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post #1571 of 1580 Old 03-23-2019, 12:32 PM
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Non chicken person here, so forgive naive questions . . .



that gizmo, on wheels, is that where they will LIVE, or do you shift them into that thing, move it around and have it inside a small enclosure so the chickens can peck around the base of it , and retire to the inside? Like a chicken tractor?


I live in suburbia. We are allowed only 3 hens, no roosters. neighbors down the way have about 12 hens. no one minds or tells the city. They sometimes roam a bit , but only one house distance away.


I love the sound of hens. I think it would be a wonderful choice for a 'white noise machine". you know, they have things like tinkling water, the ocean surf, crickets in the evening . . . and now happy hens!
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I love the sound of hens. I think it would be a wonderful choice for a 'white noise machine".

I work from home and have a small backyard flock. One time I was on a conference call with a bunch of bigwigs from my company. A VP had asked a question and a few of us were responding. It was summer, windows were open...all of a sudden, she stops us mid-answer and says...."Is someone in a place where there are....CHICKENS?" They are such white noise to me I didn't even realize they were cackling away happily outside my window that it was loud enough for everyone on the call to hear them!!
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I work from home and have a small backyard flock. One time I was on a conference call with a bunch of bigwigs from my company. A VP had asked a question and a few of us were responding. It was summer, windows were open...all of a sudden, she stops us mid-answer and says...."Is someone in a place where there are....CHICKENS?" They are such white noise to me I didn't even realize they were cackling away happily outside my window that it was loud enough for everyone on the call to hear them!!
LOVE IT! I never truly appreciated what a "hen party" was until I got chickens. Now, I'll be cleaning stalls or grooming and they'll be close by chuckling and cackling and periodically I'll look over and catch them all looking at me and say, "I'm sorry, I missed that? What did you say?" and on cue they all start bok bok-ing and uh oh-ing again, like they had actually asked me something. They're hilarious!
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Chickens make a lot of different noises. I know what about a dozen mean but apparently there may be as many as thirty different sounds, each meaning something different.

One of my favorite sounds is when a rooster is trying out his crow for the first time. Invariably I think what the HECK was that! Sort of like a cross between something being strangled and a car failing to turn over. It always makes me laugh.

@tinyliny , that gizmo is a mobile coop. It will be surrounded by electrified moveable chicken netting and moved around the pastures following the horses' rotation. In summer they will sleep in it and lay their eggs in it. In winter, they'll be living in my old goat shed, I think. My neighbor used four of them to pasture raise 200 broilers last year. My husband (my in-house engineer) believes it would be better to make it out of wood. We shall see. These mobile coops are very experimental. Because the emphasis of commercial growers is to speed everything up -- broilers in six weeks, laying hens forced into laying themselves into collapse after a year, so they live their entire lives indoors -- and backyard chicken keepers typically have little land -- there just hasn't been much research into keeping laying hens 'naturally' while not destroying your pastures. Something chickens will certainly do.
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this is what I meant by a chicken tractor:







yours would give them the hutch protection, but hte fence would offer a larger area. Do you worry about hawks?
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That is a nice set up for about three or four hens. You would have to move it at least twice a day even at that to keep them from killing the grass. It's something I see almost universally in animal-keeping in general -- the ground is not treated as another living thing, but just as a substrate.

When we moved here there was a chicken house, lovingly constructed with three nest boxes, electric lights, three different doors -- about 2.5 x 3 feet, couple feet high. Adequate for two or three banty hens if they only slept there at night -- and there was no roost! I sold it immediately.

The winter coop for my birds is ten by twelve, tall enough to stand up in. That's about right for a dozen or so hens if they can roam about outside on sunny days. In summer they need acreage.

I am a very strong believer in lots and lots of space, for all animals. If I can't provide that, I won't keep them. Even tiny undergrowth birds like canaries need a small-room-sized aviary, and parrots could make use of a colosseum. Why I do not keep pet birds. When I had aquaria I kept small schools of tiny fish in 150 gallon tanks -- they were so happy! Horses are creatures of open plains, and we keep them in dark boxes and expect them to thrive. Crazy thinking.
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I do worry about hawks, my hens here will be in open pasture not forest land like back in California. I have been researching. Apparently even what looks to us like a tent made out of strings will provide cover, as hawks are afraid to get tangled in it. I also will need more shade than what the underneath of the chickshaw will provide. I have three metallic mesh tarps sold by dog sports equipment companies that are used to cover vehicles so you can park your dog in an open car. I'm thinking of creating some kind of tent out of those for shade. It's evolving. My chicks don't even have feathers yet.
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Girls have been pretty unwilling to leave the barn all winter, but are starting to venture out a bit now that the sun is so much stronger. And- they are nuts for anything green, which I can sympathize with as I am too!


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Long time no see. As an update, I had a run of bad luck with my hens. City dogs that can scale 1” hole chicken wire mesh like they are a monkey, then a skunk who also climbed chicken wire, and more recently coyotes. Have done a lot of alterations on my chicken run to prevent additional future predation as I have a new flock of hens in the brooder now. When they are mature, they will be introduced to Colonel Sanders, my lonely 2 year old rooster that is either the luckiest chicken or the toughest bloke as he hasn’t been hurt yet in any predation attack (no clue how he managed that with the coyotes entering the 8’x4’ coop at night when every hen was slaughtered)

Well, here is a picture of my new flock. Going for blue and green egg shells this time, previous hens were all brown egg layers. 456483D3-1378-4E32-B974-4060F57AC37B_1555552137053.jpg
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Also, a picture of Colonel Sanders, tall dark and handsome (he was a gentleman with previous girlfriends, but apparently not the best flock protector
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