keeping-chickens

Help Your Chicks Grow Healthy Feathers
February 26, 2019 . · Feed & Health

When raising chicks, you want to be sure that they grow healthy feathers. Feathers provide temperature control and protection from the elements. They are essential to your chickens being healthy …

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Free-Range Chicken Problems

By Donna Insco, Missouri — I have kept a flock of free-range laying hens for 20 years. Allowing poultry to roam can cause problems, but there are reasonable solutions to those …

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Poultry & Produce—Keeping Your Poultry In Your Garden

By Kenny Coogan, Florida “When we were given five or six adult chickens, we learned that we had to keep the chickens out of the garden area, so we put …

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Rustic Coop — Meschi Coop
February 20, 2019 . · Coops

Zach and Alexis Meschi, along with their three young girls, have began their dream of best utilizing the countryside they live in. They live in Aptos, California, in stunning Santa …

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BYP Special Issue — Winterizing Your Flock; Preparing Poultry for Winter
February 20, 2019 . · Coops

With winter approaching we need to prepare for the extra cold and damp weather, the early dark nights and all the other dark sides to winter weather. Here in the …

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Keep Rats Out of Your Urban Chicken Coop
February 20, 2019 . · Coops

By Maureen Mackey, Oregon Keeping chickens provides so many benefits, it’s no wonder many city-dwellers have in-stalled coops in their backyards. There is no need to live on a farm …

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DIY Chicken Tractor Plan
February 20, 2019 . · Coops

Story & Photos By Carole West Are you looking for a chicken tractor plan that will protect chickens from hawks and other predators while allowing them to free range? There are …

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How Snow in Chicken Pens and Runs Affects Your Flock
February 20, 2019 . · Coops

My chickens love being outside. I keep a light in the coop to welcome them inside during bad weather, when it gets dark early and the rain leaves the open-air …

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Chicken Fences: Chicken Wire Vs. Hardware Cloth
February 20, 2019 . · Coops

If it’s called chicken wire, it must be for chickens, right? Chicken wire is widely recognized as the hexagon shaped welded wire, commonly used on farms for various fencing needs, …

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Time to Start Winterizing Chicken Coops

By Robyn Scherer, M. Agr., Colorado Is it time to start winterizing chicken coops? Snowflakes softly fall to the ground, and an icy breeze cuts through the early morning hours. …

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