Chicken Nesting Boxes

Rules to Follow for Chicken Nesting Boxes Keeping chickens is a good way to be self-sufficient. These birds are inexpensive to buy, they can be looked after easily and they provide a good source of eggs. Normally, one chicken nesting box can be shared by no more than four birds. Each box must be located roughly 18″ to 24″ elevated from the […]

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Types of Tomatoes

There are a lot of different types of tomatoes. From the sweet cherry tomatoes to giant beefsteak’s there is something for every tomato lover to enjoy. Tomatoes can be broken down into two main types, hybrid and open pollinated. Open pollinated varieties grow true from seeds saved from last year’s fruits. These include the so-called heirloom varieties that are becoming […]

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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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