Originally Posted by Kev
Cute chicks, Tank's getting big! NICE coop.. very impressed you used all hardware cloth.
Thanks! Well, yes, we have raccoons, skunks, possums, etc. I recently had my property fenced (8 ft fence) which should hopefully keep out coyotes and packs of dogs (though I suppose they can dig under), but raccoons have been around at night sometimes and I've seen the cats (not mine, but they think they own the place) scale the fence as well. Easier to go with the hard core option. Fortunately, I had some extra hardware cloth around (like, a lot) from an earlier aborted attempt at a PVC tractor (that turned out really badly and got dismantled). The whole she-bang will be encircled with electric fencing (soon - I need to set it up soon!). Next week I start the growout tractor...
They're ALL getting big, but yes, Tank is, well, a TANK. I think they'll be able to make it to next week's weighing (Weds.) before I switch out their leg bands (not snug yet). It's cute to see the little boys facing off in short "pecking order" type skirmishes. It's sort of like Lord of the Flies in there... That reminds me, next task is to figure out future back up rooster housing.
Originally Posted by draye @BantamFan4Life
Nice looking chicks.
Are these from you flock or ordered from a hatchery?
If you are referring to the photo, I think you might mean me? (@BantamFan4Life was quoting me.) These are the chicks I got from Ideal. (All the New Hampshires ran and hid from me - cowards! The Naked Necks are so curious and friendly, they are easy to catch with the camera...
I know they're only 2.5 weeks so far, but I am SO pleased with these chicks...
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