Kathy Sproules

Kathy Sproules
Hello! My name is Kathy. I am a retired physician that now lives a much less stressful life on our 15 acre homestead just outside of Kansas City, Missouri. My husband and I share our life with horses, dogs, cats, chickens and bees. We have a large garden that provides lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. We get honey from our bees and our chickens provide us not only eggs, but hours upon hours of entertainment as well. It all makes for a very peaceful life.

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Chicken coop ideas and expert advice on raising chickens | Manna Pro

So you want to have a flock of chickens in your back yard.  They will need a place to live.  That opens up an entire world of options.  Do you build a custom coop or do you buy a premade?  What size do you need? What about nesting boxes, ventilation, insulation, location?  Yes, there are a lot of possibilities.

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Raising chicks and introducing them to your flock

We recently bought six chicks from our local feed store.  They were so cute!  We also have seven older birds from our first flock. (Yes, they are also cute!) The new chicks were initially kept in a brooder in our basement which was basically a heat lamp attached to a large storage bin with flaked bedding on the bottom. They were so small that even with a feeder and waterer in there they had plenty of room. Boy did that change fast!

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Raising Baby Chicks Bought from the Chicken Feed Store

The grass has finally turned green here in the Midwest. You can almost put those coveralls away until next winter.  We really can’t be sure about that until mid May around here! Another sure sign of spring is walking into your local Tractor Supply Company and hearing that faint chirping of those adorable baby chicks. I know you have been tempted to take a few of those sweet chicks home. So when it comes to raising baby chicks, what do you need and how does this all work?

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Winter Chicken Coop Preparation

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