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Currently 11 hens, but the flock continues to grow! Buff Orpington, Barred Plymouth Rock, Golden-laced Wyandotte, Cinnamon Queen, 2 Black Cuckoo Marans and 2 Easter Eggers, White Plymouth Rock, Light Brahma, Black Australorp
I have enjoyed the outdoors, wildlife and gardening for as long as I can remember. Since becoming a Master Gardener in 2007, my gardening interests have been increasingly focused on creating and protecting wildlife habitats. At our 7 acre property in Southwest Missouri, my husband and I have added gardens to our landscape including an ever-expanding kitchen garden, berry beds, and a large butterfly garden. My husband and I are also vendors (Rebecca's Bird Gardens) at the Farmers Market of the Ozarks during the spring and summer months where we sell living-roof birdhouses, living wreaths, vertical gardens and an assortment of rustic birdhouses and feeders utilizing recycled materials. In addition to encouraging wildlife to visit my gardens, I enjoy putting my hens to work as my gardening allies! My flock not only provides me with the richest fertilizer available, but they also help with the weeding and insect control! Our small flock of free-ranging hens are also a great example to my teenage daughters that the freshest, most organic food is what you raise and grow yourself.
This month’s Cool Coop is a great example of a coop that has easy access – to clean the coop and monitor the flock. I particularly admire the full size door. I think a lot of chicken keepers wish their coop had this feature – especially when removing and replacing coop bedding. Continue reading as Bill shares the specs of his functional coop.Read more »
I’ve been a free range backyard chicken keeper for years, but recently I’ve grown tired of the mess my flock creates. I still adore their endearing personalities and amusing antics, I’m just done with the “deposits” they leave on the deck and driveway! And – I’ve had a few episodes of stray dogs attacking my […]Read more »
Maybe you’ve experienced a “pay it forward” at a drive through or a grocery market. – Someone pays for your purchase and expects nothing in return. This random act of kindness has a ripple effect restoring our faith in the love and compassion of the human spirit. How awesome would it be to receive your first flock of backyard chickens – FREE! Continued reading as Annie Levesque shares how a gift of chicks inspired our featured “Cool Coop.”Read more »
Kids and backyard chickens have a lot in common. You’ve got to feed them, nurture them, protect them and provide them a safe shelter. It just makes sense to combine a chicken coop with an kid’s backyard hangout! Continue reading as Scott from Connecticut describes how he constructed – The Fort Coop:Read more »
This month’s giveaway is a positive political chicken themed prize! The decision this election is a tough one, but if a chicken were running for president – what would the campaign issues be? – Free range for all – Protection from predators?? I asked this question to our Facebook Community of bipartisan chicken keepers and here are some of the top campaign promises they would offer:Read more »
This month’s “Cool Coop” is a great example of the importance of providing adequate space – both inside the coop and within the outside run area. I think a lot of beginning backyard chicken farmers purchase a pre-made coop and then soon realize it doesn’t meet the requirements needed for a flock to comfortably roam […]Read more »
This month’s “Cool Coop” is probably the craziest, most original coop yet! It’s the ultimate example of repurposing or upcycling, and it’s a fully functioning coop as well! Continue to read as John L’Heureux from Litchfield, New Hampshire describes how this unusual coop came to be: My sister’s step son used to work for a Porta Potty […]Read more »
This month’s Cool Coop just might be the “Coolest” yet! Tom from Illinois used the architecture of his historic neighborhood as an inspiration for this unique coop. Continue reading as he describes the design and construction of his coop, “Tom’s Bird House”: Our goal for the coop was to incorporate it into the neighborhood. We live […]Read more »
This month’s “Cool Coop” is a great example of a doable DIY project. With some basic carpentry skills and determination, I think a lot of our readers could tackle this construction and create an equally functional and attractive coop. Our featured chicken keeper, Vicky of Texas, built this “Rustic / Whimsical Coop” out of re-purposed, left-over, donated […]Read more »