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 24, 2016

Coming Soon – Weaver Barns’ Kwik Kit, The DIY Shed!

Weaver Barns Kwik KitNOW AVAILABLE: Go To Kwik-Kit Shed Page

So you love the look of a Weaver Barns shed but are more of a “Do It Your Self” kind of person?

Then the Weaver Barns’ Kwik Kit is just the ticket for you!

Kwik kitComing this April, Weaver Barns will release our new Kwik Kit – a pre-cut DIY shed structure kit that ships to you. The kits will come with a variety of options and will be priced under $2000.00 – a great way for the DIY’er in you to save money!

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 Weaver Barns’ shed.

Create your own chicken coop or garden shed from the available options – or make it into a personal backyard oasis with your own diy touches.

Look for more info on the Kwik Kit soon – including a big contest announcement next week with a chance for you to win your very own Kwik Kit Shed! Be sure to sign up and follow our blog – or “Like” and follow us on Facebook to get all of the details!  Weaver Barns – Because everyone needs a little structure in their life!

kwik kitFor info on the Kwik-Kits – call us at (330) 852-2103 or toll free at(888) 289-4940
You can also email us at [email protected]

Weaver Barns Kwik Kits

Building Size  8′ x 12′ 

Siding Options:

Duratemp Plywood Siding or Solid Pine Barn siding

Optional Upgrades:

5’ Double Door (free)
2 x 3 Single Window
8 x 4 Loft
8 x 2 Shelf
8 x 1 Shelf
3’ Ramp for Double Door
Paint
Flower Box
Shutter

 

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