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 is a list of everything you can feed a chicken. Anything on this list is worth a try.
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.
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.
What is important is how much space is available when they need it. Whether that space in in your coop, coop and run, or they sleep in trees and totally free range doesn’t matter...
The making of a crow box for a rooster that you don't want to taste in a soup.
Everyone who has a small flock of chickens should raise mealworms, not because chickens need them, but because they love them.
Deep Litter Method is basically a method in which you allow your coop litter to build up over a period of time.
We did a ton of reading on both here and the Family Cow, as well as hit a dozen or so websites. After reviewing the notes we had compiled, we broke it down to the basics and put together our...
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...
As autumn rolls around, and many of us start thinking about the winter ahead, one question seems to come up more than others: Do my chickens need supplemental heat for the wintertime?
A How-to Article Part 1: building a coop Part 2: cold weather care Part 3: poultry and breed selection Link to my three coop pages: [URL]https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-coop-journey[/URL] My pond...
One of the most important aspects of hygiene is providing adequate ventilation.
If you confine your chickens to a run, you are quite likely to have a mud problem eventually...
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.
Some tips to help prevent a tragedy.
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