Miller Chicken Nesting Boxes
These plastic nesting boxes are the best nesting boxes I have used. Cheap, durable, and versatile.
The nesting boxes are the perfect size for medium and large breeds and the chickens love them. I haven’t had any issues with chickens laying eggs in the yard since I bought these. The chickens prefer the nesting boxes to making their own nest.
Chicken tractors give you some on the benefits of free ranging, without the drawbacks and dangers of full free range chickens. The chicken tractor is, in it’s simplest form, a moveable chicken coop. There are many different philosophies and opinions of how to use the chicken tractor properly to benefit the chickens and the farmer, however today we will just focus on the actual structure.
Arsenic in Chicken Feed
The use of arsenic in chicken feed has been the source of recent debates. Only recently, Maryland banned the use of arsenic in chicken feed. There are numerous studies that have shown that this compound is harmful to the environment, people, and chickens. If arsenic is harmful, why is it used in chicken feed?
Butchering Chickens, The Basics
In a highly urbanized society such as the one we live in, we often depend on the grocery stores or supermarkets for our food needs. However, as more light is shed on how meat is commercially produced, the conditions the animals are subjected to, and the chemicals given to them before they make it to our table, we are getting more enlightened. Now, more and more people have come to realize that it is much better to grow our own meat chickens and butcher them ourselves. This way, we know what goes into the food we’re eating.
Water for Chickens
The primary purpose of having a chicken coop is to provide your roosters and laying hens with an environment that will protect them from danger and the elements. That’s what chickens need. With this in mind, good chicken coops should be sturdy enough to hold them and protect them from predators. It should also be designed for easy cleaning, should be well-ventilated, and be placed in a location where the temperature remains quite stable. That means that it should not be too hot OR too cold.
Be reminded that the natural environment of chickens is the forest, where they are around greens, bugs and insects. As such, they should have access to fresh grass and forage. However, if this is not possible, you should have a coop that you can move around so that your chickens can be given the opportunity to get the necessary nutrients from the ground.