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A new start... Guinea fowl coop (edit: lots of pictures, more as I go)

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Last year I started with 6 guinea fowl and I kep them in this coop:

http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz333/Plants_2010/guinea%20coop/001.jpg


During christmas a dog got in and killed all 6 of them.  I free range them from around 2:00pm until dark, the dog came at lunch time.  When I came to let them out for there day, I saw all 5 guinea  fowl (one got killed by a hunter a few weeks before this) ripped up and feathers everywhere.  There was a german-short-haired-pointer in there.

http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz333/Plants_2010/Guinea%20fowl/dead2.jpg


(note:  This is the least graphic picture I have, picture will be removed upon request) smile



I am restarting and I plan to buy 5 guineas.  I am going to build a new wooden coop for my guineas, and I am not going to let that (above) happen again! 


Here is the area I have to build a new coop:

http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz333/Plants_2010/guinea%20coop/cooparea.jpg


Here is where the old coop was:
http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz333/Plants_2010/guinea%20coop/oldcoop.jpg



...I will post updates on how I am building the coop...
smile





(edit: picture removed).


Edited by BlakesFarm - 2/21/11 at 2:18pm
Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump
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Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump
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post #2 of 32
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Step 1...   Level out the area:

http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz333/Plants_2010/guinea%20coop/029.jpg

http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz333/Plants_2010/guinea%20coop/030.jpg

http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz333/Plants_2010/guinea%20coop/031.jpg

http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz333/Plants_2010/guinea%20coop/032.jpg



Step 2...  Put grass seed down.  This is for the guineas to eat in the run & to prevent erosion.

http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz333/Plants_2010/guinea%20coop/033.jpg

Step 3... Put straw over the grass seed (after mixing in the grass).  I put a tarp over the place where I want the coop and to keep birds from eating most of the grass seeds.  After the grass comes up I will remove the tarp.

http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz333/Plants_2010/guinea%20coop/034.jpg

http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz333/Plants_2010/guinea%20coop/035.jpg

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump
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Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump
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post #3 of 32

Great start!! thumbsup

Great hubby, 2 kids, 3 furry babies, lots of chickens!!

Blue, Black & Splash Marans. Blue Slate, Narragansett, & Rio Grand Turkeys, 

Guineas & Bob White Quail! NPIP Certified #851

 

 

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Great hubby, 2 kids, 3 furry babies, lots of chickens!!

Blue, Black & Splash Marans. Blue Slate, Narragansett, & Rio Grand Turkeys, 

Guineas & Bob White Quail! NPIP Certified #851

 

 

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post #4 of 32

Nice tractor, my man!!  Here is mine...
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/44703_gedc0117.jpg

Fighting solves EVERYTHING!!
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Fighting solves EVERYTHING!!
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post #5 of 32
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Quote:
Originally Posted by catdaddy66 

Nice tractor, my man!!  Here is mine...
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/44703_gedc0117.jpg


Yours is looking good too!  smile

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Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump
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Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump
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post #6 of 32

Blakesfarm,where in the upstate are you? We live in cowpens but all the family is near greenville and laurens.hope u have better luck this time.

Ameraucana ( Blue Wheaten) Silkied Ameraucana (BBS). Coronation Sussex. Ohiki. Yokohama.
I am NPIP
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Ameraucana ( Blue Wheaten) Silkied Ameraucana (BBS). Coronation Sussex. Ohiki. Yokohama.
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post #7 of 32

Good start, cannot wait to see the progress.
PS like your tractor.

Now that it's all over, what did you really do yesterday thats worth mentioning?
   Coleman Cox
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Now that it's all over, what did you really do yesterday thats worth mentioning?
   Coleman Cox
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post #8 of 32
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Quote:
Originally Posted by pokey 

Blakesfarm,where in the upstate are you? We live in cowpens but all the family is near greenville and laurens.hope u have better luck this time.


Spartanburg area.


Quote:
Originally Posted by mgw 

Good start, cannot wait to see the progress.
PS like your tractor.


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Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump
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Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump
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post #9 of 32
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yaUpdate:





See the grass?
http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz333/Plants_2010/guinea%20coop/002-1.jpg

I dug holes 1 ft deep, 4 1/2 ft apart:
http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz333/Plants_2010/guinea%20coop/003-1.jpg

http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz333/Plants_2010/guinea%20coop/005-1.jpg

http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz333/Plants_2010/guinea%20coop/004-1.jpg

Went out and bought three treated 4x4x8, we have one untreated 4 by 4 post (we will stain the bottem where it will be in the ground).  These should be the only peaces of treated wood we use.

$7.00 ea 4x4x8

-$21.00

http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz333/Plants_2010/guinea%20coop/001-1.jpg





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Edited by BlakesFarm - 2/20/11 at 1:56pm
Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump
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Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump
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post #10 of 32

Lookin good! smile

~Steven
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