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]

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]

147 Chicken Names: Old Fashioned, Movie Stars and More…

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Someone once asked me if my chickens had names. I replied “of course, don’t your children have names?”

OK – so I’m not quite to the point of thinking my chickens are ‘real children’ – my hens are much better behaved!

This article is a bit of fun to see what names people have come up with for their birds – you might be surprised at the variety and hilarity of some.

You can name… [Read More]

Cackle Hatchery: What You Should Know Before Buying

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We have been asked by several people how to find out which are the best hatcheries to get your chicks from.

Instead of reviewing individual hatcheries (such as Cackle Hatchery), we have put together a guide on how you can assess the hatchery yourself. You can then make an informed decision about your available hatcheries and what they have to offer.

Not all hatcheries are created equal. It is up to you to do your… [Read More]