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I have owned chickens for quite some time. I remember getting my first chicken. I got three chickens from the feed store. I envisioned hanging out with the chickens every day but chores came ahead of time. One never realizes how much work is put into caring for one chicken. Keeping them fed, watered with fresh clean water, and creating a shelter safe from environment and predators takes time and effort.
What really helped me with efficiency is adding an automatic watering system for the birds. The Little Giant Automatic Poultry Waterer is an automatic watering system which doesn’t need any additional water hookups.
This poultry waterer is made out of strong polyethylene making it dent proof. The waterer is rust proof and easy to fill. Due to its vacuum-sealed cap, it creates an automatic flow of water. There is a handle on the waterer to make transporting easier. Of course, the larger waterer you get, it will be heavier due to the amount water it holds, so please make note of that.
Pampered Pet Poultry Supplies offer these efficient poultry waterers in three sizes: 3, 5, and 7 gallons. It is a must for anyone who owns chickens and poultry and who wants to enjoy their birds with less work to do.
Whether you live in the country or city, your chickens need proper housing. Housing is important for you chickens in order to provide them with safety, comfort, and a place for them to lay their beautiful, scrumptious eggs. The Snap Lock Chickens come in two sizes for you and your chickens to enjoy. They are strong plastic coops that are easy to put together and wash. A healthy chicken is a healthy chicken after all.
The Standard Size Snap Lock Chick coop holds 4 standard sized chicken or 6 bantams. This coop is the perfect type of set up if you are living in the city! Features include but are not limited to:
- No tools required! All you need to do is follow simple instructions, snap and lock!
- The coop is impact resistant, made from a strong plastic and easy to clean
- Ultraviolet resistant
- Chemical Resistant- The coop is not made of hard chemicals that would harm you or your chickens!
- Maintainence Free! Once set up, you will need to clean your coop, but it is made for easy convenience.
- Removable litter tray for easy cleaning!
- Adjustable ventilation
- And….Easy access for egg collection! With three nest boxes for your hens to choose from too!
If you are looking for a simple coop for your backyard for your chickens to enjoy and a coop that makes your yard look fashionable, this coop is for you! To purchase your very own Standard Size Snap Lock Chicken Coop, click here.
For those of the chicken-holics like myself, you may need a larger coop! The Large Snap Lock Chicken Chicken coop holds 10 standard size chicken or 14 bantams. It has the same features as the standard size but being larger it holds more birds. Unlike the Standard coop, containing 3 nest boxes for the hen’s choice to lay, the large size coop accommodates 4 nest boxes! To order the upgrade, click here!
Both of these designs are proudly made in the United States of America!
With the weather warming up and the grass starting to grow, I am getting ready to free range my flocks again. It cuts down on feed costs and keeps my yard bug free. There is a problem though. I have dogs. I do not want my chickens to stray too far and I also need to find a way to keep my dogs out. Normal fences will not work for this, as the birds can fly and the dogs can jump. Parmak or Zareba electric fences are a perfect solution to this!
Parmak is a leader in electric fencing and has been in business since the 1920’s while Zareba systems has been in the industry since the 1940’s. The best part is they are both 100% American made. They make many different kinds of wire and chargers. Using lightweight step in posts will allow you to move the fence as you range your birds and will also discourage predators.
Rotating forage areas will improve the quality of your pasture and will prevent over grazing. By moving your poultry often you will also allow the bugs to repopulate and when you move the flocks back you will have a good source of protein waiting for them. There are many different ways to do this depending on if you have a movable coop or not. If your coop is not movable, you can rotate your birds around the coop itself in a clockwise fashion. If you are unable to rotate around your coop you can use electric fencing to make a corridor for the birds to walk through to the new grazing area.
While electric fences are a good way to keep your birds in and to deter dogs, you cannot rely on them to protect your flock. Roller bars on a traditional fence will also help. These provide a rolling bar at the top of the fence which will stop any animals from trying to climb over. The complement to this is to bury wire at the bottom of the fence. Never use chicken wire for this as it is unable to stop predators. Hardwire cloth or cattle fencing buried facing out from your birds will stop digging predators. As they try to dig under they will find the wire. Make sure to secure this to your actual fence or they dogs will be able to dig between the two.
Although not foolproof, using Partak or Zareba fences along with traditional fences with roller bars and underground wire, will prevent most canine predators from reaching your flock as well as allowing your flock to have a continual supply of fresh forage.
– Danielle Oudenhoven