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We just have 5 chickens, and it seems most commercially available heated water dishes are larger and more expensive than I'd like. With the cold Chicago winter coming up, I needed to come up with something. I found a 1 quart heated pet bowl from Walmart.com for $13.47 ($16.38 including tax and shipping). It is a good, stable design so they won't tip it over. A pleasant surprise is that this bowl is made in USA. Unfortunately, it was clear our chooks would walk in it, poop in it, and...
My five chooks have a nice large coop and secure run, but we like to take them to our overgrown vegetable garden so they can play around and gorge themselves on veggies and bugs. However, it's about 200 feet, and the young rooster gets worried if I carry them one or two at a time... so, I needed a little wagon. For two weeks I haunted garage sales and craigslist for a little red wagon, to no avail, so I found four lawnmower wheels (7" diameter, $5.49 each) and built the rest from scrap...
Fowlies Bregère Our original coop and run was built on an existing fenced in 8' x 20' concrete slab, an old dog kennel. It was rather haphazard, built mostly from scavenged and scrap materials. The chained link is wrapped with galvanized sheet metal for the lower two feet, and then hardware cloth, and the roof has clear fiberglass panels. The coop inside is made from left over building materials, with the walls and roof made from SIPS panels. These are Structural Insulated Panels, a sandwich...
We live near Brewster Creek, and our young rooster is named Brooster, so our little flock is Broosters Clique. Our chickens all came from Primrose Farm, an educational farm museum run by the city of St. Charles, Illinois. It is set up so that visitors can learn what farm life was like in the 1930's, using technology and methods of those times. They raise Columbian Wyandottes, a beautiful breed, good layers, and mellow personalities. This was the day the Clique moved in with us in Nov....
We started with three young Columbian Wyandottes in 2010; sadly, after a year a raccoon broke in and killed them. We turned the coop and run into a fortress, and after various adventures we now have five, two laying hens and three young'uns. We live an hour outside Chicago. Our chickens posed for a family portrait on their first day with us, Nov. 2011 Left to right you see Brewster, Donna, Goldie, and Mossy. Brewster, he Ruled the Roost. He fell off his perch a few times, knocking...
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