Mar 11, 2016

The Basics Of Raising Backyard Chickens

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A few backyard chickens can bring fresh eggs – and a lot of joy to your household!

As Spring approaches – many begin to think of raising their own little flock of backyard chickens. Chickens have become popular in the last decade – and with good reason!

Not only can they provide great tasting eggs – they also help to control insects and provide incredible fertilizer for gardens and landscapes.

Raising your own little flock of chickens comes down to the ability to provide the basic necessities of life – food, water, shelter – and a little space to keep them happy.

The Baby Chick Process:

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Day old chicks already posing for the camera

Baby chicks will come to you as little 1 to 2 day-old balls of fur – and for the first 8 weeks of their life – they will need to be kept in a brooder until they are ready to join the “real world”.

You can easily make your own brooder from a galvanized stock tank or a few 2 x 4’s and chicken wire. You can also purchase ready-made brooders at most local farm and feed stores.

Brooders can be lined with pine shavings to serve as a bedding for the chicks. Sawdust and straw are not good choices for baby chicks – as they can get stuck to their backsides and create all kinds of health issues.

You will also need a heat lamp attached to the brooder to keep the temperature around 90 to 95 degrees during the baby chick’s first 5 to 7 days. With no feathers and just a little fuzz to protect them at birth, it’s important to provide them the warmth their little bodies need to survive. As they continue to grow – you can reduce the temperature by about 5 degrees each week until they feather out and can provide their own body heat..

At about 8 weeks, they will be ready to move to their permanent home.

The Weaver Barns Kwik Kit Chicken Coop Option

The Weaver Barns Kwik Kit Chicken Coop Option

When it comes to their permanent home – chickens need secure and safe housing – and a little area to roam about and enjoy the great outdoors. Chickens do have natural predators such as racoon, coyote and foxes – so you will need to have a secure coop for their protection.

As for size – most chicken “experts” will tell you to use 3 to 4 square feet of floor space per chicken in the coop – and about 10 square feet per chicken in the run. It doesn’t take a lot of space to enjoy fresh eggs and the companionship of a few backyard chickens!

Depending on the variety you choose – your chicks will usually begin to lay their first eggs anywhere from week 16 to week 20 – and many varieties of chickens can lay an egg 5 to 6 days a week.

Speaking of those eggs – YES – there is a huge difference from store-bought eggs! With one simple crack of a “home-raised” egg – its easy to see the difference in yolk and color – not to mention the great taste.

The Weaver Barns Kwik Kit Chicken Coop Option

Kwik - Kit1And if you are looking for a great looking coop for those chickens – be sure to check out Weaver Barns’ DIY shed kits with the Chicken Coop Conversion option.

The kwik kit sheds can be shipped anywhere in the lower 48 states, and in a single afternoon, you can put together your very own backyard chicken coop!

See : Weaver Barns Kwik Kit

For more information on the Weaver Barns Kwik Kit Shed / Chicken Coop – contact us today at (330) 852 2103 or toll free at (888) 289 4940. You can also email us  at [email protected]

Weaver Barns, because everyone needs a little structure in their lives – even backyard chickens!

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Feb 02, 2016

Urban Farmhouse Nears Completion at Great Big Home + Garden Show

Finishing touches on the farmhouse

Weaver Barns Urban Farmhouse

The Weaver Barns’ Urban Farmhouse is nearing completion as the Great Big Home and Garden Show gets set to kick off Friday, February 5th at the IX Center in Cleveland, Ohio.  The show will run from the 5th through the 14th – with lots to see and do at the Weaver Pavilion!

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The kitchen nears completion in the Urban Farmhouse

As you can see from the latest pictures – the Weaver construction team has built quality and craftsmanship into every corner of the home.

A beautiful covered front porch invites visitors to enjoy the solitude of country living right from the porch swing and sitting area.

The home is bathed in natural light – thanks to large windows throughout  – and an open first floor plan that includes a living room, kitchen, master bedroom, bathroom, laundry and utility room. The upstairs includes two additional bedrooms and a bathroom.

And there is more! The outdoor display at the Weaver Pavilion includes raised garden beds, a special Any Age / Anywhere container garden display, and a custom built chicken coop made from a Weaver Barn – with live chickens!

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The open floor plan allows in plenty of natural light

You can also stroll around to see some of the most popular barns from Weaver that would make a great addition to any home!

Weaver has also invited Jim and Mary Competti from Old World Garden Farms (oldworldgardenfarms.com) to do a series of presentations each Friday and Saturday of the show in the outdoor garden area. The 15 to 20 minute segments will cover everything from gardening, canning and composting – to raising chickens and more!

You can see a complete list of the garden and homestead times below. Come out and check out the Weaver Urban Farmhouse and say hello -we hope to see you there!

Great Big Home + Garden Show Old World Garden Homestead Talks at the Weaver Pavilion:

Friday, February 5th

2:00 pm  – The Benefits and Ease of Raising Backyard Chickens

Garden Show

The beauty and craftsmanship of the house comes through in every room

3:30 pm  – Gardening to Feed Your Family

5:00 pm  – Composting – The Power of Compost

6:30 pm –  The Any Age / Anywhere Garden   –  Gardening Made Easy

Saturday, February 6th

2:00 pm  – The Benefits and Ease of Raising Backyard Chickens

3:30 pm  – The Any Age / Anywhere Garden   –  Gardening Made Easy

5:00 pm – Composting – The Power of Compost

6:30 pm – Gardening to Feed Your Family

Friday, February 12th

2:00 pm  – The Benefits and Ease of Raising Backyard Chickens

3:30 pm  – Gardening to Feed Your Family

5:00 pm  – Composting – The Power of Compost

Garden Show

Urban Farmhouse bedroom

6:30 pm –  The Any Age / Anywhere Garden   –  Gardening Made Easy

Saturday, February 13th

2:00 pm  – The Benefits and Ease of Raising Backyard Chickens

3:30 pm  – The Any Age / Anywhere Garden   –  Gardening Made Easy

5:00 pm – Composting – The Power of Compost

6:30 pm – Gardening to Feed Your Family

 

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