A few photos from Wisconsin

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Mac in Wisco, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

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  2. Chickenkate17

    Chickenkate17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So many eggs, so many chickens!!!
     
  3. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

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    that is alot of snow.
    So happy to live in the south (until summer hits and everything roasts)
     
  4. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays Premium Member

    Thanks for posting the pictures. I'd thought several times about asking. lol
     
  5. GammaPoppyLilyFlutter

    GammaPoppyLilyFlutter Love Comes with Feathers

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    That's a lot of chickens in one small space...


    I imagine the clucking in their is deafening!
     
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  6. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

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    Quote:Have you even seen the inside of a hatchery? This is like heaven compared to the inside a hatchery. Just sayin. Also [​IMG]
     
  7. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

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    Quote:Have you even seen the inside of a hatchery? This is like heaven compared to the inside a hatchery. Just sayin.

    Yes, this is heaven compared to most commercial operations. I just came in from there as I check them every night after they've bedded down for the evening and it's very comfortable in there. We provide supplemental heat to 65 F, although when it's above 25 F they provide enough heat to get it to 65 F as the building is very well insulated. (You can see the snow on the roof that's been there all winter). We also have a humidity controller that runs the ventilators and keeps the humidity at 60% which keeps the ammonia at very low levels.

    Come March they will have access to the pasture in the afternoons and the time outside will increase until they are going outside all day in late spring.
     
  8. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    WOW! How do you keep it so clean? I don't even see poop!

    Where do they roost at?

    Thanks so much for the great pictures!
     
  9. Mac in Wisco

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    Quote:Oh there's plenty of manure... You can see it piled up in the pits under the plastic slats or on the photos that show the floor. That's not dirt they are walking on, it's a mixture of manure and straw. It breaks down to the consistency of dirt and is actually more sanitary than you'd think. As long as it's kept fairly dry, it doesn't stink too much. Once in a while we'll have a water leak that fouls things up, but as long as we shovel out the wet areas promptly it stays pretty decent in there.

    They roost on the plastic slats at night, although we have been thinking about putting in some other perching areas. We just haven't decided exactly what we are going to do though.
     
  10. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    I was thinking that is where they probably roost at. Those girls got it made!

    I love it, Mac! You have a great set up. Will you come make me one like that? [​IMG]

    Do you ever do any breeding, or are you strictly for egg production?
     

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