I am raising free range hard heads. not the chickens..my family..."No chickens until the place is ready for them." Meaning no place for them until I am ready to cope with them. because I will wind up being the one to cope with them.
I have to laugh, I guess. I got up this morning and caught my oldest daughter filling a shiny new poultry waterer in teh tub..."UMMM...WHAT is that for?" She trots out...."MOOOM! WE'RE BUSTED!"
Crap. now I have to scrounge materials and get a broiler pen built and a tractor/laying house built before the little buggers get big enough to be out. <sigh>
Oh well, I just sowed in a plot of buckwheat around my first hugel mound, and I think I have enough scrounged chain link top rail to make an entire chicken tractor with a steel frame. that ought to last a few years.
that and I will have a hundred or so tomato plants this year..might just have a few extras...chickens looove tomatoes.
Joined: Feb 04, 2012
Location: Central Ohio, Zone 6A - High water table, heavy clay.
Sympathetic. Been waffling on whether or not to take the chicken plunge this year... until I found somebody just down the road who's got chicks available from the somewhat rare breed I want. So I wasn't really planning on chicks, or on having them right away, but now I guess I'm gonna.
Joined: Jan 25, 2012
<sigh> I <wanted> to get a chicken greenhouse and forage plot moving first..water catchment, etc...but nooo....I can see the squabbles coming about who is going to take care of them.
thinking abut where i am going to scare up some wheels for this contraption. steel framed cage/tractor with a coop/nest boxes on the back end...counterbalanced to make it easy to move. in theory.
hmmf...old lawn mower I have will donate it's front tires to the cause.
might pony up for a couple of lamb panels for sides.
I think I am going to cheat and make the wife buy me some sheep panels to build the tractors out of. all metal, then I don't have to mess with it again. ever.
Fortunate that I own a sawmill..for the roofing and perches and whatnot. the best lumber...is relatively free lumber.
Joined: Jun 25, 2010
Location: Central Texas USA Latitude 30 Zone 8
Sounds like a good idea. Mine tended to rot out at the bottom where the wood rested on the ground. Metal could be heavy though.....
Joined: Jan 25, 2012
eh..gonna use chainlink top rail for the skids...will likely make two layer houses, as I don't like to have more than a half dozen to cope with in one unit at a time.
we raised fryer chickens for Tyson when I was a pup...sixty five thousand birds at a time...I do >not< get excited about chickens. had one heck of a garden though..just downhill from the effluent drain..lol..maters the size of your head, and ten foot tall okra...