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Farmette 1769

by Monica Melograna-Ward

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Despite being a generally patient person, there are a few things that test this quality for me. One of them is in building things. Creating a functional item is my focus when I am doing this type of task. I have the tendency to work quickly and get a bit sloppy. As long as the item is sturdy in the beginning, I am satisfied. I just want to get it done and move on to another project.

But, rushed structures have a tendency to come apart and don’t hold up in the long run. And they are also not visually pleasing. Since I want the new, super predator proof chicken coop to work as intended, last a long time and look great, I am taking my time. Meanwhile, my chickens are busy growing larger in their temporary housing in the garage. I need to get this done, but it is 11 degrees outside here in NC. I do not work well with frozen hands.

Note: This blog will post on Monday, but I am writing it on Saturday, January 6, 2018 and it is COLD.

I slowed this project down even more since working on a table top project with my brother over his Thanksgiving and New Years visits. He is a good influence on me in reference to project patience. I also learned that you have to be willing to take things apart and make adjustments if you want things to turn out really well. The photo below shows the result of about $100.00 total of materials, supplies and small, specialty tools for a nice farm-friendly table top.

Note: The metal table frame with legs came from Freecycle for $0.00.


The following pics are of the general coop plan that I sketched out. In addition to being a safe and healthy environment, I also want it to be easy to maintain and move. The plan is modular. The floor, walls and top will be separate pieces that fit together. The roof and ventilation will keep it dry – that is a big requirement for chickens. Cold it OK, but wet/moist is not. The food, water and egg nesting box will be accessible from outside the coop. Water will be rainwater driven from the roof gutter. The wood floor provides safety from diggers (fox, raccoon and weasels). The skids make it moveable. And you will also be able to remove the roof, keep the walls together and remove them from the floor for a thorough, periodic cleaning.



Happy Building!

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Well, chick season is starting off slowly. We have not sold one. However, when I sold my Western saddle set, I gave them two ducklings as change. That was oddly fun.

This Pic is up on craig’s list presently, among others. These chicks give customers an idea of the types available.

Three Chicks

It is just a matter of timing. They will sell eventually, but I’d really like to avoid building pens right now. We may get to that this weekend. It would be good to have a juvenile chicken raising pen in addition to the big plastic bins for the small chicks.

I had to do some sorting this morning. Instead of having different types together, the two bins were changed to one with the very young and one with the ones that are older. Two ducklings were getting very big, so they were switched to a cage.

We are keeping three ducklings. Our big white Pekin Drake (male) duck disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle. It is actually more likely that it was into the stomach of a stray or coyote, but there was no evidence. We looked for the mash of feathers and found none.

He could not have just flown away as farm duck breeds have short wings. They are not bred to fly. So, we must keep a few of the ducklings in hopes of a new breeder boy.

Most of the ducklings are multi-colored, but a few turn out white. We have one of those now and we’ll keep him since we miss our big white one.

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The best part of having a chicken coop is the cleaning – false. Please keep this in mind when you design yours. Easy access is crucial to taking care of this chore.

Keeping your birds dry is very important, so designs with mesh bottoms work great and also make for easy clean-up. But, you do have to think about bad weather and a spot to avoid the cold, drafts, snow and rain. If nesting boxes are open, they need to be in an area with a roof and side walls.

Main Coop

Bantam Chicken Coop

The best way to keep fowl is to give them a few choices. Horizontal perches, boxes with just a hole for them with a door for you and a well-ventilated sheltered structure that you are able to stand in are all good combination designs.

Some prefer the chicken tractor which is movable. Most versions are shaped like a long 3D rectangle. At one end is a closed nesting box with a latched and hinged flap at the back for egg collection. The rest is safe caged pen. You can avoid creating a muddy area and protect your birds from predators, while allowing them something similar to free ranging.

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