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Surviving Minnesota!


Welcome to Minnesota.  Where you hope your hens and roosters grow extra fluff, and you hope your wood pile is high enough.

Starting a Thread to share all things Minnesotan.  Hacks to making poultry keeping easier and efficient in our Great State.  Show off birds and their beautiful coops, because I think Minnesota and her neighbors make some pretty nice buildings  for their Poultry.  We can talk TURKEYS, CHICKENS, DUCKS, GEESE, ROADRUNNERS, TOADS (mutts). Birds from Breeders, Hatchery or Barnyard crosses.  Whatever you want.  What did your chickens do today? We want to know.  Did they not lay one egg? Fill us In.  Did you get a Triple Yolker? Yah Sure.  Go ahead and give us the proof.

We enjoy Minnesota Traditions that involve getting off the couch.  So share your Minnesota Life with us on this page.  Hunting & Fishing Reports.  Feel free to Share secret Lake WishUKnew.  big_smile.png   Gardening, Arts & Crafts, Ice Skating, Skiing, snowmobiling, ATVing. Ride your bike around Lake Calhoun?  That's fine too.

Be prepared to talk about the weather.  After all that's what we do best.  highfive.gif  If you are escaping to a Sunny locale share with us.  Who's taking the chickens?  Be prepared to take your share of flack from those staying in the snow drifts.

If you have a great Lefsa recipe, you've found the right thread.  Chicken and Dumplings?  Better yet. Lutefisk?...well it didn't kill Grandpa I guess. Go Ahead. sickbyc.gif

Here are the rules:
* We are engulfed with politics on TV right now.  Let's leave them there.  If you need to Politic: FoxNews, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS will give you your fix. Please also read BYC's rules and TOS waaaaaayyyy at the bottom of the page.

* Hot Topics for Minnesotans are predation, global warming, organic vs. non-organic.  Try to be well studied/versed before you shout something out and be respectful and humble if you disagree.  Agree to Disagree.'s gonna happen.

* GET OUT YOUR CAMERAS!  The beautiful thing about BYC is you can learn to build a coop, get to know hardy breeds of Poultry and see creations like feeders, waterers,  brooders, etc.  through pictures.
 A picture is worth a 1,000 words. 

*Ask questions if you're new.  We'll give you our best humble opinion.

*Put on your Fat Pants, pull on your cozy slippers, sit down by the wood stove or fireplace with your mug of warm refreshments.  Get comfortable.  Pull Out the Laptop & Be Witty. We'll be having fun on here.
Edited by Bogtown Chick - 11/20/15 at 2:00pm
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Hang in there.  You're not the only Minnesota Chicken. 

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Hey BC.


 Nice thread... I am busy making a rooster coop run/pen so I can lock my turkeys up for winter. It is real redneck looking but will serve the purpose and is made 100% out of Junk wood!


Pictures to follow, use your imagination now,

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Wonderful. Wonderful. We like pictures of coops. Recycled stuff is environmentally friendly as long as you're keeping the DW happy and all tetanus is up to date. Lol. Be sure to include your test audience / photo bombers!
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@holm25 Can you post that beautiful picture of your Royal Palm cross tom?  It will be some nice eye candy for this New Minnesota Thread as we near Thanksgiving.

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@holm25 can you post that beautiful picture of your royal palm cross tom?

Of course!!

And some more random pics!! Be prepared for a photo bomb!!

Edited by holm25 - 11/18/15 at 1:06pm
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Chickens in MN either have lots of fluff or go to extremes to stay warm... Such has sleeping on a cat...

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@holm25 I'm loving the photo barage you've put up of all the birds and cows living the good life on your farm.  Wow. Thanks for sharing that good stuff with us.


Ralphie must not have rain getting all that work done on the Turkey House.  Looking forward to seeing the end result.


It's so rainy up here the docks are floating! :lol:

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It is terrible out., I am soaked, the DW is soaked.


I got the rooster moved to there new Coop.  And I use the term Coop lightly. It is an old temporary steps and landing I had on the back of the house before I built the deck and steps.



It is too dark and wet to get pictures.


We got the turkeys into the new coop. We got half the young ones in by throwing corn on the ground. then about  1/4 more we ran in. The others we walked over and into the new coop door.  Finally we ran down 2 of them and caught them in landing nets.   Landing nets and birds were made for each other.


After we got them in the guinea gulag we ran them into the new turkey house. The new turkey house was scary.  We have a "runway" type entry to the turkey house, We sat in the doorway and watched them try to find a roost. Because of the rain, I got impatient and went inside the house and lifted JJ, Ethel and Sidekick onto the roosts.  I think I threw my back out lifting Sidekick. I bet he was over 40 pounds and fighting mad at being lifted.



It was interesting to watch them fighting for position on new roosts.  I may have to add another roost or two to make enough room. Some like to be alone on the roost.


Here is a few pictures before we finished it.  It is "cheap" construction. A frame with poultry netting, and plastic over that. I have a vent on the north and south sides right at top of the coop. Hopefully that will pull the moisture out.



This is while we were building it. I have clear plastic on the south side. and blue on the north. My hope is the blue will absorb the light and heat the inside a tad. The clear will let the light in.  You can see on the top the vent space I have. I put a 1x3 on the ends like a fascia board to slow the air flow a tad but still let the air out.  It kind of looks like an old corn crib. I have sand about 200 feet deep on the floor then we covered it with oak leaves.


The tall side faces south. The ends are wrapped in netting and clear plastic.  I used 8mm plastic to try and limit the cracking and breaking by the wind. Time will tell.


The turkeys complained about being put in a building, but they started fluffing their feathers when they got in there. Now if they will be smart enough to stay in there.



The roosters I moved out of the guinea gulag are even more upset. They are refusing to enter their "coop" I assume they will be wet and cold by morning.

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Looks like that will be nice for the Turkeys.  They'll soon all adjust.  Just a rough patch getting used to a new home I suppose.


My birds have spent the last 3 days in the run and coop.  I'm glad I had it all buttoned down with Plastic on the Run and the Coop Reflectix project all done.  The silkie looked a little damp tonight, but nothing like yesterday.  I suspect she'll get herself dried off before the temps drop tonight.


It's rained so much that the TOP of my Hill that I walk down to the coop is Soggy!  LOL.  It's good for washing chicken poop into the soil though.  And if you look at California and all the dry weather out can we complain about water.

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