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Posted June 19, 2011 - 10:32 AM

This thing has been a thorn in my side since we got the chicks because I knew it had to be done but didn't want to do it. I finally got all of the building part of it done. I just need to do some caulking and painting yet.

I don't know exactly how old the chickens are now but I know they are close enough that before long they will be dropping eggs in the yard which is one of the reasons I wanted to get this thing done. I still have the task of getting it put in place from the garage to about 300' away. Will be exciting LOL.

It is light enough that I can pick one end up but not hold it for very long. So I think I am going to get it blocked up in the air and slide 6" x 6" runners under it and then use the Massey 1655 and the 3pt to pick one end up and slide it down in to position. With the control valve not working the best on the loader I think I am better off not trying to use the loader to lift the one end.

I will get pics posted once it is painted and the caulking is done. I am going to set it on two stacks of cinder blocks to keep it off of the ground. Then we will have to build the run. Right now the chickens are free range and have been roosting on the fence to the pool right behind the house. If they didn't sh!t everywhere I would leave them be LOL.

The chicken coop is around 3'-6" x 5'-6" with two hinged windows, right now they are just plywood and I will eventually put glass in them. There are two vents on the back side just below the roof. There are 5 nesting boxes and they are outset from the coop and the roof is hinged for easy egg access. I also put a roosting bar on the inside at the front of the coop so they are not crapping over by the nesting boxes.

The front door is in a channel and I am going to put a pulley and rope setup on it that way once the run is done the door can be opened from outside of the fence. There is a man door for clean out on the one side also. The size of the coop will give us room to have more chickens if we decide to. We have three hens and one rooster.

The rooster's name is Bob which is what my little girl named him. He is the only one that will let you pick him up easily. The hens will raise their feathers and run away. He is learning his voice so to speak right now. He has been trying to crow for the last couple weeks and is starting to get it down.

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Posted June 19, 2011 - 10:39 AM

A pain George but those eggs should taste GOOD!

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Posted June 19, 2011 - 10:56 AM

NO comparison between store bought eggs & country chicken eggs. Twice the flavor! I used to have 25 chickens, but got too much to deal with being I have 140 cows, plus all the other stuff. I have been tempted though to get more chickens later on.

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Posted June 19, 2011 - 10:57 AM

George! :wewantpics:

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Posted June 19, 2011 - 11:02 AM

George! :wewantpics:


LOL, I promise I will get some. Carpentry is not one of my best skill trades LOL

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Posted June 19, 2011 - 11:07 AM

LOL, I promise I will get some. Carpentry is not one of my best skill trades LOL


Not my forte either George, so you won't get any grief from me!

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Posted June 19, 2011 - 05:04 PM

George! :wewantpics:

Ditto!

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Posted June 19, 2011 - 05:18 PM

Don't worry about the carpentry skills. I've never seen a chicken with an enginerring degree or Building inspectors license hung over their nest!
If it's warm & dry they won't complain.

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Posted June 19, 2011 - 07:41 PM

It's not so much about the carpentry skills, I found out the hard way.
It's about making it predator proof.
Years ago we tried twice to raise 50 meat chickens.
Both times the coons got in and slaughtered them.
What a treat that was, scooping up those 5-6 pounders, and getting rid of them.

The other day my buddy had an eagle take out 4 of his layers.

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Posted June 19, 2011 - 08:12 PM

Welcome to shicken time. The Homnade eggs are great out of 23 hens we get 14 to 17 eggs a daywith 3 hens with little shickens.

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Posted June 19, 2011 - 08:13 PM

So far we have been lucky and haven't had any predators. I think I did fairly decent in keeping it predator proof. The only thing I gotta get yet to really make it predator proof is to get some heavy mesh to put behind the windows.

Here are some pics, we got it set in place tonight. I gotta get some cinder blocks this week and also get it painted and fence the area in. Will try to get the chickens using it this weekend.

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Posted June 19, 2011 - 08:14 PM

I need to tap the rest of the nails over from the roofing on the nesting box lid, don't want any of them killing themselves on a nail while they are laying eggs.

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Posted June 19, 2011 - 08:16 PM

Another thing I should add is we have right around $200 in it. The ones we looked at to buy that were around the same size were $600+. I couldn't justify spending that much on the birds. They would have been dinner if that was the case.

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Posted June 19, 2011 - 08:27 PM

Yes, gotta bend those nails over. Don't want them poking themselves.
Are you going to keep them during the winter?

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Posted June 19, 2011 - 08:30 PM

Yes, gotta bend those nails over. Don't want them poking themselves.
Are you going to keep them during the winter?


We would probably like to keep them over the winter. Let me guess I gotta give them insulation and drywall? LOL




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