Chicken Coop Must-Haves for a Healthy, Happy Roost
Boost egg-laying productivity and comfort with these accessories
Caring for Backyard Chickens
You don't have to go to a farm to observe live chickens pecking and roosting. Many people keep them as pets in their backyards, but there are considerations to keep in mind—for the health of the birds and your landscaping—when outfitting a chicken coop. Donna Carver, a poultry vet and specialist at North Carolina State University, works with growers to understand poultry health. "People need to realize that chickens have to have someone taking care of them seven days a week, at least a couple times of day," says Carver. "It's not like having a cat where you can put out an extra litter box and go away." Read on for the science behind what needs to go in your backyard chicken coop.