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Which Treats are Okay for Your Flock?

Keeping chickens is a great way to reduce food waste in your home. Many table scraps can be taken out to your coop and given as treats to your flock. As with all animals, there are some foods that are fit for human consumption that may be dangerous to your chickens’ health. Today, we’ll take a look at some of the goods that are great for your flock and which ones you should simply take to the compost bin. The Good: Fruit: bananas, apples, berries, and watermelon are fantastic treats to give to your chickens. The vitamins and nutrients in these fruits supplement your chicken’s feed. Cabbage: In addition to being a nutritious snack, many chickens enjoy playing with cabbages....

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Don't Let the Summer Heat Hurt Your Chickens!

Summer is here with a vengeance, and many parts of the country are experiencing record high temperatures and intense dry spells. While you may be able to retreat into an air conditioned home to cool down after doing yard work, your chickens are not as lucky. Keeping them cool is incredibly important during the summer months. Today, we’ll take a look at a few ways you can transform your yard into a chicken coop paradise. Ice Water Just like people, chickens need to stay hydrated, especially during hot days. Adding ice to their water bowls is an excellent and easy way to help them stay cool. Also, consider adding several small dishes of water around the yard. This will ensure...

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Tips for First-Time Chicken Owners

Raising chickens is a rewarding and fulfilling activity. As a first-time chicken owner, you will likely make a few mistakes along the way. We’ve put together a few tips to help you transition from first-time chicken owner to successful chicken coop manager. Elevate Your Coop We’ve seen it many times: the first time coop builder puts the henhouse directly on the ground, creating a simple frame without any flooring. Yes, leaving your coop on the ground will allow your chickens to peck at the dirt and find the occasional earthworm, but we strongly recommend raising your henhouse off the ground. Foxes, coyotes, possums, and even weasels can dig under the frame of a hen house and steal your chickens without...

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We Support Humane Farming Methods

We love chickens here at Coop Tender, which is why we stand by our product and offer an easy solution to keeping free-range chickens without the constant work of letting them in and out of the chicken coop. For each one of our automatic coop doors that we sell, we donate one percent of the profits to Certified Humane®, an organization dedicated to the welfare of farm animals across the world. We believe that every animal should be able to live a happy, healthy life and our feathered friends are no different. Here’s a bit of background on Certified Humane. What They Do Certified Humane works to educate farmers and consumers about ethical and humane farming practices. This involves advising...

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The Difference Between Free-Range, Organic, and Cage-Free Chickens

If you’ve purchased eggs recently, you’ve likely noticed an increase in options available at the supermarket. The differences between organic, free-range, and cage-free chickens can be difficult to understand with the limited amount of information available on the egg cartons. Today, we’ll examine those terms to help you better understand the ways chickens are raised before their eggs make it to the market. Organic Organic eggs come from chickens who were fed only an organic diet, free of genetically modified food and antibiotics. Many conventional chickens are given antibiotics as part of their diet to prevent infections and diseases. With organic chickens, antibiotics may only be administered if the animal has an infection. Further, added hormones to increase egg production...

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