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DIY poultry ideas from our readers

Our readers have some great ideas for raising chickens! These tips were featured in our magazine's "All Around the Homestead" section.
  • 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. <BR>
    -- J.H., Michigan

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • 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. <BR>
    -- P.S., Ohio

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • 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.<BR>
    -- R.C., Illinois

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • 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.<BR>
    -- R.I., Missouri

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Parasite treatment

    Let chickens treat themselves for external parasites. Provide a wooden box filled with clean sand so the birds can dust themselves. Add an appropriate amount of Sevin Dust and mix well.<BR>
    -- J.B., Oklahoma

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012

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