Tips for Raising Backyard Chickens and Keeping Rodents Out of Their Coop
Back in the day when most people had to supply their own food, they milked their own cows, raised their own chickens, and collected their own eggs. Nowadays, we’ve replaced our own homegrown foods from whatever is quick and easy; usually it comes from a box, bag or can.
However, World Egg Day is a day dedicated to spreading information about the benefits of eggs, and that just so happens to be today, October 10th. Raising your own chickens and eggs provides vital food and can be a literal lifesaver in underdeveloped countries. Even right here in America, it is a growing trend, as chickens are great options in both urban and rural settings. One of my favorite blogs for chicken related info is Fresh Eggs Daily. They can tell you all about how to raise chickens, build your own chicken coop, take care of the eggs, and even how to keep mice out of your chicken coops and away from feed.
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Here are a few tips to keep mice out of chicken coops:
- Raised coops are more secure than coops built on the ground (unless you pour a concrete floor). A raised coop will prevent predators from digging and burrowing underneath and keep the coop floor from rotting.
- Build your coop a lot bigger than you think you will need.
- Dirt floors are easily breached by predators, concrete is expensive and often not a DIY option. Wood floors can house mites and other parasites.
- Check out this chicken coop building plan from start to finish here.
- Hang suet cages around the coop to house Fresh Cab® Rodent Repellent pouches. This will help keep rodents like mice and rats out of the coop.
Fun facts about eggs:
- The color of the eggshell is dependent on the hen.
- It’s rare, but not unusual for a young hen to produce an egg with no yolk at all.
- Egg whites have been used for facials. Egg yolks are used in shampoos and conditioners and, sometimes, soaps. Cholesterol, lecithin and some of the egg’s fatty acids are used in skin care products, such as revitalizers, make-up foundations and even lipstick.
- It is said that an egg will stand on its end during the spring (vernal) equinox (about March 21), one of the two times of the year when the sun crosses the equator and day and night are of equal length everywhere. Depending on the shape of the egg, you may be able to stand it on its end other days of the year as well.
Learn more about World Egg Day from the International Egg Commission. Make yourself an awesome omelet and enjoy the day!