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.

A guide to feeding your backyard chicken flock
A guide to common coop and brooder bedding materials
One of the most important aspects of hygiene is providing adequate ventilation.
Chicken Safe Plants There are plenty of lists of toxic and unsafe plants for chickens, but it is very hard to find plant options that can be used in your chicken area. I have compiled a list of...
Here I will explain, in detail, the three basic requirements in order to have all these types of poultry living together happily under the same roof.
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.
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...
Winter Proofing Your Coop - Why and How Winter is a beautiful season. Ice decorates the trees and snow covers the ground. However, if you are not prepared for the wet, cold weather, it can...
Tractor or permanent coop? Let's look at the pros and cons of each...
Keeping chickens safe and healthy over the colder months is a big concern for their keepers as winter and the extreme weather conditions experienced in certain parts of the world can cause...
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...
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...
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?
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...
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