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HAVE A Seat !

ROOSTING and LAYING are popular poultry pastimes, so get the RIGHT SETUP for your flock.
Hens relish privacy while laying, so add some “curtains” to their nest boxes.

Chickens are the quintessential homestead animal, yet they can be among the most expensive for such a small creature. Between a coop, roosts, laying boxes, waterers and feeders, you can easily spend $1,000 establishing a small flock on the farm.

Take standard metal laying boxes for example. A 10-spot box set costs about $200. I have seen coops at trade shows that cost more than $2,000. Unless your chicken lays golden eggs, such expense makes little sense. It’s also unnecessary, because you can make many of the things that chickens need from repurposed materials. In this article, I look at two chicken-support areas that are easy DIYs: roosting and laying boxes.

Roosting & Perching

Proper roosts play an important role for a chicken flock. First, it’s just natural. Chickens are made to roost, for their health and their safety. If you don’t provide roosting, they’ll find something, somewhere to use for roosting, often in unhelpful or exposed places that put them at risk.

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