A Nest for All Seasons A Nest for All Seasons: THE CHICKEN COLLECTION!

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27 April 2015

THE CHICKEN COLLECTION!

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How to Care for Chickens Basics from Amy Renea at A Nest for All Seasons with AMES Tools
Teenager chickens are just awkward...they can't help it...don't judge!
I am so very excited to bring this post to you! Chock full of the VERY BEST tools for chicken care, curated by yours truly for Ames Tools. The best part? We are giving away a COMPLETE COLLECTION to one lucky reader!  Before we dive in, we have to look at caring for chickens as three basic steps: Collect, Transport and Clean.  You will need to collect food and bedding either from your garden or the feed store, transport both the bedding, feed AND the chickens themselves, then clean up after the whole lot.  A LOT of cleaning.  Good tools can help.

How to Care for Chickens Basics from Amy Renea at A Nest for All Seasons with AMES ToolsCLICK HERE FOR FULL POST AND GIVEAWAY


Let's start with this lawn cart, shall we?
How to Care for Chickens Basics from Amy Renea at A Nest for All Seasons with AMES Tools

 I originally picked this cart as the perfect little cart for transporting chicken feed to and from a covered garage, but the chicks quickly made a temporary home in this little wheeled cart.  It was the perfect vehicle to house them in while I cleaned out the coop.

How to Care for Chickens Basics from Amy Renea at A Nest for All Seasons with AMES Tools

 The cleaning tools start and finish with that excellent fork below:

How to Care for Chickens Basics from Amy Renea at A Nest for All Seasons with AMES Tools

 TEN tines, y'all!


How to Care for Chickens Basics from Amy Renea at A Nest for All Seasons with AMES Tools

It makes all the difference in the world removing that compacted layer of grasses and bedding.

How to Care for Chickens Basics from Amy Renea at A Nest for All Seasons with AMES Tools

See how the tines slide into the middle of the layer and pick it up as one big bunch?

How to Care for Chickens Basics from Amy Renea at A Nest for All Seasons with AMES Tools

The grasses just slide off the tines into the cart:

How to Care for Chickens Basics from Amy Renea at A Nest for All Seasons with AMES Tools

This scoop and slide process, along with the "freeness" of ornamental grass cuttings makes it my first choice for bedding.  To get the grasses out from other perennials, this strong and SUPER TOUGH Thatch rake does the job.  When I have to buy bedding, pine chips do just fine. For that kind of lighter bedding full of you know what, the manure scoop is an absolute must have for chicken keeping.

How to Care for Chickens Basics from Amy Renea at A Nest for All Seasons with AMES Tools
 The worst chore in chicken keeping is the poop "scraping".  Poop can sometimes harden onto the floor of the coop and a strong, sharp scraper is essential to making quick work of that poop.  You DO NOT want to waste time with inadequate tools standing in a coop full of poop.  You really don't.

How to Care for Chickens Basics from Amy Renea at A Nest for All Seasons with AMES Tools
Are you getting excited to WIN ALL THIS yet??  Someone WILL!
I started the post by introducing you to the lawn cart (complete with beverage holders!), but we must take a few minutes to talk about the wonder of an actual garden cart.  Compared to a one-wheeled wheelbarrow, it is a backsaver to any chicken keeper or gardener.  The large, curved handles and those massive, strong wheels along with that deep tub allow for double-triple wheelbarrow loads that are moved with ease.  Bedding is now a one trip chore instead of three.

How to Care for Chickens Basics from Amy Renea at A Nest for All Seasons with AMES Tools
 ...and when you are finished working, everything (including the lawn cart) fits right inside the cart and gets wheeled into the garage.

How to Care for Chickens Basics from Amy Renea at A Nest for All Seasons with AMES Tools



...and when you are finished working, everything (including the lawn cart) fits right inside the cart and gets wheeled into the garage.

....and NOW....thanks to AMES....

How to Care for Chickens Basics from Amy Renea at A Nest for All Seasons with AMES Tools

ENTER TO WIN RIGHT NOW!





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