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Yggdrasil Farms Poultry

By MacGuyver, May 22, 2012 | Updated: Sep 9, 2012 | | |
  1. MacGuyver
    I raise large fowl Dominiques for breed preservation and egg production in central Oklahoma. I also keep guineas for tick control, and a small flock of bantams (cochins and a silkie) for extra broodies. I like to build chicken stuff out of recycled materials whenever possible, hence the username. Here's some pictures from around our place.

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    Large fowl Dominiques in the big coop. This coop is made out of recycled materials: pallets for framing, shelving for walls, political signs for siding, doors and windows bought used off craigslist, and metal roofing I scrounged from a friend's junk pile. Did buy the hog panels new though. I'm currently working on a new, mobile coop for the Doms. When they move out, the guineas are going in here, minus the fence. Free ranging guineas eat more ticks.

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    Bantam cochin pair (the other girl is broody right now) and a black silkie that I got from a poultry swap. I was going to get one hen and have her live in the sunroom as a semi-house chicken. When I came home with four chickens, plans had to be revised. I built them this nice little chicken ark from more recycled materials. Leftover hardware cloth from another project, more metal roofing from a friend's junk pile, and the sides are made from shipping pallets they use for ZTR lawnmowers. Bonus nest box is a box that kitty litter came in. Just turned it upside down and cut a hole in it. Also, the dome in the far end there is a grill cover that I hung up to protect their feed from getting wet. We just had a big ol' hailstorm with wind and driving rain this past weekend and the feed stayed dry as a bone. SCORE!

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    Better view of the bantam ark showing them all hiding under the roof from the rain and hail.

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    This is a giant brooder I made out of (guess what?) ANOTHER shipping pallet. This one was a gift from our neighbors. They did a bathroom remodel and for some reason decided they wanted a HUGE stained glass window. . . in their bathroom? Whatever. I got a good brooder out of the deal. It's separated into three sections, so I can raise different batches at once. The giant platform on the bottom is made from leftover materials I had laying around from another project.

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    My foundation rooster for my breeding program.

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    Dustbathing hens. (I think there's a rooster back there somewhere too.)

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    My bantam cochin rooster and one of his hens.

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    My black silkie hen.

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    Dominique chicks. (And a salmon faverolle I'm fostering.)

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    Guinea keets, all colors.

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    My broody cochin.

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    First broody Dominique hen of the year.

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    This is our hoop house. We finished it earlier this summer and move it around the pasture.

    Hope you all enjoyed the pictures. I'll update periodically.

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  1. mystiquepwd
    I too love to find ways to recycle things. It gives me a lot of satisfaction. Aren't pallets the greatest?! And finally a good use for old political signs. I love it!

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