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    2008 was our first year with chickens. We really got started on it by a friend who has over a dozen chickens the year before - Thank you Corry.
    So we spent the winter months building a insulated A-frame chicken tractor that could be moved all over our yard. It has a door on the bottom, a door for the nest box and feed station, and 2 large cleanout doors. It looks nice, works well for 3-4 chickens, just a bit heavier than we thought it would be.

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    n May 2008 we got 6 baby chicks from a chicken farm south of Pittsburgh.
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    2 cochins Puffy & Flowery 2 Ameracaunas Lisa & Rosalie - 2 white silkies Fritzy-Lou and Susie).
    See http://www.popsonfarm.com/ for more details.
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    3 of them turned out to be roosters and we gave them away. In October our white silkie hen Susie passed away very unexpectedly.


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    Come fall we had decided that we wanted more chickens, so we started to build our big chicken house. It is 8'x10' with a 8'x4 ' workspace inside, leaving the chickens 8'x6'. While the chicken tractor took 4 months to build, the large chicken house was finished in 1 month, just before the first snow came. The 4 chickens seemed very happy to move into their new home. We added the 8'x16' fenced in run. It is only a temporary setup until we can make it nice next spring.
    In late November we decided to adopt 6 hens, a rooster and a turkey girl. The turkey wasn't planned for but came with the chickens. It works out ok, except for the turkey not fitting through my small chicken door. So I have to either open the window and let her fly out our open the clean-out door. We also started to add light from 2-7 AM to see if we can trick the hens into laying.
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    [B]2008-12-07: FINALLY, our VERY first egg![/B] We think it came from one of the cochins.

    [SIZE=3][B]2008-12-09[/B]: Yippey, 2 more eggs!!! [FONT=Arial][SIZE=3]We will add more pictures of our coop and chickens during the next weeks.
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