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