Chicken Roosts: What Are Perches and Why Your Hens Need Them

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You would think that there isn’t much to write about regarding roosting perches right?

As ‘seasoned’ poultry keepers, we sometimes are surprised by seemingly simple questions that new folks ask – but keep on asking!

What we take for granted, things that we have found or worked out may be second nature to us, but it is important to share this knowledge as much of it is not found quickly or easily in books.

So… [Read More]

Bantam Chickens: Breeds, Egg Laying, Size and Care Guide

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Bantam Chickens are most suitable for small backyards where space is premium.

You can easily fit two bantams into the space required by one standard bird and since they like to fly, building up will accommodate them well.

They may be small but they are bursting with personality and happiness – of course, I may be biased since I do have a small flock of Barbu D’Uccles!

In the article below we will explain the… [Read More]

Should You Use Sand In Your Chicken Coop?

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Most folks use convention bedding materials in the coop, spreading straw, hay or similar over the floors and in the nest boxes.

Some people however, use sand as flooring material. This prompted us to take a look at the positives and negatives of using sand as a bedding material in the coop and run.

Here we will give you reasons for and against and will let you decide whether or not this is for… [Read More]

44 Beautiful DIY Chicken Coop Plans You Can Actually Build

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So, you are planning to build your own chicken coop.

Don’t panic, take a deep breath!

If you are concerned that you won’t be able to read the coop plans, that they will be too technical, you are not alone.

I cannot read and execute building plans to save my life, yet I have built a total of 8 coops so far, with more to come. The chickens don’t care if the corners aren’t square… [Read More]

Chicken Bullying: How to Stop Them Pecking Each Other

Todays’ article tackles one of the least endearing qualities of our beloved hens – bullying.

It is more than establishing the ‘pecking order’- it is systematically picking on one or two hens for no apparent reason.

Bullying can be limited to feather plucking or it can escalate into full blown warfare with the receiving hen being severely injured or possibly killed.

In this article we will cover what the usual causes of bullying are, how… [Read More]