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Farmette 1769

by Monica Melograna-Ward

Tag Archives: health

LittleSketchCoop

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.

TableProject

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.

CoopSketch1

CoopSketch2

Happy Building!

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Chance the 2nd has made it past the critical first stages of life. Having a deep bowl of chick crumbles proved successful by itself. He figured out how to eat on his own. That could not have timed out better since my freelance business got busier and I had no time or energy to focus on him more than any of the other chicks.

I actually need to stop saying “he” since “he” is a “she”. The following video clip has that mistake in it. She is a smart little girl and equally energetic. Not sugar n’ salt water booster needed here. All that she had to do was figure out how to eat and drink. Chance II passed this test with flying colors.

Our first post on Chance to was here: https://farmette1769.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/freak-chick-hatched-on-farmette-1769/
Please forgive me for my lack of expertise in blogging. I am not sure that this is the BEST way to get to the original article, but I do know that it WILL get you there.

Chance does get a little help from her friends. Her room mates are always glad to pick out the leftovers from her crossed beak (saving tidbits for later?).

Now, onward and upward she goes!

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This is the first deformed chick that has hatched here on the farmette. I really should not joke and call him a freak. His name will be Chance II since his survival will hang in the balance where eating and drinking are concerned.

The story can be told mostly in pictures. As much as his beak is twisted, he is able to drink. That is good. Food will be a challenge. Instead of having a shallow food bowl, I am going to try one that is deep. It will be filled with chick starter food (fine crumbles).

Chance II is an amazing chick so far. He cracked his way out of his shell with that crossed bill. Maybe it was an advantage and worked like scissors (I really should not joke).

Surprisingly, despite this baby’s special physique, he is strong and healthy. He peeps and runs around behaving just like the other chicks. If you look down in the brooder bin, you really can’t tell that anything is wrong.


I saved the best view for last. This angle shows the left side of his face as normal, but he right side gone a-rye in development. He can see fine out of his left eye. The right one did not form into something usable. I am glad that he is not completely blind.

It was hard to get Chance II to keep still for photos. This is a good thing. Maybe our oddball chick will not only drink, but eat some chick starter food soon. 🙂

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