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.

Tractor or permanent coop? Let's look at the pros and cons of each...
This is a list of everything you can feed a chicken. Anything on this list is worth a try.
Everyone who has a small flock of chickens should raise mealworms, not because chickens need them, but because they love them.
The chicken nesting box is where your hen will do her most important work, so make sure it's a place in which she'll feel comfortable.
One of the most important aspects of hygiene is providing adequate ventilation.
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...
Record lows in the area have brought our chickens to an indignant resolution to stay in their coops.
Using Sand as a floor covering in my coops has been one of the BEST decisions I have made in terms of how to properly care for my chickens; open-air coops is the other.
Deep Litter Method is basically a method in which you allow your coop litter to build up over a period of time.
If you confine your chickens to a run, you are quite likely to have a mud problem eventually...
This question echos throughout the threads of BYC ever fall and early winter. This article addresses the tale of how one VermontGal resolved this question.
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Gardening with chickens can be a pleasure as well as a frustration and challenge. Here is a list of plants from my garden (USDA zone 9 - 10/ Sunset zone 22) that I have had success with my...
We all love our hens! Everyone wants to have the perfect place to keep our special friends. Some are expensive pullets, some we've cared for since they were barely bigger than the egg they...
It’s common for people to give their chickens light in the winter, or even all year round. Some chicken-owners aren’t so sure. Here’s a look at both sides to help you make a decision.
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