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Free Range: Why I choose not to June 12, 2015 9 Comments

“Free Range Eggs!” Before having chickens of my own I though this was the gold standard of eggs and what I should look for.  You don’t want eggs from chickens that are confined, right? Well, when looking into the horror that is factory egg production I realized that a “Free Range” stamp was not all […]

How to keep clean water in the coop September 8, 2013 17 Comments

How do you keep clean water in the coop? Having clean water in the coop at all times is important for keeping healthy chickens, but achieving this can be a challenge.   I don’t know about you, but for me, litter and poop in the water is the main problem I encounter.  It seems that no […]

The only chickens that like to eat mustard eggs! August 25, 2013 15 Comments

I have strange chickens…that is my  only explanation. My chickens actually like mustard eggs. I have been trying different techniques to break my one hen from the bad habit of egg eating.  After running into problems with my roll-away nesting box design I decided to try mustard filled eggs.  This is a ‘fix’ that we recommend in our help pages and many readers […]

Chicken Spa for the County Fair August 18, 2013 1 Comment

This week is our local 4-H county fair. Although the midway and shows are fun I’ll be spending most my time with the animal exhibits.  My 9 year old daughter will be showing  her chicken, Isa,  for the fourth year. At our house, showing chickens means we create a chicken spa for the lucky pet chicken! […]

4 Problems with my DIY Roll-Away Nestbox August 4, 2013 4 Comments

The ladies are now laying like crazy!  All our hens are laying, so we are getting eggs almost daily. This is the good news; the bad news is that Isa is not completely broken of egg eating. Unfortunately, my DIY roll-away nestbox is not working as well as planned.  We are getting some eggs from her, and she has […]

DIY Chicken Coop 3.0? July 31, 2013 7 Comments

I am possibly in the process of designing my third DIY chicken coop.  I guess it’s a little odd; after all, I could just buy one of the amazing coops that MPC sells—but that would be too easy for the likes of me! 😉  I’m just a DIY person at heart. It’s not even about […]

DIY roll-away nest box April 16, 2013 13 Comments

We have had mixed success with our egg-eating hen Isa that I talked about in this blog post. I appreciated all the feedback and suggestions you offered on that post—it’s good to know that I’m not the only one dealing with this problem! I tried one of your suggestions, and I also went ahead with […]

Egg eating hens – 5 ways to deal November 18, 2012 17 Comments

Dealing with egg eating hens is a very frustrating problem—one I’m trying to deal with right now. I prefer our hens leave their eggs for us to eat, so I have some work ahead of me! Let me start off telling you about our problem chicken, Isa.  She is an ISA Brown chicken (a sex-linked […]