Greetings from SE South Dakota

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by polarbearforge, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. polarbearforge

    polarbearforge Out Of The Brooder

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    Greetings all! I've been lurking for a while and finally decided to join.

    I got chickens, ducks and guineas about a year ago (raised a few chickens growing up). One morning I got up and discovered that all of them had been beheaded(mink more than likely, I have them in the wetlands). I had them in a small tractor with enclosed run. After cleaning up and patching up holes, I got more guineas and ducks from a friend. They've been doing well since.

    I decided to build a larger coop, and almost have it done. It's 27x15. I plan on keeping my permanent birds in one half and ~30 broilers in the other. Once I'm done with it, I'll do a walk through video and post it.

    My other hobbies include many things, ranging from making soap, wine and sausage to blacksmithing (bladesmithing mainly), woodworking and gardening.

    We have two alpacas and one llama right now. We shear them every year and the girlfriend will spin, dye, and knit things from them.

    I work as a laser programmer/operator. One benefit from work, is that all of our material comes in on pallets. I take home the pallets (4x8, 4x10, and 5x10 mainly) for woodworking projects and firewood. All of the wood for the new coop came from pallets. It was a challenge to get non uniform boards with twists and cups to cooperate, but I managed it!

    Jamie
     
  2. SA Farm

    SA Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Many bycers use repurposed materials, pallets are among the hottest finds. Maybe the predator section has tips about keeping minks out. They don't need much of an opening to get through and wipe out a flock.
     
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC! Sorry about your first flock. Your new coop sounds like quite a project, should have room for lots of birds when you are done.
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Jamie, welcome to BYC, and good luck with your many projects.
     
  7. polarbearforge

    polarbearforge Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks all! I moved the birds to their new home today. I just have interior work and some cosmetic things left. After losing the flock before, I made this one much tighter, in fact, I couldn't find a place to run power for the water heater!

    Jamie
     
  8. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC!
     

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