Chicken Scratch Fever

Category: Gadgets


Snow birds

We had our first snowstorm of the year, bringing with it about 4 inches of snow, and temperatures that dipped into single digits overnight. One morning I walked out to find my prized heated water fountain had frozen over. In…

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Hooked up for power

After a couple grueling weeks digging a trench, and having friends come over to do the handiwork, the¬†electrical line running to the chicken coop has passed inspection! The Ferndale city inspector came out bright and early at the beginning of…

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In the trenches

With the last bit of summer running past us, I decided to embark on a large pre-winter project: running an electrical line out to the chicken coop. Why do chickens need electricity, you ask? Mostly so I can plug in…

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A dirty little secret (resolved)

It’s a backyard chicken keeper’s worst nightmare. That barnyard smell. For the first month, it was totally fine. Then one hot, muggy day, after a heavy downpour, it arrived. I had to be standing literally at or in the coop,…

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A day on the homestead

Today was a busy day on our urban homestead. While Matt was away running an errand, I got to thinking about poop. Specifically a better way to clean it up. First I want to report that my Stand-n-Scoop arrived in…

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Poop scoop boogie

Tonight, on their third night in the coop, two of the three chicks walked up the ramp and into the hen house all on their own! Once the birds saw Matt and I walking toward them, Gigi immediately flew up…

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It’s how cold in the coop?

As the wind blew outside, I looked out the window and shivered. “It’s gotta be cold out there,” I said. “Even for chickens.” Matt asked the temperature. “How cold is it in the coop?” I pulled out my iPhone, and…

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