Although many small flock owners choose to incubate their eggs with an electric incubator, if you have roosters in your flock, there is a good chance your hens might become broody. In fact, even without a rooster your hen might become broody (of course in that case it is a bit more futile unless you purchase some hatching eggs for her, or perhaps manage to somehow convince her to become a surrogate to some day old chicks). Some types of chickens – usually the ones intended to be ‘egg machines’ – have been bred so that they are naturally less likely to want to raise some chicks, as broodiness decreases egg production, makes hens more vulnerable to disease and detrimental behaviors, and can affect the morale of the rest of your flock....

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Chicken Care : Housing

»Posted by on Jun 3, 2011 in Raising Chickens | 0 comments

Chicken Care : Housing

At some point you will need to build some kind of structure for your chickens to live in. The sky is the limit in terms of price and design (some coops are better than my house!) but poultry housing does not have to be all that expensive – especially if you have the skills to build yourself. Making a coop for your chickens is an ultimately satisfying practice that will eventually bring you some lovely free range eggs. Chicken coops can be relatively simple to build (compared with a house anyway). If you have a few backyard chickens then a small chicken coop design such as an a-frame coop can be enough and those kinds of smaller coops can be fairly simple to build with basically some 2x4s, strong wire and a heavy duty staple gun. If you are lucky enough to...

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Free plans to make a chicken coop

»Posted by on Jun 3, 2011 in Raising Chickens | 0 comments

Building a hen hutch (aka chicken coop, chicken coup, hen coop, hen coup) has never been easier ever since quality construction plans have been posted on the internet from a variety of sources. Here is an informative guide on how to build your own hen hutch: Source: backyardchickens.com Here’s a YouTube video guide to get you started in building your own hen...

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Windows and Light Considerations in your coop

»Posted by on May 15, 2011 in Raising Chickens | 0 comments

Windows and Light Considerations in your coop

Creating a backyard hen house might be a great deal easier if you keep a few points in your mind as well as stick to a plan if building yourself. There are a few things I don’t often see mentioned when talking about the process to effectively build a chicken coop. Let’s Start –  These are a couple of issues I wondered about before I had my chickens and which are quite important to keep in mind as ultimately they should help your hens to lay eggs and stay healthy. Strategize what to do for your Windows Before Building All chicken houses need some sort of light and ventilation. With smaller coops the light might just come in from their open door and ventilation from smaller holes secured with hardwire cloth but for larger coops you will most...

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Chicken Nest Boxes

»Posted by on May 14, 2011 in Raising Chickens | 0 comments

Chicken Nest Boxes

Chicken nest boxes are essential for raising chickens in your backyard or anywhere. Chicken nest boxes are equivalent to a home where people live. If you don’t have a home, it’s rather hard to live. It also a place where the chickens start hatching eggs. Thus, the better the chicken nest boxes, the better the production of eggs. As much as you should focus on the chicken itself, you need to focus on the surroundings of its environment. Making chicken nest boxes is your first step in improving the external surroundings of your chickens. Keep in mind that chicken nest boxes should be spacious, how would you like it if you lived in a house where everyone was touching either? Here are some guidelines for making chicken nest boxes. Guidelines for Chicken...

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Maintaining your Chickens Well Being

»Posted by on Feb 19, 2011 in Raising Chickens | 0 comments

Maintaining your Chickens Well Being

You will find 4 crucial areas to bear in mind: adequate poultry real estate, normal feed as well as water, tension minimization as well as parasite prevention. All these places are interrelated and are essential for sustaining the healthiness of your backyard head. Being an owner of yard hens, like every pet owner, you have to ensure that you fit everything in necessary to keep your domestic pets wholesome. Because the health of the hens will effect the quantity and quality of ova these people create, it makes sense to become educated in the area of poultry health. Hen house Style When choosing or creating a chicken coop it is important to make certain your hens have a well-ventilated but not as well draughty hen house or even poultry house in which to shelter....

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