Housing & Feeding Your Flock

Your flock needs a safe and comfortable home as well as proper nutrition. This section covers everything you need to know from chicken treats and layer pellets to proper coop building, care, and maintenance.

This article describes how I built an automatic chicken coop door using a DC motor and a raspberry PI control it.
I have backyard ducks and sometimes it’s difficult to make it home in time to shut the ducks into their house safely for the night or be able to sleep in. Ducks NEED routine! So I created this...
DIY automatic pop hole opener
For some of us sand and concrete are just too expensive, stressful, and a big commitment, But there are other alternatives, some coming at no cost. This time of year especially, good clean...
Clean, healthy bedding is the key to having healthy birds, especially in the winter. Poorly maintained bedding can lead to many health issues such as respiratory problems, mite/lice infestations, etc.
We all know that calcium is required for egg shell production. If we have a hen that lays soft or thin shelled eggs we boost her calcium intake. So what should we be giving our flock to assist our...
Why is ventilation such a big deal? Because chickens are amazing producers of moisture, ammonia and heat, that's why.
I've been at this "chickens and gardens" thing for a couple of years now and I have to say that my garden has never looked better, and I believe chickens have made the difference.
Keep in mind that chickens like to scratch, and can uproot small plants. It might be a good idea to make a small fence out of chicken wire to protect small plants until they are large enough to...
How to make a chicken run without tools. You only need a pair of scissors or a knive to cut the rope. Last year I decided to make our old party tent of 3x3 meters into a extra run for my...
A chicken that is not provided with adequate enrichment and mental stimulation will be more inclined towards problem behaviors. Feather pecking, bullying, egg eating and even cannibalism are...
With many of the chicken tractor designs, including my own (Highly Vented Chicken Tractor). a gap is formed between the bottom board and the ground due to the rise of the wheels. If the yard is...
Tractor or permanent coop? Let's look at the pros and cons of each...
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