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  1. Naturegirl155

    Because my Facebook Friends are Tired of Chickens

    Thanks! We only have 5 chickens now but I would like to expand the coop and double our number of hens.
  2. Naturegirl155

    Because my Facebook Friends are Tired of Chickens

    Just sharing some pictures from today! I'm new to chicken life but I'm enjoying to learning curve. Gotta love when the gate opens and the dogs NEED to check out the chicken run and the chickens NEED to check out the dog yard. I guess the hay is always fresher on the other side... Mindy the...
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    Aspiring chicken farmer in CT

    Wait for the Twilight Zone marathon on New Year's Day. Spoiler Alert... "To Serve Man" is a cookbook!!:barnie
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    Young roosters

    I hope things work out for your roosters. I had 2 roosters with 4 hens for about six months (they all hatched and were raised together) before the second rooster really started trying to establish his dominance. Early on when the second cockerel crowed, I spent a lot of time on BYC...
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    Aspiring chicken farmer in CT

    If you're going to dream, dream big! You could probably design and build the coop within a greenhouse style bio-dome. Build the saucer coop on a rotating platform in the center and section off the bio-dome. Then you could set the coop to automatically rotate every few weeks so when the coop...
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    Aspiring chicken farmer in CT

    I've seen pictures of a saucer coop online and it looked really cool. I'd love to see pics of your design when its done. I'm new to BYC and recently posted my first question about winter weather in CT. My post is here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/worried-about-the-weather.1211784/...
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    Aspiring chicken farmer in CT

    Chicken is as chicken does. :D Welcome to BYC!:welcome As a new chicken owner myself (in CT as well), I've been fascinated watching their behavior and overanalyzing thier sounds and interactions. I also (as a result of our recent weather) have found myself overworrying about their winter...
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    Aspiring chicken farmer in CT

    Thanks for sharing the link! I'm also a new BYC member living in CT.
  9. Naturegirl155

    Hawk attack, hero rooster, and the circle of life

    I am so sorry for your loss but happy he went out fighting to save your girls! Without knowing your location, it's tough to tell what type of hawk. Coopers Hawks are fairly common but smaller than red tails I included a link to the bird guide I always use when trying to figure out what kind...
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    Worried About the Weather

    I want to thank everyone who took the time to respond and offer reassurance, suggestions, links, and photos. I feel much better about the measures I have already taken to winterize and have more specific guidance on how to improve some things. I'll be insulating my water bucket today and...
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    Worried About the Weather

    I'm not sure what the cost of the plastic is but I got a roll of weedblock fabric and a roll of burlap on Amazon for about $20 each. By sandwiching the two materials around the fence, I think I made a pretty good barrier that I will reuse in the garden in the spring. I think the more rigid...
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    Worried About the Weather

    Ha! I responded to your earlier post before I saw this! I like the "Temperature Monster" map where they show how much temps are going to drop in 24 hours.
  13. Naturegirl155

    Worried About the Weather

    According to Channel 3, more to come Sunday into Monday and possibly Tuesday! The school where I teach is in Waterbury so we're likely to have delays at the slightest snow which gives me more time to clear out the run a little.
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    Worried About the Weather

    Thanks for the link! We have a carport we use for a party tent in the summer but one year we left it up about a week into autumn storm season and a wind gust actually picked it up and over our house! I like the shed idea. I was looking at some of those online.
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    Worried About the Weather

    The visuals really help! When you mentioned the plywood I was thinking way over the top of the run. This makes it much clearer! (Also I can't stand when they sit on top of the bucket.)
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    Worried About the Weather

    Smacking my head right now ... I just let my husband throw away the plastic from the old flimsy greenhouse we used to have. The frame was broken but the plastic was still good. :he
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    Worried About the Weather

    If I can figure this chicken thing out, goats are my next project. I love your set-up!
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    Worried About the Weather

    Good call! New England can be unpredictable and if I prepare for the worst, we'll have another rainy warm winter but if I don't prepare, I'll be up to my eyeballs in snow damage. I do have a few 8 foot landscape boards in the garage that can be used as mid supports. When I was designing the...
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    Worried About the Weather

    Thanks so much for taking the time to offer advice! I will DEFINITELY waterseal in the spring if it isn't too late. Before we had chickens, I spent a lot of time watching the wildlife in our yard and loved checking the trail cam to see what was visiting when we were sleeping (or the dogs...
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    Worried About the Weather

    Thanks so much for taking the time to give me great feedback! I'm a teacher at a charter school so my day is longer than most teachers. Usually I'm gone from 6:30 in the morning and don't get home until 7-7:30 so I foresee frozen water as my biggest challenge too. We heat our home with...
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