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. scottcaddy

    scottcaddy Overrun With Chickens

    Then get some 12 gauge wire from Lowes or such store and just run it along the fence line to your coop. It will work for the winter and not cost much. Make sure to have a plug on the house end like Deb said!

  2. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm


    and 'tatch it with zip ties n duct tape

    (bailing wire was made redundant when god invented zip ties)

    seriously the 12g along the fence is fine for a season - if there is a plug on the end that attaches to your house then its not a code violation.

    The direct bury stuff - UF-B Underground Feeder Cable, 12/3 AWG, 250 ft - is about $150 for 250 feet

    The inside stuff - Romex Cable with Ground, Yellow, 12/2 Awg, 250ft - - is about $100 for 250 feet

    I would get the direct bury and just dig the trench when i could
  3. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2012
    we ran a 12ga 100 foot cord to our main coop last year
    we put a bucket heater inside our 5 gallon water bucket which has 4 nipples in the bottom
    looking to get a backhoe for the farm tractor next year
    an underground line back to the coop is then on the list

  4. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2012
    we found out that having either ducks or turkeys in the bathroom quickly makes the house smell like a barn :(
    for some reason baby chicks are not too bad for a couple weeks
    then they head to the woodshed brooder
    i don't care about a little feather dust out there<img alt=":
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2013
  5. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    For what its worth to people unfamiliar with Zip ties there are a few things to know.

    They dont last forever. At best one season because they deteriorate in UV.

    They have a limit to how much they can support. I use them for temporary enclosures for broodies, travel cage construction, or as a second pair of hands while constructing stuff.

    For permanent construction of Cages use Hog clips
    For permanent construction of Coop wire Staples are your friend.
    For affixing wire to wood if you know there is going to be something heavy trying to get in the best way is Deck screws with washers. Those suckers will withstand constant rubbing from Goats.

    I grew up with bailing wire and miss it terribly it had its drawbacks but all was outweighed by the fact that it was free with the hay. Those Baling Twine strings serve many of the same purposes but they too disintegrated in the UV. Though they will last longer than zip ties.

    Bailing wire was sixteen gauge and you can find rolls of sixteen gauge galvanized wire in the Heardware store. Look for the stuff that people use to hang Dropped Ceilings. I have several rolls for back up projects. It has the same limitations that Baling Wire has.... It rusts and has to be doubled up for strength in some applications. Like making a simple wire gate.

    Part of the wire fence fastened on one side to the fence post then a board for the other side gets stapled on and a wire loop at the bottom and top of the place where you close the gate. Stretch the bottom of the gate to slide into the bottom loop then pull the top loop over the top of the gate. Sounds complicated but they are the most simple gate you can make that will still contain horses and goats.

  6. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    baling wire wont last a year where we live and zip ties are definitely not for long term outdoor projects

    i guess that leaves duct tape.......................
  7. Sweetpea3829

    Sweetpea3829 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 1, 2013
  8. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2012
  9. lindz8504

    lindz8504 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2013
    Blue Ridge Mtns in NC
    I have an Australope cockerel learning how to crow.... He sounds like a dying turkey.[​IMG]

  10. Bens-Hens

    Bens-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps


    That video is funnier than my rooster learning an egg song!

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