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keep mice and rats out of your chicken barn

How to keep mice and rats out of your chicken barn

Mice and rats pretty much go hand in hand with farming, unfortunately! instead of being horrified, just know you can keep mice and rats out of your chicken barn. I’ll show you how to do this below, by improving the security and cleanliness of your barnyard, as well as by regularly setting traps.

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Fluffy baby chicks from Cackle Hatchery

If you’re a poultry fancier, one of the best parts of spring is finally getting your long-awaited box of baby poultry. Baby chicks are pretty much the cutest thing on the planet, and our chicks for 2017 are no exception.

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Breed Profile: Cochin Bantams (or Pekins)

Cochin Bantams are one of the most recognizable breeds of chicken. They are incredibly distinctive with their ball-shaped bodies, massively feathered legs, and plumed, round tails. They have short single combs and expressive little faces.

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Should you keep your hens confined or free range?

The decision to keep chickens confined or allow them to roam free can be a difficult one. For some people, the choice is obvious–many cities do not allow chickens unless they are kept within small coops or chicken tractors. But for those who are allowed to let their chickens roam, they are often left wondering if they should.

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Breed Profile: Light Brahma

Light Brahma are my favorite breed of chicken. They are gentle giants, lay large eggs, and are gorgeous to look at. If you want a large breed of chicken that will look stunning in your barnyard, you can’t go wrong with Light Brahmas.

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10 Tips for Planning Orders of Baby Chicks

Stuck planning your next order of baby chicks? Don’t despair! The bleak, cold months of winter can be the perfect time to plan out your baby chick orders for the coming spring. It can be easy to get overwhelmed with the number of varieties of baby chicks available.

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Using sand in the brooder is worth it!

Brooders can become incredibly smelly in just a day or two under the wrong conditions. Using a thin layer of sand in the base of your brooder can eliminate odors and provide an easy way to clean up–like scooping out a cat’s litter box. This keeps your chickens healthier and is a breeze to maintain.

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The benefits of bantam chickens

Many people first venturing into the world of backyard chickens have some form of space constraint. Either they can only own a few chickens in their city, or they have limited space to keep them in. Bantam chickens provide a wonderful alternative to their full size counterparts. They are tiny, lively, and come in any possible color.

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How to successfully keep different species of poultry together

Many poultry enthusiasts like to joke that chickens are a gateway animal–meaning it’s usually pretty tough for people with a couple chickens to not also …

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