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Chicken Coop Ventilation - Go Out There And Cut More Holes In Your Coop!

Patandchickens' Big Ol' VENTILATION Page Or, Go out there and cut more holes in your coop! Now! Really truly!     Why is ventilation such a big deal? Because chickens are amazing producers of moisture, ammonia and heat, that's why. Small but mighty! (Mighty messy anyhow). 1) Ventilation removes dampness and humidity from the coop. Chickens generate scary amounts of water vapor, partly through breathing out (same as we do, that's why a mirror fogs when you breathe on it), and largely through pooing (chickens do not urinate as such - all the water they would be... read more

Candling Pics: Progression Through Incubation Of Chicken Eggs

  CANDLING PICS: Progression Through Incubation     Thanks to ZooMummzy, I am doing a test run of my little plywood bator and her little rooster! And I'll be sharing pics! These images are all taken using a point and shoot Canon Powershot 710IS, and the light from an eagle tac  set on high output. Photos are in real colors unless otherwise noted. Click thumbnails for larger image! The incubator:     It's got a clear top for hatch day viewing and two lightbulbs covered in foil because I was too cheap to buy ceramic heat lamps. The reason behind two... read more


    The Cold Coop: what to do (and not do!) about it   The 'heat budget' of a chicken coop   You can think of the temperature of your coop as being like a bank account. It starts with whatever amount of money it starts with, but on a day to day basis the balance will depend on how much money you're spending and how much you're depositing. Similarly, the indoor air temperature in your coop is determined by how much heat is coming in from various sources and how much is going out.   What are some of the things that produce heat in the coop and thus tend to warm... read more

How To Fix A Muddy Run & Chicken Coop

 Pat's Big Ol' Mud Page:   How to Fix A Muddy Run   When chicken spend a bunch of time in one area, a common consequence is bare dirt, which in wet weather becomes mud. If you confine your chickens to a run, you are quite likely to have a mud problem eventually, unless you live in the desert or on extremely free-draining soil. Even if your chickens roam loose, you can still wind up with a mud problem right around the coop, or in favored areas such as under the bush where it's nice and shady in summertime. The problem is that chickens devegetate the area (thus,... read more

Deep Litter Method The Easiest Way To Deal With Chicken Litter Dlm

  Deep Litter Method DLM is basically a method in which you allow your coop litter to build up over a period of time. As the chicken manure and litter of choice compost, it helps to heat the coop, which in turn helps keep the chickens warmer. I had never heard of this before BYC and cleaning the coops once or twice a year, as opposed to weekly cleanings fits our lifestyle. I began using the DLM in early September '07, when we moved most of our Bantam flock from the Teacup Pterodactyl Townhouse into the main coop. I started out by adding 4 - 6 inches of pine... read more

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