Gettting started with chickens

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Re: Gettting started with chickens

Postby mannytheseacow » Wed Oct 08, 2014 6:54 pm

Looks like a nice structure you've got started there. The hills in the background look very nice too. Pretty country.
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Re: Gettting started with chickens

Postby 4seasons » Thu Oct 09, 2014 1:25 am

Drew, the bottom of the hen house will have linoleum floor. That will be covered with either leaves or saw dust. A poop board will go under the roost to catch most of the dropping. Then the run will have a wood chip on soil floor. Garden scraps go right into the run for the chickens to compost. So I will be using 3 different methods to control the litter non of which will be a litter pit. From what I have read the don't work well and require more maintenance than the deep litter method, modified deep litter method, or the poop board method, so out of lack of time (or simple laziness) I am planning on the 3 lower maintenance ideas to deal with the poop.
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Re: Gettting started with chickens

Postby 4seasons » Thu Oct 09, 2014 9:02 am

Thanks Matt and Manny. One of the nice things about living in this area is the selection of trees. Just in these pics (taken 100 yards from the house) you can spot locust, and cedar (both of I am using to build this project) persimmon, dogwood, maple, ash, elm, and oak. Also within a mile is white and yellow pine (some of which I milled to make rafters) tulip poplar, and hickory. So not only do I have some of the best firewood growing right at the house, but lots of options when it comes to lumber as well. Oh and some of the best views of fall from right about now until Halloween.
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Re: Gettting started with chickens

Postby 4seasons » Sat Oct 11, 2014 4:29 pm

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Got the roof on the hen house, the roof supports on the run, and the nesting boxes base built. Now if the rain will clear out I can get some siding on.
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Re: Gettting started with chickens

Postby pa_friendly_guy » Sat Oct 11, 2014 6:28 pm

Your project is looking good. You have made a lot of progress. When are you thinking it should be finished? And when do you plan on getting your chickens?
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Re: Gettting started with chickens

Postby mannytheseacow » Sat Oct 11, 2014 8:42 pm

They're going to be spoiled, 4! Hope the rain gives you a chance to resume work.
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Re: Gettting started with chickens

Postby 4seasons » Tue Oct 21, 2014 1:11 am

Got most of the siding on, and the nesting boxes built this weekend.
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Just have the windows, doors, and some trimming left for the hen house. Then I can get started on the run.
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Re: Gettting started with chickens

Postby matt walker » Tue Oct 21, 2014 1:36 am

Man, it is really looking good. Love the egg shaped entrances to the laying boxes. Nice touch!
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Re: Gettting started with chickens

Postby mannytheseacow » Tue Oct 21, 2014 9:23 pm

That looks great, 4! Putting the boxes on the outside is a great idea. I wish I would have done that. The outdoor run is a good idea, too; letting them move around a bit but keeping them from getting into everything.

It won't be long now. Do you have some birds lined up?
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Re: Gettting started with chickens

Postby 4seasons » Wed Oct 22, 2014 12:03 am

mannytheseacow wrote: Do you have some birds lined up?


I guy from church has too many chickens and is looking to get rid of some. It was the same guy that got me started thinking about get chickens in the first place. I know several people that have chickens in the area although I don't know what breed they have. The ones that I am planning on starting with are just a farm mix, but my wife knows someone else that is planning on selling some in a few weeks that are a pure breed. But she can't remember what breed they are.

matt walker wrote: Love the egg shaped entrances to the laying boxes. Nice touch!


I saw a build with the egg entrances on another sight and thought it looked good and more importantly functional. Figured that would work great for keeping the nesting boxes dark and since I have a jigsaw it wouldn't take much effort to cut out.
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