Getting the flock out of here - a diary of a crazy chicken man

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ozexpat, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. SilkieSensation

    SilkieSensation Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 25, 2012
    Baltic, Ohio
    Started our grow-out pen tonight which will become the layer coop later once some of the spare chicks are sold & the meaties are processed. Coop will be 8X4 with attached run of 8X15. The wall with the "people" door is 5 ft tall & will slant up to the pop door side at 6 ft high. We would have done it the other way around except for the fact that we are recycling parts of an old storage shed that used to sit there & the 5 ft wall was already mostly intact & just needed a few boards nailed back on after taking the huge full length window out that will now be the door. That wall & the corner supports are up & wood has been measured for cutting in the morning. Most of what is taking the longest is clearing all the brush & branches out of the way & finding usable pieces of scrap wood the right lengths. We have a TON of old windows sitting around so plan on putting a small crank-open window in each end & covering the inside with wire so they can be opened for ventilation in the summer. Once this coop & run are complete, 1 side will double as the 1st wall of the next pen & the other side will be 1 edge of the garden fence to keep deer & rabbits out. Beside the coop will go a duck pen with shelter box inside a 6x15 run. If we have room, another pen identical to that 1 will go next & share the duck pen wall for another set of ducks. If I do it right, I may have room for 3 duck pens before running into the big tree, but I can always put the next pen AROUND the tree & put the runners in it since they don't fly & don't ned a top on their pen as long as they get locked down at night. We have several months worth of pen building to do ahead of us.
  2. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    so many busy little coop builders. the chicken keeping business is booming
  3. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    Ok lads and lasses, here is the latest working list.

    Still on the list are

    24 Barred Rock - heritage class deal done

    24 Giant Jersey - heritage class deal done
    24 Rhode Island Reds - heritage class deal done
    24 Sussex - heritage class deferred till July
    24 Creme Legbars -deal done

    24 Ameracauna/Aracauna deal done
    24 White Crested Black Polish deal done

    I have enough chicken eggs already!!! [​IMG]

    12 bourbon red turkey deal done

    12 blue slate turkey deal done
    12 peafowl
    40 mixed guinea fowl deal done

    120 Texas A&M coturnix
    6-12 tolouse goose
    6-12 sebastapool goose
    12 Rouen Duck deferred till July
    The july run will be the mutha ducka of a run
    6 emu (deferred till march 2014)
    and anything interesting I find on the way
    including some plans for September huch as

    Silver Laced Wyandottes
    New Hampshire Reds
    White Plymouth Rocks
    Salmon Favorelles
    Blue Andalusians
    Light Brahma

    I can take partials if I can mix n match suppliers to get a minimum of 18 large fowl and 6 bigger egg birds.

    Due to the nature of the travel and time associated with it, I need eggs laid May 23-28 I fly out on May 30, arrive June 1 and eggs will be set on June 2.turkey, goose and peafowl

    Ask your chickens if they want to have children living in paradise? Maybe somewhere they can retire too lol here is the photo link to their new home
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2013
  4. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm


    glad you made it
  5. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm


    I received a text message from Bernie today. The incubators are holding temp at 99.5 [​IMG]

    We should have pullet eggs from the first immigrants in 6 weeks!

    Bernie is building the Coturnix cages and putting the divide down the main coop in preparation for our second hatch.

    People were appalled when I said that we are eating the roosters from the first hatch and want us to sell them or swap them for local chickens to eat, I guess we have a market developing!
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  6. bribre

    bribre Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2012
    Alberta Canada

    Wow I love your user name partyfowl!!!! Hahaha that's a good one for sure! Can you tell I'm young lol
  7. hillfloweranch

    hillfloweranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2012
    Los Angeles, California
    Wanna add delawares to your list? They lay extra large eggs and they're people friendly. :). Edited - lay brown eggs.
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2013
  8. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    did not know you had a roo. i love delawares!
  9. hillfloweranch

    hillfloweranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2012
    Los Angeles, California
    I've become an insane obsessed chicken person. While visiting a friend of mine I saw her delawares and if course just had to have them. It's becoming ...wait no its a serious chicken problem Ive developed!! Lol aww well there are worse ones I suppose.
    No Delaware roo yet but I'm working on that. But since I just added 3 female chicks to the group thought I'd mention them because I am looking for a Roo. Planning all the breed pens right now horse stall conversions in progress :)
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2013
  10. hillfloweranch

    hillfloweranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2012
    Los Angeles, California
    This looks promising... :) might try this

    "Delaware males may be mated to New Hampshire or Rhode Island Red females and produce chicks of the Delaware color pattern. Delaware females mated to New Hampshire or Rhode Island Red males produce sex-linked offspring; the males having the Delaware color pattern and the females having the solid red color of the sires. Chicks from this second cross can even be sexed by their down color when hatched."

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