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. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    Quote: aww shucks. I am just a guy with a crazy chicken plan and a wife who puts up with my craziness
     
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers


    Yes. What LFchixranch said. Plus, you're literate and funny. Mrs Oz has herself a keeper.

    I am so glad you discovered BYC!
     
  3. Noncentzter

    Noncentzter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She was in Davao City on Mindanoa...not sure of the spelling on those...
     
  4. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    Davao is a beautiful area. Mindanao get a bad rap because of the people who who are fighting for independent governance there. Fortunately, only the eastern edge of Mindanao is troublesome.

    I am going to be lost this weekend. Its the first long weekend I have had in 2 years that I have not gone to the Phils. This one is just too close to my last one-month adventure.

    SO now I am going to do NOTHING. Well almost nothing. I will skype with Mrs Oz and the kids whenever I can. I have my niece and nephew over tomorrow to weigh and candle the eggs I got from www.odysseyranch.com - black blue splash giant cochins. I am waiting for them to candle - I haven't even peeked. I also have to finish unpacking. Not my favorite task. The final thing will be to do the blueprints for the next batch of coops.

    The current coop is a duplex but needs the center divide in the outside area. Each side will hold about 30 adults. I have 38 chicks - probably 18-20 pullets. I will cull all but 3 roos. I am hoping that the BCM, BA or one of the pure RIRs I have is a boy. The other side will house the hatchees from the next round - well some of them - all these will be the egg producers.

    My current plan is to build a row house coop - 6 coops side by side with a roo and 5 - 7 purebred hens in each. The coops will be 6x4 inside, an under-coop area sheltered and then a 12 x 4 run. These will be the girls and boys that will help develop the breeds in the Philippines - the trios and quads I hope to sell as well as hatching eggs and oz-bators in the future. The roof will be thatch, the floors will be bamboo but I am unsure of the materials I will use for the cladding.I have enough of the scrap wood to use again but perhaps I will try and get the 1 inch round bamboo, then varnish it - I love that look. The other option is 1/2 inch plywood with a woven bamboo matting on the outside - then varnished. Its spectacular. The wood I used on the last coop is free - but I am thinking of incorporating that into a fence for the yard - it will get utilized regardless. We re-purpose everything. Nails get saved as well as wood.

    The only thing we don't reuse is the dried paint and the only part of the animal we don't eat is its squeal.
     
  5. Bulldogma

    Bulldogma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh heavens! I didn't take it to be boastful at all! I honestly love your coop and your vision and was simply trying to make light of my own DIY attempts. LOL.

    The pictures you have posted of your chicks in the runs surrounded by lush tropical flora are wonderful. While most people would spend time out on the beach for vacation, I could see myself just sitting in one of your coop runs under a tropical plant, just watching the chicks. It would be like heaven.
     
  6. Sally Sunshine

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

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  7. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm


    Based on the comments I get here, A BnB may be the next adventure lol

    If anyone is adventurous enough, come on over with me. - its a bugger of a flight but amazing when we get there.
     
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  8. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    Fancy winning a tray of duds. that sucks.
     
  9. Sally Sunshine

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

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  10. Bulldogma

    Bulldogma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    *sigh* If I had the money and time, I'd be the first to sign up! (I could really use a vacation - LOL!)
     

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