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« on: February 19, 2012, 08:15:49 PM »
Here we go!
The first 5 years at this location our chickens (which we brought from WA State) lived in a 50 year old potting shed!  No insulation, no windows, a plastic corrugated roof, etc.

About 3 years ago, we decided they had been so good to us, they needed a new home.
So here's the blow-by-blow of their new digs. I'll let the pictures do the talking. I used to love the Wordless Workshop in Popular Mechanics. Hahaha!



















The little section where the chicks were we call "the nursery". The roost is hinged so it can be raised up and hooked to the ceiling for cleaning the floor beneath it.

Thanks for looking!

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« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2012, 10:02:40 PM »
NICE... spoiled chickens are happy Chickens. :)     How many egg layers to you keep at a time?    And do the geese reside in the same building as the chickens?

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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2012, 10:15:07 PM »
NICE... spoiled chickens are happy Chickens. :)     How many egg layers to you keep at a time?    And do the geese reside in the same building as the chickens?

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We keep 8-10 active layers. Down to 8 right now, with 4 to be culled in the Spring. That gives us about a dozen eggs every 2.5 days on average. At one point last summer, we had 45 dozen eggs in the cooler.
No geese. The pool was for ducks. NEVER, EVER, NEVER AGAIN! Unless I have a spare 1/4 acre and a pond for them!  I raised them back in WA, and forgot what a colossal PITA they are!  We raise 4 turkeys each year, and I think they eat their value in grain.
But it's not about the money. It's about knowing the birds you eat aren't loaded with chemicals.
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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2012, 10:24:25 PM »
This is a Tom we raised a few years ago, next to a domestic bronze hen, and the laying hens.
He got away from us, and we ended up butchering him at a live weight of 56 pounds!
We had to quarter him just to get him in a commercial roasting pan we borrowed.

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« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2012, 10:44:22 PM »
NICE looking Tom.    I raised bronze breasted turkeys for a couple of summers.   I had four Toms and two hens and then something spooked them badly and they left...   now when we see the wild ones coming around theres a hint of bronze on em.   

I would love to get set up to raise and breed the beltsvilles Turkeys.   I think I mispelt that name but they are the miniature turkeys.     I wish I could get some fertile eggs and just incubate them.

OH yes.. ducks are messy.   lol   Geese are worse.    I mainly stuck with Roens.   When we first moved to this property we had two dogs that really could have cared less on birds so we let the Roen wander.  Amazingly enough.. they didnt go down to the lake or pond.   We had hardly a mosquito or tick up here in the yard.  Now...well... you hear that buzz and you run for the house.    With six dogs who dont like any bird of any kind...  no more birds in the yard.  I miss that alot.

I really really would like to build a type of chicken tractor that can be moved via four wheeler.   So I can pull it down to the garden during the warm months and up to the house in the winter time.   

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« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2012, 11:21:11 PM »
This is me with my pet turkey (Merkey) in 2007.  He was a pet and was never eaten, but he got too fat and broke his legs.  I remember sitting out in his shed giving him baby food and water through a syringe.  My dad had to put him down.  I cried and cried for weeks.  I still think fondly of him now.  RIP Merkey and Jebo <3

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« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2012, 11:23:24 PM »
He also got these horrible little red mites on him.  I remember having to dust him daily with this smelly crap.  I raised him and his brother (I think it was his brother) Jebo from chicks.  They lived in my bed room in a box until they got too big and then they went to live outside with the ducks and chickens (I could name them all too, but I won't)...
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« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2012, 11:57:05 PM »
Those chickens live better than I do!
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« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2012, 12:46:25 AM »
The only "pets" we ever had were two turkins. Laverne and Shirley. They lived to be about 8 years old. Dumbest looking birds ever, but they had personality.
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« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2012, 11:58:34 PM »
YM.. I can relate to the birds in the house.  :)  We had the incubators here in the house, in our bedroom actually.   I had two roens that hatched too late to keep them with the main hatch.    We all made pets of those two and they  stayed in the house WAY too long.    Those two ducks were actually paper trained. 

One would go sit on hubby on the couch and snuggle into his armpit while he watched tv.   When hubby would grab a cig to light it.. the duck would grab it and shake the dickens out of his cig.   

The other would crawl up on the Pitbull we had at the time and sleep there with him.   

They were constant amusement thats for sure.

Once it was warm enough those two decided they wanted to be outside with the 'gang' so they were transitioned to outside ducks.    Altho...  the gang would sleep under the yarnd light..the two would sleep on the steps by the front door with Elvis the pig.    Yes..the Green Acres song was sung alot here back then.  ha ha ha

I do miss having yard birds...  ***sigh***

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« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2012, 11:53:46 AM »
You have the chicken ritz OP and I built the Coope' De Ville for mine.









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« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2012, 12:04:47 PM »
Wow, that' one fancy chicken coop!

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« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2012, 12:09:45 PM »
You have the chicken ritz OP and I built the Coope' De Ville for mine.

LOL! I've seen "mother-in-law cottages" that weren't that good!
Let me guess....the satellite dish is for the chickens, too?

As an after thought, what did you plant in the flower boxes that the chickens wouldn't eat within 24 hours? Or is that actually 'greens' for the birds?

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« Reply #13 on: February 25, 2012, 12:16:54 PM »
Yep. Chickens have it better than I do. Time to pack it in...
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« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2012, 12:17:24 PM »
We gave up on the flower boxes when it became clear the chickens would not let anything survive in them.

All part of the homesteading learning curve.
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« Reply #15 on: February 25, 2012, 12:20:51 PM »
We gave up on the flower boxes when it became clear the chickens would not let anything survive in them.

All part of the homesteading learning curve.

You try any cacti in them? :D

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« Reply #16 on: February 25, 2012, 12:26:28 PM »
We gave up on the flower boxes when it became clear the chickens would not let anything survive in them.

All part of the homesteading learning curve.
Ducks will eat the slugs out of your garden. Chickens will eat your garden.

Plant epazote and marigolds. Tech them pesky birds a lesson!!!
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« Reply #17 on: February 25, 2012, 12:28:17 PM »
We gave up on the flower boxes when it became clear the chickens would not let anything survive in them.

All part of the homesteading learning curve.

You try any cacti in them? :D

Our climate is a bit too wet for cacti, besides the chickens would probably just dig them out  >:(.  They like their dust baths.
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« Reply #18 on: February 25, 2012, 12:29:55 PM »
We gave up on the flower boxes when it became clear the chickens would not let anything survive in them.

All part of the homesteading learning curve.
Ducks will eat the slugs out of your garden. Chickens will eat your garden.

Plant epazote and marigolds. Tech them pesky birds a lesson!!!

If they keep eating my wifes garden, I'll be planting the chickens.  Eggplants  ::)
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« Reply #19 on: February 25, 2012, 12:32:49 PM »
I'd like to try ducks and chickens again one day. When I was a kid my grandparents had them and they were a lot of fun. But our yard is too small right now. We might move at some point, and then hopefully get a more suitable place for chickens and maybe a decent garden.

My wife wouldn't let me eat them, but I think she'd be fine with having fresh eggs. :)

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« Reply #20 on: February 25, 2012, 12:33:54 PM »

Our climate is a bit too wet for cacti, besides the chickens would probably just dig them out  >:( .  They like their dust baths.
Hunt 'n' peck, hunt 'n' peck. That's why WW was talking about a chicken tractor. They're a good way to cultivate a potential garden plot!
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« Reply #21 on: February 25, 2012, 12:43:04 PM »
Ducks will eat the slugs out of your garden. Chickens will eat your garden.

Plant epazote and marigolds. Tech them pesky birds a lesson!!!

If they keep eating my wifes garden, I'll be planting the chickens.  Eggplants  ::)
I was being facetious about ducks. They love strawberries, red OR green! The two we had last ate every bit of the expensive water plants out of our koi pond!  It was right after that I found the easiest way to tenderize duck meat is to grab them by the legs and beat them against something.
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« Reply #22 on: February 25, 2012, 12:50:48 PM »


A turkey in the chicken house! :D
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« Reply #23 on: February 25, 2012, 12:52:38 PM »
I want to see the interior of that palace!!!
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« Reply #24 on: February 25, 2012, 12:57:24 PM »


A turkey in the chicken house! :D

Are you trying to get my goat?

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« Reply #25 on: February 25, 2012, 12:58:50 PM »
I want to see the interior of that palace!!!

It's pretty standard.  Roosts, laying box, plasma tv, hot tub, wet bar. 
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« Reply #26 on: February 25, 2012, 01:06:26 PM »
I want to see the interior of that palace!!!

It's pretty standard.  Roosts, laying box, plasma tv, hot tub, wet bar.
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« Reply #27 on: February 25, 2012, 05:32:03 PM »
lmao! Nice goat!
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« Reply #28 on: February 25, 2012, 05:45:59 PM »
He's long gone.  He pissed me off one time to many and I disappeared him...  8)
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« Reply #29 on: February 25, 2012, 09:08:53 PM »
I don't have any birds but I really enjoyed every bit of this thread.
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« Reply #30 on: February 25, 2012, 09:12:16 PM »
He's long gone.  He pissed me off one time to many and I disappeared him...  8)
Reminds me of a rooster I had once.
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« Reply #31 on: February 25, 2012, 09:22:26 PM »
When I'm finally able to get out of the suburbs (and a new job with a fairly substantial increase in salary will help), I really want to keep some chickens.  My wife is less convinced.  In  the meantime, though, thanks for sharing!   
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« Reply #32 on: February 25, 2012, 09:26:39 PM »
When I'm finally able to get out of the suburbs (and a new job with a fairly substantial increase in salary will help), I really want to keep some chickens.  My wife is less convinced.  In  the meantime, though, thanks for sharing!
Chickens don't need a fancy hotel. They don't take up all that much space, either. Four laying hens will keep the average couple in eggs on a regular basis. And most importantly, you DON'T need a pesky rooster to get eggs!
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« Reply #33 on: May 06, 2012, 06:32:16 AM »
I was being facetious about ducks. They love strawberries, red OR green! The two we had last ate every bit of the expensive water plants out of our koi pond!  It was right after that I found the easiest way to tenderize duck meat is to grab them by the legs and beat them against something.

just about spit out my coffee on that one, just about...
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« Reply #34 on: May 08, 2012, 11:16:18 AM »
finished up the chicken coop this morning.


my chicks are happy and my dog is jealous...
 








she's a little jealous because their house is bigger than hers...
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« Reply #35 on: May 08, 2012, 11:33:36 AM »
finished up the chicken coop this morning.


my chicks are happy and my dog is jealous...
 
she's a little jealous because their house is bigger than hers...
Lookin' good!
Just tell the dog that there are more of them, than her.  ;)
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« Reply #36 on: May 08, 2012, 12:26:37 PM »
Bighat.. I hope you dont mind me saying this.   But from my experience with raccoons I'd like to tell you to block that area where the picture was taken.   The coons will figure out to get those birds in that area and reach in to kill them.  Cats too.     If you can make sure your fencing is at least a foot away from any wall  , out of reach of claws reaching in.   I've seen a hawk reach its head into chicken wire , trying to peck at birds. 

If you put your doghouse up another foot or so on stilts, that gives more room under the house for birds to get out of the shade and have no walls to be backed into.   

Just sharing my experiences.  Nothing is worse than comeing out in the morning and all the birds are de-capitated.  :(

Is the roof covered with wire too?


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« Reply #37 on: May 08, 2012, 01:05:09 PM »
Bighat.. I hope you dont mind me saying this.   But from my experience with raccoons I'd like to tell you to block that area where the picture was taken.   The coons will figure out to get those birds in that area and reach in to kill them.  Cats too.     If you can make sure your fencing is at least a foot away from any wall  , out of reach of claws reaching in.   I've seen a hawk reach its head into chicken wire , trying to peck at birds. 

If you put your doghouse up another foot or so on stilts, that gives more room under the house for birds to get out of the shade and have no walls to be backed into.   

Just sharing my experiences.  Nothing is worse than comeing out in the morning and all the birds are de-capitated.  :(

Is the roof covered with wire too?


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don't mind at all, thank you for the advice. i'll be getting the lumber for that and working on it.

the roof is covered with wire, that was a PITA
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« Reply #38 on: May 08, 2012, 03:38:30 PM »
Good advice about the stilts. It can get hot in the coop, and with outdoor shade the birds will be a lot happier. I have a big enough chicken yard that I was able to build a shade pavilion for them.
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« Reply #39 on: June 20, 2012, 11:02:42 PM »
Even before we renovated the "Chicken Ritz", we had a fenced yard for the chickens. In the beginning, it was just chicken wire strung between fence "T" posts.  That proved to be inadequate to contain our adventurous chickens, so we put up 2"x4" mesh field fencing.

Chickens have to be second only to hogs and rabbits when it comes to burrowing under fencing!  I patched, and mended and chased escapees for a couple years.  Finally, today, we put the last touches on the Exercise Yard!

This is the closest picture I have to a "before" shot, mainly because the yard was anything but photogenic!  :-[



My boy's buddy pitched in, and 4 hours later we'd moved 6 RR ties, and reinstalled the fencing. A gate has been added to allow access without going through the coop. I used a classic post-n-loop latch on the gate.



We brought the tiller in, and turned their yard over for them. They spent the first 3 hours in their new playpen rooting for nightcrawlers!



I defy those ol' biddies to crawl under THAT fence!


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