@ChickCrazed - your post on the avian flu got me wondering as well. The last time I was in Rural King, I talked to someone about guineas and turkeys, they had mentioned that all of their turkeys come from the local Perdue farms. As in, they live close to them and everytime they see one out in a field, or fallen off a truck and is still alive, they take it home. I would say that many people do things like this. Last year I am pretty sure that two pullets I got from a swap outside of TSC caused the illness in my flock. Even my DF said the other day that he saw a white turkey in the woods and he thought about going up and trying to catch it to bring home. I gave him a stern look and reminded him what we had to go through last year with the chicken plague! I told him under no circumstances will a bird be brought to the farm without knowing where it's from and that place doesn't have any illnesses. DF - 0, Me - 1. (Finally, as the man is always right!)
Now that things are drying out, we plan to work on fencing the front and drive. It wont stop all the dumping off, but may at least help. DH is getting more serious about a few security cameras too, the price has came way down.
After the guinea were dumped off here last year, I decided something has to change. There are still at least 15 of them, really irritating because they are pretty much wild.
I plan on using the plastic snow fencing around ours. Easily taken down so I can run the tiller between the rows. My chickens weren't the problem, the ducks were! they discovered fresh corn still on the stalks is pretty tasty
Think so! We are over by the new grade school between Ingalls and Pendleton, almost to fall creek. Love this area!
First hatch in the sportsman and loving it! No issues at all. Reminded me of the cooking appliance where they kept saying "Just set it and forget it!" These things are truly idiot proof!
The humidity in the unit has been about 45%-50% and when I put the eggs in lockdown, I put in one of the wicks. The humidity jumped to almost 70% and it start to form condensation on the bottom and leak as @birdman55 had warmed me. I removed the wick and decided to see how they hatch without increasing humidity. Worked beautifully!
Its great, I couldn't be happier with mine. FYI my little Moderns are growing like weeds, just adore them!
This is Ronnie, I'm not sure if he's a rooster or not, but I perched him on top of my chicken run, he's kinda homely looking, but I couldn't resist.
I bought this coop on ebay for $229.90 + tax, I wasn't very satisfied when it arrived, one of the roof panels was basically in pieces and there's nothing heavy duty about the thing, all the roof and sidewall slats are only 1/4' thick and the framing is mostly 1" x 1 1/4" fir that has been water proofed with a sealer, that being said, I could see daylight between the roof slats, I didn't like that and I used Flex Seal to seal up the roof once I got the basics constructed. Before that though, I had to go buy a brad nail gun and wood glue to repair what had fallen apart and to reinforce what hadn't. I've gone back and looked at this same coop on ebay and the price has more than doubled at $469.90, I wasn't very satisfied with the original price and the condition it came in, I'm afraid I'd have been upset if I had paid twice that.
As you can see, I've got some decoration on it, I'll probably add more to make it really gaudy. I also added some parachute cord which I have run though the roof of the run, down to the ramp so I can raise the ramp to allow me to move the coop around the yard like a tractor.
The roof of the coop does open up and that's a handy feature for cleaning and maintenance. The roosting rack that came with the coop was only 1/2" bars, I replaced it with these 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" bars.
The coop didn't originally come with wheels, but I added them so that when the time comes I will be able to roll the coop around the yard so my chickens can get fresh forage and bugs this summer. The wheels fall off if I lift up the coop when I get it where I want it.
Now that I've made my modifications, which was an additional expense, I'm reasonably satisfied with the results. The advertisement says 4 - 6 large birds, I think 6 might be a little tight, but time will tell. I'm looking forward to my peepers shipping on the 25th. The adventure begins.
Exciting! Love the little coop. Good idea converting it to a tractor, gives them more yummy grass and bugs.