We at the typesofchicken.com team are focusing on presenting you some DIY projects that you will find useful and easy to make. Before doing this article we were having a long discussion about which one of these projects we should present you with today, and what we decided is that we can stuff them into one article. We agreed upon this decision because we believe that our readers deserve our best. Today we are going to present with 3 DIY projects that will help you improve your coop as well as the life of your chickens.
1. Chicken nipple waterer
We already said that we understand that “waterer” is not a correct word, but it will do good for this article. So with that out the way this is you will need for this project:
- A plastic bucket
- A drill
- Teflon tape
- A few dripping metal nipples ( you can find them at home depot )
The concept this contraption works on is that you drill the holes at the bottom of the bucket, and they need to be as big as the dripping metal nipples are, then put the Teflon tape around the holes. Then just screw the dripping metal nipples around the holes and make sure that there is no room for the water to fall off.
Put the bucket somewhere high enough so the chicken can peck at the dripping metal nipples. When the chicken peck at the dripping metal nipple a drop of water will fall off. This is very simple to make. The number of dripping metal nipples that you will need is dependent of the number of chickens you have. This does not mean that you need one dripping metal nipple for every chicken you have but you will need enough of them so your chickens will not fight or bully each other to get to them.
2. A natural dust bath
There are many material that are factory made and are sold to you in your local pet store to be used as a dust bath for your chickens so they can prevent mites. But there are many other ways to prevent mites, and there many cheaper and smarter solutions for a dust bath than anything you can buy at a store. For example, wood ashes and sand can provide the same things that any store bought product as a dust bath can provide. The wood ashes will fend off the mites and the sand will be used to weight the wood ashes down. How much wood ashes and sand you use is also up the number of chickens that will bathe in it.
3. Have you considered adding a mirror in your chicken coop?
In one of our previous articles we have already mentioned that chickens see in color, but what we forgot to mention is that chickens also enjoy watching themselves in the mirror. If you have a problem with some bullying or just plain bad chickens put some mirror in their coop and they will stay quiet for a long time. Make sure that the mirror is out of the chickens reach because there have been some situations where the chickens hurt themselves by pecking at it.
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