Growing Heirloom Tomatoes

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about “Heirloom Tomatoes.” It seems that every seed company has jumped on this band wagon. Overall, this is a good development because it helps promote diversity in the tomato world and brings the tomato gardener many choices that were not broadly available just a few years ago. The so-called heirloom varieties are open […]

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Coop Ventilation Tips

Just as humans need fresh air, chickens also require an abundance of breathing space in order to be comfortable and healthy. However, in contrast to humans, you will also have to take care of the dropping that your birds excrete. Chicken droppings have a high content of ammonia, and this is as toxic to them as it is for us. […]

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Chicken Digestive System

It’s worthwhile getting a basic understanding about how chickens consume food.  This can be worthwhile to try to identify problems and to understand why we provide them with grit. Beak Roughly analogous to our mouths, this is how the chicken gets food into her body.  A number of the things we do with our teeth can’t be done by chickens, since they […]

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Droppings Board

I wrote about the deep litter method to manage your coop’s bedding.  Another popular way to try to minimize the work involved in keeping the coop clean is the droppings board.  Also known as a “chicken poop board”, the idea behind this is to put a removable tray underneath the chickens’ roost in their coop. While they’re in the coop, they […]

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Feed and Water Advice for your Chickens

Feeding your Chickens Chickens, like any animal, need a properly balanced diet to really thrive in a chicken coop. Apart from health concerns, giving your chickens the right foods will also increase their egg laying considerably, especially during the winter months, when the right diet can keep the levels around the same as during warmer times of the year. There […]

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A Simple Technique for Keeping the Waterer Clean

Water is one of the main things chickens (and every other living thing) needs constant access to. Beyond just water, they need access to CLEAN water. Clean, liquid water if you’re keeping chickens during the winter where it freezes. Chickens, however, don’t respect keeping the water clean.  They will happily use it as a washroom and kick dirt or bedding […]

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Dust Baths

A dust bath is how a chicken keeps herself clean.  The basic idea is that the chicken gets into loose soil and covers herself with it.  If the chickens are free ranging or if there is appropriate soil in their run, they will dig a pit, pulling away any surrounding vegetation.  When we let our chickens out for a run […]

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Selling Farm Fresh Eggs

Because of the small size of our flock, 3 birds, my wife and I eat almost all the eggs they produce.  When we occasionally build up a small supply, 6 eggs or so, we’ll give them to a friend or a neighbor.  We haven’t sold a single egg and don’t have any intention of doing so.  Despite this, we’ve been […]

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Your Startup Needs For Chickens

When we decided we wanted to get chickens, my wife and I attended a continuing education class which was an hour and a half overview about getting into chickens.  Obviously, this isn’t going to teaching you everything you’ll ever need to know about chickens, but it did help us understand the basics and gave us a “checklist” for getting started. […]

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Tips for Installing Roosts in your Chicken Coop

One important aspect that you absolutely do not want to leave out of your chicken coop designs, when you plan and build your coop, is a roost for your birds to sleep on. Chickens do not like to sleep on the floor of the coop or in the nesting boxes, but instead prefer these “roosts” – raised platforms on which they […]

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