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Thinking about having some chickens around #15982041 04/10/21
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I started building a decent coop for them. Exterior is done. Just needing to finish the inside and I’d like to build them a nice large run that comes off one side.

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Anyone have any suggestions or tips for a 1st time chicken owner? Maybe recommendations on what breeds to raise? Not interested in meat birds at the moment ... mainly laying hens for now.


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Re: Thinking about having some chickens around [Re: RickyBobby] #15982066 04/10/21
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That thing better have cable TV.


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Re: Thinking about having some chickens around [Re: RickyBobby] #15982269 04/10/21
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Just curious if you’re available to do a full gut and remodel of my home?

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Re: Thinking about having some chickens around [Re: RickyBobby] #15982552 04/10/21
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You know how to spoil a chicken - outstanding work!

You will want a way to let your chickens our and keep them somewhat controlled.
That coop on a skid frame will help keep you lawn from getting cleaned down to bare earth.

If you have kids that come around having a rooster for them to chase with a fishing net will keep them busy and you entertained.

Have fun and that is a beautiful coop.

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Re: Thinking about having some chickens around [Re: ironbender] #15982741 04/11/21
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Originally Posted by ironbender
Your chiggums gonna pay rent?




Yeah hopefully a nice steady supply of large brown eggs for the pickin!


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then don't get white chikkins....

Re: Thinking about having some chickens around [Re: RickyBobby] #15983471 04/11/21
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Right now I’m thinking a mixture of several breeds. Black Jersey Giants, Dark Brahmas, and then some ISA Browns for some serious egg production!


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Re: Thinking about having some chickens around [Re: RickyBobby] #15983775 04/11/21
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That looks to be a pretty rural setting.
You forgot the machinegun towers t ward off predators.
At least it would be a requirement in my neighborhood


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Unless you're in a very cold climate, what you need is a large outside area for them to run in. All a chicken house needs to be is a place for them to roost at night and lay eggs. Not saying a good coop is not important, but I see far too many people building a nice and pretty chicken house, and then having only a few square feet for them to be outside in.

Having said that, you do have a very nice looking coop there. Nice job.

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Originally Posted by LouisB
That looks to be a pretty rural setting.
You forgot the machinegun towers t ward off predators.
At least it would be a requirement in my neighborhood


Not sure, but I think that's what the loft is for.


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That ain't a chicken coop, that's a chicken mansion!

You planning on cleaning all the chit out of it often? Could get to be a job.

I don't know if you ran electric to it but I've heard if you put a light in it and leave it on you'll have more eggs through the winter. We don't do that and egg production drops off a lot in the winter.

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I’d like some too, but we go out of town a lot.

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i have had chickens, ducks, geese, pheasant and peacocks. A good dip net is the most important tool to keep around. miles


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Originally Posted by JCMCUBIC
That ain't a chicken coop, that's a chicken mansion!

You planning on cleaning all the chit out of it often? Could get to be a job.

I don't know if you ran electric to it but I've heard if you put a light in it and leave it on you'll have more eggs through the winter. We don't do that and egg production drops off a lot in the winter.

14 - 16 hours of light is optimal for egg production.


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Originally Posted by milespatton
i have had chickens, ducks, geese, pheasant and peacocks. A good dip net is the most important tool to keep around. miles


I have Grandma's poultry hook.

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My hook is just a piece of stiff 9 wire....

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Originally Posted by Beaver10
Just curious if you’re available to do a full gut and remodel of my home?

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If it's not obvious, Beaver lives in a hen house.


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Re: Thinking about having some chickens around [Re: kingston] #15989674 04/13/21
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Originally Posted by kingston
Originally Posted by Beaver10
Just curious if you’re available to do a full gut and remodel of my home?

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If it's not obvious, Beaver lives in a hen house.

I always thought it was a cat house.


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