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.

Some tips to help prevent a tragedy.
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.
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...
A How-to Article Link to my three coop pages: [URL]https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-coop-journey[/URL] My pond coop. The side walls of the coop are 8 feet tall, plus the eaves and the roof. The...
Nesting Boxes: Everything You Need to Know About These Coop Essentials While most chicken keepers are familiar with nesting boxes, some may not know of their importance and significance in the...
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.
Permanent coop vs. Tractor: pros and cons With the rise of backyard chicken popularity, many different housing options, both homemade and manufactured, have become available. It is a difficult...
I put together a little video showing how you can make an automatic chicken door with a power car antenna and a timer in hopes it inspires others to do the same!
An overview of all feed options that are appropriate at different ages. This article is meant to provide a basic outline for you to further research what feed will be best for your flock.
Whether you're just starting out with your first flock of chickens, ducks, geese etc. or have been raising poultry for a long time, you may be wondering… does a mixed flock really work? I'm here...
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...
Coops are a wonderful thing. They house your flock, protect them, and shelter them in bad weather. However, they're also very confusing. There's different sizes, shapes, and styles. Some work...
If you're new at taking care of chickens, then the first thing you need to know and have is the right coop! I assume that you would already know that, but the key to having the right coop is...
I started out building a standard cube style nest box and quickly realized that a roll out nest box is a much better solution. You get clean eggs and less chance for a hen to get the urge to eat...
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