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A city bicycle tour found many urban dwellers who love their chickens and their eggs.
You may look at the curved design of this chicken ark and ask, “Why should I spend two or three hours behind a jigsaw when I could build some-thing simpler and squarer?” There are three good...
Since the ark is mobile (it’s a four-person job), you can move your poultry to fresh pastures as needed. Your yard or pasture, in turn, will reap the benefits of the natural fertilizer left...
An architecture class at Iowa State University was inspired by chickens
Architecture students at Iowa State University have been building full-size houses – for chickens. Cameron Campbell is an associate professor of architecture. He has backyard chickens, and...
Feathers are insulating, but chickens know when winter comes around. Keep them cozy and healthy with these five tips
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Last month my daughter, Caroline, gave me a tour of the Iowa State University Design College where she is a student. One wing houses the architecture department. There, teams of students were...
Have peace of mind while keeping the varmints out
How many times have you woken up in the middle of the night wondering if you shut the door to the chicken coop? Many poultry owners are installing doors that automatically open in the morning and...
Useful and money-saving tips from our audience
Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below Finding the most efficient way to care for chickens often comes from ideas from other poultry owners. These tips from our audience might come in...
Consider it free nutrients for the garden.
Chicken owners often use wood shavings, straw, or sawdust as bedding in the coop to keep the birds dry. When cleaning out chicken coops, an option is to toss the litter onto the compost pile....
The perks of raising poultry go beyond meat and eggs. If you build a chicken tractor, you'll have mobile pest controllers and fertilizers.
Radio interview source: Rich McGinnis, Co-Owner, DIY Chicken Coops Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below   We had a coop to put our chickens in at night, but let...
Raising chickens requires a coop and creativity. Here are a few of your favorite chick inns.