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Postby imamonstertruck » Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:21 pm

When I was in NYC last week, I get a call from Carol saying she wants chickens, so after intensive research and planning I went to the local feed store and picked out 4 chicks. 1 Orpington, 1 Brahma, 1 New Hampshire Red and 1 Jersey Giant. They are very unique from each other and watching them develop their personalities is hilarious. I have plans for the coop in the yard but I would love to hear from any experience any of you may have with raising chickens.

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Turkish, curious as he is
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Turkish is intrigued
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Carol enjoys them very much
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And I think they are pretty neat too
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Re: Raising chickens for eggs

Postby blacklabel » Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:25 pm

Awesome man! My wife and I where about to under take the same thing. 4-6 chickens and a small coop.

I want to get the coop first before the chickens though.

The dog looks highly interested LOL
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Re: Raising chickens for eggs

Postby imamonstertruck » Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:41 pm

blacklabel wrote:Awesome man! My wife and I where about to under take the same thing. 4-6 chickens and a small coop.

I want to get the coop first before the chickens though.

The dog looks highly interested LOL


This is an amazing resource...
http://www.lifeatcobblehillfarm.com/p/chicken-keeping.html

I have yet to build the coop however the chicks are in the house and will be for a while until they are ready to go outside. Also, they lay for 3 years and begin to slow and stop after that. So we decided to get four (in case 1 does not make it) and will add more in 3 years and so on.

Turkish is harmless believe it or not, very affectionate and protective. The only thing he has ever killed was a raccoon, and that raccoon was threatening our other dog. He loves these little birds, so wierd 8)

Do you have any plans for your coop? I have so many ideas and drawings but am not sold on them yet. I am a perfectionist and I never get anything finished :oops: :D


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Re: Raising chickens for eggs

Postby blacklabel » Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:02 pm

hahah Turkish....is that from SNATCH? Awesome looking pooch! We have a Rottie, Pitbull, and Beagle Mix)

Awesome, I found http://www.chickens101.com/ and have emailed them for the plans that they email for free, but I have not gotten a response. We were planning on a smallish enclosed pen and coop to house 6-8, We will probably only have 4-5 but I like to have room for growth.

I just got my little garden planted yesterday (20'x20'), so this week my plans are to get my shop bench built, the tumbler composter, and water catchment systems built. Then it will be coop time.

My wife and I moved out of Florida last year and bought 18 acres in N. GA with plans to have a self sustainable property. We are working slow and expanding little by little every year. Chickens will be the first live stock, will probably move on to a couple of cows by next year. Also we are going to focus on getting the 7 acre Apple, Peach, and Pear orchard planted...Weekends are jam packed at my house LOL I come back to work to get rest.
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Re: Raising chickens for eggs

Postby IsuzuGeek » Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:13 pm

We want chickens to. The only reason we haven't is because it's just another hobby and expense that I will get sucked into head first, just like the garden!

This is cool though. Someday I will have chickens as well. My wife also really wants goats.

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Re: Raising chickens for eggs

Postby slainer » Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:28 pm

You dont need a big coop for 4 hens 3x4 or 3x3 wold work. The more yard they have to roam the better, but be aware they can be destructive if you or your neighbors have manicured yards. An automatic door that opens a sun rise and shuts when dark, would be the way to go, to keep them safe.
I would get 4 more birds if you want 4 hens because its a 50/50 chance of then being rosters. Good luck the little chicks are lots of fun to watch.
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Re: Raising chickens for eggs

Postby IsuzuGeek » Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:41 pm

Yeah, my yard is too small and I don't need chicken s hit allover. It's bad enough with the land mines the dogs leave for me. Its gonna hafta wait until the next house I think.

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Re: Raising chickens for eggs

Postby oldestisuzuist » Thu Mar 06, 2014 2:57 pm

If you have a Tractor Supply I your area they currently have on sale a pre-fabbed 3 to 4 chicken coop for about $120, a matching pen is about another $100.
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Re: Raising chickens for eggs

Postby itsmehb » Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:50 am

Turkish is no pushover for sure. A coon is no pushover and most dogs would back down especially if it's a full grown male coon.
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Re: Raising chickens for eggs

Postby imamonstertruck » Sat Mar 29, 2014 1:33 pm

UPDATE!!!.... these birds grow so fast :shock:

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Last week I was able to score free block for the foundation to the run. Laid it out and it is level and square as it gets.

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Also, the coop is slowly coming together. I am building it in sections, or modular so it may be disassembled and reassembled as needed.

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All materials have been provided thus far from previous job demo's. Hopefully I can keep up that trend and repurpose all materials. All that has been purchased have been screws :D

I would include the drawings and plans however they would be void as things change :wink:

Completion is set for Tuesday. Will let you know how it goes.

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Re: Raising chickens for eggs

Postby imamonstertruck » Sat Mar 29, 2014 1:35 pm

blacklabel wrote:hahah Turkish....is that from SNATCH?


:lol: Yes, Yes indeed.

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Re: Raising chickens for eggs

Postby imamonstertruck » Sat Mar 29, 2014 1:39 pm

slainer wrote:You dont need a big coop for 4 hens 3x4 or 3x3 wold work. The more yard they have to roam the better, but be aware they can be destructive if you or your neighbors have manicured yards. An automatic door that opens a sun rise and shuts when dark, would be the way to go, to keep them safe.
I would get 4 more birds if you want 4 hens because its a 50/50 chance of then being rosters. Good luck the little chicks are lots of fun to watch.


I expect in 3 years we will double our count as they slow production after 3 years of age. With that intention, I have build what I feel is adequate space for 8 chickens. They will have opportunity to free range in the fenced in back yard while we are home. The run and coop will be tight as Fort Knox 8)

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Re: Raising chickens for eggs

Postby imamonstertruck » Sat Mar 29, 2014 1:40 pm

IsuzuGeek wrote:Yeah, my yard is too small and I don't need chicken s hit allover. It's bad enough with the land mines the dogs leave for me. Its gonna hafta wait until the next house I think.

Bart


Bart, they do not require a lot of space.

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Re: Raising chickens for eggs

Postby imamonstertruck » Sat Jun 28, 2014 1:14 am

Sorry, its been so long and I have been busy, but I have an update!!! All is well, aside from loosing the white bird to the grey dog :roll:

Enjoy

Birds enjoying their plot
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Coop planted, walls up and roof placed
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Roosting box on the ground
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Roosting box mounted and intact
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Ramp to the roosting box
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more...........

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Re: Raising chickens for eggs

Postby imamonstertruck » Sat Jun 28, 2014 1:22 am

Roosting box poop tray...
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Ramp to coop...
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Dust bath containing sand, wood ash and diatomaceous earth...
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Compost bin. The birds forage and turn at the same time :D ...
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Doors ripped from old hickory boards
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hopefully eggs in a month or so


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Re: Raising chickens for eggs

Postby slainer » Sat Jun 28, 2014 10:26 pm

Nice set up. Its funny because we had 4 hens in almost the same exact same colors.
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Re: Raising chickens for eggs

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Here is the coop I built a year or so ago:
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My little coop in Virginia
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Postby imamonstertruck » Thu Jan 15, 2015 12:11 am

That is a beautiful outfit you have there. What kind of birds do you have?

And any chance you may be dealing with rats?


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Re: Raising chickens for eggs

Postby soot fart » Thu Jan 15, 2015 11:38 am

Happiness is seeing a coyote running through my yard with the neighbors rooster in his mouth. Chickens eliminated at one neighbors coop and working on the other neighbors.
Rats will be showing up when feed disappears.
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Postby poprivetj1 » Thu Jan 15, 2015 3:27 pm

Soot,

It's all a part of natures balance! Fox family in the woods behind me took out my hens one by one.
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Postby poprivetj1 » Thu Jan 15, 2015 4:02 pm

My hens: 5 were all the Americuna "Easter Eggers" One was a White ?
I have to improve my security becuase I have fox, Coyote, skunk, Oposum, bears, black snakes, and various dogs and cats. There is also hawks and owls to deal with.
My dogs and cat got along great with them, but the neigbors pets were somtimes a problem. I'm getting things secured and then I will get 9 more chicks. I really did enjoy them, and the eggs we were getting. I never really had rat problems.
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Re: Raising chickens for eggs

Postby imamonstertruck » Thu Jan 15, 2015 6:38 pm

You lost all your birds?

My build was built like Fort Knox, or so I thought. We have not had any problems with racoons or opossum, they have tried and failed. However, 2 blocks away are a couple apartment buildings and they bombed for rats. Since the infestation has moved to our neighborhood and primarily our run and coop :evil: . I have tried trapping them, both humane and inhumane to no avail. I tried flooding out their holes hoping for a freeze but they are below the freeze line. There tunnels run from under our run/coop to our garden and into the neighbors yard. I do not want to poison them because of the dogs, gardens and neighbors cats. All I have been able to do is shoot them with my pellet gun.Every other day or so I get 1 at a time. Once I kill one, they fill the hole it was baited from and dig another.

IT IS ANNOYING :evil:


Just curious.

We had 4. A Brahma, Buff Orpington, Jersey Giant and New Hampshire Red. The Brahma died this summer. Turkish, my weimaraner got a bit excited and scared her to death :shock: . Guess her heart just popped. Turkish does not seem interested in harming them, but oh well. We plan to get 3 more in 2016 since egg production slows after 3 years of age and we are only allowed 6 ladies in the city.

Nothing like the fresh eggs though. Nothing. :D

I really do like your get up, looking forward to showing Carol when she gets home.


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Re: Raising chickens for eggs

Postby gruff54 » Fri Jan 16, 2015 7:06 am

I've had many different breeds over the years, but imho if you're interested in eggs (not meat) look at Highland Browns. I picked some up at the local feed store last spring. Evidently, a lot of the pasture/free range producers in my area are using them. Every breed I've ever had stopped laying when the days got short. Not these gals. Only occasionally does one miss a day. I called the feed store yesterday and had them put me on the waiting list for some more.

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Re: Raising chickens for eggs

Postby imamonstertruck » Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:11 pm

gruff54 wrote:I've had many different breeds over the years, but imho if you're interested in eggs (not meat) look at Highland Browns. I picked some up at the local feed store last spring. Evidently, a lot of the pasture/free range producers in my area are using them. Every breed I've ever had stopped laying when the days got short. Not these gals. Only occasionally does one miss a day. I called the feed store yesterday and had them put me on the waiting list for some more.

Mike




Highland Browns, We will check them out.
Thanks Mike :D





Here are some more photos of our birds through out last fall.

Our ladies picking through the garden as we clean it out for the season...
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Awaiting the refill of scraps in their compost. Turkish wants some too ...
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Eggs! Even in the short days we get 1-2 eggs a day...
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Fresh start is a place in town that makes chicken feed by hand in store.
Much better than the stuff we were getting at the chain feed stores.
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Cheers
-Ian :blackeye:
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Round Eye Swap (JDM marker lamps).


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