Farming forum: Hazards of raising backyard chickens

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Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Aug 17, 2013 5:13 PM CST
She nails this! You gotta see this!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ll187f27Pxg
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 17, 2013 5:23 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing I thought she was going to talk about hazards like foxes and cats going after your chickens. Instead it is all too funny!
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 17, 2013 6:45 PM CST
How about this one? British Documentary about the life of chickens. It is very good. Quite long actually but I watched the entire thing and learned a lot I didn't know before.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1c06xOF4uQ8
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Aug 17, 2013 8:38 PM CST
Heading to bed now but I will watch it tomorrow!
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Aug 18, 2013 9:30 AM CST
This is a link to the curtest chicken coop that was posted on the daylily chat thread.

I just loved it and wish I could buy it and get chickens. Not gonna happen as they are not legal here in my town.
http://www.horizonstructures.com/chicken-coops.asp

The one I like is that Dutch coop that looks like a mini barn on wheels.
http://www.horizonstructures.com/4x8_dutch_coop.asp
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Aug 18, 2013 1:09 PM CST
Those are nice. We had a chicken tractor first then Ira built the coop. Then he fenced in a run, then split that in half so he could plant in half while they used the other half but too many birds so they have a fenced/roofed run and then fenced in a huge area to keep them out of my garden. The guineas only go in at night.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Aug 18, 2013 1:13 PM CST
My dream property has a huge, huge like at at least an acre completely fenced in chicken yard. Like I said, it is a dream. I am never going to move from where I am now.

Your chicken yard sounds very good to me!
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Aug 18, 2013 1:27 PM CST
This is before they roofed the original run. You can see the poles on the left past the coop, that is all now enclosed. Actually, they extended it also to the left so it's twice as wide as the coop. I guess I need an updated picture!

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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Aug 18, 2013 1:37 PM CST
That would be a nice setup. And with the top enclosed also, the chickens are safe from hawks and such. I like the coop. How big is it? About how many chickens do you keep and what kinds?
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Aug 18, 2013 5:06 PM CST
Questions I don't have the answers to. Sorry. I will have to ask. I just give them stuff I pull up from the garden and have fun watching them all come running. Sometimes they come running to me just walking by because they think I have something for them. The have especially been enjoying the melons that we were not able to salvage.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Aug 18, 2013 5:37 PM CST
Oh I bet they just love any produce that you can't use. Tasty treats for feathered friends! Big Grin

I just love chickens so I am always interested, No proble though if you don't know. It is not like I am going to build a chicken coop even though I would like to have one.
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Aug 18, 2013 6:02 PM CST
Arlene, those look like luxury hen accommodations! - But where are you going to put the goats, sheep, and cow?
Porkpal
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Aug 18, 2013 6:25 PM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious!
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Aug 18, 2013 6:35 PM CST
Yeah, not so funny. We've progressed to the goats. There were eight. We just lost one. And they got their own house, complete with milking area! Nubians.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Aug 18, 2013 6:41 PM CST
Funny to me because I don't have to take care of them. nodding
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Aug 18, 2013 6:47 PM CST
Thankfully, neither do I. I do cut comfrey for them occasionally when my son is out of town. I used to help with milking when he was out of town but then they built the milking house so far from the house with no electric (just a generator) and no water. It's okay for them because they milk by hand but I can't. I had to use the milking machine and try lugging that back up to the house to clean! Right now there's no goats to milk.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Aug 18, 2013 7:22 PM CST
What happened to the goats? Are they gone?
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Aug 19, 2013 8:55 AM CST
No, we still have the goats. In fact, Matt just got a new buck for breeding last Sunday. All the females are in the far away paddocks(?) fields/goat house. The two bucks are in an area just past the chickens. If it ever stops raining I will try and get some pictures.

Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Georgia Garden Sages Organic Gardener Beekeeper Vegetable Grower
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abhege
Aug 19, 2013 9:08 AM CST
Here you can see in relation to my garden where the goat house is. Ypu can see one beehive to the right of the gaot house.


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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Aug 19, 2013 9:24 AM CST
Far away seems to me to be the right location for the goat house.
Porkpal

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