Originally Posted by Roada Red
u could put the roost up against the wall up to the roost so it don't take up much floor space
If the roost is against the wall, how are the chickens going to roost on it? It should be a minimum of 12" from a parallel wall for large fowl.
Originally Posted by KDOGG331
It's definitely possible I got a bad one, not sure. I got the teenage idea from someone that told me it so I'm not sure. As for her getting close to my face, the gum thing happened when I was bending down to reach under the coop to I think get their feeder and she got me. The eye thing she flew onto my leg then my shoulder and I was feeding her and she pecked me. She also rolled onto my back and wouldn't get off when I was trying to get out. I sometimes hold the others but when they look curious about my face turn away or stop them. I just wasn't careful about them. I'm not going to allow them to climb all over me anymore though
See? There is always a reasonable explanation I figured you were holding them up to your face and took the hits.
In my opinion, if a chicken is too "assertive" with humans, it is aggression, not "Hi BFF!". I have one Ancona I'm not real sure about. If I squat down to do something she sometimes gets up on my shoulder. When I stand or brush her off she does the "I'm a pancake" squat so I know that SHE knows that I am higher in the pecking order. But lots of my chickens haven't yet figured out that freckles are not food, nor are small holes in hats, etc so I'm not about to let one sit on my shoulder and "hunt" for "food" on my face It is bad enough in the summer when they think those dark things on my arm might be food. Of course, if I had a tick, they would be most welcome to them. Fortunately, I have never had a tick.
Originally Posted by FarmerPhronc
I've got the ladies eating out of the palm of my hand! Boss with some meal worms mixed in.
Yep, that will do it for most chickens. Some of mine are still not real sure about hand feeding but they are right there to get some if I throw it for them. Want to watch something funny? Throw some treats to one side of the chickens, then throw some the other way and watch the scramble. "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" is not a concept chickens seem to understand
Originally Posted by gpeters3
I got all my wire up today and thought id see if the chicks wanted out so i opened the lid and stood back. A couple jumped up on the feed bar and looked around then jumped right back in the pen. It was windy all day. I think they still like their heat lamp. Supposed to warm up tomorrow so ill try again. I'm going to add the tunnels tomorrow and open them up to see what they do. I'll get some pics tomorrow. All i have left to do is run the dig proofing hardware cloth and eventually the barn door. I'm ready for a break :-)
It is not at all unusual for them to be nervous about new things. Just leave the lid open and the more adventurous will come out. The others will follow.
Originally Posted by TJordan
We left a gap 3" wide between the boards and put down hardware cloth for good ventilation. We will add 1"x2" floor strips on either side to secure from predators and keep toes from pulling it up. I will put hardware cloth around the bottom as well and have a place to put snake replant where the birds can't get to it.
The frame on sides pictures will be forth coming soon.
- Make sure you coat that chipboard really well with blackjack or some other sealer
- I don't understand the 3" gap. Once you have any sort of litter in there, it will be covered and do nothing. Better to have hardware covered gaps low in the walls high enough to be above the litter.