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Old 31 May 2019, 15:29
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Chickens

I have started out my journey with some Rhode Island Reds. Anyone out there have any chicken raising wisdom other than varmint control? I may be adding some Plymouth Rock’s down the road.
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Old 31 May 2019, 17:29
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(Sorry, that's a cry for help from deeply buried memories of shoveling five inches of chicken shit out of the barn/coop in the middle of summer when I was a kid)
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Old 31 May 2019, 18:22
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I'm up to my eyeballs in chickens thanks to my wife's"hobby". I think she hatched 60 something this year. Are you starting with chicks? Coccidiosis can be an issue in younger birds. Cedar shavings can cause respiratory issues so it's better to stick with pine. Quality feed is important. If you have any questions shoot me a message and I'll pass it along to the expert.
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For laying chickens, have laying boxes for them. I had a friend show me how to build a roost of 4-6 2x 4's running horizontally, laying on the short side. I put this ins a corner near the boxes and they roost on their at night. This is when they make 90% of their manure. If you put chicken wire on the underside to keep them out and enclose it from the ground, it keep them out of the area where the manure accumulates. Then you can periodically shovel it out and have high octane manure for your compost pile. Be aware, the it is so high in nitrogen, that it will burn your plants if applied directly. Here is a diagram of the roost. It has to be built so only you can access the underneath via the hinged door in front.
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Thanks all for the pointers. I have a “kit” chicken coop that has the roosting area over top of their run. It has a pull out drawer to empty their poop. I plan on letting them free range in the yard (fenced in) during the day. I will switch from cedar shavings to hay ASAP.
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Thanks all for the pointers. I have a “kit” chicken coop that has the roosting area over top of their run. It has a pull out drawer to empty their poop. I plan on letting them free range in the yard (fenced in) during the day. I will switch from cedar shavings to hay ASAP.
They will eat the Hay. Try straw.
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They will eat the Hay. Try straw.
Yep. In fact pastured broilers are pretty common. We're building some Joel Salatin style tractors to house the broilers.
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Old 1 June 2019, 10:50
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10-4 thanks for the info!
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Yep. In fact pastured broilers are pretty common. We're building some Joel Salatin style tractors to house the broilers.
I did this with dog kennels.
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I did this with dog kennels.
Do you move them around?

I think I'm going to build some roosts like yours to cut down on the mess in our layer coop. Then straight into the compost pile.
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I have 9 hens and a rooster. And 3 ducks. And 5 guineas. 5 goats. 2 cows. 3 horses. Etc etc....
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How many beaver?
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They said they cleaned them all out. The creek is definitely down so they at least made a good dent. I wish I would have had the time to trap them myself.
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At the same house I went to?
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Do you move them around?

I think I'm going to build some roosts like yours to cut down on the mess in our layer coop. Then straight into the compost pile.

I moved them so they always had grass, but not as often as you move yours.

Its amazing at the amount of time saved with the roost. Otherwise they are like Sharky and shit willy nilly all over the place.
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Do you butcher the guineas? or are they pets / egg layers?
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They said they cleaned them all out. The creek is definitely down so they at least made a good dent. I wish I would have had the time to trap them myself.
They will be back, don't worry. Now it's a fixer upper, the new beavers don't have to build from scratch.....
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Yes. And then you never came back, fucker.... LOL

The 3 horses aren't here. They are boarded about 15 miles away. Everything else is though.
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Do you butcher the guineas? or are they pets / egg layers?
They are my mobile/roving CT force.

Counter-Tick. They eat fleas as well.

They can be a bit loud at times but I get a kick out of them.
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