DIY chicken water and feeder from 5-gallon buckets Only $1 EACH!! The ones at the feed store this size are 50-60 dollars!

DIY Chicken Waterer and Feeder From 5-Gallon Buckets

Chicken water and feeder buckets DIY. For the water bucket used the holes in the top method. For the feeder, I bolted a large pot plant saucer to the bottom of the bucket so I could suspend it from the coop roof to keep rats and mice out of the feed.

DIY chicken water and feeder from 5-gallon buckets Only $1 EACH!! The ones at the feed store this size are 50-60 dollars!

DIY Chicken Waterer and Feeder From 5-Gallon Buckets

Chicken water and feeder buckets DIY. For the water bucket used the holes in the top method. For the feeder, I bolted a large pot plant saucer to the bottom of the bucket so I could suspend it from the coop roof to keep rats and mice out of the feed.

Give chicks a new "mother" to snuggle and cut down on stress by putting a feather duster in their enclosure.

A clever idea for those who are thinking about getting some starter chicks for fresh eggs this year, consider hanging a feather duster in the brood box. It gives them a place to snuggle and greatly reduces stress as they have a new "momma"

Raising Backyard Chickens: Clipping the Feathers

Raising Chickens at Home

Clipping wings is easy to do and painless for the birds. The biggest factor is your confidence to carry out the snip. When you become a backyard chicken farmer, you go beyond simply being a pet owner; you become a livestock manager.

Waterfowl - This is the female wood duck. Her back looks like stained glass. - photo by Chris Cochems

Waterfowl - This is the female wood duck. Her back looks like stained glass. - photo by Chris Cochems real, hybrid, or photoshop?

THE CHUNNEL!  Suburban or urban homesteading and farm.  Our chickens in their DIY chicken run tunnel.  We live in a residential area, so to keep the chickens protected from hawks, dogs and other predators (and to keep them out of our neighbor's yard) we hook up their portable play-pen to the run and let them range.  Easily crafted from 2" welded wire fencing, cut to 54" length and sod staples to anchored to the ground, and dollar store zip ties to hold the sections together.

THE CHUNNEL! keep the chickens protected from hawks, dogs and other predators Easily crafted from welded wire fencing, cut to length and sod staples to anchored to the ground, and dollar store zip ties to hold the sections together.

A chicken's feathers should be shiny & lay flat against the body. They should not be broken, ruffled, bloody, frayed or tattered, which could indicate behavioral problems in the flock, stress, parasites, a nutrition deficit or rodent problems. Know what molting looks like and the age and season to expect it as well as what pin feathers look like. Frizzle feathered breeds are an exception to the flat feather rule.

Chicken Checkup: DIY Physical Exam

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