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Chigger Creek Hatchery

  1. opsrto
    Our well went out a about 6 weeks ago. When the guys showed up the next day, one of them asked if we had chickens. Not yet, but they are on the list. Well out he pulls 2 RIR chicks. Said he was trying to get rid of them. So we took them. I then desired it would be a good idea to have a place to keep them. Since it was in the warmer season, days were hitting in the 90s. I figured a heat lamp would not be needed but rather ventilation. We converted my sons old toy box into a make shift chick pen. it had 2 sliding doors on the front that were at about a 45deg angle so I removed one and installed a screen. This still gave us access, and the door as well as roof, provided shade. This was fine for about a week, but then it rained. Guess what happens to particle board when it rains...
    Anyway, here is what we put together. I saw the coops at the Family Center and Farm Supply Stores. Sorry, I am not paying $1200 for a 4x8 chicken coop. Not when I have a saw mill and enough material left over from builds and projects to do my own. So,
    here is the 4x8 cedar chicken coop.

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    My son putting the finishing touches on the fence material

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    Interior with nesting boxes and perches

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    the girls in their new house.

    I will get a few finished photos to add. This is to be a temp house. We are now working on the 10x12 that will be the egg house. Then this winter, I will be converting an old farm trailer into a chicken tractor for the spring meat birds. Since these two birds are really the first animals on our farm, I had to promise my son that they would get to die and natural death of old age. He said we can do what ever to the next batch.

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  1. Nickeyo
    I'm*
    Well I think so anyway
  2. Nickeyo
    Kim afraid to say cedar can be poisonous to chickens

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