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Chickens Coop Care DIY Projects Predators Seasonal Care

How to Predator Proof the Chicken Run

Chickens love to be outside. They get a thrill from free-ranging in the yard and garden. They love to explore, scratch in the grass and hide under large plantings for afternoon naps.  However, sometimes it is not feasible for the chicken to be allowed to roam freely where they want to go. The reasons are many, including when you are not home or on vacation, poor weather conditions, and nearby predators. It is always a good idea to have a safe run enclosure for the chickens attached to their chicken coop even if they don’t use it very often.  When considering design, one of the most important things that you want to think about is how to predator proof the run. Here are some of the things I did when I designed my chicken coop and run.

Chickens Gardening Gardening with Chickens Plants Seasonal Care

8 Top Vines to Grow on Your Chicken Coop

I love gardening with chickens. It has been something that I have enjoyed immensely over the years. One of the most beneficial ways to maximize your space in the garden is to think vertically by adding climbing vines. This gardening trick allows you to make the most of the garden space that you have available. The perfect often overlooked place to consider growing vines is on your chicken coop. Vines provide your chickens shade, a bit of protection for aerial predators and a tasty snack that can be foraged through the run. Today I’m sharing my top 8 perennial and annual vines that are chicken safe, hardy, and delicious for both you and your flock. 

Chickens Coop Care Giveaways

How to Move Chickens

Quietly this spring we did something crazy.  We found a lovely house that spoke to us on the way to one of our favorite beaches. It was up for sale and with a huge leap of faith we made an offer and it was accepted. We hadn’t even sold our original house, and yes- I admit- I did have a few moments of what did we do? because I loved the current house that I was in so much. I also realized that I was going to have to move bees and moving chickens would be even more challenging because I wanted to take the coop with me.  I thought that I would share the process with you and let you know for those of you who might be moving, you might just be able to take your flock and coop with you. Here’s what we did.

Chickens Coop Tours

Chicken Cathedral Coop Tour

Tillys Nest- chicken cathedral

I was recently near San Diego, California for filming. They chose to film on this amazing piece of property that featured a chicken cathedral style chicken coop.  I had a chance to chat with Jean, the visionary and creator of the the coop. Not one detail was overlooked and it is a true work of art. Take a peek at this marvelous chicken cathedral coop tour. I think you will agree that Jean is one amazing woman!

Chickens Coop Care Health Issues

10 Tips on Controlling Humidity in the Coop

controlling humidity prevents frostbite on combs and wattles
Olive’s comb looks pink and healthy despite temperatures that dipped into the single digits last night.

During the winter, it is very important to the flock’s health that the chicken coop remains dry. Humidity in the coop is one of the number one reasons that chickens become ill during the winter. Humidity can quickly become an issue in quite a few ways.  Therefore, controlling humidity in the coop should be a winter goal for all chicken owners.

Chickens Stories from Our Nest

Snowy Sunrise

It snowed again last night. I got up early to begin shoveling and snow blowing the long driveway to the street. It was quiet. A few birds were singing but for the most part, I was alone to contemplate the morning, the crisp air, and the most beautiful blue sky that had begun to emerge after the storm.


Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Friends
I hope you all are having wonderful holidays.
I’m taking a few days off to celebrate with family.
Wishing you all a New Year filled with much love, laughter, success, and health.
See you in 2015.

Chickens Coop Tours

Tour de Coop: Melissa in Mashpee

“Hope is a thing with feathers.”~Emily Dickinson
Melissa has become a friend of mine that I met through social networking. Ironically, she only lives about 20 minutes away from me. Our paths seemed to keep overlapping and I was thrilled to have been invited to her house to see her coop and meet the girls.

Tucked away in a corner of her backyard are her two beautifully made coops.  Of course, like most of us, she started with the smaller one on the right and realized that she had to have more chickens and a larger coop.  She is currently in the process of acclimating newer pullets on the right into her existing flock on the left. She keeps the runs divided with a pass through door in the center. Immediately I was greeted at the gate by her beautiful flock.

Each coop has plenty of nesting boxes for her hens.  She uses hanging metal feeders and metal waterers.  Pine shavings fill the coops and nesting boxes.
Two of her older girls were busy laying eggs in the other coop.  They were curious to see us take a peek under the lid.
She also keeps her chickens locked up for safety.  Believe it or not, people are listed as predators for chickens.  Sometimes, people will come into your yard and steal your flock.
Her chickens are very docile and friendly.  Most enjoy being handled and held.
Melissa’s coop and run set up is thoughtful, practical and well thought through.  The runs are large with ample space for her two flocks with room to grow in the future. She treats them to scratch and treats during the day and there is a flock block in the run as well as a treat ball hanging nearby.  The best part are the eggs that Melissa is rewarded with on a daily basis.

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Photo Credit:  Tilly’s Nest