‘Chicken DIY’ Archive

DIY Phoenix Feather Wand October 31, 2016 1 Comment

We’re just a bit geeky over here and we’re especially fond of Harry Potter. My middle daughter wanted to be Hermione Granger for Halloween this year. We already had the robe and hat in the costume box, but she really needed a proper wand. What’s a witch without her wand? We had a few magic […]

Rebuilding the coop February 13, 2016 7 Comments

We spent the first three years in our new house looking out our kitchen window at an abandoned old coop, which must have been sitting empty for at least a decade before we were here. Structurally solid, but inching its way down the hill with each freeze and thaw of winter. Covered in cracked rolled […]

Blue Combed Chicken Mystery November 30, 2015 5 Comments

Recently I have been made aware that there is a fascinating “new” breed of chicken floating around the internet.  No one knows what it is called, where it comes from, or where to get one. It would seem it was first spotted on Pinterest, which is a great place for locating the new and unusual, never-before-seen […]

5 tips for designing a custom chicken run November 15, 2015 20 Comments

Has your chicken math exceeded your run space? Have you decided to add a run to an existing coop for added predator protection? Whatever point you are at in your flock care you will eventually hit the point where you need to add some protected space for your birds. To inspire some ideas about designing your own custom […]

DIY PVC Chicken Feeder for Small Coops November 11, 2015 1 Comment

We all hate wasted bird feed, all those little bits that spill out of hanging feeders onto the ground, or the excess waste of crumbles or pellets lost from a ground feeder due to scratching hens. There is a cost to this wasted food, especially when you run out a week sooner than expected, and have to […]

DIY No-Waste feeder! October 5, 2015 80 Comments

I have an embarrassingly large number of chickens who eat quite a bit of food. (Let’s not get into actual numbers of birds I may or may not have, because then the chicken math I keep in my head starts to break down.) So when my friend Judi showed me her DIY No-Waste feeder, I had to make a waste […]

Chicken Bloopers September 30, 2015 1 Comment

Chickens are not always the most cooperative subjects to take pictures of, as we’ve discussed before. Sometimes, you get chicken bloopers. We wanted some great chicken pictures for our website of our newest breeds and assortments of hatching eggs… and we did get them, eventually. As with any photo shoot, there were some unique (and hilarious) shots—our chicken bloopers—that we […]

5 Ways To Teach Life Skills to Kids with a Flock March 12, 2015 2 Comments

Not long ago I saw a post on Facebook about a child who had just gotten a website up and running for his small, local business selling hatching eggs and chicks. I was fascinated! I have children of my own, and we have also been on the journey of starting small business endeavors within their […]

How I beautified my coop–cheap! February 15, 2015 3 Comments

This winter I finally decided it was time–and I beautified my coop–for next to nothing! Now it’s a bright, cheery spot in the brown winter landscape. Don’t get me wrong; I love winter! I love all seasons, but the magic in a newly fallen snow-covered landscape is especially appealing. Sadly, I live in the warmer south […]

3 simple cold weather treats for your flock January 9, 2015 4 Comments

When it’s cold outside, we stay huddled up by the fire. We have hot cocoa, or maybe a splash of Irish cream in the coffee. For dinner, we make a spicy pot of chili, or sometimes a delicious curry. But our chickens? They aren’t able to cook up their own treats (since I haven’t equipped the coop […]