‘Coops and Runs’ Archive

Use First Saturday Lime for Chickens & Your Garden Will Thank You! March 27, 2020 3 Comments

One of my must-have supplies for backyard homesteading is First Saturday lime. Garden lime (no, not the citrus plant!) is a rock powder that is widely used in organic gardening. Garden lime is alternately called limestone, agricultural lime, aglime, or just plain lime. It’s all-natural, safe for pets and kids, and it’s organic-compliant. (You can […]

March Backyard Chicken Checklist: 5 Pro Tips March 5, 2020 2 Comments

Spring has almost arrived! March 20th, 2020 is the spring equinox and we will all soon be enjoying more sunlight hours, with earlier dawns and later sunsets. (Thank goodness….) Here’s my March backyard chicken checklist to help you prepare for spring with chickens. 1.Incorporate chickens into your garden plans Gardening is the whole reason I […]

January Backyard Chicken Checklist: 9 Tips to Help Your Flock January 10, 2020 No Comments

Start the new year off right and keep your backyard chicken flock clean and organized with our January backyard chicken checklist. Learn about chicken care tips and must-have products to help your flock get through winter. 1. Give your flock outside access. Even if you think it’s too cold, give your chickens access to the […]

How To Keep Chickens Warm in Winter: 7 Ways to Help Your Flock. December 18, 2019 No Comments

Honey, it’s cold outside! Chickens can take the cold better you would think, and in most cases don’t require heating at all. We know you’re worried about how to keep chickens warm in winter, but for the most part, you don’t need to. Read about how to know when to — and when not to — […]

When A Predator by the name of Weasel Comes to Visit January 29, 2019 2 Comments

Predator attacks are part of owning chickens. There are many informative help topics, blogs, social media posts, books, and even podcasts with great tips for protecting your flock. Most folks study this information and do everything possible to prevent the inevitable. Yes, I said inevitable. No one really wants to hear or think about attacks […]

The Coop: Top 10 Tips Before Buying/Building January 10, 2018 No Comments

If we knew then what we know now, we would have saved for the big chicken coop first, rather than getting a small one and trying over and over to modify it to make it work for us!

How I trick my chickens into growing my garden July 21, 2017 No Comments

I will admit this up-front: I want my garden to be great.  Not just okay, but great.  But here’s the problem: I don’t want to work hard. Here’s how I trick my chickens into growing my garden. Yes, I’m a lazy gardener. Thankfully, chickens are NOT lazy. They love to forage, and that can help make […]

Chicken Coop Fire – Moving On After Tragedy March 8, 2017 13 Comments

“Mr. Tim, your coop is on fire!” We ran outside to see the coop engulfed in flames…

Snow on a Texas Flock February 2, 2017 1 Comment

Like many of us with backyard flocks, I’ve been anxiously tracking the forecast. In Texas we don’t get much snow, but our temperatures can drop low! I had been hearing all week that the snow and ice would miss us, so I wasn’t expecting much outside of freezing temperatures. Little did I know there would soon […]

Saving the Flock from Hurricane Matthew October 28, 2016 2 Comments

Natural disasters are among most flock owners’ worst fears. Actually, they’re among our worst fears, whether we have a flock or not. They are sneaky, they surprise us with their intensity and power, and no matter how hard we try to prepare,  at some point anyone could be a victim of a natural disaster. Recently Hurricane Matthew […]