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Chicken Tractors

Chicken Tractor

Chicken Tractors

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

Arsenic in Chicken Feed

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

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

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Water for Chickens

Like humans, chickens will not thrive well without water. But unlike us, chickens are not inclined to search for it far and wide when their body calls for it. So it is your responsibility to ensure that clean, cool water for chickens at all times to maintain proper chicken health.What exactly is in water and why should you never forget to give your birds the universal solvent?

Chicken Nesting Boxes

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Chicken Nesting Boxes

Chicken nesting boxes are basically little cubicles where your laying hens can lay their eggs. Whether you are raising chickens for eggs or want to hatch them for meat chickens, nesting boxes are essential.

First, it gives your laying hens the privacy she needs to lay her eggs. You have to remember that your laying hens won’t be as prolific in laying in a warm and noisy environment. Chicken nesting boxes located in a cool and quiet area of the coop will provide your laying hen the ideal environment and security she needs that is conducive for egg laying and incubating, should you decide to hatch them later on. Chicken nesting boxes ARE mandatory to start raising chickens for eggs.

Plastic Chicken Nesting Boxes

Plastic chicken nesting boxes

Plastic Chicken Nesting Boxes

Chicken nesting boxes are normally made of wood, plastic, or metal. They provide the laying hen a comfortable, cool and peaceful place for laying eggs. Beddings are normally placed in the chicken nesting box in order to shield the eggs from breaking, ensuring that the eggs do not get dirty, and enable the laying hen to be comfortable. Chicken nesting box dimensions are usually one 9-12 inches tall, 12 inches deep, and 12 inches wide and should be raised at least two feet above the ground.
Plastic nesting boxes are made from plastic materials that neither corrode nor rot. Unlike wooden chicken boxes, plastic chicken nesting boxes are waterproof just like galvanized and various metal nesting boxes. Their smooth sides are also easy to clean.

Chicken Coops

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Chicken Coops

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.

Growing Chicken Feed

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Growing Chicken Feed

Raising laying hens and meat chickens is an amazing activity. A great way to decrease your chicken feed bill and ensure great chicken health is growing chicken feed.
Aside from the cost, growing chicken feed in your own soil is fresher and healthier than anything you can ever buy in a bag. Feeding your chickens with home grown feed makes them stronger and more resistant to illnesses. Growing chicken feed yourself also gives you food security in the real sense of the word because you are not totally dependent on commercial poultry feeds to make them grow and produce eggs.
Admittedly, not everyone has the space to grow their own chicken feed. But before you immediately discount the idea, keep in mind that a lot of backyard chicken keepers practice growing chicken feed for their flocks.
Besides most of the vegetables, legumes and seeds we eat are also eaten by our chickens so it’s not as if you have to grow food exclusive for them alone. If you are not free ranging your flock, a mobile coop is be a good idea so that you can simply plant the feeds in various areas of the garden and get the chickens to them when they are ready to be eaten.