So after being chickenless for most of the summer I finally found some hatching eggs and started a new flock. Three, five week old Dark Brahmas, two, eight week old Buffs and two project Golds. Feels good to be greeted by happy birds when I go out to the coop again....the Buffs are sooo sweet and friendly!
Because I didn't have cockerels for the freezer this fall I'm doing a batch of meat pullets. Another week or two and the freezer should be full and I get my layer coop back. Started with 60, lost one at three days old and one has a bum leg....about the same problems I had raising straight run a few years ago.
Jim, I had to laugh at your high powered plucker...my boyfriend built a tabletop model a few years ago and the first time we tried it out it shot a plume of feathers 15 feet in the air! I was standing there eyes wide/mouth hanging open and he calmly said 'yup, gotta gear it down a little'.
Stacy that is an outstanding build! Wonderful reuse of materials...good job!
Brentonc, I've done both...water inside or out depending on the circumstances. In the pic above of the chicks, there is a quart waterer around the corner, in the bigger walk-in coops I have water inside (on a heater base for winter), but in the smaller breeder coops where there is less space I water outside. For these I use a heated dog dish in winter...put an inch of water in the heated dish then set a stainless dish inside and fill. That way you can remove and clean the stainless without having to unplug the heated one. In good weather there are also waterers in the pens. It might be overkill but I think it's good for the girls to stay hydrated for good digestion and egg making.