Best of the Net: Poultry Raising Hacks

best DIY chicken and duck raising advice

Edgar Hunt, artist

It’s impossible to keep up with all the online advice about raising poultry. It’s harder yet to filter questionable ideas from solidly good ideas. I sifted through over 100 sites to come up with the most useful hacks for a recent article and found dozens of fantastic ideas. Here are a few of the best.

Feeding frugally

The Garden Coop: build grazing frames to give chickens access to fresh grasses.

Attainable Sustainable: keep a vermicomposter to add protein, let chickens scratch in compost, and other ideas

The 104 Homestead: make a solar trap to collect insects

The Ozark House: sprout seeds to grow nutritious fodder, clever way to maximize grain

Bit of Earth Farm: invite friends and neighbors to save garden waste (like giant zucchini) and seasonal decorations (like Jack o’Lanterns) for your flock


Making stationary coops and chicken tractors  

The City Chicken: all sorts of coops fashioned from things like a broken tent gazebo, dog kennel, and construction scraps.

Backyard Chickens: coop from an unused shed

Fresh Eggs Daily: converting a dog house to a coop

Instructibles: duck house made from a cable spool


DIY chicken chunnels 

Suburban Homesteading: chicken chunnel ideas

Homestead Lifestyle: chicken chunnel tutorial

Chicken Tunnel Man: permaculture use of chicken chunnel


Making temporary pens  

Attainable Sustainable: create a pen from an old table using cable ties

Backyard Chickens: turn a trampoline frame into a pen

Make a waterer

Natural Chicken Keeping: make a waterer from a glass canning jar and glass dish

BackYard Chicken: use watering nipples for a mess-free waterer that fills outside the fence.

Farm Folly: build a large automatic waterer that doesn’t have to be refilled often

Eric Seider: set up a reservoir with a float valve to keep the water clean

Frankie Makes: modify a five gallon waterer for ducks

Make a feeder

Backyard Chicken Lady: make a feeder out of PVC pipe

Bless This Mess: use five gallon pails for both feeder and waterer

Backyard Chickens: build a feeder out of plywood

cheap hacks for raising chickens and ducks

All this research ended up in a longer article you can find by clicking HERE

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Raising Chickens and Ducks With Ingenuity and DIY Hacks

About Laura Grace Weldon

Laura Grace Weldon is the author of four books and served as 2019 Ohio Poet of the Year. She's the editor of Braided Way: Faces & Voices of Spiritual Practice. She works as a book editor, teaches writing workshops, and maxes out her library card each week.
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5 Responses to Best of the Net: Poultry Raising Hacks

  1. suevanhattum says:

    I think your first link is broken.

  2. suevanhattum says:

    I might do the grazing frames. My chickens have a big run, but they’ve eaten it down to nothing. I can put a frame out and get something growing under it. Now I need to figure out what’s best to grow…

  3. Wow, thanks for putting this all together! Love that infographic, too!

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