The above video is just a quick demonstration about how a chicken pen can become blended into the surroundings to give it a more natural look. A more natural pen closer to nature is easier on the eyes and keeps the chickens happier.

Of course, this method of housing chickens (and other poultry) is not always possible in every backyard; however, there are many things we can do no matter where our chickens are kept, to make the design blend into the surroundings better. Things like:

  • using recycled materials (wood, logs, etc);
  • incorporating the chicken pen as a feature rather than hiding it in a corner of the yard;
  • Planting shrubs and trees around and in the pen; and
  • Using natural materials as part of the pen structure (like trees for posts).

For many chicken and poultry owners the threat of dog and fox attack is a constant worry. The best way to prevent dogs and foxes from getting to your chickens is to ensure your pen or enclosure is safe and secure. 

Unfortunately, not all of us have the resources or funds to build a barrier/fence secure enough to guarantee dogs and foxes can't get through. Also, some of us have built our pens (like mine) in locations where it's difficult to dig wire down ensuring it can't be simply dug under by a determined K9.

This video shows how I used a wire "skirt" as a cost effective and less laborious way to effectively protect my chickens, ducks, and quail from dog and fox attack. Have a watch of the video and if you have any questions go to our forum and ask there.

The humane chicken or other Poultry killer neck breaking device is a manually handle operated tool which painlessly and easily despatches all kinds of poultry with little fuss or mess.

I used to use a cone method (a common way to kill poultry) by securing the bird upside down in a galvanised cone then removing the head with a knife but I found the neck breaking device a much easier way to do this reluctant but necessary deed.

It works by breaking (not severing) the neck of the bird by swiftly pushing down on the handle whislt holding the bird in place with the neck resting in the "U" shaped recess.

An adjustable gap between the "U" and the handle blade ensures the neck is broken and not severed - adjustments are made for larger or smaller birds as required.

The birds are rendered unconsious immediately and suffer little. The break cuts the artery in the neck and the bird bleeds into the spinal and head cavity not out anywhere else so it's very clean. Whatch the video.

You can buy this device here from the Morrigan Farm Website if the link gets broken just go to their front page and follow the tabs to their online shop. 

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Here's an example of a feeding and drinking station for chickens which not only works well but is also good for mixed flocks of different species like ducks and chickens. Ducks in particular can make a right mess of chicken drinkers so in this example the video shows how the chickens get access to the water cups by hopping onto a brick which ducks can't do and this keeps the ducks from using the chickens drinker.

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