Feeding Chickens 101

Let's talk today about feeding chickens. In addition to providing a roof over their heads (make sure you check out our recommended chicken coop plans), another important thing you will need to do is provide them with a balanced diet. As a general guideline, average sized chickens will each eat about 4-1/2 ounces of feed a day.

If you have the time, check out this short two minute video about feeding chickens. If not, continue reading below...

Mash or Pellets? Commercial feeds are available in either form. Mash is the "old school" variety. Many experienced keepers use it because they believe it is more easily digested by their birds. Mash can be ground to different levels of coarseness, and can be either fed dry to your birds, or mixed with a little water. [Read more...]

Chicken Nesting Boxes

Chicken Nesting Boxes
When building your coop, you will also want to include chicken nesting boxes for all those tasty eggs you will be collecting.  Here is a quick faq to hopefully answer the most common questions new chicken owners have...

How many nesting boxes will I need?

Many beginners think they need to have a box for each chicken they own.  However, you actually only need one for every three to four birds.

What size should I make the nesting boxes?

A good size for average breeds is 12" x 12" x 8".  You may want to make it smaller if you are raising bantams, or larger for bigger breeds.  However, as long as you make the box slightly bigger than the anticipated size of your mature chickens, they will be more than happy.

What materials should I use to build the boxes? [Read more...]

Chicken Coop Signs

Chicken Coop Signs
Chicken coop signs are a fun, finishing touch to your backyard coop projects. With a little leftover lumber and paint, you can make one in no time.

What should you put on your sign? How about the name of your hen house? During construction, a lot of people automatically come up with a name for the coop. However, if you haven't named yours yet, now is a good time...

Here's a few that I came up with (hint: I used my trusty dictionary and thesaurus)...

  • Club Cluck
  • The Cluck Clan
  • The Bantam Bunkhouse
  • The Hen Pen

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