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.

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...
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.
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...
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...
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Do it yourself projects that will save you time.
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.
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!
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?

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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 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...
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