How to Break a Broody Hen

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Broody-Hens-Collage

This Spring we’ve had more trouble than ever before with broody hens.  My girls are bound and determined to hatch some eggs.  Just one problem – there are no mature roosters at Chicken Scratch right now. Nearly every time I go out to gather eggs, there is a hen in the nest.  And sometimes I even… Read more »

Coop Renovations

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Coop Inside Collage

Well, you might have seen my Facebook posts about the Big Spring Cleaning and minor Coop Renovations that have been happening over here lately.  I thought I’d show you how our coop has changed over the last year. Building this coop was an experiment in extreme  budget coop construction.  I am blessed to have my… Read more »

Getting My Brooder Ready

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Brooder shed 1

I’ve raised several batches of chicks in cardboard box brooders in my garage.  But for the first time, this batch of chicks will be raised in the special brooder area that Mr. Fix-It built onto our big coop.  There are several reasons for the move, but primarily because I worry when he is working on something… Read more »

Deep Litter Method

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Everybody

If you are new to chicken keeping you may not have heard of the Deep Litter Method, or you may have heard the term but not really understood what it was all about.  The deep litter method is a great way to maintain your coop with minimal cleaning required.  It will also keep your chickens… Read more »

My Chicken Tractor

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My Chicken Tractor

What did you do with your Labor Day?  I did the annual coop cleaning on our chicken tractor.  It was looking pretty sad.  It’s been unoccupied for a few weeks now, so it was an ideal time to do a little cleaning, give it a fresh paint job, and do a few minor repairs.  At… Read more »