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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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5 Reasons Chickens Make Great Pets

While it may not be practical to keep cows, goats, and other large animals in your backyard, adding a chicken coop can be a simple way to introduce your family to urban farming. Your backyard chickens will have no surprise antibiotics or questionable contaminants from processing plants. Best of all, you’ll find that chickens can be entertaining companions. Here are a few reasons you should consider starting a chicken coop today: Chickens are social creatures and often enjoy human interaction. They don’t mind being picked up and held and often are able to be trained to come when called. Just like dogs and cats, chickens have individual personalities, each with their own likes and dislikes. As you get to know...

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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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Protect Your Coop from Raccoons!

Keeping chickens, especially in an urban environment, is a great way to bring a touch of the country into your home. While many residential areas won’t have to worry about predation from coyotes, snakes, and foxes, urban farms face their own set of challenges. Raccoons, in particular, pose a significant risk to your urban farm. While they look like cute, cuddly animals, they are, in fact, dangerous predators, skilled at infiltrating chicken coops. Why They’re Dangerous Raccoons are often attracted to garbage cans, cat food, and other food items left outside. Once they find something of interest, they’re likely to go exploring. When you have chickens in your backyard, they’re a tempting target for the inquisitive raccoon. While coyotes and...

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