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    Chicken Coop Essentials



    One of the first items of live stock you can get is CHICKENS. They are easy to maintain, low cost, provide eggs, meat, and fertilizer. They are the first live stock you want to use to gain experience handling livestock before you purchase a farm (Retreat) and all the livestock that goes with a farm (Retreat).

    Starting a new backyard chicken coop can be a lot of work. Addressing ordinances, building a coop, finding the right birds … Didn’t I just say keeping chickens was supposed to be easy?

    The good news is, if you’ve done all the above, the hard part is over. All it takes is the right gear to make keeping chickens easier than caring for many household pets.

    In a well-equipped chicken coop, the hardest thing you’ll have to do, most days, is remember to collect the eggs. Here are some essentials for keeping your egg-producing palace low-maintenance.


    1. Hanging feeder.
    Chickens will eat out of anything you put in front of them, but using plastic-ware or metal bowls means you’ll be refilling them all too often. Plastic or galvanized steel hanging feeders are inexpensive and can be found in a variety of sizes to accommodate any size brood. I have a 15-pound capacity hopper and only need to refill it about once a week. The other advantage of the hanging feeder is that it positions the feed high enough off the ground to protect it from moisture and rodents and also cuts down on the mess made by sloppy chickens.


    2. Watering System.
    Keeping fresh water available to the flock is essential. Chickens can only survive a couple of days without water, so forgetting to refill an undersized bowl every day can spell catastrophe. Large capacity water bowls are inexpensive and easy to use, but I can do you one better:

    An automatic dog watering system connected to a garden hose will provide consistently fresh water and completely eliminates the need to refill. Mount the dish six inches or so from the ground to keep grit or bedding from being kicked into the bowl. Make sure it’s sturdy. Chickens love to perch and the edge of the watering system is as good a place as any for an indiscriminate chicken.


    3. Utility lamp.
    Chickens do just fine in cool weather, but they aren’t going to complain if you throw a little more heat their way with an overhead lamp. In the the winter months, when daylight is at a premium, a light left on in the coop will also encourage egg production.


    4. Storage bins
    . Keep stored feed or scratch dry at all times. Moldy feed poses a health risk to chickens and should be disposed of immediately. Not only will a bin with a tight lid keep moisture at bay, but it also keeps hungry rodents out. My storage bins have lasted many years.

    5. Egg basket. Ever forget you put eggs in your pocket and sat down? I have. Trust me. Get a basket.


    6. Egg cartons.
    When the chickens first arrive, you might think you’ll be eating those eggs as fast as they lay them, but they’ll get ahead of you fast. A good supply of egg cartons makes it convenient to store or, better still, give away your surplus. Egg cartons aren’t too expensive to buy, but if you put out the word to friends and neighbors, they will be happy to save them for you. They will also be delighted if some of those come back to them full of eggs.

    7. The difference between a male and female chicken? Up to 6 weeks of growth you cannot. But if you have neighbors who live close you will want to get rid of the roosters fast. Being woke up by a rooster's call at 4 am, is not on my alarm clock.

    So how can you tell? Listen for that first call. ID the victim and there is tonight's supper!

  • #2
    Great points. Also make sure you coop is predator proof. Raccoons can get really greedy!

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    • #3
      My grandson has decided that I need additional things to do around our home here in Florida so he is building a chicken coup for 6 chickens to keep in our back yard.

      I pulled a good joke on him:

      When the birds are about 2 weeks old how do you determine their sex? Anyone..................

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      • #4
        Originally posted by RICHFL View Post
        Chicken Coop Essentials




        7. The difference between a male and female chicken? Up to 6 weeks of growth you cannot. But if you have neighbors who live close you will want to get rid of the roosters fast. Being woke up by a rooster's call at 4 am, is not on my alarm clock.

        So how can you tell? Listen for that first call. ID the victim and there is tonight's supper!
        That is where the old saying "A whistling woman and a crowing hen both come to no good end" comes from. Although my grandmother whistled and lived to 87, several crowing hens wound up in the stew pot!
        Last edited by ZAGran; 07-27-2014, 12:16 AM. Reason: spelling

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