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  1. Malfean

    Anything to be done?

    I know I can get 2-3 of my neighbors to possibly argue a point or two, yes. The neighbor across the street with 4-chickens of his own has told me that I may speak for him on this. Not sure if any of them would be willing to go to the council meeting, but I am pretty sure I could get them to...
  2. Malfean

    Anything to be done?

    An added absurdity that my neighbor across the street (who owns 4 chickens too), told me that they also put a 25' distance from all property lines. In my instance, that would be almost impossible. My coop would end up on my porch in the middle of my yard, up against the back wall!
  3. Malfean

    Anything to be done?

    Ok, so here's the story. About 2 months ago, someone in my town (about 1 mile away) had bought some chickens and a coop and put them in the yard. Because they're on a corner, everyone could see the coop. Local kids loved it, etc... However, they had a rooster. So they attracted obvious...
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    Comment by 'Malfean' in article 'Ariannas Chicken Coop'

    Smoking perfection......
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    Comment by 'Malfean' in article 'Ariannas Chicken Coop'

    You bring the tea, and I'll haul my grill and smoker and make a competition-quality brisket for people. We can sip that tea, and admire that castle-coop all day.
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    Comment by 'Malfean' in article 'Ariannas Chicken Coop'

    That's not a Coop, or a Run... that is a Castle & Chicken Mansion complete with grounds. WOW...
  7. Malfean

    Our First Egg!

    Ha! With my three kids constantly around them, watching them and caring for them... not to mention walking around the yard when we let them out of the run? I’d be shocked.
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    Our First Egg!

    About 6 of them are doing the whole squat with the hand on the back gently.
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    Our First Egg!

    This morning, I noticed that my chickens were behaving a little strange. I recently put a chicken door in the coop and they like to come out around 6.30am. However this morning, I saw that about half of them were out, but they were all looking into the coop through the door. Like they were...
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    When to prepare the nests for egglaying

    This is the roost. It is 5 feet in length. and 4.5 feet of height. There are 20 chickens. the majority of them like to sleep on the top tier, and some on the second. I rarely see any on the 3rd and none on the lowest. Obviously, they all want to roost on that top rung. There is plenty of...
  11. Malfean

    When to prepare the nests for egglaying

    90% of them use the roost reliably. Some of them, however, I have noticed will go and wedge themselves between the milk crates. I've noticed that when I open the coop in the morning. The 'aspiring chicken wrangler' in me things the solution is to put something between the nesting boxes so...
  12. Malfean

    When to prepare the nests for egglaying

    I will take this advice... but how do I keep them from sleeping in the nests?
  13. Malfean

    2021 BYC Calendar - We Need Your Pictures!

    A nice springtime shot
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    When to prepare the nests for egglaying

    In my coop, the roost sits opposite of where the nests will be. Currently, I have 6 milk crates and have placed them on a nice shelving unit that the girls can access. To make sure they don't roost in the nesting boxes, I currently have them turned over so they're just sitting there like a...
  15. Malfean

    How long do new chickens need to stay in the coop?

    chickens hangin' in the Coop!
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    How long do new chickens need to stay in the coop?

    What was interesting was on Sunday one of those Hawks, a beautiful one at that, came in across my lawn and face planted into the chicken wire of the Run. Naturally, the Chickens went berserk and all raced into the Coop, but that Hawk... I thought she'd killed herself. Instead, she got up, flew...
  17. Malfean

    How long do new chickens need to stay in the coop?

    I live outside of Chicago, to the west in a suburban area... if I go about 5 miles east, its Urban. If I go about 10 miles west, its Rural. So I am in that little belt that looks like every suburban neighborhood you've ever seen on the Tele. That said, in my area, I have personally seen the...
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    How long do new chickens need to stay in the coop?

    That's exactly what I did! My lil' guys were brooded in our sunroom. I used my dog's crate as the brooder (he didn't mind too much... got extra milkbones for his pain and suffering and hardship). I hung the lamp from the top of the crate, put pine shavings in the bottom and cardboard about 4...
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    How long do new chickens need to stay in the coop?

    THAT is a beautiful coop and run.
  20. Malfean

    How long do new chickens need to stay in the coop?

    I think you will be pleasantly surprised to see them go into the coop when it gets dark all by themselves. I was told they would do this, and when I saw them doing it, I was pretty happy. I also put a small wattage lightbulb in the coop (it just hangs there), so they'll saunter and swagger...
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