Lets hear about your coop!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by PoultryBird12, Jan 9, 2015.

  1. Tonight I piled lots of hay in my coop.... dragged two big bags of feed over to the chickens and ducks, filled the feeder all the way up, sprinkled seeds and corn on the floor along with some grit... turned the light on... and now, my animals are happy! I'm happy! Now they have fresh, sweet hay on the floor of the coop and nice, fresh food. Tomorrow I will give them fresh, clean water in the morning, and even more food also. :) I will collect their eggs (yes my ducks are laying in this cold weather in MN.) and they will be happy!

    I would like to hear how your coop and your poultry are doing! So reply to this thread and have fun!!! Lets see how many people can reply to this!
     
  2. LipsChicks

    LipsChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm from North Dakota so I know your winter! I have a feeder that I made that only needs to be filled every two weeks and my waterer only needs to be filled every 4th day. Even with all that, I go out at least once a day to gather eggs and give them treats. I also check for pecking, etc. I just love going in there to see how content they look. This week in this dreadful weather, they haven't wanted to go out. I have an automatic door that opens at dawn and if they're not out by 11 or so, I close the door. It's hard to believe I get so much joy out of a handful of chickens!
     
  3. Sounds like you have pretty good system worked out! I have to bring the waterer in every night then fill it up early in the morning and bring it back out. Their food last maybe a day or two... but ducks eat so much. :) I also open their door every day and then close it in the night. I don't mind the work... but when it's this cold... it gets really annoying. [​IMG]
     
  4. fanniefarmer

    fanniefarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi. Your setup sounds great! I'd like to know more about that automatic door. Did you build it or order it? I'm getting older and want to automate as much of the babies' actual care as possible so I can just enjoy more without so much lifting, running out in the weather, etc. Thanks!
     
  5. LipsChicks

    LipsChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd brag about my chicken door to anyone. I've loved it from the very first day. I installed it MYSELF. !it's worked perfectly since the very first day. It's called The Pullet Shut Automatic Chicken Door. The number is 512-995- 0058.. They always answer the phone and seem happy to answer questions. You can see a demo on YouTube.
     
  6. fanniefarmer

    fanniefarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks so much! I'm sure gonna check it out. Now for a little about me, I kept chickens years ago but had to give up the farm. Now I'm starting over. I bought six baby Ameraucanas from Little Birdie Hatchery in Wake Forest, NC. One died the first night but the others are doing great. They're all females and two are the blue looking ones - lots of gray with pretty rust colored feathers throughout. The other three are mostly black with beautiful gold feathers evenly placed all over. I wanted an Ameraucana rooster so I got a purebred Black Ameraucana with two hens not long ago. Nobody is laying yet but I'm expecting an egg any day from the Blacks as they are older. Today I located a purebred Lavender Ameraucana Rooster. Will probably get him to have even more variety. Since everyone is purebred I thought I would try to pair them off later with their kinds and raise babies and hatching eggs. My coop is a 14x14 horse stall converted with roosting poles and nest boxes. I'm fixing to water test the semi-automatic waterer I built from SSL Family Dad on YouTube's video. Check him and his family out at simplesuburbanliving.com. You can get all kinds of great advice and videos and they are super nice folks. He also built a semi-automatic feeder that I'm gonna try next. Anyway it's all fun and exciting. It's my new family.
     

  7. Looked it up on google [​IMG] looks nice! How long have you had it?
     
  8. Awesome! I bought three ameraucanas but sadly two died. Now I only have one. She is not the friendliest critter...but she's ok. [​IMG] one of her two sisters died due to poor judgement of me. She was too small to be in the coop and she got wedged between something and died in the night. I didn't know it happened until later the next day. Her other sister died recently. She must have flown out of her run because I saw her outside so I ran around d the coop to try to scare her back in but she was gone. No sign of her anywhere. I'm sad because #1: it's always sad to loose a pet and #2: I know ameraucanas lay pretty eggs. [​IMG] that's my story. [​IMG] nota very happy one, though [​IMG]
     
  9. LipsChicks

    LipsChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the info and tips. Was your lavender rooster expensive? I think it was lavender orpington chicks that I noticed how expensive they were. I think I have about 50 chickens in several breeds. I have polish-white crested white, white crested blue, and white crested black. I have bearded de 'uccle in porcelain and mille flleur, silver and golden seabrights, a black and a white silkie, blue wheaten ameraucana, buff Cochin, blue Andalusian, Dominique , speckled sussex, lakenvelders, bantam buff brahma, an appenzeller, old English game, several black breasted red Phoenix,a barred rock, a few misc Easter eggers, and 4 layers of unknown breeds. I was a high school art teacher for many years. I'm retired now and enjoy my artwork and my chickens! Also my farmer husband who loves to travel and only tolerates my chickens.
     
  10. LipsChicks

    LipsChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had my door since October.
     

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