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Chicken coops/pens??
January 10, 2009
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Jayne said:


This story reminds me of my visits to Key West.  The chickens (and roosters) roam free on the island.   My last visit was for the wedding of a friend who lives there.  We had partied it up after the wedding and the next morning that dang rooster started crowing before day break.  I think we all heard him start at one end of the island and every step he made to us and past us.  He crowed and crowed and crowed.  I guess he didn't like us up all night partying, keeping him awake!  I could write a book about that trip!


 Yep, there were free roaming chickens on Maui too.  We'd occasionally hear a rooster crowing when we lived in Kihei… then we moved to Kahului and had our own “concert” each and every night.  There were also free roaming peacocks. 

My parents still laugh about the fax I sent them shortly after we'd gotten settled in, telling them I'd had to stop the car to let the peacocks cross the road.  Of course, I guess that story is only interesting if you know that my Dad used to raise peacocks when I was growing up.  We had all sorts of “wild” birds… pheasants, peacocks, quail, etc. 

Anyway… I think I read somewhere that peacocks roam free in the Keys too.  A friend of ours lived in the Keys until recently and I used to tease him that he may live in paradise… but his paradise was with a small “p.”   Maui was Paradise.  I won't say what his response was to that… lol.

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January 10, 2009
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Jayne said:

I don't think I've seen a peacock down there, yet. 

My dad loved peacocks. Some people who lived south of my hometown kept a pair for years and years.  He loved to just drive down there to see if they were out in their pen.  I wonder how they kept them warm in the winter?


Well they might have done what my Dad did.  He kept them in an insulated building with heat lamps for heat.   On really, really nice winter days, they'd be let out into an fenced pen, but not allowed to have the run of the yard they way they did from spring to fall. 

I grew up in rural east central Alberta, Canada… so our chickens had to be in an insulated building with heat lamps too in the winter.

The chickens did not have the run of the yard in the summer though, the way the peacocks did.  Mom had to draw the line somewhere! Not to mention they would have been taken by foxes or coyotes.  We didn't have to worry about that with the peacocks because they roosted high in trees at night and during the day there were always too many people coming and going for critters to slip into the yard unnoticed.

The pheasants and quail were confined to outdoor pens too (except in winter when they were inside buildings), otherwise they would have just disappeared into the wild.  Also male pheasants will sometimes fight to the death and different varieties will cross-breed so they had to be kept seperate to keep them from inter-breeding and to keep them from breeding with any wild birds in the area.

More information than you probably wanted to learn, but I seem to be in a chatty mood tonight.  :o)

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January 10, 2009
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Thanks for the info MO!  I imagine they did do something with a heated building.  We lived in Northern IL, so lots of cold weather there.  My dad told me once that the guy who had them bought them for his wife.  I know they had a roost at the top of their pen and we would see them sitting up there with their tails down behind them.  They had a pair of peacocks. 

I used to pheasant hunt as a teen, well, I used to hunt alot as a teen.  But I don't anymore, haven't for years.  Just don't have the heart to anymore.  I did it then mostly to spend time with my dad. 

January 11, 2009
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Image EnlargerI have city folk come by and ask what kind of birds are those in with your chickens? I say, their chickens. NO, the fuzzy ones and curly ones. Their chickens, very special chickens bred for voodoo. See they have 5 toes!

February 10, 2009
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This is the house and run. The whole back of this folds down so I can get the eggs and clean out the coop. I keep their food in the trash can and I keep a couple containers of water by it as well of course they were froze in this picture.

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This is the front of the run. You can see the light on in the house. The run is a dog kennel with wire secured on the inside and again on the outside and across the top to keep predators out.

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Here is the side view. We have a fiberglass panel over half of the run so they can go out and not get snowed or rained on but still have ppart open for nice days.

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Here is the top view.

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February 10, 2009
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This is my chickencoop, it was there when we bought this place…but in need of work.

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And after I was done painting.

In the meantime the fencepost are left and right of the coop and they have an outdoorrun (that is when that huge pile of snow melts) of half a soccer field.

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February 11, 2009
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Jayne said:

I Love your coop!  If I had it I'd have lots of chickens, or make it into my craft room.  LOL!


No I have a craft/sewing room and  I still can't believe that is mine.

It is an addition above the garage…I won't post to many pictures on this highly addictive forum

But if you go here… http://appletreeacres.web-log.nl/mijn_weblog/2008/12/index.html and look for the posting with ” Mijn naaikamer”  (halve way that page) you can see pictures of my sewing room when I was the host for the christmasparty of my quilt club

Mijn naaimaker means my sewingroom…there…. you all learned some dutch today Cool

I only have 5 chickens now, but we will have about 15/20 more this spring.

Than I want to start selling eggs also……in one of those old fashion aprons….ok sorry that is one of those silly dreams…not the selling the apron I mean…people will think I'm weird…

February 12, 2009
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Does anyone know if we can translate a blog?  I would love to read Astrid's blog!!  It looks interesting….. maybe it's the dutch language, but I want to read it!


I found the translator!!  http://www.translate.google.com  You choose the language to translate from and to, and the blog comes up in English!!!

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February 13, 2009
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Flatlander – Great site!  Well done!  I love the sewing room – how wonderful – your own space!  I bet your sweing crafting friends love it too.  I loved t he Christmas tree, cozy fireplace, and your cat playing hostess with you as Santa – so pretty!  I loved the decorated cheese graters – great idea.  I loved the fabric rug – very festive and brith.  I am thinking the snowmen jars are candles?  I loved the spring flowers too and guess they are pot holders or hot pads. 

I must check out getting this translated to read and to especially read the recipes too. 

Looks like you are still in the throws of winter – such beautiful pristine snow –

February 13, 2009
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March 12, 2009
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We built our coop and run last year. We have a dog but he doesn't keep the critters away. Not when he's in anyway and he'd happily eat the chickens I'm sure. So… we built a coop that's all wood – we made the door handle totally racoon proof which means only that a three year old couldn't figure it out – too many steps. So at night nothing can get in. Racoons won't bug them in the day but foxes will. The run has heavy duty wire – construction cloth I think its called but I always get it wrong so someone here will know. we buried that about two feet and up a few feet then it's chicken wire. Chicken wire will only keep chickens in or out it won't stop anything else. We didn't put net across the top although we talked about it. Also I don't think the door is that varmint proof but here's the fun part – we never or hardly ever keep them in the run. As long as we're home or about to be or a kid is – we let them roam all over our property. And thus in these still icy times the door to the run is frozen open! The other morning my dear guy heard a bit of a racket – he looked out the window (wasn't dawn yet) – there were two racoons trying to dig under the fence. He wanted to shout down “the door is open” but hey – they still couldn't get in.  Somehow predator proofing reminds me of formula feeding the babies – too much work trying to cover all the bases of making things safe. The rooster has let us know so far about an eagle, a hawk and a fox all of which we've seen a-lurking since the birds moved into their coop. So far we've been the only real threat – four roo's gone to freezer camp –  a neighborhood cat came up the other day and looked at the hens but they weren't concerned. Ah well.

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September 13, 2009
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Dh is going to build me a chicken coop! Yay!  We've just about got everything figured out.  The last thing to figure is roosts.

Can roosts be made of pvc pipe?  If so, can they just be cleaned or do they need to be replaced?

September 13, 2009
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Its best to use a 2×4 to give them something to easily rest on. Imagine trying to balance and sleep on a sllick round pipe. Something they can sit on instead of having to hold on to.

September 14, 2009
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Mine are old…VERY old, they came originally with the coop (1940), so I don't think that you need to replace them often.

But PVC might be to slippery for them.

September 14, 2009
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Wood it is.

September 25, 2009
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Love that red coop! Beautiful!

Mine was here when we moved in too. There are actually two of them side by side but we only use one. The other one is used for storage. They are insulated with electricity already installed and a pen already installed. We put a cover of snow fencing on the pen to keep the hawks out.

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http://providence-acres.blogspot.com/2008/10/chickens-and-fresh-farm-eggs-we-now.html

I painted a rooster mural on it this year. It's here:

http://providence-acres.blogspot.com/2009/06/farm-mural.html

Sorry about all the links to my blog. Its just so much faster and easier this way. I don't have all these pictures uploaded to link to in order to post them here.

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It will have to wait for next year — we are too near winter for me to finish the projects that have to be done without taking on such a labor of love.  That will give me the winter to think about what I want to paint.  I have the perfect spot on our chicken house for a rooster, or a bunch of chickens, and our barn would make a great place for a quilt square.  I thought I would have to get on a huge ladder to paint the quilt square until someone pointed out that the squares are often painted on panels, then afixed to the barn wall.  Thanks for the inspiration.  A farm can be a lot of work, and I need to be reminded to leave some time for creativity that has nothing to do with farm animals and fencing.

October 8, 2009
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Coop and chicken yard was finished this past weekend.  Now I have chickens!!!!

We got 12.  Six are white chickens/pullets with skinny legs.  I think they are Pearl-White Leghorn.   The other five are Red Star, and one is a cross.  It'll lay easter colored eggs.

Chickens, chickens, chickens!  I have chickens!

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November 14, 2009
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Doesn't look as if this thread gets much traffic, but I am going to try anyway.  I am building a new coop. Today I began putting on the wrie, and I have the scrapes to prove it. I have my Silkies in a tractor coop right now, which size wise is fine, but it is so difficult to clean. I cannot keep moving it, so I am building a permanant one. My question is….I am going to make the nest and inside area about fourteen inches from the ground, with the food and water under it. Will they know to use the ramp to get into the area to sleep?  It is getting cold at night, so I do not want them to try to stay outside.

Are they smarter than I give them credit for?

Kathie

Who would have thought a city girl would live halfway up a mountain…and have chickens?

November 14, 2009
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Hi Kathie —

Our chicken house is about 18 inches above the ground.  The chickens just give a little lift with their wings and fly/hop up.  At the back of our chicken house (and it's a pretty big one) are the roosts, constructed like a ladder with rungs every two feet or so.  The roost goes from the floor to the ceiling (7' or so) and the chickens that like the top rungs usually just fly up to them.  They are resourceful, and they will use the ramp if it's there.

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