Backyard Chicken Coops

by Keeping Chickens on October 6, 2010

So if you are planning on keeping chickens then you will need to decide on whether to buy a chicken coop or build a chicken coop. For pictures and chicken coop designs, search online and also have a look at this Building a Chicken Coop manual. If however you prefer to save time and would like to buy a pre-fabricated chicken coop instead then I recommend having a look at ChickenCoopDirect.com.au which is an Australian chicken coop online store based in Sydney. Their prices a very affordable with some models costing less than the cost of materials if you were to build it yourself.
Their most popular chicken coop model is the Aston Chicken Coop which is a medium sized chicken tractor with rear wheels suitable to keeping 2-4 chickens. The model had some great features including a slide out cleaning tray which allows you to tip out the chicken waste into your compost bin making cleaning much easier. It also has rear wheels and front carry handle which allows you to rotate the coop around your garden to protect your grass and as well as distributing the wonderful chicken fertiliser.
According to the website, The Aston Chicken Coop comes flat packed which will make it easy for you to transport it if you are thinking of picking it up from their location in Cabramatta, Sydney NSW. This should make good fun for all of the family in putting it together and then collecting the daily fresh eggs! Their website has other models as well so if you are looking to buy a chicken coop then check them out at ChickenCoopDirect.com.au.

So if you are planning on keeping chickens then you will need to decide on whether to buy a chicken coop or build a chicken coop. For pictures and chicken coop designs, search online and also have a look at this Building a Chicken Coop manual on the right hand side of this page. If however you prefer to save time and would like to buy a pre-fabricated chicken coop instead then I recommend having a look at www.ChickenCoopDirect.com.au which is an Australian chicken coop online store based in Sydney. Their prices a very affordable with some models costing less than the cost of materials if you were to build it yourself.

Their most popular chicken coop model is the Aston Chicken Coop which is a medium sized chicken tractor with rear wheels suitable to keeping 2-4 chickens.

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The model has some great features including a slide out cleaning tray which allows you to tip out the chicken waste into your compost bin making cleaning much easier. It also has rear wheels and front carry handle which allows you to rotate the coop around your garden to protect your grass and as well as distributing the wonderful chicken fertiliser.

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According to the website, The Aston Chicken Coop comes flat packed which will make it easy for you to transport it if you are thinking of picking it up from their location in Cabramatta, Sydney NSW. This should make good fun for all of the family in putting it together and then collecting the daily fresh eggs! Their website has other models as well so if you are looking to buy a chicken coop then check them out at ChickenCoopDirect.com.au.

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What To Feed Chickens For Higher Egg Yield

by Keeping Chickens on June 7, 2010

chicken_feed_bucketWhen keeping chickens, one will eventually have to think about what to feed a chicken for maximal egg production. Feeding chickens for the purpose of making them produce more eggs requires a little research on the part of the chicken farmer.  He must know what chicken feed to give them from the time they are still small until they start to lay eggs.

When feeding the chickens, give them ample amount of protein since this is the primary nutrient they need to produce more eggs.  An all-mash diet is very rich in protein.  It is made from finely crushed grains.

Providing them with grit which help digest other food taken by the chickens is important in feeding chickens.  If you feed them scratch feed, mix it with mash.  Fat hens cannot yield more eggs so do not give them whole grain all the time as this is fattening.

Feeding chickens with food rich in calcium is also necessary as calcium will make the egg shells harder.  Oyster shells and crushed bones are calcium rich food and mash is also a good source of calcium.

You can also feed chickens with vegetable skins and leaves or other leftover food if you want to save on your expenses.

Lastly, provide them with enough supply of fresh water as this will also hasten a higher egg yield.  To defend them against diseases, only give them clean water.  Feeding chickens with the right amount of nutrients and water will ensure you of a higher egg yield.

For chicken coop building plans and other chicken coop designs, check out the Building a Chicken Coop Manual.

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