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HandsomeRyan
April 14th, 2013, 05:43 PM
Sorry I haven't been participating on the forums here much lately. I haven't been doing much quilting because I have a hard time saying no to other project. I've been working on a paid blacksmithing job, getting the plants started in the greenhouse for this summers garden, and most importantly, my wife talked me into backyard chicken keeping.

Here are some pictures of the coop I designed and built and the ladies who live there. I had never really given much thought to keeping chickens before my wife brought it up but they are very fun to watch and I'm looking forward to the day they provide me with breakfast.

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h170/HandsomeRyan/photobucket-45788-1362945402053_zps2bab27c6.jpg (http://s64.photobucket.com/user/HandsomeRyan/media/photobucket-45788-1362945402053_zps2bab27c6.jpg.html)
Here is Mrs. HandsomeRyan holding up one of the walls she helped me frame. It begins!

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h170/HandsomeRyan/photobucket-32900-1363458587489_zps0793f4e8.jpg (http://s64.photobucket.com/user/HandsomeRyan/media/photobucket-32900-1363458587489_zps0793f4e8.jpg.html)
Here is the wood frame and roof in place. Starting to look like something.

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h170/HandsomeRyan/Chix2_zps040666c0.jpeg (http://s64.photobucket.com/user/HandsomeRyan/media/Chix2_zps040666c0.jpeg.html)
Here are the ladies who the house is being built for. We should get a mix of white, brown and blue eggs from this flock.

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h170/HandsomeRyan/photobucket-45667-1364068386206_zpsaa228258.jpg (http://s64.photobucket.com/user/HandsomeRyan/media/photobucket-45667-1364068386206_zpsaa228258.jpg.html)
Walls going up.

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h170/HandsomeRyan/photobucket-5506-1365450913242_zps71e3a505.jpg (http://s64.photobucket.com/user/HandsomeRyan/media/photobucket-5506-1365450913242_zps71e3a505.jpg.html)
Better build fast, the girls are getting big!

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h170/HandsomeRyan/photobucket-5551-1365964641622_zps19659222.jpg (http://s64.photobucket.com/user/HandsomeRyan/media/photobucket-5551-1365964641622_zps19659222.jpg.html)
Looking good. Even planting a few flowers out front (until we free-range the chickens and they eat them)

HandsomeRyan
April 14th, 2013, 05:45 PM
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h170/HandsomeRyan/photobucket-4448-1365966579273_zps576c9bc4.jpg (http://s64.photobucket.com/user/HandsomeRyan/media/photobucket-4448-1365966579273_zps576c9bc4.jpg.html)

Here is our country entertainment. A bottle of wine and some bouncy chairs to sit and watch the birds.

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h170/HandsomeRyan/photobucket-5356-1365343154634_zpsdb2a4ccd.jpg (http://s64.photobucket.com/user/HandsomeRyan/media/photobucket-5356-1365343154634_zpsdb2a4ccd.jpg.html)
A good overall shot taken before the mulch/flowers were planted around the perimeter.

jsmetcalf
April 14th, 2013, 05:58 PM
You will love it! I started out with about 20 chicks, but three years later I have about 75 beautiful chickens! I love my girls and they do such good work! I get about 4 dozen eggs a day which we sell locally - not going to get rich but it does pay for all the feed for the chickens, donkeys, dogs, and cat. They are also wonderful entertainment. All I have to do is walk outside and they all come a'running. (They have coops similar to yours for at night, but in addition to the outdoor pen, I let them out on the farm to roam which they love.) Happy chicken raising!!!

Iris Girl
April 14th, 2013, 06:01 PM
thats a beautiful chicken coop and a nice group of girls. Looks like fine entertainment for a lazy afternoon.

Hulamoon
April 14th, 2013, 06:08 PM
Wow that is so nice! I have too many wild chickens to count. lol A couple of laying hens would be great though. A farm place sells the type good for that. Building the house is a different story though. lol

SallyO'Sews
April 14th, 2013, 06:08 PM
Good to hear from you, Ryan! Looks like you've got your work cut out for you. Enjoy!

CrazyMtnLady
April 14th, 2013, 06:10 PM
How awesome.. I would love to raise a few chickens myself...maybe someday.

bkthomas
April 14th, 2013, 06:21 PM
Well, how cool is that?!!! Love it!

Claire Hallman
April 14th, 2013, 06:26 PM
Very nice coop from one who knows nothing about chickens other than cooking them. I love your viewing area.

Patrice
April 14th, 2013, 06:39 PM
Love the coop!! You sound like us with the chairs..lol. Did you build your greenhouse? Show us pictures. We are looking into getting one. What do you recommend?

Divine Daisy
April 14th, 2013, 06:45 PM
I used to have three chicken who I loved sooooo much. There was Funky, Gertie and Paxo.

Gertie was a wanderer, no matter how I fenced the garden she found a way out and trotted off down the pub where they fed her beer out of an ashtray (clean one hopes) Then someone would bring her back drunk at closing time. No matter how often I asked them not to they gave her beer. A drunk chicken is something to behold, a hungover chicken is somewhat grouchy.

Funky was a tell tale tit. When Gertie wandered, Funky would tap on the kitchen window to let me know. UNfortunately she also tapped when she wanted some mash or a cuddle so I didn't always take notice. Paxo laid eggs and behaved like a normal chicken. My daughter tells me that all my animals are nuts...........she cites Seamus and Gertie as perfect examples. I say that if you respond to their individual charactors they pay you back 100 fold with their antics.

I also had a pig called Petunia who behaved more like a dog than a pig. Until she had babies that is. Her.......um..........'husband' was no more by the time she gave birth and I blame Mr Daisy for traumatising her for life because when she had had her babies, he opened the freezer door and yelled inside 'congratulations you're a father!' and closed it again. I KNOW Petunia heard him and got all arsey in case her babies joined her old man. She was fine with me but chased Mr D every time she could. Obviously it was all his fault. He tells me I imagine the brains and understanding on my animals. How rude!

teasipper
April 14th, 2013, 07:09 PM
A very nice chicken coop for sure!! I'm sure your girls are enjoying their lovely home. I had fun turning chicken and duck eggs in an incubator for my DIL's kindergarten class. It was a lot of anticipation which paid off in the end with the cutest fuzzy little guys and girls. I think the baby ducks were the cutest though. Have fun with your new family.

MRoy
April 14th, 2013, 07:22 PM
It's a great coop. I hope you enjoy your chicks. My mom had chickens, hens and roosters, when I was growing up. I got flogged several times and I don't care for them now other than for eating.

HandsOffItsMine
April 14th, 2013, 07:33 PM
Your coop is amazing! Love the deep color red! And the girls!!! Too cute and they grew soooo quickly...lol

I'm hoping that we'll be able to get decent jobs and find a place with some land to have some girls too. You'll have come on vacation and make a coop for our girls. Heck bring a trailer 'cause we'll need some of your ironwork too! :D

Huggers, Ruby

HandsomeRyan
April 14th, 2013, 07:39 PM
How awesome.. I would love to raise a few chickens myself...maybe someday.

You should totally do it. I know many people have restrictions imposed by their municipality or home owners association but if that isn't the issue it is a really fun hobby. If you want to learn more about backyard chicken keeping I highly recommend the forum at backyardchickens.com. They are to chicken keeping what this forum is to quilting.


Love the coop!! You sound like us with the chairs..lol. Did you build your greenhouse? Show us pictures. We are looking into getting one. What do you recommend?
I manage a research greenhouse as my 'real' job. "My" greenhouse is a 2,000²ft glass model with a Priva Greenhouse Management computer controller. Quite nice but very expensive (the computer controller updates can cost 6 figures).

I've never built a greenhouse mostly as a function of always working somewhere that I had access to someone else's greenhouse but I know they can be built. The biggest considerations are cooling, air circulation, pest exclusion, heating, and the cost to operate. The last one can sneak up on you. Beside the electric bill and gas bill for my greenhouse, I spend several hundred dollars a month on soil, flats, flat liners, pesticides, etc.
You should also be aware that greenhouses do a great job of excluding the things that keep pests in check naturally (ladybugs, birds, etc.) while allowing pest populations to explode. I'm a licensed pesticide applicator with years of experience and access to the expensive and regulated chemicals and it is still a lot of work keeping the pests in check. For the average homeowner this may be a surprise compared to pest management in a residential garden.

Bubby
April 14th, 2013, 07:43 PM
It's wonderful! Chicken keeping is a wonderful pursuit! We have trouble with black snakes around here...they love the eggs and will crawl right under the hens to eat them. Your coop turned out great!

Mecread
April 14th, 2013, 07:51 PM
Dh wanted Chickens, me not so much as he spread litter for a while with some family friends and nothing smells as bad as a man getting out of a nasty litter truck that has put down ton's up on ton's of chicken litter! So that smell kept me from going OK do it, he wore me down and used the kids and 4-H LOL so I said ok do it .... but then a friend of ours brings us 2 doz eggs a week! and Dh has not said a word over it since!

Now if he wanted Alpaca I would be putting up fencing in a hart beat :P

kelliedi
April 14th, 2013, 08:21 PM
Ryan now you can trun the girls loose in the green house to control bugs....next bat houses....

Sharyn J
April 14th, 2013, 08:27 PM
What a hoot! That's my kind of entertainment!

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auntiemern
April 15th, 2013, 02:10 AM
Welcome back Ryan. That has to be one of the nicest looking chicken coops I have ever seen. Every thing you do is perfection :)

Granny Judy
April 15th, 2013, 06:50 AM
Awww. a bit of the old country life!! Brings back memories of living on the farm.. I enjoyed my chick and pig raising days. They make for great entertainment as well as food. Good to see you back here, Ryan. Now about that greenhouse--- Are you going big or just for your own use? I've had to go for container gardening since moving into town. No room to spread out and really put in all the green stuff I love.

Blondie
April 15th, 2013, 07:00 AM
What a wonderful home you've created for your chicks. I love raising chickens. And they ARE quite entertaining. You will never regret the experience. Next you will add a goat or two.



Sorry I haven't been participating on the forums here much lately. I haven't been doing much quilting because I have a hard time saying no to other project. I've been working on a paid blacksmithing job, getting the plants started in the greenhouse for this summers garden, and most importantly, my wife talked me into backyard chicken keeping.

Here are some pictures of the coop I designed and built and the ladies who live there. I had never really given much thought to keeping chickens before my wife brought it up but they are very fun to watch and I'm looking forward to the day they provide me with breakfast.

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h170/HandsomeRyan/photobucket-45788-1362945402053_zps2bab27c6.jpg (http://s64.photobucket.com/user/HandsomeRyan/media/photobucket-45788-1362945402053_zps2bab27c6.jpg.html)
Here is Mrs. HandsomeRyan holding up one of the walls she helped me frame. It begins!

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h170/HandsomeRyan/photobucket-32900-1363458587489_zps0793f4e8.jpg (http://s64.photobucket.com/user/HandsomeRyan/media/photobucket-32900-1363458587489_zps0793f4e8.jpg.html)
Here is the wood frame and roof in place. Starting to look like something.

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h170/HandsomeRyan/Chix2_zps040666c0.jpeg (http://s64.photobucket.com/user/HandsomeRyan/media/Chix2_zps040666c0.jpeg.html)
Here are the ladies who the house is being built for. We should get a mix of white, brown and blue eggs from this flock.

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h170/HandsomeRyan/photobucket-45667-1364068386206_zpsaa228258.jpg (http://s64.photobucket.com/user/HandsomeRyan/media/photobucket-45667-1364068386206_zpsaa228258.jpg.html)
Walls going up.

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h170/HandsomeRyan/photobucket-5506-1365450913242_zps71e3a505.jpg (http://s64.photobucket.com/user/HandsomeRyan/media/photobucket-5506-1365450913242_zps71e3a505.jpg.html)
Better build fast, the girls are getting big!

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h170/HandsomeRyan/photobucket-5551-1365964641622_zps19659222.jpg (http://s64.photobucket.com/user/HandsomeRyan/media/photobucket-5551-1365964641622_zps19659222.jpg.html)
Looking good. Even planting a few flowers out front (until we free-range the chickens and they eat them)

Tanya D
April 15th, 2013, 01:26 PM
It looks great Ryan!!! Enjoy sitting in those bouncy chairs on a warm summer night.

shannonsaulter
April 15th, 2013, 01:48 PM
That's great oh to have that kind of space...enjoy them and share when they give you breakfast.

WendyI
April 15th, 2013, 02:36 PM
I LOVE CHICKENS!! SOOO jealous here! I would love to check out that site but it's very dangerous to me! That is a GORGEOUS chicken coop..LOVE IT!

NOW....about this greenhouse and pest management thing you do! BOY do I wanna pick your brain! Sawfly and red humping lily beetles (sorry, that's my technical name...no idea what they are but they're red with a black head, always in pairs and are DESCIMATING my gardens!) and RABBITS are ALL my nemesis and I have zero access to pesticides as they are banned here! You will have a friend for LIFE if you can tell me how to deal with these varmints! Oh and voles! GAAAAHHH!!

Lisapc
April 16th, 2013, 02:22 AM
Your coop is amazing. I want the chicken poop for my garden. My soil is something I am ashamed of. It gets better every year but is still dead. My testing every spring tells me it needs everything. So sad. I work so hard in that garden.

Can you ship chicken poop?

SallyO'Sews
April 16th, 2013, 11:52 AM
I used to have three chicken who I loved sooooo much. There was Funky, Gertie and Paxo.

Gertie was a wanderer, no matter how I fenced the garden she found a way out and trotted off down the pub where they fed her beer out of an ashtray (clean one hopes) Then someone would bring her back drunk at closing time. No matter how often I asked them not to they gave her beer. A drunk chicken is something to behold, a hungover chicken is somewhat grouchy.

Funky was a tell tale tit. When Gertie wandered, Funky would tap on the kitchen window to let me know. UNfortunately she also tapped when she wanted some mash or a cuddle so I didn't always take notice. Paxo laid eggs and behaved like a normal chicken. My daughter tells me that all my animals are nuts...........she cites Seamus and Gertie as perfect examples. I say that if you respond to their individual charactors they pay you back 100 fold with their antics.

I also had a pig called Petunia who behaved more like a dog than a pig. Until she had babies that is. Her.......um..........'husband' was no more by the time she gave birth and I blame Mr Daisy for traumatising her for life because when she had had her babies, he opened the freezer door and yelled inside 'congratulations you're a father!' and closed it again. I KNOW Petunia heard him and got all arsey in case her babies joined her old man. She was fine with me but chased Mr D every time she could. Obviously it was all his fault. He tells me I imagine the brains and understanding on my animals. How rude!

Oh, Miss Daisy, thank you for the laugh! You have no idea how I needed that today! :lol:

bakermom
April 16th, 2013, 01:28 PM
Funny you should post this. we saw a similar set-up this weekend.
DH came home from the tractor supply store saying they only had a few chicks left, wondering if we could get away with a few in the back yard(No, we cannot!)
I grew up on an egg farm, I do not share his enthusiasm. Even after my dad quit farming, he kept a couple dozen hens around. they are OK in smaller numbers.

Oh and I do have to add, my grandma had a pet pig also. Used to follow her around like a dog.

HandsomeRyan
April 18th, 2013, 08:14 AM
I LOVE CHICKENS!! SOOO jealous here! I would love to check out that site but it's very dangerous to me! That is a GORGEOUS chicken coop..LOVE IT!

NOW....about this greenhouse and pest management thing you do! BOY do I wanna pick your brain! Sawfly and red humping lily beetles (sorry, that's my technical name...no idea what they are but they're red with a black head, always in pairs and are DESCIMATING my gardens!) and RABBITS are ALL my nemesis and I have zero access to pesticides as they are banned here! You will have a friend for LIFE if you can tell me how to deal with these varmints! Oh and voles! GAAAAHHH!!

I am not familiar with your particular pesticide laws but a good broad spectrum insecticide that is both organic and reasonably safe if used according to label directions is pyrethrin. I use a product called PyGanic but there are many others out there which use this as the active ingredient. Rabbits in my garden are prone to acute lead poisoning. I've never really had vole problems here because the hawks and owls seem to keep them in check.



Can you ship chicken poop?
You should be able to buy composted poultry manure at your local garden center.

WendyI
April 18th, 2013, 10:20 AM
I am not familiar with your particular pesticide laws but a good broad spectrum insecticide that is both organic and reasonably safe if used according to label directions is pyrethrin. I use a product called PyGanic but there are many others out there which use this as the active ingredient. Rabbits in my garden are prone to acute lead poisoning. I've never really had vole problems here because the hawks and owls seem to keep them in check.



:icon_rofl::icon_rofl::icon_rofl::icon_rofl::icon_ rofl:
Oh man...DO I WISH!! We have a lot of air soft riffles at our house...they are banned so we can't even use them. Not that they would injure them in the slightest but would make ME feel better!

I used to love rabbits...even had one as a pet once! NO MORE!! Worst critters on the planet IMHO! EVIL wee blighters!!

Renate
April 18th, 2013, 10:33 AM
What a wonderful henhouse! This is really chickens paradies :-)

bakermom
April 18th, 2013, 11:42 AM
Your coop is amazing. I want the chicken poop for my garden. My soil is something I am ashamed of. It gets better every year but is still dead. My testing every spring tells me it needs everything. So sad. I work so hard in that garden.

Can you ship chicken poop?

Ach! no, you don't want chicken poo! It's "hot" and will burn your plants. Rabbit poo is best! do you know anyone that has rabbits? when my kids raised rabbits they would deliver poo by the wagonful to several neighbors that used it in their gardens every year. our hutches were next to out garden and we would just rake the poo and straw right into it then work it under. we had the best garden and strawberry patch when we had rabbits.

MayinJerset
April 18th, 2013, 12:38 PM
I'll have to send your coop photos to my granddaughter as she just bought some chickens. Her DH's father is an excellent carpenter so he can surely make them something similar to your coop. May in Jersey

HandsomeRyan
April 28th, 2013, 09:31 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkJfj1kNnVU

Good morning ladies.

WVGranny
April 28th, 2013, 02:06 PM
I love our chickens such fun critters to have, not only for the fresh eggs but the fun of watching them

Meli
April 28th, 2013, 02:19 PM
Daisy, I'm starting to notice a trend about your pets: They lahk goin' down t'pub (said with broad Yorkshire accent.)


I used to have three chicken who I loved sooooo much. There was Funky, Gertie and Paxo.

Gertie was a wanderer, no matter how I fenced the garden she found a way out and trotted off down the pub where they fed her beer out of an ashtray (clean one hopes) Then someone would bring her back drunk at closing time. No matter how often I asked them not to they gave her beer. A drunk chicken is something to behold, a hungover chicken is somewhat grouchy.

Funky was a tell tale tit. When Gertie wandered, Funky would tap on the kitchen window to let me know. UNfortunately she also tapped when she wanted some mash or a cuddle so I didn't always take notice. Paxo laid eggs and behaved like a normal chicken. My daughter tells me that all my animals are nuts...........she cites Seamus and Gertie as perfect examples. I say that if you respond to their individual charactors they pay you back 100 fold with their antics.

I also had a pig called Petunia who behaved more like a dog than a pig. Until she had babies that is. Her.......um..........'husband' was no more by the time she gave birth and I blame Mr Daisy for traumatising her for life because when she had had her babies, he opened the freezer door and yelled inside 'congratulations you're a father!' and closed it again. I KNOW Petunia heard him and got all arsey in case her babies joined her old man. She was fine with me but chased Mr D every time she could. Obviously it was all his fault. He tells me I imagine the brains and understanding on my animals. How rude!

HdWench
April 28th, 2013, 07:28 PM
oh how fun you and Mrs. Ryan are having!!! What a great looking coop the ladies have - hope they give you plenty of laughs AND eggs for breakfast !

Debbie

madampolo
April 28th, 2013, 10:27 PM
The wild animals get chickens. Hawks, rat snakes, coyotes, etc. I lost 10 in one night. It is best to keep them caged for a good while until they get big. I am going to be ordering more chickens soon. I am trying to get the brooder ready. We bought a small Tuff Shed building several years ago that is their hen house, and it is fenced by a big yard.

madampolo
April 28th, 2013, 10:27 PM
The wild animals get chickens. Hawks, rat snakes, coyotes, dogs etc. I lost 10 in one night. It is best to keep them caged for a good while until they get big. I am going to be ordering more chickens soon. I am trying to get the brooder ready. We bought a small Tuff Shed building several years ago that is their hen house, and it is fenced by a big yard.

Divine Daisy
April 29th, 2013, 05:28 AM
Yeah, my animals and the pub eh? Could it be the pub? Could it be.........gasps ............ me????? Maybe they need a drink to get through?