Category Archives: Chickens

Chicken Coop Cleaning in the City

Keeping the Chicken Coop Clean in the City Keeping a chicken coop or the inner hen house clean doesn’t have to be such a horrible chore if you’re living in a town, but it will be if the coop and hen house isn’t laid out in a way that facilitates easy maintenance and cleaning.   As
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The Raccoon is Back!

The Raccoon is Back! Last year when the mother of all racoons invaded my backyard and ruthlessly killed my 6 Road Island Reds, I understood that I needed to be more vigilant about keeping my hens safely shut in their hen house at nights, or it would only be a matter of time before it
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New Chicks 2012

New Chicks I couldn’t resist adding two new chicks to my little chicken family this year. This time I decided to try two different breeds to add some diversity:  A New Hampshire Red and a California Leghorn.  Both are supposed to be good egg layers. As usual, I just started them out in a big
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Hens Eating Their Own Eggs

Hens Eating Their Eggs Again! Chicken behaviour is still a mystery to me in many ways.  My hens weren’t pecking at their eggs until I fenced them in and wouldn’t allow them to roam the other areas of my yard anymore because of spring planting.  I’m wondering if they were missing the protein and other
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My New Chicken Coop

Out with the Old and in with the New Unlike my new green house that turned out to be a disappointment in some respects, my new chicken coop has so far turned out to be a great choice.   It is beautiful, functional and very durable.  It will weather extreme snow fall, and the wind storm
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Clipping Chicken Wings to Prevent Flying

Cutting Chicken Wings  Before I had chickens, I didn’t know that they could fly so high.  They can’t fly very far, maybe twenty – thirty feet if they start from a higher position, but some breeds can fly high enough to escape over 6 foot fences when they’re younger and lighter, as my two Bantams
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Chicken Massacre

I woke up the other morning to an awful sight!  Out of my six chickens, two were killed and two were missing.  I now only have two hens left!  I’m pretty sure the racoons are back.  For the last two years I’ve let my chickens run free and never shut them in their coop with no
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Chicken Coop Details

In this post I want to share a few more details about my chicken coop. I’m kind of proud of it for several reasons.  It has not only evolved into a fairly decent chicken coop, but it’s also a very affordable one.  As I’ve mentioned before, my coop was only meant to be temporary until I could build
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Chickens & Snow

Today we woke up to snow for the first time this winter.  In Springfield, Oregon it rarely snows much, but when it does everyone takes it very seriously.  The schools shut down and traffic warnings tell us to put chains on, drive carefully, and stay home if possible.  In any other state where winter snow
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My Chicken Coop

A friend of mine built my chicken coup for me.  He wanted me to be able to easily move the coop around my yard, and the 4 x 8 foot dimension makes it perfect for placing over 4 x 8 raised beds if desired.  When you have the 8 foot lengths of lumber to work
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