Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thieves

I'm irritable today.  I spent the weekend building a chicken tractor-which is a portable coop.  I built it for a few reasons: 1) to let the girls scratch the yard while still being protected, 2) so they can get more sun, 3) the %$#$^ finches are eating all their food in the regular coop!!
Chicken wire keeps out quail and cats, but not finches.  Chicken food is fairly cheap -$15 for 50lbs.  But with the local birds helping, I'm going through feed twice as fast.  So I built a new smaller coop (called a chicken ark) with plastic mesh (it was half as much as wire mesh) and the birds are staying out.  The only problem is the girls wont lay in the new coop and I can't figure out how to keep the water unfrozen and free from dirt.
I finally found a solution for the large coop though - window screen.  I'll simply buy a roll of window screen (please tell me it's cheap!) and lay it over the chicken wire to keep all kinds of predators out.  Including the grey mouse.  That's right mouse.  I saw you and you're not invited.
Now to figure out what we're going to do over Christmas.  I need someone to feed and water my girls so we can head to grandma's house (only 45 min away, but we did plan to sleep over).

9 comments:

  1. Yes, window screen is pretty cheap and you get a lot of it. I'd love to take care of your chickens for you but I'm afraid I'm too far away. I enjoy hearing about your chicken adventures because I'm hoping to have some of my own soon. In the meantime I can vicariously live through you!!!!

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  2. Do you have a water 'feeeder' for your chickens? As they drink it, fresh water comes into the 'water trough' area. It helps with the dirt issue, but I haven't found a solution for the freezing. Over the winter the boys are supposed to check on their water twice a day.

    If I were closer I'd watch your chickens over Christmas.

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  3. Want me to fly up and watch the chickens? :)

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  4. You ladies are so sweet! I've always wished I could have lunch with all the readers I've gotten to know! I do have one of those feeders and it's great stationary. But I had to rig an upside planter for it to be high enough so they weren't kicking dirt into it. I don't want to re-rig it everytime I move the coop. I could drop $30 for one that hangs, but I just can't bring myself to do it. I'm thinking a post with pictures is in order :)

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  5. Mandy, of course I do!!! But you'd be so miserable in the cold I'd feel bad. ;)

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  6. When I was young, I used to sleep at my grandma's house too. I actually miss those days. Do you have pictures of those chickens? It would be much better if you post them so we can see how they look!

    Avril Copperfield

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  7. there's a few in earlier posts. Just look around.

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  8. Auh~ How was your sleepover at your grandma's house? I think it's pretty amazing how kids, teens and the kids-at-heart love to stay at their grandparent's house. It's pleasant to know that grandmothers and grandfathers become happy whenever their loving grandchildren visit them. I kind of miss those days. I only had a few visits, but those were certainly unforgettable moments with 'em.

    Randy Robinson

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  9. you need to listen to my audio book that I narrated called "Chickens in the Headlights" It's hilarious, and deals with these same issues.
    http://www.amazon.com/CHICKENS-THE-HEADLIGHTS-Matthew-Buckley/dp/1591568536/ref=tmm_abk_title_0

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