Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by Star*, Feb 15, 2010.
Henhouse of the week? ROFLMfeathers off.....
Yup....you too could win.
NOW I want a coop de villa
OMG! The hens on top look just like mine!!
Very cool coops -- even the ones built from "scrap" make ours look like a kluged together mess! (Jealous? Moi?) Maybe these will give husband a creative shot in the arm...
As always, thank you for sharing!
Dang when I get kicked out of this house I am building one of these and squatting on someone's land!!! I'll get some chickies also!!!
Wow! those are pretty darn cool! I might have to take up chickens once I'm out of school. lol
I've been checking into the laws in our city regarding chickens - very confusing but I'm guessing the bottom line is to get permission from my neighbors within 175 feet from my home if I decide on more than 1 chicken.
I love some of those coops ~ I can see some of the long narrow ones on the side of my garage. I like the dog house one or the one using deck storage bin.
Chicken lady - how do you keep rodents out?
To my surprise, Chicago allows the keeping of chickens within city limits so long as they are properly housed and do not disturb the neighbors (you can't keep roosters, but apparently a few laying hens are fine)
It kind of surprised me as they banned the keeping of racing pigeons a few years ago, but chickens in general don't fly and only poop where they live.
TL, I keep the feed in a plastic storage tub with a snap-on lid -- haven't had issues with rodents chewing through, but if I did, I'd likely just switch to a small metal trash can. And it's been a while since we've had anything like raccoons, though they would likely try to eat the birds and not the feed!
However, we do get mice/rats that come into the run and sometimes the coop (usually just mice) to get at bits of feed that have been missed by the birds. My hens will kill and attempt to eat any mouse that gets into their coop or run (of course, they need to be able to see it). I've found several dead mice in the coop before .
Star, where do you FIND these things???
I do like seeing all the coops and chicken tractors (who would have thought??), but they are not in our future. I could see my bro keeping some. maybe he could be a backyard chicken breeder instead of a backyard puppy breeder. Have to suggest that.....
Yeah, Susie -- a chicken mill is WAAAY more P.C. than a puppy mill these days!
I like the empty red one with the cat rubbing up alongside it. LOL!
Chicken lady, we have got to talk (or anyone else who's set up a chicken coop). I've found birds that tolerate the cold - I'd like to order these
kt's hyped as are my nieces & staff who work here. They all want fresh eggs. I could use some guidance on when to do this & other questions. What type of birds do you raise?
Ooooh! She's PRETTY!
I have 2 Rhode Island Reds and 2 black hens the breed of which I have no idea. My blacks are smaller and a bit more active, and don't lay as consistently as my reds do.
I would get your chicks maybe in mid- to late-March. Be prepared to keep them inside under a heat lamp 24/7 for the first month or two until they get their feathers all in. We used an old aquarium for the first three or four weeks. After that, an old cardboard box would probably work o.k.
Janet could probably tell you a lot more since she and Tony had birds for a very long time I'm still a rookie by their standards -- have only had birds for about two years.
OH MY GOSH is that a pretty chicken. I'm going to have chickens when I get to OH.
AND a donkey!
OF course! DF said he wanted a calf. I thought.....OHhhhhhhhhh a cow. How cool. Yes....a sweet little nose.....moo moo. I was going with cool names like...moo moo, and goat goat, for a goat.
Then I found out Dr. Death wanted to EAT the cow.
I shall only have NON-edibles on my ranch. He said he can't eat laying chickens so they're safe, and no one has ever tried donkey steaks. ("cept maybe that Donner party of ate)
Yeah, easy child refuses to eat anything that resembles certain pets of hers STILL.
TL, Marg is also another resident chicken, or as she calls them "chook" expert. She's got LOTS of tips she's shared with me.
NEVER EVER BOND WITH A RANCH ANIMAL...cow, chicken, goat, etc. They will be your next meal. 4H is good for something.
Those are some spoiled chickens. Chickens, next to pigs were the lowest on the ladder at our place. If you got in trouble your consequence was cleaning the coop which looked NOTHING like the ones you posted. The ultimate consequence was being tossed into the pig pen with a raging mamma. Not good.
Those Wyandottes are very attractive chickens. You might not have thought of it, but silver cape and hackle feathers (you would have to skin out the neck and shoulders of the roosters, but instructions on doing that and tanning are available) would be of great value to fly-tiers, especially for making "streamer" flies that are supposed to mimic baitfish.
I wish I could keep a few hens up here; but my place doesn't allow it.
DO WHAT??? Pull out their neck feathers?
Okay 1.) OWwwwwww
2.) Do they grow back or would I have redneck looking chickens ?
I think what she's talking about are headless chickens when all is said and done. IOW, raising them to harvest the neck feathers.
Personally, I think you could just wait until they moult and collect them that way -- and then you still get to keep your chicken. Not sure why the skin would be needed?
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