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. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2012
    a month ago i started by standing some pallets up & nailing them together to form a good solid barrier
    i have 1 side & the back done.
    in between each pallet i drove a piece of angle iron into the ground about 2 feet then nailed it to the pallet with a couple of 20p spikes
    but there is no top or door :(
    my to do list is as long as my arm so i havn't been able to jump back on that project
    i still need to put 2x6 rafters on top & bolt them to the angle iron so i have something to put the roof on
    we can have 3 to 4 feet of snow on the ground up here at any one time in the winter so the roof has to be really strong
    on the outside of the pallets i will add some chainlink fence that i scored from the dump
    it's that fancy black plastic coated stuff that will last for years
    & it was priced rite FREE :)
    all of this will be on the back side of the building so looks are not important but good & stout is.

    Last edited: Jul 7, 2013
  2. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 23, 2012
    My Coop
  3. scottcaddy

    scottcaddy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

  4. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2012
    shade is something i have to think about for my blue & splash english orpingtons (not the blacks though)
    if they are allowed to spend too much time outside with direct sunlight they tend to get sunburnt feathers on their backs
    then you have your lighter colored birds with brown ugly looking feathers on their backs till they molt.
    for warm weather i was thinking about just a blue tarp overhead of their outside run.
    but come winter i'll have to do something that is much stronger so the snow doesn't cause problems.

    these birds came from a place where it is mostly rainy so they are not used to lots of hot sunny days
    but they do seem to do ok on hot days in the coop
  5. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    Greetings. We have been struggling to get internet as usual. It seems best between 3 am and 7 am.

    The eggs we had Bernie set from the original hatch have candled well. There are about 50 eggs that were set in 3 batches. The first one will hatch Friday do I should see the new generation. This is a huge milestone in the grand scheme. Its also a great control experiment on non shipped eggs.

    We put our original 3 Muscovy in the fridge yesterday. The meet was cleaned off the bones and is in the fridge with paprika sage and thyme. I will be sausage stuffing in the morning.
  6. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    Great job HFR. I have the chukar set but would have have to wait for the pheasant.
  7. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    The are going to have a covered run here.
  8. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    Day 3.

    Last night I ground the duck added salt pepper paprika thyme and sage.

    This morning we pumped the sausage!

    We ended up with 10 lbs of duck sausage.

    I will post pics when I can.
  9. Bens-Hens

    Bens-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Looking forward to some of those pic's! I have two more boy's coming up for process and keen to try something different with them.
  10. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2012

    if the weather ever breaks OZ
    i hope we have a cooler Sept.

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