Articles from owler

Construction I started this building process in mid September 2010. I vowed not to order chicks until the coop was completed. I really did not want to have the chicks in the house and I know my wife would not appreciate it. The process took a lot longer than I anticipated and guess what? I ordered the chicks before the coop was done for two reasons: Gives me a deadline to finish. I really wanted fresh eggs by spring time and the hatcheries stop deliving in Mid November. Well the coop...
Chicks residing at the Poo Drop' Inn They're here! The order arrived from McMurray on 11/10/10. I ordered seven RIR pullets and one RIR roo, 2 EE pullets and fifteen BR pullets, of which I only plan on keeping three. Needed a minimum order of 25 and since I knew I would not be able to identify the RIR roo, I figured to keep it simple to sell the extras. One BR was just about DOA. Another died on day three and one more had to be culled because of a really bad leg problem. I set my...
The Making of the "Poo Drop' Inn" Planning I have never owned chickens before so this is my first attempt at making a coop. I did a ton of research before I started. Most of it on BYC. This is an amazing resource. There were a few important criteria I had to deal with before I got started. I live in New Jersey. Home of the highest property taxes in the country. My monthly tax bill for my 1.25 acres is about what many in the country pay for a mortgage (maybe a little more), and the...
Construction (Continued from page 1) Adding the exterior sheeting I had a lot of reservations about using this new siding. It's call "Smartside" and you can find it in Home Depot and Lowes. The stuff is pretty thin. I had previously used T1-11 and is much thicker than this stuff. However, after working with it I like it. It's lighter to handle and seems to be just as strong and very hard. Screws secured it very well and they did not pull through the material. The primer on this...
Home of the Poo Drop' Inn and Weed Patch Welcome to my page! This is my first foray into keeping chickens. I have wanted to do this for long time and am very excited about having my own backyard flock. My primary interest is for eggs and the enjoyment the flock will bring. I decided on a mixed flock of Rhode Island Reds and Barred Rocks. My daughter made a request of and “interesting” chicken so I included two Americanas . My chicks arrived on 11/10/2010. You can follow my coop...
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