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Predator Proofing Your Chicken Coop

by Kathy Shea Mormino Read the full article here Protecting a flock against predators is one of the biggest challenges a backyard chicken keeper faces. The best offense is a good defense and knowing the basics of coop security is essential to keeping chickens safe from harm. The following are my best recommendations for predator-proofing chickens based on my experiences. Chicken wire will not keep chickens safe from predators, this hawk reached right in through the wire and grabbed a chick. Don't allow Chickens to Roost Outside  Chickens are most vulnerable when they are asleep and many chicken predators are active at night, making the inside of a locked coop the safest place for them. Teaching chickens to return to...

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Treats are great, but be careful with what you feed!

By Kathy Shea Mormimo Read the full article here If you’re reading this, chances are you have chickens that you consider pets and everyone enjoys spoiling their pets with treats, right? We get a kick out of seeing them run to greet us at the sight of the treat container or the sound of the back door opening. It makes us feel good to see them happy and we are entertained by their antics when they compete for coveted snacks. But the wrong treats and treats in excess can be harmful to their health, stunt growth, shorten their lifespan and interfere with egg production. So, we should be aware of  what can they eat, what should they not eat and how...

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