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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by calista, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. calista

    calista Songster

    Jan 27, 2010
    One of the most popular and respected survivalist sites on the Web offers daily essays, and you should, for entertainment purposes, read the latest one on chicken-keeping through the eyes of someone trying to covertly protect his investment from "looters and raiders" roaming his suburban cul-de-sac. [​IMG]

    "One of the most accommodating spaces to immediately transform into a covert farming space is any spare bathroom, which has a bathtub or shower. These spaces by their original nature are designed to provide protection against moisture, provide natural light and ventilation, have surface materials designed to be washed down and are fairly durable, which sounds awfully like good (small) livestock farm space to me. They are also rooms that hold the least amount of personal clutter and storage.

    An ideal application for this space is that of a battery chicken coop (a series of stacked cages) over the bathtub. Within this volume it is possible to design a variety of coops for meat, egg and chick production in a highly intensive and sanitary manner. A combination of 10 laying hens (eggs production), coop space for a cock, a trio of hens (chick production), hatchery for the chicks and broiler grow out space for 16 broilers (meat production), would produce approximately 5 eggs a day and a broiler chicken in a pot each week.

    While the family garage may ultimately serve as a better location for this operation, I doubt most garages are in a state of current use that would allow for immediate transformation into chicken production and the fact that most operational homesteads only operate with a single cock and a trio of hens and thus would be putting the coop before the chickens. This though, should be your ambition, as at that point you will be able to produce all the caloric nutrient needs of your family right in the garage. It is unlikely though that you will need the volume of a two car garage to do so, and it is for this reason that I recommend that the chicken coop be isolated (finished and self enclosed) to the rest of the garage, leaving the free space for storage or other uses."


    Further in the essay, he discusses how to set up a "maggotry." I'd LOVE to hear his wife's reaction to his plans for his family's survival. [​IMG]

    So now you know how to secretly get those meaties raised to harvest age in that spare bathroom you rarely use. [​IMG]

  2. JanetSmithery

    JanetSmithery In the Brooder

    May 11, 2010
    Eugene, OR
  3. Tigerjane

    Tigerjane Songster

    Jun 17, 2010
    Pflugerville, TX
    Doesn't sound like it follows the recommended amount of sqft per chicken! But I can't wait to show this to the hubs as the back-up plan if the city tells us we can't be part-time chicken farmers [​IMG]
  4. AZKat

    AZKat Songster

    Apr 7, 2009
    I wonder how he's planning on hatching the chicks for this operation? Or is he assuming that you've got a generator to run an incubator.
  5. Oven Ready

    Oven Ready Songster

    May 9, 2010
    They are also rooms that hold the least amount of personal clutter and storage.

    So he doesn't have a daughter then [​IMG]
  6. Sportsterjeep

    Sportsterjeep Creekside Acres Farm

    Jun 1, 2010
    Mill Hall PA
    People incubated before electricity, and brooded too. Find some old time books on the subject, like the foxfire series, Carla Emery's Encyclopedia of Country Living and the like. Knowing what they did in yesteryear will also help if you ever find yourself in an extended power outage. Brooders can use hurricane lamps with wire around them from keeping chicks from touching glass, this same theory could be used in an incubator "box", so long as you have something to incubate with other than one of the stryo jobs. Jackie Clay(backwoods home magazine) talks about brooding beside a woodstove. At present I have a pepsi cooler that I'm converting to an incubator, I may have to run a test with a hurricane lamp just to see if I can keep the temp up high enough, but it should definately work in a smaller container.
  7. Sportsterjeep

    Sportsterjeep Creekside Acres Farm

    Jun 1, 2010
    Mill Hall PA
    Quote:So he doesn't have a daughter then [​IMG]


  8. mgw

    mgw Songster

    May 29, 2010
    Eastern Wa.
    I will keep this in mind for when I completaly lose my mind . Do they sell tinfoil hats on this sight??
  9. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    Northern Indiana
    Thank you! It was an interesting read. It sure makes you realize that you can do ANYTHING if need be. I love the idea of pens over the tub.......never would have thought of it! In a crisis situation, that would make things alot easier considering all of the other things that would be needing your time and attention as well.

  10. "These spaces by their original nature are designed to provide protection against moisture, provide natural light and ventilation,"

    I know there are bathrooms with windows, I've seen them in magazines, but I've lived in lots of houses and not one had a window in the bathroom.
    And if worry about home invasion for food/eggs is of concern, a window open for ventilation or light is the last thing you'd want. It would be a snatch and grab opportunity just waiting to happen.

    Interesting concept though, thank you for sharing.

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