Raising Chickens Archives - Your Getting Started Guide, To Fall Gardening, Like Your Life Depended On It I used to wait for spring with bated breath. I would watch for a good day for tilling, go out and buy a bunch of transplants and seeds, and then have a wild and crazy weekend tearing up the earth and putting everything in the ground. Thinking ahead? Naw… I had Spring fever! Continue reading... Top Chicken Diseases and Natural Treatments More and more people are returning to natural treatments in treating chicken diseases. Continue reading... Raising Chickens Vs. Adding chickens and ducks to your homestead is one way to increase your self reliance. Continue reading... How To Hatch Chicks Naturally Would you know how to hatch chicks naturally if the SHTF? Continue reading... How To Hatch More Chicks Hatching Chicks Is Lots of Fun! Continue reading...
Hey, What’s In That Box? Take As Many Guesses As You Want…It’ll Still Blow Your Mind. Home > fun > Hey, What’s In That Box? Take As Many Guesses As You Want…It’ll Still Blow Your Mind. You may think this is just a simple, but beautiful, chest… but it is so much more. This custom, hand-crafted box contains a surprise inside that is even more beautiful. Watch as it unfolds and transforms into something both functional and gorgeous. You’ll want one for your house immediately. It looks just like a box… In fact, it looks like a finely crafted chest. But it’s so much more than that. When you open up the locked box, you’ll see slats… It’s hard to imagine what they would be used for. But when the pieces start to come together, you can see it’s supposed to be something much, much better than just a box. Every piece needed to make the final form is included in the box. Things are slowly sliding into place… Each joint or bolt inside of the box has a purpose. Just take the handles out… That is DEFINITELY a bed, not a box! Now that’s how you make a bed. Source
5 Chicken Feeds You Can Grow Yourself If you don’t know who Harvey Ussery is, you need to get to know him. He’s a homesteading guru and the go-to guy on small flock raising. At some point, I’m going to have to buy his latest book The Small-Scale Poultry Flock: An All-Natural Approach to Raising Chickens and Other Fowl for Home and Market Growers. As I’ve written before, I have a goal of raising all my own chicken feed. I just found a promo video he did for his publisher and even that’s packed with good info. It’s interesting: people often consider how much grain, etc., they’re going to need to feed their birds – yet they don’t account for how much chickens will get through foraging. I’ve never met a vegetarian chicken. The ideal way to raise chickens is obviously to give them lots of room to find their own food. One final thought: if you’re up north, you really need to figure out what your birds are going to be eating through the barren winter months. About David Goodman View all posts by David Goodman
Chicken Coop Plans, Free Chicken Coop Plans You can build this hen house with these free chicken coop plans. It is easy to do. All you need is some rough cut lumber, a hammer, nails, and a circular saw. You can even build one with regular dimensional lumber from your local lumber yard. I built one like this for my chickens last fall. Before we get into the free chicken coop plans, let me show you how you can Download a detailed 4x4 Chicken Coop plan in .pdf form below for just $5! ....or continue to scroll and see the free plans further down on this page. The downloadable plans are a newer better built chicken coop with less materials and is lighter in weight. Now let's continue with those Free Chicken Coop Plans... I have found that with this free chicken coop plans design it is easy to gather the eggs, feed, and water my chickens. To see any of the illustrations on this page in larger more detailed use this gallery and expand it to full screen. Posts and Joists Space your landscape blocks 4' apart at two 6' intervals. Floor Rafters
Ana White | Build a Chicken Coop Run for Shed Coop | Free and Easy DIY Project and Furniture Plans Now I know what all the fuss is about. Or rather, should I say what all the clucking is about We've had the girls in our backyard for a few months now, and my goodness, are they fun! We've only got four chickens, and they are quite happy in their little A Frame Coop, let free during the day. But if you fancy a fancier chicken coop, you really must check out the Shed Coop Plans that Whitney built a while back. Hello Cuteness!!!! But the chicks in Whitney's Shed Coop still needed a run. So Whitney and I worked together to create a coop plan that minimizes scraps and maximizes space savings. Two days later. Whitney did a few modifications to use materials that are available to her - specifically 24" chicken wire - so make sure you check out her post here for more details. Thanks Whitney!
Make Safe, Natural Paint If you’d like to create a warm and inviting living space, consider using homemade, eco-friendly paints. Using natural materials is a great way to bring the outdoors in, and they’re easier on your home because they can allow painted surfaces to release moisture naturally. Plus, most commercially manufactured paints contain toxic materials or petroleum-based ingredients that are energy-intensive to produce. There are several eco-friendly options on the market, but their cost (up to twice as much as conventional paint) can be prohibitive to painters on a budget. There are numerous combinations to choose from when attempting to create the perfect paint for a particular situation. What’s in a Gallon? In its most basic form, paint consists of color (the pigment) and the glue in which the pigment is suspended (the binder). Pigments. Binders. Fillers. Solvents. Additives. Flour Paint Flour paint is among the simplest and most versatile of all homemade paints. Basic Flour Paint Yields 1 1/2 quarts
Building A Chicken Tractor The “Garden Girl,” that is: That looks like a pretty simple, clean design to me. Over the last few months, we’ve had some serious problems with losing chickens. Something evil is sneaking in at night, tearing birds out of their coop, then shredding their corpses in the woods. Either we have a possum/coon problem, or I need to talk with an exorcist. Whatever the problem is (assuming it’s not a malevolent spirit), I’m thinking hardware cloth tractors would be a good upgrade on my current system. One thing I would modify in Patti’s design is the roofing. A lot of chicken lovers will tell you that free-ranging is the best for birds. 1. 2. 3. 4. I don’t like these things to happen on my homestead, so I’ve gone back and forth between putting them out in makeshift tractors and letting them stay in a traditional coop with a chicken yard. If I pull it off, I’ll share the plans with you. Stay tuned.
10 inspiring urban chicken coop designs for Happy Hens Many people are growing tired of the mad rush of city life, and are moving to smaller towns, and by employing different methods and devices, they are figuring out different ways to raise their own food like fruit and vegetables as well as chickens and eggs. With raising backyard chickens , they are hoping to fare better from not having to depend entirely on other people for all the necessities of life and to this end they are able to download free chicken coop plans from the Internet to suit their specific needs. Of course there are many people who just love the idea of keeping chickens as pets. Building your own coop needn’t be difficult, because apart from books and pamphlets, the Internet can offer 10 inspiring urban chicken coop ideas on raising backyard chickens in attractive coops and how it can be really economical to build. 1-Clucking Cool coop 2-The Mitchell Snyder's coop 3-Reclaimed cedar coop 4-Kippen House 5-little barn 6-Mozambique design 7-Lyanda Haupt's urban hen coop
How to Build a Chicken Coop in 4 Easy Steps How to Turn a Pallet into a Garden Good news and bad news. I had planned to film a short video showing you how to make a pallet garden, but the weather didn’t cooperate. I was stapling the landscape fabric onto the pallet when it started drizzling and got really windy. So keep reading my pallet loving friends, instructions on how to make your own pallet garden are just a few lines away… Find a Pallet The first thing you need to do is–obviously–find a pallet. Don’t just take the first pallet you find. Collect Your Supplies For this project, you’ll need the pallet you found, 2 large bags of potting soil, 16 six packs of annual flowers (one six pack per opening on the face of the pallet, and two six packs per opening on the top of the completed pallet garden), a small roll of landscape fabric, a staple gun, staples, and sand paper. Get Your Pallet into Shape Once you’ve dragged your pallet home, give it a once over. Let the Stapling Begin! Lay the pallet face down. Now for the sides. Now for the Fun Part–Planting!
Growing Chicken Feed with a Prota-Pod Today I wanted to share an important interview with you. Its an interview about an invention that I think can fill a large gap in a preppers ability to produce high protein feed for his chickens throughout the year. If being able to feed your chickens after the feed stores close is a priority to you, you’ll find this interview quite helpful. If you want to get serious about growing your own chicken feed, the hardest challenge you’re going to run up against is growing enough high protein feed for chickens during the months of the year when it can’t be grown. Chickens are pretty good at staying alive on what amounts to practically a starvation diet… but if you want eggs, you need high protein feed. The most ideal situation is that 20 years ago, you or someone who lived on your property before you planted nut trees. The Protapod is a devise for taking left over food scraps and turning them into high protein soldier fly grubs. They are available from CompostMania.com
6 considerations for building chicken coop nesting boxes One of the nature’s most prime and useful product can be availed from the use of the nesting boxes. When it comes to the process of raising backyard chicken, numerous dimensions and factors might demand your utmost attention. The eggs that are bought from the stores are quite different from the ones you obtain from the home based settings. The difference between two lies in the coloring mechanisms. The color of the yolk for the eggs grown in the home settings would be more in resemblance to the color of the setting sun at the end of clear cool day, while the yolk color for the eggs produced at the factory settings would be more pale yellowish like a smoggy sun in a hot afternoon. The reason for which you should prefer to make use of the plans for chicken coop lies in the numerous benefits you would be able to avail later onwards. The Number The prime rule of thumb which can be used here lies in the number of hens you are looking to accommodate in a single nest. Chicken Nest Box Size Place
Clever Tunnel System Makes Chickens Do The Gardening (Video) Image credit: Ecofilms Australia We've already seen how one farmer trains her chickens to eat slugs, and the internet is full of examples of chicken tractors—portable coops that can be moved to allow hens to till, fertilize, and weed a plot while providing pest control in the process. (see also this overview of chicken tractors at Planet Green.) But one Australian permaculturist has taken this idea to the next level—designing an intricate system of "chook tunnels" that let him funnel his ladies into any part of his garden. The amount of work that these creatures can do is actually quite amazing. Of course many vegans will object to the idea of animals being used as "slave labor", but a system like this does go a large way toward answering the accusations of inefficiency so often leveled against animal husbandry. More on Chickens in the GardenDIY Chicken TractorsChook Tractors Provide Mobile Chicken-LaborTraining Chickens to Eat Slugs