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Chicken Tractors: Portable Chicken Coops

Chicken Tractor

 

 

I must confess something. When I first came across the term, “chicken tractors”, I pictured a chicken driving a tractor. Then I found out it means portable chicken coops and my imagination of the great American chicken derby had to be squashed.

You may want a mobile coop if you have a small brood. These bottomless coops are on wheels which you can move around your yard. This way your flock always have fresh pasture and new grass has a chance to grow in the used areas. Don’t use chemical pesticides where the chickens will be grazing. It’s toxic to the birds and will pass on to their eggs. Besides, the birds will take care of pest control.

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How To Pick Up And Handle Chickens

 

large white chickenIf you’re getting to know chickens for the first time, these little rascals can be a bit daunting. Don’t worry if you’re startled the first time you try to pick up a chicken and they begin squawking and flapping. Or trying to outrun you. This is their nature. Especially if they don’t know you very well.

You may think you’ll never be able to pick up and hold one of these little bundles of feathers, but with time and patience, you will become a pro. And it’s a good idea to have treats in your hand to coax them closer to you.

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Raising Chickens From Hatch To Scratch

Raising chickens is one of the most rewarding endeavors you will ever engage in. So here’s some tips to keep in mind at the beginning of the chick’s life.

You want your chickens to be healthy and happy. It’s recommended you buy day-old chicks or if you prefer, hatch them out yourself. All babies are adorable and baby chicks certainly take the prize!

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What Makes A Good Chicken Coop?

If you’re thinking of keeping chickens, you can rest assured about one thing. Chickens are easy to take care of. But just like us, they want to live in a house that provides them with protection from predators, nasty weather, and a place to feel comfortable. The hen house must be their “Home Sweet Home”.

If you are thinking about building your own chicken coop, the basics you need to consider are as follows:

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Maintaining Health In Your Chickens

Keeping Chickens

Keeping chickens will be rewarding when you take care of their health before there is a problem. That means prevention. Much better than having to cure a disease. So where do we start when taking care of chickens?

Good husbandry is important implementing good preventive measures to help keep illness and disease at bay and mortality rates low in our feathered friends.

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Keeping Chickens

Green Roof Chicken Coop

You can come by some pretty complex and expensive designs for housing chickens if you so choose; if you’re like the rest of us though, you want a functional and pleasing-looking chicken coop for the brood of chickens you wish to raise, but you’d still like to not break the bank for it. Let’s look at some great practices to keep in mind if you happen to fall into the latter category,  and wish to go the DIY route.

 

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