Sunny Side Up: Coop Beginnings

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by CrazyChcknChick, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. CrazyChcknChick

    CrazyChcknChick Out Of The Brooder

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    Good morning! The chicks have arrived! We ordered from Murray McMurray and only lost 2 tiny bantams during shipping (they refunded promptly) and 2 more within 2 days from what looked like simply failure to thrive. We've had so much fun watching them grow and learning their personalities. The remaining 26 are doing fabulously well and I am amazed at how well the chicks represent their respective breeds: I couldn't be happier with our box o' assorted chicks :) Progress on the coop has gone really well. Today we plan to put in the uprights for the exterior run posts and attach the PVC pipe for hoops across the top. [​IMG]

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    A large produce bin makes a perfect brooder! The water looks odd because I made my own restorative solution: 2 tablespoons raw cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses, 1/2 cup sugar and 3 cloves garlic, crushed in one gallon of water. Within an hour or two they were all zooming around like crazy!

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    Babs the Mottled Houdan (left) and our crazy chick Bellatrix, an Amerucauna/EE. She came out of the box slightly deranged and for several days targeted the eyes and feet of our other chicks. After putting her in solitary for a couple days and correcting her whenever she did it, I'm happy to say she's pretty much been reformed..though she still is a bit nuts!

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    Belgian D'Uccle Mille Fleur (top) and Golden Penciled Hamburg, Lucy. Lucy had a pal Ethel, a Silver Spangled Hamburg, but she was one of the 2 chicks we lost. Not sure if the MF is a pullet or a cockerel, as I had to order them straight run. Whatever it is, it's staying no matter what, since the 2 that died during shipping were the other MFs I ordered.


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    Blue Laced Red Wyandottes: we ordered 4, and they all are extremely active, fat and cuddly chicks!

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    Alice, the SLW enjoys a peck at some sod.

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    Laverne the BO and Shirley the BPR

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    My daughter holds her Columbian Wyandotte, Caroline


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    Me and Mini-Me: Light Brahma standard (left) named Daisy, and bantam Poppy

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    Teeny, the bantam Silver Penciled Rock. His sibling Tiny is even smaller! The two of them are in a box by themselves right now: Tiny doesn't seem to be faring as well as Teeny. It's still quite wobbly after 6 days.

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    Mabel, the Ancona.


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    Ruby, the Partridge Plymouth Rock

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    Coop/nest boxes: this is inside the barn looking through the doorway into the coop. The doors for the hinged nest boxes are leaning along the bottom. I've already started bringing in dried leaves, pine needles, etc for the deep litter.

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    Doorways are wide enough to fit the wheelbarrow through. The space above the nest boxes will be enclosed with chicken wire/mesh as will the roof and top halves of the doors (built but not installed yet). All of the lumber, mdf, plywood and screws are recycled materials from a scrap pile we scavenged, hence the blue boards. You can see in the background that there is still quite a lot more. We really hit the jackpot! It took me several hours to back all of the screws out of the material, but so far we've not had to buy a thing. We've still got 4 weeks to finish before the chicks can go outside.

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    "Whaddaya mean, I can't come in ?!?" Westie Fergus is not used to being excluded!
     
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    They're all adorable, although that houdan is probably my "cute chick pick." I guess those little eyeballs look like little bugs and tiny toes look like squiggly worms to some chicks...lol. I don't think it's intentional meaness when they peck at them. They'll peck at moles and freckles on your arms too...and HUMAN pupils if you get them too close to your eyes (my poor DH discovered this).
    You'll know by week four whether your d'uccle is pullet/cockerel; the boys get distinct combs early. Enjoy your lovely assortment [​IMG]
     
  3. CrazyChcknChick

    CrazyChcknChick Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! I have a feeling it's a "he"..it just kinda acts male, ya know? We named him/it Robin...safe, either way :) We've been giving them lots of things to do, and that has cut down on any pecking Bellatrix does. She still doesn't act as "chicken-ey" as the others..would rather race around and chase others with food than peck/scratch for her own. We put in a pan with dirt/dust/grit for scratching and dust baths (man, do they make it fly!) worms/sod out of the pasture, birdseed mix sprinkled in the litter, a perch to flap up to, etc. Also they get apple, shredded carrot, minced garlic and red bell pepper..they are spoiled happy campers :)
     
  4. CrazyChcknChick

    CrazyChcknChick Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, the "babies" spent the night outside in their new coop last night..all except the tiniest bantams. We put out a heat lamp, just to be sure. Sigh, sniff...they grow up so fast ;)
     
  5. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    Nice story. I hope they all do well for you.
     
  6. CrazyChcknChick

    CrazyChcknChick Out Of The Brooder

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    Robin, Belgian Bearded D'uccle (or not so bearded, it seems :)
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    Daisy, Light Brahma and husband's favorite chicken

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    Alice, SLW

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    An old orchard ladder cut down to fit makes perfect roosts!

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    My youngest and the BO, Laverne.

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    Here he is, holding Robin, whom he calls his "sweet-ums" :)

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    Nugget, BLRW cockerel

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    Gonzo, mottled cochin bantam

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    Polly, GLW

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    Ruby, partridge plymouth rock

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    Mabel (Ancona), Caroline (Columbian Wyandotte) Karl (GLW) and Pickles (BLRW)

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    "Who you callin' fat?!? It's FLUFF!!" Daphne, BLRW

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    Lucy, Golden Penciled Hamburg (and ****** hard to keep still!) The single comb Brown leghorn Rhoda is even faster...we're calling her Road-runner Rhoda and I couldn't even get a picture of her this AM.

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    Marion, EE

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    They're loving all the space!

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    Chicks still inside in the brooder: 2 red comets (Marigold and Petunia), 2 Speckled Sussex (Dahlia and Penny) one EE (Chrissy) and one more Lt. Brahma (Lily), 2 SPPR bantams, Teeny and Tiny.

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    Teeny....still pretty darn teeny.

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    Marigold

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    Speckled Sussex Penny Babs, Mottled Houdan. She's inside today a tad droopy, but improving.


    I can't believe how fast they grew..it just amazes me.
     
  7. Featherland26

    Featherland26 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lovely pictures, i don't think your d'ucclue is a d' uccule whatever you spell it, love your houdan I do not see many of those.
     

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