‘Coops and Runs’ Archive

Four Important Feather Foot Concerns December 12, 2014 19 Comments

Feather foot chickens: there’s just something about the magnificent feathered legs of breeds like cochins or silkies. Fancy feathered chickens in general—including those with crests, beards, tufts and/or muffs—can be fun to keep as pets, simply because they’re so showy and spectacular. Many people have never seen feather footed chickens before. Sometimes even the chickens […]

15 great chicken stocking stuffers and gifts December 5, 2014 No Comments

Chicken stocking stuffers: this has a double meaning, if you keep pet chickens! Firstly, it refers to what chicken-related things go into your stocking. And it also refers to the things that go into your chickens’ stockings. Yeah, you heard me. CHICKENS’ STOCKINGS. That’s how we roll around here. We, er, chicken roll so hard […]

Top 3 reasons to have a second coop November 21, 2014 10 Comments

Let’s talk luxury. After all, there are chicken needs, and there is chicken indulgence. I’ll be the first to admit that most people view a second coop as an indulgence, not a need. But there are certain circumstances where the second coop can quite literally be a lifesaver for your flock. Update: Right now (July 2017), we […]

Unexpected Coop Visitor: the Cardinal November 10, 2014 2 Comments

On a snow covered winter morning, to my surprise, I found a wonderful but unexpected coop visitor in my coop’s window. This darling little red cardinal, in all his genius, found his way into our silkies’ coop through an opening in the run wire. Our unexpected coop visitor then came in an open door in the floor to […]

4 Point Daily Coop Damage Inspection July 11, 2014 3 Comments

It’s the one thing most people forget, but it’s also something that should be done daily make sure your flock is safe! It doesn’t take long; it will probably take 2 minutes or less. What is it? A daily coop damage inspection should be a part of your regular maintenance routine!  Having a predator-secure coop is […]

Chicken Care Automation Part 1: Automatic Chicken Door May 28, 2014 11 Comments

I love to travel. I don’t get to do it nearly as much as I would like, but when the opportunity comes my way I’m determined not to miss out. Usually our jaunts are a night or two at my in-laws’ cabin in Massachusetts (living in New England, you either suffer through the cold, hunkering […]

Refusing to Roost in the Coop – Top 5 Solutions May 23, 2014 51 Comments

When your chickens are refusing to roost in the coop, it can be a big problem. A group of cats is called a glaring, which well describes the look cats give you if you try to herd them. This look is often bestowed from above, as out of reach as possible… or from beneath the […]

Chickens and Gardening: Top 5 ways to combine May 16, 2014 3 Comments

Chickens and gardening: in some ways, these two hobbies are incredibly compatible. After all, chickens eat plant pests. Their droppings and litter can be converted into some truly fantastic compost. And there’s a certain symmetry in making choices that allow you to produce eggs, fruits and vegetables on your own little family farm. Local food […]

Predator pee and 7 more keys to freedom from predation May 7, 2014 7 Comments

Connecticut’s state motto: “He who is transplanted still sustains.” This is so fitting! We moved in November of 2013 from a rural/suburban New England town to our current residence in Connecticut, and have been fighting ever since to sustain our dwindling flock of chickens. While we had run-ins with predators at our old haunt—including raccoons, hawks and coyote—it […]

Top 4 causes of feather picking in the home flock September 27, 2013 4 Comments

One of our readers is having problems with feather picking. She writes: Listen Lissa, My chickens turned a year old this past August. During the winter months, I noticed one of my chickens lost a lot of vent feathers, all the feathers around her bottom and part way up her back and then had an open sore under […]