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Dubious_Beans 11-02-2012 4:25 PM

CHICKENSSS!!!
 
I finally got my chickens and I'm so happy I can hardly stand myself. :)

The coop has been a work in progress for over a year now. I started it in early summer 2011 and got about 25% done before other problems & projects put a halt to it.
Finally this summer I had time to work on it again and finish it up.

The house has 36 square feet of floor space including the nesting boxes and it's tall enough for a human to stand up in.
The fully enclosed run covers about 500 square feet.
Hopefully it's predator proof. I spent a LOT of hours digging a trench around the perimeter and burying fence wire so the varmints can't dig under.
Here's the chicken palace...

http://www.weirdstuffwemake.com/blac.../coop_3378.JPG

http://www.weirdstuffwemake.com/blac.../coop_3377.JPG

http://www.weirdstuffwemake.com/blac.../coop_3379.JPG


Today I went to see the local Chicken Vendor and I got 8 hens.
3ea Ameraucana, 3ea Plymouth Barred Rock, and 2ea Rhode Island Red.
I wanted a couple of Black Australorps also but chicken dude didn't have any this week. Probably next week I'll go pick up a couple of those to make an even 10 hens.

The ladies have been getting used to their new home for a few hours now.

http://www.weirdstuffwemake.com/blac...ckens_3387.JPG

http://www.weirdstuffwemake.com/blac...ckens_3394.JPG

http://www.weirdstuffwemake.com/blac...ckens_3403.JPG

http://www.weirdstuffwemake.com/blac...ckens_3409.JPG

YIPPEEEEE!!!! FINALLY GOT CHICKENS!!!!

I'm so effin' happy. :D

gsusd 11-02-2012 4:30 PM

great! growing baby chicken is fun too.

ElvenSoul 11-02-2012 4:32 PM

No Roster?

xgi1991 11-02-2012 4:35 PM

nice, but yeah, you need a roster, got two for free if you want them, lol

Henry Shooter 11-02-2012 5:04 PM

Nice Pad for the chix man... better pad than most people have. Beautiful man. Good job.

chris 11-02-2012 5:14 PM

very nice work.

Dubious_Beans 11-02-2012 6:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Henry Shooter (Post 9642919)
Nice Pad for the chix man... better pad than most people have. Beautiful man. Good job.

Awww, thanks. I want my girls to have a nice pad. :)
And I have to look at it out of my kitchen window so I felt compelled to slap some paint on it at least.

My good neighbor GAVE me all the nice tongue & groove siding. It was leftover from her barn and was rotting away on a pallet when I asked if I could have it for chickens. That's one neighbor I owe LOTS of eggs!
The paint was leftover from other jobs.
The ancient windows were stacked in a old shed when I moved here.
The coop itself didn't cost much to build, mostly 2x4's for framing plus window & door hinges and latches.

But the run was the killer expense. Almost 200 feet of 6' fence wire + peeler cores and PT lumber... :(
I hope the hens appreciate it and lay lots of eggs!
They also have a few acres to free range on when there's adult supervision to shoo away the coyotes, bobcats, and raccoons.



Quote:

Originally Posted by xgi1991 (Post 9642730)
nice, but yeah, you need a roster, got two for free if you want them, lol

Roosters are not on the roster at this time. Maybe later....

But thanks. :)


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EM2 11-02-2012 7:01 PM

Very nice set up.

Rooster, don't need no roosters. room for only one cock in this house. ;)

I got rid of my rooster cause he was tearin up the hens & got a bit ornry.
You only need one if you intend to breed more chickens.

Sanderhawk 11-02-2012 7:45 PM

Awsome. post up now and then to let us know how things are going. :)

mvpatriot 11-02-2012 7:57 PM

When I die I will come back as the rooster in that awesome looking hen house!

VegasND 11-02-2012 8:13 PM

You did a good job and that turned out very well.

kaligaran 11-02-2012 8:58 PM

It really does look great.

GJ!

Flying Sig 11-03-2012 1:26 AM

Wow, that is one sweet setup. Congrats!!

Do you plan on hatching chicks? We have a coup with the same wire for the perimeter fence and the only problem we have encountered is that the new chicks can run in and out as they please (we hatch chicks naturally with zero interference from us). So far we have been lucky, no fatalities, but there have been some close calls. If you let the chicks run with the hens you may need to overlay some finer mesh. Anyway, my wife will probably chime in, she's the chicken whisper.

I'm jealous! Great setup.

NastyNate 11-03-2012 2:41 AM

Nice setup.

socalbowhunter 11-03-2012 3:23 AM

That is a huge pen. Almost makes them free range. Nicely done.

rromeo 11-03-2012 4:34 AM

Nice coop, nice chickens. Don't get a rooster.

Hopi 11-03-2012 7:11 AM

That's a very nice coop!

Have you thought about using construction sand instead of shavings on the floor? The sand is a million times easier to keep clean and sanitary, and I lose very little when scooping poop. I found the shavings hold moisture and funk and can really stink if you don't replace it frequently even with regular scooping. The sand is like a dream compared....

Horton Fenty 11-03-2012 7:21 AM

That's sweet man. Real nice setup.

Darklyte27 11-03-2012 8:15 AM

Nice we have more eggs than we can eat right now!

Dutch3 11-03-2012 8:46 AM

Congrats! I am sure you will enjoy the girls.

Mine are almost like obstinate little dogs.

EM2 11-03-2012 12:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hopi (Post 9645607)
That's a very nice coop!

Have you thought about using construction sand instead of shavings on the floor? The sand is a million times easier to keep clean and sanitary, and I lose very little when scooping poop. I found the shavings hold moisture and funk and can really stink if you don't replace it frequently even with regular scooping. The sand is like a dream compared....



I use a dirt floor in my chicken coop.
The chicken take dirt baths anyway and I figured this would work best.

toyotaguy 11-03-2012 12:05 PM

Your chickens and coop look great! Congratulations! With such a large run you could even potentially plant some pasture crops for chickens in a sectioned off area for feed if you get really inspired.

Horton Fenty 11-03-2012 3:09 PM

My wife has wanted chickens for years. I showed her your setup now she's convinced we need something similar. :hammer:

Dubious_Beans 11-03-2012 3:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by toyotaguy (Post 9646879)
Your chickens and coop look great! Congratulations! With such a large run you could even potentially plant some pasture crops for chickens in a sectioned off area for feed if you get really inspired.


Thanks toyotaguy.

Your setup was highly motivational for me.
Whenever I got discouraged at all the digging it took for the underground part of the fence I'd go sit and stare at your chicken & coop photos for a while until I got motivated to go back out and work the shovel a while longer. :)

Dubious_Beans 11-03-2012 3:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Horton Fenty (Post 9647715)
My wife has wanted chickens for years. I showed her your setup now she's convinced we need something similar. :hammer:

That'll give you something to keep you busy for a few days. It'll be good for you. It'll keep you away from Rotten Luck Willie's saloon for a while. :D

Dubious_Beans 11-03-2012 3:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EM2 (Post 9646865)
I use a dirt floor in my chicken coop.
The chicken take dirt baths anyway and I figured this would work best.

Dirt is fine. The steepness of the terrain was part of the reason for building my coop up off the ground, plus we have a lot of mice & rats around so I figured a solid floor would be a good thing.
They'll have to step outside if they want a dirt bath.

Dubious_Beans 11-03-2012 3:32 PM

Heh, they sure do love a big ol' zucchini!

http://www.weirdstuffwemake.com/blac...ckens_3431.JPG

EM2 11-03-2012 5:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dubious_Beans (Post 9642649)
I finally got my chickens and I'm so happy I can hardly stand myself. :)

The coop has been a work in progress for over a year now. I started it in early summer 2011 and got about 25% done before other problems & projects put a halt to it.
Finally this summer I had time to work on it again and finish it up.

The house has 36 square feet of floor space including the nesting boxes and it's tall enough for a human to stand up in.
The fully enclosed run covers about 500 square feet.
Hopefully it's predator proof. I spent a LOT of hours digging a trench around the perimeter and burying fence wire so the varmints can't dig under.
Here's the chicken palace...

YIPPEEEEE!!!! FINALLY GOT CHICKENS!!!!

I'm so effin' happy. :D



So here are some pics of my chicken set up.
I do not have as much footage for the chickens and may have to rectify that.
Your set up is very inspirational.

I do have a few features which make maintainence easier, such as fencing off the area directly below the roosts & rigging up drip nipples in the bottom of a water bottle.
By fencing off below the roosts you separate the chickens from the majority of their poo and since I have a door on the back wall about every 4 months or so I can scoop out the poo and mix into my compost.


[IMG]http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/...1/100_6553.jpg[/IMG]


[IMG]http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/...1/100_6549.jpg[/IMG]


[IMG]http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/...100_6558-1.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/...1/100_6550.jpg[/IMG]

henmar77 11-03-2012 5:44 PM

Damn that's impressive!!

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Dubious_Beans 11-03-2012 7:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EM2 (Post 9648457)
So here are some pics of my chicken set up.
[IMG]http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/...1/100_6553.jpg[/IMG]

I like it!
You've got a nice big barn area for shelter.
How many chickens have you got? Eggs only, or meat chickens also?


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EM2 11-04-2012 8:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dubious_Beans (Post 9649034)
I like it!
You've got a nice big barn area for shelter.
How many chickens have you got? Eggs only, or meat chickens also?


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The barn is 8'x12' and I built it so I could walk inside without having to bend over. I also wanted something that would look like a barn. I used scrap materials for all except the roofing and built it on the ground so they would have a dirt floor. This reduces maintainence considerably. You'll notice it is on a slight slope so I built up one side and filled it in with clean dirt so the floor is level.
The yard is 12'x12' and have fencing for a cover to keep out predators. I also buried fencing along the perimeter for the same reason.

I have 16 chickens all egg layers.
I have not yet gotten to the point where I will eat them but that may soon change.

Dubious_Beans 11-09-2012 7:47 PM

Well, I've been a Chicken Rancher for a full week now and the chickens & I have all survived the experience so far.

So I got 2 more today. That makes 10 total.
It's been big fun to watch them scratch and run around. Anytime one of them catches a decent sized bug, all the others chase it around trying to steal it. And it's amazing to watch them leap up into the air to catch flies. They are very good at snatching them out of the air or off of the wire fencing when they land there.

They're already pretty friendly with me and most are willing to come eat corn or grains right out of my hand. They've figured out that I'm "that guy with the goodies" and come running to great me when I come in the gate. :)

I'd like to get 2 more to make an even dozen. When spring comes we should be pretty well inundated with fresh eggs. I hope my friends and neighbors are up for that challenge. :D


Here's our 2 newest tenants in the hen house.

http://www.weirdstuffwemake.com/blac...ckens_3482.JPG

http://www.weirdstuffwemake.com/blac...ckens_3479.JPG

I'm enjoying the chicken experience so far. Can't wait for our first egg. Probably will be another month or 2 at least...

Horton Fenty 11-10-2012 4:06 AM

Nice. Keep up with the updates Beans. :thumbsup:

Roots78 11-13-2012 12:35 PM

Nice looking setup for your chickens. I love my chickens. A rooster is a must if you want to have a supply of new babies over a long term. I personally like my Turkens (naked neck chickens) the best and I plan to get more and do away with some of the more ornery species. They are one thing that I plan to take with us when we move out to the boondocks this year.

Eldraque 11-13-2012 12:40 PM

this makes me want chickens

Dubious_Beans 11-13-2012 4:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Roots78 (Post 9715959)
A rooster is a must if you want to have a supply of new babies over a long term.

No rooster for me at this time. But maybe someday.
I don't think a rooster would last very long here. About the 2nd or 3rd time that it woke me up at 4:30AM I would probably send it off to Crock Pot Camp...
And I like my tenants (who live next door) and I don't think they'd appreciate a rooster very much either.

Just hens for eggs right now.

Dubious_Beans 11-13-2012 4:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Eldraque (Post 9716004)
this makes me want chickens

It's a dream come true for me.
Sometimes I dream small. :)

It's a good thing I got them when I did. I needed someone to eat those leftover brussel sprouts in the fridge. The chickens went nuts over 'em today.

Roots78 11-13-2012 5:23 PM

I currently have 3 roosters but I will be getting rid of 2 of them very soon. My neighbors don't seem to mind the roosters' crowing and I was raised on a farm so it doesn't bother me either. I sleep right through them crowing. I understand where you're coming from though. Enjoy your chickens and their delicious eggs!

Fireguy 11-13-2012 6:57 PM

When the tomatoes season is over the chickens are let into the veggie garden for a treat

shanesanity 11-14-2012 8:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EM2 (Post 9648457)

Anyone else see the photobomb?


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