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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 10:52 am 
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Hi all.

I thought I should venture over to this part. :wave:

I've been wanting more chickens for a while now, but were a little traumatized by last time.

The first chicken pen I built wasn't the greatest, clucky escaped, and my then puppy labrador brought in half of her and happily, wagging tail, gave me half of what he'd caught flapping around.

So, 5 years later, it was round two. But they needed to be dog proof, so I started to weld up a frame.

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Cladding with fencing sheets that match our existing fence.
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So, all built, just need to find some plastic edge trim to keep fingers safe from the sharp bits, the hanging feed hoppers are coming, and then I just need the chickens.

I was going to get some good layers like rhode island reds, or something similar (no battery hens like isa browns, or hylines, they just don't live long enough, seems cruel).

Then some pretty ones like pekins, orpingtons, silkies or similar.

Plus, I set up a mister system, so I can cool them down when we have 40+ adelaide days.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2015 10:11 pm 
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I got some new chickens today, 5 pekins, and 3 layers (crosses between two breeds, wyandotte and some orange rooster, I can't remember which, but not battery type).

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 4:14 pm 
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Do they have names?
What does the dog think of the clucking tin lunch-palace so far?

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 4:21 pm 
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There is Esmeralda, she's one of the smaller darker Pekins, and the three orange layers have been named:

Beyonce - the biggest and best looking, and the other two are Michelle and Kelly. (Wild guess who named them).

I think the others once they get a little less skitish will get their own disney names.

And the lab wants to get in and have a play, but he doesn't seem to be attacking the door, or trying to dig under. So far anyway.

Chickens couldn't care less about him.

I'll add it to the BYAP page, it's a little quiet in here. :)


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 10:53 am 
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Looks good mate, yes it is quite but people have to learn this is the place for gardening and animals other than aquaponics. In a sense even RAS can go here as it is animal raising and not aquaponics. Cheers

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 11:55 am 
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Can't force people to go certain places, but I thought it was a little more suitable here.

I like BYAP, but a lot of the threads are identical, "My plants are dying" "My plants are yellow" "My fish are sick" "My fish are dead.

I like to focus more on what we actually grow, far more fascinating to me. A different variety of tomato or cucumber is far more interesting to me than why plants won't grow when people don't put enough light above them...


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 1:05 pm 
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Yes you are right there with the same questions that the use of the search button or google can provide the information for them. I like to update my thread as I can then search back if need be. Cheers

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:49 am 
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Hey,

nice work!

But why do it so strong? Any foxes in your area?

Cheers!


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 11:13 am 
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I've probably got foxes around, but I'm more worried about my dog.

When he was a puppy, he managed to rip the doggy door out of the door three times, and only managed to hold him at bay when I reinforced it with steel.

I don't want him finding that sort of weak spot and focusing on it. It would end badly.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 8:34 pm 
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What kind of dog do you have?


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 8:55 pm 
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Labrador.

He's a good dog, not vicious at all. But I think the wolf instincts kick in when he sees a flapping bird.


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