Abbys Egg Farm

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Abbys Egg Farm, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. Abbys Egg Farm

    Abbys Egg Farm In the Brooder

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    Well, I decided to go ahead an join this time. I have had chickens since 2008 and found BYC being very helpful back then to get us started. We started with 3 red producers in a chicken tractor that I made all out of "Obtanium". I built a real hen house a few years ago on skids so it would not be a permanent building. I now have 10 hens which consist of 3 Delawares, 2 Buff Orpingtons, and 5 Barred Rocks. They are still young birds and will not begin to lay till close to Christmas. I will be posting some pics of them, the hen house, and their enclosure. We have named the egg farm after our newest granddaughter Abigail Grace. I cannot wait till they start laying so that I can bless my great neighbors again as I always have. Hope my experiences will be able to aid those here who are just getting a start.
     
  2. satay

    satay oz-e-chick

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    Welcome :)
     
  3. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Crowing

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

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    Greetings from Kansas, Abbys Egg Farm, and [​IMG]! Great to have you aboard!
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

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    Welcome to BYC from Washington!
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    [​IMG]I love your term " obtanium" a great many members use that as well for coops, runs , nest boxes etc. Thankfully it's available in plentiful quantities
     
  7. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  8. Abbys Egg Farm

    Abbys Egg Farm In the Brooder

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    This the coop I built 4 years ago. The run is detachable. Note the nesting box on the outside to retrieve eggs without having to enter the coop. I used sofit vents along the bottom with just below the tin roof is covered with hardware cloth. This keeps good circulation even in the hottest of Texas summers.

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    This is the inside of the coop with my young hens feeding on their grower feed. The 5 gallon bucket on the right is one of 3 waterers I have with the chicken nipples. Above the hens is their roosting area with the removable perch for easy cleaning. Below the perch I use coated freezer paper to catch their nightly deposits which I change once or twice a week and put that in my compost barrels by my garden.

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    This is Beaker one of 3 Delaware hens that I have. She is by far the most inquisitive hen of the 10 and obviously not a bit camera shy.

    [​IMG]These are photos of their free range area which is an L shape along the back fence and up the side of the house. This is the first place they head in the early morning to forage on the bugs.
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    Flies are always a problem with the manure deposits however with 3 of these live traps and 5,000 predators a month I am able to keep them down to a minimum. Spaulding Labs is a great place to obtain your predators at a good price. They really do work well for me.
     

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