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

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    i think i might want to have a few ice cold "Red Horses" on hand for that type of job
    it's hot there, so drinking fluids may be required [​IMG]

    & last time i checked beer is a fluid. [​IMG]
     
  2. LFchixranch

    LFchixranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes sir I think you are correct
     
  3. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    snapped a pic of my new chicken tractor today before i put a heavy duty trucking tarp over 1 end to keep the birds dry on "fowl" days
    http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/...COOPED UP/Picture022_zpsd2f8dfda.jpg~original

    sorry i changed browsers & now my pics don't show up , only the links
    stupid computers :(
    i can't right click to copy [​IMG]

    anyhow here is my chocolate orpington rooster checking out his new digs
    i added 1 black pullet after the pic was taken
    i'll add a couple more once the 1st 1 starts laying for me
    she still has a pink comb so she is not ready yet i guess

    http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad117/piglett2195/English Orpingtons/Picture023_zpsbbd2f7ba.jpg
     
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  4. scottcaddy

    scottcaddy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    That looks to be tamper proof so to speak! Chain-link and hardware wire!
    Way to go Pig!

    Scott

    btw, you have way too much grass out back ya-know, and YES Beer is a fluid,never mind what the medico's say about it!
     
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  5. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    looks like piglett has been rehydrating instead of cutting crass

    nice coop

    i may need a dozen
     
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  6. Pancholoco

    Pancholoco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, Oz.

    How much do you spend on feed every month?

    I ask because I saw a lot of eaters!!! [​IMG]
     
  7. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have been grabbing lumber & fencing at the local bump
    everything for this coop was free but the door handle
    $1.49 i guess i can spring for that :)
    the chainlink fencing is nailed on every 6 inches with 8d nails
    the 1/2" hardware cloth has lots of roofing nails
    i still have to set up their elevated "house" inside the tractor
    with a couple nest boxes & some shavings


    my wife cuts big bunches of grass for the flock every day
    she ties a string around each bunch
    then hangs if from the side of the fence
    the chickens love to peck at the fresh grass
    so we only cut the front lawn
    i'll add a couple more A-frame tractors too which will help
    keep the grass inline.


    just started my 1st bucket of fermented feed
    that might be something you want to look into for your mega flock OZ
     
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  8. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    we pay 1300p ($30) for a 50KG (110lb) sack of 23% protein chick feed and $12 for a 110lb of 14% protein rice bran. With 20 adults (we got rid of 13 roosters and 5 hens) and 45 one month old chicks, that lasted 5 weeks.

    My long term plan is to end up with less than 100 adult chickens in a breeding program. The guineas will be pinioned and free range as with mutts, ducks peafowl and turkeys. I can purchase 100m of used fish net for about $50 that is 7 feet wide. We will use that to make a 4000sq feet movable "free range" pen that the birds not in the "breeding programs of the month" can roam around and eat bugs.

    A couple of smaller free range pens and chicken tractors can be in the house yards most of the year as well.
     
  9. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    I Hope you are pinoning now. or before you come home. Not a fan but if it must be done do it early.

    deb
     
  10. scottcaddy

    scottcaddy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

     

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