Chickens and Compost Blog


Summer Heat Management for Chickens

Often at this time of year that a very old Noel Coward song runs through my mind: “Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun“.  I’m amused on several levels – after living in South Texas for 20  years I’ve learned NOT to go out in the midday sun in

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Securing the Chicken Enclosure

Stuart and I spent the 4th July shoveling concrete – over 1,000 pounds of it! The previous weekend, Thomas (my oldest son) helped Stuart take down the old chicken coop – the one sliding downhill! As usually happens when you do any sort of upgrades or repairs, you find something

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Spring is Sprung

Spring is sprung, the grass is rizI wonder where the birdies is..The bird is on the wing – that’s absurd –The wing is clearly on the bird! My grass is certainly riz! But it’s still full of wildflowers so the lawn mower stays firmly in the shed unless I really

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My New Chicken Coop – Part 2

We finally got the new chicken coop finished on Sunday evening. It’s taken a while to complete because of weather and best friends visiting from Scotland. Before I go any further… I have to give a huge shout out to Rachel who spent quite a bit of her Spring Break

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My New Chicken Coop – Part 1

Why a new coop? If you remember from a past blog, all that rain we had in September 2018 caused our old coop to slide a little away from the enclosure. It was also about 10 years old… Stuart figured that we would not be able to push it back

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Caring for Chickens in Cold Weather

For those of you that live in South Texas, you’ll know that January/February tend to be the coldest months of the year. So what do you really need to do to protect your flock from severe cold? Caring for Chickens in Cold Weather We don’t have the severe winters of

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