The Chicken Coop Checklist

The Chicken Coop Checklist

8 Important Steps in Preparing Your Chicken Coop

“Most people who keep backyard chickens do so because they want access to fresh eggs and a fun hobby. But I fear that a lot of would-be chicken keepers are put off and intimidated by the vast amount of information that there is for beginners to absorb. Well… that’s how I felt!

I knew that I wanted to build my own coop; I’ve always enjoyed DIY projects. But that certainly doesn’t mean I’m very good at them! When I started looking for advice and guides on building my coop I was overwhelmed by all the different poultry lingo and recommendations that experts were giving. That’s why I created this info graphic, to try and simplify the process a little bit and to show newcomers that a basic coop only needs a handful of features. You can add the bells and whistles later!”

-Jack S. ,

Chicken Coop Checklist
Making sure that your chicken coop is up to par for your flock is incredibly important for their health and egg production, especially during the winter months. Your chicks will be spending more time inside the coop so proper ventilation will become more important. Predators will be on the hunt as food becomes more scarce, and your hens will surely thank you for the proper insulation as those temperatures take a dive.

Click here to see the full blog on building your own chicken coop.

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Unusual Eggs from your Laying Hens

Uncommon Chicken Eggs and Laying Patterns in Your Flock

What is this weird egg!? Understanding miniature eggs and bloodspots, and when to be concerned. There really isn’t anything uncommon about uncommon looking eggs. Because of the biological demands that reproduction (egg-laying) has on hens, it’s not a surprise for them to experience a strange egg once in a while. Most abnormal eggs are once-offs, […]

Mandarin Duckling

Properly Brooding Wood and Mandarin Ducklings

Since your ornamental ducks still retain many of their natural instincts, incubating the eggs is something they are capable of doing on their own. Brooding your ducklings correctly after they hatch is key in getting them to develop and grow properly. A brooder can be anything from a large battery brooder to a bathtub or […]

Male and Female Wood Duck Picture

Breeding 101: Tips and Tricks on Breeding your Ornamental Ducks

So you’ve received your juvenile pair of mandarin or wood ducks and they’ve settled in to their new home. Now you are wondering how to properly breed them and brood your own ducklings. Wood and mandarin ducks can start breeding and laying by their first spring, though fertility results might be better by their second […]

Red Chicken

Navigating the Web for Poultry Vet Advice

I’m Bianca. With your regular columnist on vacation I will be stepping in for this week’s post. While most of you know me as an international reporter, being a chicken makes me particularly qualified to write about navigating through the Internet grapevine tendrils for those fruits of wisdom. There’s lots of squawking, crowing, tweeting, tapping […]