Using a Rain Barrel System for Your Backyard Chicken Coop

Using a Rain Barrel System for Your Backyard Chicken Coop

Perhaps one of the most burdensome chores as an owner of backyard chickens is carrying water to the coop. After all, lugging water around is never easy, and the coops are often a good distance away from any water source. A great solution to this problem, though, is a rain barrel system. This is where… Read more »

The Different Types of Chicken Breeds

The Different Types of Chicken Breeds

Once you’ve decided to start a backyard flock, you need to figure out what types of chickens you want to raise. Indeed, there is more than one type of chicken. In fact, there are hundreds of breeds you could choose from, but many of them can be classified into three categories: egg layers, meat producers,… Read more »

What to Do About a Loud Rooster

What to Do About a Loud Rooster

Roosters can bring many benefits to your backyard flock. They can protect your hens from predators while also allowing you to hatch your own eggs. However, there is one drawback: the noise. Roosters love to crow, but that crowing can get out of hand. So, what are you supposed to do? Here we provide some… Read more »

5 Ways to Raise Chickens Around Children

5 Ways to Raise Chickens Around Children

Raising backyard chickens is something that all people, of all ages, can enjoy. Children especially can get so much out of raising chickens, with hens often becoming close companions. However, as fun as it can be for children to interact and raise backyard chickens, there are risks involved. Chickens are animals, after all, and our… Read more »

How to Make Your Dogs and Chickens Get Along

How to Make Your Dogs and Chickens Get Along

Many people who want to get into raising backyard chickens often hesitate for one reason: their dogs. Dogs and chickens aren’t known to be compatible species, but if dogs and cats can live together, so too can dogs and chickens. With a little training and some care, you can get your dogs and chickens to… Read more »

Chicken Molting: How to Prepare for When Your Chickens Start to Molt

Chicken Molting: How to Prepare for When Your Chickens Start to Molt

Autumn is a time for pumpkins, falling leaves, and Thanksgiving dinners. It’s also the time for chickens to start molting. Every year starting at around 18 months of age, chickens will shed their old feathers in order to grow new ones. It’s triggered by the shortening of days in the fall months, and it can… Read more »

How to Prepare for Your Baby Chicks

How to Prepare for Your Baby Chicks

When you first start raising backyard chickens, you’ll likely begin with a small flock of baby chicks. As adorable as these baby chicks may be, they require a lot of care and maintenance in order to grow into full-fledged adults. To do this, you need to be well-prepared for your chicks in the weeks prior… Read more »

How Much Heats Do Baby Chicks Need?

How Much Heat Do Baby Chicks Need?

In their first few weeks of life, baby chicks are unable to control their own body temperature. When they’re raised by hens, then their mothers will work to keep them warm. For backyard flocks, however, chicks are often kept in a brooder which needs to be properly heated by an infra-red heat lamp.   The… Read more »

How to Store Your Chicken Feed

How to Store Your Chicken Feed

Storing chicken feed isn’t something that a lot of chicken owners put much thought into, but it matters more than you think. By not properly storing your feed, it can grow stale or moldy, and it can even be eaten by rodents or predators. In order for your chickens to be happy and healthy, they… Read more »

3 Easy Ways to Make Raising Chickens Easier on Your Body

3 Ways to Make Raising Chickens Easier on Your Body

Raising chickens is not easy work. It requires a lot of heavy lifting—literally—that can take its toll on your body. It’s not uncommon for people to wake up with sore muscles or an aching back, but you certainly don’t want this to become a regular occurrence. After all, taking care of yourself is just as… Read more »