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post #451 of 1037 Old 04-05-2013, 09:51 PM
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I got about half of my coop walls done today! I need to work on ideas for the floor.

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post #452 of 1037 Old 04-05-2013, 10:58 PM
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My mom wants good layers, so we are thinking of bantam cochins. Any thoughts?
Cochins go broody at the drop of a hat. They are not the best for egg production, IME.
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Much better choice for egg laying!

I love my cochins (whats not to love about a giant cuddly, fluffy chicken?) but dang are they horrid layers!
terrible layers, but what fun personalities!!

I have a cochin/silkie cross. She is so vocal and sings to me every time I go to the coop.



HEY!! Is that thing in your hand EDIBLE???




Ah, shoot!! I'm going to sulk.....


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post #455 of 1037 Old 04-08-2013, 04:36 PM
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We've finally had our spring thaw- the last giant pile of snow disappeared over the weekend.

My girls got out for a little much needed sunbathing today.

The first realization that there was sun:

Sunbathing is better with a friend:

I've got 6 babies coming in just about a month- can't wait for them to get here. We'll have 4 golden laced wyandotte and 2 golden comets. More pictures then.
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post #456 of 1037 Old 04-08-2013, 05:02 PM
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Breela, join backyardchickens.com. They have over 120,000 members and lots of thread and ideas for coop building. They even have 4 coop building contests every year.
Hands down, everybody likes to use vinyl for the floor. Get discounted flooring so you can put down a single piece. You will want to have it slightly larger, so you can curl it up along the walls by a few inches. It's the easiest surface to clean.
Your birds are gonna want to roost instead of spend much time on the floor. You can use the "deep litter method" and put down several packages of 3cu.ft. shavings. You fluff it up every few weeks, and the poo falls to the floor bc it's heavier than the shavings. Then you periodically replace the bedding. Without going into detail, many people like to put a removable board at the bottom, so that they can use a broom to take out the old bedding, like into a wheelbarrow.
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Breela, join backyardchickens.com. They have over 120,000 members and lots of thread and ideas for coop building. They even have 4 coop building contests every year.
Hands down, everybody likes to use vinyl for the floor. Get discounted flooring so you can put down a single piece. You will want to have it slightly larger, so you can curl it up along the walls by a few inches. It's the easiest surface to clean.
Your birds are gonna want to roost instead of spend much time on the floor. You can use the "deep litter method" and put down several packages of 3cu.ft. shavings. You fluff it up every few weeks, and the poo falls to the floor bc it's heavier than the shavings. Then you periodically replace the bedding. Without going into detail, many people like to put a removable board at the bottom, so that they can use a broom to take out the old bedding, like into a wheelbarrow.
Already on there!
We've got some good weather coming to my area this week. Hopefully I can get a lot of work done on the coop.

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Spring Chickens!




Can't wait for the eggs! So excited about the blondies.
(I need to mow, but I have billions of tiny wildflowers blooming and don't have the heart.)
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I need to stop being so lazy and put some pics of my girls on here. We had an accident yesterday and lost one. I let them put of their coop and one somehow managed to sqeuuze through the chain link fence and the labs made quick work of her. A friend's young daughter saw the whole thing and I think she was traumatized.

I can't wait till they start laying and I have fresh eggs. I have givin up all hope of my Cornish ever giving me an egg!
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I need to stop being so lazy and put some pics of my girls on here. We had an accident yesterday and lost one. I let them put of their coop and one somehow managed to sqeuuze through the chain link fence and the labs made quick work of her. A friend's young daughter saw the whole thing and I think she was traumatized.

I can't wait till they start laying and I have fresh eggs. I have givin up all hope of my Cornish ever giving me an egg!
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The rule around here is: Dogs stay in the dog yard (about 1.5 acres) and the chickens are free to roam. If they are stupid enough to go in the dog yard.......well.... Can't help 'em, I can't possibly out run a Jack Russell intent on getting a chicken. Same rule goes for the barn cats. They learn.

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