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We just have 5 chickens, and it seems most commercially available heated water dishes are larger and more expensive than I'd like. With the cold Chicago winter coming up, I needed to come up with...
Ok, so here we are, completely new to this BackYard Chickens thing! We are picking up our first little flock in a week or so, but first we needed to get a brooder ready for our babies. We didn't...
Hello everyone! I am brand new to chicken keeping, and I just made my first brooder. I wanted to share it with y'all because it may help some other newbies. First, a very simple supply list. 1....
Welcome! This is a pen I built for our Muscovy ducks (above), but I would use the same for chickens or any fowl, really. It's about as basic as you can get. It's not suitable for severely cold...
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Let me first start by saying i have never built anything before. Im sure there will be a ton of mistakes i had made but here goes. so i knew i wanted a 3 by 5 area and i thought about 30" legs,...
From Message Board member Kent in WA: "You can make free waterers and feeders for about $4. Check at your local grocery store. If they have a deli or bakery then ask for their buckets. My local...
4 Hills Cabinet Incubator. Hello all. Hope this will help someone like all the great ideas on BYC have helped us. We made a small incubator 5 years ago but I did not know what I was doing. We had...
Most chickens are known to be egg-laying machines while others aren't, But do you ever notice that one of your birds is really slowing down or isn't laying at all? There may be multiple reasons...
7-11 Hatch-A-Bator I decided to make another incubator to use as a hatcher. This way I will be able to add eggs to my other bator with the turner and keep a steady batch going. That's the plan...
Basic turkey questions and answers.
Poultry fleas, also known as stick tight fleas due to their ability to attach themselves to a host and not let go, can be a danger to your flock as well as your domestic pets.
Hi all! Here is a simple fun treat for your chickens! And you! First get out your eggs. You can use as many as u want! Then get something pointy, I used a screw driver. Then on the bottom of the...
The chicken is a social bird that enjoys the company of its flock. Many social animals work out a hierarchy, and the chicken is no exception. The hierarchy created is a means of attaining and...
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