Originally Posted by chicken danz
That's awesome HEChicken. I wish I could find a truck like that in the area. The city does a dump for free wood chips but it is load and unload yourselves and it's also a 15 minute drive to and from. It would be so nice to have them leave me a load. I could use them for a myriad of things.
I've been trying to find a tree company for several years! I just got lucky in this instance that they are working in our area but now that I have a contact name and number, I'm keeping it in my phone. My hope is that in future years I'll be able to call them and they'll be willing to deliver even if they're not working specifically in our area. We are only a short distance in from the main road leading to the landfill so even if they were coming from another town, it might not be far out of their way to deliver to us rather than go the rest of the way to the landfill and pay to dump them. Our city does also have them for free but we have to load them ourselves so having them dumped here for us, saved a lot of time and effort.
Originally Posted by lizzyGSR
I do not intend to put any windows or anything in the tin itself.
In addition to the air flow mentioned by others, I'm concerned about how dark it will be in there with tin over the hoop and the ends being solid wood (I think?) as well. I think you'll find they'll be retiring to roost earlier that they would if they had light, because they can't see well in the dark so they want to be on the roosts while they can still see well enough to jump up there. Also, you may find that they have a long period of non-laying over the winter when the days are short as the coop will stay much darker for longer than if they can see the daylight coming. My advice if you don't want to cut into the tin, would be to have windows in each end and then orient it so that it gets air flow through the coop via the prevailing winds. For example, our winds almost always come out of either the south or the north, so we'd want to orient it north-south to take advantage of the air flow that way. I would try to make the door in either end be basically one big window. And inside that, have a "screen" door (frame covered in hardware cloth). So you can prop the outside door open to allow air flow, while still maintaining security for the birds, for most of the year. I'd only close the solid doors on the coldest days in the winter.
Originally Posted by Trish44
When I raised the 3 pigs at my place at Derby I just had a small pen made of hog panels & they did have some shelter from the sun. Hogs don't sweat so they have to have a way to cool off. In the warmer weather I would go out & spray them down with the hose & they loved playing in the spray. I don't recall them trying to dig out of there & I don't think they would as long as they have what they need. I had a hog feeder with the doors that they had to lift up to eat & it was metal. When they thought it was time to eat they would start banging those doors with their snouts till I came out & fed them. What I liked about hogs was you could grow them out in only 6 months. I got mine in the spring & by fall they were ready for the locker.
Yeah I'm really not worried about them trying to dig out of the pen - more just the digging and rooting they do in general that can tear up a property pretty quickly and it takes ages for it to recover. What puts me off about pigs is any pics of them I see on for sale ads, the pigs are always living in a muddy mess without a blade of grass to eat. I figure if pigs can do that in the time it takes to raise them, I sure don't need my property looking like that by the time they leave That's why the only place I can think to put them is a place I want dug up anyway - i.e., future veggie patch. However as that site is in full sun, it would be too hot for them in the summer. So the best time would be to get fall pigs and raise them over the winter, but that is when we are getting less milk to feed them. Its a problem I haven't solved yet, which is why I still don't have pigs.
Yesterday was a busy day working goat kids. We got our little doelings disbudded and a buckling banded, as well as blood drawn on the adults for CAE/CL testing. It all went smoothly but these things just take time and meant I didn't get any of my chips spread at all. Today I think I'm going to close the front gate, let the stock out to graze the grass that is starting to green up, and get a bunch more wood chips spread. I'm trying to get them moved before they kill too much of the grass they are currently sitting on.