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By VERN, Jan 11, 2012 | |
  1. VERN
    WELCOME TO HYATT FARMS
    It started about 30 some odd years ago. My dad moved us from a small city to the farm. Where upon over the years of my youth, we had Horses, pigs, sheep, goats, cows, rabbits, geese and yes chickens.
    I swore that when I left the farm for the city I would not venture back to the farm.
    Fast forward to today
    I currently have (In my back yard mind you) 6 rabbits and 7 chickens.

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    The rabbits Me and Wife wanted because they were easy to keep and well she fell in love with them.

    The chickens....Well she wanted fresh eggs. I gave in and is now on board with that....YUM
    Besides they do wonders on the insect pest problem.

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    So went to feed store came home with 2 Buff Orpingtons,2 EEs, 1 Silver Laced Wayondotte and a Crested Polish that the wife liked.

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    They needed housing so I threw this together for them.
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    So off to the feed store for a replacement. When I went in they had white EEs. So I got 1 of them and because she needed a friend in the brooder a Black Australorp.
    Got them home and into my garage and the home made card board box brooder

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    So the more I looked at the temp housing the more I had to do someting. So with some plans in my head and some ideas on BYC I was off.
    What I ended up with was this 2 story 8' long by 4' 2" wide and slightly higher then 4' 6"
    Do you think for longer days of inclimate weather that 7 chickens would be ok in this enclosure?

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    This will be of a night time enclosure for them. There is a lot of little insect boogers for them to eat in the yard. I got some nest boxes made and will put them in then add pine bedding when I start seeing signs of laying.


    BUT DO YOU THINK THE HEN HOUSE NEEDS SOME SORT OF WINDOWS?
    Still have lots of plans and upgrades in my head.Maybe a window for the hen house part or bars for windows.
    But money in the wallet well thats another story
    And because they needed a place to roost

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    At first they didn't know what to think about the 2nd story. Now they all go up and roost up there.
    Must make them feel secure.
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    Happy to report that after me putting them up at night, they now do it themselves. totaly great.
    Just got a bag of freeze dried meal worms. They love me now. When they hear my voice their chirping changes to a happy chirp.
    Just goes to show the way to anythings heart is its stomach.

    We had a pretty good storm fly thru here. Lots of wind and rain. I think it passed the test the roof stayed on, the chickens stayed drie, and the whole thing didnt tople over....... WOO HOO!

    page still a work in progress
    any suggestions or thoughts let me know​

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