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Putting your cart before the horse

  Do you ever feel like you’ve put the cart before the horse? Boy, I do! Funny story – I have 11 awkward, teenage chickens. STILL in the brooder playpen. STILL in the house! Let me explain…. I have an old coop, but…  I don’t like it.  It was not kept up by the previous homeowners AT ALL. I have scrubbed and I have worked many hours to try to salvage this structure to no avail. How bad could it possibly be you might be asking. Well, it has bullet holes in the walls from, and I’m assuming here, an attempt at butchering. Yeah, it’s THAT bad. So, I went ahead and got this years chicks BEFORE we even started to convert an old shed into the new coop. Cart – meet – horse Work has slowly begun, we’ve gotten...

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Circle of Life - Failure to Thrive

In every backyard chicken keepers life there will eventually be the overwhelming sadness of losing a bird. It's a part of life and its an unavoidable part of raising livestock of any kind.  We know this going in, but it still doesn't make it any easier. I unfortunately had to do just that this week.  I had been noticing for the last week or so that one of my barnevelard chicks wasn't growing.  She had been eating or drinking well and playing with the rest but something just wasn't right.  We called her Reba because of her very red head, but little Reba wasn't growing at all. On Tuesday I noticed that she was more by herself than normal and by Wednesday...

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Tips for Chicken Coop Designs

Tips for Chicken Coop Designs  Raising chickens is a fun hobby and can lead to a nice, small income for those willing to put the effort into it. Like people, chickens have to have lodging and that lodging can come in all forms. You can buy chicken coop designs for as few or as many chickens as you plan to keep.  Before you choose one design over another there a few points to consider that will affect your decision. Since a chicken coop can come in a range of sizes and weights, you need to figure out if there’s room enough to support the coop. If you rent a home or apartment, you’ll need to purchase or make a coop...

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We're In This Together - Together We Will Succeed!

In these confusing and unsettling times, It’s so important to continue learning and to be prepared.  My mother once called me a “professional student” because I just always wanted to take a class in this or learn about that… Always learning, always growing.  Hi, my name is Patty and I am working with the rest of the team here at Coop Care to bring you as much information to help you with your backyard flock as possible!  Like a lot of you, I’m a novice with backyard chickens.  Not an expert by any means, but have had a few experiences that have taught me the importance of finding answers and digging until I find a better way to do something. ...

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5 Favorite Herbs That Are Easy To Grow and Beneficial To Your Flock

Herbs can be used for culinary and health benefits for both humans and your backyard flock.  Most herbs are extremely easy to grow, aren't finicky about sun, soil or moisture and many are perennial and come back year after year bigger and better than the year before! Herbs can be hung in the coop for them to pick at or used fresh or dried and used  in their dirt bath area and nesting boxes.  If you hang a bunch in the coop they can be left indefinitely but if adding them to their nesting boxes they will need to be replaced when you clean out the coop so that they don't get moldy. This is a list of my favorite...

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