Backyard Chickens and Creative Coops
There are so many reasons to keep backyard chickens, which is why so many people are jumping on the backyard chicken train! From the country to the suburbs to tiny city yards, folks are building creative coops for their feathered friends.
Why keep backyard chickens? Chickens do a lot of great stuff: eat yard waste and vegetable scraps; fertilize the soil; control garden weeds and bugs; and of course, produce fresh eggs.
Homeowners use chickens to weed their yards by placing the chickens in what is known as a "chicken tractor". A chicken tractor is a movable enclosure that is typically made from a frame and chicken wire. The chickens can graze freely inside the chicken tractor. If you need to clear a weeded area, just move the chicken tractor to the weeded area, and let the chickens feast!
These are some backyard beauties in a super cute lime green chicken coop with an attached chicken run. Chickens love to eat yard scraps and weeds. They seem to be enjoying their lunch!
I'm loving this portable A-frame chicken tractor. It's a clever design because it includes a shaded place for the chickens to roost, as well as an open area for grazing. Notice the difference between the area next to the tractor that the chickens grazed previously, and the tall grass where they are currently feeding.
Here's a really basic chicken run and coop for backyard chickens. Like many backyard coops with attached chicken runs, this one has a hatch door which the birds can enter and exit at will. It's not fancy, but it works.
A woman tends a nice big chicken tractor, made of sheet aluminum, accompanied by another of her animal friends -- a free range goat.
This is a quite a nice looking modern chicken coop, built by a carpenter in Seattle. It coordinates with the contemporary architecture of the neighborhood where it is located.
Here's another very cute A-frame chicken tractor with a built-in roosting area. These backyard chickens demonstrate that natural weed control comes with fresh eggs!
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Updated November 21, 2018.
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