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Permaculture writer Jonathon Engels shares the Ins, Outs, and Whys of keeping chickens in your greenhouse. Why Put Chickens in the Greenhouse? In temperate climates, winter prevents us from growing fresh vegetables outside, but a greenhouse—even one that’s solely heated by solar power—allows us to foster some greens and cold-hardy treats to enjoy. Lettuce, spinach, […]Read more »
It’s spring time when lots of folks are getting their first chickens, or are adding more birds to their flocks. Blogger Claire Woods shares tips for coop building materials. While dreaming up your ideal chicken coop, you know you want it to be safe, functional, and probably pleasing to look at. Chicken lovers are coming […]Read more »
Community Chickens Editor, Carla Tilghman and author Carrie Miller team up with share information with you about rodent borne diseases and some basic techniques for safely cleaning up their messes. Companion piece to Carrie Miller’s Rodents and Your Coop. Why not just coexist? Because rodents can carry many diseases harmful to both birds and humans. […]Read more »
Free-range of poultry is a great idea for the health of your flock, but it is not for everyone. Initially, my husband and I enjoyed having our flock run about our 25 acres. Not only did the birds enjoy the freedom, it also reduced feed costs during the spring, summer and fall months. Now that […]Read more »
This month’s “Cool Coop” promises to boldly go where no coop has gone before… Continue reading as Mike Ferrier from New England describes in detail the construction and launching of the USS EggSurprise: Figuring Out What We Needed We had barely started thinking about a coop when the chicks arrived. All seven of them were shipped […]Read more »
by Melissa Caughey of Tilly’s Nest Gardens and chickens seem to go hand in hand. It is so much fun seeing gardens come to life when the chickens are let out and about to free-range. We enjoy watching them spending their time, exploring, tasting, and making a mess. We often follow behind them with a […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson It has been a long winter. A very long winter. I realize that the calendar has announced the coming of spring, but here in the valleys of Western New York, spring has not yet sprung. Cold weather arrived before autumn turned to winter…and is here yet. For many of us, plodding to […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson Probably the most important first step when going into the “chicken business” is planning where you will house your birds. The first time we had chickens, years ago, we housed them in our All-Purpose Shed, along with rabbits, a couple of goats, ducks, and occasionally, a pony and/or a goose. There was […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols ~ the garden-roof coop Changing the basic geometrical shape (from a square to a circle), took this “Cool Coop” from great to awesome! Continue reading as Julie Felton shares her journaled vision and construction of this month’s featured coop… March 21, 2012 Here’s a little model of a chicken coop I designed. […]Read more »
by Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick. One of the lesser known symptoms of being a chicken addict is an acute fascination with chicken coops. I freely confess to being a chicken coop looky loo and know that I am not alone in my fervent interest in the endless variety of coop styles, construction materials, […]Read more »