Around the farm (updates)

LADIES AND GENTS WE ARE ALMOST DONE WITH THE CHICKEN COOP UPDATES AND NEW CHICK RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We broke up so many pallets by hand and did the outside of the chicken coop. After we built the main back wall of the run… finishing it off with more pallets. (FREEEEEEE) okay we were trying to do this sucker cheap as possible, but I was tired of hammering pallets apart!!! I found a miter saw on sale at lowe’s and made the investment of a metal blade…. sawed right through those nails!!

Talk about workouts, I was lifting that heavy wood and so many 80 pound bags of concrete. ANDDDD I was my husband’s runner… if he needed water, if he forgot a tool up at the house, whatever he needed, I was always running.

I wanted to paint the back wall with the name of our farm, but I am now undecided… We are however pallet-ing off half of the wall on the left wall.. just like we did for the coop. We also trenched four feet into the ground and concreted that sucker… nothing is getting under this!

With one of the center beams for the roof structure we just made roosting poles!

(BTW: we got all of the pallets and center support beams for free; scavenging everywhere, asking everyone, and CL)

We still need to finish the side walls, 40% of the roof, and paint the chicken coop and poles…. Also we scored a really neat nesting box we need to install but I need to clean out the chicken coop and add new dirt and flooring in there!

we didn’t have anything to transport the chickens from our front yard to their new run and chicken coop.. so we threw them in the back of the truck and me and my son sat back there with them and fed them works… it was quite funny. (no animals were harmed)

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the chicks grazing in the front yard

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My son with his truck and his Daddy’s truck
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Piggy Smalls escaped and found a mud hole by the house!

 

DIY CHICKEN TRACTOR

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HI y’all, if y’all have never heard of a chicken tractor it is basically a portable coop that allows you chickens to free range while staying safe from predators. Some tractors might have wheels, we added handles to two sides. Each day, (later on) we will rotate out the chickens daily and move the tractor around the field to let them graze during the day, until then, we are using it as a portable chicken coop to grow the baby chicks in. (no not at first they’re in a brooder we made).

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We had no drawn out plans, or dimensions. We saw a video on YouTube, I drew out what I thought would work and we made that dream come to life! So if you’re looking for a cheaper coop to build or a smaller one, look no further. It took us about maybe four hours to complete, but mind you, we had no plans at all, we were making this up as we went!

I uploaded a video on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOemXeMnAeg

Materials needed:

  • 2-Five foot 2×4
  • 7- 8 Foot 2×4
  • 2- 10 ft 2×4 (cut in half to five foot pieces)
  • 5-1×4 (8ft)
  • 5-3/4 in by 10 ft PVC
  • 3/4 in Conduit Straps (at least 15, lowes has a pack of 10, so get two packs)
  • Chicken wire
  • 8 Inch Zip Ties
  • Hinges
  • Handles (if doing the tractor)
  • Screws (we used 1 in, 1.5 inch, and 2.5inch)
  • Tarp
  • Staples
  • (4)90 degree Galvanized Steel Angle (for door frame)

Tools Needed:

  • Drill
  • Staple Gun
  • Miter Saw

And this is how we built it:

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First we framed out the bottom because DUH. We used two- 8 ft 2×4’s, and 2-5 ft 2×4’s!

Next:

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We added the two end PVC pipes by strapping them on the wood with the conduit straps, after we added those, we cut the braces for the side of the coop.

ANDDDD THEN….

We framed out the door ways and added the support beam, screwing the PVC pipes all the way down with more conduit straps. NOW FORGIVE ME, but I did not measure this, we did it by eyeballing and cutting as we went, which honestly is why one door frame looks funny. AMATEURS i’ll tell ya.17202895_10154308302495887_8851803240184728524_n

After pretty much the structure was built we had left over wood and pvc, so this is what we built: A roost

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Time to wrap this up!

Add the chicken wire around the whole coop, you will have to manipulate it! then the tarp! AFTER screw a 1×4 to each

side to secure the chicken wire and tarp!

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Side note: I used left over conduit straps as door handles! And we added two hooks to the support beam to hang heat lamps!

Happy Chicks!

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Welcome To The Farm

One thing I spend most my time on is the lives I am responsible for keeping alive, not just human lives but animals who are family. I love each one of these creatures, they all have their own personalities. My husband doesn’t understand why I keep wanting more animals if I don’t ever plan on eating them (EXCEPT THE EGGS). The best way I explained to him was, I form a relationship with my babies and they trust me, I could never EAT ANYTHING that once had trust in me lol. I REALLY WANT turkeys, but my husband doesn’t understand the “point” in raising turkeys. I grew up on my little farm! I once had all of this as a kid, I was raised taking care and loving animals and it is something I want for my son. It is hard-smelly never ending work, but I love this life! Here are some of my babies (not including my dog boys)

My Pigs names are: Piggy Minaj (top black pig), Piggy Smalls (black pig, pink nose), and Kevin Bacon (the white pig).

My goats names are Billy & Bob.

And we don’t name the chickens, they’re called chicken lol.

Later on this week I am building a DIY Chicken Tractor, which I am gonna post online, if you’re into chickens, you might want to check it out! 😉 happy Tuesday, y’all!