The term pecking order came directly from the way that chickens behave when they are in a flock. There is a literal hierarchy within each flock of chickens that results in the ones at the bottom of the hierarchy literally being pecked when the other chickens get stressed or upset. The lower chickens will usually get pecked a lot more if they have to live in an overcrowded coop.
Large chicken coops can prevent overcrowding and eliminate some of the bullying that otherwise goes on in chicken flocks. It is important to do research to find how many chickens your coop can feasibly support. Having fewer chickens then the maximum occupancy is always a good idea because this ensures that they have extra space rather than just enough.Read more
Since my dog is an Alaskan Malamute with a great deal of hair, she often gets pretty warm during the summer. When I leave my house to go to work in the morning, I will usually leave her inside with all of the windows open and the fans going on high. This ensures that she doesn’t overheat just by being inside of a warm house without ventilation all day.
I always fill up her Drinkwell pet fountain before I go to work to ensure that she’ll have a large supply of water during the day. I make sure that I also leave the bathroom doors open so that she can get to the toilet water if there is no other option. These precautions help keep my dog safe from overheating while I am away at work during the day.Read more
Now that it is summer, it is becoming even more important for people to pay attention when they leave their dogs outside during the day. Since the weather is a lot warmer, it is important to make sure that your yard is well equipped to keep dogs safe from the heat. High heat can be very dangerous to dogs because they can die very quickly from heat exhaustion.
Providing dog houses and sheltered areas of the yard can be important to provide dogs with a place to get out of the sun. It is also very important that your yard has several dog bowls filled with water at all times. Dogs often will drink a large amount of water on hot days, so it is important to make sure to check everyday to make sure there is still water available.Read more
During the spring, my niece’s elementary school class raised a couple of chicken eggs and hatched them. For a couple of weeks, they kept the newly hatched chicks in a container in one corner of the classroom. After they started growing a little, the teacher started looking for students that might be able to take one or two of the chickens home as pets.
My niece really wanted to keep one of the chicks and since her parents have a pretty big yard they agreed that they could try to keep a chicken for a while. They bought a chicken hutch and set up a chicken pen that predators wouldn’t be able to get into. Now that they’ve had the one chicken for a while, the family is planning on getting a couple more.Read more
My aunt’s chickens love to run around in her backyard when they’re not confined to the coop. She will usually let them out for the majority of the day so that they can peck at the grass and find insects in the dirt. She always throws corn out in the grass for them to find. The chickens are usually outside of their pen from the time that my aunt gets up in the morning until dusk.
At dusk, all chickens just want safe chicken houses pens coops to retire to at night. When it is starting to get dark, my aunt’s chickens will gather around the door of their pen. Some of the chickens will even go inside the pen before my aunt comes out to close the door. She loves the way that the chickens gather by the pen so she doesn’t have to go looking for them.Read more
With the push for more local and organic items, many people have started to raise chickens in the suburbs as a great supply of chicken eggs. If you are going to raise chickens in your backyard, it is important to look up local restrictions that govern chicken keeping. Many areas require people to limit the number of chickens that they keep or specify whether a rooster may be kept.
When you’re setting up a backyard for raising chickens, it is important that you provide chickens with a well ventilated chicken house that will be able to provide them with warmth and shelter. Your backyard should also have some room so that chickens can have a pen or be let out of the house during the day. This will give them a chance to get a little exercise.Read more
One of my friends has decided that next summer she wants to have a flock of chickens in her backyard. I’m not entirely sure where the whim came from, but in any case my friend has started clearing out an area in her yard where she can put a chicken coop. She is going to get everything set up this summer. Next spring, she will actually buy some chickens to raise.
For now my friend has started looking at various chicken coops for sale online to determine whether she can just buy one of these. She’s found a lot of kits that you just have to assemble, which she thinks will be a lot easier than just starting a chicken coop from scratch. If she ends up getting a kit, she plans on making a few changes so that the coop is even better.Read more
One of my friends recently moved to Washington State with her Labrador Retriever. Since my friend is from the south she was definitely not prepared for the large amount of rain that seems to be falling constantly in the Seattle area. Her dog isn’t used to the weather just yet and is shy about going outside when it is raining even though he is a dog bred for the water.
My friend was really glad that she invested in a waterproof dog house at the encouragement of a salesperson at the local pet store. The dog house hasn’t leaked at all and always keeps her dog nice and dry when she has to leave the dog outside for long periods of time. The weather proof dog house is making the transition to Western Washington weather a lot easier for her dog.Read more
When my cousin goes anywhere, she always brings her little dog along in her purse so she won’t have to leave him at home. This means that the dog goes with her when she goes to the grocery store, to the mall, to the park, and just about anywhere in between. Frequently, the dog travels with her when she is visiting her friends and her relatives in their own homes as well.
Whenever she is visiting for an extended period of time she uses one of the small dog tents that she bought to give her dog a space to spend time. These tents are great because she is able to set them up wherever she is. Since they fold compactly, they travel easily in her car without taking any space. They give the dog shade and a safe space no matter where they are.Read more
My sister’s rabbit has full range of her home most of the time. He does have a rabbit hutch in one corner of the house so that there is somewhere for his food to be kept and for him to use his litter box. During the summertime, his hutch sometimes gets placed outside so that he can have somewhere to be when he wants to be outside enjoying the fresh air.
It is a lot safer for the rabbit to be on the deck confined to a Prevue rabbit hutch, than just outside running loose like he does in the house. The rabbit hutch is really easy to move with more than one person and easily transfers between being inside and outside. This is perfect for my sister’s needs because it fulfills her desire to give her rabbit a chance to enjoy some sunny days outside.Read more