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A lot has happened this past year at my coop in southwest Missouri. Our green-roof coop and birdhouses were featured in a local magazine (417 Magazine), Better Homes and Gardens (Country Gardens spring issue 2015) and Capper’s Farmers Magazine! You can read about how I incorporated the living roof as part of my chicken coop (including step-by-step […]Read more »
Some months ago, I received an interesting item in the mail from a favorite company of mine, located on line at www.ChickenWaterer.com. You may recall that I wrote, a year or so ago, about the BriteTap waterer (Product Review: BriteTap Chicken Waterer) …now the same group is offering a BriteTap feeder, and they kindly offered […]Read more »
Choosing the right materials for DIY coop projects can be every bit as important as their design, particularly when it comes to feeders.
Using pressure treated wood or even old pallets can pose potential dangers of which you should be aware.Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke from 1840 Farm Fall is in the air Earlier this week, we had a frost warning here in New Hampshire. Thankfully, the mercury stayed above 40 degrees and both the garden and our hens were unfazed. While it is a bit early for us to be heeding frost warnings, I know that fall […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols This month I’m starting a new feature at Community Chickens where you can share your creative DIY projects with other chicken enthusiasts! I know that many of our readers have constructed some pretty ingenious feeders, waterers, brooders and even chicken-related crafts. Now I’d like to share your projects with the Community! Send […]Read more »
I recently conducted a class for the Master Gardener chapter that I’m a member of on 20 “DIY” bird-feeders utilizing natural sources, recycled materials and re-purposed items. Of course the best bird-feeder is what nature provides: nuts, seeds and fruit from native trees, shrubs and wildflowers. But – this class was all about creating bird-feeders […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson The original title of this post was “Do-It-Yourself: Grit/Shell Feeder”. After an afternoon struggling with the carpentry aspect of the feeder, I realized it wasn’t going to be done by MYself. For my handyman husband, however, this was an easy project. We recycle and save all sorts of things, so if you […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell One of the bittersweet things about raising ducks, specifically pekins, is that they grow SO fast. Ducklings are so adorable, and while my heart melts when they’re little, I’m not sad to get the brooders out of the house after they’ve grown. Our brooding time was about a third of what we […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson It seems to me that this time of year has an urgency to it. Maybe it’s from all the children trying to pack a final few days of summer in before they head off to another year of school. Or, maybe it’s from the migratory birds and the hibernating mammals that need […]Read more »
By Michelle Tullis If you have chickens, you have a battle with poop. And if you’re getting chickens, you’ll soon find out. I found that out last year when we bought our first mature laying hens … The first thing they did when we got them into the kennel to take home was to lay […]Read more »