Originally Posted by Debby27
Just saw this on FB and thought I would post it, for all those looking to finance their operations, maybe it would be a viable option for some. :)
New Farm Storage Financing Options For Meat, Dairy, and Eggs from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition:
Originally Posted by stake
Good to hear from you....hope you get back on your feet...
you too @stake
Originally Posted by duckies1230
Any ducks for sale near Pittsburgh? Only looking for 1-2 females!!!!!!!!
Hi! not here!
Originally Posted by WhileHewasgamin
Thank you! Would you insulate your chicken coop? Trying to gather enough information before we make a decision.
We have mostly pallet coops, straw stuffed is great insulation, we actually dusted the straw with a little preth dust and we also added common Groc Store borax on the bottom skid "shelf" before adding straw. So its insulation and a bug protector as well. "Permethrin Dust is often used in pet kennels, vegetable and flower gardens and is an excellent alternative to using Sevin Dust and its cheeaper! Permethrin Dust is safer than other dusts, when using on pets or in vegetable gardens." Lowes carries a big generic BAG of Preth and its cheap! Some people cheaply stucco their pallet buildings, we used board on the outside and open on inside. There is a link to our pallet coops and how we made them in my signature. nice for a few birds but go bigger if you want a lot and you will!
We also add Ag Lime to our coops floors before adding bedding, after adding bedding we dust the top with a bit of preth. Ag. lime has an antibacterial quality, dries out and holds oders down big time, and also it makes it easier to clean. We never had bugs and NEVER want them on our birds, so every cleanout gets done correctly or my husband doesnt eat for a month! We have scheduled wormings every three months as well, I am OCD but my chickens love us for it and it shows. Its not that much more work to have a prevention schedule!
CAUTION with Lime! Don't purchase the wrong kind! most ag stores will give you the correct kind if you tell them why you want it! here is a discussion thread http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/47639/is-it-safe-to-use-lime-in-the-chicken-coop/0_100
Also see my last comment on this long quote ;)
Originally Posted by Chaos18
This is T-Bone (Sweetgrass tom), Cleo (Sweetgrass hen) and Thanksgiving and Christmas (who are both either Royal Palm or Royal palm mix). T-bone and Cleo are both a little over a year old and the two guests of honor are right around 4.5 months.
arent they just lovely!!! My dad has a empty Turkey run, I need to talk him into this kind! so pretty!
Originally Posted by AnneInTheBurbs @Sally Sunshine
. Nice to see you back! Hope this year is healthier for you! We missed you,
@AnneInTheBurbs you too, and thank you!
Originally Posted by Chaos18
Nope, my run doesn't have any type of ceiling or roofing (besides the wide open sky). All I did was run some chain link fencing around a semi-grassy semi-bushy area that had a couple small trees in it and so far the birds love it. Especially my rooster who likes to find the tallest log/ piece of rotten firewood he can to stand on and crow.
We had to cover ours for NPIP but we started to have issues with our WFBS and CCL flying out. The heavy birds did fine staying in the run, the rowdy birds flew out and couldnt get back in... Dummies! lol We just used the same wire as the run and used treated 2x4 ripped down as a cheap top frame for the wire, worked great and we never added a rain roof, although in the winter it would be great because of them not walking in snow, it would get them out more often and less coop cleanout in the cold! unless you do deep litter methods, but I cant seem to let mine go to do the deep litter. They say it works, but never read how healthy it is for them, or if the heat makes moisture and in turn frostbite? Anyone know more about deep litter let me know!