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Old 6 March 2020, 02:57
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Wife said the head was still partially attached so maybe John Holmes. Why I don’t know, but she handles the poultry slaughter. I don’t have the patience to pluck birds.
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Old 6 March 2020, 11:02
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I now have 5 older hens, 12 younger hens, 1 old Rooster, and 2 young Roosters. For the past 3 months I have usually gotten one egg a day. Rarely two. Many times, none. Yesterday I got six! I guess maybe the warmer weather? I have no idea why they start and stop like that.

Last month I lost 15 guineas overnight to a coon who dug under the wire. Sumbitch killed every one of my guineas and didnt even eat them. I am now at war with the coons and the foxes.
I can help you with the coons. My grandfather's technique...

get 4-8 six foot 2 x 2s. Sharpen one end and drive them into the ground (minimum 18 inches) at least 10 feet from the chicken coop/yard.

Buy a can of sardines for each stake you drive. Open the sardines and chop them up then add rat poison to the sardines. Nail the EMPTY can to the top of each stake. Fill the can with the lethal mixture. If you near a water source, you're done- if not place a #2 wash tub full of water at least 20 meters away or at the limit of your yard.

The coons will climb the post for the sardines then take them to the water to 'wash' them, then eat them.

Make sure to keep your dogs away from the water!

Clean up any spills sardines each morning along with the dead coons...
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Old 19 March 2020, 19:56
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Old 2 April 2020, 20:38
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My Rhode Island Reds are in full tilt production mode....must be the longer days!
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Old 3 April 2020, 00:07
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My Rhode Island Reds are in full tilt production mode....must be the longer days!
I have a few miscellaneous breeds. They’re shooting em out like a tennis ball machine.
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Old 3 April 2020, 09:33
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Yep....I'm getting about 16-18 per day now.
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Old 29 June 2020, 19:18
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Rgr Montcalm, hows you’re recently built hen mansion coming. I love chickens. They’re smart & stupid at the same time. I only have a single digit number of laying hens left. Had to pen them up as opposed to letting them free range. Neighbor has some terrorist dogs that likes chicken meat. I got a Rat snake I gotta catch. Been fucking me outta of a few eggs. I’ll get him.
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Old 29 June 2020, 20:22
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Well, except for the trim, the 'mansion' or the Casa De Pollo de Montcalm' is complete.

Got the plans off the web- 4 x 8 on 2 foot legs; it will hold 12 easily. 3 nest boxes, one side folds completely down for cleaning.

Red with white trim and a green metal roof.

Pen is going to be 25' x 12' with predator net over the top. Going to let them run wild in the garden while we are out there (shot gun in hand) and eat al the ticks and bugs
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Old 29 June 2020, 20:41
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Well, except for the trim, the 'mansion' or the Casa De Pollo de Montcalm' is complete.

Got the plans off the web- 4 x 8 on 2 foot legs; it will hold 12 easily. 3 nest boxes, one side folds completely down for cleaning.

Red with white trim and a green metal roof.

Pen is going to be 25' x 12' with predator net over the top. Going to let them run wild in the garden while we are out there (shot gun in hand) and eat al the ticks and bugs
Chickens are cool. I used to have Japanese bantam rooster. Rode on my truck dashboard. Gotta lotta looks from that feller.

Nice build! I gotta a portable pup tent style pen. Made from 2X4’s and scrap lumber an chicken wire. Holds 8 hens comfortably with 2 laying boxes. Tarp over top when needed. Can be moved every week and fertilizer your yard like crazy.
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Old 29 June 2020, 21:06
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I bought a Bantam rooster just because I like what they look like. I have a mix of birds- Dixie, Cinnamon Maran, Barred Plymouth Rock, Black Australorp, Straight Run, and a Blue something or another...
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Old 29 June 2020, 21:43
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I bought a Bantam rooster just because I like what they look like. I have a mix of birds- Dixie, Cinnamon Maran, Barred Plymouth Rock, Black Australorp, Straight Run, and a Blue something or another...
Australops is a good laying breed. I got a Southern Dixie in my group. Everyday layer. Little smaller egg than my Red Rangers but consistent & tame. Very friendly.
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Old 30 June 2020, 06:22
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FYI, for those of you DIY's, when building sheds etc. I built one for the folks a couple years back, 10 by 15, 2by6 bearing walls, 2by4 end walls on an 8 inch concrete pad with apron. Shed roof, 11 foot sloping to 9 foot. I covered it in white metal, including roof. Smartest thing I did as internal temps are always cooler than external. Makes sense, but it happened to me by accident as the white metal was cheaper and more prevalent.
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Old 30 June 2020, 12:02
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FYI, for those of you DIY's, when building sheds etc. I built one for the folks a couple years back, 10 by 15, 2by6 bearing walls, 2by4 end walls on an 8 inch concrete pad with apron. Shed roof, 11 foot sloping to 9 foot. I covered it in white metal, including roof. Smartest thing I did as internal temps are always cooler than external. Makes sense, but it happened to me by accident as the white metal was cheaper and more prevalent.
I had 2 raised beds that I had made out of some free concrete blocks several years ago that I repurposed into the pad under the coop. Because I had sunk them to even the blocks (OCD working overtime) I'm using the base layer as the bottom for the gate so I wont have to level the slope in the ground(2-3%) and it will make a bomb proof entry that the critters cant burrow under.
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Old 30 June 2020, 19:06
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I envy you dudes with the chickens, et al, but Ma was raised on chickens and says no freaking way are we getting chickens. She wants a horse though!
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Old 30 June 2020, 21:48
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I envy you dudes with the chickens, et al, but Ma was raised on chickens and says no freaking way are we getting chickens. She wants a horse though!
You mean a 4 legged hay burning money pit?
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Old 1 July 2020, 05:59
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You mean a 4 legged hay burning money pit?
Ya! I'll buy her a blow up horse and stick it in the pasture so the cows can lick it!
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Old 1 July 2020, 08:49
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She wants a horse though!
Kids wanted a horse. I told them cows taste better, but whatever. We got a couple cows.....
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I envy you dudes with the chickens, et al, but Ma was raised on chickens and says no freaking way are we getting chickens. She wants a horse though!
Horse are worse than boats. You can burn a boat when it gets too expensive.
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Old 1 July 2020, 14:18
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Horse are worse than boats. You can burn a boat when it gets too expensive.
Daggum right, that's why I always rode and drove other peoples!
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Sorry not to have posted pics but I'm still working on it.

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drop side 1.JPG

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front.JPG

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