Chicken Morning - Pictorial

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kateseidel, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. kateseidel

    kateseidel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Morning with the henleys - and what the coop looks like after the new has worn off

    7:30 a.m. - fed the horses, down to the hens
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    The girls are always happy to see me. The coop is open to the run. They have a covered sandbox in the run, and a raised waterer.
    We left the run on the natural slope, so no draining issues, and because we sit on solid granite, we don't seem to have an issue with
    anything digging under the coop - only about 2" of soil, then solid rock.
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    Happier once I open the door and they are off
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    The morning run to take care of hen business
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    The main roosting area and a night's droppings accumulation
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    This was their original favorite roost, and I still have four that spend the night here. That's a nipple waterer hanging on the right.
    This winter, I'll be replacing it with a heated galvanized steel waterer to keep a fresh and unfrozen supply in the coop, but I have
    to run LOOOOOONG extension cords - no power in the coop
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    Mostly they ignore the big roost I built them, and only use it to launch to the higher roosts. Under the roost is their feeder,
    and to the right is a metal storage can for their feed, and the container for the Stall Dry and DE mix I use in the coop
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    The cleaning routine is pretty fast - probably not more than 5-6 minutes to scrape the droppings boards and dispose -
    I spend a lot of time with the hens in the coop, so I clean it every day. You can see their viewing windows, a lower roost
    in case they want to look out, and a bin of grit which I don't need anymore but can't throw away!
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    I sprinkle the boards with a mix of Stall Dry and DE for bug and smell control
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    The nest boxes, which the hens ignore. On top is the push on light I use to check head count at night if they go to bed
    before me, and the container I collect droppings in.
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    The nest they built themselves UNDER the nest boxes
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    Back up to the house, but one last look
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  2. bburn

    bburn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2010
    Delaware, Arkansas
    Great coop and run....and enjoyed seeing the chickens running out of the coop!
     
  3. Tdub4chiks

    Tdub4chiks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome coop. [​IMG]
     
  4. dmadden3

    dmadden3 New Egg

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    Love the pics. Just getiing started here, so I love looking at pictures. Waiting for the babies to grow and become hens is worse than a child waiting on Christmas morning.
     
  5. Mark & Nique

    Mark & Nique Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice! Thanks for sharing!
     
  6. kickinchicken

    kickinchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a beautiful flock of hens! [​IMG] They are truly adorable. You seem to really love your hens and caring for them seems like an enjoyable passion. Its amazing how something as simple as a chicken can occupy our hearts, our time and our souls. [​IMG] Just knowing they are happy and healthy makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. I love your little farm. Someday, I hope to get out of the suburbs and have my own little farm. [​IMG]

    When the market changes in about a hundred years I will have enough equity to get out of this house! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. JanieMarie

    JanieMarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for sharing! Nice coop & setup! It all sounds very similar to my routine. I also have a couple hens that make their own nests rather than laying in the nesting boxes! [​IMG]
     

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