Questions About Chicken Feeder

Chris asks…

what size chicken feeder and drinker for 3 chickens?

1st time chicken owner and not sure what kg feeder and what size drinker to get for only 3 chickens?
Edit: They wont be bantams, should be getting light sussex, white leghorn or rhode islands.

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Questions About Backyard Chickens

Carol asks…

What are good hardy backyard chickens that will survive the weather in Nebraska and lay the most eggs?

What breed is best?

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Questions About Chicken Breeds

Jenny asks…

chicken breeds?

i have this silver chicken its small i would like to know what breed it is if you know about chicken breeds maybe you could reply sugggesting some breeds it could be

thanks

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Questions About Chicken Coops Plans

James asks…

I made plans for a chicken coop, how many Rhode island reds could go into it with no problem?

Ok I made a chicken coop from a plan for 6 Feet by 9 feet, The coop it’s self is 6 feet by 5 feet. The fenced in area is 4 feet by 6 feet. How many chickens could i fit in it?
Note —- they will be free ranged chickens too… so will not be in the pen part much, they will be roaming my yard

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There’s no end to how much can be said about understanding chicken behavior. Chickens are downright fascinating to watch and get to know. And don’t for one minute think they are dumb. They have the memory and smarts of a young child and are beyond rewarding to have in your life.

  • Chickens are very social creatures. They will gladly share a nest and will roost together.
  • Like humans, your flock will display a great variation in behavior and temperament. Certain breeds will act one way and an individual bird will come with its own set of traits.
  • Chickens have their own vocabulary. Some say there are up to 30 different sounds!
  • Believe it or not, they can be trained to perform tricks. Much to the delight of kids of all ages.

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Happy hens are happy campers. They also are better egg producers. And when we care for the creatures in our lives, we want the best for them. Our chickens amuse us with their antics so we should do everything we can to keep them from being bored. With that in mind, here are some ideas you may want to try.

— Given the fact that chickens love to peck, try hanging a cabbage in the chicken coop and watch them have at it.

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Happy hens make happy egg producers. And chickens love to take a bath. But you’re thinking about the saying, “Mad as a wet hen.” So how do chickens bathe?

A dust bath. They love it and it’s one of the most enjoyable sights for the chicken owner. If you don’t believe me, go online and search for videos of chickens having the time of their life getting clean.

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Keeping chickens affords us with so many benefits that it’s easy to overlook the downside. Predators. Yes, our beloved feathered friends have many enemies. And they are watching. And waiting for the right time to search and destroy.

Now, I happen to love all creatures. I know they, too, have to eat. But when it comes to our chickens, we’d much prefer they not be a part of the menu. So just who are these predators of chickens anyway? Here’s a list… Read the rest of this entry

Poisonous Plants To Chickens

Below is a list of plants poisonous to chickens. If you are free-ranging your flock, you probably won’t have to worry. This is because hens aren’t stupid. If they happen to come across any of these plants, they are likely to keep on going.

However, if you keep your chickens in a backyard coop, they may think it’s okay to eat anything you give them. After all, they trust you! With that in mind…

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Feeding Chickens: Dinner’s Served

Nobody can call chickens picky eaters! If you’ve decided to raise chickens in the backyard, the least of your concerns will be what to feed them. Because these birds will eat almost anything! I don’t mean that in a bad way but the truth is that they’ll peck at anything you put before them with great gusto.

Meat, vegetables, dog food, whatever…doesn’t matter. They will clean out all manner of insects and worms they can pounce on. So good for the environment. No chemical pesticides needed when you have chickens! (Watch your ankles!)

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We all love to accessorise. Whether it’s home decorating, our own wardrobe or yes…even our beloved chicken coops. Accessories just make for a higher quality of life. Chickens are no different!

When you have figured out the basics for building the chicken coop, you’ll want to plan for the accessories. These add to your chicken’s comfort level which brings more fresh eggs. Happy chickens are happy egg-laying chickens. And you’ll be a very happy chicken parent.

Since there are many accessories you can add to your coop which is your preference, we’ll cover the basics because these are important to the health of the hens and the housing.

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You might be thinking it will take a lot of money to build a chicken coop. This doesn’t have to be the case at all. Since you’re already being self-sufficient and “green” by raising chickens in your backyard, you’ll want to continue in the same manner. Recycling where you can!

You can use many different materials in building your poultry sheds. For example: scrap lumber, 50 gallon barrels, renovating an old shed you already have, or other recycled materials. Put your creativity to work.

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We all behave in certain ways. Humans do and so do chickens. If you familiarize yourself with the way chickens behave, you can understand their basic needs and cater to them accordingly.

Pecking Order

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Naturally, the best hen you can own is a healthy bird. Before you buy your chickens, know what to look out for. See my post, “Buying Healthy Chickens Checklist”. Over hundreds of years, many breeds of chickens have been developed. Now you need to choose the breed that best suits your personal situation and tastes.

Light Breeds

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Chictionary: Glossary Of Chicken Terms

We can’t possibly cover every term under the sun which pertains to our chickens and hens but here are some you may be wondering about…

Air cell is the pocket of air at the end of an egg.

American Poultry Association is an organization whose mission is to promote and protect the standard-bred poultry industry in all its phases.

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