Breakfast for Chickens

December came, the days got shorter and my hens all stopped laying!  It happened overnight and I was horrified that I would have to buy STORE BOUGHT eggs.  Luckily my superstars -- Cybil and Rosie -- continued to lay.  But I was lucky to get one egg a day which would not do!  I eat two … Continue reading Breakfast for Chickens

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Chicken Breeds & Egg Color

When I chose the breeds of chicken that I wanted to raise many factors came into play.  My top priorities: Cold/winter tolerant Temperament and friendliness Rate of egg laying (at least 4-5/wk) Egg color (I wanted a colorful egg basket) It was also important they all look different so my kids could tell them apart … Continue reading Chicken Breeds & Egg Color

DIY Chick Brooder

In preparation for my first flock of chicks I built this brooder.  I had no idea what to expect or how fast they would grow but this was quite sufficient for the first 3 weeks.  I searched for the largest tote I could find and settled on a Rubbermaid 54 gal tote.  I cut the … Continue reading DIY Chick Brooder

Chickens & Winter

My chickens don't love the snow.  They tolerate the cold rather well but the snow turns them off.  They don't like to walk in it at all.  This was the first snow they ever saw and not one set foot in it.  They stayed on the only grassy area that was left under the big … Continue reading Chickens & Winter

Chicken Feed Storage

It's important to have a dry, rodent proof storage container to store chicken feed but I also wanted it to look nice.  So I came up with this: The metal trash can is completely rodent proof but I've read it can leach metals into the chicken feed so the plastic trash can serves as a … Continue reading Chicken Feed Storage

Automatic Chicken Feeder

This was overall a very easy project and required only a few supplies.  Once you find the supplies assembly should take less than an hour.  The large feeders hold about 12 cups of feed and the smaller feeders I use for oyster shell and grit. The entire feeder is made out of pvc.  To make … Continue reading Automatic Chicken Feeder

Coop Construction

Our chicken coop began its life as an old, sad, playhouse that we considered demolishing several times.  When we decided to get chickens I began researching coop construction and fell in love with the idea of having an adorable and functional space for my flock.  Most of the pre-fab coops you can buy online are … Continue reading Coop Construction