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The BuiltMore Coop (we built way more than we needed to...) Step One: Get chickens. We can only ever have 3 chickens, so each of us got to pick one of the breeds we researched that thrives in our geographic location / climate. This also means a small coop. Buff Orpington: Dominque and Delaware: This is how the chicken lady showed us to hold the chickens. (Guess what? Chicken butt!) Procure immediate, low-income housing since we haven't built a coop yet! This is the perfect area...
I know only what I've read about here on BYC and some online searching. I'm not a vet, but I wanted to have some things on hand in case my birds have a problem. Here is the kit I currently have including what problem each item is good for (with pertinant links). Hope other newbie bird owners find this helpful, and please correct me if I've listed something incorrectly or left out something important. I got all of this at my local feed store or drug store (CVS, Walgreens, etc.) CONTENTS:...
Build Yer Own Chicken Igloo Based on some advice we got here on the BYC forums, we had a catlitter pan that we put a bottle of frozen water in, and found that the chickens would get in there to cool down. But my husband wanted to do MORE. So, he made an igloo. And you can, too! Yesterday was 107 degrees here, and it breaks my heart to see the stories people are posting about their birds dying in this heat. This is a helpful solution for a few birds, but not a large flock. But, maybe...
We put a cupola on top of our coop, and when I say "we," I mean "my husband." It's functional, as you can see from the inside looking up. We () were sure to put hardware cloth on all holes. I was on the lookout for a weathervane. I thought it would be the perfect finishing touch. But, our coop is small, and, a full sized weathervane wouldn't work on our little coop. But, I found the PERFECT antique, miniture, cast iron weathervane on ebay. And, we just won it for $20. Top and Side...
I've read about chickens taking dirt baths and I've read on BYC to put sand in their runs for this. We currently have "river sand" in the run, which I think will drain rain away nicely, but with the bigger gravel than "play sand" is not condusive to chicken baths. When we let them out to free range, they run right to my flowerbeds and take a dirt bath. So, I'm confused...do they want fine sand or dirt to bathe in? So, I wanted to do an experiment: scrape up a corner of their run and put in...
I had to get the effort started, but everyone loves it. Hubby even commented that he'd rather string lights on coop gables than the house.:p Coop: 1 House: 0 Here's hoping Santa will leave us our first egg.:lol: This may be our Christmas Card this year: Now, to hang a wreath and change out the fall flowers in the windowbox for some votive candles. Merry Christmas, every one!
Well, it is getting a little cold, dropping into the 20s at night and my hubby decided to winterize. As you can see, our coop has some spacing between the boards where the wind could come whistling through: So, he applied insulation board on the inside of the coop. Shiny, shiny insulation board. The girls loved it! They loved it THIS much: They loved it on both sides: They seemed to not like the shiny paper as much as the styrofoam underneath, because we see evidence of discarded...
Throwin' Elbows We got 3 chickens at the same time. Two were just a week old, and the third was a Buff Orphington (BO) about 7-8 weeks old. The BO is so very sweet, but set the pecking order as expected since she is much older. Turns out, one little one was a roo, so he got taken back to the chicken farm to exchange for a hen (both the bird I exchanged and the new bird were about 6 weeks old). This again reset the pecking order, with the least dominant little one now in the middle and the...
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