Wednesday, September 10, 2014

We added chickens to our little homestead this year and couldn't be happier with our decision!  In this video, I share with you tips and best practices for raising chickens in a small backyard.  We are so excited about the things we did to make the coop as maintenance-free as possible. 

We have setup and designed our chicken coop in ways that make it possible for us to go away for a long weekend without asking someone to feed the chickens.  We know you will want to implement these same ideas in your chicken coop as well.

To learn more about how we built the automatic feeder for under $20, click HERE.

To learn more about how the watering system was constructed, click HERE.

Don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions!

Thanks for stopping by!

Products used:


This post was shared at:  Homestead Barn Hop, The Backyard Farming Connection Hop, HomeAcre Hop, Simple Lives Thursday


  1. What a great video! I love the feeder, we use the chicken nipples for watering also. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Simple Lives Thursday!

    1. Thanks, Angi! That means a lot coming from you! We really appreciate you stopping by :)

  2. Love your posts
    How does your dog get along with chickens?
    any other plans to insulate better for next winter = I dont have a coop yet. Live in the UP.

    1. The dog seems very interested in playing with the chickens and also eating the food scraps we leave in their coop:) I don't think the dog would hurt them intentionally but would probably chase them around to death if we let them out together. We do plan to insulate the coop this winter and redesign the watering system for better freeze prevention. You would surely want to consider that up there! Thanks for following along!

  3. How many chickens does the chicken coop hold?