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The Chicken Yard

The chicken yard is fenced in with 6ft high chicken wire. Click photo to enlarge.

The Chicken Coop is 4ft x 4ft wide, its 6ft high in the front and 5ft high in back. It has a large window and a fiberglass roof to provide light. The window is covered with chicken wire and has shutters so it can be closed at night and in bad weather. The coop has two doors a small one for the chickens and a large one for people, both doors can be latched closed. Inside the coop are 8 nests, two roosts, a feed can and water can.

A water can heater that turns on when its below 30, and a heat lamp that turns on when its below 55. The thermostat on the heat lamp is adjustable so it can also be used to keep baby chicks warm or to turn on the light at night. There are two access flaps for gathering eggs with out having to enter the chicken coop or yard.

Chickens are Smart

Chickens are smart. If you provide them with a place to live with food and water, they will be home every day before dark. If one should get out and can't get back in you will probley find it roosting in a nearby tree very close to the Hen House.

If you are planing to add a roster to your Hen House, be carefull not to get between him and the girls. You don't want him to consider you a threat. If you can get along with your roster you will find he makes a good watch dog. Letting you know when someone enters the yard, and he will act like a sheep dog, watching over and keeping the girls together. A large roster may be more than you can handle, consider a smaller breed.

Chickens will eat almost anything. In addition to chicken feed and scratch grain, I feed mine table scraps. I tell my friends and anyone that will listen to my chicken stories that I feed my chickens everything but chicken. I also say that cows and pigs are scared to walk through my yard because if my chickens see…

Chicken Behavior

Leading animal behavior scientists from across the globe now tell us that chickens are inquisitive and interesting animals whose cognitive abilities are more advanced than those of cats, dogs, and even some primates. Chickens understand sophisticated intellectual concepts, they learn from watching each other, they demonstrate self-control, they worry about the future, and even have cultural knowledge that is passed from generation to generation.

Chickens comprehend cause-and-effect relationships and understand that objects still exist even after they are hidden from view. This puts the cognitive abilities of chickens above those of small human children. Scientists are so impressed with what we now know about the intellect of chickens and other birds that a group of international experts recently called for a new naming system to reflect the complex, mammal-like structure of avian brains. Dr. Christine Nicol, who studies chicken intelligence, reflected, They may be bird brains,but we n…

The Fascinating Lives of Chickens

Brainy, Social, Talkin Birds with Big Personalities

Chicken's make fun pets
Chickens make great yard pets, and they can be as much fun as cats and dogs. I keep a few chickens in the yard as pets, and everyday when the weather is good I let them out of the fenced chicken yard and into the open yard. I try to wait till noon to let them out, hoping that they will be done with their egg laying and that other creatures that may prey on my chickens will have already found their meal elseware. My chickens like to play in the open yard, and when they see me comming to let them out its like watching an anxous child. Another advantage of letting the chickens out is it's easier to clean the hen house when they are not under foot. Sometimes I close the gate behind them so I can finish without having their help.

One of the first things you need to consider when your thinking about getting chickens are where are they going to sleep. Your not building a Hen House or chicken coop to keep the …

The Chicken Test

My pet dishes are finished with a special combination of all natural oils & bees wax.

I gave my oil finish bowls the Chicken Test. I made a large wooden bowl for my chickens and finished it with oils & bees wax. Every morning for over a year I fill the wooden bowl with wet leftovers like fruits & vegies. Each night I brought it in to be washed and dryed. After over a year of Chicken Testing & New England weather it still looked great and was in perfect condition.