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I often get asked how many chickens can you reasonably put in a coop. Scouring the internet gives me lots of different answers, from barely room for the birds to move, up to spacious chicken palaces. There are lots of considerations here, including, the more room chickens have, the lower the threat of disease and/or […]Read more »
While most backyard chickens exist for the production of eggs and meat, compost is an equally valuable resource the chicken run can provide. Even better, the bulk of the labor is free, and copious amounts of compost pays in dividends. The birds are happier and healthier because there’s no better place to find insects and […]Read more »
Fall is coming; are you ready? It is officially that time of year again when we must begin to prepare for the colder months. The colder the climate you live in, the more preparation that will be needed. Where do we even start? There are so many loose ends to tie up before the snow […]Read more »
Sarah started with an old tuff shed a few ducks, some rabbits she had adopted, and her helpful friend, Carlos. Last month, Carlos agreed to help insulate Sarah’s old garden shed. But Sarah decided that she wanted more than that! “I want to do something fun with the inside of the shed.” So, after a […]Read more »
Our chicken coop is over 20 years old. My dad built it for me when I was 13 after I lost my first flock of chickens to a predator attack. After I married my husband Zach, we moved out of my parent’s house and took the coop with us. It was quite an endeavor to […]Read more »
Did you know that chickens are becoming one of the most popular pets in the US? Their popularity has skyrocketed in recent years and it’s no wonder why. They’re child-friendly, inquisitive, make great pets and also lay eggs. If you’re ready to join the chicken craze, keep reading and learn how to build your own […]Read more »
We just set up an additional chicken coop for our breeding hens this spring. It’s been a while since I set up a new coop and I was impressed with how easy it is to meet a chicken’s needs with these inexpensive screw-together coops. It’s like IKEA for chickens! I’m happy with this coop for […]Read more »
Enthusiastic chicken keepers, awesome coops and our own Community Chickens followers come from all over the world! This week’s Cool Coop was designed and built by Henry Boisvert from Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada. Continue reading as Henry describes the construction and shares photos of his chicken city — complete with a hotel, sheriff’s quarters […]Read more »
Over the past couple of years I’ve grown to love a few products that help simplify and improve how I care for my flock. From ducks to turkeys to chickens, I found what works best and a few others that weren’t worth the money spent. Hopefully through our trial and error here on 25 Acres, […]Read more »
It was the same old story. USDA pamphlets recommended one nest for every five layin’ hens. I had a dozen of the “girls,” and the only commercially available chicken nests were huge metal banks of ten compartments apiece. I wouldn’t have needed that many even if I could have afforded them. So I decided to […]Read more »