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Offline MikeM

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Added chickens to our little farm today
« on: March 25, 2017, 06:19:30 PM »
No really good pictures but it was minutes away from pouring rain as soon as we got the chickens home so we had to rush to get them set up for the night.
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The picture of the two coops are from about a month ago before we got the fence up.  The A-frame I built and the other is from TSC.  We went in to get supplies for soon to be chicken flock and the manager told us that if we interested she was getting ready to put one of their coop on manager's special for 50% off so we brought that home.  The A-frame was meant to be portable but by the time I got done it can be moved but the movers need to have a whole lot more behind than my wife and I.  It is mobile and we moved it with the front end loader using the extensions on each end with straps attached to the FEL.
 
We got 5 Rhode Island Reds (4 hens and 1 rooster) 24 weeks old,  5 Delaware chicks 4 females and 1 male, and 3 Buff Orpington pullets.
« Last Edit: March 25, 2017, 06:22:16 PM by MikeM »
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Re: Added chickens to our little farm today
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2017, 07:12:27 PM »
Congratulations Mike! Getting mine next month after I complete the coop.

Good luck, Doug.
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Re: Added chickens to our little farm today
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2017, 07:22:23 PM »
Thanks Doug and good luck on yours.
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Re: Added chickens to our little farm today
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2017, 11:55:12 PM »
 :)   Those look like some happy chickens !!  Congratulations -  That is a pretty coop . :)

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Re: Added chickens to our little farm today
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2017, 10:13:18 AM »
Nice!
 
What made you decide to go with 2 coops?  Are you trying to keep them from crossbreeding? or is it an age thing?
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Re: Added chickens to our little farm today
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2017, 10:34:19 AM »
We want to incubate and sell at least some.  We have some contacts with the 4H programs here and they like to see pure breds for consistency.  4H is one of the main reasons we got the kind of sheep we did since there is already a market for them and not many suppliers (at least for now).  We are in the process of building two more pens for the same reason.

We also have a stock trailer that suffered enough tornado damage a few months ago that we were able to fix it enough to use as a chicken tractor so that is going to be for the meat chickens which will be mixed breeds.

We have a shed that we were going to convert but the TSC price was at a price that the cuteness factor didn't cost too much.  :)
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Re: Added chickens to our little farm today
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2017, 07:50:24 PM »
The older hens we brought home gave us an egg each this morning so we are off to a good start.  They are medium in size and as tasty as I remember.

We are still trying to figure out how we are going to put poultry wire over the open area so we can let them out into their pen.  We have hawks all over the place and our new neighbor has already lost two to them.
« Last Edit: March 27, 2017, 08:08:44 AM by MikeM »
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Re: Added chickens to our little farm today
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2017, 07:00:27 AM »
Who would of thought there was a niche market supplying kids with kids

Not as funny as I thought  when I first typed it  seeing as baby sheep are lambs

I do not know if this is feasible but Could you use  netting over the top. with a center pole?
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Re: Added chickens to our little farm today
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2017, 08:13:16 AM »
We are going to go ahead and run poultry wire over most of their pen.  We are getting ready to move our sheep to a pasture that borders the chicken pen and our Great Pyrenees will be there also.  She won't protect the chickens yet but she doesn't like hawks either so that is a plus.
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