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Eggzy Blog Photo Gallery & Flickr Group

Today we’re unveiling our new Photo Gallery that displays photos from the Eggzy Flickr Group. These are the same photos that are shown on the Eggzy.net homepage, and were posted by fellow Eggzy members. We’d like to invite you to share your photos as well—photos of your birds, your flock, your coop and your eggs!

Participating is easy— just go to Flickr and search for ‘Eggzy’ under ‘Groups’. Once you find the group, select the ‘Join” option and the rest is easy as pie… or maybe quiche.

When you share your photos with the Eggzy Group, they’re still your photos. We’ll promote them, rotating through them on the Eggzy Home Page and possibly including them in articles, or across the site as examples, giving you and your flock full credit.

For instance, the photos above all belong to the Eggzy Flickr Group and were tagged with the word ‘eggs’. If you join the Eggzy Group and tag your photos with the word ‘eggs’, they too will show up on this post—really, try it and and see. Moving forward, we’ll be doing articles about all sorts of  things, particular breeds, coops, you name it. So be sure to tag all your photos with descriptive terms like; eggs, coop, rooster, hen, Ameracauna, Rhode Island Red, etc. We’ll keep an eye out for the most interesting combinations and get posting.

Faster access to eggs and other great feedback

A week or so ago, an Eggzy flock owner suggested we make it easier to add eggs – it’s the feature he uses most often but it takes a few clicks to get to it. We took a look and you know what? He was right. So we moved some menu items around, and as of a couple of days ago, it now takes one click to get to the “add eggs” screen from your profile page.

default profile page for flockowners

This is just one example of some of the great feedback we get from you, our users. And we couldn’t be more appreciative. Our goal is to make using Eggzy as useful and enjoyable an experience as possible, but we’re a (really) small team and can use all the feedback we can get. Whether you’ve got an idea for making things more useful, have uncovered a bug, or have a simple question, please let us know. We’ve updated our user feedback tools to make it even easier, just click on the orange “Feedback” tab to the right of the page and drop us a line. You can even vote on other people’s suggestions to second what’s most important to you.

Eggzy Feedback Tab

Thanks again for the great feedback,
The Eggzy Team

Introducing Eggzy Gear

Check out Eggzy Gear.

Eggzy Gear is our new online shop. We’re starting out small, but wanted to have something for everyone—whether you’re just getting started with your backyard flock, or you’re a seasoned Egg Stand pro.

Over time we’ll be expanding and refining our Gear, and, as always, we’d love to hear from you. Give us a shout with suggestions for other items we should include in Eggzy Gear.

Chicken Coop Design Considerations

The first thing to consider when planning your chicken coop is size. Obviously, the more chickens you have, the more space you’ll need – for standard breeds, think 2 sq ft per bird indoors, 3 sq. ft per bird outdoors. Also don’t forget that in addition to room to run, scratch, nest, and perch, they’ll also need access to fresh air, clean water, light, shade and greens (if you want rich orange yolks).

Another major consideration when choosing a coop design is protection; protection from predators like dogs, raccoons,and foxes, and protection from the elements and extreme heat or cold. Your chickens should have a safe, dry, draft-free shelter with both light and shade.

And if you live in a city or town, there’s a good chance there are specific rules and regulations regarding housing, especially with regards to size and location of the coop. Be sure to check with your municipality regarding your local ordinances.

Selecting the site:

  • Coops need access to light and air
  • In summer, the hens need airflow and access to shade
  • In winter, access to as much sunshine as possible is best
  • You will need to access the coop to feed, water, and clean the birds
  • The outdoor run should be in a spot with good drainage – too much wetness is bad for chickens, it can cause disease and unsanitary conditions
  • Think about positioning your coop and run facing South which can take advantage of the sun’s drying power warmth
  • In our cold climate, many people insulate their hen houses
  • If space is limites, you may want to consider a portable coop/pen. Primary benefits are allowing the birds to eat the bugs and fertilize the lawn one patch of at a time – and chickens raised on pasture produce delicious pastured eggs.

Protection:

  • You want to protect your hens from the elements and from predators (fox, coyotes, raccoons, and hawks in addition to cats, dogs and even rodents!)
  • To keep animals from digging under the fencing, try to bury the bottom 12″ of fencing; deep; 6″ deep and 6″ of the edge turned outward like an ‘L”.
  • To keep your flock safe from predatory birds hawks, and from contact with wild birds that might carry diseases, cover the run with wire or aviary netting.