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Title: I'm a dad again!
Post by: tonyp on May 10, 2011, 06:25:34 PM
My wife ordered 14 baby chicks (assorted styles and colors!) and they arrived today, they are so adorable! In the laundry room we converted one of the big utility sinks into a holding area equipped with feeders, water dispenser and heat lamp. I also bought an extra thermometer when i was building my fermentation tote, which works great! It'll be awhile before they are big enough to lay eggs, I think my wife said about a year, but boy it'll be nice to have fresh organic eggs again.

We live on 4 acres and have an old broken down chicken coop (foxes killed all of our chickens a few years ago) and a fenced in area so my wife also ordered a new 3x5 coop for their new home which should be here in a month or so.

The orange glow is from the heat lamp:

(http://tpittari.com/imgs/babychicks.jpg)

Cheers!
Tony
Title: Re: I'm a dad again!
Post by: weazletoe on May 10, 2011, 06:28:11 PM
Congrats! If you think they are adorable now, just think how adorable they will be in a while, laying on your smoker, and then plated with some bbq sauce.  ;D
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Post by: euge on May 10, 2011, 06:30:20 PM
Congrats!

We used to let them range freely when we had them but then they laid their eggs all over the place. Will a 3x5 coop be a sufficient size for the birds?
Title: Re: I'm a dad again!
Post by: denny on May 10, 2011, 06:41:30 PM
Cool!  We had chickens when we got here, but the raccoons killed them off.  We planned to get more, then found our chicken coop had been painted with lead paint....don't want chickens scratching around in that stuff!  As soon as we can get set up in a new area, we're gonna get more.  This place http://eugenebackyardfarmer.com/ opened a couple years back and is a great resource around here.
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Post by: bluesman on May 10, 2011, 06:46:11 PM
I hope my wife doesn't see this post. She loves any kind of animal babies and will probably suggest we get some. Cool!  8)
Title: Re: I'm a dad again!
Post by: tonyp on May 10, 2011, 06:56:39 PM
Congrats!

We used to let them range freely when we had them but then they laid their eggs all over the place. Will a 3x5 coop be a sufficient size for the birds?

My wife did all the research, the 3x5 should be more than enough. All of the chicken species she bought are very small, I don't have the whole list but i know a few are Bantams, Belgians, etc they don't get as big as normal chickens. I think she ordered 2 of each type, so 7 diff species total. i think one type lays blue eggs!
Title: Re: I'm a dad again!
Post by: tonyp on May 10, 2011, 06:57:14 PM
Congrats! If you think they are adorable now, just think how adorable they will be in a while, laying on your smoker, and then plated with some bbq sauce.  ;D

I said that once...once. I'm still recovering.
Title: Re: I'm a dad again!
Post by: punatic on May 10, 2011, 07:34:35 PM
We let our neighbor a few places over do all of our chicken farming for us.  I keep bees, they handle the chickens.  Man, fresh eggs are the best though!  We had some store-bought eggs on a Scout campout a while back and they were nasty compared to fresh.

Not sure what kind of chickens our neighbor raises, but the egg shells are light green, and they have a really rich flavor.
Title: Re: I'm a dad again!
Post by: denny on May 10, 2011, 08:14:41 PM
Not sure what kind of chickens our neighbor raises, but the egg shells are light green, and they have a really rich flavor.

Araucana....one of the breeds we used to have.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Araucana
Title: Re: I'm a dad again!
Post by: punatic on May 10, 2011, 08:45:42 PM
Not sure what kind of chickens our neighbor raises, but the egg shells are light green, and they have a really rich flavor.

Araucana....one of the breeds we used to have.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Araucana

That's them!  
Green eggs and Spam!
Title: Re: I'm a dad again!
Post by: corkybstewart on May 10, 2011, 09:52:05 PM
I'd like to have  few laying hens but right now skunks are eating all my neighbor's eggs so I really don't see the point. 
Title: Re: I'm a dad again!
Post by: majorvices on May 11, 2011, 12:03:38 PM
I would really like to get a chicken coup up someday. How much work is that?
Title: Re: I'm a dad again!
Post by: 1vertical on May 11, 2011, 03:38:09 PM
Keith it is not that bad building a coop....but EVERY DAY
ya get to water em, feed em, collect eggs, and then shut em up at night....EVERY NIGHT without fail
else predation will decimate your flock...just one more thing to tie person down....
no overnight trips with the wife for a gambling junket...unless someone helps out @ home
with the livestock.... :-\
Title: Re: I'm a dad again!
Post by: denny on May 11, 2011, 03:39:29 PM
Keith it is not that bad building a coop....but EVERY DAY
ya get to water em, feed em, collect eggs, and then shut em up at night....EVERY NIGHT without fail
else predation will decimate your flock...just one more thing to tie person down....
no overnight trips with the wife for a gambling junket...unless someone helps out @ home
with the livestock.... :-\

With 2 dogs and 5 cats, I'm already on that situation!
Title: Re: I'm a dad again!
Post by: tonyp on May 11, 2011, 04:32:03 PM
I would really like to get a chicken coup up someday. How much work is that?

My wife ordered her coop from some place in south west jersey, I think its an amish farm. It cost around $900 fully assembled and delivered. The only thing we are going to add ourselves are some wheels and a handle so she can move it around if need be. We're getting those from Harbor Freight.

There are a ton of places online where you can order them, either pre-made or in kits.
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Post by: MrNate on May 11, 2011, 04:49:11 PM
I would really like to get a chicken coup up someday. How much work is that?

My wife ordered her coop from some place in south west jersey, I think its an amish farm. It cost around $900 fully assembled and delivered. The only thing we are going to add ourselves are some wheels and a handle so she can move it around if need be. We're getting those from Harbor Freight.

There are a ton of places online where you can order them, either pre-made or in kits.

Do you get any trouble from the neighbors about the chickens? What town are you in? I thought about doing it here, but there's already pretty much a flashing neon sign above my house that says "redneck" and I figured it'd make me even less popular around here.
Title: Re: I'm a dad again!
Post by: denny on May 11, 2011, 06:16:36 PM
I would really like to get a chicken coup up someday. How much work is that?

My wife ordered her coop from some place in south west jersey, I think its an amish farm. It cost around $900 fully assembled and delivered. The only thing we are going to add ourselves are some wheels and a handle so she can move it around if need be. We're getting those from Harbor Freight.

There are a ton of places online where you can order them, either pre-made or in kits.

The place I linked to sells plans for $25 or a large fully assembled coop for $700.  You can also get a coop for 3-4 chickens for $375.
Title: Re: I'm a dad again!
Post by: ccarlson on May 11, 2011, 06:26:07 PM
I would really like to get a chicken coup up someday. How much work is that?

My wife ordered her coop from some place in south west jersey, I think its an amish farm. It cost around $900 fully assembled and delivered. The only thing we are going to add ourselves are some wheels and a handle so she can move it around if need be. We're getting those from Harbor Freight.

There are a ton of places online where you can order them, either pre-made or in kits.

The place I linked to sells plans for $25 or a large fully assembled coop for $700.  You can also get a coop for 3-4 chickens for $375.

That's interesting, because I would imagine that most people that raise chickens would also be handy enough to build their own coop. I'm sure you could save a bunch of money and get it exactly the way you like it.
Title: Re: I'm a dad again!
Post by: denny on May 11, 2011, 07:04:24 PM
That's interesting, because I would imagine that most people that raise chickens would also be handy enough to build their own coop.

Not me, for sure.  And not a lot of the urban customers that the business sells to.  Not to mention that I don't have the tools (or desire) to do it, either.
Title: Re: I'm a dad again!
Post by: ccarlson on May 11, 2011, 07:10:31 PM
That's interesting, because I would imagine that most people that raise chickens would also be handy enough to build their own coop.

Not me, for sure.  And not a lot of the urban customers that the business sells to.  Not to mention that I don't have the tools (or desire) to do it, either.

Guess I hang with different kind of folks. To be honest, I sometimes wished I didn't have the tools or the know how. It can be a curse sometimes.
Title: Re: I'm a dad again!
Post by: tonyp on May 11, 2011, 07:15:51 PM
Do you get any trouble from the neighbors about the chickens? What town are you in? I thought about doing it here, but there's already pretty much a flashing neon sign above my house that says "redneck" and I figured it'd make me even less popular around here.

I'm in Toms River, NJ, but we are zoned for farmland so even if the neighbors don't like it, they can't do anything about it. We have 4 little mouthy dogs that are much louder since we don't have any roosters.
Title: Re: I'm a dad again!
Post by: tonyp on May 11, 2011, 07:18:35 PM
That's interesting, because I would imagine that most people that raise chickens would also be handy enough to build their own coop. I'm sure you could save a bunch of money and get it exactly the way you like it.

My wife is the farmer, I'm a computer graphics nerd but i'm actually pretty handy with tools and wood working. I would love to build stuff but I don't have the room for any workshop tools. In any case, if i did have the room, it would be taken up by a brewing system :)
Title: Re: I'm a dad again!
Post by: MrNate on May 12, 2011, 02:02:32 AM
Do you get any trouble from the neighbors about the chickens? What town are you in? I thought about doing it here, but there's already pretty much a flashing neon sign above my house that says "redneck" and I figured it'd make me even less popular around here.

I'm in Toms River, NJ, but we are zoned for farmland so even if the neighbors don't like it, they can't do anything about it. We have 4 little mouthy dogs that are much louder since we don't have any roosters.

I now wish to hell I had bought a place across the river in Hillsborough. Buddy of mine has a few acres out there, and it's hillbilly paradise. Maybe next time.