‘Coops and Runs’ Archive

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 […]

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 […]

Chickens and dogs (Listen Lissa) August 23, 2013 20 Comments

Chickens and dogs: they don’t naturally get along. A reader writes to “Listen Lissa,” asking how to handle the loss of her chickens to a neighbor’s dogs: My neighbors’ dog gets out of their house a lot. Twice he got into my enclosed chicken yard and has now killed half of my hens. How do […]

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 […]

Hide-and-seek eggs July 12, 2013 25 Comments

Mostly, chickens will lay eggs in the nest boxes you provide for them. Instinct usually has them prefer enclosed, shady, out-of-the-way spots for laying, and nest boxes usually provide that. Your nest box can be something built in to your coop… or it can be a modified bucket, an old drawer, a fruit crate and […]

Backyard Pet Chickens: 5 Tips for Beating the Heat July 5, 2013 20 Comments

You can tell your backyard pet chickens are too hot when they hold their wings away from their bodies to help release heat; they may also pant with their beaks open to try to cool themselves off. But what can you do other than choose heat hardy breeds…  or move north? After all, while you may […]

Gardening For Your Chickens April 30, 2013 7 Comments

As a gardener I want my entire family to benefit from what we grow. That includes the chickens and ducks. Fresh foods are important to the health of our chickens; healthier chickens means healthier eggs. When choosing our seeds to plant for the year, we keep the chickens and their needs in mind. You may […]

Vintage Trailer Coop April 26, 2013 3 Comments

Glamping: have you heard of it? It’s “glamorous camping.” Glamping in Vintage Trailers is now A Thing. In fact, not too long ago, I got  an old vintage Shasta that I plan to restore. West Virginia is a fabulous place for camping, and a vintage trailer to glamp with is just what I needed!  I […]

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 […]