First big solo project

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Foxterriermom, Apr 3, 2012.

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    Foxterriermom No place like home

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    I've done smaller projects around the house over the last few years, but this is the biggest one I've ever tackled on my own. Used to have chickens when I was married and got the hankering to have some again, soooo, got out some of the tools and went after it. This has taken me a week to complete working evenings after getting home from my regular job. I finished it tonight and with the exception of a tin roof that I am putting over the back half (the front half is covered with wire) and making a roost, it is chicken ready! I am pretty proud that my two hands are the only ones that touched this project from start to finish! (it's 6'x12'x6') I know the design isn't perfect by any means, but it is solid and I doubt the chickens will mind!

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    biggest flaw I see is that there appears to be a dog in your chicken coop. Other than that, good work!! :wavey:
     
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    Very nice!!

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    Thanks guys! I am anxious to get my chickens in the very near future!
     
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    It puts the lotion on its skin ....

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    Great work, very impressive!
     
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    Those fox terriers? They're going to go ape**** when you get some chickens.
     
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    One Fox, one Rat, and a Minpin. The Foxterrier has been around chickens before but I have to admit I am a little concerned about how they are going to react.
     
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    Will you be using a gas or charcoal barbecue? :whistling:


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    EAT the chickens?????? Heaven forbid! My girls will only be for providing eggs.
     
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    It looks very substantial. Are you able to easily move it around in the yard and spread the fertilizer around?
     
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    After watching Bob Villa twice it is all wrong. You forgot to patch the nail holes and paint.
     
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    Oh so just eating the young-lings...instead of the adults. :tongueout:

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    <---Not a Vegan
    <---Does Eat Chicken AND Eggs
     
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    Judy and I have talked about chickens, as we'd likely enjoy them.

    Can't beat fresh eggs (pun intended)!

    Oh, they'd each have names, and be treated as family. When their laying days were done, we'd offer them a comfy retirement... :supergrin:

    We're clearly not pioneer stock... :sigh:

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    You did an awesome job, sweetie pie:hugs::kiss:
     
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    Great job. Nothing like the feeling you get when you see what you can build with your hands.:wavey:
     
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    Ha! NO!!! That thing weighs a ton. It was all I could manage to move it to the final location once I had the 2x6 outer frame up. I will be spreading fertilizer by hand!
     
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    I have named all of my chickens in the past as well. I had one black hen that loved to be massaged when she was up on the roost. I would stick my fingers deep into her feathers under her wings and gently rub her down every night before shutting up the coop. She would purr and churr and really enjoyed it. She was quite spoiled for sure!

    I will be raising my new layers from chicks so I imagine I will be even more attached to them than ever!
     
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    I don't see a roost or nesting box? If you put one in I have seen them where you open it from the rear so you don't have to go into the pen. Just open the back up and pull out the eggs. Are you going to put a roof or partial roof on it? That or an enclosed area for nesting?

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    There is a metal 3 box nesting box attached to the back of the coop you may not be ble to see well in the pictures. I have yet to add the metal roof on the back half of it (the front half is covered with wire), as well as make the roost. I won't mind going into the coop to gather the eggs - it will give me an opportunity to "commune" with the chickens and keep them used to me.