44 Beautiful DIY Chicken Coop Plans You Can Actually Build

by The Happy Chicken Coop
Below we have 44 free DIY chicken coop plans with simple step by step instructions. We will also give you some general guidelines about coops to help smooth the path for you. Let’s Get Started!

Source: The Happy Chicken Coop

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The Essential List of Chicken Names

by Backyard Chicken Project

Finding the perfect chicken names for your flock can be quite a daunting task. There are so many names to choose from, how do you pick one that perfectly reflects that little ball of fluff? Continue Reading

About the Marans

The Marans originated in Marans, France, and were imported into the United Kingdom in the 1930s.

The hens lay on average around 150–210 dark brown eggs per year.  Marans are considered a dual-purpose bird, meaning they’re appreciated for their eggs and table qualities.

Recognized Colors: White, Wheaten, Black Copper.
Not recognized: Birchen, Blue, Salmon, Blue Silver Salmon, Silver Cuckoo, and Golden Cuckoo.

Egg Laying Facts

Expect an average of 3-4 eggs per week.
Color: Dark brown/or chocolate
Size: Large

Origins
Class: Continental (French)
Size: Heavy, 7-8 pounds
Type: Large Fowl & Bantam

Features:
Comb Type: Single
Number of Toes: 4
Crested: No
Feathered Legs: In the United States, mostly no

Suitability
The Marans are cold hardy birds, but not especially heat tolerant.
Broody: Yes / Average
Personality: Varies, however, generally docile, very active.

Interesting Fact: Cuckoo Marans hens can be mated with an unbarred cock to produce sex-linked hybrid offspring.

 

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Help with Editing & Formatting Published Posts

If you think it’s as easy as pushing a button, you’re probably going to be disappointed. Especially if you have years of posts. Even more so if you’ve applied formatting of any kind to your entries… Read Article on my other blog for information on how to edit posts for a smoother transition.

From the Farm

Meet Lucy, my 2 year old Australorpe hen. This breed is an asset to any flock, they are docile, friendly, and good egg layers. In the bright sun her shinny black feathers have a blue tint that is stunning.