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Keep Your Flock Laying With These Tips

The most common reason that people establish chicken coops, whether in a backyard, or out on a farm, is to get a regular supply of eggs. When the hens stop laying, the investment often feels like a waste of time and resources. While we believe that chickens are great companions and pets, and add more to your life than just a steady supply of eggs, we understand the frustration that comes when your hens stop laying. Here are a few ways you can help your hens keep laying throughout the year. Manage Their Diets The key to healthy egg production is often found in your chickens’ diets. Good chicken feed will contain the right amounts of protein, vitamins, fiber, and...

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5 Myths About Keeping Chickens

It seems like there are a never-ending supply of myths about keeping backyard chickens. If you’re thinking about setting up a chicken coop, you’ve probably already heard a good number of them. Today, we’ll take a look at 5 of the common myths about chicken keeping, so you’ll know how to respond the next time someone questions your chicken coop. Myth #1: Chickens are Dirty All animals are at least somewhat dirty. After all, they spend the majority of their time outside. However, chickens are no dirtier than your dog after he rolls in your yard. However, chickens can become dirty and smelly over time, especially after periods of neglect. Like any living creature, your chickens will thrive best when...

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7 Tips to Keep Your Chickens Safe

Keeping your chickens safe is one of our top priorities at Coop Tender. That’s why we put so much effort into designing an automatic chicken coop door, built to keep your chickens in and the predators out. If you’re like us, you let your chickens roam the yard during the day. While this does wonders for their morale, it places them at risk to predators. Here are a few tips to keep your chickens safe outside the coop. Know the Local Predators Predators vary based on your location and proximity to urban areas, but hawks, owls, and raccoons are common just about everywhere. Knowing what predators are most prevalent in your area will give you an idea of the signs...

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Predator Detection at its Finest

When night falls and your chickens seek shelter in their coop, predators often come snooping around. We want your chickens to be safe in their coop. This is why we’ve developed our Coop Tender Predator Motion Sensor. This accessory works with any of our automatic doors equipped with our Wi-Fi Module. How does the sensor work? How Does it Work? Our Predator Motion Detection Module uses an infrared light detector to view objects in the darkest conditions. Anything that gives off body heat will be visible to the motion detector. Should a predator come close to your coop, the motion detector will pick up the movement and send a notification to your smartphone. You can turn off the notifications if...

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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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