Category Archives: Chickens

Raising chickens on a Texas Homestead

Cheaper Ways To Raise Chickens! (Making Do With What You Have)

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

It’s fun to raise your own backyard hens. And those fresh eggs can’t be beat! But if you’re not careful, raising those chickens can cost you a lot. I’m sharing ways to shave the cost of raising your own chickens by using things you probably already have.

How to save money when raising Laying Hens Chickens. #TexasHomesteader

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Keeping Chickens Safe From Predators While We’re Away

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

I need a way to keep our hens safe during those times when we’re not home before dark to lock them safely inside their coop.

An automatic chicken coop door automatically opens & closes at times I’ve programmed it to operate. Want to see the pros & cons of this automatic chicken coop door? Read on, dear friends.

Automatic chicken coop door from Run-Chicken helps keep hens safe from predators. #TexasHomesteader

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Homestead Hack: MYO Low-Waste Chicken Feeder

by Texas Homesteader ~

Did you know you could make a chicken feeder from a repurposed coffee can? Yep, it’s true.

You know what I say: “Use Whatcha Got!”. Check out this Homestead Hack & see how we easily (and with NO out of pocket) repaired our chicken feeder for many more years of service.

Check out this Homestead Hack & see how we used an empty, repurposed coffee canister to make a low-waste chicken feeder for cheap! #TexasHomesteader

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Keeping Our Hens Mite Free On The Cheap

by Texas Homesteader ~

RancherMan & I really enjoy raising hens each year.  We don’t really have a market for the eggs since I no longer work in an office. Most folks around here are raising their own chickens for their own eggs. And a friend of mine is selling eggs the local Farmer’s Market so I don’t want to move in on her business. 

So every year we just buy 3-4 hens. It’s enough to provide us with the eggs we want. And we allow them to free range part of the day so they get much extra protein (and some excitement) from running around the house eating grasshoppers and such. 

The garden pests are eliminated by them while providing us with even healthier eggs. That’s really a win/win, no?

We typically sell these girls in the late fall. They’re still prime-age egg layers but we don’t want to have to overwinter them and their value is much higher as productive egg-layers than meat in the freezer. 

Then in the spring we’ll buy new pullets and start again. So I’m far from a chicken expert, but I thought I’d share what we do to keep our girls happy & mite free.

We use wood ash to reduce or eliminate mites on our chickens. We get happy hens using something that was previously just wasted. #TexasHomesteader

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Chicken Pen In The Garden Is Best Of Both Worlds!

by Texas Homesteader ~

Last year RancherMan & I decided that housing our free-range hens in the coop of our 1880’s barn just wasn’t protecting them.  Oh they were safe in the coop overnight, but when we let them out to free range each morning, predators were taking the entire flock time & time again.  We needed a modified free-range setup.

So we decided we’d amend our garden to include the chickens.  But our fenced garden offered some layout challenges.

I recently wrote a piece for Mother Earth News, come see how we were able to successfully incorporate the chickens into our garden area.  We have been able to protect the chickens from predators as well as the garden from the chickens.

Combining chicken pen w/veggie garden in a modified free-range setup protects chickens from predators & the garden from the chickens #TexasHomesteader

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