Post your time saving HACKS!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Mary's Farm, Dec 15, 2018.

  1. Mary's Farm

    Mary's Farm Chirping

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    In the spirit of "post your worst mistake," I'd like to inspire my fellow chicken raisers to post their best TIME SAVING hacks... can be with regard to feeding/watering, cleaning, coop design, or whatever. I'll go first.

    I bought 2 gall round waterers with the curved metal wire on top for hanging, and suspended them inside a coop for nighttime access to water. Unfortunately, chickens were often pooping in them (I don't even know how they managed to hit the water since their perches were a foot away! flying poops) or knocking them around so water spilled into the litter below creating a mess.

    I cut slits in clear round plastic planter saucers (about $1.50 each) and slid them over the wire top and snugly onto the top of the waterer, creating a roof that overlaps the circumference of the water feeder by a couple of inches. Now, I can use those waterers for several days before I refill and no poop gets in the water. An improvement was lining them on the inside with snug-fitting cardboard. Now, they are sturdy enough that they won't bend and I don't have chickens trying to roost on the side of the waterer, causing spills, either.

    Thanks for sharing your hacks below...!
     
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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

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    Just so you know, chickens don't eat or drink at night if it is dark.
     
  3. Dona Worry

    Dona Worry Crowing

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    I made my coops critter proof from the start, SPECIFICALLY so I could leave food in the coop over night. I have a giant hanging feeder, that I fill once every three weeks, a waterer I fill every few days. Daily chicken chores is literally collecting eggs!
    I like easy and simple.
    In thst spirit, my main coop has a plastic floor, and I think I want my secondary coop to have one too. SO easy to clean, and no pervasive ammonia smell!
     
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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Time savings here has to do with a good coop layout, good manure/bedding management, and easy to use and mess free feeders/waterers.
     
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  5. Melky

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    How to put in a plastic floor? Like what material is that or brand?
     
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  6. Dona Worry

    Dona Worry Crowing

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    I cannot for the LIFE of me remember what it is called, it's the same sort of poly siding that would be in say, a milking parlor.
     
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  7. Dona Worry

    Dona Worry Crowing

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    It's not this brand, but it is basically the exact same thing.
    Heavy duty plastic siding, made for industrial things. Screenshot_20181216-183416_Drive.jpg
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Corrugated plastic?
    Don't like the holes in that stuff...mite city!
     
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    Dona Worry Crowing

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    Whoops, didn't look at my own link close enough!
    I'll just take a picture of my coop tomorrow in daylight.
     
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