Ventilation is important year-round. In the summer months, it helps keep your birds cool and their coop air ammonia-free. In the winter months, it helps prevent frostbite. Did you know ammonia is lighter than air? Providing proper ventilation up high in your coop allows ammonia to escape easily.
You may be wondering how to take care of your chickens in the winter and if it is going to get too cold for them to keep warm, especially at night. Chickens can handle reasonably cold temperatures and will be able to handle more than you may think! Here are a few Dos and Don’ts for winter.
Most people think spring when they think about brooding chicks, but it is possible to brood chicks in the winter months, even if you live where winters are cold. Brooding chicks in December or January means you will have ready-to-lay pullets by April or May. There are a few special considerations you should plan for when brooding your winter chicks, but it can be done.
Meyer Hatchery Coop Tour of Branchline Farms located in Wellington, OH. Unique in their larger capacity set-up, housing 400 chickens, you can find Branchline Farms in two Cleveland Area restaurants and at the Dayton, OH market!
For those of us who live in areas that experience cold or harsh winters, keeping fresh water available for your flock can be challenging at times. It never fails, when you think you have the best solution for your freezing waterer issue, Mother Nature throws a curveball with something like a polar vortex.
Join Amanda from Meyer Hatchery as Julie provides a coop tour! Julie is located in Wadsworth, Ohio with a shed converted into the Chick Hilton “Chilton” of coops.
Festive Fall Treats for Your ChickensWhen you think of fall you think caramel apples, pumpkin bread, spiced apple cider, and everything pumpkin spice. Include your flock in these fun fall treats with our fall-inspired boredom busters. Enjoy making these 3 treats we...
Coop clean out is an important part of chicken husbandry, and doing it safely is important for your health as well. Read more for best practices.
Red River Roost Coop TourJoin Amanda from Meyer Hatchery as Kelly from Red River Roost provides a coop tour! Red River Roost is located in Elyria, Ohio with a great example of what an urban coop set-up can look like for those living near town.Red River Roost may have...
Looking for an alternative way to make nesting boxes? Have you ever considered 5-gallon buckets? If so, this blog is for you.
In this Coop Tour, Amanda and Marie from the Meyer Hatchery CSR Remote Team, shows us Marie’s Extreme Edition Farmstead Brooding inside a high tunnel.
Diatomaceous Earth has long been known for its pest-repelling qualities. Even though it is a very fine powder and soft to our touch, on a microscopic level it is very abrasive and actually cuts the exoskeletons of insects. The damage to their protective exoskeleton is enough to dry out and kill the insect.
Gardening and chickens go together as well as peanut butter and jelly! Chances are if you’re into raising chickens, you probably also have a green thumb, or maybe you at least want to have a green thumb but maybe haven’t had much luck gardening in the past. Chickens can help!
When building a chicken coop, the hardest and most expensive part is usually building the structure itself. The size of the coop, location, materials available, and your budget all need to be taken into consideration when building a new coop. When converting a horse stall into a chicken coop, this hard part is mostly all already done!
In this coop tour, Amanda and Sarah from the Customer Service Remote Team are at Sarah’s farm to show you their new heritage turkey poults and give you a tour of Sarah’s coops.
Marie raises her Cornish cross meat birds in this chicken tractor set up. She raises 8 batches a year of 25 birds at a time, and this year she is trying all females instead of a straight run mix. So far she has noticed that the females tend to be less pushy at feeding time than the males.
In this coop tour, Jess from the Remote Customer Service Team shows us her summer coop set up, how she deals with the challenges of their location, and how she protects her chickens and ducks from predators.
The days are getting shorter, football season has arrived and before long winter will be upon us. Is your chicken coop ready? Here’s a list of things I do to prepare my laying flock and their housing for the cold months ahead.