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How to keep my chickens warm in winter?

Chickens can tolerate cold weather better than hot. A chicken’s feathers provide them with warmth and insulation from the cold. They also can tolerate wet conditions, but the combination of wet and below-freezing temperatures is a recipe for frostbite. Combs, wattles, and toes are susceptible to frostbite. According to The Poultry Site, here’s how to look after your chickens in winter: Minimize drafts by ensuring that all air leaks are sealed, and repair any holes with plywood. Keep your coop ventilated to reduce ammonia build–up, but place […]

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When to move chicks from the brooder to the coop?

It will depend on the time of year you hatch and what the weather is like in your area. Often, winter or early spring chicks require longer brooder warmth than late spring or summer chicks, but the most basic rule of thumb is that your chicks need to be fully feathered (generally at 6 weeks of age) before you put them outside full time without supplemental heat. Use the below chicken heat table to determine if your chicks still need supplemental heat. Chick Brooding Temperature Schedule Chick […]

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How to predator-proof my chicken coop and run?

Protecting your chickens from predators is often a constant battle for chicken keepers. Predators are active both during the day and night, all year long. In the fall, predators get even more aggressive and taking preventative measures is critical. You’ve heard the saying, “The best offense is a good defense” definitely applies to protecting your chickens from predators. Measures you can take to keep your flock safe:   Build a sturdy coop Of course, a sturdy coop isn’t foolproof, but it’s like a Berlin Wall between your […]

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What are the dos and don’ts of supplemental lighting in the chicken coop?

Dos Make sure that your pullets are at least 20 weeks of age before introducing any artificial lighting in the coop. Why 20 weeks of age? Because 20 weeks of age is the normal age for chickens to start laying. Use an automatic timer so you can ‘set it and forget it’, and to establish consistency with your lighting efforts. It’s recommended to have the timer turn the light on early in the morning until sunrise. For example, if the goal is to provide 15 hours of […]

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Where did the chicken come from?

The modern chicken, as we know it, is descended from several of four known species of wild jungle fowl (Gallus) that inhabited parts of Southeast Asia about 50 million years ago — way before even human beings were on this planet. The four species are: Gallus Gallus or Gallus Bankiva, which is the Red jungle fowl, and is spread throughout eastern India, China, Burma, Siam, the Malay Peninsula and Sumatra. Gallus Lafayette, which is the Ceylon jungle fowl, and is concentrated in Ceylon. Gallus Sonneratii, the Gray […]

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How To Build A Chicken Coop Off Plans

How To Build A Chicken Coop Off Plans Using plans to build your chicken coop can be a great idea because it saves you the time needed to design one yourself. However, not all plans are created equal and even if you find a good blueprint, you should have a good idea of what you need to build before purchasing any time of plan. If you choose to go with a plan instead of a pre-built chicken pen then you’ll want to be as prepared as possible. […]

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Essential Tips To Building A Chicken Coop From Blueprints

If you’ve decided to build your chicken coop based off of a set of plans or blueprints, the three essentials you can’t ignore prior to building are: creating an open and comfortable area for the chickens, providing a safe pen to house the chickens, and making sure there is plenty of light. The more comfortable your chickens, the happier, healthier, and more productive they’ll be. You’ll want your chicken coop to also provide plenty of ventilation by allowing air to flow freely. Chicken poop and heat can […]

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Top Tips To Building The Perfect Chicken Coop

If you’re in the market to add a chicken coop to your property you won’t have to look far to find many pre-built designs, especially online. However, it’s a good idea to do some research before purchasing online housing for your chickens because there are some bad designs out there and it may become costly if you pick the wrong design. This article will highlight some of the features to look for when seeking a solid chicken coop design. One thing to consider is a design that […]

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Frequency Needed To Clean The Coop

While chickens may be ‘simple’ animals, they still like to feel comfortable and part of that comfort involves keeping your chicken coop clean. A tidy house for your fowl will not only make for happier, more productive chickens but will help fight against disease, flies and vermin. Chicken can be messy, so how often you have to clean the coop depends on how fussy your chickens are. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on the coop as often as possible. At the very least, you […]

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