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Keep chickens from roosting
A great way to keep chickens from perching on standard galvanized poultry cans is to place a ring of chicken wire over the top of the can. The chickens may try to stand on it and it will bend down, but the wire is easily bent back in shape.
-- J.H., MichiganDate Published: April 13, 2012Date Updated: January 28, 2019
Moveable chicken keeper
To keep my young chickens out of the cold, I put a wire cage on a sheet of plywood with a rope pulled through two holes at one end. With this portable keeper, I can move them outside in the sunshine and back into the shop under a warming light at night.
-- P.S., OhioDate Published: April 13, 2012Date Updated: January 28, 2019
Portable chicken house
Portable chicken house I used half of a wagon that my father bought from Sears in the late 1950s to build a chicken house. The side boards are off of a loading chute, the door was made out of boards from old gates, and the roof was tin left over from when I sided my shed.
-- R.C., IllinoisDate Published: April 13, 2012Date Updated: January 28, 2019
Easter egg trick
We put one plastic Easter egg in each of our chickens' nesting boxes. It encourages the hens to use all the boxes, and when the snakes come to eat the eggs, they get a surprise.
-- R.I., MissouriDate Published: April 13, 2012Date Updated: January 28, 2019
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