Collection by Phillip C Petrie


Raising chickens and fowl in the city

Phillip C Petrie

Need a Nest Box?

You might already have just the thing sitting around.

DIY Hula Hoop Chicken Tractor

All the attention seems to fall on the big girls, so today I decided to give the 'small' girls some love. We have already looked at how to raise baby chicks,

Coop Cleaning...Brilliant!

So why is this wire mesh attached to my pitchfork? Because I've turned our chicken coop into one big litter box. After doing this for the last year or so, I...

Introducing New Chickens to the Flock Step-by-Step

Introducing new chickens to your existing flock can be stressful. We've made it easy with this step-by-step guide for a strategy that works every time!

12 Unique Ways To Re-Purpose Your Fireplace Wood Ash

There's nothing like a fire in a wood burning fireplace. Use these 12 ways to use wood ash around the homestead.

Show us your nest boxes! Ingenous design post it here!

i finished my nest boxes yesterday. they're not in the coop yet because the coop isn't finished, but i pick away at little projects as i get to them...

Got Backyard Hens? Know Which Plants Help and Ones to Avoid

The Chicken Whisperer’s Guide to Keeping Chickens lists beneficial plants that act as natural insecticides around chicken coops, as well as poisonous plants to avoid around hens.

Building A DIY Chicken Coop

Garden Up Green - Startle Garden and Quail

Build your own quail coop that is perfect for the backyard setting. Step by step directions will walk you through this project.

Eight healthy homemade treats for your chickens

Just like any pet, chickens deserve occasional treats too. They may not be as affectionate as your dog but they certainly help a lot in the backyard. The treats are not just given to make them happy, they serve a purpose too. Treats help in keeping your chooks healthy all year round. In the winter, treats serve as a substitute source of nutrients for the plants they love to eat, which are hibernating and buried in snow. It keeps them preoccupied during winter, hydrated and cool in the…

Here is a step by step guide to converting a shed to a coop.

Here is a step by step guide to converting a shed into a coop.

Black Australorp Chickens

The black Australorp is a great breed of chickens. They are phenomenal egg layers, great mothers, friendly, calm, and an easygoing breed of heritage chickens.

Nest Boxes in the Run???/Milk crates???

I built a coop for my chickens (8 birds) that is about 40 square feet. I then built some nest boxes, and they take up a lot of room in the coop. I have...

Good bushes to plant for chickens

Can you please give me some suggestions for some good bushes to plant in a chicken run. I'd like the girls to be able to sit underneath them. See picture...

How To Clean Your Chicken Coop [Podcast] | Pampered Chicken Mama: Raising Backyard Chickens

Yeah, I know talking about how to clean your chicken coop is kind of a dry chicken-owner topic, but the bottom line is doing it right is critical to your

Guide to Designing the Perfect Chicken Coop

Everything you need to know about site, size, roosts, nest boxes and much more in this guide to designing the perfect chicken coop. Learn from our mistakes!