Organic farming

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by stratusfarm, May 10, 2016.

  1. stratusfarm

    stratusfarm New Egg

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    I new to the group. I'm in the process of completing an application for a small scale organic farm where eggs are a major crop. But its still quite small, less than 50 birds.

    As I go through the application process I uncover that USDA rules state you can't use treated lumber for anything that poultry may contact, thus I can't use it for the coop. So I am wondering, which brought me here, if there are any current alternatives that are pre-fabricated. Does anyone sell acceptable coops? I can build one, but pre fabricated would save me a lot of time.

    -Cahli
    Stratus Farm
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi Cahli and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
    CT
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Many pre fabs are not constructed to hold up to weather extremes, etc. They also overstate how many birds can fit comfortably inside. Chickens HATE being overcrowded and act out in very bad ways. Rule of thumb is 4-5 sq. feet per bird inside the coop (excluding nest boxes and roosts.) and 10 sq. feet per bird inside the outdoor run. Have you checked out the coops section for designs, materials, sizes etc
     

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