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Keeping backyard chickens cool and healthy in the heat!

Hello again, friends! Summer is here and temperatures are rising! I’d like to share with you some of the adjustments we’ve made to our backyard chicken care routine this summer to help them beat the heat!

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City chicken guide – chicken coop ideas and advice from an expert on backyard chickens.

In 2018, my husband Louie and I decided we wanted to try our hand at raising chickens in the city. I grew up outside of Kansas City on spacious land, where we had room for a barn and pasture that our horses and chickens could live and roam. I have lived in the St. Louis now for 8 years, and I wanted to bring that idea of the barnyard to my backyard in the city. Now, one year later, I have a chicken coop in my backyard with two full-sized laying hens, two pullets, and plenty of fresh eggs. Are you thinking of getting backyard chickens? Are you wondering where to start? I’ve been there! And now I’m here to share some tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way when it comes to building a chicken coop and raising city chickens.

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Winter Chicken Coop Preparation

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The Values of Older Chickens

When chickens become older hard choices will need to be made as to their futures. Chickens begin to slow down egg production between 2-3 years of age. For some it’s an easy choice to cull older less productive birds. Either prepping them for the stew pot or turning them into homemade stalk. Others, elect to re-home them to other chicken enthusiasts. While both are valid options, my desired choice is to allow older chickens to simply retire here, on our farm and choose their new part-time jobs. 

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Molting


Molting is the annual process chickens go through to replace their dirty, broken feathers with new, shiny, healthy ones, before Winter sets in. However, chickens molt not for aesthetic reasons but to keep warm through the cold months. Healthy new feathers trap warm air against their bodies, better than old feathers do. A chicken will fluff their feathers up, especially at night, to help keep warm in Winter.

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Egg Laying and Optimizing Production in Backyard Chickens

One of the many reasons chicken keepers like you and I begin to keep chickens in our backyards is for the eggs. Fresh eggs cannot be beat. Not only do they taste better, but they are much more nutritious and fresher than their grocery store counterparts.

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