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Articles from patandchickens

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. Learn how to manage a coop in very cold climates.
Why is ventilation such a big deal? Because chickens are amazing producers of moisture, ammonia and heat, that's why.
If you confine your chickens to a run, you are quite likely to have a mud problem eventually...
Here is the chickens' summer home. The 'run' part is 4' wide by 7' long, 30" high in the tall portion and 20" under the house. The house itself has a 4' x 2'6" footprint and gives the chickens up to 3'3" of height inside. The house is easily detachable from the pen, and the roof is detachable from the house. Ah yes, the roof... a thoroughly embarrassing construction of 1/2" plywood over which is stapled a, um, er, a discarded heavy-duty clear vinyl shower curtain. Go on, laugh....
ISA Browns ...a.k.a. Hubbard ISA Browns, Hubbard Browns... ...are a line (or breed or whatever you want to call it) of sex-link layers, created by crossing certain Rhode Island Red roosters on certain Rhode Island White hens. I say "certain" because the strain is about 30 years old now and has been strongly selected for egg-laying characteristics the whole time. It was developed by the French company Institut de Selection Animale (hence the "ISA"), later bought out by Merck with the...
As you might have guessed from my username, my name is Pat, and I have chickens. Here are the original three that got me hooked in the first place -- ISA Brown sex-link pullets from the local feed store. Got them just as 'utility animals' for eggs, but then I discovered what interesting and personable creatures chickens are. Who knew! From left to right, here, you've got Maryanne, Matilda, Marigold, and part-time auxilliary chicken Harry (then age 3). [Unfortunately, they have all died,...
"A tractor from scraps I had lying around" This was built to quarantine a grown pair of turkeys, but I expect to use it next year as a grow-out pen or maybe for some meat birds. It's not meant for northern winters, but would be ok year-round in a very mild climate. Dimensions are 8'x8', and 4' high in the middle - pretty easy to walk around and work inside as long as you don't mind bending over. It is too heavy for one person to lift completely off the ground but I can drag it fairly...
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